Monday, December 5, 2011

In Search of Singletrack

I was bored the other night and decided to search for youtube videos on mountain biking in Minnesota. I guess I was curious to see if there were any quality ride destinations that might be close by. I was pleasantly surprised to find that a brand new, purpose built 22mile/35km trail system recently opened near Crosby, MN, which is a mere 500km away. Yeah, 500km isn't exactly close, but when you consider that I used to drive that distance in order to race at Thunder Hill in Swan River back in the day, it starts to feel like a possible long weekend destination. Judging by this video, the trail designers value flow in their singletrack.


This video gives a taste of some of the more technical trail sections...

I'm all for good riding that doesn't require driving all the way to the Maah Dah Hey, or the Rockies. So, who's up for a July long weekend road trip?

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Red Birch Fort Club Remembrance Day Ride

Thanks to Coach Bill for hosting a small group from the coolest local independent cycling clubs at his cottage in Pinawa. The Thursday evening night ride and the Friday morning scoot out the the Old Pinawa Dam were a fine way to get acquainted with the Pinawa area's fun trail network. Where the prairies meet the Shield means there's a bit of this and a bit of that, and lots of fun times. Throw in a some John Candy and beer for good measure and you have what will hopefully be repeated sometime—maybe sooner than later with Pugsleys and xc skis?

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Halloween Race Videos

For this past weekend's Halloween cross race, Tom K of The Training Coop, set up numerous GoPro cameras at strategic points around the course. Edits have been made so you can now view many hours of footage in a number of smaller clips—just click here to enjoy.

Thanks, Tom.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween at the CAMP Report

As an organizer, you've got to love it when it all comes together. The weather cooperated to give us a frightfully pleasant day for racing, and the new venue at Camp Assiniboia provided some fun-riding and entertaining elements for a course that had a bit of everything.

All in, we had 93 racers of all ages come out to enjoy the day—the majority getting into the spirit of the day, donning full costume. There were certainly a few memorable get-ups, some for all the wrong reasons. The added presence of the mythical beer hand-up also added to the experience, for those lucky enough to partake.

Putting together a cyclocross course is always a labour of love, so we need to thank all those who stepped up to lend a hand; we couldn't do it without you. Special thanks go out to Chris, Jonny G, Terry, Coach Bill, Lyle, Major Tom, and Monica for the hours invested. Another special nod goes to Anita, Gary, and Colin the Commissaire who's been a key component to the cross season—one we couldn't do without. One final note of appreciation goes to Olympia Cycle on Portage for their help with prizing.

The race results have been tabulated and can be found here.

Photos are being dumped all around the web. Here are a few links, in case you've missed a few of them:
Mark Reimer
Stefan Isfeld
Woodcock pics video
Karlee Gendron

Thanks again to all who made it out and for making it the best Halloween cyclocross race ever!


PS—Two last pieces of business...

First, the people listed below should seek out their own podium moment with Brad, the handsome devil of SOB fame shown here, at this upcoming weekend's Provincial Cyclocross Championships in St. Malo. (list updated/corrected at 20:47)
  • David Hamm
  • Greg Mickelson
  • Ryan Dumont
  • Phil Tripp
  • Dave Bell
  • Melanie Leclerc
  • John Heim
Second, if this is your glove and you want it back, offer Brad a beer in trade at the Provincial Cyclocross Championships in St. Malo.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Halloween at the Camp

The course is coming together nicely. See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Halloween at the CAMP

For more details of Sunday's Halloween race, please check out the link found in the right-hand margin...yep, that's it. The pumpkin over there on it.

Again, please note there's a change in venue from what's been on the MCA calendar. No longer will the race be at Harbour View; it will take place at Camp Assiniboia (hence the variation in the race name—we're a creative bunch).

Monday, October 24, 2011


at the Harbour CAMP.

It's back again this year. Same good times, but at a new and improved venue, namely Camp Assiniboia. With the MBCX Cup series behind us, it appropriate to have a fun race before putting in all on the line in the season finale, the CX Provincials.

Favourite items from last year's Halloween race will make their return, such as the whoop-dees and pumpkin barriers. If you have what it takes, we're looking willing individuals to be human rolling barriers...thus far no one has stepped up.

If rolling around on the ground with guys like big Dave P. running at you isn't your thing, but you still want to give us a hand, the RRR crew and friends will be setting up the course at Camp Assiniboia on Saturday the 29th. Your help is appreciated. You can let us know if you're interested by shooting us an email.

More race details and registration/waiver forms will be posted shortly (we promise)!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

MennoCross B Race Photo Dump

Here are some photos of the B Race I took with my Android...better later than never. Just like the way I race.

Friday, September 30, 2011

MennoCross 2011 Just Hours Away

Our good friends over at the FGBC are putting on what's likely to be the cross season's biggest race, after DarkCross of course.

