It's looking pretty good for a ride tonight with the Spokesmen. If any of you are interested in coming out and joining us you are more than welcome. We will be running support. Meet at the Coop in Harbour Landing at 6, riding by 6:15.
but I think we have to cancel tonight. Sorry all. It does not look like any improvement is in the offing unfortunately. See you next week.
I'm in the interesting position of watching two events at the same time. I'm out here in Whistler, BC watching Theresa, Frankie, Erin, Scott and Bruce all competing in Ironman Canada and at the same time receiving updates from Cara and Rob on the progress of the Spoke n'Hot 100.
The weather here was terrible this morning, it was pouring down when they came out of the water but it seems to have dried out now. Everyone seems to be having a good race, and I'll look forward to seeing them in T2 starting in about an hour.
It seems like things were a lot nicer in Ft Quappelle and I hope that you enjoyed the course. It really is very pretty out there and I hope that you take advantage of the rest of summer and go out again.
Obviously we will not be back in time for tomorrows ride but I know that the Ride Leaders will take good care of you. One thing to bear in mind is that we may have to shuffle Groups a little bit as Theresa, Erin and Terry ( in Scotland ) will not be there. I suspect though that there may be some people who take the night off seeing as they biked a 100 km today!
Looking at the weather forecast, I'll keep an eye on things and update you as required as usual.
We'll meet at the south Coop in Harbour Landing at 6'ish. Riding by 6:30.
Good morning all,
As of this morning I think we have 73 cyclists registered to come out to this ride on Sunday!
(Can't help but think of the symmetry of "100 doing 100" but I'll leave that to fate and the weather. :) Forecast looks pretty good for Sunday with a high of 28C.
I've been posting updates on Facebook and the info seems to be getting around but just in case..
The ride will leave from the Rexentre in Ft QuAppelle at 0900 on Sunday July 26th.
The Rexentre will be open from 0800 until 4pm.
There is no charge for this ride. If you Register to do the ride with Rapha then you will receive a woven badge from them. Register here
We'll have maps available in the Rexentre but do yourself a favor and download the one above, created by Paul" no problem"Cutting.
I'm organizing a couple of volunteers to provide support but you really need to be capable of looking after yourself. Have tubes, a pump and know how to use them. Print off the map, stay hydrated and pace yourself. Make sure that your bike is in good shape, tires pumped and ready to go!
The ride is 100 km, leaving from Ft QuAppelle, around Echo and then down to Katepwa Beach and back. We will put signage out to keep you on the right track. Please be aware that there are two good climbs out of the valley and it's a 100 km. This is not an easy ride so be smart about your ability and pacing.
You need to be aware that the roads are not closed to traffic. You need to conduct yourself appropriately. Paul will probably set you off in waves so that we do not get bunching along the way, remember this is not a race, it's a fun ride in a beautiful part of our Province. The roads are narrow, without a shoulder, and curvy. Single file is the smart way to ride.
The route is pretty good in that there are washrooms at Echo and Katepwa with a nice little beach store at Katepwa. On the way back from Katepwa you'll be climbing the hill from Lebret up to Balcarres and coming back into Ft Q on Hwy 10. Then you do the second big climb out of Ft Q as if you're going back to Regina. When you reach Hwy 210, the scenic Echo Valley road, you just turn right and follow the highway down to Echo and back into Ft Q! Easy!
When you get back to the Rexentre, you're done. If you're back before 4pm the washrooms will still be open.
And that's it! Hopefully you had a good ride, challenged yourself and finished with a smile on your face.
Mark and Theresa.
We had a fun day out at Echo on Sunday. It was great to see so many of our Spoke riders competing or volunteering. The ride around Echo is quite challenging and I know that there are some sore legs out there so I feel a little guilty about our 10 km Time Trial tomorrow. If you raced today and don't want to TT tomorrow then come out anyway for the ice cream!
We'll meet at Evraz as normal at 6, and ride over to the Kramer, now Finning, parking lot. Theresa will set you all up for the ride out on Hwy 11 to the 734.
Erin K has already staked out her cheering position and has promised more cowbell to give you that extra bit of kick for the last 2 km!
So, lube your chain, pump up your tires and get ready to go hard because all good effort deserves recognition. Yep, the Dilly bars are in the freezer and you deserve one!
So, meet at the Turvey Centre, Evraz, 100 Armour rd at 6pm, see you there!
I was a bit surprised at the polling results. When I last looked it was 33-3 in favor of the Dilly bar over pizza. I would have thought that pizza would win the day but then again, I am married so should be used to getting it wrong by now.
I stopped by the Harbor Landing DQ and they have promised me that they have enough Dilly bars for tomorrow night. So here's what I'm thinking.. Bring a deckchair or something to sit on, make sure your Ride Leader has you back to the south parking lot ( same as last week) by 8 and we'll have a little ice cream break. If you decide to bring that bottle of a cheeky little rose that you just found at the Willow, well, who am I to argue?
