Bike Check

**Disclaimer: I am sponsored by the companies I mention in the article. However, I believe 100% in everything I stated in here. No company asked me to write this article or say something in particular about their products. I partner with these companies because I truly like their products.

There are a lot of “bike check” articles out there, and to be honest, I hardly ever read them. That being said, I don’t really know what you are supposed to write in your bike check article, so I’ll just create my own.

I think my bike is pretty cool, and I often get questions on the set up of the bike, so I figured I would introduce the bike to all of you!

 Specialized Crux blending in the fall colours! Magically floating in the middle of the road.

Specialized Crux blending in the fall colours! Magically floating in the middle of the road.

Bike Specs

Model: Specialized Crux Expert. This is the same carbon frame as the S-Works model, except it comes built differently. I ride size 49cm.

  • Front/Rear 12mm Thru Axle (100mm wide in front, 142mm rear)

  • Made with the “Rider-First Engineering” which means the lay-up and the tube shapes of each size frame are refined accros the size range to accommodate to the requirements of different height/weight of the cyclist.

Wheels: I switch between Roval CLX32 and CLX50 tubular wheels

Weight: 16.2 lbs (fully built, pedals included)

Tires: Challenge Tubulars Team Edition. The treads I use the most are Chicane, Baby Limus, and Limus. Sometimes I use the Grifo, and I’ve heard the sandy Koksjide World Cup will demand the help of the Dune…

Group set:

Derailleur: SRAM Force 1 medium cage

Shift Levers: SRAM Force 1, hydraulic disc

Brakes: SRAM Force 1, flat mount-disc

Cassette: SRAM PG1170, 11-32T

Crankset: Quarq D-Zero Carbon power meter

Chainrings: 38T, 40T and sometimes 42T

Handlebar: Zipp Service Course SL-70, Aluminum, 42cm (250g)

Stem: Zipp Service Course SL, 90mm

Seatpost: Zipp SL Speed (20mm setback)

Saddle: S-Works Power 143mm (159g)

Computer mount: K-Edge Garmin Race mount (32g)

A few of my favorite things…

  1. It is light: Every time I come to lift the bike over the barriers, or put it on my shoulder for a running section, I’m surprised at how easy it is to lift it. Sometimes I even catch myself thinking: “What a pleasant surprise!” And I promise this is not because my arms suddenly got so much stronger… I have 2 nicknames when doing strength training: “Noodle arms” or “The microbe”.

  2. The big hoods: I have fairly small hands. When I switched to SRAM this year, I was afraid my hands would be too small for the hoods, because they were much bigger than what I was used to ride. But guess what?! I absolutely LOVE them. I feel like the bigs hoods gives me so much control when riding in the trails or in technical sections, because I feel I have a super solid grip on the bike.

  3. That one extra cog: I run the 1x drive train with a 11-32T cassette. I used to run a 11-30T cassette. But the 32T actually makes hills that much easier to get over. Who doesn’t like an easier hill?!

  4. The Wheels: Seriously, the first few times I rode those I felt like I constantly had tailwind. Wether it is because they are stiff and responsive, or light, or the bearings are great, or all of those reasons, I don’t know! But who doesn’t like a good tailwind?!

    • Little story: At one race, I smashed my wheel really, really hard on a curb. After the race, we realized I had banged it so hard that the carbon rim cracked a little bit. The wonderful thing is that the wheel stayed straight as an arrow and never weakened, which allowed me to finish the race without even realizing something had happened to the wheel, and therefore, take the win. That day, I realized I can really have confidence in my wheels, which is such a great feeling! I broke wheels before, and trust me, I realized it ;)

  5. Tires: They are supple and very resistant. Challenge Tires also makes many tread options, which makes it easy to find the perfect tread for every condition. Also, I still haven’t flatted all season, even if I tend to hit the rim pretty hard at times…(fingers crossed I didn’t just jinx myself!)

    • Little story: That day when I broke my wheel in the race, my tire did not lose one single psi…if that is not “tough” I don’t know what it is! It sure gives me confidence that if I push my limits in races, the tires will have my back.

