2017 marks the 5th annual Steaming Nostril race in Waterloo Region. This event, organized by Cycle Waterloo, has become a Spring Classic in Ontario. Each of the previous four years has brought a different challenge.
January 29, 2017 marked the 3rd Annual Sugar Shack Hustle Fat Bike race at Shady Grove Maple Farm. The event, run by King Street Cycles in Waterloo, was five loops of a 2.5 km course through a maple forest between Kitchener and Guelph.
January is month when a lot of people will set their goals for the rest of the year (Note: I’m avoiding the term “resolutions” on purpose). My goals tend to be modest. A year ago, my goal was to ride 50 memorable rides in the year I turned 50. That didn’t quite work out after my crash in September, but I still completed 41 rides (I complete this quest this year, before I turn 51 in August). I also wanted to ride 5000 km, which also didn’t happen due to a low-mileage autumn.
There’s a lot of reading material online. This blog is just one of countless cycling blogs, so thanks to anyone and everyone who reads this. I thought I’d share some of the blogs that I read. Some are cycling-related. Others have a running or fitness focus. I hope you find some relevant material in them, as I do.
In the final days of 2016, I’ve pulled together a summary of my year in cycling. There are countless resources available online, particularly for those of us who use Strava for our ride summaries.
If you’re like me, the last place you want to be is in a mall at this time of year. Parking lots are jam packed. Lines ups are huge. It’s not worth my time. Still, we need to buy gifts, even for those who say they don’t need or want anything. Since cycling is the theme of this blog, I thought I’d share some gift ideas for the cyclist on your list.
Now that September is upon us, I thought I’d summarize my ride year so far. There are some good utilities available for Strava users (I’ve been using Strava since the end of 2011). I use Jonathan O’Keeffe’s utilities (which are free), veloviewer.com (limited free usage or a small annual fee for full access)and Strava Labs. I also discovered a cool video-maker for Strava called Relive.
Ride 35 is in the books: The soon-to-be-classic Eager Beaver 2.0. This gravel grinder event, starting and finishing in Highlands Nordic near Collingwood, offered three distances: 50 km, 100 km (which I rode), and 100 miles. Dan from Substance Projects runs fantastic events and this was no exception.
I’ve been trying to get to the Wildwood Conservation Area to ride my mountain bike for a few years, but it just never happened. This year, I decided to sign up the week before the race, figuring I’d get a chance to finally ride these trails that I keep hearing so much about. There’s a continuous mountain bike trail around the reservoir that runs about 25 kilometres, but I didn’t know what to expect. Continue reading