You Rise Me Up: The gift of song from the Orangeville Chorus

I’ve had some pretty unique experiences traveling but today has to take the cake.  After spending the past week in Toronto for events and meetings it was time to travel back down to Utah for a few days in the mountains.  Last Wednesday, I presented in Orangeville, Ontario.  Orangeville is a small town north of Toronto.  I was brought to the community to share my story.  I was … more


The here and the now and the magic of it all

‘What’s the reason of your stay’ was the first question asked at customs a few nights ago. I’d just made the trip from Leipzig, Germany. After completing the first three days of the Thuringen Ruhndfahrt stage race, I was ready to make my final trip. The trip to London. To the Olympics. Even on this, my sixth trip to the Games for Canada, I felt an excitement that … more


Goodbye and hello…

There’s usually a moment of realization when I leave home for the last time before something big.  Something big in my life the past sixteen years has meant an Olympics.  The awareness that the next time I’ll set foot at home it will all be over is never lost on me.  It’s a feeling of excitement tinged with melancholy.  The latter more pronounced when I leave such a … more


Lessons learned in another Olympic year

This is the seventh time I’ve lived the reality of trying to qualify for an Olympics.  The in-between Games I’ve not been part of were spent either glued to the internet (we don’t have television in either of our home bases) or working for CBC at the Games.  Yes, I am a unabashed Olympic junkie and can’t get enough of sport when it comes time every two years … more


My best friend in sport, Randy Starkman

With Randy and Beckie Scott at the 2008 Olympics….   I’m in Belgium in the hotel breakfast room and can’t stop crying.  An email shared the shocking news of Randy Stakman’s passing late last night.  I felt sick going to sleep.  The reality of losing Randy only became real this morning when I opened my computer.  The tears began to flow and haven’t stopped.   Like so many … more


The legacy lives on….riding with the Teutenberg Family

The Teutenberg name is famous in the world of cycling for more reasons than the twenty-five plus wins Ina garners year after year.  Ina’s the runt of the litter.  She spent her growing-up years chasing older brothers Lars and Sven around on two wheels.  Not to mention the coaching her father has done for decades and his involvement with SRM and helping many pro riders find their ideal … more



Living the life of a pro cyclist over here in Europe can get a little distorted at times.  It’s easy to think things are hard, life is complicated, there’s so much chaos or even this is bloody boring.  And then you look over at the team next to you like I did when warming up for the time trial last week at the Energiewacht Tour in Holland.  You … more


Nervous energy and the bergs that beckon in Belgium

I’m used to nerves at this point.  Nervous energy I have when facing a daunting workout, an epic race or, like last night, a speech in front of a few thousand people.  What gets me through these nervous times is one thing: preparation.  I know what it means to be fully prepared and to execute, no matter the task at hand.   But there’s something to be said … more


Ode to Ally

I’ve had the chance to meet a lot of new athletes this and last year.  Being off the blades and back on two wheels, the athletes are opposite to the extreme.  The sports and the environment they are practiced in could not be more different.  I find it somewhat ironic that the athletes on two wheels seem to have a little more edge than those on the blades. … more


What a difference a day can make…

Another adventure with the skidoo, ATV and finally, the sweet smooth ride of the SUV to the airport brought me out of my winter wonderland to the chaos of LAX.  Yes, it was a shock to the system to arrive at the bustling airport after the two hour flight to the south west of Salt Lake City.  I felt like Dorothy and I definitely was not in Kansas … more

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