There is no organized ride on Monday. That does not stop you going for a ride though!
I've lived in Canada for 36 years now, and in Regina for the last 26.
I've always thought that Canada combines the best of the American 'can do" attitude with the British "Don't make a fuss" reserve. The combination of civility and a shared responsibility for each other is the defining feature of our country, we might bitch about each other but at the end of the day...
At the Gran Fondo I will have a singer there to lead us in "O Canada" but, to the regret of those next to me, I will be singing it.
Have a great Canada Day,
It was a a pretty good ride last week at Spoke. It was apparent to Neil, myself and the Ride Leaders that the initial nerves were over and the Groups had gelled together. It's to be expected that, as some of you increase in confidence, you'll want to move up a Group or two. This is a normal part of our season, so if you are ready to "graduate" have a talk with your Ride Leader, listen to their advice and take the appropriate steps.
Let's do some hill work tomorrow. We'll meet in Lumsden at the High School, 300 Broad St, Lumsden, SK SOG 3CO. For the senior Groups, expect a bit of a work out, as in up and down a few times. For the junior Groups we will be practising gear shifting, ascending and descending under control, appropriate cursing and acceptable pain face.
There's generally enough parking outside the School to accommodate us all, however it's not like Lumsden is the size of Calgary so don't be afraid of parking a block or two away and, gasp!! riding to the school! :)
Meet at 6 pm riding by 6:30.
Mark and Theresa.
Well we're doing it again! We had a lot of positive comments about the ride last week. The fact that the road is so quiet allows us the opportunity to work on our Group riding skills. So we'll meet at the Turvey at 6pm and go for a ride. Many of our riders competed in the Spoke n' Hot triathlon today and I'm sure they would not mind a slightly easier ride!
I'll post more info about the Triathlon later. Suffice to say that it went well, everyone had a great time and the weather cooperated! The Hillberg & Berk jewelry was a big hit with all the athletes! Hmmm, jewelry, popular with women athletes, who knew....? :)
Well it looks good for tomorrow night so let's meet up at the Turvey Centre at Evraz Steel. 100 Armour rd. For those new to the Club, just head north on Albert St as if you were going to Southey. Go over the top of the Ring Rd, past McDonalds. You'll come to a nice new set of traffic lights at Armour Rd. Turn left, then right into the Turvey Centre. Meet at 6pm, riding by 6:30.
The plan is to head out on Hwy 11, up to Exit A then take the 734 to Hwy 6. Depending on the Groups, we'll head North or South on Hwy 6 eventually returning to the Turvey.
Steve will be there with the tickets for the June 22nd Chicken Run. Bring your $20!!
Paul has finished editing the pictures he took at the Time Trial last week. To those of you that came out, congratulations! ,it sucked, you rocked.
Mark and Theresa.
So the Time Trial is done. Theresa and I sat there in the kitchen discussing the evening and we decided that it was a bit of a shit show. And yet...
Up until 6:20 it looked like it was going to be an ideal night for a ride. The organization was going well, the timing looked like it was set correctly, everybody is in a good mood. Perfect.
And then the wind started, and proceeded to get worse, W39 gusting 50 KM/H. You all sucked it up, and rode out to Pinkie against the wind, lined up at the start and did the Time Trial. Yes, it was short, but the point is that you lined up, and did it.
56 of you did something tonight that a lot of riders would not do, a Time Trial in lousy conditions. The Ride Leaders know just how big of a deal what you did tonight was..
Do you have any idea of just how proud we are of you?
Mark, Theresa, Erin, Nicole, Terry, Allison, Alison, Brianna, Paul, Andrea, Mary, Alan, Wanda, Shane.
What a fabulous weekend this has been. Theresa and I, along with some friends, were out at Ft Qu'Appelle yesterday for a 100 KM ride. The wind was quite spectacular and certainly made the ride challenging! The beef on a bun from the Farmers Market was well deserved. ( Expensive though..$8 was a lot for what you got)
Monday night looks like it will be a good night for our first Time Trial. We do this at the start of the season and at the end so that you can measure your progress.
The process is pretty simple. We have a measured 10 KM course and we time how long it takes you to get from one end to the other. The results can be very interesting as some of you will discover that you are a lot faster than you thought you were!
With the construction going on, we've had to change the course for this year. We will be starting on the South service rd by Pinkie Road and riding it to RMP, turn around at RMP and finish on the service road by the Golf driving range.
We will meet at the Party City parking lot in Harbour Landing at 6pm as normal and ride out in our Groups to the start. We should have everyone in place and ready to go by 7pm or so.
See you tomorrow,
Mark and Theresa
In April I visited Freddy at Dutch to talk about the upcoming season, what we had planned, where we were going etc..basically a visit with a friend.
We started talking about my bike, a much loved 2011 Cervelo RS. She's been through a lot, including going to Utah 3 times and Penticton five or six times. She's been raced, she's been dropped, and she's been in the trainer over five winters. She's had two or three chains, two rear cassettes and a complete drivetrain replacement from SRAM to Shimano. The handlebars have been rewrapped twice and she's had God knows how many tires.
She has been very good to me over the years but bike technology has been progressing rapidly and I was thinking about a new bike.
Theresa has been very happy with her Specialized Lululemon Amira Pro. The UDi2 shifting has been incredibly reliable and a joy for her to use. I was quite envious of her! But that wasn't enough to convince me to change ....
Until Freddy showed me the 2017 Specialized Roubaix Elite. UDi2 shifting, disc brakes and a shock absorber in the stem! All he did was push down on the handlebars and I was sold!
I picked it up the day before we went to Penticton for a week of hill climbing. I didn't know that it has a 32 tooth granny gear on the cassette but I quickly came to appreciate just how easy it made climbing some of the hills in the area ( Apex still sucked but at least I made it to the top), The disc brakes were fabulous on the descent, powerful and not affected by the wet conditions.
The gear shifting with the UDi2 is incredible, very,very smooth and predictable. I find that I'm shifting gear more often and taking some of the load off my legs. Big ring or little ring, the drive train is quiet and effective. When we did the Golden Triangle last weekend I really appreciated just how reliable the system was.
The biggest praise though, has to go to the Future shock. Mounted in the stem, this little shock absorber takes away so much of the little vibrations that it really contributes to having a stronger ride with less discomfort. Add to that the floating rear seat post, ergonomic handlebars with comfy saddle and you have a bike that really can munch the miles. At Golden Triangle we rode 105 kms per day and I was never sore, my legs were tired but that's to be expected.
So, I really like the bike. It works for me, and I like the color! One thing that I'm not keen on is the little storage box at the bottom of the frame, no, it's not a motor! It's designed to take one tube, one CO2 and one tire lever. Which is fine if all your rides are within 20KM of home but a bit useless if you're going further. Great idea, lousy execution.
I think that Specialized have come up with a bike that is a game changer. The gear shifting and disc brakes are nice but it's the comfort that will change how you ride. There's a women's version by the way, the Ruby is identical to the Roubaix, just sized to accommodate women riders.
If you're in the market for a new bike or uncomfortable with your current ride then you owe it to yourself to go to Dutch and talk to Freddy about the Roubaix/Ruby. If you take one for a test ride then you need to be prepared to buy it. It's that good.
I tend to be the noisy one, Theresa and the Ride Leaders are the real story.