Saturday afternoon of racing and hanging....
Friday, April 29, 2011
Saturday afternoon of racing and hanging....
Last night we met for night #2. Excellent turnout with some hard hittin' fellas. Rob W, Andres, David, Patrick, Darcy, Mike Healy, Ference, Harley, and myself made it out. We got the group organized right out of the parking lot and hit the road straight into the wind to Church Ranches. The wind was pretty gusty and it was great practice to the newer riders on drafting for the first 40 minutes. The group was working hard to stay together and get shelter in the wind.
It was really cool to hear David realize how much protection he was getting from the wind when he was practicing drafting. I think some of us take that skill for granted and when practiced, it really does make a difference. The point not to overlook is, PRACTICE.
We got out to Woodland Road and had a mini race with the group splitting into 3 groups. This was pretty fun to try and set up really small echelons and chase other guys down. Darcy and I took Andres up the hill in the crosswind and then mistimed the a right hand corner and lost our 3rd rider. We ended up finishing at least a minute in front of Rob W, maybe longer, all because of the ferocious pace we set as the lead group. As we were only 2 we have to concede the victory to the next group, which I never noticed, sorry guys. It was an excellent idea from Rob W to try it, hopefully that is something that we can incorporate into more rides.
We then carried on to Lochend Road and back to Walmart. The group did really well to stay together and practice drafting. Rob was pretty fiesty again and sprinted every chance he could. He's in pretty good form, hopefully the rest of us can catch him in the next few weeks.
Harley had an excellent idea for the next ride, weather permitting. We are going to plan a Cochrane and back loop and each rider must take a pull at the front. The pace can be dictated by the group, but each member in the train has to take a pull. I think this will be excellent for riders to practice rolling through, pulling off and letting someone else pull etc. etc.
Thanks again everyone for coming out, it was lots of fun. The weather did hold off and it was definitely worth getting out.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
I am looking at the weather right now and see it as an opportunity to show my total disregard for Mother Nature and her constant abuse of Alberta Cycling.
Planning to leave from Royal Oak Walmart at 6:45, and follow the same loop as last week with less wrong turns and unnecessary stops.
I will be watching the weather and if it gets really ugly, I'll take out my mountain bike.
Hope to see some people out tonight.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
We’re rushing the border and it’s going to be awesome. Day 6 is hill repeat day. I know- every other day has at least one substantial hill, (or two, or three, or…) but you get to do repeats on this one. This day is Giant’s Head day. Giant’s head is a hill in Summerland that’s steep and tight with lots of switch backs. There’s one hill near Calgary that equals the steep grade of Giant’s head, but it’s about 95 per cent shorter (you can find it in Cochrane at the bottom of Cochrane hill in the neighbourhood at the base of the hill and next to a playground). We’ll do three or four repeats and then head out behind Summerland to the Scout camp and back. The ride is short (70ish km). The other option is to do Giant’s Head once (or not at all) and then head to the local coffee shop and wait for the hill repeat wackos to finish.
Day 7 is 225ish km and it takes us across the US border south of Osoyoos. “They” will not let you cross the border without a passport, so bring it. Pack it now. Seriously, stop reading, go find it, and pack it now. Don’t forget it. The challenging thing about this ride is the distance and historically, the wind. It never fails to hit what feels like a 40km head wind from the time we turn north. Everyone sticks together across the US border and as we travel south through the US. But after we turn around and head back north there’s only one road that leads back to Canada, and then everyone’s on their own until the Canadian border, where we regroup. There are some options for the short ride on this trip: (1) join the longer ride down to Osoyoos and then head back, (2) ride the Ironman course backwards (3) head up Green Mountain Road from Penticton and then do the Apex climb if you didn't do it on Day 3.
We got two weeks until lift off, so get on your bikes. Try to get a couple 100km-days of riding logged in a row with one of those days over 130km. If you can get three days logged in a row, even better. The next post will be a list of stuff to have on you during each ride and a recap of the seven days with Maps attached.
