Finally, a weather forecast that looks like summer!
We were super lucky this morning for the Spoke n' Hot Womens triathlon, no real wind and great temperatures made for 150 happy triathletes! Theresa and her crew from the RMC really put on a great event and it was wonderful seeing so many Spokies out there competing. Quite a few of you volunteered AND raced!!
There might be a few sore legs tomorrow so we'll take it easy on you with another Group ride from Condie. Meet at 6'ish, ride briefing at 6:20 and on the road by 6:30.
Don't forget your rear blinky lights. Also you should all have your jerseys now so please wear them. We ride as a team, and look like one!
As always I will monitor the weather. If anything appears weird I'll send out a Go/ NO Go at 4pm otherwise assume we are riding.
See you tomorrow,
Might not make sense but it sounded cool..
We've not been to Condie yet so we're looking forward to showing some of you just how pretty the ride is.
We will meet at the Condie Nature preserve and ride into Lumsden. The road is beautiful and fairly quiet. Meet at 6'ish, ride briefing at 6:20 and on the road by 6:30.
To get to Condie you just take Hwy 11 to Saskatoon. You turn left at Exit A, Hwy 734, following the signs for Condie. After about 1.5 km you'll see the sign for Condie, turn left onto the gravel road, then another 500 m into the park. Follow the road into the big car park.
I'm watching this weather again..it's been a challenge over the last week. Last Monday was quite stressful as Paul and I were watching the radar, looking at tea leaves and generally trying to figure out what was happening. In that case we cancelled, the weather went to crap and I knew we'd made the right choice.
Kinda got burned on Thursday though, it really was iffy and the radar was all over the place. I ended up cancelling the Spokesmen ride but it turned out to be an ok night. Not my worst decision, but annoying nonetheless.
So, I'll watch it and post updates as necessary with a Go No Go at 4pm. Keep your fingers crossed!
Twice a year we do a Time Trial. at the beginning and end of the season. The idea is to see just how fast you are over 10 km and if you improve over the season.
We spend a lot of time teaching how to safely ride in a Group environment and we know that some of you are a lot quicker than the Groups you are currently in. Hopefully you're learning lots and are thinking about going up a Group or two? You might be happy where you are, and that's completely fine by the way.
Well, the Time Trial will help you, and us, figure out where you are capable of going.
We'll ride out to the Brandt house on the 734 and start the TT there. Starting at Group One we will line you up, give you a number and then every 15 seconds we will send you down the 734 for 5 KM, turnaround and come back as fast as you can. That's it! No paceline, no group riding, just you and your bike!
Some of you are going to be very surprised with just how fast you can be. Last year we had a Group 2 rider finish in the top three!
So get ready to let your inner speed demon loose! The weather looks pretty good, a bit hot, but light winds.
Meet at the Turvey Centre. Ride briefing at 6:20 and on the road by 6:30. I will monitor the weather and if at all doubtful I will post a Go/ No Go at 4pm.
The weather looks fabulous for tomorrow. We will be returning to the Turvey Centre and using Hwy 6 and the 734 to continue learning how to ride together.
At the Icebreaker triathlon last weekend I was horrified at the poor cornering skills demonstrated by the competitors. I stood by a traffic cone at the turnaround and out of the 100 or so cyclists I saw 2 that were able to corner correctly. So I'm bringing traffic cones with me tomorrow and we'll have you do some drills as you ride.
YouTube is your friend. This one is about general cornering. The one thing I want you to remember above all else is to " Look where you want to go" ,keep your head up and don't look at your wheels, trust me you'll know if they are not there!
Ride briefing at 6:20, riding by 6:30.Remember your blinkies!
Well the weather looks like it will sorta cooperate tomorrow. This will be our first night outside together. The objective is to sort the Groups out, establish some good riding etiquette and hand out the jerseys.
It looks like it will be a cooler evening so be prepared. Bring a jacket as we will not be doing a ton of riding, and anything we do will be at slow speed. It will cool off as the sun goes down and you will not be working that hard.
Here's what will be happening and the time line, as best we can estimate
Meet at Conexus Arts Centre from 6-6:10 pm. Mon April 30 2018.
6:20 pm Ride briefing and Introduction
6:30 Ride Leaders take their Groups and disperse amongst the various parking lots.
6:30-7pm. Hand signals, communication and safe riding practice.
