Ambrose Delaney is ready to set sail for Perth, Australia to take on the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships.
As a well known promoter of health and wellness in Cape Breton, Ambrose had this to say before heading to Perth.
“My name is Ambrose Delaney, I am 55 years old, born and raised in Sydney, Nova Scotia. I have been cycling all my life, currently competing as a CAT A (Elite) category rider throughout the Maritimes representing FrameWork Cycle and Fitness. On May 29th, 2016 I competed in the only qualifying race in North America for the Masters 55 Plus Championship placing 2nd, only 18 seconds behind the winner, qualifying me for the 55 Plus World Championships in Perth, Australia in September 2016. After racing for many years and representing Nova Scotia at Nationals a number of times, this has been by far the biggest accomplishment in my cycling career.
Throughout my life I have always put physical activity at the top of my priority list. While raising three children with my wife Cathy we always gave them the opportunity to participate in a number of sports during their childhood years whether it be basketball, soccer, hockey, golf, hiking or cycling. In the evening or on the weekends instead of being stuck in the house we would encourage them to come out for a bike ride or hike around Cape Breton. By doing this it has instilled in them the desire and importance of living an active life and this has only been a positive impact now as grown adults how they live their own lives. Whether it be going to the gym, golf course or out for a bike ride. The impact my own lifestyle choices have had on them for encouraging to maintain an active life I hope will continue to be passed on to future generations. Even though I have achieved very high accomplishments in my cycling career I have always believed and taught that it isn’t just about what you achieve but that you enjoy whatever activity you choose to do. While raising three children I have always made sure to make time for myself to maintain active myself, making time each day to incorporate a ride or activity into my schedule.
I believe if you live a positive and active life this will only transpire to have a positive impact on those around you impacting on their own decisions and lifestyles. Over the years I have given a lot of my time volunteering in local fitness activities. This including for numerous years coaching different age groups of kids hockey teams, volunteering at local fitness events and organizing cycle events in Cape Breton.
I will use this opportunity to continue encouraging people in Cape Breton to live a positive and active life in their own daily lives. Fourteen years ago I helped form Velo Cape Breton that encouraged cyclists of all ages to be comfortable, learn about road safety and participated in rides. I volunteered countless hours with my wife in activities associated with this group. Eight years ago I became the director of FrameWork Cycling Racing Team, this allowed me to use my cycling knowledge to lead and encourage riders to participate in racing events across the Maritimes which I continue to do today. Many of the these riders have become active cyclists and have gone on to become triathletes after their involvement. In my own daily life I will continue volunteering and supporting local sport and/or fitness actives in my own community and surrounding areas.
Having the opportunity to represent not only Nova Scotia but Canada the Cycling World Championships in Perth, Australia September 4th, 2016 would be a great honour. This would give an opportunity of not only myself achieving a healthy successful life but to impact the lives of others both young and old because of my experiences.”
Allan MacKenzie joined FrameWork Racing this year in our grassroots sponsorship program. We helped him improve his equipment, notably his stealthy Felt DA4 Tri bike, plus some snazzy new hi-tech Pearl Izumi running shoes and clothing to make the most out of his intense training program. With the combination of equipment and training, he has been tearing up the race courses in both running and triathlon, quickly becoming the man to beat in Nova Scotia. Allan is chronicling his efforts and accomplishments with weekly updates in his new blog.
Follow his efforts on Strava, maybe even try to match his speed through the various segments as he continues to fine tune his fitness to peak next July at Ironman Lake Placid 2015.
Read about his next big challenge and start throwing some encouragement and good vibes his way.
Framework Racing’s Jeff Muise proved he was the fastest cyclist in the province this weekend when he won Bicycle Nova Scotia’s Provincial Championships held in Riverport Sunday.
Muise, a 31-year-old resident of Yarmouth, has been racing for Cape Breton’s Framework Racing Team since 2012. The elite athlete who in his day job is manager of information technology at the Coastal Financial Credit Union in Yarmouth races in Bicycle Nova Scotia’s Class A division which is considered the toughest, fastest and longest distance.
