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2003 Canadian National Team(42 posts)

2003 Canadian National TeamBike Nut
Feb 27, 2003 1:47 PM
See anybody you know?
No, but young Nick mentioned yesterdayOldEdScott
Feb 27, 2003 1:59 PM
that he had been mysteriously dropped from the team for this year.
Not such a mysteryPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Feb 27, 2003 2:04 PM
I didn't participate at Nationals last year which raised a huge question mark in the High Perfomance commitees minds. Its understandable, I just wish the commitee talked to me first.

Ask why before pointing fingersPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Feb 27, 2003 2:03 PM
I was suprised when I saw the list yesterday and my name wasn't put forward. Like I stated below there is quite a bit of confusion as I was under the impression I was a developement rider in 2002 and should still be for 2003.

After making an enquiry the key reason is due to my injury last spring. The High Performance committee in the CCA questioned my return to racing and for this reason my name was not put forward, as such I am not on the list. I have sent an email to the proper people (which I'd be more than happy to show you if you email me at Nick at and it is my hope I will be readded in the near future. A question was raised as to my return to racing when I was not asked so I expect to be readded quite soon.

Sorry for the confusion.

What does it take to be on the Canadian National Team?TJeanloz
Feb 27, 2003 2:12 PM
Nick, I know you enjoy nothing more than telling people that you're on the National Team, so this must be really painful for you, and I'm sorry about that. But how does it work up there? In the U.S., there's no confusion about whether or not one is on a team. Every year, the team gets named, and those who think they're going to make it hold their breath and wait for the call.

And how could you be mistaken? Are you not in constant contact with the coaching staff et. al.? Or is being on the "National Team" in Canada purely an honorific with little actual meaning?
Feb 27, 2003 2:20 PM
It means a great deal to be on the national team, and even more to represent Canada in international competition. I was one of 5 juniors who represented Canada at the Junior World Championships in 2001, touching time standards that no junior had come close to in years. As such in the fall of 2001 I was named to the team as a developement athlete. As a developement rider with the older more experienced riders retiring it means the sporting organization is putting their faith in other riders and myself as a developement athlete to one day carry the torch and lead the way to international/Olympic competition one day. If that doesn't make me jump higher (pun intended to the jump squat picture), push harder and ride faster nothing will.

Nick Corcoran
Candian press coverage indicates 2001 stuff is true. (nm)PseuZQ
Feb 27, 2003 2:24 PM
Nick---There's a big difference between....wasabekid
Feb 27, 2003 2:41 PM
"What does it take..." and "What does it mean..."

Are you sure you are interpreting your coaching instructions properly?


Coach : Nick, it "takes" a good solid coordination to implement a team paceline/blocking strategy so that one of you guys can break for the finish sprint.

Nick (Interpretation): It "means" that my teammates are suppose to pull me for my final sprint.

Sorry, you just make yourself so irrisistible at times... ;-))))))

re: 2003 Canadian National Teamzooog
Feb 27, 2003 2:20 PM
I am confused...Is Nick on the team or not. Do you get named or not. How can you talk to the selection people?? Don't you either make the team or not. Screw it... I vote for Nick!!!!!!!
Yeah lots of themFrith
Feb 27, 2003 2:21 PM
Being a fan of cycling, and a Canadian, I can't help but notice names like:
Micheal Barry (Our very own Postie)
Lyne Bessette (Great young, Quebeqois rider)
Charles Dionne (San Fran Grand Prix anyone?)
Roland Green (MTB King)
Clara Hughs (Canada's debutant of cycling and more recently speed skating)
Alison Sydor (MTB Queen, and a hell of a road rider too)

If I ever see Nick at the Olympics on TV I'll be proud...
But i'll remember how he managed to piss a bunch of people off by repeatedly tripping over his own ego.
Feb 27, 2003 2:52 PM
Your team bus is just shorter, heavily padded and smells like piss and sh#$. LMAO
Wow, Lazywriter is back!sacheson
Feb 27, 2003 3:14 PM
And the personality hasn't changed!

