Thursday, May 28, 2009

Send your bike to Africa

Please donate your old bike(s) to Bicycles For Humanity this weekend. If you don't have one to donate, cash donations are very welcome (to help pay for the shipping container carrying all the bikes collected).

I am also looking for a few volunteers to help prep bikes on Monday, June 1, 2009 at 6pm - please e-mail me for more info.


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

1st & 4th

The Vegan Vagabond takes first place this past weekend at the Opus Spring Epic 8 Hr race at Mansfield in the women's solo division with 11 laps, beating her closest competitor in the last five minutes.

The original big ring takes 4th in the single speed division, narrowly missing third place.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Kingdom Long Weekend

A group of us headed to Kingdom, Vermont for a long weekend of mountain biking. Despite some last minute cancellations, ten of us, plus two kids, made the trip. Now for those of you who read this blog regularly, you will know that there has been at least half a dozen or so posts on trips to Kingdom. And you also know that Kingdom has probably the finest mtb trail network in the North East. Therefore, I tell you about some new developments this year:

The Good

The riding is still fantastic with some great well-maintained single-track! Kudos to the Trail association for their amazing work.

Sidewinder - everyone's favourite trail has a couple of new lines. If you find yourself behind a slower rider, you a have passing options.

Beer and pizza at the Trout River Brewery!!

The Bad

Pines and Widow Maker are both closed because of some logging operations. The will be reopened at some point, likely with some changes!

The Ugly

Old Webbs - one of my favourite trails, a fast, flowing single track between tall pines - has been totally ruined by the same logging operation mentioned above. About 50 per cent of the trees, if not more, have been cut down and there is a wide logging track going through it.

The Final Word

Despite those little annoyances, Kingdom is still a fantastic place to ride and we had a blast! Here are some pics:

Pierre and Susie

The BC Bike Race twins - Kari & Bill

Smiley Andrea ripping down Rim

K & B auditioning for the Cirque du Soleil

Saturday night at the Trout... noone made a scene...

Me, Joel & Pierre - as you can tell, it was cold...

Even colder on Monday! 40 F, that's about 4 celcius!

Awesome weekend with a great group of people! Can't wait to go again, I got my season's pass!!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Marathon Photos

Vegan Vagabond takes first in her division - yes, there were more women.
Tanya scored a Giro helmet and some loot to boot.

Big Ring takes first in his division of freaks and misfits (single speed) - there was one other ss'er who started the marathon race, but I don't think he finished.
I scored a Sigma cycling computer (which I am going to put on Chrissie's new bike) and a kiss from Bigfoot.

Race Day Success!

Copied from my blog...

Good morning, its godawful early for a holiday but I couldn't sleep any longer because I was starving. So I thought I'd tell ya about my race.

Saturday at noon we headed to Craig's inlaws. The house was full of family and I just sat back, relaxed and took it all in. It was really nice to see how happy Craig and Christine are as new parents. And it was freakin adorable watching Elsa sneeze. Babies sneezing = cutest thing ever?

After dinner we made our way to Matt's. I made myself comfortable on the couch, pretty happy as I was double-fisted with Molly his hilarious dog cuddled on my left and Oakley the cat on my right. I also had the pleasure of Molly's company in my bed for the night.

Next morning we headed to the race. It was so cold. +5 and there was an arctic wind that would gust every now and then, chilling us all to the bone. Unfortunately the race started about half an hour late making our warm-ups completely useless.

One of the most embarrassing things ever happened to me on the start line. I can't bring myself to recount it on the blog but just know that it had Craig and I doubled over laughing and every now and then I'd chuckle when I thought about it during the race. I don't know how these type of things always happen to me but they do.

Finally the race starts and we're off into the single track right away. I had planted myself near the front of the start line so I had no trouble with traffic in there. I was the first girl in. After the single track we made our way onto some double track and that's when Sara passed me. She was definitely one of the girls I was keeping an eye on because her and I were very close at Crank the Shield last fall. I tried to keep her in sight but to no avail.

