Well here we are again at the start of another season of Spoke n' Hot. It seems strange to be thinking about riding after just watching the Mark McMorris documentary on CBC. To say that he is tough is the understatement of the year.
Each year we open Registration, around this time, and see if we recognize all the names. We love the fact that approximately 40% of the riders are new to the sport and Spoke n' Hot. It's exciting to see so many of you ride and thrive. There's a lot more women riders in Regina today!
Theresa and I will be getting an early start to our riding season by heading out to Penticton in April for a week of riding. We've done this for the last eight years and really enjoy it. We book a couple of condos, invite some friends and bike our brains out ( plus drink a little wine). This year we have five condos, 17 riders and a Chef! It should be a ton of fun. I'd love to organize a trip for the Spoke n' Hot riders, if anyone is interested, shoot me a line.
Registration night will be on April 9th at Dutch Cycle, as always. This year Freddy is promising to come out a lot more than he did last year, we missed him. Click on the link to let Facebook Events know you're coming!
To register for the 2018 season, just click here.
So what makes men tick? I know, you have no bloody idea but you're stuck with us anyway.
MAMILS, Middle Aged Men in Lycra, is a documentary about guys like Spokesmen and what compel us to throw away all thoughts of decency and jam our bodies into tight lycra, buy expensive bikes and generally fool around. It looks like fun to me!
Middle Aged Men In Lycra! At last, the love that can finally be shared -- that of man for bike. We’ve shaved our legs and we’re here to stay! Deal with us, as we sweep down hills on our bikes, stopping for nothing (except maybe a macchiato). You might be queer in New York, you might be Christian in the midwest, you might be an Adelaide Fat Boy, you might be a lawyer or a cancer survivor, you might be hauling your middle-aged belly up the Col de Tourmalet or just popping down to the shops, you might be on a top-line Trek or a heap of junk, you might be wondering how you’re going to explain all of this to your missus, but you still thrill to the moving meditation of the bike. Narrated by Phil Liggett.
The doc is set in Australia and looks pretty interesting. I'm hoping that you'll consider joining Theresa and I for the evening. We need 30 more people to commit to the movie by tomorrow. To get your tickets just click the link
Kinda hoping that we can all get together for a drink before or after the movie. I'm not sure if Brewsters is still going (the one in the south closed) but there's always Rock Creek.
Let me know.
Mark and Theresa
Well the weather is definitely cooling off, the mornings are a little darker and the evenings are certainly not lending themselves to a good hard ride, unless you're doing the cyclocross which is a whole other level of fun pain and suffering!
Theresa and I have been teaching indoor cycling for the RMC for quite a while now, seven or eight years? over winter. This year we will again be offering our somewhat interesting blend of training, spousal disagreement, humor, friendly abuse and great music to help you get ready for the 2018 season. For $190 you get to train three times per week until the end of March 2018, $120 if you just want to come out once a week. It's incredibly cheap for what you get!
The RMC has been able to get us space in the two brand new schools that have just opened, thanks to some bribery and maybe a little blackmail? Anyway, we are massively excited about the chance to run in the halls, make a lot of noise and generally act like kids, all in the name of fitness.
The classes are a lot of fun and are aimed at riders of all abilities. Even if you are a complete beginner, unsure of what to do, what to wear, can you handle it? don't worry. We PROMISE that you will have a good time and fit in just fine. By the end of the first ride you'll have a sweaty towel, achy legs and a smile on your face. Generally on Saturdays we will go for coffee afterwards, probably to Brewed Awakenings where we can discuss all the important events in our lives or just bitch about work, whatever..
We have a couple of spare trainers that we can lend out if you want to give it a try first. If you have any questions or concerns, please give us a call. I'm at 306 540 8110 and T is at 306 530 5560.
The RMC have arranged the class so that your membership in STAC or SCA is recognized however they ask that you become a member of the RMC, it's a whole $15!
So come on out, and plan on 2018 being the year that your legs surprise you! :) Click here to Register!
Our first class is Oct 23, so register now! We only have space for the first 60 riders and we know it will sell out so if you snooze you....!
PS..our first couple of classes will be at Whitmore Park church, there's a scheduling conflict at the schools but we'll always let you know well ahead of time when this kind of thing happens.
