With a week or so to go till race day, the rest of the team showed up. The adventure really got exciting when 5 of us went to pre run race mile 385 to 525. The day started great as usual, until we entered 10 miles of 3 foot deep silt beds. A fine sand like substance that just floats in the air, clogging and killing motors in cars and bikes. At race mile 430, my bike decided it had had enough. 2pm and David and I are sitting in the desert with a broken bike, 80 miles from the nearest accessible road. Another racer comes along and we ask him to let Mladen ( another one of our guys ahead ) know we are stuck. A few hours later, Mladen shows up and we try for hours to figure the bike out. Nothing works. (more…)
Accent Inns, proud to support sporting associations across BC. Whether it's baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer or perhaps gymnastics or dance, Accent Inns has a great history of working with local teams and leagues all across BC. This column will highlight some of those groups and their great stories.
For Immediate Release: ACCENT INNS / RUSS HAY’S the BICYCLE SHOP p/b Scotiabank Cycling Team reveals new 2014 Team Kit
February 4, 2014 – Accent Inns/Russ Hay’s the Bicycle Shop p/b Scotiabank Cycling Team is pleased to reveal the new 2014 Team Kit and team bike for the 2014 Season. In addition, the team is revealing Curtis Dearden’s new Canadian National Champion Speedsuit from Sugoi Performance Apparel. (more…)
Pre running the course is so important for the race. It allows you to see all the hazards before race day so you can ride your fastest when it matters. The course also changes so much during the 2 weeks leading up to the race as you have 300 plus vehicles doing the same thing as you. So nice sandy roads turn into torn up, whooped out, silt infested trails. Good times. (more…)
For me, this crazy dream all started in 2008 when a good friend of mine and owner of Action Motorcycles, invited me on a dirt bike trip to a little town on the Sea of Cortes, San Felipe Baja Mexico. This sounded like a fun adventure. I had no idea that 6 trips later over 5 years, would have us lined up to race the toughest non-stop off-road race in the world. A Victoria BC Hotel Manager racing the 46th Baja 1000, who would have imagined that? (more…)
Can you believe we’re already more than half way through January! I know folks that went ahead and made New Year’s resolutions are already cringing at the ones they’ve broken or have to “look forward” to. If making resolutions is your thing then all the power to you but I’m taking a different approach this year.
Although you don’t have to use January 1 as a “start date” for simplicities sake I’m going with it. I’m taking the approach that the past is the past and the future is open, flexible, untamed. The future is what we decide to make it (consciously or not). I’ve taken the approach of not looking back at all my mistakes, all the decisions I’ve made, all the things I may not have achieved and then to make resolutions intended to change my behaviour(s) and to correct my discretions or avoidance in the past. Looking at the future I’ve started saying to myself (yes I talk to myself…lol) what is it that I want to do this year? Where do I want to go? Who do I want to see? (more…)
Accent Inns & Russ Hay’s Renew. Scotiabank Steps Up. Canadian champion Curtis Dearden to defend Title in 2014. Women’s & Men’s Team Increase in Horse Power
December 13, 2013 – Victoria BC
The Accent Inns Russ Hay’s Cycling Team presented by Scotiabank has announced today its Team roster and new partnerships for the 2014 Racing Season. “We are very pleased to see that our racing program for 2014 is receiving great interest and support,” explains Jon Watkin, General Manager, “We have been able to strengthen our roster into a winning team on all levels.” (more…)
On Friday night (Sept 27) I attended the Camosun Chargers tip-off dinner, auction and first ever Hall of Fame induction Ceremony. Talk about a special night. As always the Chargers team members (students) were there dressed sharply and ready to help all their “guests” lighten their wallets just a bit. Athletes were stationed at every Silent Auction table offering wonderful encouragement and “coaching” as to how we should place our bids. As we sat down to Dinner the MC for the evening , Mira from CTV Sports, turned over the mic to Chargers team members from all the represented sports. One of the students commented during his speech that they hope to be leaders in the future. Let me tell you, these student athletes achieve more than most people just in the two to 4 years they attend college. Their athletic ability is second to none but wait, there’s more, these “kids” are smart. Really smart. They achieve some incredible academic scores, scores that anyone without the rigorous training schedule of a Chargers team member would be proud to have. Watching and listening to these students speak like professional presenters had me thinking to myself, “these young men and ladies and leaders now and we are so lucky to have them in our community.” Credit must also go to the incredible coaches and the support and administration staff that pull the Chargers program together. A true example of the statement, “anythings possible.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 20, 2013, St. George, Quebec:
Two relatively unknown cyclists from Victoria BC surprised the entire Canadian cycling world today by besting some of Canada’s top Elite and Professional Cyclists at the 2013 Canadian National Cycling Championships in St. Georges, Quebec.
In the women’s Elite Race, 23 year old Tripleshot Racing Club rider, Anika Todd, missed taking the Gold Medal in the Women’s Elite Time Trial by only 20 seconds in her first ever National Cycling Championships. The Uvic Grad covered the 27 km distance in 40 min 40 sec, which was not fast enough to beat Joelle Numainville of the Optum p/b Kelly Benefits Pro Cycling Team. However, she was able to hold off Professional Cyclist and Olympic Bronze medalist, Jasmine Glaesser by 19 seconds to take the silver medal. Anika credits the support of the Tripleshot Cycling Club and coach Peter Lawless for her impressive performance. (more…)
Here’s a copy of the ALS Cycle of Hope Launch – June Press Release – “Inspiring hope for families living with ALS”
VICTORIA – A new crop of riders are set to pedal 700 kilometers for seven days starting in Kamloops August 8th and finishing in Keremeos August 14th for the 2nd Annual ALS Cycle of Hope. This year’s Awareness Journey will be more demanding physically but will also feature riders who have been directly affected by ALS through family and friends.
“I’m so excited to build on what we accomplished last year by growing the size of the team and the scope of this year’s event”, said Cindy Lister the inspiration behind the Cycle of Hope. “Last year was about riding for my Dad and starting this journey. This year it’s about spreading the awareness further with each of these riders sharing their stories and those of every community we ride through.”
In addition to the Awareness Journey, this year the public can join one of two community rides in Kelowna on August 11th; a 30 or a 70-kilometer loop or join a virtual ride on-line (www.cycleofhope.ca) where riders can track their mileage and raise support for ALS in their own community. (more…)
What an awesome day it was in Victoria on Sunday June 2nd. The Bastion Square Grand Prix is the final race in the Robert Cameron Law cycling series, part of the Victoria Cycling festival. Accent Inns along with our friends and team partners at Russ Hays were proud to sponsor the final big race.
The racing at all levels was exciting… even the Tim Horton’s timbits challenge saw the kids doing a whole lap of the course and still sprinting to the finish.
The level of intensity and endurance was spectacular to watch from all the competitors. It was impressive to watch the high school races as you could easily see some up and coming serious cycle racers. (more…)