April 24, 2022, kicked off the unofficial start to the race season with the Paris to Ancaster race. The weather was great and NCCH was out in force. We had Athletes competing at all four events as well as NCCH had Volunteers on the course and running the Bike Wash.
The 100km event saw the students become masters when both Vanessa M. and Maria M. crossed the finish line before Cyril M in the overall standings. Vanessa M. and Maria M. finished first and second respectively in the 17-18 female category.
In the 70km event Logan C. finished first overall in the 16-19 male category and had the eleventh fastest time overall.
The 45km event featured 22 NCCH riders. In the hotly contested boys 11-15 category we had five Athletes, Mathias L(3), Matthew P(6), Matthew M(7), Sam M(8), and Jaxson V(10), in the top 10. Mathias' time was the fifth fastest time overall. Coach Kyle finished tenth in the Men's 40-49 category and Coach Amy finished fourth in the women's 40-49 category. Another notable finish was Katie V, Jaxson V's Mom who crossed the finish line sixth in the women's 40-49 category racing as an independent. We think next year we need to get her into NCCH blue!
The 20km event also featured a great showing of NCCH riders, coaches and parents. The event was self timed and I know several Athletes set personal bests on this course.
Thanks to all the athletes, parents, coaches, parents, friends, family members, students and anyone else that I left out that helped at the Bike Wash. It was a huge success and NCCH raised over $4000 and will be using those funds to purchase an inflatable landing mat to help our Participants/Riders/Athletes during skills development.
A very special, massive, huge thanks to Steph, Katherine and Kris. They did all the heavy lifting making this event a success, from organizing and planning the bike wash, to running it the day of, and even jumping in and washing bikes.
Without the amazing Volunteers and Staff we have, NCCH would not be the great organization it is today. The work, planning, logistics, training, that all the Volunteers and Staff do behind the scenes, the part most people never see, is the reason NCCH is able to put out an amazing end product, and set up all of our riders, no matter what program they are enrolled in, for success.
A Group Results
1 - Logan C 1:53
2 - Matthew P
3 - Matias
B Group Results
1 - Greg/Jaxson 2:25
2 - Jacob
3 - Bailey
C Group Results
1 - David 2:28
2 - Addison
3 - Zach/ Logan B
Ben has always had lofty ambitions of biking riding to Oshawa (142km) all summer. On September 4, 2021 Ben and his Dad attempted their journey leaving around 8:30am (from Stoney Creek). Last summer they tackled Scarborough (92km 8hrs, 6hrs riding time) earlier and Ben said he could keep going!
The end result was Ajax! Shockingly Ben could have kept going, so his goal was in reached but they lost the battle with daylight. Ben felt great that day and showed no signs of soreness from the journey. He was so excited at the Pickering sign knowing he arrived at a new destination. His other highlight was hitting 40km/h on a down hill segment in Scarborough. Ben is looking forward to riding with NCCH’s Fall Explorer Program (next stage of Rider Development-LTAD) as it will present a great challenge for him!
Super Saturday will host 35 NCCH MTB Cyclists at a Time Trials climbing Martin Side Road. They will be joined by 40 NCCH Recreation Program Riders in a fun morning of cycling activities. Be sure to follow the action!
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In 2019 NCCH took a team of 16 cyclists and 4 support staff to the Jeugdtour - European Cycling Tour of Assen at the end of July. The Jeugdtour (Assen) is the largest tour of its kind and is held each year in Assen, Netherlands for youth from 10-18 years of age. That was the 55th year of this tour and it boasted more than 800 registrants from 22 different countries.
This is a 6 day tour consisting of a Prologue, Criterium race, Classic Road Race, Time Trial, Cobbled Omloop race and a final Criterium race so it has something for everyone and provides many learning opportunities for all riders..
The 2019 NCCH athletes ranged in age from 11-18 with the majority being U17 and U19. Here are some of the comments that we received from both the athletes and the parents:
- This project showed me a lot about the aggressive European racing style. I learned about racing in pelotons of over 120 girls on tight roads and cobble stones, cornering in the grass and fighting my way to the front of the pack. The stage race gave me confidence in my riding abilities and left me motivated to train hard for next year's race!
- This was an incredible experience for our son. He has had some success in Canada but this opened his eyes to international racing at a very competitive level. It took a few stages to gain confidence and believe in himself that he could compete at a very high level. It was also great to strengthen his independence and learn to take care of himself and others (physically, mentally and emotionally). An experience that he will remember for a lifetime.
- I learnt a lot on this project (on and off the bike) and it was fun riding with a lot of people on skinny roads and cobbled roads. I liked meeting riders my age from other countries.
- I really enjoyed racing in big groups against racers from all over. The competition was unlike anything you could experience in Canada because there were so many people and the racing was so fast. I learned a lot and had tons of fun both on and off the bike. I am super grateful to have had this opportunity.
- I really liked racing in big fields and experiencing racing on cobbles. The racing was so different from the racing in Canada, so I learned so much every race I did.
- Highlight of my cycling career so far
This was the first time that NCCH attended this specific event, and our plans to attend in 2020 were cancelled due to COVID.
NCCH has been sending athletes into Europe for the past 3 years and they are excited by the opportunities that this has provided for the athletes.
Planning for this type of project takes a lot of organization and as a result, plans are currently underway for the 2021 project and we are currently accepting expressions of interest from riders who would like to participate in this iconic event. The 2021 race will occur from August 2nd to August 7th.
If you are interested in attending this event as an athlete or as a chaperone, NCCH is currently accepting expressions of interest to email@example.com. Please include some details about yourself and your racing history. Limited spaces available! Deadline for receipt of expression of interest is December 31st.
The second MTB TT day was cool, crisp and fast. Some new PB times were set across all three waves and the lap time data will be very valuable in assessing riders and planning for winter training. And, it was fun and positive for everyone's health - physical and mental - to be outside and amping up the heart rate.
Thanks for giving your all and at the same time being kind and respectful to hikers and walkers. Many people on the trails commented positively about NCCH members and the benefits of being on the trails with organized events for youth.
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