Monday, November 29, 2010

and don't call me Shirley

Good times last night at Elizabeth and Jacobs new Horseshoe pad, not bad, the spiral staircase freaks me out. Definitely solved some world issues while there. Blackberry was given a solid boost, much more business like, something I'm surprised Matt P hasn't thought about....

Got home to some bad news Leslie Nielson had passed away, bloody shame, found this video it is pretty much bang on, Buck Frobisher was his greatest role in my opinion.

Sun was shining nicely today for a nice (I say rides are nice a lot don't I) It was a nice ride, 170 minutes of matchbook building, not matches mind you, just getting that Matchbook ready to insert matches. Out into Flanders to Wasaga, north above Elmvale before heading back south to homebase. Good amount of gravel, and even some doubletrack, scoping out possible terrain for THE ride? maybe, maybe. Next sunday seems to be the targeted date.

Some x-training tomorrow, pole runnalking probably.

In the summer I love travelling, building trails and just about any sport except for swimming in the ocean—who knows what's lurking in the dark water". – Mike Garrigan

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Looks like the I-phone is winning out, shame, but I asked and you have spoken.

Pleading, convincing, begging for someone to ride with today paid off with a nice wintery mtb ride in Copeland. Just the perfect amount of snow, don't get to many days like this up here, but maybe with global warming there will be more in the future. By the time noon rolled around the snow was melting, hit the berms, other fun dh, and as much flat stuff as possible. Worked on some skills for sure. Tammy's coach will be pleased.

Post ride practiced some winter driving skills, e-brake turns and such, on a closed circuit(parking lot)

Decent hours this week without any real structure, until the weather is sure what it wants to do, it will probably stay that way. Just aim for weekly hour goals. Keeping the tools in a bag for now so to speak. Actually I just got a new wicked tool bag, I can ditch the skimpy musette bag now.

Mustache is coming in strong should be prime for next November.

"Whats your last name?"


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Don't look at me I was all ready to go

Ill start with bailing on Riverdale tomorrow, I can't shake the memories of almost freezing to death in 08 there. My OCD was starting to kick in today big time. Basically yes I am Soft not denying that, love the course, love the organizer, dislike the lack of parking. OCD, but I turned to an unbiased source to make a final ruling and it came back "no". If im not at Subway ill kick my own ass.

Yesterday with the apparent end of the world coming the plan was to hit up Copeland for one last ride at 11 am, that came and went and found myself there at 2:30 but with a riding partner. Good ride had a weird sound coming from behind me the whole ride, kinda like a weezing, laboured breathing, I just went faster.

With a light dusting of snow today, its starting to feel a bit like winter, but not surprisingly we didn't get anywhere close to the 1000 cm predicted. Took Starbuck for a hike in Copeland, all freaked out by the cougar talk, kept looking behind me.

MTB again tomorrow, shes gonna be put away soon too(well except for joyride 300 visits) Little bit of snow should make for some nice riding.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

So lost

Solid 178 minute ride yesterday, the sun was out and even though it was hovering around 0 it felt warmer than the previous day. Roads were pretty good until I got back north to Bass lake in between the 5th and 6th, it was a skating rink, almost got off and walked but I thought that would be soft. Fenders came in handy a bit so I think the road bike has had its last hurah.

The whole I didn't invite matt P thing to ride guide came out wrong, I retract that statement, Matt I'm sorry.

Last night I got talked into seeing the new Harry Potter film, I told KB that i have never seen any of the others so I would be lost. She promised I wouldn't be and sure enough I didn't know what the frack was going on. All I know is its a very violent movie that I would not take kids to see.

The expendables on the other hand was awesome, I'm not even going to go into detail, just go rent it, you won't be disappointed. Seeing Stallone, Schwarzenegger, and The Bruce in a scene together was a childhood dream come true.

Haven't gotten out yet today, might turn into a night ride

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

One way ticket to LA please

Well that`s that just waiting for the phone to ring with some big hollywood movie deals

Matt P and Andrew check out Ontario cycling

Really happy with how it turned out,

notes- I did not invite Matt it was a third party that arranged it

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

thats the ticket

After setting up Saturday and running the race sunday myself and others im sure were pretty wasted. I was a wreck yesterday, pretty much useless during the day, did manage to give the CCX some TLC upgraded to some Shimano cables, not sure what took me so long, could be getting spoiled my MTB cables seem to get switched all the time. New smaller brake pads as well which hopefully means less being made fun of, Juniors can be very mean. Bike is all ready to race, after sitting on the sidelines for two weeks I think its about time to get back in there for the last two races, Riverdale this Sunday and Subway the following.

