Atomic News & Events
Wednesday October 30, 2013
Vancouver, B.C. – Danish ex-professional cyclist Michael Rasmussen has come out with a string of doping allegations on Wednesday following the publication of his biography, Yellow Fever. In the book Rasmussen names names, claiming he witnessed a number of current and past professional riders taking banned substances. Rasmussen also points to what was at the time a growing list of amateur riders dabbling in performance enhancing substances, including past Atomic Racing president Andrew Wilson.
“Well, it’s the first I’ve heard of it,” said a source close to the Vancouver-based club who wished to remain anonymous. “I’ve never seen Wilson take drugs, and to be honest I’ve never heard anyone else raise the suspicion; but based on the way the guy’s ridden, the strength and his power and his unmatched endurance, it wouldn’t come as a complete surprise. The guy was an animal for a number of years, so EPO and blood doping? Sure, why not?”
Other Atomic Racing members are alluded to in Rasmussen’s book, though no others by name.
Calls to Mr. Wilson and Atomic Racing executive have not been returned.
Tuesday September 17, 2013
Vancouver, B.C, September 17 — Vancouver bicycle group Atomic Racing Club today announced plans to send an Iranian cyclist into space. Membership director Andrew Wilson explained that the club’s new program should be seen as a gesture of friendship and solidarity with Iran.
“Everything is changing in Iran these days. They have their new president, Rouhani or whatever his name is, and they’re making noises about forming better international relationships, and sending this cat into space and all, so we want to get in on the action too,” said Wilson. “This cat thing has touched us all deeply, and we want to be part of the healing.”
Wilson was referring to a recent announcement from the Iranian Aerospace Agency outlining the country’s plans to launch a Persian cat out of earth’s atmosphere and return it safely to earth. Earlier this year, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he wanted to be Iran’s first astronaut, but news agency IRNA is reporting the cat will be the first into space.
Wilson continued: “We have two Persian riders in the club as you know, and both have backgrounds in physics so it’s a no-brainer for us. If Iran can send a cat, we can send a cyclist.
We’ll try to tie-up with Cycling BC or possibly even the UCI and maybe make the space capsule partly fueled by pedal power, thus supporting both the cycling community and satisfying a green initiative. It takes Atomic Racing Club to the next level. Clubs like Escape Velocity and TNA might win the race to the finish line, but we can win the race to the stars.”
None of the clubs or organizations mentioned in this article could be reached for comment. Calls to the Iranian Space Agency have not been returned.
Monday July 29, 2013
by Dominic Walsh
Vancouver, B.C. — Fans were once again treated to a strong showing of Atomic Racing dominance at the weekend’s Aldergrove Road Race, with the Canadian-Anglo squad turning in (almost) winning performances yet again.
Craig “I-can-almost-work-out-what-he’s-saying” Holden, the lone Atomic “B” entry came in 2nd on a long sprint in spite of attacking hard on the last lap. His points earned Atomic first place in the team competition. Meanwhile in the “C’ group Atomic provided a very visible presence with a full patch of members Dave Gilmour, Ben Ford, Hugo van Hoogstraten and born-again geriatric racer Dominic Walsh. The group was joined by Ian Hendry, currently an Atomic Racing Club stagiaire and team hopeful. The group stayed together despite some early attacks and were strong throughout, with the exception of Walsh who really wanted his mommy on lap 4.
The pack splintered in two on the final hill, as Peter Fung from local club Escape Velocity inexplicably sprinted into the back of a race participant. The rest of the Atomic group rode away with the screams of crazed fans ringing in their ears. Ford led out a vicious uphill sprint from the final corner with 500 meters to go but had to settle for 6th place. Red hot and newly married Gilmour gunned to his 2nd third placing of the week, with Walsh and Dutch wonderkind van Hoogstraten rounding out the pack.
In post podium interviews Holden, Gilmour and Ford all cited the recent Royal birth and the previous evening’s One Direction concert as inspiring them to glory. “It’s not every year you get a Royal birth and a top-notch act like OD happening at the same time,” explained the trio. “We [British] did it for Queen and country really.”
Well done Atomic!
