Monday looks like it's going to be a scorcher so please remember to bring an extra water bottle for the ride.
I think we will head out from the south end of the city tomorrow. The plan will be to meet in the parking lot where the Party Store is, 4801 Gordon Rd. It's just south of the Co-Op gas station in Harbour Landing. There's lots of parking and it's close to Lancasters in case you need refreshments afterwards!
So we will be heading out on Hwy 1, taking Pinkie rd to the Transportation hub and the water treatment plant. The higher Groups, 9-11 will probably go straight out to Grand Coulee and back in on Dewdney. It's a fun ride and nice for a change.
Speaking of hot, I had a couple of riders ask me to order some sleeveless jerseys. They arrived this week so I will have them with me tomorrow. I have a very limited quantity so if you want one let me know asap. They are $65 and fit just like your regular jersey.
If you raced this weekend, congratulations! We'll take it easy on you tomorrow!
Meet at 6, riding by 6:30.
We've had tons of requests for "some good old hill training"....
OK, it was one person, it was a guy, his name was Colin, he lives in Saudi Arabia but he likes us.
However it is a great idea especially as I will not be there! This week I'm in SD and Montana on my motorbike. The original plan was to go down to NC to ride the Tail of the Dragon but it will take three days to get there and three back and I need to be here next Saturday for Scarlett's first birthday party. :)
So I'm here in Spearfish, SD, spectacular weather and a lovely campsite. The bike riding is amazing. Theresa and I came down here last year on our bikes and really enjoyed it. Pretty cheap and only 7 hrs away.
But enough about me, I hear you say, what's the plan for Monday? Simple, we are doing hills in Lumsden! Meet at the High School at 300 Broad st. We'll do a brief warm up ride out to Seven Bridges rd and then split up to tackle the various hill options that we have. Your Ride Leaders are all familiar with the area and will choose the hill based on what they want you to do. For the beginner Groups, expect to spend some time learning the correct way to shift gears, how to brake appropriately and the correct position to be in when climbing. For the more experienced Groups, it's a lot of work followed by wheeeeee!
Make sure your tires are pumped and you're ready to rock. Neil will not be with us so your Ride Leaders will look after you, hopefully!
Parking is not too bad at the school, but please do not overwhelm the area. Lumsden is pretty small so you can park anywhere and just ride over.
Meet at 6, riding by 6:30
See you next week,
It's about 2pm here in Victoria, BC. Theresa has just finished the 70.3 Half Ironman and is currently in the shower rinsing all the sweat and dust off her very tired legs. Conditions were pretty much perfect with negligible wind, moderate temps ( 20C) and a shaded run around the lake. The road course is spectacular. Winding, rolling, lots of shade and very, very pretty. It really is a fabulous race and today was the first time I regretted my decision to take a year off triathlon. The good news though is that there is always next year!
We won't be back until midnight tomorrow so will miss the ride. Wanda will be the Master of Ceremonies and will make sure you all get safely on your way. Frankie P has volunteered to lead G7 for Theresa, so please take it easy on her. :)
The consensus was that the route we rode last week was quite successful so I think we will do it again. Out on Hwy 11, come off at Exit A and take the 734 Brora rd to Hwy 6 and then north or south depending on the Group. Weather conditions look excellent with sunset at 9:11pm so we have lots of light. By now we should all be settled into our Groups and ready to focus a little more on quality riding, Smooth pace-lines, lots of communication and helping each other to succeed are the goals.
Next Monday, the 22nd I think we should head out to Lumsden to spend some quality time doing hill work. Hills intimidate a lot of riders so we are going to show you how to take those hills and make them work for you, not against you. For many of our newer riders we will be showing you the benefits of your little chain ring, how, why and when to shift gear and the importance of looking good despite feeling like your legs are about to fall off. We'll also cover safe descending, and the correct way to say "wheeeeeee!" when coasting downhill. These are all very important topics that bear serious discussion.
So, have a fun safe ride tomorrow. Meet at the Turvey Center, 100 Armour rd, at 6'ish. Riding by 6:30, back by 8.
We had a great ride last night. The weather sort of cooperated and cooled down a touch and the wind was at least steady and not gusting! The route appeared to be popular so we might do that one on a more regular basis. All the Groups were tight and in control, I saw no riders on their own and everyone made it back to the parking lot by eight'ish.
Every year it starts, this year a little earlier. The , I guess by now, traditional "hanging around in the parking lot visiting until Security kicks us out" phenomenon. Conversations were being held all over the place, mostly about biking, pedals, bike shorts..the routine stuff until...
I don't know all the details, or really want to know, but apparently the topic of silicon boob protectors arose. Fortunately one of our riders had a sample pack with her and a vigorous discussion and demonstration ensued.Both Alan and I realized that we had little to contribute to this particular conversation so we kept our distance, content in the knowledge that staying away is the absolute right thing to do.
We left the parking lot at 8:40, there were still riders visiting. I just know that someone will be bringing cupcakes eventually.
We hope you had a good weekend and made the most of this wonderful weather. Of course, like so many of us, I would not mind a bit of rain to bring my lawn back from the dead. My neighbor down the road has artificial turf installed and it looks fantastic however it is very expensive so I think I might leave that option until next year.
Looks like it will be hot tomorrow so please remember to bring your water bottles. Real water bottles that you can squeeze and nozzles that you can open with your teeth! Also it might be a good idea to bring a jacket or something for after the ride. I know I get a bit cold after I've been riding.
I'm going to change the route a little tomorrow. Instead of turning left out of Evraz and going to Hwy 6 we are going to turn right and head out to Hwy 11. We'll follow the same route as the Time Trial, turning onto the 734 and going up to the 6. Then, depending on which Group you are in we will either turn left or right depending on how much time we have. There's a couple of reasons I want to do this, both safety related.
The Hwy 6/ Armour rd intersection is pretty busy, the Hwy 6/734 not so much.
Hwy 734, although a bit crappy is pretty quiet and ideal for drill work, sprints etc...
Now Hwy 11 is a little busier but it has a wide shoulder and is well paved. Still, you need to have your head up and eyes open. Look after each other, be smooth and steady in the paceline and talk to each other.
Meet at 6, riding by 6:30 Turvey Centre, 100 Armour rd. See you there!
I tend to be the noisy one, Theresa and the Ride Leaders are the real story.