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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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Workouts

Workouts

Working out can be a chore, but it’s a necessary one in my opinion. It can also be very rewarding and just make you feel pretty darn good about life. And it doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Personally, I don’t bother with gym memberships. I don’t need any extra steps between me and a workout, such as packing a bag, scraping the ice off the truck in winter and driving somewhere. For the cost of one year’s gym ...

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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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