7pm. Riding skills
Bring a water bottle, squeezable.
I've attached an Excel file with your name and the Group you've been assigned to, based on your survey results., Bear in mind that this is a rough sort. Things will change. Your Ride Leaders will have a clipboard with the Group number on it. Just look for it, go over and say Hi! They're expecting you!
I monitor the weather throughout the day. If it looks at all questionable I will post a Go/ No Go at 4pm via email and FB.
When you arrive at Conexus please all park in the same row so that we can maximize the space available for riding. Don't forget, you have a bike, you can always ride over! :)
Well our season is starting to look a little closer to reality! The weather is coming around and I actually saw gophers out the other day.
Mon the 23rd, 6-8pm is our Tech night at Dutch cycle. It's a great opportunity to learn some basic maintenance, bike fit, bike parts and how to fix a flat tire!
This evening is aimed at the beginner riders. Freddy will do a brief presentation then we will split everyone up into small groups of 2 or 3 with a Ride Leader and learn how to fix a flat! It's super easy if you know what you are doing...:)
So, dress casual because we generally sit on the floor while we work. We'll play with bike pumps and CO2 guns, we'll learn and laugh and at least one tube will go Bang! sometime during the evening.
IMPORTANT...Bring your front wheel only. You do not need your bike
Everyone should be on the mailing list, I'll also post this to FB.
To help estimate how many are coming please respond to this email with a Yes. If you're not coming you do not need to reply at all. See some of you Monday.
Mark, Theresa and the Ride Leaders
When you look outside it's hard to believe that cycling season is just around the corner. The good news is that our first event does not involve any outdoor activity other than driving to Dutch Cycle on April 9th!
We call it the Registration celebration because it's an opportunity to reacquaint ourselves with the friends we rode with last year and meet the new riders of Spoke n' Hot. If you're a veteran, I invite you to think back to how you felt when you first signed up. Were you nervous? No idea what would happen, would you fit in? It's easy to forget that feeling, it's just riding after all...!
Spoke has, and always will be, a welcoming place for women cyclists of all abilities. It's exciting for us to look at how things have grown over the last six years and this year we are very proud of the fact that we now have enough women instructors to make all the men redundant!..but we hope you'll let us hang around.
So come out on Monday, 6:30 pm. Have a glass of wine, visit with friends and we can all have a good moan about the weather.We won't be on the road until the end of the month and the weather can really improve by then!
As active adults we know about the pleasure of being physically active. Obviously our focus is on cycling but my comments today could be applied to any physical sport.
By now we all know about the trend for young girls to abandon sport once they hit puberty. The reasons are manyfold and beyond the scope of my expertise, all I know is that it happens, and it sucks.
We have a Provincial cycling coach. Russ Down is his name and it's his job to train a team of young athletes to represent our Province in inter-provincial competition. And he has a problem.
Simply put, there are not enough young road cyclists to generate the kind of talent that he needs to build and maintain a successful team. They are just not out there (see para 2 above).
But they are out there, they just don't know it yet! And that's where we come in.
At our Ride Leaders meeting last Friday we talked about this. Six years ago, there were very few female cyclists in the city, and only one or two that were capable of instructing. Now we have at least a dozen smart experienced women riders who not only compete at various events but are also Spoke n' Hot Ride Leaders. There are at least 300 women who now ride road bikes in Regina and know how to paceline!
We can make change happen and we are going to do the same for youth cycling.
This season we will open Spoke n' Hot, and Spokesmen, to younger riders, 13-18 yrs, who want to learn how to ride safely as part of a Group. They will be assigned an Instructor who will ride with them making sure that they conduct themselves safely and in accordance with all our normal standards.
We've done this in the past and hat we find is that the young women take their responsibility to the Group very seriously and become very good riders..
The idea is that we can help develop these riders and encourage them to stay in the sport. If they are good enough we can pass them off to Russ for further development. If they are happy riding with us then that's just fine as well. They're active, safe and happy. As a dad to two daughters and now a grandad to an active little girl I think I can be happy with that. I hope you are too.
I don't know how many will come out, one or two maybe, but we have to start somewhere. So spread the word, lets get girls on bikes!
If you know of someone, give their parents my email, info@spoke n' Hot.com.
See you next week at the Registration Celebration ( you have Registered right?) If not just click here