It looks like Monday will be a great day for a ride. On the Agenda we had scheduled the Time Trial for Monday but the late start to our season will delay it. We need a couple of Group rides to get in the groove, so to speak.
So, let's meet at 6pm at the Party City parking lot in Harbour Landing, riding at 6:30. This will be our first Group ride together and we are looking forward to seeing all of you.
Mark and Theresa
Sunday evening, Mothers Day. I hope all of you were celebrated or helped celebrate the moms in your life. I'm massively lucky in having a mum who is very healthy and happy. She lives in southern Spain and Theresa and I were there in September to visit. I called her this morning and she was so pleased that her broken toe had healed enough to let her put high heels on again! Again, I am massively lucky..
So, riding tomorrow evening. Weather forecast is a little bit iffy but I'm not too stressed about it. As usual, I will monitor the weather and if I see anything to be concerned about I'll call a Go / No Go at 4pm.
We will meet at the Party City parking lot in Harbour Landing and head out on Hwy 1 to Pinkie Rd, We rode the route last week with Spokesmen and it worked out quite well. Meet at 6, ride briefing at 6:20 and riding by 6:30. Returning to the parking lot by 8 pm. Don't forget your flashing rear light.
It will be a little cooler in the evening so dress appropriately. For an evening ride starting at 16C I like to have a t-shirt on under my jersey and I wear arm warmers. My legs are generally fine.
We have matching arm warmers available and we'll bring them with us tomorrow. They are made to match your jersey exactly and look pretty good. $20.
Registration is now open for the Spoke n'Hot Gran Fondo out at Fort Qu'Appelle. This will be our second year running this event and we are pretty excited about the success we had last year. Early bird pricing is in effect until June 5th so if you want to save some money and give yourself a cycling target for the year head over to our website and follow the link. Last year we sold out at 200 riders, we've upped the number to 250 this year but already have 26 registered so don't think about it for too long. Starting in June we will be hosting practice rides at Fort Qu'Appelle to show the course and give you some idea of what to expect. With distances from 20 KM to 161 KM we are confident that there's a distance for you!
See you in a bit, Mark & Theresa.
We had quite a few responses from the survey indicating that some comment re dressing for the weather would be helpful. There's a ton of stuff that you can read on the web. This article is quite useful as it actually gives temperatures
The risk is always overdressing for the ride. I have never yet been too cold but have frequently had to ditch clothing as I go. In my case, as long as my hands, feet and ears are good then I can handle anything else.
Theresa and I are huge fans of arm and leg warmers. Using them with a light windbreaking cycling vest is a flexible way of going for a ride where the temp may start off cool but warm up as the sun rises. You don't need to spend a ton of money, as long as they break the wind. We actually have some Spoke n'Hot arm warmers left, I'm not sure of the sizes. E-mail me if you're interested.
The other go-to for us is a thin merino wool long sleeve jersey. A couple of years ago we picked up some Paradox merino wool blend jerseys at Costco, super cheap $30 or so, and just excellent value for money. Probably my favorite piece of clothing.
I'll leave the glove choice to you.
Keeping your feet warm is incredibly important. If you wear cycling shoes then be aware that most of them are designed to flow air through to keep your feet as cool as possible. There's a couple of ways you can deal with this. You can duct tape over the vents, kinda ugly but neat in a street cred," I don't care what I look like" way or...wear toe covers.
If you're going to be out all day and it's miserable then get some booties, there's tons of choice out there. One comment I'll make is that they tend to get pretty beaten up in a short period of time so buy decent but not stupidly expensive ones. Or you can get a pair of old socks, cut a hole in the bottom for the cleat and call it good..I've done it and it works. Theresa was a little embarrassed though...
Wet weather is a bit of a challenge. What we have found is that waterproof leggings are a waste of time. If you wear waterproofs then you end up sweating so much that you may as well not bother. Put a pair of tights or legwarmers on and accept the fact that your legs will get wet. Your legs will still stay reasonably warm unless you are in the mother of all downpours ( thinking Golden Triangle last year for some of you)
Get a lightweight rain jacket, preferably HiViz, with a hood. Some of the better ones have vents on the side and are actually quite comfortable. Get one that is cycling specific with pockets in the back, really handy. You could also rock a garbage bag...
A tip from a couple of riders is to get a shower cap to put over your helmet. Cheap and very effective.
Cycling is an active sport. I heard someone say that there are no bad riding days, just bad clothing decisions.
Weather for Monday is ?? but I really want us out there so think about what you have or need. Freddy has a ton of good stuff to keep you warm and dry and don't forget that you always get the Spoke n'Hot discount,
See you Monday,
Mark and Theresa.
I've spent the last hour or so trying to figure out what the weather is going to do.
At best, it will not rain but the temp will continue to drop as the evening progresses from the current 9C to 1C overnight. Winds are currently NW at 28 KM/H.
On the radar we can see a fairly decent rain cell that is coming from the NW, right now it's near Ft Qu'Appelle and headed our way. Expected between 6 and 7 pm.
As I type this it's started raining in Harbour Landing.
We want our first night together to be a pleasant experience, we want you to enjoy the evening, not endure it.We want you to learn, and that's a lot easier if you're not trying to stay warm.
So I'm cancelling the ride. Generally I get it right but tonight I just don't know. So, do me a favour. Keep an eye on the weather for yourself, and decide if you would have ridden and enjoyed the experience. I'll send out a survey and let's see what the consensus is.
I tend to be the noisy one, Theresa and the Ride Leaders are the real story.