Ottawa Cross is the web site of me, Vicki Thomas – member of the 2010 Canadian Cyclo-Cross Team.
My goal for the 2010 cyclo-cross season was to earn a spot on the Canadian team and represent Canada at the 2010 World Cyclo-Cross Championships. I raced in the World Cyclo-Cross Championships on Jan. 31, 2010 in Tabor, Czech Republic. It was an amazing experience. A race like none other and truly my top racing moment ever.
The 2009 – 2010 cyclo-cross season was a dream season for me. Everything really clicked on and off the bike. I had an amazing support crew and super generous sponsors who really helped make my cyclo-cross dreams possible.
Unfortunately the 2010-2011 cyclo-cross season did not work out as planned. I have ulcerative colitis and my season was hampered from the start and then cut short due to a nasty bout of this auto-immune disease. The 2011-2012 cyclo-cross season started off very promising but an unfortunate training accident resulted in my fracturing my L3 vertebrae – ending my season in early November. I recovered and reset – ready for a great 2012-2013 when after only a few months of training I became quite ill with an ulcerative colitis flare. I was forced to put my training and racing plans on hold and get healthy.
And now here we are in 2013. I’m ready to get back to training and racing again. I’m fully healthy, I’m super focused and best of all, I’ve rediscovered my love of bike racing. I learned over these very challenging three years how much I thrive on training and racing. Even more, I love inspiring others to get out and challenge themselves. This 2013-2014 season is definitely going to be a good one – I’ll follow my advice: listen to my body, train hard, race hard, be proud of my accomplishments and do all I can to pass on my experiences and knowledge to others.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you come back regularly. On this web site you’ll get to learn about my training, my racing, my ups and downs, and you might even learn about my favourite books,recipes and movies. Most importantly, I hope you find the encouragement you need to set some big goals and work towards them.
(Updated on February 21, 2014…)
Well, the 2013-2014 cyclo-cross season did not happen for me…. Once again ulcerative colitis reared its ugly head and I had to put all of my training and racing ambitions on hold. The summer, fall and winter were really spent on trying to get well. There were patches when I managed to find myself in a remission – when this happened I was out biking and running. But no racing for me at all.
It is now 2014 and I’ve kind of hit the reset button… So far in 2014 I’ve done two snowshoe races, one ski race and I’ve got a bunch of fun stuff on the horizon. I no longer consider myself to be a “serious” athlete – now I’m an athlete who wants to do lots of stuff and to do it well. So you’ll see me out trail running, mountain biking, road riding, snowshoeing, and skate skiing – basically enjoying myself and keeping fit in the process. I will be racing in the 2014 Eastern Ontario Cyclo-Cross Series and I’m pretty excited about this.