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2013 Calabogie Road Classic

2013 Calabogie Road Classic

Racing to not be last!

Ontario Cup #2 is held at the Calabogie Motorsports Park. It’s a long way from Guelph, but the wide 5 km closed track with 20 corners looked like an awesome event that was too good to miss. Andy Mill joined me from Speed River Cycing Club and we drove the 400+ kilometres up to Renfrew on Saturday afternoon and spent the night there. Saturday’s weather was ugly, with snow, flurries and temperatures that dropped below ...

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Good Friday Road Race 2013

Good Friday Road Race 2013

First O-Cup = first ass-kicking!

Yesterday I started my racing season and participated in my first race in the Ontario Cup series… the Good Friday Road Race in Ancaster. It was a chilly morning, around 0 Celsius, when I left Guelph around 6:45am. There was still snow in the fields by the road and it was cloudy and grey. It felt like I was heading to a Spring Classic. But the weather was promising for the day with a forecast of ...

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Chompin’ at the bit

Chompin’ at the bit

My UCI race license arrived in the mail today and I’m itching for the cycling season to get underway. I’m pretty pumped to participate in my first Ontario Cup race… the Good Friday race on March 29…however, I have mixed emotions. For starters, it’s hard to guage what kind of shape I’m in. The snowy cold weather means no opportunity to ride, but plenty of opportuity to eat! It’s an effort to maintain weight and get good cardio workouts. I also have ongoing knee problems as well ...

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Tour de Hans

The Tour de Hans in Kitchener was the last local road race of 2012 and it turned out to be my best race yet. I don’t know if I was just on form that day, or if I had actually improved that much over the year, but I found myself in a position I wasn’t prepared for… sprinting to the finish with the leaders.

I hadn’t actually planned on doing this race, but the weather forecast was looking so good…  sunny and about 12 Celsius, so I ...

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2012 Centurion Ellicottville

2012 Centurion Ellicottville

The Centurion in Ellicottville would  prove to be the greatest physical challenge of my life to date. This 160km race included five categorized climbs with a total elevation gain of over 2,000 metres.

It was foggy and surprising cold for August when I arrived in Ellicottville around 6:30 am. The downtown was closed to all traffic with the start line located on the main street. It was only 8 Celsius at start time but the temperature was supposed to go up ...

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2012 Centurion Horseshoe Valley

2012 Centurion Horseshoe Valley

The Centurion at Horseshoe Valley was my second experience at racing. Although this was a shorter race than the Tour de Waterloo at 100 km, there were a lot more hills. It was also a much bigger field with over 600 riders.

There was a steep hill climb before the racing officially began at the top. Then it was downhill overall for about 20 km until the next climb, which was the KOM, so there was a huge bunch packed together for ...

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My first race

Although I completed the Centurion C50 at Blue Mountain in 2011, I wouldn’t consider that my first race… I was really just there to challenge myself with the hills and the distance and to gain some experience riding in a group.

I would consider my first race to be the Tour de Waterloo in 2012. This was a 130km route that was fairly flat overall. By this time, I had just joined the Speed River Cycling Club and there were ten ...

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