Renewal Time - It’s hard to believe another new year is upon us. The start of the year means that club
member fees are now due. As we
press forward into 2004 remember that March will be the last newsletter
you’ll receive if you haven’t renewed.
“Get it in the mail today.”
forward your membership fee to:
Hamilton, ON L8P 2B3
Please use application form on the last page of this newsletter.
CYCLING CLUB EXECUTIVE:
SECRETARY Chris Kiriakopoulos 905-544-7592 firstname.lastname@example.org
PUBLICITY DIRECTOR /
By David Harrison
The European peloton will have a new look again this year. Team ONCE will be gone after 15 years,
but former boss Manolo Saiz has secured new sponsors (Meta2Mill) and signed on
many of his past riders including Joseba Beloki. Spanish team iBanesto.com will team
with new sponsor the Balearic Island government.
While things seem to be coming together for Spanish cycling, the same
can’t be said for some teams such as Bianchi who lost their main attraction
Jan Ullrich to the newly formed T-Mobile as the German outfit molds its Tour
team to take on Lance Armstrong and Postal.
The cycling world mourned the sad passing of former Vuelta “King of
the Mountains” winner Jose Maria Jimenez.
At the time of his death he was undergoing treatments for depression. Once believed to be the next Indurain
he was actually still on the iBanesto roster in hopes that he could maybe
someday return to the pro ranks.
2004 will most likely be another Tour de France highlight show, at
least for North Americans as Lance goes for a record sixth straight. As great as the Lance story goes, how
does he stack up with the starts of yesteryear - Merckx, Hinault, Roche, Coppi
and others who would race 100% from April to October including classics and
sometimes 3 grand tours? Money and short career spans play a major role no doubt, but
I believe to be remembered as a complete all-around great, Armstrong would
have add a few spring classics as well as the Worlds to his list of events. Or perhaps he and his sponsors
don’t really care what we wish for given the massive exposure of the Tour de
France in the USA.
Armstrong was after all voted AP Athlete of the Year for the second
year in a row, and his story still remains one of greatest in all of sport.
Club Championship Finals
By David Harrison
Club trophies were distributed at the annual awards banquet on December
At the Nella 40km TT, Mirek Mazur blazed a 53:45 to take the title with
Fred Pepper and Henry Dudko, 2nd and 3rd. The 80km Hogben TT was won this year
by Terry Spielvogel in 2:06:27. Daryl
Vansickle led Garth Logan and Randy Brown in the Andy Keyes 88 km road race to
win one of the club’s older events.
In the 15km TT events, Sean Scott posted the year’s fastest time on
August 26 when he went 19:52. There
were some great personal performances this year. When all of the dust settled Rob
Cheskey had taken the Seniors series, Zack Morris the cadet winner and Doug
and Marva Taylor took the Vet and Women’s titles respectfully. Doug and Marva were also the 2003 TTC
winners, quite a team!
There was no doubt that the
club’s most improved rider was Zack Morris who continuously produced better
times all year. It’s refreshing
to see this young mans love for the sport and we can only hope that events
like World Road Championships will stir more interest in the younger
2 – Brian
2 – Sandy
24 – Tom
3 – Fred
3 – Roman
23 – Rob
26 – Lisa Kiriakopoulos
Cycling Club Kit
way to look sharp in the new year then to be seen in some new HCC colours. Place an order with Keith Oliver today
at 905-335-5178 while supply is still good.
By David Harrison
On December 30th, I had the pleasure of visiting Albert
Penrose and his wife, Isabelle at St. Joseph’s Villa in Dundas with Martin
We chatted about some old club stories.
Albert and Martin talked of some past club members and events of which
were before my time. Both fellows
are of Scottish descent and they spoke of cycling routes in Scotland and the
days of old fixed gear bikes.
Albert was a past President of our club and although he hasn’t ridden
the bike for some time now, you could see how the years of riding have kept
him fit and sharp.
I brought along some of this years’ newsletters as he had missed a
few. I can only hope he enjoys
them as much as I did his renditions of Robbie Burns’ readings.
The Hamilton Cycling Club Newsletter is published at the beginning of January, March, May, July, September and November. The deadline for each issue is the 20th of the month prior to publication. Please note that submissions are welcome anytime.
Dave Harrison, the editor of the newsletter can be reached by phone at 905-529-6420 or via e-mail at email@example.com or snail mail at the following address:
5 Chatham Street
Hamilton, ON L8P 2B3
riders who can’t afford the time or luxury of travelling to the warmer
climates to train, winter time can be a real challenge. Unless you cross train with the old
standbys of running, Nordic skiing or snowshoeing, you really have no option
but to hit the turbo or rollers for hours of enjoyment during the sub zero
days we’ve all come to love as Canadians.
January bio man Rob Cheskey takes to the trails to ski, and judging by his
summer fitness this is a great alternative for the winter. Sue Palmer-Komar came from a Nordic
skiing background and still skis to maintain a high level of fitness. Without a great amount of snow in our
area, I tend to running in the cold months when it’s too cold to cycle. Hockey has always been a mainstay with
me and there are many other great sports out there. So remember to mix it up and have some
fun with the variety.
cyclocross season finished up in Canada as well as Europe with the World
Championships at the end of January in France.
By then the six day events
will be in full swing overseas and our pros will be heading to warmer climates
of the southern USA for training camps. Here
is a short list of events, including some Nordic ski races in our area and
New Year’s Greetings from
On December 13th, the Hamilton Cycling Club elected its new
executive. Don, George, Keith, Chris, Martin and Dave all wish the
membership a happy new year and may all your plans be prosperous in 2004.
The past year was an exciting one for Hamilton area cyclists. We had the World and National
Championships here and enjoyed all the fabulous festivities that go with them.
Our Good Friday road race is just around the corner and plans are
already underway as Spring will soon be here.
In Europe, many pro teams are merging and riders are changing teams and
it should be an exciting year. Our
own World Road Championship standout, Sue Palmer-Komar is excited about this
Olympic year. Good luck Sue and to everyone else on what I’m sure will be
a great season of riding!! J
Bio – Rob Cheskey
aka “The Bubber”
the last meal you cooked? My specialty is cabbage rolls but I
haven’t made them in quite awhile. I
helped make French toast at the Christmas brunch though!
your favourite drink? Coffee
was the last book you read? I’m presently reading “Downsize
This” by Michael Moore.
the last CD you bought? I bought some CD’s at Christmas
which included a BTO Greatest Hits for myself.
was the last movie you saw? Chicago, I like musicals and this one
your favourite website? Mmm, well Martin does a great one for
the HCC, but maybe the one I hit the most would be Canadiancyclist.com.
non-cycling magazines do you read? I’m not a big magazine person, so I
guess the Canadian Master Cross Country Ski Newsletter would be close enough.
do you live? Milton, ON - We have great access to
all kinds of rural roads, but the community is getting bigger every year
making roads a bit less rural.
than cycling, what other sports do you do? All
sports are fun, mainly I XC ski, but if I had more time I’d like to play
more ice hockey. (Editor’s
Note: Rob is also an accomplished
percussionist and is always on the lookout for fellow musicians to jam with.)
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