Our James Hedgcock collected his first gold medal as an Elite rider representing Ontario in the Team Sprint.
James Hedgcock was second in the BMX National Championships in Etobicoke this afternoon. James won all three of his heats in making the final and was second in the championship. James has been selected to race for Canada at the upcoming Junior Worlds in Belgium.
Congratulations to Owen winning the Elimination and Scratch Races, JD third in the Scratch race and Ema third in the Elimination.
Videos attached, thanks Jen.
Our small 4 man team brought home 3 Gold, 5 Silver and 2 Bronze medals.
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Today, day 3 of the track Provincials Madonna Wheelers scored 1 Gold, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze.
James Hedgcock Gold in the Junior Mens Kilo
James Hedcock Silver in the Junior Mens Keirin
Liam Carney Bronze in the U17 Men 500m TT
Madonna Wheelers U17 Men Team Pursuit (Owen, JD, Liam and Dylan) Bronze
Together with the first 2 days Madonna Wheelers netted 2 Gold, 3 Silver and 3 Bronze, the small team with a huge heart!
Saturday the Midweek club with a little help from Madonna Wheelers dominated the Match Sprint.
Junior Men Andrew Scott gold, James Hedgcock silver, U17 Men Dylan Bibic gold, Liam Carney bronze and Junior Women Madison Dempster gold.
At the 2019 Ontario Track provincial Championships Day 1 Madonna Wheelers came away with a gold and a silver medal in the Junior Men and U17 Men Team Sprint events today.
Congratulations to our small team with a big heart:
There are 2 large teams on the track the NCCH from Hamilton and FCV from London, to compete with them we have pooled the resources of the Midweek and Madonna Wheelers Cycling Clubs, in the process claiming as many or more podium spots at the first Track Youth Cup of the season at the velodrome in Milton. The younger kids thoroughly enjoyed the evening socializing and playing with video games and each other in between the races, to the point Ben did not want to leave once it was all over. Mia, Mel, William and Connor all shared podiums and Oliver came close with a couple of 4th place finishes. Connor image above courtesy David Bibic and Ivan Rupes via Facebook.
To understand how strong Ema and Dylan performed last night take a look at the image above from back in September putting the hurt on the coaches (Courtesy Peter & Buffywww.sportszonephotography.ca ).
Last night they both won all 3 races each, then in the scratch races put the hurt on their competition by riding away and lapping several competitors in the process. Even Steve Bauer expressed his impression to me in his comment about Ema “She hurt them and then beat them, nice!”.
Congratulations to all,
Connor on the track.
Ema and Dylan hurting the coaches.
Unfortunately Ben had to leave early for a family engagement and is missing from the group.
At this time of year the Ontario Cycling Association presents the seasons awards.
Last year Olivia Pali won the U11 women’s Youth Cup plaque.
This year Ema Archbold won the U15 women’s Youth Cup plaque and Provincial Champion Jersey.
Maya Neumann won the second place plaque in the same age group and Ben Price won the
Third place plaque for boys U11.
Ema & Maya at London Youth Cup
Ben at Terra Cotta
Congratulations to the Champions of the 2015 Madonna Wheelers Cycling Club Championships:
Adult Group & Overall Club Champion – Jeff Archbold
Junior "A" – Ema Archbold
Junior "B" – JD Archbold
Junior "C" – Ben Price
The club has seen the past year’s emphasis on youth development and racing continue to show results and growth.
In the Ontario Cycling Association Youth Cup here were three U11 racers (JD Archbold, Ben Price, and Olivia Pali), one U13 racer (Aliyah Muzzati), three U15 racers (Ema Archbold, Maya Neumann, and Max Schindler), and two U17 racers (Noah Chow and Summer Sandford) who raced many or all of the Youth Cup races in 2014.
There were many racers with podium finishes, including Oliva who won all but the series finale in the U11 girls. Ema was on the podium for almost all the races, and JD was on two podiums.
There were also good results in the non-Youth Cup Tour de Terra Cotta, and the Madonna Wheelers youth dominated in the Markham Giro, including great results for Connor Archbold and Sasha Muzzatti, which bodes well for the future. Jeff won the D’Ornellas criterium race for the men, and Ema (age 12!) won the women’s division at the race later in the day.
We tried to have two days of youth programming in the summer, focusing on bike handling, sprinting, and developing power through hill climbs. Using the 400m track at St. Mary’s or Pineridge schools, the Petticoat Creek parking lot, and the subdivision off of Altona provided a very safe environment for the youth riders, and appeared to give the parents some piece of mind.
The Club Championships for 2014 did not allow for a road race due to OCA regulations. However, the hill climb, TT, sprint, and criterium resulted in some fun racing. Jeff Archbold won the ‘A’ division, Tom Duscharme won the ‘B’ division, and Maya Neaumann won the junior A division, Olivia winning the junior B division, and Connor taking the junior C division. The young kids really enjoyed the medals, so I will suggest we continue with medals, and not cash, as prizes.
In the fall, Ema won the Provincial U15 cyclo-cross championships, which may have been the first youth championship won by a Madonna Wheeler.
Winter programming consisted of twice-weekly indoor trainer sessions in the Archbold basement. Some riders were especially keen, and the emphasis on leg speed and power appears to have paid off. Steve’s commitment to helping out for the indoor sessions made it even more like a club event, and the frequent baked goods also created a more social atmosphere, which is important for the long winter and ongoing effort to train hard.
