• 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


I've been mulling over the notion of strength and conditioning for cycling over the past week. A few things have happened and some stories that have been "told to me" that give me pause. However, I should step back a bike to start from the "beginning" of why I think I had a good idea of what strength training should involve.

In 2009, I was racing my first year of bike racing. I can remember something special: being able to sprint out over 1200W without an issue. Sept. 2015 was the first time in 6 years that I was able to do that again. In June 2009, my life changed. I crashed and went over the bars at 40km/h at the Midweek Crit during the final sprint and landed WHAM on my right side shattering my right femur. Not exactly the start to bike racing that I imagined. Since that faithful day, my right leg has never been the same, although, it took about two years to figure that out. One does not realize the amount of muscles it takes to walk until you have to learn to walk again. As a matter of interest, the crash left me with a rod permanently attached to my femur and the fine motor control in my right, I would learn, of a two year old.

I got up this morning, after deciding last night, I'm going into the office , thinking I need a book to read. I work at home three days per week, and circumstance what they were, I've been working at home for the last week. I wanted out of my cage. The trek into the office is one that takes me from Milton on the commuter GO Train into downtown Toronto, and up the subway line to just north of the downtown core. The trek takes about 2hrs total one way and gives me a change to read. I had spent the last four moths studying Abnormal Psychology, a 3rd year course towards my degree, at York University - something I started back in 2002. Today, was the first time in months I could read on the way in something that wasn't course related. I needed a book. I looked at the bookshelf and found something I bought a few months ago: How Bad Do You Want It by Matt Fitzgerald. I tossed in my bag, and headed out the door.

Over the long September weekend, I spend my time racing at the International Velodrome at Bloomer Park at the Thunder Games track race. I've done that race two years in a row, although, last year I was less successful. I have also raced in Cleveland at the Cleveland Velodrome. I race in the US in the summer on the track because there isn't any track racing in Ontario. The Thunder Games was a two evening event that featured Madison racing at it's core. Teams raced against each other in scratch, points, and elimination races as well as a Madison for points. The top team wins the tournament. They eventually race a A and B group and I won the B group with Enrico "CritBoy" Traini as my partner. It was a blast. Looking at the videos on Youtube of the big track races in the UK such as the Revolution UK series, I get excited. Then, you come back to Ontario, and the excitement all goes away.

There used to be this style of racing at the Forest City Velodrome, but in recent years, the turn out for race nights as dwindled. While the FCV is about to undergo a transformation and a 6 day style show could happen this season but one has to wonder where Milton fits in. One has to wonder the possibilities of what could be and what isn't happening. Oddly, on the way back home from Bloomer Park, I had to wonder what if we do that format for a big race in Milton. What about the OCUP series, you say?



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