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

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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

Race report: Boys stretch their legs at Chris Thater crit

This weekend half of the Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery men’s team took a road trip to beautiful Binghampton, N.Y., for the Chris Thater memorial crit. A part of the USA National Criterium Calendar, the Chris Thater memorial also raises awareness to prevent drunk driving.

Along with many of the big American criterium teams, Conor O’Brien, Marc Boudreau, Jean-Sebastien Perron and Braydon Bourne hit the freshly paved 1.3-km technical course for 61 laps under the hot August sun. JS was the first to flash the blue and green Stevens silks getting in the first major break with multiple United Healthcare riders and other big names. Not getting much more than 15 seconds, the break was eventually brought back, but not without JS taking a cash prime. Continue reading

Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery unveils new team car

The new Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery Volvo XC70 team car, courtesy Volvo Ottawa.

The new Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery Volvo XC70 team car, courtesy Volvo Ottawa.

The Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery team is heading to Quebec City this weekend in style in their new fully logoed Volvo XC70, courtesy Volvo Ottawa.

After getting its first taste of bike racing incognito with no logos on last weekend at the Ottawa Bicycle Club Grand Prix, the car will make its first appearance in team colours at the Tour de Quebec Desjardins in the Quebec City region over the weekend.

The team will be made up of Braydon Bourne, Matteo Dal-Cin, Stephen Keeping, Conor O’Brien, JS Perron, Steve Proulx and Derrick St. John.

Racing starts Wednesday night with a two-up sprint in Old Quebec, followed by a road stage on the Ile d’Orleans, a criterium and a road race in St-Augustin and a criterium in Quebec City.

 

Race report: Stevens boys bring home 3 medals from nationals

Carlo Dal-Cin, left, on the U23 time trial podium at the national championships.

Matteo Dal-Cin, left, on the U23 time trial podium at the national championships.

The national championships always make for some very tough, intense racing. The Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery men’s team headed to the Beauce region of Quebec knowing it would be one of the hardest weekends of the year, and that made the results all the sweeter.

Matteo Dal-Cin — racing for the Ontario team since he’s been selected for the Canada Summer Games — opened up the string of podiums on Thursday with third place in the U23 time trial behind fellow Ottawa boy Alex Cataford (Garneau-Quebecor) and Antoine Duchesne (Bontrager-Trek). [click here for the complete results]

Jean-Sébastien Perron takes up the story with the men’s road race:

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Race report: St. John powers to men’s Preston Street victory

Derrick St. John on his way to the win in the Preston Street Criterium.

Derrick St. John on his way to the win in the Preston Street Criterium. Photo courtesy The Cyclery.

The Preston Street Criterium is as prestigious as it gets in Ottawa bike racing. This event has 41 years of history and it’s always hotly contested.

Last year, Kenneth Ng stole the win for Toronto, so Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery was determined to take it back for Ottawa. The team lined up Sunday with two former winners on the roster — Matteo Dal-Cin (2011) and Derrick St. John (2009) — backed by the potent wrecking crew of JS Perron, Braydon Bourne, Stephen Keeping, Conor O’Brien, Marc Boudreau and Steve Proulx. Continue reading