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The 2010 Club Champions are...

2010-09-19 |

Congratulations to the Champions of the 2010 Madonna Wheelers Cycling Club Championships:
Category “A” & Overall Club Champion – Dan Thompson
Category “B” Champion – Wayne Henry
Category “C” Champion – Leslie "Elf" Guillemette

2010 Club Champions

More PHOTOS from the championships are available HERE!

The club today completed the best attended championships in its history. We all have families, injuries and commitments and it is very difficult to find dates that can suit everyone. Between our August 21st and September 19th events we saw 18 competitors in 3 groups compete for and walk away with $900 in cash plus 3 trophies. We also introduced the first kids race and saw Nicole Carter walk away with a medal.
The weather was incredible, cool and sunny and those who joined us for Roti and doubles afterwards seem to enjoy it. The winner of the C group was a new club member Leslie (Elf) Guillemette, the B group someone who has been trying for years and finally put it together, our official club coach Wayne Henry and in the A group no stranger to the honour,  after a 2 year absence Dan Thompson. We missed Anthony, Len and Jeff today as we missed Derek, Mark and Jonathan in August.  
Thanks to Lorne & Gabe for their work, Rolph, Hugh, Peter and Jane, who did not compete but were on hand to lend their support and take photograph, also Sheannah and Arty for marshaling the corners and keeping traffic out of our way.  Finally all the family members who showed up to cheers us on and make today very enjoyable for us.


Club Championships Points

2010 Madonna Team Photo

The 2009 Club Champions are...

2009-09-20 |

Congratulations to the Champions of the 2009 Madonna Wheelers Cycling Club Championships:
Category “A” & Overall Club Champion – Hank Verhoeven
Category “B” Champion – Ronnie des Vignes

2009 Club Champions

More PHOTOS from the championships are available HERE 

Our Club Championships concluded today in beautiful sunny and cool temperatures. Thanks Lorne, Gabe, Sheila, Elf and Jane for organising and photography. Having missed the first half Derek showed up and proved he would have been in contention for the overall honours by winning both the Road Race in 1 hour 5 minutes (Avg. 43.33 km/h) and the Hill Climb in a new record time of 0:54:11 previously held by Ed Ounjian at 0:55:41 in 2000.

The overall winner however having won the Sprint, Time Trial and placing second in the Criterium, Road Race and Hill Climb is the new 2009 Club Champion Hank Verhoeven. Jeff having been stuck in California on business and Dan nursing an injured knee (from hiking not cycling) will be back next year with renewed energy and respect for the challenge.

The B group was just as interesting with Peter Hein back from 3 weeks in Europe (No cycling) winning both of today’s events.
The overall winner however and 2009 B Champion is Ronnie des Vignes having placed 2nd in the Time Trial, Road Race and Hill Climb as well as 3rd in the Sprint and the Criterium. Chantal and Jason proved they were competitive with Chantal winning the Criterium and Jason placing second in the Sprint.

We missed you Wayne, Tom, Dennis and Joseph for different reasons and hope you will be back next year when again we hope to have enough participation to justify 3 categories.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Hank and Ronnie.

Club Championships Points

2009 Team Photo

D'Ornella's Criterium Photos Online

2009-08-23 |

Thanks to Steve for passing me a CD containing Peter and Jane's most excellent photos from the D'ornella's Criterium the other week. They are now online and available for viewing in the new revamped Photos section, along with some great shots pulled from the archives from previous club championships' events.


Hank & Jeff off the front!


Dan off the front in a 4 lap break away!

D'Ornella's Criterium Recap

2009-08-09 |

The D’Ornellas criterium took place today at the end of a thunderstorm on a soaking wet course. Some planned entries backed out at the last minute (Eon D’Ornellas and Bruce Camacho among them ) however the club’s best sprinter Aubrey Bryce was there and very prominent finishing second overall and taking a couple of primes. Madonna was represented by Hank Verhoeven, Jeff Archbold, Dan Thompson and Steve Hamilton with the support of Peter, Jane and Sheannah, Elf and Arty helping marshal the course. Even though Steve got dropped after the third prime and none of our riders made the podium, we worked the race, Hank, Dan and Jeff each won a prime and Dan was in a break with one lap to go but got caught with less than half a lap remaining’ There was no question we were noticed and appreciated at a very well organized event with BBQ, P.A. system and washrooms supplied by Delta Hotel and closed roads and police provided by the town of Markham. By the way no crashes, it was a pleasure to ride with experienced, intelligent cyclists who respected each other’s safety.  Eon wanted to know who was the Madonna cyclist that won the time trial last Wednesday, nice going Derek you were of course very much noticed also.

