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"Morris Moments" Story as told to Dave Harrison by Zack Morris


As an aspiring young junior the World Road Championships in your hometown is as huge an event as you can imagine.

With the schools closed and all the who’s who of cycling arriving in Hamilton, daily Zack took to the streets to catch all the action.  He, like many Hamiltonian’s were not disappointed.

Wednesday morning, October 8th was a day for the road course inspection/training.  Zack was hoping to see the squadra azzurra and race favourite Paolo Bettini. 

From afar he could see the blue train up the road and set off in pursuit and soon found himself alongside la Grillo.

After a brief exchange of greetings, Paolo produced and signed a cycling cap which he handed to Zack.  It was at about this time the Italian newspaper, Corriere Canadese began taking some photos of Zack riding alongside the aforementioned Bettini.  Later in the week, Zack was spotted by some Italian fans at the Azzurra Plaza on Main Street and soon found himself signing dozens of copies of the paper!

Thursday brought the race of truth to the Hammer, and many of us marveled at the sheer speed of the worlds elite time trialists.  Frigo, Rogers, Rich – they were all here as well as one of Zack’s heroes David Miller of Britain.

After an outstanding performance, the rainbow clad world champion Miller made his way back to the team tent where Zack had been waiting and talking with some trainer in hopes of garnering a photo or autograph.  As Miller approached the pit area one those trainers handed Zack a UK national jersey and said “here, have David sign this for you.”  It was just another sign of people oceans apart coming together in a common arena and sharing their love of cycling and sport together.

It didn’t take long for Zack to show his kindness to a couple of American riders he noticed heading onto the highway back tracking their way back to the hotel they were staying at in Grimsby.  Knowing a MUCH safer route back, not to mention more scenic, Zack quickly caught up to the pair who happened to be none other than Levi Leipheimer and Bobby Julich.  After a short ride, Zack parted ways with his new mates but not before Bobby gave him a signed hat for the helping hand.

Yes, it was just one of those magical weeks for Zack.  Who knows maybe in the not-too-distant future he may be signing a few hats himself.


World Road Championships

by Dave Harrison

A week worth waiting for Giuseppe Ferrara and Giancarlo Seffafero layed the groundwork for the 2003 World Championships way back some 5 years ago.  Monday morning came – Thanksgiving day after digesting a weeks worth of memories.  I know I speak for many when I say it was worth waiting for.

My week of volunteering started on Monday.  I worked as a course ambassador, basically an info booth on roller blades donning a Louis Garneau TT helmet and bright yellow shirt.  I soon found myself surrounded by dozens of non-cycling spectators asking who was racing today?  What countries? And which one is that Armstrong guy?  Well, it was an impressive crowd I’d addressed with many answers – “they’re just practicing today, tomorrow you’ll start to see them racing in full flight”, oh and that Armstrong guy, people stopped asking about him by Wednesday.

The week was an international kaleidoscope in which I met old and new friends (see article by Cecelia Carter-Smith).  At the Pheasant Plucker on Augusta Street, we socialized with a pub full of Belgians including pro Dave Bruylanduts and later in the week the cannibal himself Eddy Merckx. 

What a festive atmosphere, celebrating cycling and friendships. The bands played until the wee hours of the evening as we mixed together and traded stories, pines, and good cheer.


It was a pleasure to volunteer my time showing people our City.  The Hamilton 2003 team I worked with, in particular Katie Coulson,  Community Relations Coordinator, were outstanding and everything came together beautifully.  We should all be proud of what is being called one of the best world championships ever.


Thank you, Giuseppe and Giancarlo, it was most certainly a week worth waiting for.


International Scene

by Dave Harrison


September and October is traditionally the months that most of the worlds’ top riders will use to fine tune their World Championship preparations.  One such race is the October 5th Paris-Tours World Cup classic.


This flat race a week before the Worlds is usually won in a pack sprint as was the case this year.  German Telekom sprinter Erik Zabel finally got the better of Fassa Bortolo speedster Alexandro Petacchi.  While Patacchi, hands covering his face, couldn’t believe he’d lost this sprinter’s classic, his fellow countryman Paolo Bettini took 8th place and subsequently enough points to win his 2nd consecutive World cup title.


October 6th to 12th, World Championship week in Hamilton.  Paolo Bettini was the elite mens favourite, but many others were ready and able to challenge him for the title of World Champion.  Although the elite mens road race is the showcase event, many of the thousands who lined the streets would agree that all the weeks races were outstanding from the brilliant time trialing of the young German Espoir Marcus Fothen to Hamilton’s own Sue Palmer-Komar’s brave run finishing up 13th top among Canadian women.  Read some personal accounts of the weeks festivities in this newsletter.


A week later the rainbow jersey arrived at the Giro di Lombardia, the 10th and final round of the World Cup.  The “race of the falling leafs” was for the 2nd year in a row won by Italian Michele Bartoli.


As many as 100+ riders DNF’d the race.  Most noticeably World Cup Champion Paolo Bettini and the rainbow clad Igor Astarloa.  I’m sure Bettini will be looking to trade his World Cup jersey in for the rainbow colours next year in Verona, Italy.