On Sunday, Muise worked hard to get to the podium with team captain Ambrose Delaney of Sydney and Chad Lennon, formerly of Sydney who now lives in Halifax, completing 140 km distance in a time of 3 hours, 20 minutes.
In the last few metres of the race, Muise was in a pack of seven men who broke away from the main group for a sprint to the finish. Muise narrowly edged the group with his wheel crossing the line first, just fractions of a second ahead of second and third place finishers Jamie Lamb of Cyclesmith and Jakub Koska of Bike Clinic Cannondale Team, respectfully.
The average speed of Muise over the 140 km bicycle road race distance was 39 km per hour.
“We’re really proud of the team’s effort at this tough race with Muise striking like lightning once again,” team president Bill Goldston said. “We understand there was a massive high speed bicycle crash in Class C that involved about 20 riders, caused from a rain-filled pothole that racers couldn’t avoid. Our hearts and sympathy go out to those injured in the pile up. It was unfortunate and a reminder to government officials that pot holes really do hurt. We understand one rider was thrown off his bike, landing almost into the ocean.”
June is shaping up to be an excellent month for Framework Racing’s Muise. He won the Brooklyn, NS road race on June 1 with a time of 2:40:10 just a second ahead of Dustin MacBurnie of Cyclesmith and minutes ahead of Lorenzo Caterini of Craftsmen/Hub Cycle.
On June 8, Framework Racing’s Muise took top honors at the New Brunswick Tour de Force Saint-Paul Road Race and Time Trial. He narrowly defeated Andrew Buzzell and Julien Roussel of team Fitworks of New Brunswick. More than 50 participated in that race.
Cape Breton was represented this weekend at the Providence Cyclo-Cross Festival in Rhode Island. FrameWork Racing Team’s, Daniel Murray of Dingwall, raced to a podium finish on day 2, picking up the bronze medal in the Category 4 Men’s division. There were over 900 athletes from all over North America, racing at this event. Categories range from junior 10-14 year olds up to the Elite Pro Men and Women.
Cyclo-Cross is a relatively new sport in the cycling world where athletes use specially designed race bikes to compete on dirt track courses that have obstacles and other challenges throughout the course. Races are relatively short, usually 30 to 45 minutes of flat out action around a narrow winding track of dirt, mud, fences and stairs. Cyclo-Cross is a highly visual event perfect for spectators and designed to fill the gap between the end of the road race season and the beginning of the winter sports season. The Providence Cyclo-Cross Festival draws 3000 spectators per day for the 2-day event. For more information on this event goto http://providencecrossfest.
The Killington Stage Race continued Sunday with the individual time trial. Ambrose was the only Canadian in the 50+ category, as they hit the road for the short but hilly 17.6km time trial. Ambrose put in a time of 26:11.30, good enough for 20th spot in an extremely competitive division. To put this in perspective, if Ambrose was in the 40+ category he would have been 8th. We’re talking world class athletes in this race! Checking back, Ambrose was 10 seconds slower than last year, but other riders lost more time compared to last year. Haluk Sarci, last year’s overall winner, dropped well over 2 minutes, and William Thompson, who was 3rd in last year’s TT, dropped about 38 seconds. A few guys managed to improve their times over last year, but it was unusual, likely due to a drastic change in wind direction.
Going into the finale on Monday, a 99km road race, Ambrose was 3:26 behind the leader. As usual a small pack of about 15 including Ambrose broke away from the field, getting some good separation before hitting the big mountain to finish the race. The last 8km is a nasty bit of business, basically climbing up a ski hill. Ambrose got to the finish in 10th spot, behind some of the toughest 50+ riders in the US.
In the overall standings, Ambrose jumped to 10th place after the road race, 5:52 off the pace. Brian Batke was the overall winner, with Kevin Hines taking second. Batke was 5th overall in the 50-54 category at the US national time trial championships in 2010. Hines was second in the 50-54 age group at the World Cylco-cross Championships in January. These guys are fast!
May 27, 2012
While the Cabot Trail Relay is in full swing in our back yard, Ambrose Delaney is taking another crack at the Killington Stage Race in Vermont this weekend.