Winter Indoor Cycling 2017-2018Coaches: Mark and Theresa Gibson
Training will be offered three days a week. This will be great for people that are new to indoor cycling. But don't worry seasoned riders....there will be options for you to be your badass selves and kick butt. Sign up for a one night a week pass or buy the All Access Pass and you can join us as many times a week as you like.
*No refunds, no exchanges, no exceptions.
**A 2018 RMC membership is required to participate.
***You must also have a valid 2018 STAC or SCA membership to participate
Well the end of the season is here. Monday Aug 14 is the last Spoke ride for 2017.
We'll meet out at Condie for a ride into Lumsden, meet at 6 ish, riding by 6:30.
After the ride let's get together in the pagoda for pizza. We'll arrange the pizza and bring the soft drinks. You bring whatever you like!
Sunset will be 8:20 pm and it will cool down fairly quickly so bring a jacket and maybe a picnic chair? The tables are pretty good and we should have plenty of room for everyone.
We like doing this kind of thing as it seems to attract more of you than going into town to a bar, it's fun, the air is clear and the service is quick!
It's been a good season, Lets celebrate!!
Our first attempt at a Time Trial was not a stunning success! However it's still fun to see how we all progress through the season.
We'll meet at the Turvey and head up to the Brandt house on Hwy 6.
We'll do the TT on the 734, it's 10 KM of smooth pavement that will help you achieve your very best time!
See you Monday,
Mark and Theresa.
The weather looks like it will be superb tomorrow. As I mentioned last week, I think we should head out to Condie and start from there. We'll ride into Lumsden and around the area, the pavement is superb and there is not much traffic so I think it will be a fun night for all.
After the ride I propose that we have a little tailgate party? There's a nice picnic area with a big gazebo that we can use and plenty of tables. You might want to bring a camp chair and warm jacket though. We'll bring some chips and dip type stuff, you bring whatever you want to drink.
Now every time I've sent the Spokesmen out, there is always one or two who manage to miss the turn or ? I expect better of the Spoke n' Hot riders!
Head out on Hwy 11 to Exit A, instead of turning right like we always do, turn left following the sign to Condie. After about 1.4 KM turn left on to Condie rd, then after 200 meters turn left again into the Nature reserve. Follow the road, taking your first left so that you going to the north side of the lake. That's where the big parking lot is. Just follow the road.
Meet at 6:15, riding by 6:30. Refreshments and conversation at 8'ish!
Mark and Theresa
Well we certainly cannot complain about the weather. 33C for Monday!
We took a ride out on Highway 1 yesterday to Pinkie rd. Unfortunately the off ramp from the 1 to Pinkie has now been closed and torn up. To get on Pinkie from Hwy 1 means taking the service road therefore crossing Hwy 1. Frankly, it's a mess and we're not comfortable riding through it.
So for the next little while we will be meeting at the Turvey Centre and riding from there. So for Monday, meet at 6'ish Turvey Centre, 100 Armour rd.
We do have another option that may be worth considering...
Last week the Spokesmen parked at the Condie nature reserve and rode the 734 into Lumsden and back. The road is freshly paved and by all accounts was an excellent ride with some hill options in Lumsden. There's a little more traffic and no shoulder but it's still pretty quiet.
It would be a no-brainer except for getting into and out of the parking lot. There's about 100 metres of gravel. Now, all the riders bar one had no problem getting through it and he admitted that he wasn't paying attention, ( he was riding pretty slow and hit a deep patch, wasn't hurt just embarrassed.) but there is no question that you will need to be careful as you ride it. You could actually walk it, come to think of it.
If you have the time this week, take a ride/drive out there and have a look. Go out on the 11 and instead of turning right on Exit A like we always do, turn left crossing the Highway. About 500 metres, then turn left again for the Condie Nature reserve. That's where the gravel is, 100 metres, then turn left into the park.
We're thinking about it for the 17 July ride, so let us know.
Mark and Theresa
We're lucky to have a very accomplished Yoga Instructor in our Group who is putting on a session for cyclists. Allison Worby is hosting a Yoga for cyclists workshop on July 14th at 7pm
It's a fact that good core strength and flexibility can help you be a better, more comfortable cyclist so check it out!
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.
I tend to be the noisy one, Theresa and the Ride Leaders are the real story.