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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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

Foggy Gravel Grinding

In my continued recovery from a concussion last fall, my bike rides have consisted of short, low-intensity rides of about an hour. Usually on my fat bike and usually on city paths and bike trails. As 2016 turned into 2017 I found myself yearning to get out on the fantastic gravel roads in the area. I started discovering these unpacked gems about 5-6 years ago when fall turned to winter. A group of friends and I decided that riding outdoors as temperatures dropped and daylight hours shortened easily topped the alternative (indoor training).  Continue reading

2017 Cycling Goals

January is month when a lot of people will set their goals for the rest of the year (Note: I’m avoiding the term “resolutions” on purpose).  My goals tend to be modest.  A year ago, my goal was to ride 50 memorable rides in the year I turned 50.  That didn’t quite work out after my crash in September, but I still completed 41 rides (I complete this quest this year, before I turn 51 in August).  I also wanted to ride 5000 km, which also didn’t happen due to a low-mileage autumn.

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2016 Ride Summary

In the final days of 2016, I’ve pulled together a summary of my year in cycling.  There are countless resources available online, particularly for those of us who use Strava for our ride summaries.

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RideCycleSpin – New Logo

I’ve had the pleasure of working with a local K-W graphic designer who designed this logo for me.  Brian at Deuce Design in Waterloo has been doing design work for two decades and more recently, he designed the logo that we’re using for The Hydrocut.

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Finding Inspiration to Ride

I watched the movie “Inspired to Ride” this week.  It documents the 2014 edition of the Trans Am Bike Race, which starts in Oregon, covers 10 states and 4300 miles and finishes in Virginia.  The race is self supported, so cyclists must carry their own clothing, tools, sleeping bag, food, drink (although they can stop at shops to buy things).

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Ride 31 of 50 – Getting caught in the summer rain

I didn’t expect to blog about this ride, but it became memorable in the last hour when we got soaked with heavy rain.  I’ve previously blogged about the Waterloo Cycling Club Thursday rides here, and because theses rides start close to home (RIM Park), it’s hard to make excuses to avoid them.

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