Sound Advice: Hockey Tech Talk with Jeff Krushell & United Cycle’s Kris Goodison

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If there’s one sport that’s been especially influenced by new developments in technology, it’s hockey.

From protective materials that sound more science fiction than foam, to skates that suit your foot’s unique form, United Cycle Hockey Manager Kris Goodison & Jeff Krushell cover the latest in hockey tech in this new segment. Check it out!

 If you’re interested in learning more about the intersection of hockey and technology, head on over to the hockey department at your #HomeOfHockey.

CCM Jetspeed: Fit to Fly

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CCM’s much-anticipated Jetspeed skate drops at United Cycle on July 15th.

Strap on some speed. CCM’s new RocketFrame™ technology—featuring insanely light components and a meticulously designed composition shell—improves heel lock giving you a near-perfect fit so you can fly like never before.

Behind every great skate stand those that dream it up. The visionaries, the designers, the hockey-obsessed. Meet them and discover the technology that makes Jetspeed one of the most furiously fast skates to ever hit the ice.

Want to get Fit to Fly today? Try on a pair with our Demo Program! We’ll heat-mold a pair of brand-new Jetspeed skates to your feet. Then, break them in for 30 days—take them to practice, try them in a game, see if you can fly… and if you still don’t like them, we’ll take them back, no questions asked. Plus, you get a free CCM hat just for joining the Demo Program!

Get your Jetspeed skates at United Cycle, starting July 15th.

Videos & info via CCM.

Easton Stealth CX Stick Reviewed

Always wanted to be the team sniper?

The Easton Stealth CX stick might just be for you.

5DN_69125DN_6913That’s right, you read it right. Stealth is back. But the new Easton Stealth CX is not the same as Stealth models of years past. Easton has redesigned the entire Stealth lineup for all the players who knew and loved this popular stick.

Their goal was to develop a high performance stick that is also more durable and in the process they hope to introduce the Stealth brand to a new generation of players that aren’t familiar with the Stealth name.

Easton worked closely with NHL players like Phil Kessel (love him or hate him) in developing the new Stealth CX stick.  We also saw Max Domi light it up at the World Junior Championships and win Gold with this exciting new stick. Always wanted to be the team sniper? The Stealth CX might just be for you.

Read the full review up at Source for Sports. Ready yourself—the Easton Stealth CX drops Friday, June 19th! Reserve yours today.

26th Annual Johnson MS Bike Tour – Leduc to Camrose

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WOW! What a weekend.

This year’s MS Bike Tour – Leduc to Camrose saw a record turnout and raised over $2 million and counting! Rumour has it this was the best MS Bike Tour – Leduc to Camrose ever. We’d have to agree. United Cycle was present all weekend with our team of mechanics & support staff, mobile store, and event tents.

Congratulations are in order: To Team United, who surpassed their fundraising goal of $50,000 with $59,683; to this year’s Top Fundraising Team, Happy Fillmores; and the biggest congrats to everyone who participated in this year’s race! With strong, chilly winds all weekend, it was certainly a battle.

A huge thank you goes out to the MS Society of Canada, and of course all of the amazing & incredible volunteers who made this event possible! For more event coverage, check out the #MSBikeL2C hashtag.

Check out all the photos here.

Play On! 4 on 4 Street Hockey Tournament

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United Cycle was proud to be a part of the annual Hockey Night in Canada Play On! 4 on 4 Street Hockey Tournament this past weekend at West Edmonton Mall. Between the Shooting Accuracy Contest, the Hardest Shot Competition,  the Hockey Expo, and the tourney itself, it was a perfect weekend in Edmonton… this year’s event was the BIGGEST one in YEG yet! Congratulations to all participants on a job well done.

View the photo gallery here!

The 2015 Combat Jackal Slo-Pitch Bat | Exclusively @ Source For Sports Stores (VIDEO)

Combat has brought back the exclusive Jackal slo-pitch bat to Source For Sports® baseball stores across the country for a second year. Proudly made in Canada, the Jackal is an USSSA1.120, ISF approved bat and has improved upgrades to maximize your hitting power during the slo-pitch season.

The construction and technology elements for the Combat Jackal are:

• Construction & Separation Barrier
• Precision Molding & Seamless Constriction
• P.E.D (Performance Enhancing Discs)
• Lizard Skin

The Combat Jackal slo-pitch bat will deliver harder driven balls, allowing you to take that extra base in each game. Have an undefeated season, by using the exclusive Combat Jackal, only available at Source For Sports stores, including United Cycle.