Last night had the BCC AGM, lots of excitement post cx race and sounds like everyone is keen to continue on in the future with it. I am apparently the Youth Development coordinator, I was told it was totally up to me what i would like to do with the position. I think I will do a Russian style program get 10 juniors together rip their legs off and hope one ends up surviving. (im kidding we'll come up with something else) MTB seems to be covered fairly well in the area with Devo, but Road and Cross could use some development in the area. I'd really like to see more cadets and juniors racing cross.

After three days off the bike but doing bike related stuff it felt good to get back on the bike for a solid 165 minutes of endurance. Got my winter bike all ready to roll, a little wd-40 here and there helped, but once she was rolling it was smooth sailing, literally the winds were a little high and I purposely choose to ride out into Flos and to Wasaga for the flat terrain. Lots of open exposed farm fields, I'm calling it new Flanders henceforth. Kyle Fry broke down into tears out there cause it was so flat and windy once, it was a sad sight. I usually avoid Wasaga in the summer but the fall is a great time to ride around the area, even ended up doing a loop I didn't know I could do. On the way back in I passed a guy in running shorts, bare legs, running shoes 15 year old rocky mountain, just loving the ride, huge smile on his face. Awesome seeing people out enjoying cycling for what it is.

A few snowflakes, not really man-ride stuff, maybe a 75 pointer not even worth mentioning.

Back to Micheal and Marions for dinner tonight to celebrate my brothers birthday, where i tried Flying Monkeys Hoptical illusion, im just not digging their brews, thats 2 for 2, maybe I'm just a simple Rickards red kinda guy.

sending some positive vibes Pete's way, had a little brush up with a car, sounds like he's in one piece.

Totally different direction, but with Ben's new purchase I thought what do I want from a car? next to the Mazda which is awesome. Didn't take long this is pretty much me, firebird on the hood and all, someday.....

"yeah so we're tossing around the idea of having propane patio heaters for the start line area"
"I have an idea just don't race your bike in friggen November"

Sunday, November 21, 2010

not enough patting of bums

Just realized there was no dugout ass grabbing today, it was the "baseball cross" and nothing about it was like baseball, No chewing tobacco, No beer, very few steroids, may need to change that name again.

It was all smiles when we headed home from the venue today after a great day of bike-cycle racing. I was extremely pleased to see so much "racing" not just solo tt'ing, Most of the categories came down to a last lap duel. Even saw some early groups of 4's and 5's not bad considering there weren't huge numbers in any one wave.

I (fully responsible) miscalculated the amount of Pylons we would need and had to do some improvising. Thank you big giant blue bins.

An interesting trend it seems is a lot fewer masters racers the past few races, only 3 M1's today one of the smallest categories for the day. Not a criticism or call out just an observation.

Would like to thank Joe Breedon out at the complex for his excitement and help with the event. There was never any second guessing what we were doing, basically as long as we stayed off the playing fields we could do whatever we wanted, we could have had a jump over the fire pit and that probably would have been cool with Joe.

"wheres my pat"
Kevin Costner

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Beautiful day in Barrie tomorrow

I have the pre race jitters, hoping everything comes together nicely tomorrow, I have no doubt it will but still you start to second guess yourself. Robb has done an awesome job organizing everything and everyone around the event.

The facility starts to creep up to you with the details, lots of really unique features/challenges that we needed to consider while making the course.

Looks like it will be a clear albeit chilly day for racing.

predictions, You know I'm thinking Hughes will be a force out there, Box maybe, J-staff will be tired from getting his award tonight, if he wasn't he will be after reading this.(subconscious) Nathan will be in the mix for sure. Anyone's game really.

Post course-work hit up Starbucks with K.B. for some good livin, apparently every other person in a 10km radius had the same idea, never seen Starbucks so busy, about a 25 minute wait for a latte( I got my plain old coffee in 30 seconds)

see you tomorrow, yes YOU, what else are doing? huh? riding on a float in a Santa Clause parade? sorry that excuse is already taken.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

So it begins

I knew it was going to be chilly but, I wasn't planning on getting wet today, so i tried to squeeze in one more ride on my road bike outside.

