Ride 46: Social destination ride on fat bike

I’m getting closer to completing my “50 memorable rides in my 50th year”. If you’ve been following, you’ll recall that my original goal was to complete all 50 rides in the calendar year when I turned 50. After my crash on Labour Day weekend, however, it became clear that I wouldn’t be able to complete all 50 rides in 2016. 

This May long weekend, as has been the tradition for over a decade, my brothers and I and our families (at least parts of our families now that many of the kids are older and no longer come) and friends and their families have been going to Killbear Provincial Park for a weekend of camping. 

Each year, we go for a bike ride somewhere. One year we rode on the pavement to Parry Sound (the home of Bobby Orr!). Other years we might ride in the park along the bike path or on the beach or rocks. 

This year my bro Greg found a craft brewery (Norse Brewery) about 30 km away and Saturday seemed like the perfect day to check it out.  

Eight of us hopped in our bikes and made our way to this destination: my bros Jeff and Greg, avid, fit cyclists. A friend Hal (another fit mountain biker) and his buddy Wayne (not an active cyclist but willing to ride for beer), Jeff’s neighbour Henrik (rides a lot on his Kona CX bike), Jeff’s spouse Elaine (training for a long ride for cancer) and his youngest Sarah (who is tearing up the MTB O-cup series in her age group!) . A wide range of ages, fitness levels and tire sizes!  Henrik posted a photo on his Instagram of the ride to the brewery. 

When we arrived at Norse mid afternoon, the sun was shining and it was a beautiful day. The host at Norse gave us samples of their dark, golden and red ale, which we enjoyed while relaxing in the sun. 

The ride back to the campground was slow but enjoyable. Five us went back on the road while Jeff, Hal and Henrik found a trail….. if you can call this a trail… 

We arrived back at Killbear before dinner. I was tired but smiling, as were the others. A fine day, a fine ride with fine company. Oh… and fine beer!

Concussion update: after my commute to and from work on Wednesday, I’d been feeling concussion symptoms because I didn’t manage my effort very well that day. It was really hot and windy  that day and I rode too hard and let my heart rate get too high for too long. On this brewery ride, I carefully monitored my heart rate and was able to ride the 60 km distance mostly symptom free. It’s still a learning process to determine how far I can ride and how hard I can ride. 

How many bikes is too many?

It doesn’t seem like too long ago when I only needed one bike. My rides were to and from school, or friends’ homes. My bike riding season was spring until fall, when I’d put the bike away over the winter. I’d ride only on roads, sidewalks (gasp!) and paved trails. This was on a road bike I bought in Toronto for $300. A stainless steel, charcoal black Bianchi, it was the first bike I bought myself (I was 17), and I still have it in my basement.

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Global Bike to Work Day 2017

According to Strava, May 11 (last Thursday) was Global Bike to Work Day(since it’s on Strava, it must be true).  So I thought this would be a good day to ride to work (and back).

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Water, water everywhere

One thing I haven’t written about in this blog since I started it a little over a year ago is my “day job”.  I may have mentioned that I’m in engineer (so I like numbers), but I apply those engineering skills to water.  When I’m not riding my bike, cleaning/tuning my bikes or thinking about cycling, I’m often thinking about water.

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Ride 45 – Paris to Ancaster – 2017 Summary

I’ve blogged several times about the Paris to Ancaster (P2A) cycling event.  I’ve blogged about my thoughts during the ride, how I prepare and even tips for newbies. Yesterday, I completed the shorter St.George to Ancaster event on my fat bike, and 2017 marked the 16th straight year I’ve entered the race.

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Paris to Ancaster 2017 – days away…

2017 marks the 17th consecutive year that I’ll be entering the Ontario Spring Classic – Paris to Ancaster.  It’s become a regular part of my schedule, and this year, for the first time, I’ll be riding my fat bike!  I signed up for the shorter 40 km version of the race – St. George to Ancaster, which I’ve done a few times. Continue reading

It’s more than just sharing the road.

When faced with something new, we tend to react in one of two ways: we can embrace the change in a curious manner and learn about it, or we can turn our back on it and rationalize our fear of something we don’t understand.

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More on the Steaming Nostril 2017

My previous blog post was about the 2017 Steaming Nostril/Runny Nose event a few of days ago.  I don’t do a lot of racing, so when I do, these events tend to stick in my mind for a few days (maybe because my body is still reminding me of the effort).

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Ride 44 – 2017 Steaming Nostril/Running Nose 

I’ve been blogging a lot lately about this Ontario Spring Classic. The 2017 version didn’t disappoint as over 300 riders entered the fifth edition of this event.  In past years, there has been a wide variety of challenges in the Steaming Nostril and the shorter Runny Nose: slow, slushy trails, minus 20C wintery conditions, epic mud, strong winds… this race has had it all!

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One Week until Steaming Nostril 2017

As I write this blog entry, It’s now 7 days, 4 hours and 21 minutes until Steaming Nostril 2017 (you can check the online countdown at cyclewaterloo.com ).  If you haven’t heard about Steaming Nostril, it’s an Ontario spring classic gravel cycling race, now in it’s 5th year.

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