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April 22, 201413 hours ago

Outdoor TNTT This Week!

Our signature Thursday Night Time Trial returns to the streets this week! April 24th marks the first week of our 2014 weekly series. Registration is in the parking lot at the church on Kennedy Road, south of Nineteen Avenue, on the west side. (GPS: 11248 Kennedy Road Markham, ON L6C 1P1). Course starts at Kennedy Rd and Elgin Mills. TT or road bikes welcome, all skill levels welcome!

$10 per rider. Half price ($5) for all RealDeal Clients

First rider starts at 7:00PM

2014 technical guide HERE
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April 22, 201422 hours ago

Easter Weekend with RealDeal!

It was a busy long weekend for our team! With the 2nd Ontario Cup of the season in Ancaster on Friday, the Mary Kelly 100, and hosting the 6th annual Hell of the North on Sunday we were thrilled with some amazing events and fantastic results on this weekend of beautiful riding weather!

Good Friday Ontario Cup
The Good Friday Ontario Cup on Friday April 18th saw podiums for our RealDeal/Gears p/b WASPcam female riders with Jamie Gilgen taking a second consecutive win in the Elite 1/2 female category and Barbie Hope taking a second consecutive podium with her third place finish in the Elite 3 women! Read the Good Friday race report by Barbie Hope HERE!

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Mary Kelly Memorial
On Saturday April 19th, our RealDeal/Gears p/b WASPcam women Sarah Rasmussen and Jamie Gilgen raced the triple weekend attending the Forest City Velodrome for the 5th annual Mary Kelly 100. Congratulations to our girls Sarah finishing 2rd overall with Jamie following in 3rd!

Read all about this event HERE!


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Hell of the North
Sunday April 20th's imitable Hell of the North saw our team working hard to put on a great event! We were pleased to host 112 riders at the Cedar Beach Pavilion in Stouffville. This event also saw some podiums for our team with Colin Busby taking the overall win in the 125km event! Read the race report by Grahame Rivers HERE!

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Other podiums include:

- Jamie Gilgen: 2nd in 125km
- Rhonda Stickle 3rd in 125km
- Sarah Rasmussen 1st in 70km
- Alexandra Morley 3rd in 70km
- Sean Boileau 1st in 70km
- Niles Vaivars 3rd in 70km

Stay in the loop and follow our team on Twitter! @RealDealGears
Posted in: News
April 22, 201423 hours ago

Hell/Heck of the North 2014 Wrap Up!

Hell and Heck of the North went off this past Sunday in beautiful conditions as 112 riders challenged themselves with the hardest event on the Ontario calendar.

We want to thank all the volunteers who came to help us out and a big thank you to all the riders who made this event what it was!

Read the race report from RealDeal/Gears p/b WASPcam rider Grahame Rivers HERE

Hell of the North
Best Men's Time: Colin Busby (RealDeal/Gears p/b WASPcam) - 4:05:34.7
Best Women's Time: Antje Thamm (Kallisto-FCV) - 4:20:53.1

Heck of the North
Best Men's Time: Sean Boileau (RealDeal/Gears p/b WASPcam) - 1:55:19.8
Best Women's Time: Sarah Rasmussen (RealDeal/Gears p/b WASPcam) - 2:10:59.7

Full results available HERE

Read more about Hell of the North!
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  • April 17, 20145 days ago

    Athlete Spotlight!

    This week's Athlete Spotlight goes to RealDeal/Gears p/b WASPcam triathlete Phaedra Kennedy!

    Phaedra works as a stills producer at a commercial photography studio, which fulfills her desire to work in a creative environment and thankfully, kind of puts her Bachelor of Fine Arts to good use! It’s a pretty cool job but it can also be incredibly stressful, which is one of the reasons she makes training / working out a priority. "It helps me unwind" she says.

    She's been participating in triathlon on and off for the last 10 years but it wasn’t until she hit 40 that everything started to click. She started racing a lot more and eventually started to make her way onto the podium. She had a really busy season last year (14 races) so she really dialed it back in November and December to give herself some time to recover and get ready to begin her build for Boston and her 70.3 in Luxembourg in June. Needless to say she's become very well acquainted with the computrainer this winter!

    10 QUESTIONS:
    1) What do you like to do when you're not cycling?
    Drink beer, cook good food. Hang out with friends and work on my blog

    2) What's your guilty pleasure?
    Cake and ice cream

    3) Have you ever suffered a bad injury while training/racing?
    Nothing horrible, thank goodness.

    4) How do you calm your nerves before a big race?
    Deep breaths & visualization.

    5) What draws you to cycling? Why Triathlon?
    After I checked running the Boston Marathon off my list, I wanted to give triathlon a go. That was 10 years ago and I haven’t looked back. I was a little daunted by cycling at first but now I’ve come to really enjoy my time on two wheels. Cycling can be so many things: it can be a casual jaunt to the grocery store, a civilized Saturday morning spent with friends with a stop for espresso, or a gut busting, leg burning, torture session. So much versatility!

    6) What would you say is your greatest strength in triathlon? Why?
    The run. I know how to suffer on two feet.

    7) What do you think you bring to the team?
    Big hair, enthusiasm and just the right amount of crazy.

    8) Who is your cycling hero? Why?
    Jens Voigt. He’s a machine. Plus his tweets are hilarious.

    9) What are you looking forward to most this upcoming season? Why?
    I’m looking forward to seeing improvement on the bike. Thanks to my coach, Ming, I’ve ridden consistently through the winter using power, something I’ve never done, so I can’t wait to get outside and start racing.

    10) Tell us about your fondest memory on the bike.
    Riding up the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. I had never climbed something that long and relentless. It was mentally challenging because I couldn’t see the end. It was a seemingly endless stream of switchbacks. But it was so worth it once I got to the top. The view was spectacular.

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    April 15, 20147 days ago

    Enter to Win a Brand New WASPcam!

    Register for Hell of the North and #proveit by sharing a photo on Facebook or Twitter and tagging @WASPcam and @RealDealGears to be entered to win a brand new WASPcam! It's as simple as that! Now get out there and Prove it!

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    The Hell of the North 2014 is presented by RealDeal Racing in partnership with WASPcam, Barnstormer Brewing, and PowerBar Canada
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    April 14, 20148 days ago

    RealDeal Storms the Calabogie Classic!

    It was the first Ontario Cup of the season at Calabogie Motorsports and our 2014 race team (decked out in our brand new Champion System kits!) was out in full force!

    The RealDeal/Gears p/b WASPcam team saw podiums in all fields including:

    Larbi Benhabib taking 2nd place in the Cat 3 with his teammate Christopher Bozek

    Jamie Gilgen taking the win in the cat 1 women alongside teammates Marie-Soleil Blais (blog), Sarah Rasmussen, and Rhonda Stickle

    Barbie Hope taking 3rd in the cat 3 alongside teammate Alex Morley

    and Grahame Rivers (blog) finishing 1st in cat 2 (10th overall) alongside teammates Niles Vaivars, Biran Falk-Dotan, and Jan Zak.

    We couldn't be more proud of our team and all of our friends at Morning Glory Cycling Club as well as all the RealDeal Performance coaching clients who came out with amazing results! Including:

    Chris Brachman: 1st in M3 men
    Dan Horchik: 7th in M3 men
    Natascha Paciga: 8th in cat 3 women
    Rolston Miller: 5th in M1 men
    Tom Nesbitt: 13th in M1 men

    Take it up a notch! Take a look at our coaching packages!
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