July 24, 20141 day agoRealDeal/Gears p/b WASPcam triathlete Andrew Imrie!
Andrew is another new addition to the RealDeal/Gears p/b WASPcam team this year with the addition of several talented multisport athletes. Andrew can always be counted on for a great attitude, big smiles, and encouragement for his fellow teammates as he trains and competes taking multiple podiums this year in multiple disciplines.
Andrew grew up as a competitive swimmer, swam through high school and varsity at Queens University. He ran in high school and after university. He started triathlon in 2003 mostly to stay in shape and it wasn't until 2010 that he had a breakthrough, winning his first race overall and going on to race elite in 2012. He is now back to racing by age group as life has proved too busy to compete with guys who train full-time. When not training for three sports, Andrew is a Chartered Professional Accountant working for Cineplex Entertainment.
1) What do you like to do when you're not training/racing?Eat and sleep. Planning trips. Math. Math is hard.
2) What is your favorite cheat food?If the furnace is hot enough it will burn anything.
3) How do you motivate yourself to push when you're having a bad day?Remember that it’s not one great day or one bad day that defines your season, it’s the relentless pursuit of excellence – doing the best you can, day in and day out. Sometimes being tough is having the courage and confidence in yourself to back off on a day when you just don’t have it to save yourself for the next day.
4) What goes through your head when you're racing?Look at all the free snacks!
5) What draws you to the sport of triathlon?Putting the puzzle together – how to pace each segment of the race to be in the mix for the win.
6) What would you say is your greatest strength in triathlon? Why?Being mentally tougher than other competitors. Or being crazier.
7) What do you think you bring to the team?Experience! I’ve made a lot of mistakes over the years in both training and racing, but learned from each of them and am a better athlete today because of that. And math skills. I own a lot of calculators.
8) Who is your sport hero? Why?Triathlon is booming in Canada and that can be directly tied back to Simon Whitfield. Not only did he win the first men’s Olympic gold in the sport in 2000, he was a great advocate for the sport, the Kids of Steel series in Ontario, and promoting the relentless pursuit of excellence – what are you doing today that is going to help you achieve your goals?
9) What are you looking forward to most this upcoming season?Sharing in the camaraderie of the team – triathlon prides itself on being an individual sport, but it really does take a village to be successful. My season highlight so far was seeing seven RealDeal/Gears p/b WASPcam athletes running in sequence at the Guelph Lake race in June, cheering each other on and flying team colours at the Ontario team championships**.
**The RealDeal/Gears p/b WASPcam team placed 3rd in Division II at Ontario Triathlon Club Championships!
10) Tell us about your fondest memory on the bike.The last mile of the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii having the race of my life. Then being rewarded with 2L of IV fluids in the medical tent.
July 23, 20142 days ago
The event will be held on the MGCC/RealDeal TNTT course in Markham
July 22, 20142 days ago2014 RealDeal Youth Cup! This will be an amazing event for the kids with 3 fun events including:
- Time Trial
- Road Race
- Canada Summer Games Preliminary Sprint Challenge
This will be a really fun day for the little ones who can compete in as little or as many events as they would like for the low entry cost. The event is held on completely closed, smooth roads with wide corners and a fun crit race style that will allow for great spectating! Download the Technical Guide for all the details!
Sign up today and don't miss it! Registration closes Friday, July 25th at midnight!
July 21, 20143 days agoRealDeal/Gears p/b WASPcam 2014 calendar as the mountain bike squad and multisport athletes both attended National Championships and came away with wins, medals, and qualifications for world championships!
Mountain Bike NationalsOur Mountain Bike team geared up and headed out to Hardwood Hills in Barrie on Saturday and Sunday to compete against Canada's best mountain bikers on the newly anointed Pan-Am Mountain Bike course. With the extremely technical pieces, the athletes have been preparing and practicing this course for a month and honing their training efforts for this weekend of racing.
The highlights included 2 National Championship titles going to Rhonda Stickle - National Champion Master Expert Women, and to Luke Hlavenka - National Champion Senior Expert Men.
These incredible finishes were anchored by strong performances in the Elite field by Corey Brioschi in 17th, Robin Wallar in 27th, and Trent Meyers in 29th.
Full Results can be seen HERE!
Multisport NationalsThe RealDeal/Gears p/b WASPcam multisport team headed out to 2015 World Triathlon Championship Qualifiers and Canadian National Championships on Saturday to secure their sports on the world stage! With hard fought races against some of Canada's best, our athletes triumphed and earned excellent results as well as the qualifications!
- Mike Greenberg - 2nd 40-44 Men
- Ming-Chang Tsai - 8th 40-44 Men
- Leanna Lee - 13th Pro category
- Colin Campbell - 48th Pro category
Full results can be seen HERE!