Thanks Ken for the invite, nice job, you said you did not want us to win so hopefully we made you happy.

The 2008 Club Champions are...

2008-08-24 |

Congratulations to the Champions of the 2008 Madonna Wheelers Cycling Club Championships:
Category “A” & Overall Club Champion – Dan Thompson
Category “B” Champion – Tom Ducharme
Category “C” Champion – Joseph Faria

2008 Club Champions

More PHOTOS from the championships are available HERE  

Club Championships Points

2008 Madonna Team Photo

Ontario Criterium Championships - Ottawa

2008-07-15 |

July 14/08 11:15am EDT - Ontario Criterium Championships full results

Ontario Criterium Championships - Ontario Cup #8 July 13th, Ottawa ON
Presented by BRO - BikeRace Ottawa

Master 3 Men - 36.4 km - Average Speed 37.4 km/h
1G. Mark Antonio (Independent - RMMC.3)    0:58:21
2. Gary Monette (West Of Quebec Wheelers - RMM.3)
3S. Derek De Gannes (Madonna Wheelers Cycling Club - RMMB.3)
4B. Paul Heffler (Ottawa Bicycle Club - RMMB.3)
5. Bob Haufler (Midweek Cycling Club - RMMB.3)
6. Erich Zappe (Ride With Rendall - RMMB.3)
7. David Chong (Lapdogs Cycling Club - RMMC.3)    all s.t.
8. Eric Larson (Ride With Rendall - RMMA.3)    0:06
9. Marc-andre Lauzon (Independent - RMM.3)    0:09
10. David Tompkins (The Hub Bicycle Club - RMMB.3)    0:11
DNS. Dan Robertson (Midweek Cycling Club - RMMA.3)

Derek De Gannes - Silver Medal

CHIN International Bicycle Races - Ontario Cup #7

2008-07-02 |

July 1/08 4:25pm EDT - CHIN International results

CHIN International Bicycle Races - Ontario Cup #7 Exhibition Place, Toronto ON
Presented by Midweek Cycling Club

Elite 3 Women - 28 km - Average Speed 37.7 km/h
1. Lisa Perlmutter (Reynold Cycle - RWE.3)    0:44:32
2. Briana Illingworth (Sweet Pete's - RWE.3)    at 1:45
3. Rachael Mirvish (Sweet Pete's - RWE.3)    1:45
4. Chantal Thompson (Madonna Wheelers Cycling Club - RWE.3)    2:40
DNF. Hetti Ho-Mun Cheung (Midweek Cycling Club - RWE.3)

Master 3 Men - 28 km - Average Speed 40.9 km/h
1. Sianislaw Bielak (Wheels Of Bloor Cycling Team - RMM.3)    0:41:06
2. Brian King (Sabletine - RMM.3)
3. Bob Haufler (Midweek Cycling Club - RMMB.3)
4. Keith Williams (Independent - RMMB.3)
5. Derek De Gannes (Madonna Wheelers Cycling Club - RMMB.3)
6. Mark Antonio (Independent - RMMC.3)
7. Mirko Gojic (Midweek Cycling Club - RMMA.3)
8. David Starrs (Coach Chris.Ca/Ted Velikonja - RMMB.3)