Do us a favor and go back to your hole.
If Nick goes to the Olympics, will he cheat on his girlfriend???serbski
Feb 28, 2003 7:05 PM
No Genevieve Jeanson on the teamfirstrax
Feb 27, 2003 2:54 PM
A fine canadian rider.
bravo Frith! (nm)velocity
Feb 27, 2003 3:05 PM
I think I know why Nick is NickCHRoadie
Feb 27, 2003 3:08 PM
From the web page (yes, there is such a thing):

On March 30th, Nick was involved in an accident while racing in Trinidad. His teammate was taken down by a Trinidian rider directly in front of him. With nowhere to go Nick T-boned his teammate and was sent flying over his handlebars headfirst into the ground at 60 km/h. The resulting injuries to Nick's brain although not permanent left him unable to race the rest of the season, but also not allowed to train in any way for 3 months. While viewing the video you will hear the bell and then the crash happening before seeing Nick flying through the air.

So he damaged his brain. Maybe he's got a condition similar to Tourets, where he just can't help himself. Just a theory.
Feb 27, 2003 3:34 PM
maybe? Ever hear of TBI ? It generally causes impulse control problems- can happen from any closed head injury where there is loss of consciousness. I've literally felt bad for Nick's symptoms being played out in such a public forum since I first found out about the situation last year.
I knew a girl with TBI - Question for Nick.Kristin
Feb 27, 2003 4:05 PM
She was in a car crash when she was 17 and a person can actually go through a personality alteration. This girl used to tend on the passive/shy side. Afterwards, she was much more impulsive, assertive and outspoken. Its a sad thing, because the person with TBI actually has NO IDEA that they've changed. So all of a sudden its like there's a new person to get to know, but they have no idea why the people around them are having trouble adjusting to them or even why they would need to adjust. It was really a confusing time for everyone. I know this much, having a support group to help you learn and cope with the injury makes a HUGE difference.

I was thinking of asking Nick a question; but hesistated each time because, a) I am not qualified to diagnos Nick and b) I don't feel I know him well enough to cross that boundary. But this has been brought up a couple times now and I think I'll take the risk.

Nick, I don't know you, so please take this for what its worth. (Which is slightly more than the paper it was written on.) Have you ever talked to your doctor about TBI? I don't know you well enough to tell you that you have this--especially since I didn't know you before your crash; but seems like you MIGHT have some of the symptoms. TBI can totally suck and it can also be a blessing. IMHO, I don't believe there is such a thing as a bad personality. Our personality simply defines our tendancies in how we interact with the world. It gives us a unique set of characteristics that determines our strengths and weaknesses. I think the most frustrating part of TBI is that we spend our whole lives learning who we are and how to tweak the best from ourselves, then, if it changes you must to start over. I can't imagine how crazy that would make me. You may want to talk to someone about it--just keep an open mind. If you have this, its tough and it sucks; but it isn't impossible.

Again, I really hope that I haven't overstepped. I would never want to do that.
Feb 27, 2003 4:19 PM
To answer your question and to fill you in on other things... there was a dramatic personality change at first. The first couple months were the hardest. I "woke up" (after sleeping about 23 hours a day and having severe short term memory loss) after 2 weeks and my personality was me but I had to come to cope with having lost 2 weeks. Not fun... then there was a more compulsive side to me. I lost my inhibitions basically but over time my personality has returned to normal. My friends are the most affected though since they saw me in a state where I was myself but wasn't.

I'll take what you said in stride since I don't know how much has changed. I've always been willing to be a sh!t disturber if a point needed to be put across, I've always been driven, and I've always been one to be confident to the point where I cross the line with cockiness. Its whats gotten me through years of sport. Compounded by knowing what its like to remember one minute and not be there the next I don't look lightly on walking by oppurtunities anymore.

Feb 27, 2003 4:36 PM
Some professionals theorize that many of the antisocial traits (or as Nick puts it "sh!t disturber") are often in place prior to the injuries, since they often contribute to the injuries themselves.

