How pathetically lame!

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  1. Fausto Coppied

    Fausto Coppied New Member

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    How pathetically lame is this, the Canadian Cycling Association, rather than managing gold medal winning athletes and international events or even offering race results and athlete profiles is giving up tips on how to ride our bike on the road!!!!



    What an embarrassment.



    This is what Bill Kinash and Lorraine Lafrenière have reduced cycling to in Canada.



    This is what you get when you hire somebody without any cycling experience whatsoever, without any competitive experience at all, without any event organization experience. You get this fluff which is about all a PR person like Lafrenière can cough up.



    Lame.



    Sad.



    Disgrace!



    How long before this stops?



    Take back you sport.







    05.03.07 - Cycling for all – A series of 10 CAN-BIKE cycling tips is launched


    May 1, 2007 (Ottawa, ON) – The Canadian Cycling Association (CCA) is pleased to launch a series of ten cycling tips aiming at promoting the CAN-BIKE program across Canada at the beginning the 2007 cycling season.

    CAN-BIKE TIP #1

    Lane position on any urban street. Practically speaking…

    Highway Traffic Acts across Canada tell cyclists to ride as far to the right as is practical. Those words are hard to interpret by the road using public. Some motorists feel cyclists should not be in the line of traffic and some cyclists interpret the law as meaning to ride on the sidewalk – but sidewalk cycling is illegal in most parts of Canada.

    What it should mean is to ride far enough out from the curb that you can maintain a straight line and avoid debris, potholes and service covers. Drivers must leave a safety cushion space between their car and the cyclist so there is no chance of collision. This safety cushion is for the cyclist to manoeuvre (this is French, BTW, not English) in while cycling through traffic.

    Cyclists are part of traffic and have all the rights and responsibilities that motorists have. Cyclists need room to manoeuvre in traffic and motorists need to provide that room by not crowding cyclists and compromising their safety. When motorists and cyclists are considerate of the space each type of user requires on the roadway, conflict is reduced and everyone is much safer.

    ABOUT CAN-BIKE
    The CAN-BIKE safe cycling skills program is the standard for bicycle education across Canada. CAN-BIKE Courses teach riding skills, traffic analysis skills, and collision avoidance techniques. They also provide the basics on safe equipment, and a basic bike inspection. Regardless of your experience, CAN-BIKE will make your cycling more effective, and give you a greater sense of confidence and control in traffic. Visit http://www.canbike.net/cca_pages/


    With generous support of Transport Canada’s Moving on Sustainable Transportation program.



    http://www.canadian-cycling.com/cca/media/news/news_050307a.shtml



     
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  2. Fausto Coppied

    Fausto Coppied New Member

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    Who will take credit for this failure?

    What an insult to riders.

    What an insult to the sport.

    Does the CCA and its staff even understand what they are supposed to be doing anymore?

    Where the hell is Kris Westwood???

    Where is Brett Stewart???

    They have to know this is ridiculous.

    How much did Transport Canada fork over for this shame?

    Please stop Lorraine Lafreniere......, she obviously doesn't get it.
     
  3. Jon Jonson

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    Not to apologize for any decisions made at the cca -- I agree that leadership should consist of those who know their stuff -- but I'm hard pressed to think of anyone capable of winning over those whose sole exposure to cycling consists of drug scandals, potential sponsors included.
    Ken Reid never had to clear that hurdle.
     
  4. Fausto Coppied

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    Ahhh..., again the Apologist!

    Again the excuses.



    Please!



    Look do to the US they seem to be overcoming the problems just fine.



    And don't tell me they have more of a tradition in cycling than Canada does, it simply isn't true. For years we had better races. We had had comparable sponsors as well.



    The only reason the sole exposure many Canadian have to cycling is drugs is BECAUSE of the losers and mediocrity at the CCA have allowed that to happen.



    How can somebody who knows nothing about the sport sell it?



    Steve Lacelle proved that was not possible. Even he said we needed a Ken Read-like figure at he helm. At least Lacelle figured that much out after 18 months.



    Kim Sebrango's failure drove the point home.



    So what does Mr. Bill the Fool Kinash do? He hires another neophyte to run the sport. Not only does Lorraine LaFreniere know nothing about cycling, she came from an association where she never had to put on a competition. Furthermore she has not competitive experience herself. She is a PR person and she is not put out riding tips to promote the CCA. She does not understand a thing.



    Do you really expect to promote pro cycling in Canada when the governing body thinks it has to tell riders how to ride on the road?



    If you were a potential sponsors and were looking to promote racing what would you think if you went to the CCA web site and saw rule son how to ride on the road?





    Would you think you were dealing with pros????