In track events, both Maya Neumann and Ema Archbold participated in track events in London and Milton. Maya’s experience was visible in the first few events, including winning the January 1st events at Forrest City Velodrome and the 1000m at the second Youth Cup at Milton. Ema provided another three Ontario U15 championships with wins at the 2000m Individual Pursuit, the 500m and the Scratch Race. She has been won over by her results, and should continue to do well if she maintains her training and enthusiasm. We should all try and encourage Maya to keep coming out, as she has lots of natural ability on the track, and having a friend will make continuing to travel to the track and train much more enjoyable. Connor Archbold also started at the track, and based on the observed youth who would race in his division, he may also garner some results in the Track Youth Cup series starting in 2016.
We are expecting to have four U11 racers, three or four U13 racers, three U15 racers, and hopefully three U17 racers. This would give us more than 10 youth racers, which would allow us to qualify as a ‘youth club’ for the OCA.
We have started our weekend club rides, and we will continue to add speed work, intense efforts, and some tactical coaching for the older youth racers (U15 and U17) during club rides. Steve is organizing some routes for the younger riders to get them used to riders with one another and going hard.
Jeff, Chantal Thompson, Dan Thompson, and Steve will continue to coach on Mondays for Midweek, and we are looking to start attending some of the early Tuesday criteriums to help the faster U15/U17 racers learn how to race, and to get them extra speed/race experience.
Coaching for adults who are newer to riding/racing should also be encouraged. This might get some of the children into the club, and help continue to grow the club. Unfortunately, some of the rep hockey players who we had tried to recruit did not appear to want to commit to the training, despite our best efforts to make the training fun and social.
Congratulations to the Champions of the 2014 Madonna Wheelers Cycling Club Championships:
Category “A” & Overall Club Champion – Jeff Archbold
Category “B” Champion – Tom Ducharme
Junior "A" – Maya Neumman
Junior "B" – Olivia Pali
Junior "C" – Connor Archbold
We had two of the greatest days weather wise, we have ever had for our club championships.
Competition was tight and fair and a good time was had by all.
The 2014 Club Champion was Jeff beating Roger by 1 point over 4 events.
Highlight of the 2 days was Ema and Maya finishing ahead of everyone in the Criterium except Jeff and Roger.
Congratulations to the Champions of the 2013 Madonna Wheelers Cycling Club Championships:
Category “A” & Overall Club Champion – Dan Thompson
Category “B” Champion – Chantal Thompson
Category “C” Champion – Joe Power
Youth Champion - Jacob Meloche
Youth (10 & under) - Olivia Pali
Not all the results are posted yet but congratulations to Roger Waithe on his first big race since returning to competitive cycling 6 weeks ago. Roger finished 13th out of 30 in the Senior 4 and Master 3 group which includes much younger riders, he was also 3rd in his age group RMMC3.
On that note you should go to see a current movie called “Premium Express” which is about bike couriers in big cities like New York, this was Roger’s life for a few years in Toronto, after giving up bike racing.
Windsor Provincial Criterium Championships (September 1, 2012)
Sportif Men Results - 27.3 km - Average Speed 36.3 km/h
15. Roger Waithe (Madonna Wheelers C.C.)
Master B Men Results - 37.7 km - Average Speed 41.3 km/h
13. Clint Thompson (Madonna Wheelers C.C.)
Elite 1&2 Women Results - 29.9 km - Average Speed 35.1 km/h
1. Candice Vermeulen (Invita - FCV) [GOLD]
2. Chantal Thompson (Madonna Wheelers C.C.) [SILVER]
3. Renee Schroeder (Independent)
4. Emily McKenzie-Picot (CoachCris.ca) [BRONZE]
Tour di Via Italia (September 2, 2012)
Elite 4 & Master 3 Men Results - 40 km - Average Speed 45.6 km/h
13. Roger Waithe (Madonna Wheelers C.C.)
All Women Results - 30 km - Average Speed 42.3 km/h
6. Chantal Thompson (Madonna Wheelers C.C.)
I have lost track, however I believe this is the 5th annual D’Ornellas criterium we have been invited to and raced, the first 3 were in pouring rain, last year was almost dry and this year for the first time was bone dry.
Being that we are invited it is not nice to overwhelm our hosts with too much success and as is traditional we shared our podiums. In the 5 to 8 age group Conner (Jeff’s son and future member) was an easy winner, in the 9 to 17 age group Ema (Jeff’s daughter 10) was an embarrassing winner, despite being asked to slow down several times, won by at least half a lap and lapped a couple of participants in a 3 lap race.
Knowing this we forced Summer (12) to race the D’Ornellas open criterium in the ladies division. Chantal broke away from the main peloton with James and 4 D’Ornellas riders and managed to stay away till the end therefore winning the ladies, Summer dropped the other 2 D’Ornellas ladies and actually lapped them before taking 2nd place in the ladies division.
The men did not fare as well, James was outmaneuvered by the other 4 D’Ornellas riders in the breakaway and sprinting is not his forte. Believe it or not Bruce Camacho was one of the 4 and finished 2nd amazing for a 64 year old that was unconscious as a result of the crash at the end of the Terracotta race.
Our sprinters all sat in the main peloton waiting for the break to come back but it was not to be. It did not make sense chasing down James and Chantal not knowing exactly what was happening up front. In the end due to some lap scoring mix up and strange bell ringing we ended up with 2 sprints, Roger Waithe took the first one and I took the second from Dan and I believe the D’Ornellas sprinter who won the first 3 races we competed in.
All in all a great day of fun racing, not sure how many knew or took advantage of it but a full breakfast with eggs, bacon, sausages, ham, baked goods, juice and coffee was provided and available to all who attended. This is still the best and probably safest criterium course in Ontario and it is nice that we can continue to share in its use courtesy of the town of Markham and D’Ornellas cycling club.
Photos from the Criterium have been posted to the gallery HERE.
Congratulations to all who raced and thanks to all who helped.