Flynn wraps road season with Ontario title

Emily Flynn. Photo credit Bob Bruce Photography (bobbrucephotography.smugmug.com/)

Emily Flynn. Photo credit Bob Bruce Photography (bobbrucephotography.smugmug.com/)

The last weekend of August marked the end of the Ontario road season, with the Provincial Criterium Championships on Saturday and Tour di Via Italia on Sunday, both in Windsor. For those looking to do three races, there was the Debates-Devos 50th annual crit in Auburn Hills, MI, on the holiday Monday.

That is what the trio of Stevens riders Braydon Bourne, Ben Andrew and myself (Emily Flynn) set out to do. With Ben’s parents living near Windsor it also made for a nice little vacation.

On Saturday the temperature and tensions were high. The women’s field was small, but nonetheless it was an exciting race, with Real Deal rider Sarah Rassmussen and me going off the front halfway through the race. Continue reading

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Stevens-The Cyclery men tackle midweek crits at BC Superweek

Three Stevens-The Cyclery men — Ben Andrew, Conor O’Brien and Braydon Bourne — and guest rider Stephen Rockwood from Newfoundland are at BC Superweek. After a tough first weekend they tackled the midweek crits. Braydon Bourne reports.

Conor O'Brien, right, and Braydon Bourne during the Giro di Burnaby.

Conor O’Brien, right, and Braydon Bourne during the Giro di Burnaby.

UBC Grand Prix, The Gastown Grand Prix and the Giro di Burnaby made up the fast and furious block of crits at BC Superweek the past few days. All three courses were very technical, and suited riders with a quick acceleration. With attendance from professional American and German criterium specialists, the guys spend their evenings in the pack, dodging countless crashes and enjoying the large crowds. BC Superweek continues to be a valuable learning experience for the developing young guys as they continue to gather knowledge and expertise at a higher level of competition. Continue reading

Stevens-The Cyclery men finding their legs at BC Superweek

Like the womens’s team, the Stevens-The Cyclery men are racing at BC Superweek this week. Braydon Bourne, Conor O’Brien, Ben Andrew and guest rider Stephen Rockwood from Newfoundland took a couple days to find their legs after the flight, as Bourne reports:

The boys out for a pre-race spin at BC Superweek.

The boys out for a pre-race spin at BC Superweek.

The Tour de Delta has come to an end, concluding the opening weekend of the 2014 BC Superweek. Stage 1– the MK Delta Criterium — was an incredibly fast crit with a hill that taxed everyone’s legs a little too much after the flight out west. Our guest rider Stephen Rockwood went down hard, but fortunately is okay.

The second stage, the Brenco Criterium, was 60 laps of a 900m course through the quaint downtown of Ladner. Well attended with tons of primes, the guys took some shots at big solo-flyers with the hopes of some taking home some cash. Coming close, but unsuccessful, they settled for some pack-finishes and the delicious post-race Salmon burgers. Continue reading

Stevens men just miss Preston Street podium

Ben Andrew

Ben Andrew

The Stevens-The Cyclery men came to the Preston Street Criterium with a small team: Braydon Bourne is injured, and Matteo Dal-Cin just signed with the international Silber Investments team and was racing the Tour de Beauce. Here’s Ben Andrew’s take on the team’s showing at Preston Street, which ended with a fourth-place finish for Marc Boudreau:

Ben Andrew Cycling

It has been awhile since my last update. Although I have truthfully been busy, traveling to races and focusing on the day-to-day happenings of life, I wish I could say that I had a good excuse for not writing sooner. 

 

This past Sunday I took part in the Preston Street Crit, which has taken place in Ottawa’s Italian district for many years now. With only four of us from the team attending, as well as some strong competition and one of the hottest days of the year so far, I knew it was going to be a hard one. 

Going into the race, we were looking to be well represented in any moves up the road, while still racing smart due to the small number of riders we had to play with. Early on, several moves looked promising, but the main bunch wasn’t going to give up to soon…

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Dal-Cin wins Syracuse overall

Matteo Dal-Cin won two stages and the overall in Syracuse.

Matteo Dal-Cin won two stages and the overall in Syracuse.

The Stevens-The Cyclery men’s team headed to Syracuse on the weekend with a strong contingent of riders. Matteo Dal-Cin reports on his winning efforts.

This weekend the Stevens team and I attended the Omnium stage race in Syracuse. For the first two stages we only had a small contingent as many of the guys had to work Friday but they only missed the TT and Hill Climb so were present for all the races we could work as a team.

This meant that the three of us in attendance for all four stages would be our team’s GC hopes. Stage 1 was the HIll Climb which consisted of a 13 km run up to a 2 km hill. A few attacks animated the early kilometers but the Ekoi team quickly went to the front and set a quick pace that kept the pack together until the base of the climb. Continue reading

Dal-Cin bags Stevens-The Cyclery’s first win of 2014

Matteo Dal-Cin

Matteo Dal-Cin

By Matteo Dal-Cin

The Tucson Bicycle Classic marked the last weekend I spent in Tucson this year and was the second race of the season for me.

It started out with a short time trial on a rolling loop that is used on one of the weekly group rides. I only had my road bike with me for camp so given the lack of aero equipment I was happy with my 38th place and only being around 40 seconds off the pace.

The following two days were a Road Race and Circuit Race both on lightly rolling courses. In the race Saturday morning there were a few attacks over the course of the race but nothing with the right chemistry to make it stick. There was always a team with enough guys left in the pack that would end up chasing it back. Coming into the final kilometers I tried to position myself close to the front for what I though would be a bunch sprint. As we neared the line there was a slowing in the group and a rider made a late attack, he was chased down shortly after and as we made contact I attacked and got a little gap. There was some hesitation in the pack and I managed to hang on for the win.

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