  6. Power Meter: I like to train with power. And although I know that having the best power doesn’t mean you will win races, and that going harder doesn’t always mean faster, I still think a power meter is a great tool to measure progress in a very accurate and honest way. This year, I chose to put the Quarq D-Zero power meter (by SRAM) even on my race bikes, because it doesn’t even add weight to the bike (579g vs 679g for the SRAM Force 1 crank) and I can collect the data.

    • Something cool: You can change the chain ring without un-calibrating the power meter.

    • Something cooler: However, if you really want to make sure it is properly calibrate, you only have to back-pedal 5 times to re-calibrate it. That feature just added a week to my life with all the time saved by this calibration system!

The “Deets”

  1. Specialized is big with the details. They pay attention to every small details, which add up to make a difference when the bike is completed. Everything they make has been developed by highly skilled engineers with feedback from riders and that gives me a lot of confidence and trust in the products. But they go one step further, adding cool details hidden here and there. I’ve heard that in the design world, those are called “easter eggs”. I love easter eggs…

  2. Another detail I like is the little “lock pin” on the SRAM derailleur. I sometimes struggle putting the rear wheel back on, but this locks the derailleur in place, out of the way, and takes off the tension on the chain, making the job way easier!

 This little rubber piece covers the seat post adjustment bolt, keeping it dry and clean at all times. It also looks great with that little logo, doesn’t it?

This little rubber piece covers the seat post adjustment bolt, keeping it dry and clean at all times. It also looks great with that little logo, doesn’t it?

 That paint job… But also, look at the bolts!! (see below for a close up!)

That paint job… But also, look at the bolts!! (see below for a close up!)

 Look at those bottle cage bolts :)

Look at those bottle cage bolts :)

 The lock pin.

The lock pin.

 When the lock-pin is on, there is no more tension in the chain. A quick tap on the derailleur will put it back in place.

When the lock-pin is on, there is no more tension in the chain. A quick tap on the derailleur will put it back in place.

What the mechanic likes

How the bike feels when riding is one thing. But how easy it is to work on is another thing. Here are some of David’s favorite things about the bike.

  1. The standards: The bike has all the industry standard specifications. 12mm axles, regular 27.2mm seatpost, BB30 bottom bracket. This makes it very easy to work on and makes the integration with Sram Force 1 perfect. It’s also a good thing if you travel a lot and might need to find replacement part at the very last moment. 

  2. The cables: The internal cable routing is very, very well done. Cables and housing slide in and out of the frame very easily without having to guide them with all sorts of magical tricks. They also come in and out of the frame at perfect spots, so no tight curves or weird cable loops! 

  3. Tires and Wheels: The Challenge tubular / Roval wheel combo is amazing. The wheels turn forever, they stay straight even after the strongest of hit. The tubulars are very flexible, the wheels a little wider then other industry leading brand it makes it VERY easy to mount tubulars on without making a mess. Even setting the tubular straight is an easier job on these wheels. With the Team Edition tubular, you don’t even have to seal the sidewalls! 

  4. Clincher wheels: The clincher wheels we use for training (C38 Disc) will mount most tires tubeless without the need of a compressor, which is a big plus for me. 

  5. Zipp Components: The Zipp components are light, stiff & have some very clear position guidelines. It’s much easier to setup the three bikes exactly the same when the components have lines/degrees/position markers on them. 

  6. The paint: Last but not least, even if the colour of the bike is bright and light, the paint is strong and cleans very easily. Even after a whole lot of muddy races, the bikes still look new!

 Zipp components, K-Edge mount, and the star sticker! I have that star on every bike. It is a reminder from David that it is okay to shine!

Zipp components, K-Edge mount, and the star sticker! I have that star on every bike. It is a reminder from David that it is okay to shine!

 I have 3 cyclocross bikes. We do a lot of bike exchanges to make sure the fit is the same on all of them!

I have 3 cyclocross bikes. We do a lot of bike exchanges to make sure the fit is the same on all of them!

 The S-Works Power saddle may be the most comfortable saddle I have ever owned. It allows me to shift my pelvis when I go hard and I feel like this gives me more power without putting pressure on the ladies’ parts!