I spent a little time at the CMU campus yesterday to help with the set up and I can report that this year's course will be fast. Expect lots of off-camber flow and fast straights. Unlike 2010's MennoCross, there will be no mud unless the sky opens with a Biblical magnitude. There is lots of goose shit, though. Which is geese. Hopefully the early racers will clear the course so I can keep my bike and teeth clean.

Most of what you need to know is in the poster below, but more information and the registration/waiver can be found at and at the race's MCA page.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Brad's New TrueLove

Brad has a light, new goose shit-coloured toy. He'll use it to teach the youngsters a lesson on Saturday at MennoCross. Vive le SOB!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Barrier Cyclocross Race

Last year's race at Labarrier Park proved the venue to be a keeper as it provided a good mix of speed and technical twists. This year's race will undoubtedly be more of the same, possibly even better—ie. one not to be missed.

More than the other races on the calendar, this race calls for the community's collective effort for registration, course set-up, and course tear down. If you can volunteer some time, please send an email here, sooner the better.

Other useful links: race Bible, registration, waiver.

Brad at last season's Labarrier race, pre-facial hair and SOB fame

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Got a Rear Wheel?

Hey, anyone got a rear road wheel for sale?

Apparently the rear rim of my bike didn't like the pounding it took on the hard landings on the approach to the grandstand at Darkcross.

email at

Sunday, September 18, 2011

24 Hours AD (After DarkCross)

DarkCross...that was fun, no? I'm still feeling the buzz from the energy and excitement that all the riders and spectators brought to the event. What a night!

As part of the DarkCross organizing team, I'd like to say thanks for turning our efforts into a raging success. Without your support we would not have set a record-high number of cyclocross racers at one race. And we certainly couldn't have done it without the backing of our sponsors as an event such as this takes more than a little spit and elbow grease. Please give them your consideration the next time you have a project or require services--you can find them listed at And lastly, to the long list of volunteers including our commissaires, above and beyond only begins to describe your efforts. A huge thanks to you.

Photos are starting to pop up here and there. Here are a few links to get you started:
Results are up on the DarkCross site.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Is It Me, Or Is It Getting Darker Out There?

Two words: DarkCross. OK...I guess that's just one word, but it's coming in just two days.

We've been working hard behind the scenes with the FGBC and the Winnipeg Cycle Chick to plan something never seen before in these parts. Even though we know what's going down, we're eagerly anticipating the event like a bunch of sheltered grade 8 boys going to watch Hot Dog... The Movie at a friend's place when the parents are away.

What you need to know:
  • it's at the Red River Coop Speedway, about 8 kms south of the city on Hwy 75.
  • there's a beer garden & concessions
  • live music with the Farrell Brothers (What? Pearl Jam's in town? Bah...)
  • $1,500 in cash prizes
  • it will be dark, but you won't need bike lights
  • there's a beer garden

There will also be a limited number of t-shirts and cowbells available for sale— first come, first served. $10 to make some noise; $20 to look good doing it.

Registration and waiver
—I did you the favour of combining both forms into one quick-and-easy download. You can thank me later. I'll be drinking Rickard's Dark, but will gratefully accept whatever you're drinking.

If you don't want to buy me a beer, that's cool. Just be there—this won't be one to miss as it carries the SOB's fastidious stamp of approval! Missing it would be geese.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Looking Back—St. Alolphe MudFest

One race down...whew, that was hard.

I have to admit I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go to MudFest when I woke up on Sunday morning. Apart from riding with the Wolseley Wheels Kids of Mud club early in the season, there’s been little else in the way of 2-wheeled activity in my life this summer, and the thought of 60 minutes at “full-intensity” in summer-like heat wasn’t something I was feeling too keen on. No, I haven’t been doing my homework which meant I was going to suffer, and suffer bad. But there’s something freeing about having very little in the way of expectations. Convinced that I’d somehow have fun if I could keep my waffle breakfast down, I dragged my sorry butt and my family out to St. Adolphe.

Things pretty much played out as I had anticipated. I finished near the back, but after trading positions with a couple racers, who I was pleasantly surprised to be with, I can’t complain too much. And I didn't feel as crappy as I thought I would. The good news is there's only room for improvement, and given the fun had, I’ve found a little some motivation to squeeze in a bit more saddle time to hopefully improve my lot in the races to come.

Brad pretty much proved the Summer of Brad is going to drag on well into cross season. Despite a wheel change, he spent a significant part of the race near the front, giving the B (cat 3/4) field this view:

photo courtesy of  Stefan Isfeld

Duece also represented in the cat 3/4 race in what was, I believe, his second cross race and his first on his new cross bike. I’m looking forward to seeing him turn it up to 11 at DarkCross on Saturday. He said he wouldn’t miss it.

IMG_5160photo courtesy of TOS

You shouldn’t miss DarkCross, either. It’s going to be a high-octane party everyone will be talking about for weeks to come, and you’ll feel silly for missing it. Beer gardens, live entertainment, and racing at night at a speedway? Wow…and don’t forget $1,500 in prizing to be shared among the top 10 finishes in the A (cat 1/2), B (cat 3/4) and C (cat 4/5) races! Be sure to check out all the details at

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Garage Sale

I have a few things lying around that I don't need. Prices negotiable. Email for pics ( Items are used.