Cascade ClassicOutside of National Championships, the season continued with races such as the Cascade Classic Stage Race in Oregon. RealDeal/Gears p/b WASPcam's Maddi Campbell has been fighting the good fight in the Pro GC currently sitting in 3rd for Best Young Rider! In the Elite 3/4 category, Alex Morley has been racing hard and working towards personal bests stage to stage in this tough American Classic.
Maddi Campbell - 71st Pro GC
Stage 1 - Cascade RR (Pro)/ Cascade Lakes Road Race
Maddi Campbell - 43rd Pro GC
Alex Morley - 16th E3/4
Stage 2 - Prineville TT (Pro)/ High Desert TT
Maddi Campbell - 76th Pro GC
Alex Morley - 17th E3/4
Stage 3 - Cascade Lakes RR (Pro)/ Downtown Criterium
Maddi Campbell - 29th Pro GC
Alex Morley - 31st E3/4
Stage 4 - Downtown Criterium (Pro)/ Awbrey Butte Road Race
Maddi Campbell - 75th Pro GC
Alex Morley - 23rd E3/4
Stage 5 - Awbrey Butte Road Race
Maddi Campbell - 50th Pro GC
Maddi Campbell - 58th Pro GC/ 3rd Pro GC Best Young Rider
Alex Morley - 22nd E3/4 GC
Full Results Available HERE!
Rock CriteriumThis weekend was a fun and exciting time for RealDeal's Niles Vaivars who managed a 3rd place finish at the Rock Criterium's Pro 1/2/3 category in Mount Morris, NY!
Full results available HERE!
QuebecLast this week (but certainly not least!) is the strong Quebecois rider Ms. Marie-Soleil Blais who after returning from BC Superweek, continues to give strong showings on the Quebec road circuit! With a second place finish at the Lachine Criterium and 1st place finish in the final stage of Tour de la Monteregie she proves she's a force to be reckoned with!
We continue to be blown away by the success and determination of all our riders and love sharing all the excitement with everyone! Follow us on Twitter at @realdealgears for live updates day to day!
July 17, 20148 days agoSudbury Canada Cup we have RealDeal/Gears p/b WASPcam mountain biker Luke Hlavenka!
Luke is a new addition to the RealDeal/Gears p/b WASPcam squad this year as we expand our mountain bike team and has quickly established himself as a hard worker and dedicated cyclist. With Luke's technical prowess and positive attitude he has become a valuable team member while remaining a force on the XC circuit, always at the front of the group shredding the forests of Ontario.
At 22 years old he has been riding since he could use a push-bike, and has ridden for fun his whole life. Luke started racing when he was 16, in the cadet sport men category when his hockey team coach decided to make a mountain bike team for he and his friends. Since then, he has raced every single year in the Ontario Cup XC series, as well as one season racing the Ontario Cup Downhill series. He is now in the senior expert men category and is excited to be moving into elite in a few weeks.
Luke is a recently graduated Fish and Wildlife Technologist from Sir Sandford Fleming College in Lindsay, Ontario, and this spring he has started working for the Toronto Region Conservation Authority performing habitat restoration in the GTA. Luke has managed colonial nesting birds on the Leslie spit in downtown Toronto, planted thousands of trees, monitored vegetation at previously planted sites, and right now is implementing sediment protection strategies in an in-river construction project to shield fish, amphibians, and aquatic invertebrates from water pollution.
1) What do you like to do when you're not training/racing?When I’m not training or racing, I like to play other sports such as golf, squash occasionally, and I also run a lot (I raced collegiate xc running in school). In winter I snowboard, snowshoe, play ice hockey, and want to get into xc skiing. I also enjoy fishing, but don’t get out as much as I would like. I also like to go hiking in old growth forests and search for interesting birds to identify by sight and sound.
2) You've had a real battle in Senior Expert to make your way into Elite this year! What has been your motivator?I think my motivator this year has been racing with the Real Deal team. I’ve been friends with Corey and Trent for a couple years now (and raced against Robin), and these 3 guys have pushed me harder and made me work harder than I ever have before. Having a strong team to encourage you is my motivation.
3) How do you prepare for a big race?Preparing for a big race is getting easier for me. Since it’s my 7th year of racing, I now know what kind and how much training needs to be done, and what kind of nutrition I need to intake the few days before to prepare myself.
4) What goes through your head when you're racing?This is a hard question, because it feels as if I`m in another world when I`m racing. It feels completely different than when I'm just training, mentally, physically, and emotionally. I would have to say what goes through my head is to keep smooth, use my technical skills to carry me through the rough stuff, and to try and save my energy for the climbs and doubletrack.
