We had another mass start this morning from where we ended the previous day at Fernie Alpine Resort. Out of the gate, we were climbing, and it almost did not stop all day. The first climb was a modest grade of 5-6% for about 30 minutes up a fire road to the top of the ski resort followed by a gnarly downhill before a very steep climb to the highest point for the day. A long decent into the valley, creek crossings and then back up and around the final ridge and peak followed, where we…Continue
A mass start this morning welcomed all riders, though some found the adventure of Day 1 too much and opted out from continuing (apparently this happens every year). The peloton was escorted out of the town of Fernie by an antique fire truck for the first 1.5km along the highway to the power line road, the site of our first of many climbs of the day. I seeded myself toward…Continue
Well I am humbled. Having ridden single mountain track in Chamonix, Zermatt, Whistler, Colorado and Mt. Tremblant, I thought that I had encountered tough climbs before, but Fernie has some of the most technical climbs (and descents) that I have encountered anywhere. What differentiates it? Roots. They are everywhere. They almost seem to jump out at you, especially around switchbacks. Anyway, in keeping with TransRockies tradition, today’s stage was a time trail to basically “set the…Continue
Nice to See Patryk, Jason, Nick and Terri at the…Continue
Added by DY on July 28, 2012 at 4:54pm — No Comments
Lots of new faces... hope you all had a good ride!
Well I am here in Fernie, B.C. still questioning what I am doing. Coming from that mountain biking Mecca of Toronto, am I prepared for a three-day mountain biking stage race that has 4,900 metres of elevation gain over 92 km that includes 79% trail riding, with 58% single track to boot? After months of multiple hill repeats on Brimley, the Bayview Extension, Loblaws Hill, “Hospital” Hill behind Sunnybrook, complemented by umpteen laps of the Don, Albion Hills, and Hardwood Hills, I guess…Continue
Can you imagine - 2 weeks of warm days, smooth roads, nice scenery, no cars, great food, great company. Can't imagine , just see some photos from our trip to France.
It was great to spend time in one location and fall into a vacation rythmn of morning rides, coffee breaks with cafe elonger, cafe grand creme, chausson au pomme, pain au chocolat, market shopping for lunch and dinner, awesome wines from the cellar, gourmet dinners. Our location was Chateauneuf…Continue
Well, the precipitation failed to materialize but the threat of rain seems to have driven away the crowds this week.
Mohamed Eltorki and Alex Herceq met me at the designated start point and we rolled over to Brimley where Dave Shedd joined us. Brimley may not quite measure up to Mt. Ventoux, but there are still some 13% grade sections that will get the legs burning (at least for a short period).
After a few trips up and down…Continue
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All six of us slayed la bête, le géant de Provence, yesterday. Thought it only too appropriate to do it on a Hillicious Thursday, although to call Le Mont Ventoux a 'hill' tends to understate its hugeness. Here's some photo evidence……Continue
Nice to see everyone out! The forecasted rain never really materialized, so we had a lovely time on the hills!
And yes, it really was my birthday. My present? A brand new Garmin Edge 500 computer. And boy, can it do some neat stuff!
Sprint points this week to Jamie - though I think the TT bike may be a bit of an unfair…Continue
Added by Peter Sutton on July 19, 2012 at 9:30pm — No Comments
A big congratulations to Jim Weir for taking 11th place in the Master B 2012 Ontario Provinicial Championship Road Race on Sunday!
Jim lined up along with Quentin Broad and myself for what promised to be a fairly epic road race - long, fast straight-aways; a long slightly twisty 2 km descent; some small rolling hills; and a long grinder of a…Continue
I had the opportunity of being at the event(support van & Manufacturing booth). Overall another great event by Centurion, great route and everyone made it in before the thunder and lightning! Bunch of BCC'ers(about 10) were there, maybe next year we do this as a club event as well as the collingwood one, coming up....
Here are the results:…Continue
Well, it wasn't quite as bad as the two previous weeks, but it certainly was hard, hard work tonight!
Smaller crowd, as some of our regulars are racing in BC and…Continue
Sorry, no pictures this week (forgot my camera).
Another super speedy Sunday ride this week. Unlike last week, however, the 100 km group elected to let the 120 km group start ahead of them; no pressure to try and keep pace, I guess.
I have no data, stats or anything else, since my fabulous 1990's technology bike computer is on the fritz. It did make lots of random beeping noises, though, so that was sorta entertaining. Might be time for an upgrade -…Continue
Added by Evan Glazer on July 7, 2012 at 10:10am — No Comments
Wow, and I thought last week was a sweat-fest!
Pretty decent crowd this week, but it was quite the scorcher this evening, too. The best part of my night (besides standing in the sprinkler when I got home) was the descents - no pedaling, and the the breeze at 50+ km/h was really quite cooling.
We had some pretty amazing climbing going on, and we actually stayed at Brimley until 7:30pm or so. Admittedly, our departure was delayed…Continue