Mid-June update – Destination Cycling

Finally the nice weather is upon us!  And I’ve been able to enjoy the sunshine by riding more.  This includes some city riding to local destinations, and a nice weekend gravel grinder with my riding buddy Ron (founder of Contrabean – a local coffee roasting company).  Ron and I used to ride a lot together and we entered many mountain bike events (24- and 8- hour relays, and Crank the Shield).  Times have changed but we still enjoy getting out.

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Rides 47 and 48: KW City Trails and 2017 Ride for Heart

With the month of June upon us, cycling season is in full swing and despite the rainy May that we had, the weather has been good to get out on the bike.  On this first weekend in June, I was able to add two new rides to my nearly-complete “50 memorable rides in my 50th year” quest:  Ride 47: 70 km of city trails in Kitchener-Waterloo, and Ride 48: 2017 Ride for Heart in Toronto.

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How many bikes is too many?

It doesn’t seem like too long ago when I only needed one bike. My rides were to and from school, or friends’ homes. My bike riding season was spring until fall, when I’d put the bike away over the winter. I’d ride only on roads, sidewalks (gasp!) and paved trails. This was on a road bike I bought in Toronto for $300. A stainless steel, charcoal black Bianchi, it was the first bike I bought myself (I was 17), and I still have it in my basement.

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Water, water everywhere

One thing I haven’t written about in this blog since I started it a little over a year ago is my “day job”.  I may have mentioned that I’m in engineer (so I like numbers), but I apply those engineering skills to water.  When I’m not riding my bike, cleaning/tuning my bikes or thinking about cycling, I’m often thinking about water.

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Ride 45 – Paris to Ancaster – 2017 Summary

I’ve blogged several times about the Paris to Ancaster (P2A) cycling event.  I’ve blogged about my thoughts during the ride, how I prepare and even tips for newbies. Yesterday, I completed the shorter St.George to Ancaster event on my fat bike, and 2017 marked the 16th straight year I’ve entered the race.

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Paris to Ancaster 2017 – days away…

2017 marks the 17th consecutive year that I’ll be entering the Ontario Spring Classic – Paris to Ancaster.  It’s become a regular part of my schedule, and this year, for the first time, I’ll be riding my fat bike!  I signed up for the shorter 40 km version of the race – St. George to Ancaster, which I’ve done a few times. Continue reading

It’s more than just sharing the road.

When faced with something new, we tend to react in one of two ways: we can embrace the change in a curious manner and learn about it, or we can turn our back on it and rationalize our fear of something we don’t understand.

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More on the Steaming Nostril 2017

My previous blog post was about the 2017 Steaming Nostril/Runny Nose event a few of days ago.  I don’t do a lot of racing, so when I do, these events tend to stick in my mind for a few days (maybe because my body is still reminding me of the effort).

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Ride 44 – 2017 Steaming Nostril/Running Nose 

I’ve been blogging a lot lately about this Ontario Spring Classic. The 2017 version didn’t disappoint as over 300 riders entered the fifth edition of this event.  In past years, there has been a wide variety of challenges in the Steaming Nostril and the shorter Runny Nose: slow, slushy trails, minus 20C wintery conditions, epic mud, strong winds… this race has had it all!

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One Week until Steaming Nostril 2017

As I write this blog entry, It’s now 7 days, 4 hours and 21 minutes until Steaming Nostril 2017 (you can check the online countdown at cyclewaterloo.com ).  If you haven’t heard about Steaming Nostril, it’s an Ontario spring classic gravel cycling race, now in it’s 5th year.

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