calgary

February 20, 2013

car2go

Like many cyclists, I own a car. Truth be told, I own two.

Despite the fact that it’s rarely driven and sits mostly idle in my driveway there are times when the convenience of a car is tough to ignore – especially if your car is paid off, cheap on gas, and the insurance costs aren’t crippling (as mine is).

With that said, I still have trouble justifying the cost of gas, parking and the time spent sitting in traffic just to have a car available whenever I’d like, especially when I generally have more attractive means of transportation at my disposal. But there sure are times a car would be nice to have around…

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October 2, 2012

T’was a Dark Knight CX Race

For a long time, I’ve wondered what it would be like to go to one of the big USGP CX races down in Bend, Oregon, or even over in Europe – the epic courses, the big heckling crowds, the festival atmosphere with music, costumes, signs and beer! I want to experience that one day – it’s officially on my Bucket List.

So, what’s the next best thing if you’re living here in Alberta? Gotta be the Dark Knight!

Set up inside the bobsleigh/luge run up at COP in Calgary, this race has all the core aspects of a great event, not to mention a race. It’s located within the city, making it easy to get to, especially for those of us travelling there, staying in hotels, etc… There’s lots of parking right at the site, and room for big crowds of cowbell ringing spectators and you can crank the music without waking up the neighbours!

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April 20, 2010

Shot the gap, and failed

This weekend was my very first road race. I had been looking forward to it for weeks. The Prairie Roubaix, hosted my Speed Theory in Calgary. Racing in Calgary is always nice. I mean you’re in the foothills, with great views of the mountains just west, and of course I get to see my buddy Ken.

I drove up Saturday morning so I’d be there in time for a ‘funzies’ ride put on by Dead Goat. Tim set up a course, starting from his place it led us all over. Me, not being from Calgary, I was lost a lot of the time, but I didn’t care at all. It was 23 degrees, sunny and I was riding a brand new carbon Lapierre Xelius 200, courtesy of Edmonton’s friendly neighbourhood River Valley Cycle. What a machine! Super stiff and responsive. The bike literally surges with each pedal stroke. It was nuts how much I loved this bike. And, I have to give it credit where credit is due on the hill climb challenge we did from the bottom of Canadian Olympic Park (COP) up to the Tea House. I flew up that steep, switchback road, cranking over that 42 tooth inside ring to just eek out a win in the A group. My closest rival, Ken Hurd of course, just 2 seconds behind me.  This might be the only thing I beat Ken at all season, so good times, indeed. Hill climb victory aside, Sunday was going to be the real race. – Read More –

March 30, 2010

Speed Theory Presents: The Prairie Roubaix

Billed as “The Spring Classic Europe Wished it Had,” Speed Theory is looking to kick off the 2010 season in style. Sure to be a ‘bare-bones’ hard-man race with upwards of 20% of the 14.5km course being full-on gravel, this is guaranteed to be a great way to test your mettle for the 2010 season.

Originally billed as a spring classic ‘series,’ Speed Theory was hoping some of the other clubs would step in to host additional races. Sadly none have done so and the ‘series’ has been reduced to ‘a race.’ With that said, I’m glad that at least this one will be happening.

$5 at the ‘door’ will get you in, and regardless of your off-season fitness (or lack thereof) it should prove to be an exciting race since will put most roller-babies (I use the term lovingly) a little out of their comfort zone. – Read More –

March 2, 2010

Pullin’ the plug

Sometimes I like to consider myself I fairly hardcore guy. When the goin’ gets tough, most times I’m able to hunker down, grit my teeth and get through it. I might not get there first, I might not get there smilin’, but I’ll get there.

With that said, there are times (albeit few) when a guy just need to come to terms with the fact that it’s time to throw in the towel. A ride a few weeks ago was one of those times.

It all started innocently enough. An email went out from one of the Deadgoats suggesting a roll through some of the more picturesque roads to the south of Calgary on the cx bikes. The weather was supposed to be grand, and I had missed the last group ride so I was eager to get out. – Read More –

February 16, 2010

Calgary welcomes BikeBike

It’s not every day you get a new bike shop in town – and definitely not every day you wander into said shop and barely recognize any of the bikes sitting on the floor. I think that’s part of what makes BikeBike so unique, it’s bringing something different to not only the bike scene in Calgary, but in all of Alberta.

I had a chance to sit down with Sean Carter, one of the owners of BikeBike and ask him a few questions:

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September 4, 2009

Fall XC Race at C.O.P.

I’ve been waiting for something like this for a while in Calgary, and finally it looks like my dream may be coming true. WinSport Canada is hoping starting a weekly drop-in cross-country race at C.O.P. and using this September race to guage interest.

Let’s get out there, support the cause and help get something going… It’s local, it’s going to be fun, there’s going to be food and bevies, and heck, I’m going to be there, what else do you need!?

September 17th @ 6:00, be there! – Read More –

November 24, 2008

The Bow 80 – Back from Rehab

It’s been over 10 years since my last *real* mountain bike race, and while the last one was a tight loop on a 2km course, this one was a completely different beast.

For the uninitiated, the Bow 80 is an 80km loop around Moose Mountain in Kananaskis Country (Alberta). It claims to include some of the best mountain biking around – and they aren’t lying. Whatever your heart desires, this course delivered. Winding single track, sincere climbs, and brake shredding descents – not to mention some nice scenery along the way.

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November 14, 2008

Ridin’ the ridge

Sheldon came down to Calgary a few months ago and we took our first stab at doing some video recording during the ride. We headed up to Jumpingpound Ridge near Bragg Creek for the day. A truly great ride for anybody in that neck of the woods. I thought I’d dust off the video and share it with – Read More –