Wednesday, December 29, 2010

TNR Report, RRR Style

Some may recall the March 31, 2009 TNR as one of the best, if not the best TNRs of 2009. The combination of mild temps, minimal wind, and large snowflakes made for a Norman Rockwell atmosphere in which to ride. Last night had a very similar feel, and once again, only five riders were on hand to partake in an awesome night on two wheels. As Brad and I are the only two constants between then and now, we are hi-jacking this week’s TNR report.

After espressos and ho’cho at the alternate winter HQ, we set out westward from the Forks via the river trail which was more-or-less a long slab of ice (snow-covered except under the bridges). Both the Hipster and Thomas were only a few meters into the ride when they were abruptly reminded or the perils of riding on ice. Thomas went down especially hard, sliding bottom-first with “take-out weight” into limestone blocks. Thomas’ explanation of how the impact was absorbed by his body will not be repeated here at this time. The rest of the ride was uneventful, yet exceptionally enjoyable. The riverbank trails we’ve been on the past few weeks were better than ever, worthy of a do-over.

Later at the Assiniboine Park duck pond a best-of-seven knock-down race ensued, a sort of Anger Cross part deux, given the joy the Impaler had as he schooled both young and old. The results:

The Impaler
Tenacious V
The Hipster

Later at the klubhaus, Johnny S and his ThNR note-taking, Sportnet’s plays of the year (“ultimate is gay”), the horse barn throw-down, speaking in the third person, Thor’s SMASH upcoming Paris-Roubaix win in the rainbow jersey, and V’s multiple encounters with death were discussed. V was also propositioned in the men’s room by a BC transplant looking to join the FGBC and take part in the TNRs, and then some.

Alt and modern rock made up the night’s set list—Cake, The Silversun Pickups, Jet, and The National to name a few. The Cheap Trick streak has finally ended.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Thanks to all we've bumped shoulders with over the past 12 months. You've helped make 2010 a great year for riding bikes and having fun. 2011's already shaping up to be a great year with more good times in store.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Something For Larry... do on his crabon Scott.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

RRR Jersey ordering time?

As the cold winter chill sets in, I ponder what could make me feel even cozier in my new RRR cycling 'home'.....the answer is simple, a new wool RRR jersey! Oregon Cycle Wear has chosen to release a new jersey style , the 'Morrison', to coincide with my move to RRR (I wonder if Fabian is suggesting Frank and Andy also place an order this week as he moves to Luxembourg?). So if you don't have a jersey, or want another, or like Larry, need to drop some $$ this week on a cycling related purchase, let me know!

Discounts are present for 2 ($69) or more, then for 14($53) or more jerseys. I doubt we will get to 14, we are already at 2 (I have told my wife, Mary, that Mrs. Cancellara will support her man by wearing his new colors, she has capitulated)!