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