The S-Works Power saddle may be the most comfortable saddle I have ever owned. It allows me to shift my pelvis when I go hard and I feel like this gives me more power without putting pressure on the ladies’ parts!

 38T chainring mounted on the Quarq D-Zero power meter. We change the chain ring fairly often and it is very easy to do with the power meter, only a few bolts!

38T chainring mounted on the Quarq D-Zero power meter. We change the chain ring fairly often and it is very easy to do with the power meter, only a few bolts!

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 I have 2 types of wheels. The Roval CLX50 and the CLX32. We mounted the fast tires (Dune, Chicane) on the CLX50 and the muddy tires (Baby Limus, Limus) on the CLX32.

I have 2 types of wheels. The Roval CLX50 and the CLX32. We mounted the fast tires (Dune, Chicane) on the CLX50 and the muddy tires (Baby Limus, Limus) on the CLX32.

 Balancing the bike for the photoshoot…Okay, now you know it wasn’t magically floating.

Balancing the bike for the photoshoot…Okay, now you know it wasn’t magically floating.

 One more full-bike picture, because I think it looks great! Especially with the fall colours in the background :)

One more full-bike picture, because I think it looks great! Especially with the fall colours in the background :)




Change - New Cycling Team

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Change is hard. But it can also bring new and exciting opportunities that will allow you to grow.

After being on the CLIF Pro Team for 5 years, I have decided to leave the team to start my own cyclocross project; CX Fever Racing Team Powered by Specialized.  

A part of me is super excited about this opportunity, while another part of me is sad about leaving the team.

It’s no secret; I love the CLIF Pro Team. I love everyone on this team, I love the structure, I love the sponsors, and the 5 years I spent on this team were the best of my life. 

Quite frankly, I feel like I’ve grown up with this team. I got on the team when I was a 19 years old girl who had raced mountain bikes for 1 season and who didn’t speak very good English. I’m now a 25 years old woman, I’ve been teammate with some of the best cyclists in the world (who also happen to be very cool and mature woman who taught me much about life), we’ve raced MTB and CX all over the world, and my English is still not awesome, but it is much better.

We’ve had euphoric and devastating moments together, and all these moments brought us closer. I was always proud to call these people my teammates, but 5 years later, I’m even prouder to call them my friends.

I owe everyone involved in the CLIF Pro Team an enormous thank you, from the very bottom of my heart. It's been an incredible ride! 

New Team

You may be wondering, "why change team if you loved your team so much?" 

Fair question. 

The simple answer is that I have the cyclocross fever and it became too big to contain. 

I invite you to read the text below to know more about my decision and about the people & companies who are part of this new journey. 

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 The chickens seem to love the bike just as much as I do! 

The chickens seem to love the bike just as much as I do! 

I'm excited to share the Fever with you at these events in the next month! 

SEPTEMBER

8-9 - Rochester CX, NY USA 
19 - Cross Reno, Reno USA
21-23 - World Cup #1/Trek Cup -Wisconsin
28-30 - World Cup #2/Jingle Cross, Iowa

Thanks for the support :) 

- Maghalie 

Virus 1 , Maghalie 0.

I am always juggling with this idea: Why would anyone care about how my races are going? Why would anyone, outside of my close circle of friends, team, and family, would need to know about how I felt in a race? 

That's why sometimes I just step away from social media, or from writing blogs, for a little while. Don't get me wrong, I care deeply about it, but I just can't wrap my head around the fact that other people would care about these things that I do... It just seems too egocentric to believe that someone else would be so interested in my life. 

I've also been busy recently, so writing a blog wasn't at the top of my priorities. David and I bought our first house and we've been working on it a lot, which has been super fun. Other than that, we've been training a bunch and I've been enjoying that time on the bike. The riding close to our new house is simply amazing. 

Anyway, this morning, I decided to break my blog writing drought, because this weekend I learned a lesson - or strongly solidified a belief I already had - that I think can also benefit other people: Health is the number 1 priority. 

