Paul Cutting and I have been friends for just a few years. I helped him out by lending him my old road bike to get him riding and it went from there. Paul is one of those people who is "perennially positive". Thanks to him I've built a website, gone snowshoeing, discovered Twitter and played with GoPro cameras and now Quadcopters. He is a fount of all knowledge when it comes to nature, wildlife and Saskatchewan. A true renaissance man, and now soon to be Dad!
He is also a gifted photographer and Ride Leader for G4 . He snapped off this picture last night and it looks amazing.
Hi all, windy but dry. Let's go for it. Meet at 6pm, ride by 6:30.
On the agenda for tomorrow we have the Time Trial scheduled. I need to move this to next week so tomorrow will be a normal Group ride. Meet at 6pm, on the road by 6:30 weather permitting, and Yes I'm watching the weather.
I've sent out a few emails to individual riders regarding the appropriate Group for them to ride in. Some went up a Group or two, some went down.It's early in the season and I expect that more changes will come as we progress. As Ride Leaders, we want you to have a positive experience riding with us and part of that experience is learning and growing as a cyclist. You don't learn if you are just hanging on for dear life or strolling along visiting with friends! So please, think about your ride a bit. Are you hanging or strolling, are you learning?
See you tomorrow, weather updates through the day.
Hey Spoke n'Hotters,
Our very own Pedro Peralta Elgueta not only instructs the G10 riders, he also serves as the President of the Regina Cycling Club. He's worked incredibly hard to organize a great road race next weekend and it promises to be a ton of fun. It's a wonderful opportunity to come out and see some of Saskatchewan's best cyclists in action. AND, it's an even better opportunity to show him how much we value him! He needs just six volunteers to help him with his race, actually now he just needs five because I know I will be there. Take a look at the poster for the schedule and decide when you are available. Let me know and post a reply below as well.
The biggest stress in any organizers life is "will I have enough volunteers?". Well let's give Pedro a great week and give him more than enough by 6pm tomorrow!!
Hi all, well I don't know about you but I'm dying to get out and actually ride my bike. Theresa and I will be at the Turvey on Saturday morning.
We're planning on riding for a couple of hours, probably on the 6 going North. We'd love some company while we're out there so please join us!
Let's start getting the conversations going, sharing our ride details and generally kicking the butt out of this summer, what there is of it! Hope to see you out there!!
When we set up Spoke n'Hot our focus was really on the women that we knew wanted to ride. A side effect of the success of Spoke n'Hot was how many spouses, brothers, fathers were commenting that they wished there was something like it for men.
So we created Spokesmen and last year we hit the road for the first time. I had a ton of fun, we had riders from 27-67, some were fast, but most of us were somewhere in between. It was great so I want to do it again this year, Freddy wants to sponsor it and we are going with a Belgian beer theme.
We're having our Registration and "tech" night next Wednesday, 6:30 at Dutch Cycle so spread the word with the boys. We're aimed at the beginner rider all the way up to senior athlete. .
To RSVP have them go here to our Facebook page, ( you might have to explain Facebook though??) and let us know.
Just in case they screw it up though, it's 6:30 at Dutch Cycle next Wed the 21st May.
Call me if you need to. Mark 306 v596 2575
Monday night will be our very first ride of the 2014 season!
For our new Spoke riders, we meet at the Turvey Centre. The Turvey Centre is at Evraz steel just north of the city on Highway 6. Just go up Albert st, past the Esso and McDonalds, over the Ring road and keep going until you see Evraz Steel on your left ( it used to be Ipsco), turn left on Armour rd then take your first right into the giant parking lot where the Turvey Centre is. We'll be there with the van by 6pm and you'll see lots of riders milling around.
Evraz Security will keep an eye on our vehicles for us while we are riding, so if you see them give them a wave and a thank you.
The first couple of rides are always a little busy as everyone gets settled into their groups. Once the routines are set, things progress more smoothly. Hopefully you remember the Groups you are in and your Group Leader: Don't panic if you forgot who you were with, we can figure it out! Also, if you already know that you want to change Groups, just let me or Theresa know.
G1+2. Alan and Wanda
The ride will be out on Hwy 6 and will be a simple out and back. One thing I was keen on seeing last year was all our riders having a nice flashing rear light for visibility. Freddy has a wide selection in stock and you get the Spoke discount!
