• Bloomer Park, Rochester Hills, MI

  • Racing the Provincial's Crit 2014

  • Forest City Velodrome - London, ON

  • Larkenville Challenge, Buffalo, NY

  • Winning the Sprint at the ForestCity Velodrome

  • Track Nationals 2014: Keirin

  • Track Nationals 2014: Points Race

  • OCUP #1: Feb 2015


This is a hard to believe story....but they video give evidence. Apparently, rush hour has a new meaning for commuters who spend up to 15hrs/week commuting.

10KM in Sao Paulo

Bike: 22 mins

Helicoper: 33mins

Runner: 1:06hr

Bus: 1:11hr

Car: 1:32

Read about it: http://www.psfk.com/2009/09/bicycle-beats-helicopter.html

On June 23, I was racing in the Midweek Bike club crit. It was a training race and we were practicing team sprints. It was my turn to sprint to the finish. My lead out man ran me as close to the line as he could. I stood up on the bike, jumped on the pedals, and went for the line. During the process, someone came across in front of me and I could see my front wheel hitting his back wheel. The next thing I knew, I was on the ground with everyone saying "DO NOT GET UP".

From what I was told, I must have hit the brakes. Something obviously happened because the damage to the bike showed the front brakes locked because the bolt holding the front brake calipers on was bent. Anyways, I apparently went over the handlebars and I can remember being some 2-3m in front of my bike. My bike computer suggested I was travelling at 40km/h at the time of the crash.

Today, I returned to the hospital for another set of XRays. I have a plate and screws in my leg. I managed to get the XRays on CDROM. The before and after shots are shown below.


The D'Ornella's Bike Club better know as the D'Ornella's Racing Team is a group of avid cyclists that ride from the D'Ornella's Bike Shop. Eon D'Ornellas, four time Olympian, started the shop some 20 years ago to bring his wealth of knownledge of cycling  to the Toronto area (ie. Crappy Tire is not a good place to buy a bike). While the club does have many members that race their bikes in local events, many just ride with the club to keep fit (and to stay fast).

I joined the club in January 2009 starting indoors at the D'Ornella's Fitness Factory riding a trainer indoors to get myself in shape to the outdoor season. Eon's first reaction to me was that I needed to learn how to ride a bike and recommended the club coach, Audbrey Bryce. With Audbrey, I did a fitness test and purchased his training plans. It worked. When I started indoors I was dying a slow death each session, but it paid off - on the first official club ride outside I managed to keep up with the group (although I am still learning how to ride a bike).

Group rides happen almost every Saturday and Sunday in the morning. Some rides also happen during the week in the mornings, but these rides then to be more spur of the moment affairs. The club also runs time trials every Wednesday.

More information is on the club website: http://www.dornellasbikeclub.ca


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