Elite 3 Men - 35 km - Average Speed 41.9 km/h
1. Dominik Kubicki (Ertc - RME.3)    0:50:04
2. William Kowalczyk (Aquila Racing/Racer Sportif - RME.3)    at 0:02
3. Toni Fischer (Midweek Cycling Club - RME.3)
4. Justin Kitney (Aztech/Cyclepath Kingston - RME.3)
5. Wes Stephenson (Rapid City Cycle - RME.3)
6. Chris Bouma (Sweet Pete's - RME.3)
7. Stephane Marcotte (Cycle Solutions/Angry Johnny's - RME.3)
8. Michael Aston (Independent - RME.3)
9. Ryan Phelps (Ottawa Bicycle Club - RME.3)
10. Michael Falikowski (Jamis/Bikezone Racing - RME.3)
11. Jonathan Davis (Sweet Pete's - RME.3)
12. Chadwick Ruby (La Bicicletta/J. Lindeberg - RMU23.3)
13. Philip Cates (Lapdogs Cycling Club - RME.3)
14. Mark Cascella (Lapdogs Cycling Club - RME.3)
15. Charles Dumas (Su13.Us/Raceclean.Org - RME.3)    all s.t.
16. Tovi Heilbronn (Midweek Cycling Club - RME.3)    0:11
DNF. Dan Thompson (Madonna Wheelers Cycling Club - RME.3)

The 2007 Club Champions are...

2007-08-20 |

Congratulations to the Champions of the 2007 Madonna Wheelers Cycling Club Championships:
Category “A” & Overall Club Champion – Derek de Gannes
Category “B” Champion – Chantal Thompson
Category “C” Champion – Dennis des Vignes

2007 Madonna Champions

More photos from the championships are available HERE 

The three categories were each very competitive this year.

The 34 km Road Race on Saturday August 18, 2007 was a wonderful race. During the second and final lap Derek de Gannes and Jeff Archbold broke away during the hills on the north route and by the time Dan Thompson crested the last hill they had managed a 200 m lead. Dan gave chase but was only able to recover 150 m of their lead. Derek won in a very close finish with Jeff not a bike length behind. During this final lap Chantal Thompson of the B group managed to hold onto the A group and finished just over a bike length behind Steve Hamilton.

The hill climb was won handily by Derek de Gannes with the only time registered under 1 minute @ 58.59 seconds.

The Sprints were held for each Category. In the A group, Hugh Carter won by a couple of bike lengths with Jeff and Derek close behind.  In the B Group, Jason Ortepi beat out Chantal Thompson by a couple of lengths. The C group was won by Dennis des Vignes with Bill Figuera and Compton Gonsalves in 2nd and 3rd.

The Time Trial brought out the best in many of the competitors. The A group was won by Dan Thompson with Derek de Gannes second and Jeff Archbold with the third best time. The best time recorded in the B Group was by Chantal  and the C group winner was Dennis des Vignes.

The final race for the overall championships was the 20 km Criterium. The B group managed to hang in with the A group throughout the race. During the race a Prime was held at lap 5 and this was won by Hugh Carter. A second Prime was offered for those 60+ and this was won by Dennis des Vignes. A third Prime was offered for those 50+ and this was won by Wayne Henry. The finish was amazing as 8 riders rounded the last corner, with all seeing the finish line and wanting that 1st place finish. As you can imagine the finish was very tight and was won by Dan Thompson with Steve Hamilton and Wayne Henry close behind. 4th place went to Chantal Thompson (a B rider) with Jeff, Tom, Derek and Jason all following close behind.

The overall winner on points and the Club Champion for 2007 was Derek de Gannes.

After the event all the prizes were awarded and all attendees were treated to lunch and refreshments at the nearby Swiss Chalet.

Another great job by everyone involved and thanks to all for the great cycling!

Here's the results with the points earned in each event:

Club Championships Points
2007 Madonna Team Photo

CHIN Picnic Criterium Results

2007-07-01 |

Elite & Master Women - 32.2 km
1. Merrill Collins (La Bicicletta / J. Lindeberg - RWE.1) 0:48:29
2. Chloe Black (Team Terry Precision - RWE.1) at 1:27
3. Krystal Jeffs (Hub Racing - RWE.2)
4. Julia Bradley (Team R.A.C.E - RWE.1)
5. Liza Miranda (Madonna Wheelers Cycling Club - RWMA)
6. Danielle Haulman (Mazur Coaching/Hottubes - RWE.2) all s.t.
7. Lori Kofman (Coach Chris.Ca / Ted Velikonja - RWMB) 3:44
8. Kathryn Rozitis (Independent - RWE.2) s.t.
9. Lucinda Wallace (Mississauga Bicycle Racing Clu - RWE.2) 6:13
10. Petrina Tulissi (Cyclepath Oakville Race Team - RWMA) all s.t.

