Team Shot June 2009The month of September brings to a close the road racing season Team H&R BLOCK-KONA has achieved amazing success throughout 2009 with many highlights. Our young athletes have shown the passion, dedication and drive to succeed throughout the long road racing season. We have seen our riders grow and develop as athletes and as ambassadors for the sport of cycling.

The team has experienced success at provincial and national championships, they have competed in Canada, the U.S. and abroad, we have riders that have represented Canada at the Pan Am Championships, The Canada Games, raced in Europe as well as the Canadian National Team at certain events. Through your help and support this season our riders have been given the opportunity to compete against some of the best riders and teams in North America this is a critical element in their success which gives them the ability to gain valuable race experience for the future. On behalf of the entire team we would like to thank each of our marketing partners for your amazing support this season, without organizations like yourselves we would not have been able to provide an opportunity for our athletes to compete in 2009.

We are continuing to build on our success as plans for the 2010 season are already underway we will be reaching out to each of you very soon to talk about our plans.

The team continued to race successfully in August with more incredible results.

Canada Summer Games – Prince Edwards Island
The Canada Games is a multi-sport and cultural event that brings together the best athletes in a specified age group from each Canadian province and territory. The primary objective of the Games and the Games movement is national and provincial sport development of Canadian youth. The Games provide the stimulus for Canadian youth to reach their athletic potential, pursue personal excellence and develop socially and culturally within the context of ethical competition. The Games rotate across the country and facilities built for the Games often serve as a sporting legacy to the host communities.

Canada Games Road Race
Garrett McLeod – 10th place

Canada Games Individual Time Trial
Garrett Mclead – 5th place
Matt Potma – 12th place

Canada Games Criterium
Dustin Andrews – 5th place
Garrett McLeod – 12th place

Canadian National Track Championships – Burnaby, BC
Olympic team members Tara Whitten of Edmonton and Zach Bell of Watson Lake, Yukon, headlined the track cycling national championships August 24-30 in Burnaby, B.C., at the Burnaby Velodrome. National titles will be contested in numerous exciting events at the indoor velodrome Events include the 500-metre and kilo individual time trial, individual and team pursuit, points race, the always exciting Keirin, individual and team sprint, the scratch race, the Madison and the Omnium. Competition features races at the elite, junior, under-17 and Masters levels for men and women. With the international season kicking off at the end of October, the Canadian national championships serve to launch the 2009-2010 season in track cycling. The competition and the training camps that follow will help determine the Canadian team for the World Cup circuit which starts October 30 in Manchester, England.

National Track Championship – Results
Scratch Race – Mark MacDonald – Team H&R BLOCK-KONA – 5th place
Kilo – Mike Rothengatter – Team H&R BLOCK-KONA – 9th place
Team Pursuit – Mark MacDonald Team H&R BLOCK-KONA GOLD MEDAL (raced as a member of the Team Canada),
Matt Potma Team H&R BLOCK-KONA SILVER MEDAL (raced as a member of Team BC)
Madison – Mark Macdonald – SILVER MEDAL

Alberta Provincial ITT Championships – Calgary
Chris McNeil Team H&R BLOCK-KONA wins the Silver medal
Gideon Kristalka Team H&R BLOCK-KONA wins the Bronze medal

BC Provincial ITT Championships – U23 Results
Garrett McLeod – 5th
Mike Rothengatter – 6th
Matt Potma – 7th

Speed Theory Omnium Stage Race – Calgary, Alberta
Cyrus Kangarloo Team H&R BLOCK-KONA WINS the overall championship and Gideon Kristalka takes 2nd place overall. Team HRBK won the road race and also placed three riders in the top 10 overall GC results

Upcoming Events
The Cyclo Cross season begins in September – we have a number of provincial and national level riders that will now switch from road to cyclocross to compete over the next few months. The team is very excited this season as the National Cyclocross Championships are being held in Edmonton, Alberta. The team will look to place a few of our riders in the top 10 at Nationals so stay tuned for more results in the coming weeks.

BC Cyclo-Cross Season Opener
Team H&R Block-Kona are proud to once again host the 2009 BC Cross Cup season opener on Sunday, September 6th. This year’s Langley Cyclocross Classic will put your bike handling and fitness to the test. Come enjoy cross racing at its finest in the farm fields of Langley. This course is a favorite among elite riders as well as beginners. All proceeds will go to the MS Society of BC.

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