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2013 Blue Mountain Centurion

2013 Blue Mountain Centurion

This was my third time participating in the Centurion at Blue Mountain, and my second time doing the C100. My goal was just to try and beat last year’s time and hopefully to finish in the top 100.

623 riders lined up at the start line, which was considerably fewer than last year. I was fairly close to the front, joined by Andy Mill and Andrew Krucker from Speed River Cycling Club. The weather was grey and cloudy, but the temperature was quite comfortable, around 15 ...

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Cycling in South Carolina

Cycling in South Carolina

Sassafras Mountain and Caesars Head

For our family vacation this year we decided to drive to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It would be a long, sixteen plus hour drive with four kids so we considered options for a place to stop along the way. I knew that there was some great riding in the Blue Ridge mountains and although it was a bit out of the way, I was able to work it into the itinerary 🙂

I’d heard a lot about ...

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2013 Tour de Terra Cotta

2013 Tour de Terra Cotta

The Tour de Terra Cotta is a popular Citizen’s event that is held in the Caledon area during the civic holiday on the first Monday of August each year. The 8.7 km course is on closed roads, so unlike most races, there is no yellow line rule. It turned out to be a very well organized event and included neutral feeding. The schedule included a Youth Cup series, a 26 km Beginner race, a 52 km Intermediate race and a 104 ...

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2013 Provincial Road Race Championship

2013 Provincial Road Race Championship

Today I headed up to Bradford with Andy Mill to participate in the Ontario Provincial Road Race Championships at the Holland Marsh Challenge. The course was almost 12 km long and featured some fast flat and downhill sections before a 3 km steady climb towards the finish line.  Although this hill was not too steep, it would be a challenge to keep pace with the field and maintain contact. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to do it ...

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O-Cup Season Summary

O-Cup Season Summary

A rookie’s first season racing O-Cup

For 2013 I set a goal to compete in the entire O-Cup series. There were seven events in total that included various road races, a crit and a time trial, which were hosted all across southern Ontario. Thanks to some encouragement and comraderie from my race buddy Andy Mill, and the unfailing support of my amazing wife, I accomplished the mission and started all seven events.

Based on my experience, here’s a breakdown of what you can expect to invest in a ...

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2013 Tour de Waterloo

2013 Tour de Waterloo

My first Podium! (sort of)

I was pretty pumped to take part in my second Tour de Waterloo. This is my favourite cycling event that I’ve done so far. It’s well organized, great value for the cost, and conveniently close to home.  The opportunity to ride with many elite racers and the rolling 130km course challenged me to the max. Contrary to last week’s miserable Centurion experience, my bike was adjusted and ready to race well in advance, and I had gone to bed early ...

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2013 Centurion Horseshoe Valley

2013 Centurion Horseshoe Valley

I was looking forward to the 2013 Centurion at Horseshoe Valley. Last year I had ridden a good pace and had finished in the second group, despite starting a long way from the front. This year I had higher hopes. I feel fitter and have gained some good experience from racing the O-Cup series. My plan was to start at the front and try and hang on to the end with the front group.

Well things definitely did not go as ...

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Pakenham Road Race

Pakenham Road Race

After completing the O-Cup TT on Saturday, Andy and I had the rest of the day to do nothing. We had lunch and chilled out at the B&B for a while before heading in to Almonte in the afternoon to watch the crit and cheer on our friend Bayden Pritchard who was racing for Octo-Cervelo. This event was only for the Elite racers who were doing the whole stage race. The 1.5 km course was  fast and technical with tight corners through the streets of downtown Almonte. The ...

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Clayton Time Trial O-Cup

Clayton Time Trial O-Cup

The Mississippi Mills Grand Prix Stage Race was the final O-Cup event for 2013. The Elite 1/2 and Masters 1 men would compete in 4 events scheduled over 3 days… The Blakeney Circuit Race, the Clayton Time Trial, The Almonte Crit and the Pakenham Road Race… all other categories could only participate in the Clayton TT and the Pakenham RR. For us, only the time trial counted as part of the O-Cup series.
When I checked out the MMGP on ...

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2013 KW Classic

2013 KW Classic

The KW Classic was O-Cup #6 for 2013. The M3 race featured 13 laps of the rolling 4.6 km course for a total of 60 km and 780 m of elevation gain. In a change from previous years, the course was run in a clockwise direction and finished with a 1 km climb averaging about 4% a few hundred meters before the finish line. I figured the hill would string the field out a bit which would suit me better ...

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