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Inside The Pro’s Bike with Mountain Bike Action Magazine

Pick up a Mountain Bike Action magazine to get the full 3 page story on my bike and me. :)

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Off-Season Update

When you think of off-season you generally think of relaxing, lounging and vacationing.  The past few weeks have been very little of those things and I’ve actually made a pretty big effort to get caught up on everything that I wanted to do that I couldn’t do during the race season.  To be a full time Mountain Bike athlete means being extremely good at one thing and that’s riding your bike.  I absolutely love mountain biking and you couldn’t do this sport if you weren’t motivated for success & improvements although it does come with it’s sacrifices.  I once heard a quote: ” To excel in one specific sport or thing, often means blunting energy or  making sacrifices elsewhere in your life”.   That’s pretty much how us athletes live for 11 months of the year.  At this level you have to dedicate 100% of your time and lifestyle solely to your performance and your sport.  The “off-season” for me…. is the perfect time to get caught up on all the fun activities I miss out on throughout the year.  In a nutshell the last few weeks have been all about riding the moto, eating good food lol… sometimes indulging in good food, getting on the fastest auto track in North America with Pfaff Porsche, racing bikes (of course!) house stuff like painting and decorating, shopping and catching up with family and friends.

So, here is to the off-season as we get closer to 2015!

Thanks Apex Race Photography for the photos from the Epic 8 hour.

Epic 8!

Epic 8!

The conditions were perfect, you could really carve the corners and let the tires do their job.

The conditions were perfect, you could really carve the corners and let the tires do their job.

Epic 8 Hour Trek Toronto tent set up had us looked after for the day.

Epic 8 Hour, Trek Toronto tent set up had us looked after for the day.

I don't get this guy, lack of training still leads it out and pulls fastest laps for the day.

I don’t get this guy… lack of training, still leads it out and pulls fastest laps for the day.

Picking up the 911 from Pfaff Porsche HQ.

Picking up the 911 from Pfaff Porsche HQ.

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20 mins on and 20 mins off.  I'm use to this!

20 mins on and 20 mins off. I’m use to this!

Pfaff Porsche organized an amazing day at the track.  Mosport is actually the fastest track in North America.

Pfaff Porsche organized an amazing day at the track. Mosport is actually the fastest track in North America.

Getting the talk and instructions.

Getting the talk and instructions.

Passing on your right :)

Passing on your right :)

The 911 is such an amazing car, nothing can describe how perfect Porsche has gotten the feeling of this car.

The 911 is such an amazing car, nothing can describe how perfect Porsche has gotten the feeling of this car.

Such an amazing day at the track!

Such an amazing day at the track!

Pfaff | Porsche 911 Anniversary Edition

Last night Pfaff celebrated their 50th anniversary with the unveiling of a 911 Turbo S that was exclusively customized by Porsche for Pfaff Porsche.  There is only 5 of the Pfaff Porsche 911 Anniversary Editions made in the world and all are spoken for!  When they finally pulled the curtain on the Porsche 911 jaws dropped.

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Pfaff Porsche Details

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Ganaraska – Moto, Moto, Moto

A few clips of me practicing some STEEP climbs at the Ganaraska Forest on Ontario. All the clips were filmed using the new Shimano Sport Camera.

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Photo Report – 2014 Season Recap

With the 2014 race season well on it’s way to being wrapped up, I can’t help myself from reflecting on all the good times had and the many successes along the way. This year was one of my best races season’s yet and not just on the racing front but also personally. Each year I get the opportunity to grow as an athlete, travel the world while racing my bike and I also I get to meet so many amazing people and fans along the way.  These are just a few of the reasons of why I love doing what I do so much.  Thank you everyone for the support and love!

Below are a few pictures with captions:

Kicking the season off in the USA with some fast racing.

Kicking the season off in the USA with some fast racing.

Coming back home to winter absolutely sucked after spending 3 months training in shorts & jersey weather.

Coming back home to winter absolutely sucked after spending 3 months training in shorts & jersey weather.

Seeing my new Pfaff | Porsche Cayenne for the first time was more then memorable.  I'm very grateful to have Pfaff Auto as a sponsor and be part of their family.

Seeing my new Pfaff | Porsche Cayenne for the first time was more then memorable. I’m very grateful to have Pfaff Auto as a sponsor and be part of their family.

Getting involved with the Heart and Stroke foundation during my spare time at home.  Health, well being and fitness can change the world for the better.

Getting involved with the Heart and Stroke foundation during my spare time at home. Health, well being and fitness can change the world for the better.

Getting back on the World Cup podium in Cairns finishing 2nd.

Getting back on the World Cup podium in Cairns finishing 2nd. The courses are reaching all new heights both technically and what they demand of you.

I love Australia.

The podium contenders flip flopped each World Cup this year.

My European race campaign absolutely sucked but I quickly got over it and regained control for the later half of the season.

My European race campaign absolutely sucked but I quickly got over it and regained control for the later half of the season.

Isn't this all athletes do anyways? Grocery shopping?

Isn’t this all athletes do anyways? Grocery shopping?

Although my legs didn't come to the party in Europe my mind did and I still fought hard for every World Cup point.

