Facebook is by far the easiest way to stay up to date on the race happenings for the 2012 Organ Grinder 5hr Enduro. All the info you should need is in our Event Technical Guide that you can download from the right column on our home page. However, if there’s something that you just need to know that isn’t covered in the Tech Guide then please enquire through our Facebook page.
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Back again for it’s 3rd great year is the Organ Grinder 5hr Enduro at the spectacular Canmore Nordic Centre on Sunday, June 10th. Registration and Event Tech Guide info is available in the right column on our homepage.
This will be stop #2 in the Western Canada Enduro Series and points will be on offer for the Open Male and Female categories.
We will be making a few changes to the course this year but it will stay largely the same. We’re hoping to eliminate the hated Georgetown climb and replace it with something that will be a bit more challenging. Don’t worry though, any changes we make will be done to increase the amount of singletrack!
Along with the great riding we will of course be hosting our all you can eat Spolumbo’s b.b.q. as well as offering some great prizes from our sponsor Bow Cycle as well as a raffle for an entry into the Furious3.
And of course, since this is an Olympic year we will be offering free entry to any and all past or present Canadian Olympians. Check out the Tech Guide for instructions on how to get in for free.
Many of you have asked for a forum to be added to this website so that the team communication can be a bit more open and visible. Let me start by saying that open access forums are a giant pain and we will not be having one on this site. By far the easiest thing to use is facebook as it is a secure location that does not require an administrator to respond to an endless stream of comments generated by computers trying to sell me things I don’t need. (my name is Ed, but I don’t have it!!)
So to that end, if you wish to communicate with your teammates then please click the facebook button to the right and it will take you directly to our Cyclemeisters page. If for some reason you are morally and ethically opposed to signing up on facebook then I would suggest that you offer up your services as an administrator for an open forum and we’ll see how quickly you adopt the religion of facebook.
2012 is looking like another great year for the Cyclemeisters and if you want to be part of it you need to get your Membership forms into Amy as soon as possible. The link to our form and the ABA license form can be found to the right of the webpage. Please note that we will reimburse you for your ABA online membership.
3 years is a long time and although the pink and orange plaid was starting to look normal it’s time for a change. So for 2012 we have a new kit. The guys and gals at Curious have come up with another winner for us and here she is. We’re still keeping the plaid of course and we’re adding a bit of Curious Blue to throw things off a touch. We’re hoping it’s still as noticeable in the pack and we’re sure it’s going to be a big hit
Along with the design change we’re also switching suppliers from Sugoi to Champion Systems. There were a bunch of reasons for this but the primary one is that Champion offers you a lot more flexibility in what you want to order. We’ve heard from other clubs that the quality is great and we’re looking forward to seeing what Champion can do for us.
We’re also ordering up some fancy helmets from Specialized that just so happen to match the kit perfectly. We’ll be ordering the S-Works Prevail Team issue in the 2012 Lampre colors so check the link to see what you think.
Order forms for the kit and the helmets can be found in the sidebar to the right and please remember that your membership entitles you to one new kit of a jersey and shorts.
NOTE: The deadline for ordering extra kit is January 13th so download the forms, fill them out, and get them into Amy with your cashola. We will also be having another Spring order but you may not see those items for the start of the race season so order early!!
Cyclemeisters Katy Curtis and Shawna Donaldson competed in the Cherry Blossom Cycling Classic last weekend, Katy’s report is an inspiring read to those of us who watched the snow fall instead..
The Organ Grinder registration opened April 1st, entries are capped, don’t miss it!
This was the day I’d been waiting for! I was excited from the time I woke up and pumped to get out there and sprint like crazy.
After yesterday’s performance my body felt beat up but I was more worried about the fact that I was now a marked man and as such I knew that no one was going to let me slip away today. The plaid kit was going to make it hard to hide!
I don’t exactly have much experience racing as a marked man, but I use to train with some top criterium racers in California who regularly rode as the expected winners so I knew, in theory, what I was supposed to do.
What was I supposed to do? Ride really hard right from the gun!
I tried to get front row and was once again once partially successful (I don’t know where I lost this skill but I used to be able to get myself on the front all the time. Now? Not so much).
As soon as the race started I put in an attack and, luckily, was followed by a lot of really strong guys. The pace stayed high up to the first sprint and I was able to get 2nd. The pace remained pretty high up to the next sprint and I was expecting an attempted break-away after the sprint, but nothing developed. At this point the race fell into a rhythm of speeding up for every sprint and then slowing down – exactly like a points race on the track and as such right up my alley.
Things were looking excellent until 10-laps to go when team CIBC started to play some pretty smart team tactics on me resulting in me pulling around the pack for about 5-laps. The CIBC tactics were working great and their sprinter won the final sprint by such a large margin that he had time to throw up his hands in celebration. Good work on their front.
On the cool down lap I was feeling dejected as I was almost certain that CIBC’s final display of power was enough to secure the win so I was just elated to find out that I eked out the win by a single point.
The Crit jersey was in my sights since January when I began working on intervals in my basement and I couldn’t be happier to have it in my house.
Did I deserve this win? Today I feel that I can say Yes.