The Importance of Sponsorship to Cycling

Have you ever wondered how a cycling team generates revenue? Or where the money for rider salaries comes from? Or where all those shiny new team bikes come from? The answer to all those questions is sponsorship. Unlike most other professional sports where ticket sales to events generate portions of the revenue, cycling relies solely on sponsorship. In the pro ranks, team budgets are in the millions of dollars but even small continental amateur teams can have budgets exceeding 100k. And that money comes directly from sponsorship. But why would…

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In Defence of the Sprint Triathlon

There is no question that Iron-distance events carry the most prestige and stand at the pinnacle of triathlon as the toughest challenge. Most triathletes aspire to do at least one full iron distance event and many spend their entire year training for just one iron event. The progression for many triathletes is to start with the shorter easier events and build up over time to the completion of the iron distance event. But why is it so pervasive in the triathlon community to view the long course triathlon with such…

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Dealing with the Off Season – Part 1

Depending what your preferred discipline is (and your geographic location) your athletic season is probably getting ready to come to a close. Here in Canada cyclists and triathletes are finishing up their final events and looking forward to some time away from training.¬†While runners may be just getting their groove going for the fall marathon season, there’s no question that there’s an air of closure floating around. The end of summer and the end of racing for most of us go hand in hand and the weeks following our last…

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How to Get the Most out of your Build Phase

With spring just around the corner most people following a periodization plan will be starting their build phases in the next month or so. We’ve already covered some of the basics of the base phase in a previous post and today we’ll go into some detail about how to get the most out of the build phase. For some the build phase can be a daunting and uncertain period of training. Base training is relatively straight-forward. It requires a lot of aerobic endurance training which is the sort of riding…

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How to Get the Most from Base Training

Now that winter is just around the corner and this year’s annual training plan has probably long come to an end, it’s time to start thinking about next year’s goals. And with those goals comes a new annual plan. Some of us may have already started training for next season while many are enjoying some much needed downtime. Whichever phase you’re in right now, inevitably your training plan for next year will have an extensive ‘base’ training period. For many this means long boring hours spent on the trainer (if…

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Race Report – Orillia Sprint Triathlon

After a full season of triathlons last year I decided to devote this year entirely to bike racing. I had all but forsaken triathlon. I hadn’t accounted for the Pan Am games throwing a wrench into the cycling season which left me with no races between the end of the July and Labour Day weekend. I decided that would be a good time to stretch my triathlon muscles. I knew I would be strong on the bike but I hadn’t been in the water since Ironman (exactly one year prior…

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Race Report – Ciociaro Criterium

I wish I could say that this race was an enjoyable experience but for many reasons it was not. First the registration for the race did not open until just two weeks before the event. I called the OCA three weeks prior to the event to ask about the status of registration and was told that the OCA had sent numerous emails and made phone calls to the organizer about the event and had not heard anything back. This was the first indication that the organization of this race would…

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Equality in Bike Racing

Women’s presence in the cycling world has been rapidly expanding in the last ten years at both the amateur and professional level. While a true grand tour for women still seems to be out of sight, professional female cycling teams and larger races are beginning to crop up all over Europe and North America. Many well established cycling events have also begun incorporating women’s events and nearly all amateur races include women’s races with the same category divisions found in the men’s races. But with this expansion i s it…

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Race Report – KW Classic – E3

After some poor showings at Niagara and the Grey County Road Race, I decided to take a week off the bike altogether. Partly to rest and rejuvenate, partly because I had to pack an entire house and get ready to move back to Ottawa from London (ON). Unfortunately, the packing and moving proved to be a strenuous endeavour itself–moving a fridge out of the basement and onto the uHaul by myself was no small feat. By the end of the week I was still feeling exhausted and worn out. It…

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Race Report – Grey County TT

While I’m no stranger to donning the strange helmet and getting low on the aerobars for triathlons, the Grey County Time Trial was my first ever TT race where a podium was involved. I’ve seen my share of TTs on TV, they’re a regular and important part of the big grand tours of cycling. Often they’re the deciding factor in the Tour de France. There isn’t much to a time trial in the way of tactics or at least not at all like a road race or a criterium. It’s…

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