Saturday, September 20, 2014

Serge Arsenault: GP de Montréal and Québec

The 2014 GP Cycliste de Montréal and Québec races were very exciting. Here's organizer, Serge Arsenault with his post race thoughts and goals for 2015 and beyond.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday File: 51.11km. 0.8 Second

Hushovd, Evans & Millar, 2011 Tour stage 5.
photo Michael Steele

This cycling season is the year of retirement announcements... Thor Hushovd will hang up his wheels after tomorrow's Primus Classic Impanis-Van Petegem in Belgium. Cadel Evans will retire after the 2015 Tour Down Under, David Millar after the world championships and newly minted hour record holder Jens Voigt has officially retired. Four high caliber riders of the sport that contributed, animated and rode with panache... end of an era.

Jensie giving it all to blow away the hour record riding 51.11km
photo Ulf Shiller

Jens Voigt joins a select group of hour record holders. He enters into legendary status and retires with a bang.

"It's not possible to compare the hour with a time trial on the road. Here it's not possible to ease up, to change gears or the rhythm. The hour record demands a total effort, permanent and intense, one that's not possible to compare to any other. I will never try it again."

- Jens Voigt. 

Just one more...

Stage 8, 2014 Tour
photo James Startt

Team Canada is sending a smaller squad of 15 riders for the world championships. Notably Svein Tuft will return for the TT and along with his Orica Greenedge mates will have an 0.8 second bone to pick against Omega Pharma. Dark horse team will be Giant Shimano led by Marcel Kittel along with Tom Dumoulin and I predict a podium finish for this powerhouse squad.

Canadian Team (Road Race): Christian Meier, Michael Woods, Ryan Anderson. Alternate: Guillaume Boivin.

Re-live last year's exciting racing...

Thrills, spills...

... and disappointment.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Oh yes!

Tomorrow Jens Voigt will attempt to set a new hour record. It's untouched for nine years set by Ondrej Sosenka, so a special moment awaits for the 'un-retired' Jensie and for his legions of fans. Go Jensie!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Ryder Hesjedal: Stage 21 La Vuelta

Tim Lefebvre of Pedal Magazine catches up with Ryder Hesjedal on the final day of La Vuelta. The ever laid back Hesjedal talks about his stage win and plans for the rest of the season (you may be surprised of his plans for the World Championships) and next season.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Steve Bauer: GP Cycliste de Montréal, God Of Thunder For Paris-Roubaix?

In the breakaway for most of the race...
Canada's Ryan Roth flashes his brilliance.

Bauer Power.

All eyes were on the amazing and textbook performance by Orica-Greenedge delivering Simon Gerrans to a consecutive victory at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal on Sunday. I watched most of the exciting race online, enjoying the insightful commentary by ex-pro Gord Fraser. The sights and sounds of Montréal always has a warm spot in my heart, I lived there in the late 90s. The Québec races is the perfect world tour platform for our aspiring young homegrown cycling talent. Steve Bauer is the Canadian team coach and comments how well his young charges performed along with some of the top riders of the world. A very good performance by the team and with further nurturing... a better future awaits.

Top Canadian:

 26th: Michael Woods

Hell of the North for Thor tantalizingly close; 2009-3rd,
via BMCRacing

Word from Brian Smith of MTN-Qhubeka has it that they are trying to lure Thor Hushovd, planning to retire at the end of this season, to ride for them for Paris-Roubaix. Interestingly, MTN-Qhubeka has beefed up and internationalize their 2015 squad with Matt Goss, Edvard Boasson Hagen, Tyler Farrar, Theo Bos and possibly Stephen Cummings. We haven't heard much from The God of Thunder. He crashed during the Tour du Poitou-Charentes and will not ride the upcoming World Championships. 

“I’ve been talking to Thor Hushovd for the last couple of months and trying to get him to stop his retirement and go for Roubaix for the last time. He said to me that he wouldn’t, but I think that he might be in the car watching his Norwegian friend win a classic next year. Maybe not as a directeur, but more of a consultant.”
- GM, Brian Smith MTN-Qhubeka

 As for 'consultant' what better way than to encourage Alexander Kristoff to a pave victory?

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