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 women tackle Tour de Delta

Amélie Bruneau, Ariane Bonhomme, Ellen Watters, Carrie Cartmill, Emily Flynn and Annie Foreman-Mackey traveled out to the Vancouver area to tackle BC Superweek. The races kicked off this weekend with the Tour of Delta. Annie Foreman-Mackey reports:

Emily Flynn and Annie Foreman-Mackie do some sightseeing at Point Roberts.

Emily Flynn and Annie Foreman-Mackie do some sightseeing at Point Roberts.

We are incredibly lucky to be staying with warm and welcoming host families. Although it’s a tight schedule of morning spins, evening races most days, and as much rest and recovery as we can get, we’ve already managed a little bit of sightseeing. Emily and I headed down to Point Roberts with our host, Deb, to watch the sunset over the Pacific the first day we got here.

July 4: MK Delta Criterium
30 laps x 1.2 km

In true BC fashion, the MK Delta Crit started off with some rain and slick roads. Continue reading

Stevens-The Cyclery sweep podium in sprint championship

Emily Flynn, Annie Foreman-Mackey and Ellen Watters on the sprint challenge podium.

Emily Flynn, Annie Foreman-Mackey and Ellen Watters on the sprint challenge podium.

The Stevens-The Cyclery women’s campaign took in the Canadian Championships in Lac-Mégantic, Que., this past weekend, and the girls brought back the top three podium spots in the inaugural women’s Sprint Challenge on Sunday. The podium sweep capped a solid three days of racing that saw the women in the thick of the action, as Emily Flynn reports.

This past weekend marked a key event for many of the riders on the Stevens-The Cyclery team: the Canadian championships.

This year’s nationals headed back to magnificent Lac-Mégantic, following the devastating 2013 train accident that saw much of the main street destroyed.

For myself, having been there in 2012 and now, seeing the damage was hard, but at the same time the town has come back stronger. So thank you to the town, volunteers and spectators for coming out and I hope this was a further step towards rebuilding. Continue reading

Stevens women sweep top 4 at Preston St.

Podium

Annie Foreman-Mackey, middle, on the podium after winning the Preston St. Criterium for the second year running. Ellen Watters, left, was second, Carrie Cartmill third and Ariane Bonhomme fourth for a Stevens-The Cyclery 1-2-3-4 sweep. Photo by Emily Flynn.

Six Stevens-The Cyclery women lined up for the 42nd annual Preston Street Criterium in Ottawa’s Little Italy on Father’s Day Sunday, and not only did they win the race for the fifth year in a row, they came home with the top four spots in the 2014 race! Here’s Ariane Bonhomme’s take on a great day of racing.

Preston Street was such a fun race! The weather was beautiful and there was an amazing atmosphere around the course, plus we were racing at home, everything was perfect. We got a challenge the day before from team managers Jenny and Chris. They separated the team into two smaller teams of three riders and we would have to race against each other. The losing team would have to buy ice cream to the winning team. The battle was on! Continue reading

Stevens-The Cyclery lights up GP Cycliste de Gatineau

Emily Flynn

Emily Flynn

Six Stevens-The Cyclery women were on the start line for their home race, the international Grand Prix Cycliste de Gatineau. This is Emily Flynn’s take on the 2014 edition:

This past weekend marked the fifth year of the UCI Grand Prix Cycliste de Gatineau women’s race. It started Friday with the Chrono Gatineau ITT and Saturday was the 120 km (12-lap) road race, both of which took place on roads that we train on all the time.

Living in Hull this race is right in my backyard which makes the event even better. Being able to ride there instead of having to drive hours makes all the difference! Continue reading

10 podiums in 3 days for Stevens women

The Stevens-The Cyclery team enjoyed some great racing in Syracuse last weekend. Ellen Watters tells the women’s team’s story.

Carrie Cartmill, Emily Flynn and Ellen Watters enjoyed a good weekend in Syracuse, N.Y.

Carrie Cartmill, Emily Flynn and Ellen Watters enjoyed a good weekend in Syracuse, N.Y.

Syracuse, NY. 4 races + 3 days + 4 Stevens-The Cyclery riders (one of them a junior). What does that all equal? A heck of a lot of podiums and smiles and fun, with a little added suffering and sweating on the side. The women’s team and men’s team both went for this race (a larger contingent for the men), but I am just going to chat about the women’s side of things.

Carrie Cartmill, Emily Flynn and I met up in Syracuse for the Syracuse Race Weekend. With 50+ mm of rain in the forecast for Friday we thought that the hill climb that night would be soggy and reasonably unpleasant. The hill climb went perfectly with Emily attacking off the front as soon as neutral was done and holding a break to the finish! Continue reading

Flynn 2nd in Ste-Martine

Emily Flynn, left, on the GP IGA Ste-Martine podium with winner Kirsti Lay and third-place finisher Adriane Provost.

Emily Flynn, left, on the GP IGA Ste-Martine podium with winner Kirsti Lay and third-place finisher Adriane Provost.

The Grand Prix IGA Ste-Martine was my first race of the season and also my first race as part of Stevens – The Cyclery team. Result: Emily Flynn sprinted to second place. But how about I let you know what the race was like before the sprint.

Jenny and Chris (the team directors) gave us a little briefing and we knew where we had to be and when. Coming from an independent racing background, the team concept is extremely different. We are all given jobs while out in the race and we also have a team captain who calls the shots. It’s really neat and similar to many other team sports, but at the end of the day there are only three podium spots (which is where we want to get a rider or two from our team)! Continue reading