Senior 3 Women - 32.2 km
1. Allison Lampi (Euro-Sports.Ca / Foodery Cycli - RWE.3) 0:49:57
2. Paolina Aluan (D'ornellas / Delta Graphics Rt - RWE.3)
3. Danielle Kenny (H And R Block - RWE.3) bot:s.t.
4. Chantal Thompson (Madonna Wheelers Cycling Club - RWE.3) 4:46

Senior 4 Men - 26.6 km
1. Jon Davis (Wheels Of Bloor - RME.4) 0:39:15
2. Alex Taylor (Independent - RME.4)
3. John Stephenson (Independent - RME.4)
4. Mirko Gojic (Midweek Cycling Club - RME.4)
5. Jesse Demb (Midweek Cycling Club - RME.4)
6. Mike Aston (Waterloo Cycling Club - RME.4)
7. Dan Thompson (Madonna Wheelers Cycling Club - RME.4)
8. Clint Thompson (Brampton Cc - RME.4)
9. Geoff Agnew (Midweek Cycling Club - RME.4)
10. Chad Mussen (Independent - RME.4) all s.t.

Midweek Results - Tuesday June 19th

2007-06-17 |

In the early race, Madonna's Dan Thompson took the early sprint, but it was the midrace break of Ian Campbell, Liza Miranda and newcomer Drew Molnar that picked up double points at the halfway point before the pack woke up and reeled the move back in. With eight riders now with points in hand it was looking like a close race but Thompson's high placing in the subsequent sprints gave him the overall lead ahead of the charismatic Chris Kirk and Rob Anderson (CoachChris.ca/Ted Velikonja), who would take the final sprint.

Early Race - 20 Laps - 19.6 km
1. Dan Thompson (Madonna Wheelers) 10 pts
2. Chris Kirk (Ind.) 9
3. Rob Anderson (CoachChris.ca/Ted Velikonja) 8
4. Ian Campbell (Midweek CC) 8
5. Liza Miranda (Madonna Wheelers) 6
6. Drew Molnar (Neworld) 5
7. Graham Wheeler (Ind.) 4
8. Derek Hsiung (Midweek CC) 3
9. Joseph Comacchio (Neworld) 2
10. Steve Hamilton (Madonna Wheelers) 2
11. Simon Macdonald (Cyclissimo) 2
12. Brian Kelly (Cyclissimo)

1. D.Thompson, C.Kirk, S.Hamilton, D.Molnar
2. I.Campbell, L.Miranda, D.Molnar, S.Macdonald (2x pts)
3. D.Thompson, D.Hsiung, J.Comacchio, B. Kelly
4. R.Anderson, C.Kirk, G.Wheeler, D.Thompson, D.Hsiung, B.Kelly (2x pts)

Midweek Results - Tuesday June 5th

2007-06-06 |

In the early race a three man break got off early with Matt Campbell (D'Ornellas) picking up the majority of the points. The break worked well together, but with four laps remaining Brian Kelly (Cyclissimo) returned to the pack, but he had accumulated enough points to lock up third place. The duo out front battled it out to the end and Madonna Wheeler's Dan Thompson took the pack sprint for third place.

Early Race
1. Matt Campbell (D'Ornellas) 23 pts
2. 145 19
3. Brian Kelly (Cyclissimo) 8
4. Dan Thompson (Madonna Wheelers) 4
5. Domenic 3
6. Derek Hsiung (Midweek CC) 2
7. Geoff Agnew (Midweek CC) 1

1. M.Campbell, 145, B.Kelly, G.Agnew
2. M.Campbell, 145, B.Kelly, Hsiung (2x pts)
3. 145, Campbell, B.Kelly, Domenic
4. M.Campbell, 145, D.Thompson, Domenic

Midweek Results - Tuesday May 29th

2007-05-30 |

The good weather and the end of the school season meant a jump in the attendence with over 118 riders taking to the start for the two Tuesday night races, including many first timers and some old friends. The late race was the first in the season Jack Wierzbicki Prestige Series - the "series within the series".

