Bennie Reynders – Untold Adventure of W2W 2016

Bennie Reynders– Untold Experience of W2W 2016

After forty years of worldwide paddling, which included one Olympic Games and 3 World Sprint Championships, I was encouraged by a life-long pal that biking would be a perfect and logic substitute for my have to still get some type of adrenalin rush without the need to be competitive, ought to I retire from canoeing. As I have formerly compet …

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taking Truro by storm FOLLY MOUNTAIN, N.S.– Conor Scallion states his brand-new fat bike has actually offered him months more cycling. “It’s constantly been biking for me– I’ll take riding over walking any day of the week,” states the 36-year-old Wentworth man. “The fat bike has altered everything. Anything over a couple inches of snow and you ‘d have no traction. Now I just …

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While nearly everyone around Whatcom County likely has groused a time or 2 about the snowy, icy, cold conditions that have actually gripped the area for much of December and January, you won’t hear Bellingham resident Courtenay McFadden grumbling. Not that she’s always enjoyed the conditions. In fact, she’s been out in the elements as much as anybody, training for the 2017 United States Biking Cyclo-Cross Nationals held last week in Hartford, Connecticut. “I put in a great deal of effort in December– trained a ton,” McFadden stated. “The weather was not quite optimum, however I stuck it out. It was frequently snowy, cold and icy, but in the end, that ended up assisting me, because that’s what we had at nationals. We raced on a sheet of ice. It resembled 20 degrees the day we raced, it was snowy and the course was a bunch of icy ruts. I felt extremely prepared.” McFadden wound up placing 5th in the CX Women Elite Pro/Cat 1/2/3 department Sunday with a time of 51 minutes, 36 seconds. I believe it’s exciting to showcase our skills and let people see exactly what Bellingham can give the world phase, because our training premises are so great. If ever there was a time for a strong surface, this was it. Her surface assisted McFadden make one of three discretionary selections Tuesday to U.S.A Cycling’s women’s elite team for the 2017 UCI World Cyclocross Championships. “It’s something I have actually desired for a few years,” McFadden stated from the airport waiting for a trip to Europe for her chance to represent Group U.S.A. “It suggests among my goals is accomplished. … I think it’s going to be quite unique representing Team USA. It’s something I have not ever done prior to, so it’s interesting and it’s special. Everyone I speak with states it resembles absolutely nothing else.” McFadden is one of 6 females on the elite team, joining California’s Elle Anderson, Colorado’s Katie Compton and Amanda Miller, Wisconsin’s Kaitlin Antonneau and New Hampshire’s Rebecca Fahringer. Anacortes’ Calder Wood, a junior males’s qualifier, was the only other Washington rider on the 30-rider lineup USA Cycling is sending out to the Jan. 28-29 championships in Bieles, Luxembourg. “I know it’s going to be excellent,” McFadden said of her expectations for the world championships. “Every nation’s finest riders will be there, so it really will be the best of the very best racing on the planet.” I think it’s going to be pretty special representing Team USA. It’s something I haven’t ever done prior to, so it’s amazing and it’s special. Everyone I speak to says it’s like nothing else. McFadden prepares to ride in a World Cup event in Rome this weekend and another in The Netherlands next week, as she said she wishes to “keep high-end sharp” and get acclimated to Europe so she can have a leading efficiency in Luxembourg. Making Group U.S.A’s world champions group is particularly rewarding for McFadden, considering she recently stepped far from working as a physical fitness instructor with Trailhead Sports to focus her full-time efforts on biking. Now she’s eagerly anticipating representing the strong Bellingham biking and cyclocross communities on a world stage. “I think it’s quite exciting for the community to see that,” McFadden said. “I believe it’s interesting to display our skills and let individuals see exactly what Bellingham can bring to the world stage, because our training premises are so great.”


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