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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Epic 8, 100 miler, Bean n Bones

So...apparently alot went on this weekend in the world of mountain biking.  Where to start?  How about with the Summer Epic 8 Hour.

OK, fine.  The Summer Epic 8...now a classic local race.  Happened this past weekend, promoted by Pulse Racing, at Hardwood Ski & Bike.  This year's course featured some rolling climbs off the start, then sections of flowing singletrack connected by sections of doubletrack, allowing for passing.  Ending in a swooping descent, the course resulted in fast times, and many laps.

Apex Race Photography was, once again on-site to get your favourite action pic!!




There were local celebrities out at this one...


or is this just RifRaf??


The big guns at the start line...


Team True Grit showed up in force, including these guys...


DavidV and Giant coming in 1st and 2nd in their solo cat
Nicely done!!


And Martin representing the best bike shop in Waterdown, BicycleWorks...


Taking 2nd in his solo cat!


And these folks...some of the friendliest, most passionate mtb-ers in the sport...so awesome to see them on the podium!


Pinoy Pedal Pushers!!


Congrats to all who got their 100km pins!!



Kudos to all who participated, and congrats to all podium finishers!!


What else was going on this weekend?  There was the Carrabassett Backcountry Challenge somewhere in the USofA.  A 100km race that some of our local celebrities  participated in...and kicked butt!!


Andrea...lawyering up?


Alexa...SS queen??



Linda...several crashes and a flat...and still takes third place!  
Impressive!!  Nice work!


There were a couple other events this weekend...like Max's Big Climb...but I haven't heard a thing of what went on there.

And my buddy SteveS rode his fatbike from Ancaster to Turkey Point to bikepack and ride back!!  Crazy...and fun sounding!!  Read all about it at his RideCycleSpin blog!!

I'm still on a bit of racing hiatus...so I didn't attend anything racy.  I did plan a couple of 'longer' rides though.

Friday with recent rains leaving the mtb trails questionable meant a 100+ kms of rail trail, gravel, and road on the CX bike...





I scouted Paul's soy beans...


BWPaul owns the bike shop and is also a farmer...


I may have also checked these...


But that would be telling...


Although I did find these...


Ya...twizzlers and buttertarts...


I also found new friends...





Lois said I should have kissed it, cuz you know...anything could happen...





But that would just be stupid ... (I hope the rash goes away by the weekend)...


Anyways...100 and some kms...a great ride, in great weather!





OK then...

So Sunday planned another longer ride.  This time on mtb on our local trails.  And this time NewfieSteve and PowerPaul joined me.  Our local trails are huge fun.  Plenty of climbing and much technical with escarpment roots and rocks.

Well...about an hour into our ride, on a technical bit of steep single track descent I got going a little quicker than I should have considering how slick the roots and rocks were.  I determined that it was safer to ride it out than to hit the brakes at this point in those conditions.

Bad decision...

Front wheel washed out on a slick flat rock...and I went down hard.  Hard enough, that I laid there for a minute and thought, "Wow...that was hard..."

Paul and Steve were behind me watching this happen...and thinking maybe I ded...but I got up and surveyed the damage.  The bike was OK.

I had a few bleeding scrapes and skin holes that Paul's first aid kit tended to.  And ribs were a little sore...but it seemed like we survived...

So we continued on...for about another half hour.  But the ribs were really starting to ache...and it seemed my thumb was swelling inside my glove, and wasn't feeling quite right (no, it wasn't left).  Upon inspection it didn't look quite right...




So...we thought it best to call the ride and head home...so we did.  (Thankfully, I was on the single speed and the thumb was not really needed for shifting).  But our 4 hour ride became a short 2 hour ride...  Sorry fellas.  I needz better skillz...

And by Monday the thumb was looking worse...




So...a doc appointment was made...and Tuesday was spent with family doctors, x-ray technicians, and osteo surgeons.  Lois kept me company for the day...but I think only cuz she was hoping to meet this guy...






Anyways.  It was determined that there were broken ribs...that the doctors didn't really care about as long as the lungs were healthy...




And they weren't too concerned about the concussion...it was the thumb...






A broken thumb bone (proximal phalange) and torn/detached ligament (ulnar collateral)...

Means...4 weeks in a cast/splint...and a few days??? off the bike...I guess.

Ah well...that's enough whining for one blog post, isn't it??





OK then...

I'll keep ya updated...

Stay posted...



Thursday, 13 July 2017

Buck 8 Climb

Well, blew right through Tuesday like a roadie at a rural 4 way stop.  Sorry, starting off with the bad jokes...

Anyways, last weekend was the Buckwallow O'Cup...Superfly Racing bringing the Buck back to the series!  The Buck is a unique technical challenge to the series with all of the Canadian Shield rock.  Team True Grit managed to grab 6 podium spots...including Seth and JennR in the adult categories (no they are not in the same category)!




And, of course, ApexTed was on hand to catch the action....




So if you haven't got your pics yet get on over to ApexRacePhotography!!

What is coming up this weekend?  Well there is the iconic Summer Epic 8 Hour MTB Relay race at Hardwood Ski&Bike promoted by PulseRacing.




Great venue, awesome event!!  I believe online registration may be closed now, but perhaps you can still sneak a way in with a prompt sob story e-mail???  Or maybe not...

If you ain't at the Summer 8 Hour, well then, you can do Max'sBigClimb.  An event racing up Sydenham Hill, with local hero Mandy Dreyer to support finding a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.





