Four years ago, Heather Caron’s husband Barrie Conrod died after being struck by an SUV while the two of them were on a bike ride on a road that I’ve ridden on many times. Through this tragedy, Heather has found the strength to promote cycling awareness and safety. One of the main ways she’s been doing this has been by supporting an annual ride in Kitchener-Waterloo. Sunday May 29, 2016 was the fourth annual Together We Travel Cycle for Angels ride.
Sometimes, the ride isn’t so much about the ride. Rather, it’s about the location. Killbear Provincial Park is one of my favourite camping destinations and for about the last decade, we’ve been camping here for the May long weekend.
I’m happy to announce the second “giveaway” on my blog. I’m an ambassador with Cat5Gear and they’ve provided me with some cool gifts to give away. For this contest, I’m going to have a draw for a couple of Cat5Gear prize packs for anyone who sponsors me for the Ride for Heart charity ride in Toronto on June 5 (See “rules” below).
I joined the Waterloo Cycling Club (WCC) in 2003 solely as a mountain biker. I’d been mountain biking with my two brothers, usually at Dundas Valley or weekend trips to places like Kelso and I joined the club because I wanted to learn about more local places to ride trails and meet local cyclists. I soon learned that K-W has one of the best mountain bike trail networks in Ontario: The Hydrocut. I also got to know club members through the mountain bike group rides and within a year, I bought a used road bike and learned how to ride in groups on the road.
Ride 16 was memorable for a few reasons. First, it was my longest ride of the year and second, it was my fastest ride of the year. Third, it was my first Waterloo Cycling Club (WCC) road ride this year and the other riders my group made for a very enjoyable ride
Rather than join one of the several club ride options this past weekend, I opted to join a few good friends and drive to Elora so we could ride to Erin and back. Krisz, Ana Maria, Mike and I met in Elora at 8 am on April 30 with our CX bikes for the 80 km ride. The route was going to be rail trail from Elora to Erin, then mostly gravel roads back to Elora.