Opera Tickets – Special Offer to Hamilton Cycling Club Members


Five members of the Oakville Cycling Club and friends attended performances of Carmen and all thought it was a great show. 


The same offer of 20% discount on tickets is now available on the Royal Opera Canada productions of Nabucco on November 15th, 16th (matinee), 18th, 20th and 22nd at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga.  Or at the Toronto Centre for the Arts on Yonge Street in North York on November 27th, 29th, December 4th and 6th.


Please contact Terry Rooney by e-mail (trooney@cpdn.ca) or by phone at 905-465-3890.


The Opera has a great deal of rousing tuneful music and features the beautiful Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves (Va pensiero) often regarded as Italy’s second national anthem.








1 – Don Sloan

2 – Jan Ullrich

4 – Frank Morrow

6 – Anna Garnett

14 – Desi Desrochers

24 – Sandy Cheskey

26 – Ken Nuttley







1 – Tony Marriott

8 – Les Humphreys

12 – Mirek Mazur

22 – George Garrett

25 – Adrian Davis

27 – Sue Palmer-Komar


Hamilton Cycling Club Kit


The club is looking at some winter/fall jacket options.  Should have full details soon.  The club kit costs are still the same low prices.  Jersey - $45, Skin suit - $85, Shorts - $55, Bib Shorts - $70.  Please contact Keith at 905-335-5278.


Also remember that if you do have a club jersey, wear it at the events and be proud of the fact that you’re a strong link in a chain of great cyclists dating back 122 years when we were originally founded as the “Hamilton Bicycle Club”.










December 6th

HCC Banquet – 6 p.m.

Winchester Arms

120 King Street West, Dundas

December 13th

HCC AGM, The Dickens

423 Elizabeth Street, Burlington

December 25th

Ho! Ho! Ho!

January 1st

Happy New Year!!





B.A.R. Update

by Dave Harrison


In light of this year’s poor attendance at B.A.R. events, most notably the road races, the Club will be making some changes for 2004 in an attempt to see which areas most interest members.


Tuesday night time trials will remain as will Thursday’s speedway crits.  Both had reasonable turnouts, although Thursdays did see a bit of a decline.  The B.A.R. will be moth-balled and/or dropped until some fresh ideas can make it worth the effort.  Randy Brown spent many early mornings setting and marking the courses for less than a handful of riders.  Although it should be mentioned that Randy never minded doing so – truly a love for the sport.


According to the numbers, time trials still warrant a yearly series.  The new I.T.T. combined championship for 2004 will consist of 3 – 15 km events, 2 – 40 km races and 1 hill climb.  Your best time at these distances will count in your standings against other members.  We hope this will keep numbers up, or at least give us some clues as to what club members would like, perhaps even forwarding some new ideas.

This update although could be void if the Club cannot find a replacement in 2004 for outgoing Race Secretary, Randy Brown who has given himself to the Club events for the past 18 years.


Thank you Randy for your great support over this period of time.  The annual AGM is a prime opportunity to find out, without obligation, more about this vital position in our Club.


Annual Banquet & AGM Dates Set


Mark December 6th on your calendars and plan to attend our annual banquet to celebrate the end of another wonderful year of cycling and socialize with other club members in a more casual setting at the Winchester Arms, 120 King Street in Dundas.


As well “The Dickens” located at 423 Elizabeth Street in Burlington will once again host our AGM on December 13th.  Come out and join us for a free brunch made available by the Club.


Please note that the Club is still seeking a Race Secretary to replace Randy Brown.  If you are even slightly interested in the position, join us on the 13th.










































End of the Season Race News

by Dave Harrison


At the time of printing November’s newsletter the Cyclo-cross season will be about the half-way point.  Several HCC members have been in the think of it.  Rob Cheskey has had good results with a 4th place at both Durham and Centennial races.


Frank Morrow and George Garrett have also been out cleaning a few barriers with great success.  George has been busy getting his homestead ready for our club ‘cross event on the 9th of November.


All clubs events are over for the season which ended with the Sydenham Hill climb.  The climb brought out 15 riders in total with Sean Scott taking the title in a blazing 4:18.  He was followed by guests Mike McCaughley and Dave Wooley.  Top female was Genesis’ Sue Palmer-Komar, not far off with third overall and maybe thinking of another “big” event planned in October.

Central Cycle


Great end of season sale.


Savings on bikes, frames, accessories, and shoes.  HCC Members mention this ad for even better deals!!




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 dchcycling@aol.com or snail mail at the following address:


5 Chatham Street

Hamilton, ON  L8P 2B3



Our Membership year is January 1st to December 31st, so please renew ASAP!



Central Cycle


Great end of season sale.


Savings on bikes, frames, accessories, and shoes.  HCC Members mention this ad for even better deals!!




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 dchcycling@aol.com or snail mail at the following address:


5 Chatham Street

Hamilton, ON  L8P 2B3

279 Graham Avenue South, Hamilton, ON  L8K 2M7


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