Posts Tagged ‘bike courier’

Training Camp

Friday, February 28th, 2014

GET WARM OR DIE TRYING

DOESN'T KNOW WHAT TEAM HE'S ON

TUNNEL OF TEAM LOVE

BLOKES

Russ Hays/Accent Inns December 2013 training camp. I’m pretty proud to say I’ll be riding with these guys for 2014, they are giving me the opportunity to be teammates with some real hardmen of BC’s cycle racing scene as well as alongside National TT Champion Curtis Dearden. The extra support, new bike, new gear and help with travelling is going to take a lot of stress off my season. I still have a lot of work to do, on the bike training as well as off the bike, raising and saving cash to take the time off I’ll need to compete in Nationals on the road and Track, and face other elite and pro teams in stage races around the Pacific Northwest. But the support of the team and teammates just makes me want to work harder and gives me the confidence that I’ve earned my spot racing with the elites and pros.

On the start of the new season though, I’d like to say one last time how much I have appreciated the support of Jamie and Nick at Super Champion Cycle Shop. Over my first two years of racing Jamie and Nick have helped me out with whatever they could, whenever they could. I remember sitting in the grandstands at the UBC Grand Prix three years ago, drinking a six pack and watching the race with Jamie. I told him I thought I might be fast enough to be in those races (for at least a couple laps), and he told me he was going to sponsor me to race the track if I trained and went at it. They supported me in my first year of racing and through until last year where I actually raced in UBC, I won the Enumclaw Road Race and came second in Provincial Championships on the road and track. I even got to mix it up with World Tour Pros in Tasmania in December. This crazy place I’m at right now, racing pros, at times National and World Champions, targeting my own Championships this season, I wouldn’t be in this place without two good friends helping out a broke bike messenger who was winning alleycat races occasionally. Thanks guys.

MY BOYS

Chicago Group Ride CMWC 2012

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

ALL YOUR STREETS ARE BELONG TO US

On the way to the beach. Going to the beach rules sometimes. Well. Maybe most of the time.

Oh hey, I blew out the rear rim on my road bike today. Consider heading over to the store and picking up some postcards! It would be supes rad!

Matt Face

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

SAINT CLOUD SHIRT BACKGROUND LURK

Matt Face in Chicago.

Vancouver in Chicago

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

THE OTHER HALFS, THIRDS

The other two/three of the Vancouver representation at CMWC 2012 Chicago. Darryl and Robert.

Chicago Skyline and Messengers

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

#MESSLIFE

The Chicago Skyline and CMWC 2012 messengers heading to the beach. It’s only been over a year and I’m finally scanning these.

Donuts Forever

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

DONUTS FOREVER

Donuts. Sometime last summer in Demo Forest.

Zak in Berlin

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Zak Kovalcik – From the streets of Pittsburgh to the track of Berlin. from Met Board on Vimeo.

My pal Zak Kovalcik is pretty much a big inspiration for me in bike racing. For the pretty obvious reasons, and also he’s been insanely encouraging and one of the first people that told me I need to get out of BC and Canada and participate in races abroad. It was nice to see this video just as I’m figuring out my plans for Australia and Tasmania in December.

STUD MUFFIN

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

THIS GUY

Working through some images to make some printed materials, and I just find this guy. THIS GUY MAN.

April 4, 2013

Friday, April 5th, 2013

SHRED

This tire was new before the CMWC qualifiers, this is after the main race.

March 22, 2013

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

DETROIT

Ian’s and my own bike outside of a closed up factory. Detroit.

Today is the day I stopped being a bicycle courier. I didn’t stop because you can’t make any money, I didn’t stop because of the rain, I didn’t stop because sometimes I have nightmares of radios and car accidents, I didn’t stop because sometimes it makes me a bitter asshole, I didn’t stop because someone else told me to and I definitely didn’t stop because I bought a suit and figured out how the stock exchange really works.

I stopped working on the bike because working on the bike showed me that I have potential to be a really good bicycle racer. How good a bicycle racer is yet to be seen, but I can’t find out until I really try it out. If you understand how training for racing works, you’ll understand that riding 24 hours a week, just for work, and then being expected to race for 3.5 hours with guys who really train, who can afford bikes, nutrition, rest days… is a tall order. Let alone can you finish with the main pack, or maybe even try to win. And then you’re supposed to do that twice, or three times in the same weekend…. and go back to slinging packages the next day.

I stopped being a bicycle courier to see if I can fully realize what I can do on a bike. It’s going to give me the chance to explore a few other avenues that have been simmering too long on back burners, whether in coffee, photography or any number of other projects I’ve been holding onto since I was in school.

The photo of Ian and my bike in Detroit would never have happened if I weren’t a bicycle courier, if I didn’t go to the CMWCs in Chicago and if this were the only moment and memory bicycle couriering left me, I’d be happy. But I’ve been left with five years filled with photos, friends, stories, trips and just moments.

Love what you do, respect what you do, remember where you came from, and don’t let assholes in elevators get you down.