My season started with a nice stint of training as prescribed by Coach Rick with the OCA, 8 days in California soon followed by 11 days in South Carolina. Once back I accomplished my long thought out off season goal of winning the Tour of Battenkill. Then I skipped School for 4 weeks to ride my bike in Belgium,Holland, and Germany where my luck got progressively worse. I won 2 days after making the 7 hour time jump, closely followed by a 4th in a Belgian National level race. In the next race after spending 50km in a two man break with Brandon Etzl we were pulled back and I came 9th in the group gallop. In a rainy Interclub I was 53rd in the sprint after a break not getting away successfully. I then approached the short calm in the eye of the storm with a early break that turned into a solo win 45 seconds ahead of a stacked Kermis field. My fading luck and form started to come back as I flatted out of the winning break in a Dutch one day race with 3km left and the peleton flew around me in the final 100m, disallowing me to salvage a 4th place. Karlsburg was, as a giddy/optimistic person would put it, a great learning experience. I preformed horribly, even getting dropped on one of the stages and not making anywhere near the impact I had anticipated. Early May had begun and the staff blamed my allergies for my sudden loss of gusto, but poor excuses aside failing to preform was really hard on me.
With my Familly happy to have me back, it was time for some recovery in Canada. I did a few Elite 1/2 races as preparation for the nationals and worked on my incredibly poor ITT skills. I went up with Team CHCH up to Beauce as Nats came fast and I managed a top 6 in all events 3rd in RR, 4th in ITT and 6th in Crit. For the 2nd year in a row I fudged up my RR, but I took a lot of joy in my ITT, making massive improvements on my performance in Karlsburg from 1 month earlier. With consistency at Nationals I felt I had a good enough chance at being selected for the Worlds team so I had to take the opportunity of a life time getting to spend a VIP weekend at the TdF followed by a nearly free 1 month in Belgium. This was at the cost of the fast, flat, Team Canada vs. Team USA Tour de l'Abitibi, which was a selection race. Before leaving I made sure to attend an event ran by my sponsors, SpinSanityCycles, although I wasn't allowed to race Elite 1/2. With a small Junior field due to all the best riders participating at Abitibi I tried to set up my lone teammate James for the win but when I realized that wasn't possible I managed to get the Kevin Tearle Hatrick with a solo crash, win, and a minute solo advantage at the line.
|3rd @ Nationals Road Race|
|LLG Stage Race|
|Racing with Quinten Hermans|
|Flat in the Sprint (Far Left)|
A huge thanks to my supporters! My Family, Coach Rick, SpinSanityCycles, Team CHCH, the Hermans Familly, Joezef Mertens, SCC the CCC, Washington Mills and the OCA.