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Gravel Grinding in Beauceville, Quebec

Like it says on my hotel wall: "le bonheur est un parcours…pas une destination". Couldn't have said it better myself. I've been checking out the area for almost a year, which included 6 months of basically non-rideable winter - think bovine deep snow for most of that time. It's June now, heading towards high summer, and truly it is beautiful [...]

By | June 13th, 2018|Gravel Grinding, Roadtrip, Training|0 Comments

Road Racing is Not Complicated!!!! Peek a boo at Les Mardis cyclistes de Lachine

I learned something important tonight. Road racing is NOT complicated. You roll a few kays to your local crit. You bring your bike. Don't forget your license. Warm up. Then go. That's it! I spend 40 minutes watching all the racers wondering why the heck I wasn't racing myself. I think the short answer is it's easier to psych out [...]

By | June 12th, 2018|Race, Road Riding, Training|0 Comments

A tale of two mountains aka smashed on the anvil of geography (part 1 Grand Prix Le Nordet 2018)

“For you have not come to a mountain that can be touched and to a blazing fire, and to darkness and gloom and whirlwind, and to the blast of a trumpet and the sound of words which sound was such that those who heard begged that no further word be spoken to them. For they could not bear the command, [...]

By | June 11th, 2018|Club Ride, Race, Road Riding, Roadtrip, UCI|0 Comments

Martin Swiss at Rasputitsa – 2018 Race Report

Less than a light year away, and more enjoyable than a quick jaunt across the galaxy in the Tardis the time has come to head south, deep into wintery weather to brave the race they call Rasputitsa. For the humble store racers, we three Martin Swiss amigos, leave the relative comfort of Montreal cocooned in Tom’s Suburu - bikes and [...]

By | May 5th, 2018|Cyclocross, Gravel Grinding, Race, Roadtrip|0 Comments

Ra Ra Rasputitsa!

Rasputitsa is Russian for the mud season when roads become difficult to traverse. Is that clear? Not to me, so I googled and get the following: Rasputitsa was the name for the severe weather conditions that occur seasonal(ly) (sic) in Eastern European areas, namely the Soviet Union. These conditions are typically characterized by thick mud caused by the recently melted [...]

By | March 26th, 2018|Cyclocross, Roadtrip, Training, Uncategorised|0 Comments

Mountain Biking in the Yukon – Best way to waste a week and 500 bucks on a bike

Yukon yo! Are there bears? Are there mountain men? Women? Yeti? Will I get cell phone coverage to post to Instagram at the top of the trail? Who knows? I live in wistful ignorance. I am unashamedly “cheechako”, as the locals might call me, never having spent time north of 60 in Canada. Another adventure beckons – the top of [...]

By | March 23rd, 2018|Mountain Biking, Roadtrip, Vacation Cycling|0 Comments

Spit, Spin and Young Yang

Pass the koeksisters – am getting skinny lately. All this training since Xmas and am 15lbs lighter (mostly thanks to the river of sweat at Martin Swiss training).  Even if I can't be as accomplished in March as Tiesj Benoot, I can at least put all my effort into being the best damn recreational racer that I can possibly be. [...]

By | March 13th, 2018|Art Inspiration, Training, Winter Biking|0 Comments

La Niña Colada aka effort vs training aka putting my philosophy degree to dubious cycling use.

“It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.” ―Aristotle Winter is time for thinking - and sadly for you dear reader - training indoors is extra grounds for thinking about pontificatious things – pedaltificating I might call it. Something on my mind as I grind out another predawn training session is: [...]

By | February 27th, 2018|Art Inspiration, Training, Winter Biking|0 Comments