Aubrey Bryce

Coach of Coaches

The Enduro Team is lead by Aubrey M. Bryce. As a coach, he is NCCP certified. As an athlete and 2-time Olympian, he has represented his native country of Guyana internationally on several occasions in the sport of bicycle racing from 1967 through 1976. He is still actively successful as a Master's racing cyclist in Canada and the USA.

Over the last 16 years, he has been providing consultations and improved coaching methods for athletic and general fitness activities including track and field, football, cycling and multi-sport athletics.

Most recently, Aubrey has been primarily involved in the training of endurance sports of cycling, triathlons and duathlons. Enduro Training Systems Inc. was born out of the emerging need for these particular services and Aubrey's ability and desire to meet those very needs.

He is currently the coach of the highly visible Toronto-based D'Ornellas Racing Team and consults with many cycling and multisport organizations including The Canadian Cross Training Club, The Toronto Bicycle Network and Personal Best.

Aubrey's coaching philosophy includes the application of "Conconi's" Methodology which guide serious and recreational athletes alike to progressively improve those physical attributes that will ultimately bring improved performance. His methods remove guesswork, making training recommendations more objective, results more predictable, and the benefits achieved, more steady, lasting and progressive.

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Eon D'Ornellas

Four-time Olympian reflects on his greatest moments in cycling
By Michael DaSilva
Stabroek News
February 1, 2007

Guyanese-born Eon D'Ornellas who now resides in Canada said he had great moments in cycling, but his best was winning the Canadian national championship back-to-back.

"My greatest moment was winning the Canadian national championship on two occasions, it was the very greatest moment of my life, that was in 1986. It was a dream come true because I was the first guy that ever won two Canadian championships back-to-back in Canada, the road race over 220 kilometres on Saturday and the 80-kilometre criterium which is a very tough event on Sunday. It wasn't the easiest thing to do."

In 1984 D'Ornellas was selected to represent Canada at the Los Angeles Olympics, but because of a conflict with his coach and despite being given his number, he was replaced by someone who D'Ornellas felt was below his standard.

D'Ornellas said further: "The glory and the feeling of it (winning the Canadian national championship twice) is that at the 1984 Olympics, the same coach was coaching the Canadian team but I rode away from them all. I finished by myself, away from them and I travelled the elevator with him (coach), and I said, 'you know what, you have done this to my life and my life will go on, I'm the Canadian champion now and what you've coached today is garbage'."

However, there are persons who feel that D'Ornellas' greatest achievement was winning the 120-kilometre road race in Vimmi, France.

Asked how he would rate winning back-to-back Canadian national titles with winning the Vimmi event, the 54-year-old Alberttown, Georgetown-born cyclist said: "Going back to Vimmi Ridge, that was the biggest thing for me in my life I think, but not as great as the Canadian championship, and the reason why, the same coach that dropped me from the Canadian Olympic team, he lives in that same town. When I won the Vimmi Ridge, I didn't even know Vimmi Ridge, I was just racing through France, then I found out that Canada had fought the war there and had won the war in Vimmi Ridge and what they actually said when they made the presentation that day at City Hall is, that Canada came back in revenge to win in Vimmi Ridge. "

In Vimmi Ridge, I finished by myself, you know, with 10Ks to go, big climb, three of us broke away and I attacked, an unbelievable attack and took off, and we had a big uphill finish and I rode away from the other two guys. I was really a strong guy then and it really came from my determination, my efforts and my life.

"I used to do 25,000 kilometres a year training, I used to do 80 races a year, suffered, spent times in hospital under the needles to recover, unbelievable stuff I went through in life, dehydrated, didn't know where I was many times in races, first Canadian that went to Holland and finished in the top 10. Races in Holland are the toughest races to be in."

Summing up, D'Ornellas declared: "So in general, I felt very proud of myself, and today I just look back at it and where I started from and where I went and what I have today."

Asked if he has been following cycling in Guyana and the progress of local cyclists, D'Ornellas who owns and operates a Bike Shop and Gym in Scarborough, Canada said he never had a chance to follow the progress of the sport in Guyana. But at times his friend Aubrey Bryce, another Guyanese Olympian, would sit with him and tell him about some good upcoming cyclists here in Guyana. "So I never really had the opportunity to really know what's happening with cycling in Guyana, but from what I've gathered, it's a little at the low end of the cycling scene . . . "

Asked what is needed to fast track the sport locally and regionally, D'Ornellas opined that there is a lot potential here but unlike the break he got, persons are not getting the opportunity to move forward.

