Team Bateman's actively competes in Mountain, Cyclocross and Road racing in Ontario.
The misson of Team Bateman's is to help our riders achieve their cycling goals in an inclusive, energetic and fun environment.
Our team members are expected to be positively engaged in their cycling communities.
Our first goal is to have fun. We strive to motivate each other and develop as athletes and mentors.
Join us at Bateman's Spin Shack on Sunday, January 22nd at 3pm for our team presentation and to meet current Team Bateman's racers. More info and RSVP here!
2016 Cyclocross O-Cup Racing Season
Ryan Rutherford had a great cyclocross season racing in the highly competitive Elite category. His MTB handling skills help him compete among Ontario's best CX racers, and brought him to the top step of the podium as the Ontario Master A Provincial Champion.
Not only is Ryan a fierce competitor - he also volunteers at Midweek Cycling Club's Tuesday Night Cyclo-cross series that runs September to November every year in Toronto.
Review: Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt BC Edition
Bateman's Team rider Ryan Rutherford recounts riding the Sky to Sky Corridor:
I recently spent a week in the Sky to Sky Corridor riding the Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt BC Edition. The bike had a basic suspension tune which I knew I had to dial in.
The first run in Whistler was B-line a run with some slower banked corners and small table tops. The ride 9 suspension adjustment made it easy to dial in the geometry. I placed it into the slackest setting and increased 5 PSI.
As for the front suspension, the Rock Shox Pike is designed for aggressive trail riding and I was amazed how well it absorbed the small bumps and the larger big hit compressions. A token was added to the air side to help the suspension ramp up near the bottom of the compression without losing small bump.
The second lap was again B-line. The Thunderbolt was a completely different bike. It railed every corner and for those of you who know my riding style, I took every inside line and drifted to the outside. As the trip went on we spent the mornings riding Squamish, Whistler West Side, the Black-comb trails and we rode the bike park in the evenings.
The trail riding starts off with climbing anywhere from 45-90 minutes and you were then rewarded with a descent. Mostly wild steep rock rolls and loose loamy shoots. Whistler's bike park has a large variety of trails to choose from depending on riding ability.
After getting comfortable it was time to see what this bike can really do on jumping trails. We started with Crank It Up to Heart of Darkness, a good warm up run. Before we knew it we were sending Freight Train, Dirt Merchant and A-line. These jumps are big 40+ foot table tops. I was continually amazed that a 26 pound XC trail bike was capable of handling most trails I was able to ride down.
This trip was a real eye opener for myself to make mountain biking fun again and not just a training ride. There is something amazing about riding for hours with people you don't know and sharing stories over a few to many beers.
Agile, playful, capable. This sums up the Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt 730 perfectly. It's the bike you want when you want the low weight and acceleration of an XC bike, with the point-n-go confidence of a trail bike. It starts with a hydroformed aluminum chassis and steps it up with a relatively slack head angle, 120mm of travel on both ends, plus Rocky's Smoothlink suspension action. Uphill, it rockets past your crew, and downhill? Well, make sure you have the keys to the car, you'll be waiting for them for a while. The specs are legit: Fox shock, X-Fusion fork, XT Shadow rear derailleur, Race Face controls, and 27.5-inch Sun wheels wrapped in Maxxis rubber.
Paris to Ancaster 2016
One of the team's favourite races of the year, we had dry conditions so it was a fast race! With three Bateman's riders in the top 200 it was a great start to the year.
Race report from Bernhard Isopp [Wave 1]:
"Robert, Hinkel, and I did a good job of getting up as close as possible to the front of the start corral. At the gun I charged up the hill and got onto the gravel road pretty close to the front of the pack. I moved up the group even more as we came down the gravel hill and entered the rail trail along with Hinkel in probably the top 5.
Race report from Bateman's staff James Keezer [Elite wave]:
"The Elite wave start was extremely fast and I made it to the rail trail in maybe the top 30. It was very difficult to move up as the paceline rotation was only in the top 10 people or so.
Team Bateman’s Featured Athlete for Spring 2016 is Hinkel Yeung!
New to Team Bateman’s in 2016, Hinkel brings a lot of race experience and smarts to the team.
Last year, Hinkel placed 1st at the Vaughan CX Challenge, 4th at the Good Friday Road Race and got many other top 10 results in cyclocross and road races. In 2016 he will be working with teammates Connor and Bernty in Cat 3 on the road, and looking for another successful cyclocross season in the fall.
Always willing to lend a helping hand (in races and off the bike) - Hinkel has shown he is the ideal teammate.
Steaming Nostril 2016
The 2016 edition of Steaming Nostril was about 10 degrees colder than the previous year with temperatures around -5°c. Snow had fallen overnight making the dirt roads wet enough to cause a spray covering our faces, butts and bikes and then freezing solid!
In case you weren't dirty enough from the dirt sections, a new farm section was added just before the 60km mark - likely already exhausted, you now had a downhill "mud chute", two creek crossings and a slippery wall of mud that seemed to tower over 50 feet.
The team had 11 riders in the main event and one rider in the 38km "Runny Nose" race.
It was a gruelling day to be on the bike, so congrats to all for finishing! Special congrats to Nicola for finishing 5th in her age category. Overall results: James K. (10), Andrew M. (15), Hinkel Y. (37), Bernty I. (52), Rob B. (56), Josh V. (67), Grant E. (112), Andrew F. (113), Sean S. (127), Mike S. (135), Nicola K. (175).