View the photo gallery to see what we were up to in 2013
2013 EVENT RECAP:
Niagara International Half-Marathon, Niagara Falls ON
Sunday October 27, 2013
Race Report by Fernando Resende:
It was a cold 4 degree morning as we transferred onto our handcycles getting ready to ride the scenic and fairly flat course comprised mostly of the Niagara River Parkway. As the buzzer went off 8 of us made our way against a cold head wind. Tom Proszowski and Anthony Lue pulled away immediately as I tried to follow Anthony’s draft. Not being able to keep the same average speed I began running my own race and maintaining my own comfortable average. It took a good 3 miles before my arms warmed up to the point where I no longer felt like I had the emergency brake on.
Meanwhile further back, Rich Vanderwal and Flavio Pagliero had decided to accompany newbie cyclist Brian Donato on his first ever long ride, maintaining a good pace. Christi Rougoor and another cyclist followed close behind.
At the 9 mile mark I saw that Anthony was off to the side with a flat tire. An able-bodied cyclist was helping him out. I shouted asking if he needed help and wanted me to stop? He yelled, keep going I’ll catch you dammit! Constantly thinking that Anthony would catch me or Rich and Flav would make a break to the finish I pushed harder to maintain a good pace.
A really well planed event with hydration stations every mile, hundreds of random strangers cheering and a great vibe ended quickly as I sprinted on a bit of a downhill to the finish. Coming in at 55:59 after Tom’s impressive 49:49 first place finish. Anthony still managed to come in third at 1:01:56 after changing a flat! Congrats to Brian for a great finish and amazing first race! And Christi was the first woman across the line finishing well.
Definitely a great day, great turn out and great event for handcycling to be involved in. Rich, Flav and I then took a leisurely ride back to the starting gate to fetch our chairs, cheering on the incoming runners and enjoying the race vibe once again from the perspective of a moving spectator. Thanks to the organizers of the Niagara Half Marathon, Rich, and everyone who came out! Next year full Marathon anyone?
Complete Race Results can be found here
2013 EVENT RECAP:
100k Big Move Cancer Ride, St. Catharines ON
Sunday September 8
Race Report by Jamie Lauzon:
Rich Vanderwal, Flavio Pagliero and I completed the 100k Big Move Cancer Ride on September 8th. This was the second year for Rich and I and Flav decided to join us this year. Also riding along were 16 co-workers of mine from the Ministry of Transportation. Together we formed Team MTO B4B (Bikes for Bonnie) in memory of my late mother Bonnie Lauzon.
This year’s ride was significantly more challenging than last years as the route had some big hills and there were strong winds that day. We started out as a group, but quickly the able bodied riders got ahead as the 2 biggest climbs were within the first 20 km of the ride. Another factor was that all 3 of us were riding new bikes that we had just received about a week before the ride. While we looked great in our RX’s and the bikes are fast, I think we all agreed that we still had some adjustments to make in our set ups. Rich seemed to be most affected by the bike and early hills and was having a tough time finding a rhythm. My 50 pound lighter frame is a big advantage over both Rich and Flav so before the second hill we decided that we would go at our own pace, which looking back was probably a bad decision considering the conditions.
I was feeling great after recovering from the hills and moving along at about 30 km/ hr through the middle section of the course when I decided to stop at the 50km rest stop to fill my water bottle. After a bit of time messing with the equipment and chatting with a fellow MTO B4B rider, I noticed Flavio fly by out the corner of my eye and he had not noticed me at the stop. Wanting to catch up, I quickly got organized and got back on the road just as Rich was making his way by. Rich and I stayed together for most of the rest of the ride thinking that we would eventually together catch Flavio, who’s never completed a 100k ride before.
After some brutal headwinds and more hills the second 50k Rich and I reached the finish in 4hrs and 20 minutes with an average speed or 23km/h, but had still not passed Flavio. Expecting that he had kicked our butts in his new bike we were surprised and concerned when he was nowhere to be found at the finish. Our concern grew as there continued to be no sign of him over the next hour and a half until we finally saw him cross the line. He had rode the last 5km on a flat and proceeded to tell us that he had previously taken a wrong turn and got lost on the unfamiliar roads of Niagara. After flagging down a local and getting some direction he was finally back on track, only to deal with the flat tire near the end. After analyzing the route the next day he was able to determine that he completed one part of the route twice and took a wrong turn, adding an additional 25k to the ride!!
Despite the hills, wind, wrong turns and flat tires all 3 of us had a great day in support of a great cause. Our handcycling presence was definitely known and the bikes were a big hit among the able bodied cyclists.
Hope to do it all over again next year and have a larger contingent of handbikes among the 600 riders.
