Sunday, November 10, 2013
This weekend I went to the cabin with Cindy and her family. We had nasty blizzard-conditions on the drive out, but waking up the following morning at 7:30 we were rewarded with a dense fog, gentle snow falling, and some beautiful early winter scenes. We spent the morning enjoying the fog and slush building on the lake, and then went for a short hike in the afternoon to a high rock face overlooking the forest.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Crosstastic marked the last regular season cross race of the year, leaving only the Provincial Championships at the Forks next weekend. I overheard a few people at the race talking about what a great season we had this year, and I have to say I agree. At the start of the season I set a personal goal to finish in the top ten each race, and try for a few top five positions. Aside from my Dark Cross placing (14th, though it would have been a top ten if you consider all the racers who were bumped up to A in the next race), I exceeded my goals with two podiums and two more top 5 spots. I was secretly hoping for a win today, but after an overly enthusiastic start, I fell back in the second lap and couldn't get back on Ian's wheel (who is apparently my bitter, bitter, bitter rival). I'm hoping for a good race on Sunday as it's my last chance to win a provincial medal for a long time. Next year I'll be bumped out of the 23-29 group and into the next tier, putting me up against just a few people who are kinda fast.. Until then, here are a few photos from Crosstastic, a fantastic race and course put on by the FOG Cycling Club. - Oh also, I'll be sharing some photos from Southern Cross soon as well. All my Altona photos were deleted when I neglected to download them before returning the camera to Cindy, who reformatted the card before a shoot. Oops! Thankfully I was able to recover the files this evening.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
This weekend couldn't have been better for cycling. On Saturday I rode out to St Malo on my 'touring bike', aka a Surly Steamroller fitted with some random free rear rack and a grossly overweighted Paul Component front rack. I left Winnipeg at noon and headed toward St Malo via the Actif Epica route, only in reverse. I made a few slight tweaks to the route but by in large stayed on course. I highly recommend the ride, provided it's dry. A lot of the riding is on mud, which is excellent when dry, but I could see it becoming unrideable very quickly with moisture. If you want to see the exact route, I uploaded it here: http://www.strava.com/activities/87409984 My Dad left St Malo at the same time and we met nearly exactly at the halfway point. From there, he turned around and rode the second half of my ride back to St Malo. I setup camp next to the course Olympia was setting up. The campground is closed, so I had the whole place to myself. I was worried about being cold, but in the end I was very comfortable and slept like a rock all night. The total distance was 93.4km, which is a long way to push a single speed with gear strapped on it. I felt it in my legs during the race, but still had a decent finish, coming in at 9th overall. I think I could have done better had I not ridden so far Saturday, but it was way too much fun to have traded it in for a better race result.