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Springbank Park Crit

Springbank Park Crit

First crit… first DNF

Yesterday I competed in my first criterium, the Springbank Park Crit… O-Cup #3. I’d heard and read that crits are fast and crashing is common, and it proved to be pretty true for this experience. It was fast and furious!

Once again Andy Mill joined me from Speed River Cycling Club and I had some company for the ride down to London. After an extremely busy week at work, and only 4 hours sleep the night before, I ...

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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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Hill training at Kelso

Hill training at Kelso

On Monday I didn’t have any appointments and I was planning on getting stuck into a ton of paperwork that really needed to be done. However the weather was supposed to be the nicest it had been so far this year… 19 C and sunny. After such a long winter where I’ve hardly been out on my bike at all, I decided to ditch work and ride down to Milton and get in some hill training.

I’m not a climber. I ...

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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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Who wants a cold one?

Who wants a cold one?

This winter seems to be going on forever. It’s been 2 months since I’ve ridden outside and although I hate the cold weather, I just had to get out today.

Yesterday I noticed that the roads were pretty dry and you could feel that the temperature was rising. It seemed like I could get a ride in if I would suck it up and brave the cold. Last week at the Toronto Bike Show I made a couple of purchases that ...

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My First Spin Class

My First Spin Class

Tonight I finally made it out to an indoor spinning session with Speed River Cycling Club. I was a little worried because I don’t have a stationary type bike trainer and I wasn’t sure how it would work out on rollers. I decided not to clip in… which turned out to be a good move since I did slip off the trainer 3 or 4 times. There were a couple of disadvantages to using rollers but I would consider them ...

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2013 Pre-season Progress Report

So it’s February, 2013 already. My weight is still up a kilo from Christmas and the one energy bar to rule them all. But I’m still training.

I’m into week 9 of p90X. To be honest, I didn’t follow week 8 since it was a rest week that included yoga and cardio. I really hate yoga and the p90X cardio is not that challenging, so instead I’ve been spinning and doing Bob Harper’s ultimate cardio workout, ...

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The Ultimate Energy Bar

Have you ever bonked on a ride? Are you considering doping in order to keep up with the peloton? Well fear no more… In true Tolkienesque style, here’s one energy bar to ‘rule them all’.

Weighing only 4.5 kg and providing 2000 calories per triangle, just one of these energy bars is capable of fueling up to 1000 km, or 32 hours, of riding…. and it’s totally legal!

It also tastes delicious with your cappucino at the group ride coffee stop. And ...

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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 Recap

I purchased my first road bike in July 2011, making 2012 my first full year as a road cyclist. In review, the past 12 months included many firsts and milestones, as well as some motivation for goals in 2013. I hadn’t planned on racing, but attended a few mass participation events that I found challenging and strangely gratifying. By the end of the year I had decided to get my race license and try the Ontario Cup racing circuit in ...

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