December 23, 2009

The Rider

“Non-racers. The emptiness of those lives shocks me.”

As a kind of early Christmas gift this year, my wife gave me a translated copy of Tim Krabbé’s classic Dutch novel, ‘The Rider’. I cracked it same day and had it read cover to cover in very short order, save some note taking I did for this post. Not only is the subject right up my alley these days, but the dry, humorous writing style and tension –building structure makes it a page-turner – I loved it. ‘The Rider’ is a first-hand account of one road race, Krabbé’s 309th amateur race, the Tour de Mont Aigoual and his all out attempt to crush his arch enemy Barthélemy, and finally chalk up a win. It only took a couple pages and I had to know how it ended! – Read More –

November 23, 2009

On Air

While I was struggling not to get lapped in my last cyclocross race of the season (Dairy Queen Double Dipper), I noticed my breathing was out of control! I mean, I was gasping for air and dyin’ out there! This got me talking to myself, which is always a good sign of solid mental health. “Breathe man, c’mon breathe! In, out, in, out!” I kept telling myself and to my surprise, I found when I focused on this, I felt better, though maybe only by a fraction and only until I hit the next hill. So, up popped the obvious questions, am I breathing correctly? Do the pros know a breathing technique of some kind that I don’t and if there was a way for me to improve my breathing technique, could it make me a faster rider? – Read More –

December 11, 2008

Into the white

When I tell people I commute in the winter, most people look at me like I’ve taken leave of my senses. While I’m not sure this video will convince people of my sanity, I thought it would be fun for people to see what I ride through on a regular basis. Though, there’s only about – Read More –

December 3, 2008

Gearing up for winter cycling

As fall fades into winter many people don’t mind giving up the outdoors for a gym or the trainer. I have come to realize, however, that I am not one of those people – I’m not that fond of the gym at the best of times.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ll hop on the trainer if it’s -40°C outside, but I generally do my best to keep training outside regardless of what Mother Nature has in store for me. It’s always nice being outside, and part of me likes to think that it makes me a little more resilient to inclement weather come race day! 

Though currently there’s no significant accumulation of white stuff on the ground, the temperature is beginning it’s steady slide south of 0°C. With that said, it’s time to start thinking about changes in gear, riding technique, and general mindset. – Read More –

December 1, 2008

Urban Fare

Edmonton river valley below the Provincial Museum. One of the best best areas in the valley by far.

November 28, 2008

Urban Flow

First crack at building a film using the new iMovie. Footage is from summer of 2008 and shot here in the Edmonton river valley. Lots of good trails down there, and you do spend a lot of time grinding your way out of the valley if you want to enjoy any downhill action. Good for – 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 19, 2008

Good Times in E-town

Headed up to Edmonton and did some riding over the weekend. It was fun being back in Edmonton, ripping through the river valley and all my old trails. Sheldon and I did some hack-job-filming, comprised mainly of his Canon Elph, a ‘Gorilla’ tripod, and lots of duct tape. The final product isn’t really that bad, – Read More –

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 –