Ben Chaddock doesn’t hesitate when asked what last year’s win at the 2010 Tour de Delta Prologue meant to his career as a professional cyclist.
“That was definitely the race that put me on the map,” Chaddock said.
No wonder. Chaddock knocked off Canadian Olympian and seven-time National Time Trial champion Svein Tuft, who was riding on a European-based Pro Tour squad at the time, by blazing around the 3.2-kilometer course in three minutes and 46.52 seconds. His surprising win caught the eye of Team Exergy director Tad Hamilton, who signed Chaddock up in October for his first NRC season.
Now, after surviving broken ribs in January and some early season struggles in his first full pro season, Chaddock returns to BC Superweek full of confidence after winning the final sprint and finishing third overall at the recent Canadian Criterium Championships. And he’s bringing an impressive team with him.
Among eight Exergy riders expected to join Chaddock when BC Superweek kicks off with the Tour de Delta Friday are Columbia’s Carlos Alzate, a former Pan-American champion and 2008 Olympian, and “Fast” Freddy Rodriguez, a three-time US Road Champion who also won a stage at the Giro d’Italia in 2004.
“We’re going to crush it,” said Chaddock, who is back in Whistler, where he was an FIS Alpine Skier for six years growing up before going to Whitman College in Washington State, switching to cycling and winning two Collegiate team titles.
“Team Exergy really wanted to support me in my home race. One of the goals is to get a win for every single rider on the team and maybe this is mine; a reward for some of the sacrifices I made for other guys earlier in the season.”
Chaddock made it clear he’s not counting on being the focal point for Exergy, and will be just as happy to keep providing support for his teammates.
Either way, they will all have plenty of support at BC Superweek.
In addition to friends and family, he has a sponsorship deal with Muscle Memory Personal and Group Training in TSawwassen, and they have set up three tents at Saturday’s Criterium in Ladner to cheer on Chaddock and Team Exergy, and raffle off one of his jerseys to raise money for youth at the Delta Rotary Club.
“My family will be there, and a lot of people who followed me when I was ski racing,” said Chaddock. “All the physiotherapists and chiropractors that have seen me since I was 15, my old math teacher, all those types of people.
“I’ll be ready to go, that’s for sure.”
Chaddock also put himself on the radar of the Canadian track team with a strong performance at nationals last August, finishing top-5 in every event he entered on his first time racing track, and may train with them in Los Angeles this fall. For now, though, he’s focused on a strong finish to the road-racing season.
It certainly didn’t start the way Chaddock had hoped.
After breaking ribs go-carting in January (“stupid of me”), he hit a rough patch at an Exergy training camp mid-February that continued through March, and didn’t feel like he was really contributing to his new team. Then, on his 26th birthday, they gave him a Volvo, and told him to get it to Greenville, SC in six weeks, with scheduled stops for altitude training camos and smaller races along the way. By the time he rejoined the main squad for Speedweek, he felt a lot better.
“It really helped me get into form and at Speedweek we raced six criteriums in eight days and my form continued to get better every day from the altitude training and I was able to learn something every night and apply it immediately the next night, which is huge,” he said. “I’m brand new, trying to figure out how to help my team leader, Carlos Alzate, and by the end I was able to contribute.
“It wasn’t until those last couple of days I finally felt like a professional cyclist.”
Stuck on the east coast during a team break shortly after, Chaddock managed to finish third at the two-day Wilmington Grand Prix in Delaware a short while later.
“It was my first NRC podium and I was essentially riding with no support against teams from Jelly Belly, United Healthcare and Kelly Benefits with like three to five guys,” he said. “It showed my team that I can do it and I’ve learned to position myself and it was a huge confidence booster for me, my first pro podium.”
Rodriguez joined team for the Philadelphia International Championship in June, and Chaddock was tasked with delivering him to the stretch run, helping a strong Exergy showing in the televised race and finishing the 250-km race himself.
From there it was off to the Canadian National Championships, where he passed David Veilleux on the final sprint but finished two points behind the European based pro rider in the overall standings, and third overall in Canada.
Now it’s back to BC Superweek, For Chaddock, it’s where it all started.
For more information on BC Superweek and the schedule, please check out the new website at www.bcsuperweek.ca, and to arrange photos of, and interviews with, the cyclists as they are announced, please contact Kevin Woodley at 604-828-5842.
Picture it: you’re billeting elite athletes cycling in the Tour, they ask for a snack and when you open your cupboards all that you can offer are processed foods that they politely decline.
Whether you are cleaning house for guests or for you and your family, consider the following foods to keep stocked for optimal fitness and overall health. If you read the last food edition, you’ll know this is not going to be a list of bars, supplements and sports drinks, but instead unprocessed ingredients with which to make easy meals and snacks for working out.
