Annie Ewart - Road Cyclist

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2012 Season highlights & photos will be updated soon....

May 12, 2012: Chrono Gatineau and Grand Prix cycliste -
Annie has been selected onto the Canadian Team to compete in the most prominent UCI-sanctioned women’s cycling road and time trial races on Canadian soil during 2012. While she will race for Canada in the technical 19.6-kilometre time trial, she will ride on her USA professional team (Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) for the road race - 13 laps of a 10.18 km course for a total distance of 134 kilometres.

April 2012: Launching Blog
- Being on the road so much since January (training and early season races with team Optum Pro Cycling pb Kelly Benefits) has meant that Annie has begun to develop an online "blog" as a faster way to update family, friends, and personal sponsors about her progress. The blog will provide a more personal series of stories and insights into her new world of professional cycling and competing. Annie will also use Twitter as an immediate way to instantly share breaking news. The new blog will capture details on all USA National Racing Calendar (NRC) races she has participated in since the start of the season.

February 23, 2012: Team Training in Ventura County, California - Annie left her winter training base in La Quinta (Palm Springs), California to travel to join her team for their first training camp of the year just north of Los Angeles. The team website and Canada's Pedal Magazine (links below) provide photos and an outline of how the camp went. The photo below includes all of the Canadian riders on the team (Annie is second rider from left).

http://www.optumprocycling.com/insider-news/new-beginnings-for-optum-pro-cycling-pb-kbs-after-sun-soaked-training-stint/

http://pedalmag.com/?p=149979

                         

January 28, 2012: Team Launch of Optum Pro Cycling, p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies - Annie flew to Minneapolis, MN to join with her new team mates, sponsors, and cycling celebrities for the official team launch and presentation. The Optum Pro Cycling squad chose the beautiful Guthrie Theatre on the banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis for the event, with details reported widely in the cycling and online media.

http://velonews.competitor.com/2012/02/news/optum-pro-cycling-poised-to-smash-the-field_205168

        

November 2011: Joining Optum Pro Cycling, p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies - Annie is very excited to be invited to turn "professional" and join the new Optum Pro Cycling, p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies cycling team. The women’s team will be led by performance director Rachel Heal, a former British Olympic road cyclist. This is a huge step for Annie who will be riding on a team with some of the top Canadian and USA female riders competing in the professional USA National Racing Calendar (NRC) series during 2012.

September 23, 2011: UCI Road World Championships, Copenhagen: Junior Road Race - Unfortunate finish leaves Annie in 50th
The 70km road race (involving 75 riders on a 14km circuit x5 laps), started at 930am, under mixed skies and light wind, 20km north of Copenhagen. Early in the first lap there were two crashes which caused some riders to drop out. Annie held a good position among the top twenty riders, and remained comfortable despite the average pace close to 40kph. A few solitary attempts at breaks were caught by the peleton, although early on in lap 4 Annie bridged to the lead Dutch rider and brought four other riders with her to create a break of six. This break looked like it would stick and remained in the lead for most of the lap, however some of the riders "sat up" and the break was caught. On the fastest last lap two riders got a break of over 1 minute and until the last 3km looked like they would win. The peleton persisted however and they were caught on the final 500M uphill sprint to the finish. Annie was in a good position during the final sprint and tucked behind a Mexican rider known for her sprinting. Unfortunately she got caught behind a crash and almost went down. Restarting, she finished 19 seconds behind the winner. Her team mate Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin finished ahead of her in 19th position. Annie's post race video interview is at www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10150324224279936.
 
Photos of Annie at the start; and on the live screen during the break on Lap 4.

                   

September 19, 2011: UCI Road World Championships, Copenhagen: Junior Time Trial finished 7th place
Thirty nine riders from 23 countries started the Junior Womens Time Trial - 13.9km around downtown Copenhagen. The start place was random - Annie started in 12th place, and until the last five finishers was in 3rd overall. It was nail biting to watch the last 5 minutes. The weather was sunny yet cool, with a fresh wind, especially on the second half return to the finish line. Annie improved significantly on her 20th place from last year at Worlds, to finish seventh, spending much of the race in the Hot Seat before the last five riders from the end finally knocked her out of the bronze medal slot.  Jessica Allen (Australia), the final rider to start, took the world title, followed by Elinor Barker (Great Britain) and Mieke Kröger (Germany), the early leader in the event.  Annie’s team mate Allison Beveridge finished 11th. An interview with Annie is on Canadian Cyclist www.canadiancyclist.com/dailynews.php?id=22719 and her video interview is at www.canadiancyclist.com/dailynews.php?id=22718.
Photos of Annie in start gate; waiting in the “hot seat” at the finish line; and with Clara Hughes in the team tent post-race.

