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July 22, 201421 hours ago

RealDeal Youth Cup!

This Sunday is our 2014 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!

Register HERE!
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July 21, 20142 days ago

RealDeal are National Champions!

This week was an exciting time in the RealDeal/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!

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Mountain Bike Nationals
Our 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.

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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.

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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.

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Full Results can be seen HERE!



Multisport Nationals
The 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!

Results included:

- 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 Classic
Outside 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.

Results:
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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

Overall:

Maddi Campbell - 58th Pro GC/ 3rd Pro GC Best Young Rider
Alex Morley - 22nd E3/4 GC



Full Results Available HERE!



Rock Criterium
This 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!

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Full results available HERE!



Quebec
Last 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!

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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, 20146 days ago

Athlete Spotlight!

In this week's Athlete Spotlight, fresh off a podium finish at the Sudbury 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.

10 QUESTIONS:
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.

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July 15, 20148 days ago

The Week(end) Recap!

Another week in the books and the season heats up as we enter season championships and approach the end of summer. This week and weekend marked the Canada 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 Cup
The 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.

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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!

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BC Superweek
The 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.

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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

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Tour of White Rock

Hill Climb

Sarah Rasmussen - 27th
Ashley Barson - 31st
Jamie Gilgen - 33rd

Crit

Jamie Gilgen - 14th

Road Race

Sarah Rasmussen - 10th
Jamie Gilgen - 18th

Omnium

Jamie Gilgen - 11th

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Toronto Triathlon Festival
This 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

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July 10, 201413 days ago

Athlete Spotlight

In this week's Athlete Spotlight we have RealDeal/Gears p/b WASPcam track cyclist Kristen Sears!

Kristen brings it back to an ordinary day in grade 9 at Ancaster High School, when she was told to hop on a stationary bike and see how fast she could go. She later received a letter saying that she might have some talent and that she should give cycling a go. She got her first road bike in April and says she quickly learned that cycling is one of the toughest sports in the world. She later received her first track bike for Christmas.

As a first year cadet, Kristen had some success both on the road and track and especially enjoyed the speed and feel of riding on the velodrome. She was later selected to represent Canada at the Junior Pan Am Championships in Guatemala. Kristen competed in the Sprint and Team Sprint competitions and remembers it as an amazing experience for her as a first year junior. At her second National Championships in 2013, Kristen won the Keirin, Sprint, and Team Sprint National titles along with several provincial titles, including the Pursuit title, which was a big surprise to her at the time.

At the beginning of the 2013 season, her last as a junior, she suffered a major concussion that set back her year by 6 months and hampered training and preparation for Pan Am and Worlds. Kristen eventually made it to the Pan Am trials where she managed to qualify and compete on the National Team in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Without much sprint training she qualified 5th in the sprint, which she was both surprised and happy with. Along with Ariane Bonhomme, Kinley Gibson, Sarah Mason, Kristen won a Gold Medal at the Jr. Pan Am Championships in the Team Pursuit. That same season she won another national title at the track championships in the Keirin.

This year Kristen has been able to dedicate all of her time to train for track sprinting. She just finished spending a month at the Valley Preferred Cycling Centre (T-Town), in Pennsylvania training with the national sprint coach Erin Hartwell. Kristen went against some of the best female sprinters in the world and qualified into every round of sprints. She says she learned much and that it was an amazing experience

"I am now setting my sights on October for Track Nationals at the new Mattamy Velodrome in Milton, where my performance will be key"

Kristen is very excited to see where the rest of this season as a first year elite and RealDeal/Gears p/b WASPcam team member will take her. She was also just recently accepted to McMaster University where she will start her first year in September.

"I can't thank team RealDeal/Gears p/b WASPCam, our other sponsors, my parents and Coach enough for their support this year. It has been a great year of training, competing, learning and growing as a person and an athlete!"

10 QUESTIONS:
1) What do you like to do when you're not training/racing?
I really enjoy spending time with my family and friends. They are my biggest support group and i couldn't imagine my life without them!

2) You've really made a name for yourself in track cycling! What would you say is the biggest contributor to your success?
I would say my biggest contributor would have to be my support team. Andrew Iler my coach who does all the planning towards my training. He takes so much time out of his life to make sure I'm going in the right direction. My weight trainer Eddie Warne from Ancaster Crossfit who has helped me develop so much this year! And lastly my friends and family whom I take so much time away from to train and are so understanding/ supportive. They all inspire me to be my best and that's what I try to do.

