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April 17, 20147 hours 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!

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, 20142 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!

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, 20143 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

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April 10, 20147 days ago

Athlete Spotlight!

This week's Athlete Spotlight goes to RealDeal/Gears p/b WASPcam rider Adam Bird!

Adam has used cycling for transportation for a long time and started riding road in the summer of 2011. He dabbled in racing in 2012, and spent the summer of 2013 riding a lot - from Toronto to Vancouver (and back) on a summer-long bike tour. He is currently working on his Masters in Materials Science and Engineering - in his first year at the University of Toronto. He is researching super lightweight materials, mainly for aerospace applications. He spent the off season discovering the ups and downs of indoor riding (this was the first winter of owning a trainer). He also had an amazingly long cross-country ski season and is reveling in riding outside again these past few weeks.

1) What do you like to do when you're not cycling?
Eat, and plan my next cycling adventure! Also hang out with friends and think about fractal materials.

2) Do you have any good luck charms?
No good luck charms.

3) How would your friends describe you?
A bit of a nerd. Always willing to help. Always has to leave early so he can go riding in the morning.

4) How do you calm your nerves before a big race?
I try to enjoy the moment.

5) What draws you to cycling?
It gets me outside and gives me the freedom to go pretty much anywhere I want. It's environmentally friendly, and I can do it as much as I want without being bound to the schedules of others.

6) What would you say is your greatest strength on the bike? Why?
I'm an all rounder, but I like pushing the pace on the climbs and making people hurt.

7) What do you think you bring to the team?
I bring enthusiasm to ride lots, even in crappy weather.

8) Who is your cycling hero? Why?
I've always liked Andy Schleck. He is exciting to watch and isn't afraid to make big moves.

9) What are you looking forward to most this upcoming season? Why?
Gaining racing experience and confidence.

10) Tell us about your fondest memory on the bike.
Riding my touring bike through the ups and downs of the Rockies after weeks of flatlands.

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April 8, 20149 days ago

Save Your Season!

Did Bronte not exactly go as planned? Did Battenkill leave you Battendead? Maybe you're struggling to stay with the group on your morning rides?

It's not too late to get back on track!

RealDeal Performance has an incredible coaching staff and facilities that cater to cyclists of all levels. We create custom, tailored training plans that suit your needs and target your weaknesses while providing guidance, motivation, encouragement, and accountability.

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April 7, 201410 days ago

Season is on! Battenkill & Bronte Report

RealDeal/Gears p/b WASPcam had a great weekend of racing with the team heading off to Tour of Battenkill in Cambridge, New York, and the second stage of King of the Spring at Tour of Bronte. Team riders battled the long, cold, challenging terrain at Battenkill finishing with strong results including Andrew Imrie with a 3rd place in the cat 5 and Alex Morley with 12th in her second race ever!

Sunday's kinder weather of Tour of Bronte saw many of our elite men testing their early season fitness and ultimately pushing Grahame Rivers (BLOG) to a 9th place (after riding Tour of Battenkill the previous day!) as he continues his quest for King of the Spring 2014.

Congratulations to all!

Registration is still available for stage 3 of King of the Spring: Hell of the North! Register HERE!