My congratulations to all the Spokies who competed today at the Spoke n'Hot Tri and my thanks to so many of you who volunteered. For the first time in many years, Theresa and I got home at a reasonable time and did not collapse on the couch exhausted. We had volunteers helping run the race AND staying behind to help us clean up. Thank you for allowing us to enjoy the race along with you. We had a blast.
So, meet at 6, riding by 6:30.Parking lot south of the Harbor Landing Coop off Gordon Rd.
I am keeping an eye on the weather and will post updates as appropriate with a Go/No Go by 4pm or so.
Have a great evening,
This morning Theresa and i were out of bed at 3:15. She needed time to " get ready" for our third Spoke n'Hot Triathlon at Echo. It always strikes me as a little strange that she puts so much effort into making herself look even better than usual, especially when you consider that hosting a race involves a lot of sweat, dust, lifting, sweating more, running, panicking, pounding, smiling, and a slight amount of stress. :) But that's what she does, and I suspect most of you would be doing the same.
Me? Well, I jumped out of bed, had a quick shower, shaved my head and called it good. Not much else to do really. Kinda like putting lipstick on a pig....
We were at Echo by about 4:55 and met up with Scott, Erin and Chris. More volunteers showed up a little later and hey! we built a race! Our Sprint started on time at 0800 and the Try-a-Tri at 0830.
Weather was superb. The early cloud meant that temps stayed reasonable, wind was mild to non-existent and the water was calm.
Our Try-a-tri was a big success. 90% of the athletes had never done an Open Water swim prior to this race, and they all came out of the after after 375m with a big smile on their face. A BIG shout out to our Swim Angels, Kate, Jackie and Jillian who made sure everyone stayed safe.
Kimberley and Tara came down from Foam Lake for the race. We also had athletes from Saskatoon and Melville.
And that was the the story really. Our athletes had a fun time, everybody finished the race and a few personal bests were established.
We were blessed with plenty of volunteers which meant that we were able to relax and enjoy some of the sights and sounds of this day. Even better was the amount of volunteers who stayed behind to help us clean up! We were actually finished and on our way home by 11:30.
A big thank you to all our racers, volunteers and sponsors ,Western Cycle and Dutch Cycle. Freddy and the boys from Dutch were out in full force pumping tires and keeping everyone safe.
I don't have any photos so if you took some let me know and we'll post them for all to see.
I thought I'd post this fairly quickly as I need a nap before my Granddaughter arrives!
See you next year,
Mark and Theresa.
A couple of months ago it was suggested by one of our Spokies that we should take part in the Rapha 100.This is not a race, it is a ride.
"On Sunday 26th July 2015, join thousands of women around the world to ride 100km. A global event, ride on your own or join an organised ride. Rides will be taking place everywhere, including several led by Rapha. Over 8,000 women took part in 2014 — this year we’re aiming to double that number"
The biggest challenge I faced was the route? As we all know, we are a little challenged here in the Queen City to find any kind of fun riding experience. To be honest, it was quite stressful until yesterday.I was using Mapmyride and Google maps looking for inspiration and I think I found it!
I took a ride on my motorbike out to Ft Qu'appelle, rode around Echo then went down Hwy 56 past Lebret down to Katepwa. I've put together a fabulous ride that will challenge you with a couple of good climbs but also some thrilling descents!
Paul will be back from vacation on Tuesday so he will help me put a map together for you.
Now, planning this? I'm going to see if the Rec Centre in Ft Q is available for us as a Start/Finish. There's lots of options for bathroom breaks all along the course so that's no problem. One thing I would like is 5 or 6 husbands/boyfriends to help us. My idea is that we would give each of them 20km to look after because the pace that you ride will all be different.
Speaking of husbands/boyfriends...this is a ride celebrating women but I can't think of a reason why we should not include our partners? Let me know how you feel? Please.
More details will follow, I just wanted to let you know the general idea. There's no charge for the ride, we just want to go for a fun ride on a Sunday with friends! Starts at 0900.
Last Sunday I posted the details for the ride for Monday, "meet at Lowes, it will be hot, yada, yada.."
Monday was my first day back at work after spending a week on my motorbike in SD, WY and MT.So I got into the office early,head down, plowing through the emails, invoices, quotes etc..Looking forward to the ride.
At 10:00 Terry L texted me to say " have you been outside lately?" And that was the beginning of the end of our ride plan!
Just to give you a bit of background. When planning the ride I always look at the weather, think about what we are doing and what I want to achieve. If there is ever a question as to whether a ride should go ahead I consult with a few of the Ride Leaders, generally Theresa (obviously), Freddy, Terry and Paul. Last week was a bit of a no brainer so the consensus was fairly clear.It really sucked out there and I'm glad that we cancelled the ride.
As of 9pm Sunday night we still have an air quality advisory out so I will keep an eye on things tomorrow and will update as required. We may have to adapt and improvise.
Copy and paste from last week!
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! Meet at 6, riding by 6:30.
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.
Keep your fingers crossed,
I tend to be the noisy one, Theresa and the Ride Leaders are the real story.