3) What is your favorite thing about racing?
There are so many different things about racing that I enjoy! I love the speed, the intensity, and the adrenaline that just pumps through you. I would have to say that my most favourite though is probably the competitiveness that cycling brings out in all of us!

4)You travel for training and racing a lot, what item can you not live without?
I have a faux black fur blanket that I take absolutely everywhere! If you've ever traveled with me I'm sure you know exactly what I'm talking about.

5) What draws you to cycling? Why track cycling?
Its such a rare sport and everything about it I find just so intriguing. I love to ride my bike, it's as simple as that. I love to ride my bike but i especially love to ride it with no brakes and at full speed. To be able to do this on a velodrome where all you do is turn left and go fast, it's very special.

6) What would you say is your greatest strength on the bike? Why?
I would say my greatest strength on the bike is sprinting. I have had much success with sprinting especially on the track. More in particular, i think i have a pretty good acceleration. Also I find when I'm racing tactically i think a lot, and ideas just occur to me naturally. Usually everything falls into place.

7) What do you think you bring to the team?
I believe I bring a lot of team work and support to the team. It's very important to me to support one another as teammates and as friends. In order to be successful you need to have that trust and team work amongst your teammates. At the end of the day I want my team to be represented well and most of all i want us to be successful.

8) Who is your cycling hero? Why?
My cycling hero would have to be Monique Sullivan. I just finished a camp in Pennsylvania with her where we roomed together. She is so down to earth and so inspiring. She came 6th at the 2012 London Olympics and shes Canadian!!

9) What are you looking forward to most this upcoming season?
This season I'm really looking forward to track nationals at the new Milton Velodrome! It's important that I do well at track nationals especially as a first year elite to show my potential. I especially enjoyed T-Town in Pennsylvania working with the national sprint coach Erin Hartwell. I learned so much, racing against some of the top women in track cycling. It was quite the experience.

10) Tell us about your fondest memory on the bike.
My fondest memory on the bike had to be my second track nationals as a first year junior. I went up against a tough group of riders in match sprint and ended up winning the national title. After winning my first national title i went and did my first keirin race ever. I then rode a perfect race where i won my second national title. To top it off i competed in team sprint with my partner Kinley Gibson where we won team sprint together. It was the most incredible experience, and little did i know it was just the beginning of my career!

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July 7, 201416 days ago

Weekend Recap!

This weekend meant rest for a large number of our RealDeal/Gears p/b WASPcam athletes including the mountain bike squad who enjoyed team bonding time as they practiced and rode the Nationals course at Hardwood Hills in preparation for Canadian National Championships on July 19th.



Provincial Triathlon Championships
On the other hand we had some tremendous success by Team Director Mike Mandel at the Provincial Championship Triathlon at Belle River. Mike secured himself a spot at the World Triathlon Championships in Chicago with his 9th overall and 1st place in the 40-44 category! Way to go Mike!

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Northumberland Humbler XC Marathon
Lighting up yet another XC Marathon was Rhonda Stickle with her gold medal at the Northumberland Humbler XC Marathon! Continuing to show incredible endurance and serious skills both on and off the road, Rhonda is representing RealDeal, our women's team, our mountain bikers, and making us all proud!

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B.C. Superweek
Over in British Colombia we saw the start of B.C. Superweek with the Tour de Delta and our RealDeal/Gears p/b WASPcam women's team have been tearing it up!

Results:
MK Delta Criterium
- Maddi Campbell 13th
- Marie-Soleil Blais - 24th

Brenco Criterium
- Maddi Campbell - 18th
- Jamie Gilgen - 40th

White Spot/ Delta Road Race
- Maddi Campbell - 12th/ 1st U23
- Jamie Gilgen - 20th

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The racing at B.C. Superweek continues after a rest day today and it's on to the UBC Grand Prix! Wish our girls luck!

This project roster includes: Maddi Campbell, Jamie Gilgen, Sarah Rasmussen, Krista Ruby, Marie-Soleil Blais, and guest rider Ashley Barson.
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