"If I look back to my time, the opportunity I got in my life, I think we have guys with the potential who never got that opportunity, but there is hope for them, and they can do very well, but they'll have to work hard, you have to work very hard, you have to be dedicated, you have to expose yourself to a tremendous amount of quality racing to get strong and these are the things that are needed."

The Olympian added: "I was preparing for the US pro championships in 1980, I was training down in North Carolina and was motor pacing with two others 70 to 80ks per hour and we do it continuously, 10 minute efforts with two minutes rest and back again, and we keep rotating. . . I ended up being at the back of it and there was a rock on the road and my driver did not signal me and I went down and spent the whole week in hospital.

There was a race that weekend, but my whole team refused to ride because it was raining, and I got my doctor to bandage me up, went into the race and placed second in the criterium, but I didn't know I had broken ribs, and next morning when I got up, I was in real pain. I started the road race the next day and could not finish, I went home and spent six weeks recovering. I subsequently participated in the US pro championships and finished a poor 40th.

Asked what he is wiling to do to assist with the development of the sport in Guyana, D'Ornellas indicated that he expects to meet with members of the Guyana Cycling Federation to discuss plans for staging an annual three to five-day race, which he hopes will attract riders from the Caribbean, South America and North America.

Aubrey Gordon continues to do well -Victor Rutherford

By Michael DaSilva
Stabroek News
August 27, 2002

United States-based racing cyclist Aubrey Gordon is regarded as one of Guyana's most talented and disciplined athletes ever.

Speaking to Stabroek Sport over the weekend, former national pursuit champion Victor Rutherford said Gordon was and still is a disciplined cyclist who, at his age, continues to amaze people with his stamina and ability.

Rutherford became Gordon's coach in 1978 here in Guyana, and still coaches him in the US, where he won the US veterans title in 1997 and again in 2000.

According to Rutherford, he and Gordon train most weekends since they live far apart, but the two are in constant telephone contact.

Gordon became involved in cycling in 1974 and represented Guyana at the 1975 Central American and Caribbean Games in Mexico, the 1978 Commonwealth Games, the 1979 Pan American Games, the Spartiad Games in Russia, the 1984 and 1992 Olympics, and is still competing as a veteran in the US.

The former Kaieteur Cycle Club member has become a household name in cycling circles in the US, Rutherford said. "You know when you go to the starting line, the officials call out the names of the popular riders and they are positioned at the front, and Gordon is one of those persons that is placed at the front of the starting line", Rutherford pointed out.

Gordon is also known in local cycling circles as a caring and helpful person who is always willing to help other cyclists, be it materially or otherwise.

"I remember a number of times he would send things for the boys here, even though I would advise him against it. He would say, man, you know them boys, you got to give them encouragement", Rutherford said adding "he is always there for them, he assists them in any way. Look just a few days ago when I was coming home (to Guyana) I told him I was coming home and he said, ah hear Kennedy want a wheel to go to Cayenne (French Guiana for the annual Tour de Cayenne) and he sent it for him, that's the kind of person he is".

According to Rutherford, Gordon always has Guyana at heart. "He would always ask me about the latest news from Guyana, especially cycling news", Rutherford said.

Asked about Gordon's greatest moment in the sport, Rutherford said as far as he (Rutherford) is concerned it was at a meet in Trinidad where Gordon came up against world rated Steve Brower who subsequently rode for Canada at the Tour de France.

The event was a 10,000-metre race and Gordon and Brower got away from the pack and Gordon was able to beat him in the sprint home.

"The Canadian coach came to me and said he is trying to find out what Gordon does (what kind of training). They were mesmerised", Rutherford remembered.

"Aubrey might have represented Guyana at the Tour de France if when he came to the States I had money", Rutherford declared adding "he had that ability, but you see, he had to go and work to maintain his family. He eventually started riding to work and during his half-hour lunch break, he would go to the Park and train, then after work he would ride home. That was how he had to train. He had no sponsor. He definitely would have been Guyana's first Tour de France rider if I had the money".

Rutherford said Gordon had and still has tremendous ability to read the game and know when to make his move.