Day 6 Ride - Giants Head (FYI, the map doesn't show Giant's Head)
Day 7 Ride - US Ride (Bring your $%!@#&'in Passport!)
Day 7 Ride - Apex Climb (straight up, straight down)
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
Out for all that I can get
If you know what I mean
Amy to the left of me
Thursday, April 21, 2011
I am planning on riding tonight, the forecast looks good enough for me.
Meet at the agreed upon start time at Walmart. I am thinking that we could head out from Walmart to Church Ranches, Church Ranches to Burma Road, Burma to Woodland, Woodland back to 1A and then come back to Walmart through Royal Oak.
Not sure how many people are planning to come, this is the first night of the training rides and our focus should be group riding with proper hand signals, pacelining and riding single file as well as rolling through. It would also be good to just play around and have people getting their drinking bottles with their left hands while riding etc. etc.
If we have a good group and want a few more kilometers we can decide that on the road. I just got a text from Harley and he wants to make sure that lots of the new lady riders come out. I think he is putting a challenge in to Handsome Rob for the best looking guy on the team.
I think I am winning the most beligerent, overweight, and obnoxious rider at this point.
Hope to see you out tonight,
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
I was poking through the Herald and there's Frank with his mug in the paper taking first place! Way to go frank! http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Calgary+police+half+marathon+hampered+snow/4631092/story.html
Saturday, April 16, 2011
We are finally going to use the awesome Highway 549 starting near the gas plant 10 km west of Millarville, at the intersection of Highway 762. It should be a fast downhill, downwind sprint. Here is a map
The ABA website has links to the event details and rules, here is the qualifier information. More details will be posted closer to the event. We have to be a little more formal for this event, 6:30 PM on site registration, 7:00 PM race start. Racers will depart at 1 minute intervals. This is a sanctioned event so leave your Shiv at home. Your equipment will have to comply with UCI rules. We will make the call for volunteers later but we will need a few for this event.
Goes without saying you have to be at least 55 years of age by December 31, 2011 to enter the qualifier but you can still do the WNS race if you don't meet that standard. I think there's a few Speed Theory and Crankmasters of that vintage, lets see who can dominate!
Friday, April 15, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
This race has been CANCELLED by the race organizer.
The weather forecast indicates that the road conditions would most likely be unsafe for the participants and the volunteers.
We hope to re-schedule this race for another date.
Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
Monday, April 11, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Saturday, April 9, 2011
We would love this race to become the monument of spring classic racing in Alberta. The course is awesome and the atmosphere is contagious. Rocky View county has given us official permission and we would like to really show we can hold an exciting, safe event that they welcome back year after year. We appreciate the opportunity to show the County we can do it right this year.
The soon-to-be iconic Spring Classic is back. We'll get some further details up here very soon.
Friday, April 8, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
After Day 3 your legs are going to start to feel, if not already, pretty beat up. The Ironman Course is hard enough, let alone adding Apex at the end. The Apex climb is only 11km but you’re lucky if you can top 10km/hr at any point during the climb. Day 4 is a bit shorter and takes us into some fun territory up behind Okanagan Falls that includes a “mine-is-bigger-than-yours” climb called The Wall. The short and long ride will stay together for most of the day with the long ride heading up The Wall a second time after both groups loop back to Okanagan Falls via White Lake Road and Oliver. The short ride will head back to Pentiction via Skaha Road. The key to this day is recovery. Obviously, we’ll all nail The Wall as there are a lot of egos and pride at stake, but before and after this climb, we’ll take it easy.
Day 5 is the second big day of the week for distance and effort. The short and long ride will stick together up the long, switch back road to Mount Baldy ski hill from Oliver, but the short ride will turn back at the gravel. The short ride is an out-and-back but feel free to add anything you want once you get back down the hill. The long ride keeps climbing up the gravel road to the Mt. Baldy ski hill. It’s not pretty and the gravel takes a bit to get used to, especially on the descent, but you get to climb up Anarchist from the other side and coast down into Osoyoos. Ask Paul A. how he did soloing this ride.
Day 4 Short Ride: The Wall/White Lake Road/Oliver 90km