Check out the 2015 Combat Jackal Slo-Pitch Bat now.

For more bat technology and info on Combat’s full bat line up, visit United Cycle today!

What is the Midweek Triathlon Series?

Ever considered entering in a triathlon? This could be your perfect chance! The Midweek Triathlon Series is a group of four races located around the Edmonton area. Series founder Stephen Bourdeau specifically created the race series to be affordable (just $30 a person), accessible (you don’t have to give up your weekends), and fun (check out each race’s unique theme!). Races will be of varying distances and formats, catered for all levels of athletes aged 12 and up.

The following is the second post in a mini-series from Bourdeau.

What is the Midweek Triathlon Series?

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What is the Midweek Triathlon Series?

It’s a fun, social, and safe multisport race series around Edmonton. In 2015, there will be, 4 races over 5 weeks beginning at the start of June. The race formats will change with each race but will generally take 40–60 mins to complete. The different formats include a double triathlon (swim-bike-run-swim-bike-run), a triathlon pyramid (swim-bike-run-bike-swim), an Aquathlon (swim-run) and a team relay (swim-bike-run for each member).

The whole vision behind the race series is to provide weekly opportunities for athletes to meet up and have some good, clean racing fun in a low-stress but high-intensity environment. There is no timing, there are no medals, no t-shirts or anything like that. Just the camaraderie and sense of accomplishment that comes with our sport.

Why? Being an avid triathlete myself for over 15 years, I’ve competed in dozens of races and organized many races from local to national and international levels. I was even part of the Beijing Olympic Games Triathlon. With that I’ve always found triathlon to be such an amazing sport. There are no words to describe that feeling of pushing your body to its limits, ready to keel over, to then be cheered on and supported by complete strangers.

I love to race and always wished I could find the time to race more often and afford it. But with a busy life and our short summers it was not possible. So then came the idea of midweek, short and cheap races. Kinda like a Triathlon League. This way I could see all the friends I had in the sport on a more regular basis other than one or two races a year, get in some great training, and afford the races. I tried for seven years to convince someone else to start the series so I could participate, and then last fall I decided to go for it myself.

So far I have received a great reception and support from many organizations and individuals to bring things to where they are. It is astounding.

My goal for the series is to eventually get to 6-8 races a year; drop-in, and under $25/person. There would be race format specific to newbies, runners, cyclists, and swimmers to all give the sport a try; other sports (kayak, bike, run), team time trial, two racers-one bike, etc. This would change every year. There would be a point system for individuals and clubs for overall series champions.

One thing I hope to achieve in 2016 is a “Bring a Friend” night where the friend can try the sport for free.

I would like to see the series expand to include many of our great training locales around the city: Hubbles Lake, the Base, the River Valley and the many fantastic rec centres.

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Why do I believe someone should signup? If you’re a seasoned triathlete, the series will provide you with the opportunity to get in some great training, pushing yourself in a competitive atmosphere without all the stress, hassle, and expense of a full-blown race. As someone new to the sport, it provides a low-key opportunity to gain experience in the sport, create confidence, and meet up with a great group of supportive people to help them break into triathlon.

One triathlon hack that has done me well? No watch during races.

Best training hack? If you don’t feel like going out for a workout, tell yourself “just 10 minutes…”—it will always turn into more.

So that is really it in a nutshell. I truly hope this catches on as I think it would be great for our sport and good times for all involved.


About the Author:

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Founder, Midweek Triathlon Series

Who am I? Well, I’m a local Edmontonian having lived here for almost 30 years. I’ve always enjoyed sport and recreation having dabbled in everything from hockey (of course) to tennis. It was in university, though, where I was introduced to endurance sports and in particular triathlon.

Since then I have been actively competing and working in the sport for over 15 years. I have been an athlete, trainer, mentor, race director, organizer, board member, businessman, and contributor to the sport at a local, regional, national and international level. Some of the highlights include my role as Event Manager for the ITU World Cup Triathlon in Hawrelak Park, working for the International Triathlon Union around the world, my work as the Coronation Triathlon race director, ATA board member, and taking part in the Beijing Olympic Triathlon competition.

