winter

January 11, 2011

Winter sucks!

Those of us in Alberta have recently been treated to nice big bear hug from Old Man Winter. Most of the province is locked in double digit negative temperatures and even lower wind chills. Almost gone are the memories of loamy, flowing singletrack and the rumble of rocks and sand you bomb downhill. The warmth of the summer sun seems but a distant dream.

But wait! Do not give way to despair, hope is not all lost!

Sacred Rides has just unleashed a contest for a truly epic winter mountain biking escape to your choice of Central or South America. Valued at over $5,000, these vacation options offer something for just about everybody: – Read More –

November 25, 2009

The winter cycling kit

Despite very much enjoying the prolonged absence of snow, I know it’s comin’. Since I’ve already highlighted what gear I use as the mercury drops, I thought I would give you a run down of the gear itself.

Though it hasn’t gotten cold enough to fully enrobe myself in every winter item I have, I’ve had more than enough opportunity to fully stress test some of my new gear (as well as my old), and thought I would share my thoughts with you. When I see everything I wear all in a list it looks like a lot – I guess when you layer things, that’s what happens.

The added bonus, is if you have a winter cyclist on your xmas list, you might think of one of these items… Since this type of gear, as with any quality gear, don’t come cheap – but it’s worth it! – 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 8, 2008

Staying on track through the holidays

One of the things Sheldon and I have been talking about a lot as we roll into December is how we’re planning on hitting our training targets this month. I can’t imagine we’re alone in thinking that it’s tough to stay on top of everything in the middle of winter, between Christmas, family commitments, and travel. Life seems to get in the way of training at the best of times, but during the ‘holiday’ season training is that much more difficult.

Here’s a few strategies that I employ (and plan on employing) this season: – 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 –