David always says it, and I live by that principle a lot, but sometimes, like yesterday, you get a reminder of just how important health really is. In races, I typically like the climbs. I look at them from the bottom and I get excited to get up it as fast as I can (...so I can get to the downhill quicker!). I usually don't even think about how much - or even if - it hurts. Yesterday, however, during the Horseshoe Canada Cup, as my back, my arms, my neck, my stomach and my legs were screaming, I seriously wondered, more than once, if I'd actually be able to make it up the hill. 

If I'm honest, I was frustrated about that situation for a little bit. "I had some of my best ever workouts last week. Why the hell am I feeling so weak today?!". Baboune La Vieille Poune (my very negative little voice) even made an appearance for a few minutes, after months of not hearing about her. I wanted to give up. Luckily, it didn't take long for me to remind myself that I should just suck it up, and do my best. Because realistically, what else was I going to do? Quitting would make my situation even worse, plus we came all he way here, Scotty and I, and I have this opportunity to get over my struggles and get a good workout, so might as well do that.

"Scotty could have stayed home with his girlfriend, but now he's here with you giving you drinks, so suck it up Maghs!" I told myself.

So I looked up, stayed calm, focused on the obstacles in front of me and turned the pedals one stroke at the time until I crossed the line. It wasn't pretty and I threw up a little bit on 2 of the 5 laps, but at least I got it done. 

Back to that lesson: health is the number 1 priority. On Thursday, I got a little bit sick, which had me spend more time than I would have liked on the toilet. I felt like I had lower energy than usual on Friday, but I felt like I was getting better. I kept it easy in training. By Saturday, I felt good enough. My Heart Rate was higher than usual, but I thought I was okay and ready to race. Honestly, I was really looking forward to a hard and solid battle during the race, so I put aside any small stomach inconfort, or any doubt that I could still be affected by the small "virus" I had a couple days ago. 

What I realized is that, you can feel decent for day to day activities when you are not at 100%. But, when you try to use your body at its maximum capacity, as we do in training or in a race, a few percents can make a huge difference. If I had a more "normal" job, I could have performed well with that little stomach bug. However, the reality of our sport is that you need every ounce of energy you have to perform well and do a good job.

It's very interesting having power meters (we use ROTOR) to be able to gather data from all the races. Yesterday, my power was about 40W below what I normally average in races, while my HR was about the same. So it's not that I wasn't trying, my body just couldn't push past a certain level. It was limited. In a sense, it is comforting to see that data because it reinforces what I was feeling. I did not just FEEL weak, I really was a lot weaker.

Most importantly though, it reinforces the fact that health should be our number 1 priority as athletes. So as much as I would like to go train hard today and tomorrow, I know wha I need to do now is to rest and get healthy. Yesterday was a very good reminder that you can be as fit and as lean as ever, but if you are not 100% healthy, you won't go anywhere...maybe not even to the top of that next hill!  

Maghs

P.S Big thanks to Jamie from Revolution Cycle for the bottle hand ups at the top feedzone :) 

 No matter how the race goes, it's always fun to hang out with the MTB community!

No matter how the race goes, it's always fun to hang out with the MTB community!

 Scott was awesome this weekend, as usual! Putting on some fresh rubber before the pre-ride. Aspen Maxxis Tires were my choice for the Horseshoe Course.

Scott was awesome this weekend, as usual! Putting on some fresh rubber before the pre-ride. Aspen Maxxis Tires were my choice for the Horseshoe Course.

 Scott cleaning my brake pistons. For a step by step of how to do that, istead of just changing your brake pads, check out our team Instagram post:  https://www.instagram.com/p/BjzvxDxBqGf/?taken-by=clifproteam

Scott cleaning my brake pistons. For a step by step of how to do that, istead of just changing your brake pads, check out our team Instagram post: https://www.instagram.com/p/BjzvxDxBqGf/?taken-by=clifproteam

 Using this rest day to cook and relax at home. Strawberry rhubarb jam in the making :) 

Using this rest day to cook and relax at home. Strawberry rhubarb jam in the making :) 

 Dave and I got some chickens!! Rest days are also made for looking at chickens and taking pictures of them :) They are so funny!