For example, the bravado which may motivate one to ride a motorcycle with helmetless wreckless abandon, may result in an accident (most common cause of TBI), or to provoke a fight which results in injury... the other common causes are falls- usually again resulting from a risk taking attitude (and often fueled by chemical dependency issues).

I hope that I have phrased this in such a way as to not have offended anyone...
I found this..Qubeley
Feb 27, 2003 3:41 PM

Man! I wish I have better thing to do.
this all begs the question...The Human G-Nome
Feb 27, 2003 4:00 PM
just how much more dominant could lance be if he had nick pulling for him in the Alps? i think he could take the tour by more then 15 minutes easily.
Most Juniors have ego problemsMR_GRUMPY
Feb 27, 2003 3:49 PM
Most Juniors that do well, have ego problems. When the crap hits the fan, many just quit. Some dig in and try to start again.
You are all being ridiculous byLazywriter
Feb 27, 2003 4:53 PM
dissecting whether Nick is this or that. At least my comments were funny and an obvious joke. All of your speculation about his "condition" is far more disrespectful. It is not like any of you give a rat's a$$ about him. Leave the guy alone. If you want to bust his balls, go ahead, but don't speculate publicly about whether he has some disorder you think he has. Nick, tell these morons to go kiss you a$$.
normally I would agree 100%...DougSloan
Feb 27, 2003 5:00 PM
...but Nick sort of asks for it. Holy cow, how many self-promoting posts must we tolerate before he should expect a little ribbing?

I think we can all agree on thisSpoiler
Feb 27, 2003 5:19 PM
aside from you, nobody else thinks your comments are funny.
Personally, Lazy post above was one of the mostKristin
Feb 27, 2003 5:25 PM
insentive things I've read in a while.
I think it's funny nmishmael
Feb 27, 2003 6:15 PM
In a way I agreeSprint-Nick
Feb 27, 2003 6:36 PM
I'll admit my posts just after my accident caused a lot of crap. My frame selling thing caused a kafflufle. The board acted as if I had no conscience when in fact I did. Then of course theres my pet peeves of weight room stuff. Those incidences I apologize for. Compound this by the old nickname PODIUMBOUNDdotCA and theres a lot of grudges being held. I can't get away with anything.

For example; a post of a picture I thought was cool was treated as flame bait. I had people agree it was a cool picture!

Then like I said the whole nickname PODIUMBOUNDdotCA compounded this. The whole point when I made that nickname just after my accident was to get people to come to my website. And I know the name sounds egotistical and to a degree it is. But we needed a catchy name for sponsors and Podium Bound ended up being it. If you have a problem with that seriously frick off. Who do you expect me to go to companies as; Podium Hopeful, Podium Wannabe, Podium Dream? COME ON!

You can think my accident caused changes in me all you want but the thing is I am and always have been thick skinned and I am confident in almost anything I do. This makes me not back down very often and as some of you know when my experience allows it I have answered posts in a knowledgable manner. I speak in the first person in my posts which to some is first hand knowledge and others see it as self promotion. I'm giving free help so once again if you have a problem with it frick off.

I'll keep this brief. We all know I've accomplished things in my career, I hope to accomplish a lot more. I'm sorry for that.

For some reason, this reminds me of the movie "Rudy" ! nm.GEORGIADOG
Feb 27, 2003 4:50 PM
or "Bedazzled" nmDougSloan
Feb 27, 2003 4:58 PM
How large a competitive pool is junior Canadian TracK?MerlinMan
Feb 27, 2003 5:57 PM
The junior track pool just pricked my curiosity. What type of population does Canada have? What percentage of people in Canada live within a reasonable distance to train at a track facility? How many teens with high school scheduals and jobs actually have tried track riding?

