For obvious reasons there will be no ride tonight.I hope everyone is ok, and that your basements are dry.
I want to ride! So I have a plan, and it's a good plan because Terry Lazarou helped me.
Tomorrow morning, weather permitting! Meet at Lowes in Harbour Landing. 10:00. Riding by 10:15. We will ride on Hwy 1 to Pinkie rd, up Pinkie to Dewdney then west on Dewdney to the Global Transportation Hub, from there we will go North to the waste water treatment plant, admiring the magnificent vistas as we go. Then we can make up our minds whether to go further or make our way back.
The purpose of this ride is to ensure that we have burned enough calories to justify going to DQ in Harbour Landing afterwards.
Theresa will be bringing the van as support but there will be no official Groups. Just whoever shows up.
See you in the morning.
On Sunday July 20th Theresa and I will be organizing and sponsoring the 2014 Spoke n'Hot women's triathlon at Echo Beach by Ft Qu'Appelle. We did it for the first time last year and had so much fun that we knew we would be doing it again and again.
We had a lot of inquiries about the race and last year Theresa organized a three week training clinic out at the lake. For the three Thursdays prior to the race we will host a maximum of twenty five athletes at Echo where we will ride the bike course, practice our transitions, go for a swim and go for a run. The idea is that on July 20th you will enter the race knowing exactly what to expect, and really enjoy the experience. The cost of the clinic is $100 and you can register here. if you have any questions feel free to drop us a line or call us anytime.
Mark and Theresa.
(I know that many of you read my posts and think " oh that Mark, here he goes again waxing poetic" but, truth be known, it takes me forever to write this stuff. I will say though, that since forming Spoke n'Hot way back in 2012 my typing speed has increased significantly! point being, the post below is a repeat but I liked it and it works for tonight!)
with the sound of wheezing
with sweat they have wrung through a thousand gears
the hills fill Lumsden with the sound of whining.........
OK, hopefully you get the idea about what we are doing tonight. Up to now we've been having some good rides on flat terrain, concentrating on riding together, paceline etiquette, drafting etc..
However, hill climbing and descending are a very important part of riding and deserve their own special day,or two?
Also, to be honest, I'm looking at this @#$% weather forecast and trying to make the most of a crappy forecast!
So the plan is for us all to meet out at Lumsden High School, 300 Broad st in Lumsden!
Let's plan on being there for 6:30, riding at 6:45, it takes about 20 mins from the north end of Regina to get to Lumsden. There's generally plenty of parking in the area by the school but please be considerate. You can also park at the ball diamonds and ride over to the school if you prefer.
We'll break out into our normal groups and use the three hills we have, the Highway, the Garbage dump hill, and the Old highway. For the beginner, intermediate riders we will spend time learning how to ascend and descend safely. I promise you that no-one will be doing anything that they are not able to handle.
The more advanced riders will be having more of a workout on the hills.
Of course, this is all weather dependent. I'll monitor it,of course, and keep you advised. But because we will be "in town" we can afford to be a little bit more flexible. So, if we go, I want you to bring your rain gear. Riding in the rain can be fun if you can stay reasonably comfortable
Final note, I spent this morning out at See Jane and See Dick. It was great to see so many of you racing and my congratulations to you all!
See you tomorrow,
After witnessing the heroic efforts of Cindy and her companions last Monday, you know, the day that was a teensy bit rainy and the ride leaders were at Clara's and you just couldn't be bothered, and Cindy's gang went out anyway, and got a bit damp but had a great time?? Yeah, that day,.. well I thought I had better honour my commitment and pick up some Menchies gift cards.
Well, colour me surprised when I asked what the average sale was?
Now, I agree that it's pretty good and all that, but $9????? I am so in the wrong business. :). Ladies, I have your cards, see me tomorrow!!
So let's get together and go for a ride on Monday. The weather is, as usual, unsettled but I'll keep an eye on it and keep you updated. Meet at the Turvey at 6'ish, riding by 6:30. We'll ride, laugh and celebrate life!!
Theresa and I have been massively lucky over our time together. Yesterday was our anniversary and we celebrated it at the Clara's Big ride banquet. How incredible was it to meet Canada's most celebrated Olympian, share the evening with friends and have a glass of wine or two?
You'd think it couldn't get much better but this morning was truly the icing on the cake. Spoke n'Hot was invited to provide an Honour Guard for Clara as she left Regina. We rode with her from Miller H.S, past two Elementary schools and finished at Candy Cane Park. Nothing makes you feel better than hundreds of children cheering you on!