Powertap Bontrager rear wheel, wired, comes with everything (computer, wiring, etc) $500
Redline Monocog frame 26" size medium, v-brakes only, cromo $50 (This is the earlier version where Redline used 110mm rear spacing rather than the standard 135mm)
Kinesis carbon road fork threaded SOLD
Kinesis aluminium road fork threaded $20
27" wheelset, newer tires, new singlespeed freewheel SOLD

Thursday, August 25, 2011

MTB Provincials

Mountain bike provincials are on! The race venue is the Brandon Hills, some of the best trails in Manitoba. Details here.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

A Day in the Life of Brad

A photo retrospective of how the SOB2011 Crown Jewel was won:

Monday, August 15, 2011


A picture is worth 10,000 words. Photo courtesy of Johnny S.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Rocky Mountain Vertex for Sale

DarkCross has inspired me to buy a Cross bike and race. Now all I need is to scrounge up some money...

For Sale: SOLD

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Riding with the Mennonites in Tights

Today I took part in my 3rd Saturday morning ride with the local Mennonites in Tights club. As usual, it was a great time. Great company, and beautiful sunshine with a huge tailwind to finish off the ride. A great finish to what started out as a tough slog... Here's what not to do when the group your riding with is getting ready to roll.

Prior to leaving the water tower meeting point, one of the guys snapped a seat binder and so off he and Pat went to Body Driven to see if there was a spare. The rest of the riders then decided to meet them at the shop and so I thought I had a minute or two to spare to get something from home, which was only 2 houses off the route. Well, I was wrong. Upon reaching the deserted bike shop I realized that the group had gone on and as I gazed down Main Street I couldn't see them at all. Uh oh, panic started to set in as I realized that a solo rider heading into a strong West wind didn't stand much of a chance of catching a group of 11 riders. I was right. I did my own personal time trial and managed to get them within eyesight about 1km up the road, but that's how the gap stayed, them comfortably drafting into the breeze, me dangling agonizingly out of earshot. My chase lasted a full 20k's from Steinbach to a quonset hut in Kleefeld where they stopped to assess the weather. I've never been very good at taking hints, I guess they'll have to be a little less subtle about letting me know they don't want me on their rides... ;-)

The tough start paid off with the awesome feeling of riding with the wind on the way home and getting in a pace line that managed to maintain 48km/hr and at one point was doing 53km/hr. That is a great feeling. And so ended another great ride with the MIT boys.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Hero Among Us

No, it's not Brad, our resident SOB. At least not this week. Way to go, Arvid. Congrats on the recognition for your amazing feat.

taken from the Winnipeg Free Press online

Monday, July 25, 2011


I have a few items for sale. All prices negotiable.

Giant TCR frame, size medium large, clearcoated aluminum with silver carbon fork, includes frame, fork and headset. $325

26" front wheel, rim brake, Sun CR18 rim on LX hub, $30

26" front wheel, rim brake, Rolf Dolomite, $50

Big Kahuna 26" tire with sheet metal screw studs, $25

More pictures available.

Email me at bradleeennzAThotmailDOTcom

Friday, July 22, 2011

Showdown at St. Nob

Good times riding something a little different. Short track xc racing for the rusty spike. And with a dog fest to boot! Good times guaranteed by Tinker Kevin.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Thursday, July 7, 2011

24 Hours of Falcon Ridge

It's enduro month in Manitoba. After suffering through the Where's the Beach, you'll be ready for the 24 Hours of Falcon Ridge.

You don't have to race for the full 24 hours. You can ride a bit, have fun...ride a bit, have more fun... And this year we've added an 8 hour event, so now you can rider harder and have more fun...or just have more fun. Solo and team categories mean you can tailor the experience to your liking.

Online pre-registration is open and is just $60. Walk-up registration is an option, too, but you'll have to pay $75. Either way, your entry fee covers your camping, race license and insurance, and tasty baked goods courtesy of Falcon Lake Bakery Bistro (yum).

You can find all the details at the race website— We'll also be posting a few more details about the course in a few days. We plan for this year's course to be less technical (ie. more fun).

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Looking SMASHing in Rainbow Stripes and Yellow

Wow! Thor dangles with the climbers to hang on to the yellow. Still think Thor is geese, oh Dark Lord? Should have gone with my heart and picked him in the pool. Still, it's super sweet.

Thor fuels up to SMASH the final climb to the finish

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Best Birthday E-V-E-R!

I have the best wife. THE BEST!

Decisions, decisions...I'm overwhelmed. It's nice to be me.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Go Arvid!

This dude is awesome. Despite it being the Summer of Brad, July will certainly be the Month of Arvid. In eight days he sets out to set a new record for riding across Canada, all for a good cause. You can follow along and track his progress at

Good luck, Arvid. May the chicken be tasty and the wind on your back.