November Newsletter

November Newsletter

Oct 28, 2013

  Okay, here we are in a season that is very quickly becoming winter or is already winter, unless you are one of our lucky subscribers who live in tropical or sub-tropical regions. Here is White Rock, fall is boldly fighting off the approach of winter and today is a sun kissed golden day. It’s the kind of day that you want to celebrate and we will do just that as we are pleased to announce that PowerCranks has become the Title Sponsor for the BC Contender which will now be named the PowerCranks Contender. PowerCranks are a well-established training tool for cyclists, triathletes and competitors in any other athletic endeavour.  PowerCranks users have won such events as the Cyclocross World Cup, Ultraman World Championship, Olympic Games Men’s Road Race, Xterra World Championships, and the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii, Paris Roubaix, and the Tour de France, the World Series and the Super Bowl (and countless other events). You can read the full news release here: http://goo.gl/VvdUjS As an added incentive people may purchase PowerCranks through us at www.powercranks.ca/home they work – it’s guaranteed! We offer “secret pricing” only available to racers, their crews and fans. To honor our new race sponsor we have a new website which we hope you visit at www.powercrankscontender.com http://powercrankscontender.com/race/register-today/are also on sale for 10 percent off the current rates published. Please email contact@tourdbc.com for your discount code! Not to scare anyone but gainst our better judgement we invited Lance Armstrong to compete in the Tour of British Columbia in an open letter to the co-author of “It’s Not about the Bike in a letter we called “Biking Bad” which was originally published by our friends at the Daily Peloton and can be read republished here on our own site There is no use in sending us any hate mail because we as expected, received no response. People cay they love cycling and challenges and then people can just say it. We know Mr. Lemond is no fan of L.A. and maybe he will give one of our races a go and show how it is done. If anyone knows Greg please let him know he is welcome. In...

Biking BAD

Biking BAD

Oct 4, 2013

Biking BAD – An open letter to Lance Armstrong. (Originally published on the Daily Peloton) Mr. Lance Armstrong. When I think about Walter White the much maligned and loved, one time, fictitious cancer survivor who hides his relationship with drugs from the public I can’t help but think of you. In the amazingly popular Vince Gilligan TV series ‘Breaking Bad” Walter White’s actions caused the deaths of countless people and destroyed people’s lives on two continents yet for the most part the public loved Walter right to the end. Back on planet earth the many of the people who once lined up to praise you, Lance Armstrong, now salivate and rub their hands hoping for you to lose the empire you built with hard work, deception and drugs. The same Lance Armstrong who helped millions of people afflicted with cancer by educating them and showing them that cancer can be beaten. In the arts and in real life the number of anti-heroes who people cheer for seems to continually grow; Bonnie and Clyde, Al Capone, Jesse James, Jesse Pinkman, Dick Cheney, Julian Assange, the menacing Sideshow Bob, the painted lady Tammy Faye Baker, okay maybe not her, but when it comes to public anger and outrage Lance Armstrong you still might be winning the race. There was a time when I was a big fan, I even tolerated what I perceived as your smug attitude because you were, nothing less than a fierce competitor; – Mike Tyson on a bicycle. But that appreciation quickly transformed itself into disappointment and anger when the power that fueled the wheels of your bicycle fell off. As it is to many, cycling is like a second religion to me and it struck me in a deep and personal way the deception that you perpetrated.   However, as anger does, mine subsided and I allowed some new perspectives and reflection to color my reaction to the facts as I now knew them. I began to see things that I was blind to before and before I could stop myself I came up with several reasons to forgive, (but not forget). I respect you are not asking for my forgiveness, I...

October Newsletter

October Newsletter

Oct 2, 2013

Our latest newsletter can be viewed at this link It contains the gripes and groans of building a race, a bit of a review of what we have accomplished and our standard plea for racers which seems to be more effective than the Harvard Types “marketing plans”  We also include an interesting look at  Cyclistic: cyc·lis·tic [sahy-klist-tik] Adjective Psychiatry. Having a condition in which gratification depends on bicycle-induced physical pain and suffering A piece written by Steve Cochran from the Endurance Capital of the World (That’s what they tell me) which we hope you will enjoy!...

What’s your race plan?

What’s your race plan?

Sep 29, 2013

An Introduction to Ultra-cycling Team racing Strategy (4-6-8 rider teams) Developing a logical, safe and efficient race plan is an essential element of competing in an ultra-endurance cycling event. To create your race plan, you need to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses and do your best to maximize your strengths while minimizing the later. Serious consideration and planning are critical to developing a race plan that allows your team’s best efforts to become realized. Elements to be considered: 1)     Objective – what do you hope to accomplish? 2)     Safety – nobody wins or accomplishes anything when safety is compromised. 3)     Resources – can your funds and support crew support your plan? 4)     Adaptability – lots of race plans look great on paper, but things change quickly out on a course so be prepared to adapt. 5)     Experience – whether you have it or not, find ways to acquire it before you race. To read the rest of this article, please follow this...

A Vertical Century.

A Vertical Century.

Sep 21, 2013

A Vertical Century? Our Tour of British Columbia route/map maker, Ron Penner, sent us a map today which combined all three of our routes and my head starting spinning about a vertical century.  It wasn’t the distance that surprised me, I mean that is simple to deduce but it seems my brain blocked out calculating the total climbing which comes in at 129,000 meters or 130 kilometers or 80 miles “up”. Please visit http://goo.gl/1uhc30 Once I chewed on that for a moment I begin to think about a vertical century. In all my days of cycling I have never heard of anyone speaking about completing or even attempting a vertical century. If you have rode a vertical century or know someone who has, we loved to hear about it? Or maybe you’re up for the challenge?  If someone rode all three of our routes they would complete well over a metric vertical century but if someone rode the BC Explorer and the Tour of BC Routes they would ride just over a vertical century along with 7,947 kilometers of distance. The distance may be enough to rattle the confidence of most people but not everyone I am sure. I rode 14,300 kilometers 3 times so if you look at it that way, it is definitely doable: a vertical century. A vertical century would put you into outer space which according to the thinkers at NASA begins at the 81 kilometer mark. A vertical century is a serious challenge and if you just want to work up to it we suggest you ride one our three races, the BC Contender, the BC Explorer or the Tour of British Columbia. If you are ready to give a full vertical metric century a go, just register for the Tour of BC and the BC Explorer and will keep the courses open for you and cheer you on at the end. The beer is on us! BC Contender: 1,619 kilometers + 27,212 meters of climbing BC Explorer: 2,820 kilometers + 39,116 meters of climbing Tour of British Columbia:  5,145 kilometers + 64,284 meters of climbing  ...