Overcoming Setbacks

It’s hard to believe that we are right into the heart of the 2014 race season already. My early season has been quite successful so far, with 4 race wins, a top 5 on the final stage of Redlands, a podium at Sea Otter, and a top 10 GC at the Tour de Beauce.

It hasn’t been without some setbacks though. An illness after Beauce has meant my final preparations for the Global Relay Canadian National Championships, and the Gastown Grand Prix has involved lots of rest and a short break at home in Nova Scotia. I am hoping to be back up to a competitive level in time to feature in the Nationals Road race. From there I will head back to Vancouver to hopefully get back to full health and enjoy some good training.

The rest of the season is shaping up to be a busy one with BC Superweek followed by Cascade Cycling Classic, and then potentially some UCI tours in South America. From there I hope to earn a spot racing with the GR Canadian National Team for the Tour of Alberta and the two WorldTour one-day races in Quebec.

It is great to see Global Relay becoming such an integral part of Cycling Canada: adding their sponsorship of the National team and National Championships to everything they already do through Bridge the Gap and supporting the Gastown Grand Prix. Gastown is such a historic race in Canada, and has the most energetic atmosphere of any race I have ever done. Just being on the start line is exciting, and this year I hope I can ride my way onto the podium!