Dave and I got some chickens!! Rest days are also made for looking at chickens and taking pictures of them :) They are so funny!

Mother's day Gift Guide

We all know moms are the best...there is no secret here! 

At 3 years old, mom was nervous when I ditched the little wheels and jumped on my 2 wheels bike for the first time. She ran by my side as I took a few strides and she was proud when I succeeded.
At 8 years old, mom was the one taking me to soccer, ski, swim, triathlon, or dance practice every day. 
At 10, she was the one dressing up my wounds when I crashed and taking me to the hospital for X-rays. 
At 14, mom was there to encourage me to go to swim practice at 6AM on the few morning when I was tired and didn't want to wake up. She was also driving me to practice and would dry my towel so I'd have a dry towel for the next day's workout. Mom was also making sure I did my homework.
At  16, mom was there to make me feel better when I would come home crying from a bad race. She was also making sure I'd wear sunscreen on long runs, and I would brush her off like a proper teenager. "Okay mom..."
At 20, my mom encouraged me to follow my dream and signed for a professional cycling team, even if that meant I would take less classes in school.
At 25, mom is still nervous for my races and she loves coming to see me compete. She helped me buy a house while I was aways racing, and she always listens to me when I come home crying or when I need advice. 

Moms are the best and I think they should be celebrated all year long, not just on Mothers day. They are our number 1 supporters and are always there for us no matter what.  A mother to daughter relationship is very special and we want to highlight how amazing our moms are!

Being an all women's team, we prepared this little gift guide with some of our favorite products from this season. We hope your mom will enjoy them as much as we (and our moms) do! 

Happy Mothers day, and thank you for being so fabulous!

Here's the CLIF Pro Team suggestions for Mothers Day : 

Eva loves the whole Krimson Klover collection, because each piece is unique and stylish. The clothes are cute, bright and colorful, just like Eva's personality!

"I love this shirt. It is perfect for a spring or summer night! Very light and comfortable." - Eva 

 Eva looking cute in her Harbor Long Sleeve sweater. 

Eva looking cute in her Harbor Long Sleeve sweater. 

 Eva, Hannah and Haley posing in their respective Krimson Klover outfits! 

Eva, Hannah and Haley posing in their respective Krimson Klover outfits! 

"The Camelbak Hot Cap is the perfect insulated mug for anything from a quick run to a coffee shop to an epic outdoor adventure with family. Every time I refill my bottle, I feel like I am doing my part in just a little way to help the environment and that's something my mom and I have always enjoyed working on together. I've been really impressed by how functional the Hot Cap bottle is and bring it everywhere I go!" - Haley Batten, aka Lil' Spice

 Haley celebrating with her mom and number 1 fan after a successful race in Fontana.

Haley celebrating with her mom and number 1 fan after a successful race in Fontana.

"Because old ex-racer moms like us really need extra sunblock!" - Marla Streb, ex-downhill goddess and mom of 2.

"As a mom, I'd love to receive a wearable yet actually chic sweater from Krimson Klover that might bring me into this century!" - Marla

 Haley wearing her Krimson Klover sweater on a chilly evening on the beach in California

Haley wearing her Krimson Klover sweater on a chilly evening on the beach in California

  • Garmin VivoActive 3 Watch, from Hannah: 

    "I love my new Garmin Vivoactive 3 because it has all the features I want as an athlete and a female. It tells me everything I need to know about how hard I just shredded the gnar, but it's also sleek enough that I can put on a dress and still wear it to dinner or a conference!" - Hannah 

 Hannah and her biggest supporter after the race in Bonelli! 

Hannah and her biggest supporter after the race in Bonelli! 

