Jun 23, 2012


2012 Canadian Road Cycling National Championships was a race I had been looking forward to for a while.  The course was an undulating out-and-back section starting and ending in Lac Megantic, with two laps of a loop in Lac Drolet at the furthest extremity.

In the loop, I was cheered on the steepest section of the course, feeling pretty good.  We went through the feedzone.  I covered an attack, brought it back, and talked to my teammate about strategy.  The next thing I know...BAM.  And black.  And blue.  I hear the peloton was starting to get pretty sketchy around that time, I'm sure I was taken out from behind.  (**FROM BESIDE! A certain girl took me out from beside...I know the story now, and it's not pretty).  I got up as fast as I could, but apparently I had been out cold for a minute.  I said I wanted to get back on and ride, and I did.  Then I realized something wasn't right and let off the gas right away.  I took myself out of the race. 

My head was hit pretty bad and I thought I had a concussion.  I was brought to the hospital.   I know better than to mess with that stuff.  It's nasty.  One thing I'm happy about though, is that I had my Lazer helmet on, and fitted correctly with the dial adjustment.  It's cracked now, it absorbed most of the impact, and my brother Max said he wants it as a trophy.  Okay brotha, it's all yours.
I was taken care of very well by the paramedics, the nurses and the doctor.  Nothing was broken.  I learned from my stretcher that Denise Ramsden, my teammate who just got selected for the Olympic team for London WON.  Joëlle Numainville played her cards perfectly and got a 3rd place, and Annie Ewart climbed up on the thrid step of the U23 podium as well.  You girls raced perfectly, and the excellent news made my day.


  1. Glad you made it through with just a cracked helmet!

  2. Hope you are feeling better!