Wednesday July 17, 2013
July 17 — Vancouver, B.C. — Atomic Racing Club fielded four riders for the World Tuesday Night Championship criterium race that took place on dry local roads Tuesday night. Race regulars Dave Gilmour and Cameron Adam had trouble assembling a large enough team for the event and had to recruit a few of the veteran geriatric racers to round out the showing. Past president Dominic Walsh and current Social Director Paul Klimczak put aside their walkers for the 40 lap race and managed to finish safely in the pack.
“A number of our usual members were racing elsewhere in Europe [no Atomic riders were racing in the Tour de France – ed.] so we had a little trouble finding enough guys,” explained Gilmour. “We full well expected this particular race to be, well, kind of slow and we didn’t think any of our older…err, experienced members would have much trouble, so we asked them to come along. We enjoyed having them there, it was sort of heart-warming.”
Walsh and Klimczak have strong racing palmares and have both contested the Tuesday Nighter crits in the past, though typically a younger team contingent is selected for current races.
“It was a lot harder in our day,” Walsh explained, “we used to do crits that only went uphill, and we had to ride 35km in the snow each way just to get there.”
“He’s right,” Klimczak confirmed. “Young kids don’t know how easy they have it these days.”
Neither Gilmour nor Adam could be reached for comment.
Tuesday July 9, 2013
Vancouver, B.C. – July 9 — Vancouver-based Atomic Racing Club member Sophie Wyser is the first Canadian recipient of the “Hard As Nails-Crazy As a Loon” award for her recent participation in a ridiculously crazy mega-ride around Vancouver and the Fraser canyon. “I’m so happy to receive this award,” explained Wyser, “I’d like to thank my team mates at Atomic, mostly our shining executive, without whose support this could never have happened.”
The new award is the brainchild of the Union Cycliste Internationale, or UCI, the international body governing the various cycling disciplines in and out of competition. In an effort to appear progressive the UCI has been initiating new programs and new awards. “This is one of their new measures,” explained Andrew Wilson, Director of Membership for Atomic Racing Club. “They’re trying to make cycling more global and give it a more universal appeal, so this new award is part of that whole effort.”
An immigrant to Canada from Switzerland, Wyser has been a member of Atomic Racing Club for the past several years. She and a partner cycled 580 kilometers in just under 23 hours, riding from Vancouver to Pemberton, through to Lilloet, then Lytton and down the Fraser Canyon to Hope, then back to Vancouver through Mission and alongside the north arm of the Fraser River.
“It was so [bleep] hard,” explained Wyser. “We [bleep] and [bleep] the whole way then [bleep] and [bleep] for I don’t know how [bleep] from the [bleep] then we had to [bleep] [bleep] for who the [bleep] knows all over in [bleep] [bleep] and it totally sucked balls.”
Atomic Racing Club issued a statement congratulating Wyser, but at the same time expressed concerns over the rider’s mental health.
The UCI could not be reached for comment.
Saturday May 25, 2013
Penticton, May 25 — Vancouver-based Atomic racing club’s annual Penticton raining camp was off to a slow start after a UCI commissaire halted the start to the Saturday session due to weight restrictions.
“There was a significant overage in weight,” explained Hans Vebrugootrestaal, UCI spokesman responsible for North American weights and measures. “The UCI outlines a maximum permissible combined team weight for all training camps, and in this case Atomic was over the limit, so we couldn’t let them start,” he said.
The annual camp is an integral event in the team’s training calendar, so team leaders wasted no time in investigating the source of the weight overage.
“Our initial thought was to check one of our senior riders, Stephen Meyer. He became a bit, you know, heavy due to lack of exercise so we thought he might be a the one responsible,” said Andrew Wilson, director of membership. “But it turned out that he’s involved in some sort of contest to lose weight and has trimmed down quite a lot, so it wasn’t him. Apparently he’s getting paid to get skinny.”
Further investigations revealed the cause of the overage was star female rider “Lucky” Joey Luyckx who’d eaten two enormous burritos at the team’s Friday dinner. “Oh yeah, that was it for sure,” said Wilson. “She needed the energy alight, as she lays down the smack on the club rides, but in this case it might have been a bit excessive and was the reason for the UCI enforced delay.
After a brief period of discussion and various back-room procedures the UCI declared the team ready and cleared for the day’s workout.
