First: a brief history of my cycling life. Like many kids back in the day, I had a banana-seat 3-speed (I wish there were some photos of that bike). In high school, I got into road cycling and bought a nice Bianchi in about 1984 (I still have that bike, but I'm looking for a … Continue reading Gravel Cycling near Kitchener-Waterloo
Bikepacking in the Kitchener-Waterloo area
A lot of the online resources for bikepacking describe routes that take many long days to complete. Locally, July 14, 2019 marked the inaugural Grand Depart for the BT700 - a 700 km loop around south-western Ontario! Not all bikepacking trips, however, have to been multi-day epic adventures. Last weekend, I did an overnight trip … Continue reading Bikepacking in the Kitchener-Waterloo area
Crossing the Conestoga River… what really happened!
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!
2019 Cycling Plans – BT700
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
October 2018 Ride Summary
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
Hold the Line – 2018
Yesterday I had the pleasure of joining the second annual "Hold the Line" bike ride in Waterloo Region. For a nominal cost of $20, the 125 km route around geographical boundaries of Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge was available for cycling enthusiasts (a shorter 30 km ride was also available for less hard-core individuals). According to their … Continue reading Hold the Line – 2018