"I’m a big fan of Zin. To me Zin is very quaffable. You can sip it alone or enjoy it with a meal. What makes this Clif wine special is where it comes from. I’m familiar with the Howell Mountain. I have seen the vineyard and I walked around. Those grapes are growing in a beautiful area and turn into tasty wine.Your mom will certainly enjoy slowing down and enjoying this wonderful wine" - Katerina 

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"I love good food and I love sharing good food even more! We all know CLIF makes delicious bars, but did you know they also make a wide variety of other food products? Some of my personal favorites are the olive oil, the chocolate covered almonds and some of their fruit preserve. The best is that they are all organically grown and handmade on the CLIF property in Napa Valley. A little package with a few of these products always make a really nice gift! Especially if your mom is a foodie! I know I'd love receiving that if I was a mom haha!" - Maghalie 

 Pictured above: Smoked "Spanish Pimento" Almonds, "Kit's Killer Cab" Cabernet Wine, Olive Oil, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Almonds, and Meyer Lemon Preserve. 

Pictured above: Smoked "Spanish Pimento" Almonds, "Kit's Killer Cab" Cabernet Wine, Olive Oil, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Almonds, and Meyer Lemon Preserve. 

 Here's a picture of the property where the Olives and many of the fruits for the preserve are being grown. 

Here's a picture of the property where the Olives and many of the fruits for the preserve are being grown. 

"I never ride without gloves, because it's only when you crash on your hands that you realize how much you use your hands! Moms do even more with their hands, so they need to be protected! " - Maghalie

We received those gloves this year and I LOVE them! They were made in women's size this year, so the fit is great. They are light and comfortable which makes them perfect for warm days on the bike or for a cooler spring day.

"I love it because it's such a versatile piece, awesome for her daily hikes or for coming to cheer me on at the races because even at 37 she comes to as many races as possible, because she's a mom!" - Catharine Pendrel

"I like the Giro helmet with MIPS because everyone should be riding with this cutting edge technology to maximize the protection to your head and brain; your most precious ressource!" - Lea 

 Lea sure loves wearing her helmet :) 

Lea sure loves wearing her helmet :) 

This is such a great idea from Garneau! What a cool way to tell someone we think of her. A surprise box for the roadie mom, triathlete mom, jack of all trades mom, or the mom that braves the cold! Choose the one that fits you mom the best :) 

Canadian store: https://garneau.com/ca/en/mothers-day-cycling-gift-box

US Store: https://garneau.com/us/en/mothers-day-cycling-gift-box

 This is the "road" box, but there are 3 other kinds of boxes you could choose from

This is the "road" box, but there are 3 other kinds of boxes you could choose from

This year, each of us got the chance to design our own custom kit with Garneau. They are all very unique and could make a super nice gift for someone if they can relate to the themes of the kits.

By clicking here, you can read all about the inspiration behind each riders kit and find the link to purchase your favorite.  

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"If your mom is a cyclocross fan, she needs this unique CX Lover gift. CX Fever Socks, hats, or t-shirts, it is always nice to be able to show the world your passion for your sport." - Maghalie

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 Also available in red :) 

Also available in red :) 

 That hat is also available in black :) 

That hat is also available in black :) 

Happy mother's day to all the moms out there! And thank you, for being so awesome. 

 

"On y est presque. Il reste juste une montée..."

À chaque année depuis maintenant trois ans, David, Réjean (mon père) et moi s’organisons un petit camp d’entrainement printanier. C’est mon père qui m’a initié au vélo lorsque j’étais jeune et c’est une activité que nous avons toujours aimé faire ensemble.

Étant jeune, il m’amenait toujours à dépasser mes limites…notre motto était “Ça passe ou ça casse”. J’avais 8 ans, mais j’aimais bien cette façon de penser. Je me souvient qu’on se cherchait toujours des défis : quel est le plus long escalier qu’on peut descendre en vélo? Ou encore, on se faisait des petites courses dans les sentiers et le gagnant remportait une barre de chocolat…naturellement, j’avais 8 ans et pas un seul sous, alors c’était toujours moi qui gagnais! Tout était sous forme de jeu, alors j’ai rapidement pris goût à faire du vélo de montagne. Puis, j’aimais bien ce lien spécial que cela me donnait avec mon père.

Et puis, j’étais tellement fière de moi quand je réussissais enfin à franchir une section difficile après être tombé 4 fois en l’essayant.  La clé était souvent dans le « momentum » mon père disait… Je n’étais pas certaine de ce que ce mot voulait dire, mais je savais que plus on en avait, du momentum, plus on avait de chance de réussir une section!