    Haven't we had enough excuses and, apologies and failures?



    Let's get some professionals back into the sport.

     
  5. Fausto Coppied

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    Mistake after mistake after mistake..., here's today's:

    Talk about re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic....., look at the latest Canadian Cycling Association (CCA) folly: revamping a coaches' program.

    There really is not much wrong with the CCA coaching programming except that it has no money, just had to fire two coaches, while another quit last year as many have done in the past and it cannot hire anybody worthwhile because of its lack of leadership, vision and planning.

    The pencil-pushing, clueless, inexperienced management at the CCA in Ottawa wants to create a coaches' program for coaches they cannot afford to hire.

    Of course the CCA is working with the Coaches Association because current CCA Director General, Lorraine Lafreniere, was just working at the Coaching Association. It is the only thing she knows.

    Here is a newsflash to Lorraine, the last thing you need to worry about right now is your coaching programs, because you have few coaches and little money to do anything about it.

    Promote and market your sport (actually, our sport because you know nothing about it and it is not yours) before you start tweaking programs. What a waste of time.

    The CCA isn't in the business of introducing young riders to competition. LEAVE THAT TO CLUBS AND THE PROVINCES.

    If you think introducing kid to the sport is the key to success ask yourseleves why Soccer Canada has 500,000 kid playing but cannot kick the ball out of its own end zone internationally.

    It isn't about introducing kids to the sport.

    It is about introducing business the sport.

    The rest takes care of its.

    Follow the money.

    THE CCA IS SUPPOSED TO PROMOTE AND SELL THE SPORT ON A NATIONAL LEVEL AND DEVELOP INTERNATIONAL RIDERS THROUGH NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS AND PROGRAMS.

    An advisory panel! Geez, talk about the refuge of the incompetent.

    By the time Bill Kinash and Lorraine Lafreniere finish with cycling in Canada there will be nothing left to advise on, it will be dead.

    Lorraine Lafreniere is worried about the patients admission slips while the patient dies of a exsanguination.

    What a disaster.

    She really has no clue.

    http://www.Canadian-cycling.com/cca/media/news/news_050007.shtml
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    05.07.07 - Call for Members: Cycling’s NCCP Advisory Group – Introduction to Competition

    Canada’s National Sport Federations are working with the Coaching Association of Canada on
    developing the next generation of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). For
    cycling, that will mean a comprehensive new coach development program significantly improved
    on the existing model.

    Click here for more information (PDF 98 KB)

     
  6. Fausto Coppied

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    OH MY GOD!!!!!

    The Canadian Cycling Association is telling us to check the bells on our bikes.......

    I'm not making this up.

    What a disgrace. This such an embarrassment.


    http://www.canadian-cycling.com/cca/media/news/news_051007.shtml
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    05.10.07 - Cycling for all – CAN-BIKE cycling tip #2

    May 10, 2007 (Ottawa, ON) – Cycling for all – The Canadian Cycling Association is pleased to communicate its second CAN-BIKE tip of the season.

    CAN-BIKE TIP #2:
    Warm up the bike before every ride

    Bikes are fairly easy to maintain but still require your attention to ensure a safe journey. Tires release air, chains need oil, bells and brakes need to work, and handlebars need tightening. The basics!

    The ABC Quick Check is an easy way to remember what parts of the bike need your TLC before every ride. It takes less than a minute.

    A – is for air. Check everything to do with your tires and wheels and air pressure. The valve must be straight out of the rim, not at an angle.
    B – is for brakes, bars and bell. The brake pads must be straight and grip the rim effectively. The handle bars must be straight and tight. The bell must work.
    C – is for chain & crank. Chains need to be lubricated & the pedals (cranks) need to spin freely.

    Quick – is for quick release. Levers must be installed correctly and tight.

    Throw in a ‘D’ for Drop: lift the bike a few inches from the ground and drop it. If something falls off…you might need more than a minute. Try your breaks as you ride off.

    If your bike passes the ABC Quick Check, get riding. If something doesn’t seem right or you suspect something is losing its grip, visit your neighbourhood bike service centre. ABC Quick Check is a smart way to keep your bike in good shape and you safe. Get into the habit!

    ABOUT CAN-BIKE
    The CAN-BIKE safe cycling skills program is the standard for bicycle education across Canada. CAN-BIKE Courses teach riding skills, traffic analysis skills, and collision avoidance techniques. They also provide the basics on safe equipment, and a basic bike inspection. Regardless of your experience, CAN-BIKE will make your cycling more effective, and give you a greater sense of confidence and control in traffic. Visit http://www.canbike.net/cca_pages

    With generous support of Transport Canada’s Moving on Sustainable Transportation program.
     
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