As I was getting dressed I noticed a few random snowflakes coming down, no biggy actually its better than rain as long as it stays light. Headed out with two goals in mind(gotta have goals) #1 get 180 minutes of good old fashioned SNPD endurance done and #2 check out the new painted up ridge road.

Snow started to get a little heavier and it soon became apparent that the ride was going turn into the first man ride of the 2011 season. No fenders, dry clothing, 1 degree and saturating road surfaces. Cut the ride a bit short but still managed to ride the new shoulders on ridge, before heading back. 1 degree and wet spray is a good way to stay cool. A little chilly by the time i rolled in, actually hitting the garage door cause my hands/brakes weren't working 100%. Its wood no worries.

the tally
150 minutes =150 points
cutting planed time short -5
using poor equipment for conditions +15
Snow + 5
above 0 -5

160 -points pretty weak I know but its early.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

snows are on,

I usually wait for at least one sketchy drive to change out my wheels. This year I'm ahead of the curve and got them on tonight. Also have the garage set up so the car can go into garage, insane I know.

But before that, Monday I headed out to turn some laps on the baseball/snowball course, a few tweaks here and there but otherwise looking good. A nice hour riding out there, beautiful day. Before returning home for some good old fashioned chainsawing, bring it on dead trees.

Got on the road bike yesterday for a couple hours, one nice thing about late fall riding is the lack of traffic, even on the usually busier stretches. Could be the last ride on the CRR before she gets put on the rollers for the next several months, not to worry the Bucket is all ready to go fenders, 1x9 low gearing, 36 spokes in the front 35 in the back.

You may have heard of a new retailer coming to town, I didn't want to go but K dragged me in to scope it out. Not as impressed as I thought i would be. Actually quite small for what it looks like on the outside. After some perusing among lots of people in suits and ties during what appeared to be a cocktail party we jetted out of there.

Cause this is the thing to do

"Is that a Chainsaw?"
Kid in canadian tire

"yes, yes it is"


"yes, yes it is"

Sunday, November 14, 2010

really running out of ideas for titles

Yesterday went very smoothly out at the sports complex, had tons of help driving stakes and even managed to nearly double the elevation gain from 5 to 10 meters of climbing. Still a little work to do some more staking, taping and maybe some snowblowing if the forecast holds.

A few folks were asking where this place is exactly here is a map

Today started with a mission to canadian tire to buy a chainsaw, semi successful until I got to hardwood after opened the box to find a used chainsaw in the box, awesome, sawdust and all. Immediately found my way onto the course to start heckling and cheering the 11:30 race on, I offered up a sweet 5 dollar challenge to the juniors to try and ride up the stairs. Bretton took on the challenge and made it clean on the third try.

The 1:00 o clock race was sweet, Box wanting his second win, Cam going for his first win, and my pick Mancini who actually took the win the day prior at the kissing bridge cross race.

First lap looked like a group ride, slackers, second lap the I planted a toonie in the run-up, (If only Canada had dollar bills) Cam picked that up while in the middle of the group avoiding taking everyone down. Then the next 5 dollar bill came out for the ride up, some tried some didn't, solid efforts by Parker, Stafford and some others, in the end Tristan Smit powered up to take his winnings.

Wasn't really paying attention to the race, I think Box and Hardinge chased Cam all day, in the end Cam came away with the win, of course the one time I don't pick him.

Out ten bucks but had some good fun cheering and heckling with the cowbell.

In other news AWI is coming closer to fruition signed another rider today, I think that makes 5 pretty solid.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Been doing some good x-training, I think this scene sums up today pretty good, except i didn't use a chain saw and i didn't pad my shoulder i just carried that thing skin to bark.

Got my sledge hammer, rake, shovel, weed whacker, all ready for tomorrow for some more landscaping of sorts to to put some finishing touches on the Baseball Cross course. Forecast is looking promising for a little dusting of snow.

Then onto Hardwood for some good cheering, calling Mancini right now for the win. Unless Tristan races then its all him.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Kyle Fry was right

You know how you feel after the first day on the slopes for a season. You feel all those little muscles you never use unless your skiing. Yeah times that by two.

