A tale of two mountains aka smashed on the anvil of geography (part 2 – Grand Prix Val David)

I called Chris Hemsworth up after this race. I asked him – what would Thor have done? Would he have hammered it (ha-ha – cue studio laughter)? Ok, no more bad jokes, I promise. This is road racing – serious business! Val David is a great little race nestled in a charming little French Canadian village, ice cream sandwiched between [...]

By | June 18th, 2018|Race, Road Riding|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

Hello South Africa or how I came to love 30,000km of travel for a mountain bike race

Continent number 6! Am I happy? you better believe I am! Now that jetlag has burned off a little and I'm recovering from 36 hours of travel and reorientation it's safe to say I'm super happy to be here. And man, it's nice to have a few days r and r before the race begins. Flashback 2 days later - [...]

By | November 25th, 2017|Mountain Biking, Race, Roadtrip, Stage Race|0 Comments

Trans Portugal 2017 Day 8 Monchique – Sagres 100km distance 1,533m climbing

I don’t like writing about the last day. It was the same thing in 2015. I left the last day’s report for months, unwilling to empty the cache and be done with the experience. A last thread connecting my experiences to the present.But the time has come and with all the riding I’ve been doing since the race it’s fair to say that new experiences are coming much faster than in 2015.The last day is not a happy start. I am sore. I see a hockey player at breakfast who is very sore. Very saddle sore. I

By | July 17th, 2017|Mountain Biking, Race, Stage Race|0 Comments