Posts Tagged 'racing'

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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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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