Although my legs didn’t come to the party in Europe my mind did and I still fought hard for every World Cup point.

Remembering why I started mountain biking in the first place. #fortheloveofbikes

Remembering why I started mountain biking in the first place. #fortheloveofbikes

Getting back to the basics in the Summer with a big block of training.

Getting back to the basics in the Summer with a big block of training.

Representing Canada and finishing 2nd place at Commonwealth Games in Scotland was an amazing experience to say the least.

Representing Canada and finishing 2nd place at Commonwealth Games in Scotland was an amazing experience to say the least.

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MSA is possibly one of the most fun courses to turn laps on.

MSA is possibly one of the most fun courses to turn laps on.

Hitting the podium in Canada at Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup.

Hitting the podium in Canada at Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup.

What season wouldn't be complete without good team mates that photo bomb you :) and also some quality recovery time of course.

What season wouldn’t be complete without good team mates that photo bomb you :) and also some quality recovery time of course.

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France was an amazing place to end the World Cup season.

Capping off my best season ever in France by finishing 4th overall in the World Cup series.

Capping off my best season ever in France by finishing 4th overall in the World Cup series.

Teamwork makes the dream work. #TrekFactoryRacing

Teamwork makes the dream work. #TrekFactoryRacing

Finishing the season off in Norway with a 6th at World Championships was perfect.

Finishing the season off in Norway with a 6th at World Championships was perfect.

#OhCanada

#OhCanada

The off-season is a time to relax and enjoy after a hard fought season.

The off-season is a time to relax and enjoy after a hard fought season.

Sometimes the simplest of things can be the most relaxing after a long season. #FinallyHome

Sometimes the simplest of things can be the most relaxing after a long season. #FinallyHome

All smiles for 2014.  I was healthy, happy, amazing fans and support, family and friends. So much love for everyone and thankful for everything.

All smiles for 2014. I was healthy, happy, amazing fans and support, family and friends. So much love for everyone and thankful for everything.

 

Trek Factory Racing | 2014 World Cup season finale

Final World Cup Video from the Team.

Worlds Prep – Training or Resting in France?

Meribel World Cup

This past weekend the World Cup series concluded in Meribel, France and before I get into my race report I want to take this moment in time to offer my deepest condolences to everyone who knew Annafleur Kalvenhaar. My heart aches for the friends, team mates and family of Annafleur.  An absolute tragic loss that took place in Meribel and it’s a frank reminder that sport at any level has risk. We lost an amazing talent and personality. You will be missed Annafluer.  http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/kalvenhaar-dies-after-crash-at-meribel-world-cup

Annafleur Kalvenhaar

Annafleur Kalvenhaar

Annafluer would have wanted the racing action to continue and after many meetings with riders, teams and the UCI, we all decided it would be best for the races to go forward…..  I couldn’t think of a more beautiful location to finish the series then Meribel…. pair that with the number of supportive spectators, an all natural terrain course that riders raved about, perfect weather and we had ourselves a bike race.

The race played out pretty good and it was probably the most competetive race of the season.  There really wasn’t any world ranked riders missing from the Elite Women’s field and the depth really showed in the racing.  Usually, 4-5 mins behind the winner will get you a top 10 finish in a World Cup (for the women anyways) and in Meribel, the top 20 women finished within 6 minutes of each other.. that’s roughly a rider crossing the line every 15-18 seconds which is very tight racing.  It’s normal in the men although I have never seen such depth and competitive racing in the women, it’s a real testament with how hard everyone is working and where the sport is going.

I had a pretty descent race jumping off the start line and into 2nd position, fading mid race and then hitting the jets on the last lap to move myself back into 6th position.  When I came across the line I actually thought I was in 5th and in the end, 5th was only 7 more seconds… damn!  Overall a pretty good race and in doing so, I was able to secure my 4th place overall in the series.  I was pretty focused on consistency this year and if I hadn’t had those 2 poor performances in Europe I would have easily secured 2nd overall… of course we always want more :) and I will settle to take 4th overall this year.

Thank you to all my sponsors, family and friends for the highest level of support this year.  Adam for the best coaching and guidance from WFPcoaching.    Trek Bikes for amazing support and the best equipment. Pfaff Porsche for loving cycling so much and providing me with a vehicle for the year, a huge expense off my shoulders.  Lululemon for keeping me clothed haha… seriously though, a perfect company that’s very passionate about Yoga and clothing. Of course my FANS because I couldn’t do this without everyone supporting me… you guys really make the dreams so worth it and I hope to continue inspiring more people to ride bikes and have fun.  All for now, time to get ready for World Champs in Norway.  Lots of love for everyone!

Dan finished 3rd overall and I finished 4th overall.

Dan finished 3rd overall and I finished 4th overall.

Teamwork makes the dream work. #TrekFactoryRacing

Teamwork makes the dream work. #TrekFactoryRacing

Watch the action all over again on Redbull.com

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Music Playlist – Tracks to Keep You Rolling

Banger beats to keep you motivated and the wheels turning!

Trek Factory Racing | Mont-Sainte-Anne & Windham World Cup recap