In one month from today, the 5th annual Steaming Nostril gravel grinder cycling race will take place. Organized by my friends at Cycle Waterloo, this event has become one of Ontario’s spring classics.
Avid cyclists (at least most of the cyclist I know) tend to be weather junkies. Rides are often planned around weather. Particularly in winter, when the wind can make it feel a lot colder when you ride into it.
The other day I was in the supermarket looking for fish to buy for dinner. I saw some tilapia and for a moment I had this memory of reading that there was some problem with eating tilapia, so I didn’t buy it. I came home with some cod instead.
Finally, after half a year, I joined a group ride. I started the weekend gravel grinder rides with the Waterloo Cycling Club about five years ago and these rides have been very popular in the fall, winter and spring. Last fall, I was able to find a good group of folks to lead these rides in my absence. This Family Day weekend, I was able to join for these gravel grinder rides for the first time since the spring of 2016.
The weather forecast called for temperatures as high as 7C so I planned my day around a ride in the afternoon. I was a little unsure if the gravel roads around here would be icy or muddy, but I decided to take my gravel grinder bike (my morphed hardtail mountain bike) out for a ride. Continue reading
There are some good options for fat biking in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. This winter is only the my second winter with a fat bike, so I’m only beginning to explore. Because my speed and distance are lower right now, my fat bike rides have been closer to home. This has given me the opportunity to check out local multi-use paths and trails. Continue reading
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.
In my continued recovery from a concussion last fall, my bike rides have consisted of short, low-intensity rides of about an hour. Usually on my fat bike and usually on city paths and bike trails. As 2016 turned into 2017 I found myself yearning to get out on the fantastic gravel roads in the area. I started discovering these unpacked gems about 5-6 years ago when fall turned to winter. A group of friends and I decided that riding outdoors as temperatures dropped and daylight hours shortened easily topped the alternative (indoor training). Continue reading
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.