            

August 31, 2011: Off to Pre Worlds Training Camp in Belgium

    Today I left to join the Canadian Team at the national training base in Tielt-Winge, East Flanders, Belgium. I have stayed and trained at this base previously in preparation for the 2010 World Junior Road Championships. The entire senior and junior Canadian team (male and female) will be at this base before World Championships commence in Copenhagen, Denmark on September 19th. While in Belgium I will continue my race preparation (Time Trial and Road Race), recover from the jet lag, and race with the team in a local Kermesse. On September 14 I will fly on to Copenhagen and start my final preparation. Although the Time Trial course is not "open" for race practice until September 18 (as it is in the very center of the city), I will still walk and ride sections of the course as the corners will be technical on race day. Being in Copenhagen early will also give me a chance to go ride the Road Race course which is 20 km north of the city center.

August 2011: Set Sidney Velo Time Trial Womens fastest time
Since I started cycling I have been competing each summer in the local Sidney Velo (www.sidneyvelo.ca/) time trial - a 17.4km circuit on the Saanich Peninsula, BC. On Tuesday August 24th I reached a goal by setting the fastest womens time since the event started in 1991: 24:02 minutes; an average speed of 43.4 kph. Thank you to the organizers of this great weekly event... it's an excellent way for new and senior riders to stay competitive.

Start & Finish photos.... taken by my sister Lucy
             

August 2011: Selected to represent Canada: Junior Road World Championships, Copenhagen
I am really pleased to have been selected to be on the Canadian team for the upcoming Junior World Championships, www.canadian-cycling.com/cca/media/news/2011/0804_road.shtml, September 19-25, Copenhagen, Denmark. This year is a combined World Championships, with Junior and Senior competitions all taking place at the same venues (www.copenhagen2011.dk/). It will be very exciting to be staying with the entire Canadian national team, and seeing the top male and female cyclists in the world compete for the rainbow champion jersey.

July 2011: Selected to attend UCI Junior World Track Championships, August, Moscow
I was very appreciative for having been selected onto the Canadian Junior Track team for the August 17-21, 2011 Junior World Track Cycling Championships in Moscow. Unfortunately, following discussions with my coach I declined due to: the timing and impact on my Road World Championship preparation; the length of time to travel to and from Russia. During early July I had achieved the 2km track pursuit time standard for team selection, and was keen to try this new discipline at a major competition.

July 2011: Post Nationals Training Camp, then back in BC for Super Week Racing
Right after the Canadian National Championships road race I joined 8 guys and 6 other girls at training camp in Eden Mills, Ontario led by the Canadian Cycling Association national coaches - Denise Kelly and Luc Arseneau. It was a weeklong camp with a purpose to bring the top junior athletes in the country together, prior to being team mates at the upcoming World Championships or Youth Commonwealth Games. It was such a great week to get to know everyone (quite) well. We had just competed against each other for the previous 4 days, so it was nice to train and work on team strategies together. All in all it was a super fun week because of the people and wonderful training. I now look forward to racing with the other girls this coming September. I find out August 5th what events I will be competing in.

Last Two Weeks of July 2011: Focused on Training With Houshang, Victoria Area
I am very glad that the '94 Commonwealth Games "outdoor" velodrome has opened again for training recently. It's a safe and smooth surface to practice motor pacing behind my coach Houshang on his motorbike - although the cross wind can make my training sessions especially hard. Prior to the opening of the velodrome I had travelled to the indoor track in Burnaby to practice speed work, or had ridden behind Houshang on the roads around my home on the Saanich Peninsula. This type of training is a very helpful part of my time trial preparation. These are photos from a recent training session with Houshang.

               
             


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