Blog Archive: 2016

Team Bateman's - Racing MTB, CX & Road

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.

Team Bateman's Recruitment Event: Sunday, January 22

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.

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. 

We took turns along with two riders (I think they were James Fedosov from Speed River and Stu Alp from Apollo) setting the pace on the front. Robert and a few others joined us, and for a while we had a pretty efficient rotation going with about 8-10 riders. It got a little disorganized after the first crossing with people not pulling through or confusing the direction of the rotation. The pace slowed down a bit and then James, Stu, Hinkel and I started picking it back up. When the group slowed in preparation for the first climb, I came out of the pace line so I could take the climb wide. I was one of the first onto the climb and I attacked hard, with Robert just behind me. James and Stu took it on the inside. 

I ended up at the top of the climb with James and Stu with a decent gap on the rest of the field. We recovered slightly through the farmer's field. As soon as we got to the road we got into a rotation and started pouring it on. Hinkel had to dismount on the climb but managed to bridge back up to us. I was really happy to see him. 

A few more riders bridged up to our group and we had a nice break going. Hinkel and I repped Bateman's by putting in some nice work on the front. Unfortunately, after all that work, everything came back together at the first crossing where we were stopped to wait for traffic. Once we got going again, the same group of us attacked again through the multi-track after the ditch on the side of the road. We had an efficient, fast, group going until about 30km in when Hinkel touched wheels and unfortunately went down, taking him out of the race. I got stuck behind the crash. I managed to get back onto the group after about a minute, but I had to burn a lot of matches to do so, as they were setting a pretty fast pace. 

In the next bit of multi-track with the short and steep dirt climb I dropped a chain. Luckily I was able to get it back on without having to dismount, but I ended up losing the group again. I was joined by a rider from True North Medical and started chasing back on with him on my wheel, when I asked him to pull through he said he had a team he was waiting for. I was unsure that I could bridge back up solo, so I slowed pace with him and waited for his group. I rode with this group until the end of the race. I did as much as I could to keep the pace high, putting in big pulls, especially on the road, but the pace kept dropping periodically. But overall, it was a solid group to be in and we paced steadily toward the end. 

I took a few spots in the mud-chute thanks to all the skills developed on sloppy winter Don rides with Robert. At this point in the race I could feel impending leg cramps. I would have loved to have buried myself on the final climb, but I didn't want to get a muscle spasm like I did last year, so I got in my granny gear pretty early into the climb and took a steady pace up the hill. I tried to sprint to the line against the rider I was next to, but my legs thought that was a bad idea.

I finished 87th overall. I was super stoked with my race. After crossing the finish line I promptly made my way to the side of the hill to cheer on my team mates!"

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.

In my position, I had to dismount and run the "first" right turn up the hill. After that there was one large lead group of about 20, a chase of about 20, and a small second chase group that I was in.

Within the first 25km, Merrick fell back to our small chase of about 6 riders. A few of us were strong, a couple rarely pulled through. It was hard to organize a rotation, but we still had the group in front of us in sight.

A lot of the "middle" of the race is a blur to me, but somewhere along the way we were picked up by a big group containing Scott Elliott and Chris McQuinn from Midweek [Sponsored by Bateman's Bike Co!].

The trail section with the felled trees split us up again. When it comes to bottle necks like this, don't hesitate or be nice, just take the first chance you get to jump over the obstacle. I made it though with Merrick, Larbi from Octto and one other guy. The other guys were left behind and had to chase hard to get back to us.

In the last few hills before the mud chute, we pushed hard and everything got split up. I let McQuinn go ahead of me in the mud chute because he's better at it than I am, and I didn't want to hold him back.

I was lucky I didn't even have to put a foot down. However, I had run over a nail somewhere and got a front flat before the last trail section. I should have just fixed it, because running/walking 4km is a lot longer than it sounds."

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).

See you on the MTB, CX and Road O-cup circuit in 2017!

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