This is a big race with 500 athletes showing up in 11 categories. Ambrose is racing in the 50+ category with 49 other riders. After the first of three stages, Ambrose is sitting in 7th place, only 43 seconds behind the leader. The stage finished with 2 riders 31 seconds ahead of the field, while Ambrose and 39 others sprinted for 3rd place, racing for precious time bonuses given to the first 5 across the line.
Next up is the 17.6km individual time trial. Ambrose was 15th in the TT last year, and finished 8th overall at the end of the three stage race. He hits the road at 12:05 this afternoon, trying to smash last year’s time of 26:01.28 and put himself in a good position to challenge the top riders in the mountains tomorrow.
Road racing is in full swing again this year. Last weekend was the second race of the season as the athletes met in Pictou County for first time. The course is one of the smoothest on the Bicycle Nova Scotia circuit, rolling over 20 kilometers of nearly new pavement between New Glasgow and Pictou, NS. After 6 laps averaging over 40kph three riders had built a seven minute lead over the rest of the pack. That led to a mad dash for the finish line with over 100 athletes and fans cheering them on up the final climb to the finish. Jason Grover picked up the win edging out Jamie Lamb and Ambrose Delaney at the line.
Expanded three-part race set for this weekend
For Immediate Release – August 24, 2011
Up to 100 of the fastest cyclists in Nova Scotia are expected to compete for top honours and big cash prizes this weekend at the expanded Cape Breton Classic Road Race.
Hosted by the Framework Racing Team, the third annual Cape Breton Classic is the only cycling race held in Cape Breton for semi-pro, elite and intermediate skilled riders that is sanctioned by Bicycle Nova Scotia.
This year, for the first time ever, the Classic will expand into the streets of Sydney and include a former steel site when it opens its two-day, three stage event on Saturday, Aug. 26.
The first two stages this Saturday will involve a 9 km Time Trial where each rider will leave at a staggered time, starting at 1 p.m., near the Sydport Industrial Park. Those who rank the fastest will have a slight advantage when they enter the second stage which begins at 4 p.m., at the former Sydney Steel site.
After a night of rest, the third stage and final stage will be held Sunday and will involve up to 115 km of racing on roads over gruelling hills surrounding the Barachois Mountain, near Georges River. “We decided to expand the race this year in hopes of growing the sport of cycling in Cape Breton,” said Framework Racing president Bill Goldston. “Cyclists in Cape Breton are really lucky as we ride some of the toughest and most beautiful roads in the province so we’re hoping others will come out to enjoy them too and hopefully help expand the tourist season.” It’s the first time ever in the 100 year history of Sysco that a sporting event of this calibre has been held on ground where hot steel once poured into rails.
Following on the heels of the successful Blue Rodeo concert, the paved roads surrounding a new track and lighted tennis court provides an ideal course for the second stage “crit” or Criterium as its known in the cycling world. Racers will start together elbow-to-elbow to complete up to 25 laps of that 1.2 km city block at Sysco and for those standing on the side lines will see the top cyclists vying for top spot at speeds which average more than 40 km/per hour.
“We’re really excited to be part of the action involving so many of the province’s top athletes,” said Harbourside Park president Gary Campbell who has been involved in the provincially-lead cleanup for more than two decades. “It’s a nice milestone to see and those who decide to take in the action in Sydney will have a great vantage point to see all the race action no matter where they stand on that block.”
Now called Harbourside Park, the former Sysco site has been transforming into a green site in recent years as part of the $400 million cleanup effort announced by the province of Nova Scotia and government of Canada in the early 2000s.
Unique to Bicycle Nova Scotia’s 2011 season, this three part race Cape Breton Classic is expected to be one of the highlights featuring some of the best including Framework Racing’s own Ambrose Delaney who chopped up the summer race circuit in North America in fine style, placing in the top 10 at international events including the America’s Cup in Quebec last month where he won the final stage.
Combined times of the three stages will produce overall winners in six divisions including those for women, youth and men. Like other races in Bicycle Nova Scotia’s season this summer, participants will be classified by their ability, or sex. Participants must be licensed which can be obtained at registration.
Race details, maps and information can be seen online at http://frameworkfitness.com/category/cape-breton-classic/