5) What draws you to cycling? Why mountain biking?I think what draws me to cycling, and mountain biking in particular, is that you can just simply lose yourself in the forest and trails. When I’m in the forest, everything in life seems to just not really matter. All of the problems in life, the noise of the towns and roads, the stresses, it all goes away. All you can hear is the silent roar of the forest, and that is a beautiful thing.
6) What would you say is your greatest strength on the bike? Why?I would definitely have to say my technical skills. I have ridden downhill off and on since I was about 15, and been to some resorts in Alberta and BC such as Whistler, and Kicking Horse. When I was in highschool, I was all about making dirt jumps with my friends and trying tricks – 360’s, can-cans, no-handers, etc. I believe that my confidence in bike handling skills definitely helps me when I race, because I can save my energy for the hills and doubletrack.
7) What do you think you bring to the team?I believe that I bring an awesome attitude to the team. If I’m riding, or with friends and teammates that ride, I’ll always have a big smile on my face, and a cheery upbeat persona that will try and lighten the mood of any situation. I try to find the fun in everything I do, and try make the most out of everything that life throws at you.
8) Who is your cycling hero? Why?I don’t really have a cycling hero, but I would have to say that I respect anyone who is at the top level of the sport that has an awesome personality. Some names would have to be our Canadian pro level athletes (Geoff Kabush, Derek Zandstra, Emily Batty). I also really like Peter Sagan because he is Slovakian like myself, and is starting to show that he is an all-around great rider in the tour.
9) What are you looking forward to most this upcoming season?The thing I am looking forward to the most this season is a race that myself and the mountain bike team are doing in two weeks. We will be traveling to Williston, Vermont to compete in the Catamount Classic US Cup race. We’ll be driving down there and staying for 3 days. I’m also very excited about this event because it will be my first race as an elite rider, and I hope to put in a good effort and result for the RealDeal/Gears p/b WASPcam team.
10) Tell us about your fondest memory on the bike.My fondest memory riding would probably have to be spending a week in Whistler. I was with my family and relatives from Calgary, and my cousin and I rode the mountain all week non-stop. Crankworx was also going on throughout the week, so we watched the best athletes in the world compete in slopestyle, downhill, and dual slalom. Truly an amazing week, and I recommend visiting Whistler to anyone and everyone.
July 15, 201410 days agoCanada Cup for our RealDeal/Gears p/b WASPcam mountain bike squad, the end of BC Superweek for our women's road team, and the Toronto Triathlon Festival for our multisport team!
Canada CupThe Canada Cup series saw it's 3rd race come to a close as Canada's best mountain bikers congregated in Sudbury, ON for the 3rd of 4 races this season at Naughton Trails. Our riders spent the weekend bonding and riding as they studied and learned the course before lining up on Sunday.
The elite men's race was fast and furious as National Champions and World Cup riders made the racing look easy. Our Elite boys all fought hard and came out with personal bests before being pulled from the course by Canadian National Champion Derek Zandstra who lapped the field. In the Senior Expert category Luke Hlavenka pulled off another impressive race finishing a close second as he earns his points for upgrade to Elite for the Midland Ontario Cup!
BC SuperweekThe RealDeal/Gears p/b WASPcam women's team wrapped up BC Superweek this week taking home a great deal of experience, good memories and strong friendships as they spent the week exploring, riding, racing, and bonding together as a team. We were thrilled at the success and improvement the girls made on this project and we're excited to see them back on home soil for Provincial Championships July 26th.
Results:UBC Grand Prix
Jamie Gilgen - 5th
Marie-Solei Blais - 29th
Gastown Grand Prix
Jamie Gilgen - 14th
Marie-Soleil Blais - 33rd
Giro di Burnaby
Jamie Gilgen - 10th
Marie-Soleil Blais - 28th
Tour of White Rock
Sarah Rasmussen - 27th
Ashley Barson - 31st
Jamie Gilgen - 33rd
Jamie Gilgen - 14th
Sarah Rasmussen - 10th
Jamie Gilgen - 18th
Jamie Gilgen - 11th
Toronto Triathlon FestivalThis weekend was also a huge day for our multisport athletes with the Toronto Triathlon Festival at Ontario Place. This marked National Championships for Duathletes, and ITU Pan Am Championships for the Triathletes! Our team rocked the house as they pushed themselves to new limits and came out with excellent results including RealDeal/Gears p/b WASPcam's Dave Frake claiming the National Duathlon title!
Results:Dave Frake - National Duathlon Champion!
Mike Mandel - 6th Olympic Triathlon
Ming-Chang Tsai - 7th Olympic Triathlon
Leanna Lee - 12th Pan Am Cup Triathlon
Full Results HERE