Early Race
22 Laps - 21.8 km - 43 kph avg.
1. Rick Meloff (La Bicicletaa) 30:01
2. Elliot Horwitz (Midweek CC) all s.t.
3. Dan Thompson (Madonna Wheelers)
4. Tyone Singh (Ind.)
5. Mike Ybanez (Mississauga BRC)
6. Phil Harper (Newmarket Eagles) 
7. Jordan Kremblewski (Cycle Solutions)
8. Mark Kremblewski (Cycle Solutions)
9. Johnny Edgehill (D'Ornellas)

Three Generations... of jerseys!

2007-05-14 |

On Saturday's ride, we were lucky enough to have 3 generations of team jerseys in attendance... So we had to take a photo!

3 Generations of Jerseys

Next time we'll have to get Telly to dig out one of the even older ones... Steve even managed to find an old antique!

Midweek Results - Tuesday May 1st

2007-05-02 |

Temperatures were cool and atmosphere was electric before tonight's Midweek races. One may as well have been at a heavyweight fight. There's a certain tension that arises from the remote but very real possibility that tonight a man would be beaten to within an inch of his life; even if it is metaphorically.

The early race would be taken in a sprint by NASCAR-aficionado turned bike racer Ricky Meloff (La Bicicletta) following spirited riding by Madonna Wheelers' Steve Hamilton and Liza Miranda.

Early Race

18 Laps - 17.8 km - 39.1 kph
1. Rick Meloff (La Bicicletta) 27:18
2. Steve Hamilton (Madonna Wheelers) all s.t.
3. Liza Miranda (Madonna Wheelers)
4. Martin Davis (Midweek CC)
5. Brendan Ramrattan (Midweek CC)

Midweek Results - Tuesday July 3rd

2007-03-03 |

Please note the Schedule for the Midweeks for the month of July will be as follows :
6:45 Early Race
7:15 Kid's Race
7:30 Late Race

Early Race

20 Laps - 19.6 km - 41.8 kph avg.
1. Paul DeVries (Team RACE) 28:10
2. Chad Ruby (La Bicicletta) st.
3. Dan Thompson (Madonna Wheelers) at 10"
4. Bruce Camacho (D'Ornellas) all st.
5. Johnny Edgehill (D'Ornellas) 
6. Liza Miranda (Madonna Wheelers)
7. Wayne Henry (Madonna Wheelers) 
8. Steve Hamilton (Madonna Wheelers)

Late Race

55 Laps - 53.9 km - 44.3 kph avg.
1. Jonathan Wood (ERTC) 1:13:00
2. Sam Bail (La Bicicletta) at 3"
4. Blair Purvis (CoachChris.ca/Ted Velikonja) st.
5. Chris Freeland (Cycle Solutions) at 5"
6. Bruce Krip (Wheels of Bloor) all st.
7. Heath Cockburn (La Bicicletta) 
8. Steve Heck (Team Trek/Ride for Karen)
9. Adrian Jackson (Wheels of Bloor)
10. Jason Valenti (CoachChris.ca/Ted Velikonja)
11. Paul Greene (Chain Reaction)
12. Stuart McKay (Cycle4MS)
13. Paul Dilecce (Wheels of Bloor)
14. James McEwen (Midweek CC)
15. Brent Aquino (Invita Racing)
16. Dave Byer (Jet Fuel)
17. Rod McEwan (Jet Fuel)
18. Oscar Retamal (Ind.)
19. Robert D'Amico (Invita Racing)
20. Ed Maset (Invita Racing)
21. Ed Veal (Cyclissimo) at 1 lap
22. Mark Shaw (Chain Reaction)
23. Dan Thompson (Madonna Wheelers)
24. Issac Smith (Aquila Racing)
25. Paul DeVries (Team RACE)