Five weeks ago I was ready to take home my brand new Devinci Leo T2 time trial bike, when we had noticed a major issue with the frame design. After weeks of calls, emails, yelling and frustration (I’ll save you from listening to the specifics) my Mona Lisa had been put to rest and I now found myself in a scramble to find a new bike for the season opener at Woodstock. Thanks to Nik at County Cycle in Beamsville, Ontario, (my local bike shop sponsor) he was able to contact Garneau and secure a much sexier Gennix Tr1 that would arrive in just the nick of time, hopefully. At 7:30pm Friday June.10th Nik had to literally drop the TR1, as well as the Leo T2 off at my house so that we could strip the entire Devinci, transfer everything over to the Garneau and hit the road to Woodstock so I could finish everything in the hotel before I crashed for the night and raced in the morning. I had prepared myself for what I needed to do to the bike to get it ready but as I frantically built the bike, laying on the floor with a flashlight at 2:30am I realized I hadn’t brought any wrenches small enough and the brake set couldn’t be installed without them. I was so…… close to finishing, but it was now time for the back up plan. I had brought my wife’s black and pink road bike incase something like this happened (insert your laughter here). I woke up at 6:30am, now 30years old (my birthday!), set it on the stand, dialled it in and checked the tires for possible problems. I was as ready to go as I could be given the circumstances and lack of sleep lol.
We pulled into the Pittock Conservation Area at 7:45 and I headed over to get my timing chip, body marked, pick up my bib, race kit, t-shirt and drop my stuff off in the transition area. This was not going to be my morning lol. I approached the tent to pick up everything, to find out they had given all of the Woodstock T-shirts away already in every size, which seems to happen to me at every race haha as well as there weren’t any race kits left either. I have yet to get a custom event shirt from any of my races and I long for one, but will survive lol! I finished everything else I had to do just in the nick of time for the Duathlon mass start.
The weather was beautiful and hot, despite what the weather man had predicted the night before, as we all met at the start /finish line. 5,4,3,2,1 and we were off! I took off in the middle of the pack as we started heading through a grassy area before connecting with a gravel road and then onto a paved path that would lead us across the dam and towards Oxford road turnaround. The course was nice and smooth with light rolling hills about 2 Km’s in. I felt good on the run but was pacing myself to work any kinks out from my lack of, much dreaded run training in the months prior. I came into the first transition sitting in 40th overall out of the 74 fellow athletes and made quick time, for me, onto the bike course.
The bike course started off with a nice climb right out of the Conservation area and my legs felt fresh. I blasted through the first 10km of the rolling bike course, passing as many people as I could in the very quick 16 minute effort. The return was a different story as the wind hit me like a brick wall. I had managed to pass 20 athletes on my way out, as I counted the bibs. The wind put a stop to that though and I now found myself crawling at just below 30km/h trying to hold off the aero machines behind me. I caught a brake after the last corner and ramped the speed up again just enough to hold them off. I flew into the dismount line cleanly but on my way through two people, a triathlete had swung his right leg out directly in front of me, knocking my bike out of my hands, sending me stumbling and sending the bike flying to the ground. I myself have never seen a bike course marshal so angry at someone, as he started to scold the individual on sportsmanlike conduct and how to safely dismount from a bike. Kudos to you!
After I gathered myself in the transition and racked my bike, I flew out onto the run course now in 24th and had done something to my foot. I must of either hurt it in the accident or from the intense crank grinding out on the bike course. I could feel the foot swelling, but knew I only had 2.5 Km’s to go and otherwise felt good. I held off as many people as I could all the way to the finish line coming in at 30th overall with a time of 1:24:32! I am very happy with the result and can feel my bike training, paying off. It was a great start to the season.
John Salt was kind enough to set up a group photo opportunity for our entire Multisport Canada Recharge with milk Ambassador team, directly before the awards. It was so great to meet the fellow athletes that I will be working so hard with to represent the organization and help develop and introduce new athletes and individuals to the sports of Duathlon and Triathlon. You can find all of my teammates on the Multisport Canada Website. Don’t hesitate to contact any of us if you would like help in achieving your own aspirations!
I was also able to visit one of my biggest supporters, Rob Milligan the owner of Blade Carbon Wheels. I had a chance to showcase my new bike with his unbelievably light, fast and UCI approved Wheelsets at his booth and I can’t wait to unleash them out on the course this year! Look for his booth at select Multisport Canada races this season and contact him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for all of your Wheelset needs! Next up is the Welland Rose City Traithlon June.25th. Come check it out, I’ll be racing 9am sharp!