Thursday May 2, 2013
Thursday May 2 — Vancouver road cycling organization Atomic Racing Club has launched a hostile takeover bid for New Hampshire-based Strava, Inc. An unnamed source close to the transaction confirmed the rumor late Wednesday night.
“Yes, I can confirm that Atomic has begun takeover action for all shares of Strava,” the source said. “They seem to be very focused on this deal too, very aggressive.”
Strava is well known to athletes all over the world as a free online tracking tool which allows users to share workout and training data, which the company refers to as “social fitness”. Strava doesn’t release user data but industry estimates puts the number of registered users around one million.
People familiar with the situation say that Atomic considers it a natural progression in their club structure. Atomic past president and ex-pro rider and Hour Record holder Andrew Wilson has in the past given indication that a Strava takeover might be in the cards. Wilson was recently overheard at a fundraiser in Monte Carlo explaining a possible interest.
“Look, we are all over this Strava thing. If you look at the data, we have a number of our riders in the top 10 or 20 places for Strava performances. Holdy [Craig Holden], Harvmesiter [Erich Harvey], Adam-man [Cameron Adam], Benny [Ben Ford] and The Aveman [Avery Davidow] are all posting very high showings in Strava. And not just in Vancouver, but in the WORLD! I mean, these guys are beating almost all of the European pros, they OWN Strava”.
Atomic Racing Club members could not be reached for comment, but a European-based pro-rider denied on the condition of anonymity that Atomic members were showing as well as Wilson indicates “Who? I doubt it,” he was quoted as saying.
The hiring of new club treasurer Jay Murray and the fact that a long time Atomic member is active in global finance and market trading is seen as an indication the club is actively seeking financing to acquire Strava.
Strava, Inc. could not be reached for comment.
Thursday March 14, 2013
Local Vancouver shop Speed Theory is hosting two Learn to Ride/Race clinics on April 6 and 7. Both clinics start at Speed Theory and run from 8:00 am to 12:00.
These clinics are excellent sessions and cover important skills such as cornering, pack riding, race tactics, climbing & descending and generally how to ride in a group safely and efficiently.
The clinic will be lead by NCCP-certified cycling coach Allan Prazsky.
For more information go to Speed Theory’s website at www.speedtheory.ca/van
Wednesday March 6, 2013
Vancouver, Canada — Veteran Atomic Racing Club Iranian rider Mohammad Mahmoudvazifehfezoornoozlachmalagilanizeh has been tipped as a potential new signing for the U.S. Women’s cycling team. The Vancouver-based cyclist was spotted over the weekend in Germany chatting with U.S. women’s Olympic champ Evelyn Stevens.
“Well, I hate to just throw gasoline on the fire, but I think he was likely meeting with her for some sort of recruitment initiative,” said Atomic membership director Andrew Wilson. “It’s no secret that Atomic riders are sought after in the pro ranks, and the community has their tentacles spread far and wide.”
Asked whether it was unusual that Mahmoudvazifehfezoornoozlachmalagilanizeh was being considered for a women’s team, Wilson said, “No, not at all. Mohammad is a good guy and a pretty good rider, but we always thought he rides a bit like a girl. I mean, no offence to the strong women we have in the club or anything, but Mohammad is, well, you know, girly. So the women’s squad is the right place for him.”
It is unclear whether the UCI or United States Cycling Federation would allow a male rider to compete in women’s competitions, and the UCI could not be reached for comment.
Saturday January 19, 2013
Vancouver — Atomic Racing Club rookie member Avery Davidow found himself at the top of a small mountain in Hawaii after breaking from his group and taking a wrong turn. The Vancouver-based cyclist left on what was to be a routine three hour ride but broke off from his riding companions when he slowed to unwrap some food. The local traffic was heavy, and Davidow quickly became separated from the main pack and mistakenly turned at a corner that wasn’t part of the route.
“I was looking down to get the paper off my Power Bar and when I looked up I couldn’t see any of my buddies,” the surprised cyclist explained when reached by telephone. “I thought they’d turned at one of the intersections, so I turned too but obviously it wasn’t the right road. I cycled hard for what must have been hours and hours and then finally thought ‘Oh hell, they can’t have gotten THAT far in front of me’, and decided to slow down and just follow the road”.