The safety vehicle will be at the back keeping an eye on you and I will be monitoring things as well.
As usual I will be keeping an eye on the weather and will post updates if they are required.
See you Monday,
There's something about his accent? A folding bike helmet that can be easily carried around
Hi all, well I have no idea what the weather is going to do so here's the plan.We will go ahead with our first Spoke n'Hot ride as planned. So come to the U of R parking lot 15 at 6pm prepared to ride at 6:30. If the weather goes bad, well, we'll deal with it then.
Tonight is more about organization anyway, we have all the jerseys and swag bags ready to go and we need to decide what Groups you will be riding in! We will be there by 5:45 and will start handing out gear as people arrive. By 6:30 or so all our returning riders will be in their Groups with their Ride Leaders. We'll then be looking at the new Spoke riders and assigning them to Groups based on their experience level.
We'll ask all sorts of personal questions designed to help us figure out roughly where you should be.
Have you ridden in a paceline before?
Previous cycling experience?
10 km run time?
What kind of bike and how long have you owned it?
We'll put you in a Group and see how it goes. The Ride Leader will be working with you and will help you decide if the Group is appropriate for you. The Ride leaders will spend some time on Group etiquette, hand signals etc.. then go for a ride or do some Skills and Drills or both! It's chaotic but fun. See you in an hour.
Mark and Theresa
Good morning all,
Mon May 5th at 6:30 will be our first session outside. This session, known as Skills and Drills, will take place at the Univ of Regina in the Parking lots south of University drive.
These parking lots are H, G and 15. They are in between the University and the Ring Road. If you come in on University Drive south (the one that Kramer Blvd goes into) then we will be on your right, behind the big IBM building. Look for the big white van, I will put the flashing beacon on as well! We will be there by 6pm.
Skills and Drills is our chance to have a look at you, sort out what Group you will start off in and go over some basic safety procedures. Many of you are returning riders and "know the score" but please bear in mind that there will be new riders in your Groups. The Ride Leaders will run through group etiquette, signalling, flat procedure, some handling skills, then, if there's time, you'll go riding.
It will also be gear time! We will have swag bags for all of you that will include jerseys and stem caps for our new riders, arm warmers for our returning riders and some great discount offers from a couple of our friends. We'll give the bags out over the course of the evening.
I'm obsessing over the weather at the moment, checking every four hours or so trying to figure out what it will be like on Monday? If it's going to be raining then I will cancel the ride, it's no fun doing Skills and Drills if you're damp and cold! I'll keep you updated.
And that nicely segues into a couple of items that you should be aware of...
Probably the most important role I have is letting you know what is going on. There's a couple of different ways that I do this, Facebook, Email and now our website, Spokenhot.com. I try to cover all the bases.
Weather is generally my biggest concern. What I found works well is that, if it looks questionable, I will send out an update at 5pm on Monday, earlier if it's really obvious! I'll use Email,FB, and our website.
I'm also trying to use MailChimp for our Email, it's a powerful program that lets me do all sorts of things. Still learning that though.
I mentioned our website, www.spokenhot.com. I'm pretty excited about it as I built it while we were away in Penticton. I know it's not the fanciest by a long shot but it works and as time goes on I hope to add more pictures, video, coaches bio's, and maybe pretty it up a bit.
So that's it for now, Theresa and I have a pretty full weekend ahead of us. Today is the Kid's Brent Gibson triathlon at the U of R and we will be volunteering. It starts at 2pm and there will be over 100 young triathletes competing. It's my favourite race of the year and one of our Spoke n'Hot riders is the Race Director! Cheryl Grant, ably assisted by her husband John and co-Race Director Todd Graham will be ensuring that the kids all have a great time and go on the right direction! For a fabulous afternoon of free entertainment stop by the U of R Gymnasium. Even better, how about volunteering?
9 a.m. to 11:30 Course Setup,
Noon to 1:00 Check-in, Transition Setup
1:10 to 1:30 Pre-race Briefing (all hands)
1:35 to 1:50 Volunteer Meetings
2:00 Race Start (Swim) Oldest to Youngest
4:00 Expected Last Finisher
4:00 to 4:45 Draw Prizes, Results, Teardown
Have a great weekend,
I tend to be the noisy one, Theresa and the Ride Leaders are the real story.