First a bit of "History of Gravel Grinders with the WCC". Back in about 2012, I started riding on Saturday mornings in the fall with some friends. The mountain bike trails were too wet and the paved roads were cold and windy, so we decided to explore rail trails and gravel roads where speeds would … Continue reading Crossing the Conestoga River… what really happened!
So.... here we are. Another year over, and a new one's just begun. And you know what that means? Numbers and maps - two of my favourite things when it comes to cycling and motivation. So here's my Cycling year 2018 in numbers (sources: strava.com, veloviewer.com, http://www.jonathanokeeffe.com/strava/annualSummary.php) Total distance: 5450 kilometres (most km's I've cycled in … Continue reading 2018 Cycling Summary
I'll be writing a 2018 summary but I thought I'd start with some of my favourite cycling photos of the year! January - In December 2017, we had a lot of snow and cold temperatures. That made the first two weeks of January perfect for fat biking in the snow. It didn't last of course. … Continue reading 2018 Year in Cycling Photos
As 2018 winds down, I am starting to look ahead into 2019. I'll be writing a 2018 cycling summary post in the next couple of weeks, but looking ahead, new cycling adventures are already appearing on my radar. In particular, Ontario's first multi-day bikepacking event (at least that I'm aware of) is scheduled for 2019. … Continue reading 2019 Cycling Plans – BT700
As daylight hours drop and temperatures get colder, it becomes more difficult for me to get motivated to ride my bike. A lot of my cycling friends have set up their trainers and moved indoors; their bikes won't see the outdoors until the spring. For others, the cycling season never stops; they may have put … Continue reading Late Fall/Early Winter Cycling – Motivation
With the end of October upon us, I've taken the time to reflect on 10 months of cycling for 2018. At the beginning of this year, my goal was to ride 5000 km outdoors in 2018, and as of the end of October, I've surpassed that goal! I've also now surpassed my previous annual record … Continue reading October 2018 Ride Summary
On my bike commute from Waterloo to Guelph, I drive through a roundabout at Bridge and Lancaster streets in Kitchener, just before crossing the Grand River towards Bridgeport. I try to ride my bike to work about once a week while the weather is "decent", but on days I drive my car, I also take … Continue reading Building Cycling Infrastructure in a Car Culture. A Look at a Roundabout.
When I was re-introduced into cycling as an adult in the early 1990s, I bought a mountain bike and began to explore trails. In these early days, there weren't a lot of trails that were built exclusively for mountain bike, so my brothers and I would explore hiking trails around Dundas Valley, Oakville and anywhere … Continue reading KWCX – My first (and last?) cyclocross race
With the onset of autumn, I find it easy to stay inside. Daylight hours are shorter and temperatures are cooler, and I believe we have an instinct to begin our winter hibernation habits (or it's just my excuse to be lazy, eat and drink more and exercise less!).I've also scaled back this year in the … Continue reading 2018 Howling Coyote Gravel Grinder
The job of the book reviewer is to provide enough information about a book so the reader can decide if they want to read it. With that in mind, I should start by introducing the author of "Draft Animals" (Note: The full title of this book is Draft Animals: Living the Pro Cycling Dream (Once … Continue reading Cycling Book Review – Draft Animals, by Phil Gaimon