Davidow soon discovered himself peering over the edge of the Waipio Lookout in Honokaa, Big Island, Hawaii. “I thought Holy Shit, that doesn’t look like the Richmond SkyTrain bridge!”
“Well, Avery is pretty strong there’s no doubt about it,” said Atomic Racing Club Membership Director Andrew Wilson. “Once he goes to the front and puts his head down there’s no stopping him. All the way to Hawaii seems a bit surprising I’ll admit,” Wilson continued, “but it’s possible. I’ve said it before, Atomic has some strong riders.”
It was unclear whether Davidow is intending to stay in Hawaii, or simply have a bowl of soup and turn around and ride home.
Atomic Racing Club president Keith Tolhurst couldn’t be reached for comment.
Saturday December 15, 2012
Vancouver, December 15 — Three wise men – or three foolish men – departed Musette coffee shop Saturday morning for a three hour suffer-fest around Richmond and Annacis Island. Past president Dominic Walsh, past president and current Membership Director Andrew Wilson, and Atomic member Mohammad Mahmoudzadehfiziemamoodhofezamalihizifeziloozohmoud set out proudly to fly the Atomic flag at 9:00 sharp amid rain, wind and, at times, snow.
“Oh yeah, it was intense”, said Wilson when reached for comment later in the day at Atomic Racing membership headquarters. “To be honest, it was never that nasty out when I was president and was running things. Our new president, he’s doing, you know, his best but it takes time to ease into the job. Being president of a club like this takes a lot of patience and skill. He’s going to need time, that’s all”, Wilson continued.
Atomic Racing Club currently boasts a membership of nearly forty riders, but only there could dig deep enough into their suitcases of courage to find the wherewithal to contend with the harsh winter conditions.
“It was meaner than the Ayatollah out there”, said Mahmoudzadehfiziemamoodhofezamalihizifeziloozohmoud.
Past President Walsh couldn’t be reached for comment, but his office did issue a statement which read “#$%#^ what a ride!”.
Vancouver weather continues to punish, with no sign of let-up in the current forecast.
Wednesday December 5, 2012
Unconfirmed reports from Europe indicate certain factions within the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) have approached Atomic Racing Club president Keith Tolhurst and asked him to throw his hat in the ring to run for UCI president in upcoming elections. Current UCI president Pat McQuaid continues to be under fire to resign following his stewardship of the international federation during the Lance Armstrong years.
Atomic past-president Andrew Wilson indicated Atomic has often been the target of high profile global cycling activity in the past. “Oh sure, we’ve had some pretty big riders show interest in joining Atomic over the years, and it’s not unusual for our guys to be approached with offers of contracts and interesting management positions. Hell, it’s happened to me more times that you’ve had hot dinners”, Wilson said when reached from his home in Vancouver. “Keith only just started though, and while we don’t expect him to do a hell of a lot to be honest, it would be a shame to have to vote in someone new so soon”.
Tolhurst is a relative newcomer to the politics of cycling, though is thought to be well liked because of his squeaky clean image. “Sure, he can’t ride very fast and he talks a bit funny but he’s, you know, cleanish I think”, said a source who wished to remain anonymous. “Plus he’s got a PhD, and how cool is that? You can’t mess up an organization like the UCI if you have a PhD…”, the source continued.
Three time Tour de France winner Greg Lamond is also in the running to replace McQuaid, who remains defiant despite increasing pressure for his resignation. “Feck that” said McQuaid when reached to comment on this story, “Feck Lamond, and who the feck is this fecking Tolhurst anyway?”.
Mr. Tolhurst could not be reached for comment.
Superprestige CX – October 20, 2013
Atomic has been organising races almost since it’s inception as a club. Results since 1999 are posted below.
- AtomiCX 2011 (BC Champs)
- AtomiCX 2010
- Harris Roubaix 2008
- Future Heroes Crit. #2 2007
- Future Heroes Crit. #1 2007
- Atomic Road Race 2007
- Harris Roubaix 2007
- Future Heroes Crit. 2006
- Atomic Road Race 2006
- Atomic Road Race 2005
- Atomic Road Race 2004
- Atomic Road Race 2003
- Atomic Road Race 2002
- Atomic Road Race 2001
- Atomic Crit. 2000
- Atomic Road Race 2000
- Atomic Crit. 1999