Now I currently spend most of my time raising three future Olympic triathletes while trying to squeeze in growing the sport I love as an Edmonton Triathlon Academy board member and organizer for a new era of triathlon with the Midweek Triathlon Series. You probably won’t see me out on the road or at the local race scene much anymore as I have still yet to figure out how to extend the day to 26 hours.

New for 2015: The Easton Mako Torq Slo-Pitch Bat (VIDEO)

Satisfy your hunger for speed, power, and accuracy with the new Easton Mako Torq Softball Bat, available at Source For Sports® stores now.

Easton’s newest revolutionary technology is the result of research that showed that the best hitters adjust their grip in mid-swing. Players that are transitioning into the big time often over-grip the bat in the palm rather than the fingers. This roll over occurs when you get your bottom hand extended too early, resulting in the knuckles on the top hand facing down when you’re driving the bat through the hitting zone. That’s a mechanical flaw that robs you of bat speed and turns line drives into ground balls.

Easton’s proprietary 360° Torq handle technology allows easier and natural rotation of the hands during the swing, keeping the hitter’s wrists moving freely to affect the trajectory of the bat despite any over-gripping. The knob and barrel of the bat stay fixed, while the handle has the capacity to rotate. Players at all levels can get more leverage and keep the barrel of the bat in the hitting zone longer, thereby improving your ability to drive the ball in the gap or down the line for a power hit.

Who wouldn’t want to up their game with power, speed and consistency? The new Easton Mako Torq technology assists with proper hand and wrist rotation during a swing, helping you to square up more to pitches, more often, with maximum power.

Check out the Easton Mako Torq Slo-Pitch Bat today.

Top 10 Reasons to Enter a Triathlon (in no particular order)

Ever considered entering in a triathlon? This could be your perfect chance! The Midweek Triathlon Series is a group of four races located around the Edmonton area. Series founder Stephen Bourdeau specifically created the race series to be affordable (just $30 a person), accessible (you don’t have to give up your weekends), and fun (check out each race’s unique theme!). Races will be of varying distances and formats, catered for all levels of athletes aged 12 and up.

The following is the first post in a mini-series from Bourdeau.

Top 10 Reasons to Enter a Triathlon (in no particular order)ZKON2799

1. Legs of Steel

Shaved or not (I prefer not), triathlete’s legs are something to behold.

2. The pure energy of the sport

Triathletes are called obsessed but it is the energy you feel while racing and the confidence you gain that will keep you coming back.

3. So your friends can look at you sideways after

There is something inherently satisfying about sharing your accomplishment even to utter bewilderment that you would ever put yourself through something like a triathlon.

4. Because you can

It is a myth that you need to be an ex-collegiate swimmer, have a $2,000 bike and run like the wind to complete a triathlon. If you can doggy paddle, ride a bike and walk… you can triathlon.

5. If you need to lose weight, you will

It’s pretty easy to go into caloric deficit training for a triathlon.

6. For that feeling when you cross the finish line It can’t be described.

You have to experience it to get it.

7. For the camaraderie of the sport

There is no sport out there with such a supportive, high energy community around it.

8. To say you did a triathlon

Check it off the list. Few people can.

9. To find out what you are made of

I guarantee you will surprise yourself.

10. For the variety

I have met so many triathletes who have come from other sports looking for some variety in their training. They rarely go back.

 


About the Author:

Stephen BourdeauIMG_0005
Founder, Midweek Triathlon Series

Who am I? Well, I’m a local Edmontonian having lived here for almost 30 years. I’ve always enjoyed sport and recreation having dabbled in everything from hockey (of course) to tennis. It was in university, though, where I was introduced to endurance sports and in particular triathlon.

Since then I have been actively competing and working in the sport for over 15 years. I have been an athlete, trainer, mentor, race director, organizer, board member, businessman, and contributor to the sport at a local, regional, national and international level. Some of the highlights include my role as Event Manager for the ITU World Cup Triathlon in Hawrelak Park, working for the International Triathlon Union around the world, my work as the Coronation Triathlon race director, ATA board member, and taking part in the Beijing Olympic Triathlon competition.

Now I currently spend most of my time raising three future Olympic triathletes while trying to squeeze in growing the sport I love as an Edmonton Triathlon Academy board member and organizer for a new era of triathlon with the Midweek Triathlon Series. You probably won’t see me out on the road or at the local race scene much anymore as I have still yet to figure out how to extend the day to 26 hours.