L’autre stratégie que mon père m’a sagement enseignée était qu’il fallait refaire une section tout de suite après être tombée dedans, car sinon on resterait avec cette  peur dans la tête. Je me souviens d’une fois où on avait décidé de prendre une piste fermée. À ce moment là, je devais avoir 10 ans environ. La piste était fermée car les conditions n’étaient pas parfaites et cette piste était très difficile. Papa m’a lancé un regard et je lui ai relancé le même regard…pas besoin de convaincre personne, nous allions passé sous la barrière pour essayer la piste. Je suis tombée lors de mon premier essai, alors naturellement, on a recommencé. Je suis encore tombé, puis des adultes qui étaient au bas de la piste ont rit de moi. J’étais tellement frustrée, alors mon père m’a suggéré de recommencer pour leur montrer que j’étais capable. Il s’est mis au milieu de la descente pour m’attraper si je tombais et je suis remonté au sommet pour réessayer. J’avais peur et je tremblais au top de la descente, mais je savais que je pouvais réussir. Ensemble, on avait bien regardé la ligne idéale, alors je savais quoi faire. Je me suis finalement lancé dans la descente et j’ai réussi! J’étais tellement fière et les adultes qui avaient ris de moi m’ont même applaudi!  Ce jour là, j’ai bien appris la leçon de mon père, et cette façon de penser ne m’a jamais quittée; quand quelque chose me fait peur, je prends le temps de l’analyser et je me lance! Si je rate, c’est signe qu’il faut recommencer.

 Aux Jeux Du Québec de Amos en 2005 

Aux Jeux Du Québec de Amos en 2005 

 Avec mon amie Amélie, qui est maintenant Olympienne en triahtlon

Avec mon amie Amélie, qui est maintenant Olympienne en triahtlon

Maintenant, 15 ans plus tard, nous sommes à Sedona à rouler 4-5h par jour en vélo de montagne dans certaines des plus belles trails que j’ai eu la chance de faire. Qui aurait cru, à l’âge de 8ans, que le vélo de montagne deviendrait mon métier et que papa et moi pourrions nous organiser des voyages du genre?!

Eh bien, Rej, lui, il y croyait! Dans le fin fond de moi-même, j’imagine que j’y croyais aussi; je disait souvent que c’était mon rêve d’aller aux Olympiques en vélo de montagne. En fait, c’est probablement celle-là, la leçon la plus importante que mon père m’a apprise; de croire en moi. Plus précisément, il a toujours dit que si je croyais en moi et que je travaillais vraiment fort, je pourrais tout réussir.

Bien sûr, croire en soi et rêver grand est une chose, mais il faut aussi garder les pieds bien encrés dans la réalité si on veut vraiment accomplir quelque chose. C’est trop facile de vivre dans ses fantaisies, mais si on ne peut pas regarder la réalité en pleine face et s’avouer ses plus grandes peurs et ses plus grandes difficultés, on est voués à atteindre un plateau et cesser de progresser. Voilà un point où ma mère et David m’aident continuellement; ils m’encouragent toujours à rêver, mais m’aident d’autant plus à être honnête avec moi-même, puis à accomplir une par une les étapes nécessaires pour y arriver.

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Bref, c’est en grande partie grâce à mes parents et à David si je vis maintenant mon rêve de faire une carrière en vélo de montagne. Mais ce qui est encore plus spécial à mes yeux, c’est d’avoir le privilège de faire de que j’aime à tous les jours et de pouvoir partager cette passion avec mon père et avec David…et bien sûr avec ma mère qui regarde chacune des courses et qui prend le temps de m’écouter quand les choses ne vont pas toujours comme je le voudrais.

Bien sûr, maintenant les rôles sont parfois inversés... Alors qu’avant c’était papa qui m’encourageait en disant qu’on était presque arrivé, c’est parfois moi qui utilise la stratégie du « On y est presque. Il reste juste une montée » alors que j’en ai aucune idée.

Mais peu importe! C’est très spécial qu’on puisse partager cela et j’en suis tellement reconnaissante!

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