Or you can always do the Sunday Riot Ride.  OK that's not really a thing (it's fake like the moon landing, Trump as president, Canada only 150, and Elvis died).  Although there was a ride last Sunday...on our local trails.  Fig scraped himself up on a rock and had to bow out...



Well maybe it was worse than that...maybe...




Anyways the rest of us finished up the ride  (there are SO many trail options here!!)...

And as usual finished with too much food, recovery refreshments (including the cider Fig left behind! Jaimie and PowerPaul may have polished that off... ) around the firepit...




Anyways as I mentioned so many trail options locally...and the weather has been perfect...so my ride of choice is the single speed which has been seeing as much time as I can give it!



No challenge to our local trails (yes...that is sarcasm.)  
(Sorry, don't mean to be condescending...you know what that is, right??)


Luckily this wasn't mine...
but someone had a long walk...



There were plenty of Canada150 celebrants out there this week...



Even I had red on my fancy new Foncer jersey.
 (the goofy smile was just a plus).  

Actually the Foncer jersey's are amazing!  The fit, feel, and quality...and an old dude like me can actually reach the pockets in the back!  Sorry...didn't mean to post a cheesy product promotion...I just really like the dang jersey.  Check them out at BicycleWorks in Waterdown, or at Grupetto in Dundas.  Perhaps the $M royalty check is on it's way...and Elvis is still alive...living with Joan Rivers...

Wow...sorry, got on a pictorial review there that JeffS may have even been proud of...

And Lois is calling...oh...she may have just seen my latest Strava post title...





She was kinda angry with me anyways...she was writing some kind of letter or something, and asked me,  "What rhymes with 'orange'?"

I said, "No it doesn't."

Anyways...I'm getting off track, again.  Before I get in any more trouble...I should go.  In the words of one of my favourite people, Pinoy Ryder... "Just Ride"

and,
Stay posted!!







Thursday, 6 July 2017

Sweet Single Track

After the longer miles in the saddle on the weekend I took a couple of days off the bike...although I may have hit the gym some for a little mid-season maintenance.

Did get out on the single speed though...there is so much sweet single track along the edge of the escarpment literally right out my front door...




And when I say along the edge of the escarpment...I mean right along the edge...





Close enough that you have to pay attention...or you know...could be bad...or worse...





Better than this???





Which reminded me of this pic ApexTed posted just this morning....





Anyways...maybe I would come back faster, richer, cooler...




Yikes...getting beary off track here...




But not this barry off track....





OK...very sorry...sincere apologies...

Back to mtb...

For O'Cuppers...its Buckwallow time this weekend.  Buckwallow is back in to the O'Cup circuit...thanks to Superfly Racing!  O'Cup #5.  Always a challenging and unique experience at a Buckwallow O'cup!  I know some True Gritters will be there.  If you haven't pre-registered I believe day-of registration will be available.  Good luck to all competing!!

I won't be there so I will be looking for an option for a longer mtb ride on Sunday...and not sure what that will be yet?  The weather looks to be optimal...and several choices....what to do...what to do??

Ideas??

Stay posted!


The End


Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Post 24

Still working on recovering from the 24...body parts still sore...

There were no races over the holiday weekend....not that I would have partook anyways.  But I did get out for a couple of rides to test the 'waters'...

The trails were rainsoaked....so on Saturday I took off for rail trail and gravel on the Crux (Cyclocross bike....because it would be more comfortable on my still sore bits than the road bike)...





I went solo...cuz no friends...plus I wasn't sure what I would be able to endure...

But I did meet a couple of new friends on the ride...



Weird cat pics, eh??


I did manage to survive the ride intact...so I thought I would opt for more on Sunday.  PowerPaul, Giant, Seth, and GrantSonOfSeth were planning a little ride...so I invited myself to join.  And I again opted to use the Crux...cuz hurty spots still...




Ya...it was long...but we stopped often for fun shite...and cuz I had hurty spots that required ocassional breaks...

Fun shite stops for things like...podium shots...





Cuz we are winners...or wanna be's.  This was actually at the PanAm games rowing venue on the Welland Canal...but hey...we can dreamz...no??

We stopped for big boats...



The big boat...still in the background...


We stopped to get the Buffalo skyline in the background...close enough that my phone thought we were in the US...





We stopped in Fort Erie for lunch...at an interestingly named restaurant...(if Lois called for me how would they answer??)




A necessary tourist stop at Niagara Falls...





For a dip at Niagara On The Lake...(it was safer than riding over the Falls...)


Seth played it safe with his helmet...


And a necessary coffee stop at Bazac's coffee house at Niagara On The Lake...(thought we might see the infamous Brandon George M there...but no go...)




OK...so it seems like there nothing but stops...but there was a shite ton of riding...


A large bridge...and my large arse...


And when Giant and Seth decided we should be doing speed interval repeats there was fast riding!  Too fast for me!!



Not keeping up with the Jones's
And not liking to draft...(yeah, that's it...)


Actually...I did OK keeping up...I think.  But it wasn't a great choice to let my hurty parts recover.  But a beauty day...and fun with friends...and a hell of a recovery spread put on by PowerPaul and his family for after.  No pics of the recovery shenanigans...cuz someone said must keep this post PG...

Anyways...the no race holiday weekend helped me to stay away from racing...but there may be something coming up this coming weekend...(well...not by me though).

A topic for next post...

Stay posted!!


There may have also been a 10th anniversary last week!
(No pics of that shenanigans either...cuz...PG post...)