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.

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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