Singlespeed in Miami – Something sandy on the catwalk – part 3

The Venetian Causeway is well marked and wide enough for a sidecar on my bike too. It’s a perfect city ride, but I’m feeling the effects of a 2:30am start as well as the cocktails on the plane. It’s also hot as hell, maximum humidity and I’m sweating pale English bullets already. Burning too probably. So all told this is [...]

Singlespeed in Miami fuzzy caterpillars in faux-Roman aqueducts – part 2

So I get to the airport and there’s almost no seats left on the plane. I’m not worried. People miss the Miami flight all the time. I want to know where they go. At the gate I get a boarding pass in Main Cabin Extra and we’re airborne on time. It’s a short hop down to Miami and the flight [...]

Singlespeed in Miami – featuring no singlespeeds in Miami – part 1

I’m taking a two-day run to Miami for a dirt-bag bike exploration of the city and surrounding beaches. It’s been a couple years now since I was last there, and I’ve never ridden a bike around the city coastal area, including of course Miami Beach. With my friends at American Airlines this short trip takes full advantage of available time. [...]

Majorca – clipping into your ruby slippers on a real glass road

If there is one small island on earth that attracts cyclists like carbon moths to the flame it’s Majorca (Spain for ya’ll). This relatively small chunk of land is a perfect microcosm for cycling. Boasting great hills, smooth roads, abundant beaches, charming cafes and restaurants, not to mention well equipped bike stores it’s a wonder that any self-respecting cyclist actually [...]

By | October 9th, 2018|Road Riding, Roadtrip, Vacation Cycling|0 Comments

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

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