March 4, 2013 at 10:18 am #18670
The weather is looking up and allowing less and less room for excuses not get on the bike, especially if you are about to race the Steaming Nostril and Paris to Ancaster 😉
The gravel roads have been too icy lately; we will stick to the pawed roads; come out on a road bike if you don’t have a cross steed.
The race fever is on, so we might split into faster and slower groups.March 4, 2013 at 2:41 pm #18676
Rafrider~Just Crank It!Participant
Race? I thought those were just casual friendly rides… I better unregister 🙂March 4, 2013 at 3:21 pm #18680
I am talking about the fever for participating in the upcoming races, which does make the training rides more spirited, just like it’s supposed to be happening this early in the season.
You should stop complaining, cause you had no problem in the last week’s ride…
And about being friendly: a TRUE cycling friend will do his/her outmost to make you squirm in pain 😉March 4, 2013 at 3:35 pm #18682
Rafrider~Just Crank It!Participant
Ha ha! That’s not a complaint Igor 🙂 I’ll give it all I’ve got, training or no training 🙂 You will either see me finish or find me dead trying LMAO 🙂 Based on how you continue encouraging me to make me feel the ‘pain’ you sure are a true cycling friend 🙂 No Pain, No Gain 😀March 4, 2013 at 6:46 pm #18686
I should be able to make it. 6pm, right?March 4, 2013 at 8:08 pm #18688
6:30March 5, 2013 at 7:06 am #18689
I plan to be there. I’m not familiar with the area though, is the no rider left behind policy in effect?March 5, 2013 at 8:05 am #18690
As I mentioned earlier, with the Spring season approaching these rides are slowly transforming from casual social rides into a training with the pace being pushed. We don’t mind slowing down once in a while for the the stragglers to catch up, but it is not good having to wait consistently for too long.
The riders that are not sure about how well matched their ability to the Tuesday ride is, should first do a test ride on the weekend.March 5, 2013 at 10:51 am #18703
So who is coming?March 5, 2013 at 11:40 am #18713
East wind tonight = exploring new roads. Lots of fun to be had!March 5, 2013 at 10:41 pm #18732
Good solid training ride, about 75 km of it with Igor and Chris Wood. Wind was rough. http://app.strava.com/activities/43328291March 6, 2013 at 8:10 am #18734
You should be more tactful and not mention the long distance, hard wind, and Chris Wood, or we will never get another rider for these rides.
Oh I so wish more guys would embrace pain and suffering as the highest form of fun on the bike…
Getting dropped is being frowned upon, while that is the best thing that can happen to an aspiring cyclist. If one is never riding at the level where getting dropped is a constant possibility, one is not training hard enough. Dave Vukets used to come to these type of Winter rides and he got dropped regularly, but he persistently kept coming back and each time managed to hold on for just a little longer. He is now one of the top Canadian cyclists!March 6, 2013 at 9:23 am #18737
Yeah, Igor, that’s because biking is attracting a lot of people who, 10 years ago, would have been playing golf. I.e. they’re in it largely for the social factor.March 6, 2013 at 9:54 am #18740
I do actually like the social factor. This is why I keep begging people to come out. This is the way I look at it: The harder we ride, the better we will get, the more in love with cycling we will be, the greater comradeship and opportunities for meaningful socializing we will create…
Pushing for hard riding is not to tear people down, it’s to build them (and myself) up.
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