Ness Dalling – 19 years old – Road team
My name is Ness Dalling, and this would have been my second season with the team. I was born and live in Winnipeg, and spend my winters training there as well. I started working at my local bike shop this summer, and attend the U of M in the winter.
How I got into cycling
I’ve been riding since a young age, my dad got me into a mountain biking program called Kids of Mud. I spent a few years having fun and racing the manitoba cup series every summer, and as I grew out of that I started training with the provincial team. I spent more time training and racing with them, travelling across the border to race in the States. It was on the provincial team that I got to experience my first training camps, which was really awesome. A few years ago I got to race the Tour de l’Abitibi twice with a local junior team, ECG in 2017, and then OBC in 2018. It was after my second year there that I got in touch with Ride with Rendall. I am still coached by the provincial coach, and I train with them during winter when I’m at home for school.
Why I race, and my favourite memory
Ever since I started racing, I’ve always loved the feeling of it. Pushing myself to the limit and challenging myself to do better is something I’ve always enjoyed. One of my favourite memories of racing was from a few years ago when I was in Wisconsin for the Tour of America’s Dairyland (a criterium series) and won the 4th stage.
My other hobbies
When I’m not on my bike (which isn’t often, I bring it with me almost everywhere I go), I enjoy everything else outdoors. Whether it’s just a simple hike, or a day at the beach, or a 5 day backcountry canoe trip, I love being outside. In the winter, I also coach downhill skiing with our local club.
My favourite ride
This is a tough one. Riding in MB can be pretty boring, and some of the rides I’ve done in Ottawa have been pretty amazing. I think the title for this one would have to go to the out and back loop through Riding Mountain Nat’l Park here at home. It’s a little ways from Winnipeg, but my family has a cottage in the park. It’s 60km each way with rolling hills and beautiful forests, and a big climb at the far end of it.