To perfect your protein, fill your fridge with a variety of nuts, seeds and nut butters (keeping them cool prevents oxidation and rancidity). Add in a selection of low-fat dairy and alternatives, like soy or cow’s milk, plain yogurt and cottage cheese, which contains a whopping 15 grams of protein in half a cup. Include other lean choices, like free-range eggs, tofu, hummus, fish and poultry. Eating protein at all meals and snacks is key to keeping blood sugars stable, but is especially important to include right after a workout to maintain muscle.
Your cupboard is where you can clean up your carbohydrates. Toss out the chips, cookies, low-fibre cereal and crackers. Instead, fill glass jars with whole grains like oats, barley, brown rice, quinoa, wholegrain pasta and millet. Choose sprouted grain breads for your toast and sandwich needs due to their high fibre and protein content. Carbohydrates are the major energy source in a diet and provide the fuel needed to perform. Choosing less-refined carbohydrates sustains energy levels for longer, more taxing workouts.
Don’t forget to clean out that sticky cupboard filled with oils. Opt for cold-pressed olive, coconut and canola oils and choose olive oil for 80% of the time. Add small portions of a healthy fat at each meal to also balance blood sugars and provide the body with the fat it needs for cell membrane conduction and skin, immune, blood vessel and brain health. To help keep inflammation at bay, have a healthy dose of omega-3 fats from fatty fish or a fish oil or algae supplement.
And last, but definitely not least: fresh fruits and vegetables. Fill a beautiful bowl on your counter with a bounty of fresh produce—apples, pears and berries are great low glycemic, local fruit choices. Bananas and oranges are filled with potassium and perfect for post-workout electrolyte replacement. Top it off with tomatoes, avocados, yams and a fridge full of leafy greens, carrots, cabbage, broccoli and other antioxidant-rich veggies needed to heal the body.
Now when the cyclists request a snack, what can you pull out? Yogurt and berries, hummus and veggies, a banana and nut butter sandwich—the possibilities are endless when you have a healthy pantry full of real foods.
For more great ideas on Food for Fitness, join Nicole and the Choices Chef, Antonio Cerullo, for a cooking class on June 20th at the Choices Markets South Surrey location.
Nicole Fetterly (Choices Markets)
Spring inspires us to make changes. We want to be our best so we can make the most of our time, the warmer weather and the great outdoors.
We want to “get fit”. Although we’re usually sincere and have a wide variety of reasons for doing so, we don’t always succeed. Make this the year that you achieve your fitness dreams!
Before beginning an exercise program, advise your Doctor that you are embarking on new activities. Safety first.
Think about what type of exercise and activities you enjoy. If you choose something you don’t like, you won’t continue or succeed. Do you enjoy the social aspect of exercise and recreation? Consider joining a group program in a gym. Maybe a hiking group, cycling club, rowing lessons. If you are more independent, consider a personal trainer, small group training or a more solitary type of exercise. You can plug in your music, hit the weight room, cycle in the forest, paddle along the beach, jog beside a waterfowl park and do your own thing at your own pace.
Goal Setting is the first step. Your goals must be S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound).
Being “fit” means different things to different people. Here are some tips to get you started:
Do you want to lose fat? Walk faster? Farther? Recover from, or prevent illness? Walk 18 holes on the golf course? Be able to spend more time in the garden or on the tennis court? Look and feel better in your summer clothes?
Now that you have something specific in mind, find a safe, effective starting point. Measure your current strength, speed, weight, endurance, etc. so you can re-measure your progress in a couple of months. Consider a Basic Fitness Assessment. Don’t expect to see changes in a week. Measurable changes take a month or two. Be patient.
Choose the correct type of exercise. Indoors or outdoors? Maybe you’ll need the advice of a trainer. Or find a good book with current information on what to do and how. Do you need aerobic exercise? Should you be strength training? Functional exercises are practical, often use your own body weight and ultimately train you for the specific activities that you are trying to improve.
Decide how often you’ll be able to exercise so you can enjoy improvements – but be realistic. 2 times a week is a good start. If you do too much too soon you’re setting yourself up for failure. How much time you can spend? With the right exercises and intensity, 30 to 45 minutes is often enough.
Get the proper gear so you can avoid excuses. Footwear that fits you properly is essential. A suitable bicycle in good condition is a must. Do you have rain gear that will allow you to get out rain or shine? A watch, a pedometer, an iPod?
A good stretching routine following exercise is essential. Not only does it improve your flexibility, decrease muscle soreness and prevent injuries, it can be your relaxing reward for a job well done!
Shirley Garrett (Leaps and Bounds)