2013 EVENT RECAP:
Centurion Canada, The Blue Mountains ON
Saturday September 14
It was a soft and slow start for the Para-Cycling Division at Centurion Blue Mountains, as the group of riders was under estimated once again being put in the 3rd start corral. After pushing through the swarm of 250+ riders, the 3 man crew made up of Stephan Postmus, Roger Koert and Alex Hyndman were off in full force. Stephan staring off the first sprint – splitting from the other two, and it wasn’t long until Alex broke from Roger after the first few turns. Stephan was the first to cross the finish at a time of 1:11:46, followed up by Alex at 1:13:49 and Roger finishing it up with a time of 1:33:16. The course made up of some short steep hills and fast straights for a fast enjoyable race.
View the Race Results here
2013 EVENT RECAP:
Ontario Provincial Individual Time Trial Championships, Chatham ON
Saturday August 31
Thanks to the efforts of HCC members, this year’s Ontario Provincial Individual Time Trial Championships included representation in 2 Para-Cycing Categories; Para C1-C3 Men and Para H1-H2 Men.
HCC’s Alex Hyndman claimed the title in the H1-H2 category by a wide margin over runner-up, HCC’s Roger Koert.
Hyndman’s win confirmed he is an uprising star in the Canadian handcycling community and will be for years to come.
View the Race Results here
Ontario’s Premier Handcycling Event a Huge Success
10 para-cyclists show up to trail-blaze first year event
HCC had a huge day in Waterloo on June 23. Not only did all 10 para-cyclists compete and finish the challenging 40km course, but HCC’s Mark Ledo posted the fastest time of any cyclist on the course by more than 6 minutes! A great day in Waterloo and a MUST RIDE for 2014.
Congratulations goes out to all handcylists who braved the unknown terrain:
Stephan POSTMUS (para-cyclist)
Want to learn more?
The Tour is a mass participation, OCA sanctioned, Gran Fondo – chip timed event with proceeds supporting the Grand River Hospital Foundation and KW Counselling Services. The event is geared to all kinds of roadies; racers, serious cyclists, the weekend road warrior and recreational non-competitive riders.
Saturday September 14:
For registration, Para-Cyclists must select the appropriate distance for event (C25)
and select Para-Cycling as the Category Group. This will group us together in their system.
Sunday June 16 Report:
Although the rain prevented para-cyclists from enjoying the C50km route at Centurion Ontario on June 16th, HCC members had a fantastic opportunity to talk with Canadian Icon Simon Whitfield.
Check out the efforts from Centurion this year to work with HCC and include para-cycling in their cycling series here
Not sure what Centurion is all about?! See what HCC Member Rich VanderWal had to say about last years race;
GranFondo Niagara Falls
The Gran-fondo main event is scheduled for Saturday September 14, 2013 and offers a dedicated car free lane for the entire 125km route. IF you are interested in riding your cycle in this event, please consider riding for team Variety Village and have a percentage your registration go towards this great cause.
Information on the event can be found here
Another World-Class Event for Defi Sportif Handcyclists
Handcyclists competed on Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, Montreal’s F1 race track location, April 26-27, 2013.
Event Results: Defi Sportif Results 2013
Congratulations to all Handcyclists that competed;
From Canada: Myriam Adam, Mark Beggs, Robert Buren, Margaret Conquest, Richard Dufour, Luke Gingras, Kasey Holberton, Alex Hyndman, Roger Koert, Robert Labbé, Mark Ledo, Charles Moreau, Rico Morneau, Pierre Ouellet, Jimmy Pelletier, Tom Proszowski, Derek Zaplotinsky
From USA: Alicia Dana, Delmon Dunston, James Laird, Scott Sweet, Matt Updike
From Burkina: Kadidia Nikiema,
Toronto’s 1st organized 10K Handcycle Race a Huge Success!
“I raced this course last year in my racing wheelchair and loved being on Yonge street with no traffic and spectators cheering the whole way down. It’s going to be an awesome event with 15 handcycles lined up at the start”
Rich VanderWal – Local rider
Toronto’s First organized 10K Handcycle Race was a great start to the 2013 cycling season.
10K FINISHERS: Jeff Adams, Toronto; Kristen Cameron, Toronto; Shawn Courchesne, Alton; Theo Geeve, Toronto; Helena Griner, Scarborough; Roger Koert, Stratford; Jamie Lauzon, Niagara Falls; Anthony Lue, North York; Flavio Pagliero, Thornhill; Tom Proszowski, Toronto; Fernando Resende, Mississauga: Christine Rougoor, Niagara On The Lake; Rich Vanderwal, Toronto; Alyssa Woronecki, Richmond Hill
CANADIANS PERFORM IN GREENVILLE, SC
On April 21st, a number of Canadian Handcyclists found themselves competing, and winning, in TTs and RRs in Greenville, SC.
Congratulations goes out to:
Mark BEGGS, Canada
Robert LABBE, Canada
Mark LEDO, Canada
Charles MOREAU, Canada
Rico MORNEAU, Canada
Pierre OUELLET, Canada
Jimmy PELLETIER, Canada
HCC on location at Toronto International Bicycle Show
if you missed us at the show, check out the photo gallery to see what we were up to.
Paracycling 2012 London Paralympics in Pedal Magazine
Jan. 25, 2013
Read up on the success of Canada’s Para-Cyclists in Pedal Magazine!