I had a very busy summer and fall, racing road, XC, velodrome, and Cross. I spent the month of July training and racing XC in Nova Scotia after our Spring Road Series. My focus was to prepare for a Quebec Cup XC Race in Rimouski in early August. Unfortunately, conditions were very rough, with heavy rain and mud . I raced as a first year Cadet (on my Kula WATT), and hung with the lead group on the first of two laps. On the second lap, my cassette, front dereuiller, chain and chain stay were so full of mud that my chain got jammed up between my chain ring and chain stay. It took me about 5 minutes to free it up and it was really tough to be passed by most of the riders I was ahead of. I did manage to finish the race but I was disappointed in my result. In the evening sprints I had a top 10 finish, so the day ended up OK after all. The Nova Scotia XC is now over and I was really happy with my racing and very impressed with my Kula Watt. It took a real pounding this summer. I ended up in second place in the NS U17 Provincial Points Series.
In August I travelled to my first road stage race, The Cape Breton Classic. I managed to finish first in the GC on my Zing Supreme, and I finished first overall in the U17 NS Road Race Points Series.
September was the busiest month of the season, with 2 XC races and the Canadian Track-Velodrome Championships in Dieppe, NB. I had limited training time on the Velodrome but made the best of it at the Nationals. I didn’t set my expectations too high and I gained a lot of valuable experience which I hope to put to good use next August when the Track Nationals return to Dieppe.
October and November is Cross season in the Maritimes and I’m having a blast. I earned enough money mowing lawns this summer to buy a 2013 Jake the Snake. The transition from XC to Cross was more difficult than I imagined, but now I am feeling really comfortable on my bike. I am racing in our local Cyclesmith/Kona Cross Series in Halifax and I’ll end the season in Sussex, NB for a double header weekend on November 24th and 25th.
I am already starting to think about my plan for next year, which will include a road stage race in Quebec, XC Nationals in Ontario, Track Nationals in Dieppe, and Cross next fall.
Coach Feenstra and the Cyclesmith Crew took very good care of me this season. I’m not old enough to work at Cyclesmith, so I am volunteering there once or twice a month, and learning a lot about cycling.
I am very proud to be a Kona Grassroots Team Member and I’m looking forward to next season. Thanks again for your support this past season.