2017 Steaming Nostril – More Hints

A few people have been asking me for more details about the 2017 Steaming Nostril course. My previous blog gave some teasers, but they wanted more details!

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2017 Steaming Nostril Teaser

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.

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K-W is in a weather “dead zone”

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.
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Gravel Grinding with the WCC crew

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.

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The long road back – Solo gravel grinding

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

Steaming Nostril 2017 – Early Bird Deadline

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.

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Winter is Coming

My interest in winter cycling started a number of years ago when I decided that indoor training was extremely boring for me.  While I realize the benefits of this indoor activity, I realized that I needed another winter activity to keep me busy.  Plus I felt that I wasn’t racing  so I didn’t need any specific training; I just wanted to ride my bike(s).  So…why not ride in winter?

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