Getting ready to ride with Clara.
Behind us were a dozen police officers on bikes. It was a thrill to be part of it.
We rode with her for just 4 km but it was an incredible experience. We celebrated with coffee at Starbucks then went back to work.
I've never been one for hero worship but I will say this. If there were more women like Clara Hughes in our world then we would all be a lot happier, fitter and safer. An inspirational lady and a true class act, I was truly honoured to meet her.
It's a pretty special evening for Theresa and I. We get to celebrate our Anniversary with all the Spoke Ride leaders at the Clara Hughes dinner. I'm a bit conflicted though because I would also like to be out riding with everyone on our Monday night ride.
Now, as previously discussed, you do not need your Ride Leaders to ride, So I'm encouraging you to meet as normal at the Turvey and go for a spin! You know you can do it. :)
however i also know that many of you will use this as an excuse to slack off and stay home so I have a proposal for you.
I know the weather is a bit iffy so here's my offer.
IF you meet up at the Turvey and go for a ride then I will pay for your post ride treat at Menschies on Rochdale. Just save me a receipt and I'll cover it up to $5 each.
If the weather goes crappy and you don't ride then just go straight to Menschies and I'll cover it but you have to have gone to the Turvey first and met up with each other, fair enough?
Ice cream awaits, now go ride!!!
I'm sat here in the Grasswoods Esso parking lot just outside Saskatoon. A perfect place to talk about Monday cycling!
Monday will be a special day in Regina as the amazing Clara Hughes comes to town. Clara's Big Ride is an amazing journey by one of Canada's greatest athletes in support of mental health. Her visit to our city includes a dinner and silent auction at the Conexus Arts Centre on Monday evening.
In support of Clara's cause we bought a couple of tables for the dinner and donated a special print of the TT silhouette picture for the silent auction. We also donated a couple of door prizes.
Our Ride Leaders are incredible people and I can never thank them enough for all they do. Inviting them to dinner to see Clara seemed like a a no-brainer on my part. It promises to be a great evening and I'm looking forward to it. I'll post more info as I have it, maybe pictures?
As a consequence of the event we will not have a scheduled supported ride on Monday. But, you've all made your schedules work around Mon evening riding so I strongly encourage you to come out anyway. I talked to some of you last week and I know that this is part of their plan! So, please, come out and ride. You all know each other by now, so ride in your groups and enjoy the evening. Summer is too short to pass a day without riding. I'll even try to find a volunteer to drive the van!
Call or contact me if you have any questions,
Spoke n'Hot looks like this....
And we look like this.
Seventy five of our riders came out for the Time Trial on Monday evening. The weather was ideal, a few more bugs than we would have liked but the winds were light and the temp was perfect. It never ceases to amaze me how strong and competitive our riders are. They ride hard, smile lots and always go home together. What a pleasure to work with them.
All photos by Paul Cutting photography.
It doesn't get much better than this. Meet at 6pm at the Turvey as usual, then we'll ride up to the Brandt house for the Time Trial. A fun night will be had by all, preconceived notions will be shattered, there may be cheering!!
This is one of my favourite photos because of the laughter but it's also useful in showing what will happen tomorrow. You'll line up and Sean or someone will hold the bike steady so that you can clip in and be ready to go.
If it's your first time doing this it can be a little nerve wracking for a couple of reasons.
1. You really hope that the person doing the holding knows what he/she is doing ( they do btw).
2. That person's hands are really close to my butt... ( they are but, trust me, they're professionals)
The timer will give you a countdown and then you go hard for 5km until you see Neil at the other end where you turn round and come back!
Now, I'm not naming names ( Blanche ) but you will have a faster time if you stay out of the ditch when you turn round, and if you're riding well there's a good chance you may pass someone. This is the perfect opportunity to practice your "passing etiquette", :). If you're being passed, it is totally cool to encourage each other.
When you get close to the Finish line it is VITALLY important that you go hard and KEEP YOUR HEAD UP!! Not because it is more aerodynamic and will make you faster, No this is far more important...we're taking photos! as you triumphantly cross the line in a finish that will make Lance Armstrong wish he was a woman!! ( massive opportunity here for a bit of opinionating but I'll pass). ALSO, you need to call out your number that we will give you. Don't worry though, we will remind you of this.
Ok, so final thoughts...Shaved legs, more aerodynamic. Smart riding, pace yourself. Think about the wind, how will it affect you? Extra points for style as you cross the line. Have fun. You are your only competition.
I tend to be the noisy one, Theresa and the Ride Leaders are the real story.