Another notable part about this section is I passed poor Big Ring spinning out on his single speed. Gear selection was very difficult for single speeders because there was lots of dead flat sections but later there was tons of steep climbs.

Soon after that I met up with Tom from Shorthills Cycling Club in St. Catherine's. He passed me and I grabbed his wheel. I decided to ask if he minded and he said no problem. For the next ten minutes or so he kept looking back to see if I was still on and waited when I fell off a bit. So nice!! Thanks Tom. I wish I could have returned the favour but he eventually had to pull away when I couldn't hold the pace.

Then we hit more single track and I eventually caught up to both Tom and Sara again. Unfortunately Tom was having shifting issues. This was one of my most favourite sections. Think Kingdom trails meet Chelsea. So fun. There was a kind of a natural half pipe section where we swooped back and forth through the bowl. I think because I was so excited about that part and finally warmed up, I passed Sara on the double track climb coming out of that section. I was feeling strong.

The middle part of the race was awesome. Lots of singletrack and lots of climbs. Most of the climbs were switch backs or steep single track so this was good for me. That's my kind of climbing. This went on for a couple of hours. Big Ring passed me at some point in here. I kept the gas pedal floored during this whole section as I was sure Sara was going to catch me at any moment. I was breathing heavily the entire time. Hard work.

I took a few risks during the race with my fuel. I ended up getting lucky and it worked out but I was very close to cramping for the second half of the race because I didn't fill up at all the feed stations. At what I thought was the last feed, I filled my bottle and heard there was 12km left. I thought it was a flat, double track section so I figured it would be short. However, this was the longest 12km ever for me. It was a mixed bag of single and double track and climbing and flats. I was on the edge of cramping and because it re-traced the start loop, every thing was familiar and I kept thinking it had to be the finish line. Very hard on my head.

Anyway at 3km left I came upon another feed station (wtf?). As bizarre as that was, I forced myself stop and fill up because my leg was actually cramping at that point. That saved me and I finished strong to the end, ~55km and ~4 hours after I began.

I was pretty shattered after the race but happy to hear I came first overall for the women! Turns out Sara had a flat and was bonking so she ended up rolling in about 10 minutes(?)after me.

Craig ended up the 1st single speeder and Matt came 3rd. Great job guys!!

We stayed for the awards and I was amazed that I won money (basically my entry fee!) and a really nice helmet. Unfortunately its a size small and will never fit my big melon. Anyone want to buy a yellow Giro helmet? ;)

Craig and I drove home, both of us completely wiped out. I must have ate about 3 meals worth of food on the way home. Speaking of that, its been at least half an hour since I've eaten...

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Moab Day 3

Well, I was feeling pretty out of it but the violent stomach illness has been over for 24 hours so I'm riding.

I figure I drank 500ml of water in the last 24 hours living in the desert, what could go wrong.

The boys were tired from yesterday so we started pretty small and rode a trail called Sovereign.
Fun desert riding, some of it fairly technical, especially if you are moving quickly.

Crazy rock jumbles

Calvin just before we got hit by a mini-dust devil, good fun.

You can see forever in the dessert.

Our condo this year was gorgeous, a lot nicer than any of our houses. It was right in town so we could walk to the services and the views were great:

Poison Spider Mesa on one
side of the condo.

Slickrock area straight out the front door.

And to top it all off, the town sanctioned dirt jumps were 100 feet from our front door. Just in case you had any energy left at the end of the day you could hit a few jumps or race the BMX track. Best location ever.

Moab Day 2

Well actually it was more like night # 1. Started out watching UFC at Bub's, the worst sports bar I have ever been in. I spent the rest of the night keeping my roommate awake as I vomited and dry heaved. Good times.

Safe to say I didn't ride on day #2, though by all accounts it was a good ride at Tabagauche Trails.

To end the day we packed up and did the 1.5 hour drive to Moab.