My first two day's in a row at joyride and I'm feeling it in places I didn't know existed.

Reason for being there was a national team training camp. Best training camp i have ever been too (2nd camp I've ever done) Basically all the riders from Ontario on the National team, plus Lespy imported from Nova Scotia.

Monday morning was back to school with Dan going into some nice detail regarding training, different workouts, learned some stuff and also was relieved that Charlie has been on the right track for the most part.

Afternoon was spent on some BMX bikes learning balance, handling, and riding with only brake. Then onto some dirtjump bikes for some drop riding. Lots of fun and really was nice to get together with everyone for some riding.

Day 2 was similar with some party room instruction and then into the newly finished training room with our trainers for some interval work, and coordination drills. Hardest efforts since worlds I think.

Some lunch and back onto the dirtjumpers for some more drills on the drop and pump tracks, everyone was riding way faster and more comfortably which was the exact time we finally jumped on our xc rigs and were all super freaked by there silly handling characteristics. But we were still able to launch of the drop with confidence on them.

Two awesome days down there, paying for it now we didn't limber up at all. But hey do you ever see a lion limber up before taking down a gazelle?

Thanks to Dan for setting it all up and flying in from the warm okanagan valley. Brendan Arnold for his BMX and general badass riding skill teaching. Oh I forgot out manual competition..... for good reason maybe.

Mike Garrigan for his help on day one, and of course to Joyride 150 for building a world class training facility,

All motivated to train now but I'm not sure my body will let me at the moment.

Sunday, November 7, 2010


Oh baby, had a great day with the BCC crew putting together a smoking fast course at the sports complex. The course is on basically the flattest hundred acres in Simcoe County so finding some elevation was challenging. My GPS recorded an elevation gain of 5 meters over 3.35 km kilometers.

All that elevation comes from a Sunnidale esque run up (which is ride able). First half of the course is pretty flat out wide open turns, slowly turning a little more technical with some slower speed stuff to finish the lap off. We built it to be fast and flowy, I would say its more of an on the gas, aerobic engine type course, nothing to punchy. Good surface mixture, grass, gravel, fine gravel, soil, Pavement.

Definitely leaning to one end of the spectrum with this course not going to lie. If you like speedy, momentum, dirt crit type courses you will love this course.

This is a rough course map, nothing is set in stone, but it will generally look something like this.

Looking forward to putting the final touches on the course throughout the next two weeks.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Good times

Home now enjoying a cold one which I have been trying abstain from the past couple days. In preparation for todays show, after many years of being questioned and ridiculed for not participating at cross nats (see Kabush quote as to why he didn't come here) I took part in my first cross nationals since 2005,(where i was somehow third)

Had some choices to make yesterday, and today, with last chance number pickup at 11 am, and an open course at noon for an hour, I opted to make it one long day instead of two long days on the road. If reg and the course were open all day yesterday i probably would have headed down but it wasn't till 4.

So it was a long day waiting for the 3:30 start which to credit the organizers went off right at time. Up the super sketchy hope nobody steps out in front of you start.

Getting ahead of myself got to watch some great racing in the earlier races. Pete "see I made a smart call last sunday" Mogg took another win(looked a little close to be honest) Hats off to Hardinge who had a solid shot at taking the Master B title was taken out by a spectator. Rough way to DNF, Crashes and flats are one thing but that's just crappy luck.

Also Evan and J-staff put in solid efforts with McNeely taking a comfortable win. Great to see such great talent from the young riders.

back to the 330 start. Got an ok jump off the line but got into a a spot of bother with DSJ and Blueboy#2. DSJ and myself found ourselves well out of the top ten approaching 15 ish. Not a good way to start, and with some very tight corners early on the start was very important on this course. Put in a dig to try and get onto DSJ's wheel to hopefully start working our way back up. Well he had the same plan and was able to stick to it. I however made a few passes but quickly started to fade back with some not great performance. Put it into damage control for a bit, tried to stay positive and enjoy the course and riding bikes.

Rode with Box and Mancini for a while, guys I was comfortable riding with and wasn't afraid of being taken out unlike some of the riders from east of Ontario.(scary) Started to get back into a groove and was able to make my way up to a big group and eventually moved through and past the group.

