The Waterloo cycling community lost a local legend in September 2022. At age 58, Igor Dragoslavic passed away while on a trail-building trip in Sault St. Marie, Ontario. Though he spent a lot of time in recent years in his homeland of Serbia, his time in Waterloo will be remembered by countless people. As word … Continue reading A Tremendous Loss in the Cycling Community
I can't even remember the last cycling event/race I entered, but it was definitely pre-pandemic. Back in the summer, signing up for this 8-hour gravel event seemed like a good idea. Once my friend Andrea agreed to be my tag-team partner, we were all set. I just needed to get some good rides in before … Continue reading Hurtin’ in Haliburton 8-hours of Gravel!
It seems like personal blogs like this have a half life. When I started blogging 5 or 6 years ago, I learned from some friends who were active bloggers. Some of them are no longer in the blog game. I started this blog to document my 50th birthday and the rides I did that year. … Continue reading June 2022 cycling report
I haven't blogged since September 2020 and since that time, I've had the thought that maybe this blog has run it's course. What is the half-life of a blog, anyway? There are no rules, of course. I have been cycling - more this year than any year in the past. The pandemic has hit all … Continue reading 2021 – Reflections
Without getting into too much detail, in June of 2019, I joined a work colleague Kelly and headed to Barrie to meet a larger group of cyclists from the GTA to ride the Simcoe County Loop Trail (SCLT). This 160 km loop includes rail trail, city trails and some paved roads and has been growing … Continue reading Bikepacking the Simcoe County Loop Trail and More!
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
Only a few years ago, I scoffed at the thought of cycling indoors over the winter. I was one of those people who would ride in just about any kind of weather, particularly in winter. I've got a fat bike and tons of winter gear so there's no excuse for me not to get out. … Continue reading Indoor Cycling Training Software – A Review of Sorts
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
After considerable debate over the past winter, my family decided we'd head to Vegas for a vacation. I had two reasons I wanted to visit this area, and neither had anything to do with gambling or the Vegas strip: (1) I wanted to visit the parks outside the city and (2) I wanted to explore … Continue reading Cycling Vegas – A Tourist’s Perspective
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