I know this sounds callous, but really, I do believe that his competitive pool was quite small. His self promotion does bring out the the less compasionate side of people.
Missing the pointSprint-Nick
Feb 27, 2003 6:20 PM
The pool of junior men that compete at Nationals every year is probably about 25. But the thing is my teammates and I were not sent to junior worlds based on winning Nationals, we were sent to junior worlds based on the fact we touched times that had not been touched for years. To give you an idea. Ryan Mackenzie who won nationals in 2000 had a PB for the year was a 12.2, this time was normally touched by junior national champions... he did an 11.5 in 2001 with myself and Cam McKinnon quick on his heels.

Feb 27, 2003 6:33 PM
is it every time I come to this board I see that you've found a way to talk loads of crap about yourself
Point not missed at between the lines!MerlinMan
Feb 27, 2003 7:08 PM
You can expand the Canadian Junior track comptetive pool to the entire world and you still have a relatively small competitive base to work with. The fact of the matter is that most high schools don't have a single student that owns a track bike, let alone pursues track racing.

When you examine the world you have to take into consideration the relative community wealth North America enjoys that allows for a SPARSE few velodromes and the expensive corresponding equipment.

Many here on this board compete in cycling events where their respective competitve pools dwarf what you experience in junior track worldwide. These individuals may not even carry a title but have had to beat out far more competitors than yourself.
Unfair to judge title upon the sportSprint-Nick
Feb 27, 2003 11:45 PM
I won't even both making this about track cycling.

In the Olympics based on your comment it would be fair to rank sports based on A, B, C... etc. grade sports. As such an A sport like hockey that has a lot of people playing it should have a medal weighted higher than say figure skating which is a fairly elite sport. Or track running compared to kayaking.

My point is to make the Olympics in any sport it may not be as difficult in terms of probability from sport to sport since smaller sports are more forgiving in terms of how far your natural attributes with training will get you. But no matter what it takes years of hard work to get to this point. This cannot and should not be downplayed.

My 2 cents,
I hope he gets droppedishmael
Feb 27, 2003 6:28 PM
Although he acts like his eight he's not a kid; why do people need to encourage him? I think he has issues and should take up something not so competative. He's an embarresment to the sport.
Talent/results speaks louder than words ever canSprint-Nick
Feb 27, 2003 6:55 PM
Sport breeds lots of great role models like Lance Armstrong, but theres also the Mike Tysons of sporting. No matter what their results/talent keep them at the top (or near) of their sport and in the news. With my comeback from a crash that could have killed me I definitely hope one day the story of my career will be an inspirational one but lots of people on here find a way to see me as the next rambling (very white) Mike Tyson.

Time to go ride my bike,
Feb 27, 2003 7:10 PM
I doubt mike tyson needs constant strokeing from a chat room.
Feb 27, 2003 11:53 PM
Iron Mike gets his stroking from the ladies, something I doubt our Nick has ever experienced. But, be assured, if it does happen I'm sure he'll post pictures as fast as he can. I just hope they don't look as goofy as his jumping pics. I know Nick, I know, several people told you how cool that picture was...blah blah blah... you're a natural born sprinter...blah blah blah...we all know you've accomplished a lot in your career... blah blah blah.
question for nick...Frith
Feb 27, 2003 6:37 PM
Are you making an effort to compete at the national or international level again?
I realize you've probably had a big set back. Are you back on form yet? if not, how close are you? What are your more immediate goals?

hammer on man! but for god sake mellow out a bit on the ego trips and stop making yourself such a huge target on this board.
Plan for this yearSprint-Nick
Feb 27, 2003 6:50 PM
Thanks for your message and well-wishing Frith.

To answer your question yes I am making an effort to compete at the national/international level. If anything with the change in coaching the accident has me in better form strength wise than ever before.

And as it stands after close to a year off the bike outdoors (I have been riding rollers and teaching spin classes) I will be moving to Sydney, Australia. I will be down there for 4 1/2 months to train, race, work down there prior to provincials/nationals. With no real school commitments until univeristy in the fall it is a logical move. I have nothing holding me back here so it will be great oppurtunity to travel, train and learn from some of the best in the world. I have spent about 10 months straight in the weight room getting stronger and more powerful (jump squats were the cap to my power phase) and now it is time to put all that onto the bike.