Well the end of the season is here. Monday Aug 14 is the last Spoke ride for 2017.
We'll meet out at Condie for a ride into Lumsden, meet at 6 ish, riding by 6:30.
After the ride let's get together in the pagoda for pizza. We'll arrange the pizza and bring the soft drinks. You bring whatever you like!
Sunset will be 8:20 pm and it will cool down fairly quickly so bring a jacket and maybe a picnic chair? The tables are pretty good and we should have plenty of room for everyone.
We like doing this kind of thing as it seems to attract more of you than going into town to a bar, it's fun, the air is clear and the service is quick!
It's been a good season, Lets celebrate!!
Our first attempt at a Time Trial was not a stunning success! However it's still fun to see how we all progress through the season.
We'll meet at the Turvey and head up to the Brandt house on Hwy 6.
We'll do the TT on the 734, it's 10 KM of smooth pavement that will help you achieve your very best time!
See you Monday,
Mark and Theresa.
The weather looks like it will be superb tomorrow. As I mentioned last week, I think we should head out to Condie and start from there. We'll ride into Lumsden and around the area, the pavement is superb and there is not much traffic so I think it will be a fun night for all.
After the ride I propose that we have a little tailgate party? There's a nice picnic area with a big gazebo that we can use and plenty of tables. You might want to bring a camp chair and warm jacket though. We'll bring some chips and dip type stuff, you bring whatever you want to drink.
Now every time I've sent the Spokesmen out, there is always one or two who manage to miss the turn or ? I expect better of the Spoke n' Hot riders!
Head out on Hwy 11 to Exit A, instead of turning right like we always do, turn left following the sign to Condie. After about 1.4 KM turn left on to Condie rd, then after 200 meters turn left again into the Nature reserve. Follow the road, taking your first left so that you going to the north side of the lake. That's where the big parking lot is. Just follow the road.
Meet at 6:15, riding by 6:30. Refreshments and conversation at 8'ish!
Mark and Theresa
Well we certainly cannot complain about the weather. 33C for Monday!
We took a ride out on Highway 1 yesterday to Pinkie rd. Unfortunately the off ramp from the 1 to Pinkie has now been closed and torn up. To get on Pinkie from Hwy 1 means taking the service road therefore crossing Hwy 1. Frankly, it's a mess and we're not comfortable riding through it.
So for the next little while we will be meeting at the Turvey Centre and riding from there. So for Monday, meet at 6'ish Turvey Centre, 100 Armour rd.
We do have another option that may be worth considering...
Last week the Spokesmen parked at the Condie nature reserve and rode the 734 into Lumsden and back. The road is freshly paved and by all accounts was an excellent ride with some hill options in Lumsden. There's a little more traffic and no shoulder but it's still pretty quiet.
It would be a no-brainer except for getting into and out of the parking lot. There's about 100 metres of gravel. Now, all the riders bar one had no problem getting through it and he admitted that he wasn't paying attention, ( he was riding pretty slow and hit a deep patch, wasn't hurt just embarrassed.) but there is no question that you will need to be careful as you ride it. You could actually walk it, come to think of it.
If you have the time this week, take a ride/drive out there and have a look. Go out on the 11 and instead of turning right on Exit A like we always do, turn left crossing the Highway. About 500 metres, then turn left again for the Condie Nature reserve. That's where the gravel is, 100 metres, then turn left into the park.
We're thinking about it for the 17 July ride, so let us know.
Mark and Theresa
We're lucky to have a very accomplished Yoga Instructor in our Group who is putting on a session for cyclists. Allison Worby is hosting a Yoga for cyclists workshop on July 14th at 7pm
It's a fact that good core strength and flexibility can help you be a better, more comfortable cyclist so check it out!
There is no organized ride on Monday. That does not stop you going for a ride though!
I've lived in Canada for 36 years now, and in Regina for the last 26.
I've always thought that Canada combines the best of the American 'can do" attitude with the British "Don't make a fuss" reserve. The combination of civility and a shared responsibility for each other is the defining feature of our country, we might bitch about each other but at the end of the day...
At the Gran Fondo I will have a singer there to lead us in "O Canada" but, to the regret of those next to me, I will be singing it.
Have a great Canada Day,
It was a a pretty good ride last week at Spoke. It was apparent to Neil, myself and the Ride Leaders that the initial nerves were over and the Groups had gelled together. It's to be expected that, as some of you increase in confidence, you'll want to move up a Group or two. This is a normal part of our season, so if you are ready to "graduate" have a talk with your Ride Leader, listen to their advice and take the appropriate steps.
Let's do some hill work tomorrow. We'll meet in Lumsden at the High School, 300 Broad St, Lumsden, SK SOG 3CO. For the senior Groups, expect a bit of a work out, as in up and down a few times. For the junior Groups we will be practising gear shifting, ascending and descending under control, appropriate cursing and acceptable pain face.
There's generally enough parking outside the School to accommodate us all, however it's not like Lumsden is the size of Calgary so don't be afraid of parking a block or two away and, gasp!! riding to the school! :)
Meet at 6 pm riding by 6:30.
Mark and Theresa.
Well we're doing it again! We had a lot of positive comments about the ride last week. The fact that the road is so quiet allows us the opportunity to work on our Group riding skills. So we'll meet at the Turvey at 6pm and go for a ride. Many of our riders competed in the Spoke n' Hot triathlon today and I'm sure they would not mind a slightly easier ride!
I'll post more info about the Triathlon later. Suffice to say that it went well, everyone had a great time and the weather cooperated! The Hillberg & Berk jewelry was a big hit with all the athletes! Hmmm, jewelry, popular with women athletes, who knew....? :)
Well it looks good for tomorrow night so let's meet up at the Turvey Centre at Evraz Steel. 100 Armour rd. For those new to the Club, just head north on Albert St as if you were going to Southey. Go over the top of the Ring Rd, past McDonalds. You'll come to a nice new set of traffic lights at Armour Rd. Turn left, then right into the Turvey Centre. Meet at 6pm, riding by 6:30.
The plan is to head out on Hwy 11, up to Exit A then take the 734 to Hwy 6. Depending on the Groups, we'll head North or South on Hwy 6 eventually returning to the Turvey.
Steve will be there with the tickets for the June 22nd Chicken Run. Bring your $20!!
Paul has finished editing the pictures he took at the Time Trial last week. To those of you that came out, congratulations! ,it sucked, you rocked.
Mark and Theresa.
So the Time Trial is done. Theresa and I sat there in the kitchen discussing the evening and we decided that it was a bit of a shit show. And yet...
Up until 6:20 it looked like it was going to be an ideal night for a ride. The organization was going well, the timing looked like it was set correctly, everybody is in a good mood. Perfect.
And then the wind started, and proceeded to get worse, W39 gusting 50 KM/H. You all sucked it up, and rode out to Pinkie against the wind, lined up at the start and did the Time Trial. Yes, it was short, but the point is that you lined up, and did it.
56 of you did something tonight that a lot of riders would not do, a Time Trial in lousy conditions. The Ride Leaders know just how big of a deal what you did tonight was..
Do you have any idea of just how proud we are of you?
Mark, Theresa, Erin, Nicole, Terry, Allison, Alison, Brianna, Paul, Andrea, Mary, Alan, Wanda, Shane.
I tend to be the noisy one, Theresa and the Ride Leaders are the real story.