Got rolling pretty good near the end after passing Nathan and him chasing my down hard(fastest time 6th lap no big deal). Made my way up to 7th and held onto that till the end.

You always hope for more and I had a ton of support there, lots of people coming up to me asking how i felt and they had some good feelings about my chances. Thank you. Even Kyle fry was man enough to stand in the cold to cheer.

Kevin and Scott for their support mostly in life advice. Mom for the drive and bad ass sandwiches.

Does this sound like I'm done for the season? Well I could be, it was a short condensed cross season starting in mid-October till now. But i think any races post today will be fully fly by wire.

Changing gears tomorrow going to be laying out the BCC cross course. Then a two Joyride extravaganza for a national team training camp Monday and Tuesday.

Feel like there is a piece of me still plastered to the ground in Bromont. Gotta go find it.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

now that we are on the subject

Sitting down watching Predator in HD on the tube(good living) and its reminding me why the new predators film had potential but failed(off season film rant)

ok, yeah had a nice ride today headed out for a while west towards Orillia. Found myself on the 6th line again, flying down the road beside coffee run is pretty fun. The weather was perfect for November, sunny and no wind. A little chilly but hey that's why clothing companies make booties, gloves, and jackets.

Back to my inspiration, call it nostalgia call it sentimentalism(is that a word?) I grew up with Arnold, Sly, the Bruce, the late 80's early 90's action films always find their way onto my screen on a regular basis.

These current re-makes and sequels always fall short, the new predator flick showed some promise, jungle, big guns, great score, Robert Rodriquez etc. First big mistake having a bunch of hardcore guys plus Topher Grace in a Hoody bouncing around giggling and being the comic relief. But I got past that, all the way till the end. When Adrian Brody kicks the crap out of the predator hand to hand. Serious? your going to tell me that Arnold gets his ass handed to him by a predator but Adrian Brody can take one down.

Sorry not going to fly. They just don't make em like they used to.

back to more pressing matters i am prepared to give some predictions for saturday.

U-23 again will be an awesome race to watch, favorites include J-staff, McNeely. Guthrie is a bit of a question mark at the moment, also Morin. Fry could be a factor but will probably just sit in a car with the heat running and miss the start. I don't even want to guess an order but i'll say J-staff, Mcneely, and Guthrie will make up the top three. Others to watch Bailey, Hughes, Lespy.(who knew newfoundland had a cross scene?)

Master A: Pete "I'm too cool to be cold" Mogg,

Senior women: Pendrel, Elliot, Simms in that order

Senior Men: Time to double down, Cam for a top three, Trace and DSJ also for the top three.

In other news plan to make the trip up to the snowy (if we're lucky) north on November 21st for the 4th annual Barrie cross race, which has been moved back to Barrie....well Barrie runs the facility in Midhurst. Pre reg 25 bones which is tough to beat these days. Hot food and beverages will be on site in a covered pavilion with heated washrooms. Course is still being finalized, staircase, sand pit, are all possible. We are fully prepared for snow. just come it will be awesome. Even if its just to watch and heckle its all good.

Put on by the Barrie cycling club, non-profit, so any proceeds will be funneled back into community cycling initiatives.

"your hit, your bleeding"

"I ain't got time to bleed"

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

I never really was into these tuner cars

I am late to the party reporting on Ben's new hot rod. After a day of cleaning, scrubbing, hosing, de-thawing and a trip to newmarket I made it out to Midhurst for a ride. I went for the ride, apparently everyone else went to oogle Bens ride.

While the others got rides back and forth in the parking lot I got ready to ride. I said i didn't want to get in cause up till then the fastest car i have ever ridden in was my old Lumina and I wanted to keep it that way. But they forced me into the left hand seat(right hand drive car) Yeah its kinda fast. Still not my cup of tea if it was an old american muscle car with tons of horsepower and crappy suspension i would have been more excited.

Oh and we got out for a solid ride, not sure how many more we'll be able to do. It was pretty much at zero which means snowshoeing isn't far off. I was digging through the crawlspace for my winter clothes before heading out.

A BIG congrats to J-staff for being the OCA male MTB athlete of the year.(p.s. J-staff you are about to go on notice)

stay tuned for nationals predictions once registrations are finalized,

some more pics of the Hustle are here,