Yes!! sort of...
We have four hills in Regina, Douglas Park, Mt Pleasant, the landfill and the loading dock at Wascana Rehab. Unfortunately, three of them are not paved and the loading dock is only 5 metres wide and 7 long so not that much use really. And the landfill is kinda dangerous and smells.
However we do have the lovely town of Lumsden just a hop, skip and a jump away and they have lots of hills. So we're going there on Monday. We'll meet at Lumsden High School at 6:15, split up into our groups and go have some fun!
The address of the school is 300 Broad St, Lumsden.
To get there, just get on Highway 11 to Saskatoon and come off at the bottom of the hill, signposted Lumsden/ Craven. Turn left and follow the road into town. Many of you have been there before so if you know where to go, park your car on a side street and look out for Spokies wandering around looking lost!
Please do not be nervous about coming out, we realize that some of you will be unsure of your climbing/descending abilities but we will adapt to ensure that you have a good time while learning!
Bear in mind that the Ring road bridge over Vic is being worked on, again, so there may be delays if you are coming from the south.
See you Monday,
I was planning on taking us all to Lumsden for Hills tomorrow,however after the race today I thought it might constitute cruel and unusual punishment. Plus I want to see more improvement in the Group riding skills area.
Last week, one of our riders went down after touching her front wheel to the rear wheel of the rider in front of her. It happened because the group bunched up quickly.
She was shook up, but not badly hurt. To be safe, we called the paramedics who checked her out.Once they gave the OK she rode with me in the van for a while before I dropped her off at the parking lot.
Smooth predictable riding is everything in cycling. Your actions have a direct result on your partners in front and behind you. Please pay attention to the road conditions ahead, signal your intentions either verbally, by hand or both! Do not touch your brakes, keep your cadence and speed constant and talk to each other.
So Monday night will be a normal Group ride from Harbour Landing. Meet at the Party City parking lot at 6:00. Riding by 6:30. Weather looks pretty nice so it should be a good ride and an opportunity to really focus on the riding skills.
See you tomorrow night,
Theresa and I are currently in Calgary airport on our way back from Victoria. We had a great weekend, with Theresa having a pretty successful 1/2 Ironman. The course is quite pretty and is fast becoming our favourite location to race. Add good friends and fine wine to the mix and you end up with a wonderful time. Arriving back by 1:30 we'll have plenty of time for a power snooze before tonight's ride!
After the Time Trial, I sent out an email to some of you recommending that you consider moving up a Group or four! Most of you have decided to do so. This may mean that the Groups are a little uneven until we move a couple of Ride Leaders around. We'll see how it goes tonight.
If you are moving Groups please let your current Ride Leader know. If you are unsure, then please talk to your Ride Leader. It really comes down to how comfortable you are being part of a slightly faster Group. It's reasonable to say that G7 and above tend to be veteran Spoke riders who are used to riding in a pack, G4-G6 are still learning the skills they need. Again, talk to your Ride Leader or see me if you need advice.
So. let's meet at the Party City parking lot in Harbour Landing at 6, riding by 6:30. Mark.
There's something about Erin and Theresa that just seems to invite pain into my life.
After the relative success? of the previous weekend, (Bike 120 km in a hurricane on Saturday, then go for a 20 km run on Sunday followed by another bike of 40 km), Theresa and Erin decided that it would be " fun" to drive out to White City last Saturday, park the cars at DQ, bike down to Montmartre,(75 km), do the Perogie run, (10 km), have a big ham and perogie lunch, and then bike back to Regina, (75 km).
It was, of course, assumed that I would be totally OK with this. So OK, actually, that Theresa forgot to tell me until the night before.
"Oh, and we invited Matt Van Nus, he's nice"
I knew Matt, not in the biblical sense, but in the " Won the Cat 5 race at the Moose Jaw Spring Classic three weeks ago in a fairly convincing way" sense.
The clouds of impending doom were beginning to form on the horizon...
Saturday morning burst upon us in that bright cheery kind of way that says " Hey, things can only get worse so enjoy it while you can". We all met at the DQ, to discuss the 28 km/h headwind that we were facing all the way down there, and how important it would be to work together to minimize the pain and suffering. Theresa had neglected to mention that they were all going to be on tri bikes, ( better in a headwind than a road bike). I brought my road bike.
We set off through White City, and moved smoothly onto Hwy 48.
And that was the last I saw of them. 3 km we rode together, 3KM!!! They were riding like a well oiled machine, smooth as silk, sharing the load, achieving that rare sense of peace when you have a common goal and are working towards it.
I was plugging in my headphones. It was going to be a long ride................
In all fairness to my " riding companions" I knew that I would not be capable of holding the pace, and I was quite comfortable riding on my own. I knew what I was in for, but I gotta tell ya, that headwind truly sucked. 3 1/2 hrs to get to Montmartre but it's a pretty ride and the only way that I could get perogies.
I arrived in time to see Scott and Matt running by on Lap two, Erin grabbing a drink and then Theresa. The picture was a little blurry as I was overcome with emotion at seeing her again and realizing that I was still alive.
So now it was time for lunch, and this is where treachery reared its rather charming, perfectly coiffed head. See, the perogies at Montmarte are fabulous, the ham to die for, and the baked goodies are delicious. Did I mention " All you can eat" ?
Notice how Erin " You can trust me, I work for the Government" is looking at her sour cream drizzled pockets of heaven with an expression that says " Tempt me not, Satan, for I have another 75 km to ride today", and notice how Theresa is on her second plate of potato perfection....., as was I by the way.
Yeah, something's going on here.
Then from out of her bag, pops a tupperware container!! Oh, the horror of it all. Erin knew exactly what would happen if she indulged in the delicious comestibles on offer in this fair town. She was here for the take out! Smuggled back to Regina by her mule, Terry " I also work for the Government" Allan.
And so began the return journey. Luckily the wind stayed constant and we were averaging 35-40 km/h. A drastic improvement on the 20 km/h on the way down. By Vibank I was starting to feel somewhat uncomfortable however I had worked bloody hard for the perogies, and I was keeping them. I had no choice.
Two hours later we were in White City, and stopped in at the DQ for an ice cream. We'd ridden hard and deserved it.
We had a great time down there, the entire town supports the run, the ride down is pleasant and I would do it again in a heartbeat, however next time I might use my other road bike
I tend to be the noisy one, Theresa and the Ride Leaders are the real story.