2017 Year in Cycling Photos

I know the year’s not over yet, but 2017 has been a good year for me.  I started slowly, since I was recovering from a concussion, but my mileage (kilmeterage?) slowly increased as the year went on.  I thought I’d post some of my favourite photos from the year:

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Gravel Grinders – How to get started

We’re now well into fall and winter is starting to arrive.  For many, this means setting up the trainer or signing up for a spin class and riding indoors.  For others (like me), it means getting out the warm clothing layers and getting out on the gravel roads!

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The Simple Pleasures of Cycling on Gravel Roads

First, a bit of history:  I started cycling in the 1990s as a mountain biker (discounting rides around the neighbourhood as a kid).  I used to ride once a week in Dundas Valley before mountain biking was popular. When I joined the Waterloo Cycling Club in 2002, I bought a used road bike and joined the group rides, although my passion was still on the trails. Continue reading

October Long Weekend Cycling – Summer Weather

I’ve always thought that weather is perfect when we’re not talking about it.  It’s easy to say it’s too cold or too hot or too humid or too windy or too wet to go for a bike ride.  2017 has been an interesting year, weather-wise.  Summer was probably “average, in terms of temperature and rainfall, but it seemed like we didn’t have the heatwave that we normally get, and it seemed to rain every few days.

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Share the Road – Greg’s Ride 2017

2017 marks the third year that I’ve signed up for the Share the Road ride (Greg’s Ride).  Each year in September SharetheRoad.ca organizes a charity ride to raise money to support their cause.  I have previously blogged about the history of Share the Road here.  Founder Eleanor McMahon has created an amazing program to support cycling awareness and infrastructure across Ontario.

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Bikepacking the Central Ontario Loop Trail

When I first took interested in bikepacking, a Google search took me to a review of a bikepacking adventure by a guy named Miles Arbour.  In 2016, he rode a system of trails and roads called the Central Ontario Loop Trail, or COLT.  His article got me interested, and my brother Greg and I started to gear up in late 2016 in preparation for riding all or portions of the COLT in 2017.

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My Introduction into Bikepacking – Packs and Gear

Now that I’ve completed my “50 memorable rides for my 50th year”, I’ve been thinking about what to write about as I continue this blog.  One topic that people have asked me about is bikepacking.  In my previous post, my 50th ride involved my first attempt at bikepacking.

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Share the Road – Greg’s Ride

One of the initiatives that is very important to me is Share the Road, which is an advocacy group that supports the development of bicycle-friendly roads and neighbourhoods in Ontario.  It was founded in 2008 by Eleanor McMahon, whose husband Greg was killed by a vehicle while on a bike ride in 2006.

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