Paris to Ancaster 2014
@ridingfeelsgood captures podium performances for @ShindaLin & @jonslaughter at @redbull #racetheplace #smartathlete http://t.co/wzHFo9dN4I
Some ideas to make sure your bike is 100% ready to hold onto all that fitness you built this past winter indoors.
What did I forget ? Any requests for the next Bike Skills project episode ?
My friends over at Paris to Ancaster wanted to know my thoughts about a week out from this big early season gravel grinder race.
Don’t Overdue it with training this weekend.
Build confidence with some key experiences (hard start, clipping in , hard hill after an hour or two of riding, riding with people, riding race bike)
Test your food, gear, bike and be ready to do work next weekend. Have a plan for each weather situation
prepare well and it is just about pedaling and having a great time.
Crazy weekend at Sea Otter . 3 solid races. 2 big days on 3 awesome Trek Bikes. A lot of hard work but so much phone and hopefully a little boost to fitness going into the Canada Season openers . I think I was 8th Enduro, 33 XC and 11th Cyclocross.
Change your shoes frequently to help avoid running pain .
So fun couple weeks up in the north. So cold I almost had to fly in some girls from Miami to heat up the city. not quite though.
One of my exciting adventures in coaching this year is taking on Hardwood Devo Gold
A group of 14-17 year old Mtb athletes.
The Hardwood devo program recieved Trillium Funding from the Ontario Government
I was glad to be there with the athletes and staff for the ceremony !
(Still room for 1-2 more athletes if you know an awesome 14-17 year old ! )
My friends at Scotch Hollow let me help with Maple Syrup
Officially driving tractors and not overly getting in the way
In no way did this portable scotch setup get engineered for Maple syrup boiling sessions
old Glenfiddich Container with small Glenfich bottle plus a big and a small rock glass . Tight package !
I had to crawl through chicen feces for these awesome eggs at Scotch Hollow
2 of th 3 bikes I am racing at Sea Otter this weekend . Enduro Bike (Trek Ex 8) at left
Trusty Superfly on RIght .
first reading of a major amendment to the
Highway Traffic Act
33. Section 148 of the Act is amended by adding the following subsections:
(6.1) Every person in charge of a motor vehicle on a highway who is overtaking a person travelling on a bicycle shall, AS NEARLY AS MAY BE PRACTICABLE, leave a distance of not less than one metre between the bicycle and the motor vehicle and shall maintain that distance until safely past the bicycle.
(6.2) The one metre distance required by subsection (6.1) refers to the distance between the extreme right side of the motor vehicle and the extreme left side of the bicycle, including all projections and attachments.
Above is a very important amendment to the HTA that will positively effect all cyclists in Ontario. This section is making the '1 meter rule' the law in Ontario. The 1 meter rule for those who don't know is the idea that no motor vehicle should pass a cyclist with less than 1 meter of space between them. It is legal recognition that cyclists are 'vulnerable' road users and as such drivers must make the extra effort to pass safely. It makes 'threading the needle' or 'buzzing' illegal. This really is a great Bill for cycling but there is one small catch. The addition of the phrase "as nearly as may be practicable" in our opinion makes the 1 meter rule conditional. We can't tell you conclusively what effect that phrase has on the 1 meter rule but in our opinion it has the potential to seriously dilute the positive effect of the rule. We think the rule should be unconditional. If a driver can't find 1 meter of space between itself and a cyclist it is a very strong indication that its not safe to pass. We are of the opinion that the sanctity of life and the principles of safety should always take precedence over expedience particularly in the context of vulnerable users. We are concerned that with that condition we are leaving the judgement of when its safe to pass up to the drivers to decide and we all know that there are a certain percentage of drivers who have no respect for the safety of cyclists. Although things are getting better, we do not yet live in a cycling friendly society. We think an unconditional 1 meter rule sends out a clear message: safety first for vulnerable users.
If you agree please email the Minister of Transportation, the Honourable Glen Murray, at (firstname.lastname@example.org) and give him your opinion. We have a unique opportunity to effect some positive change for cycling at this moment. Let’s take this opportunity to be heard. Time is of the essence.
So back at home in the North after Fontana. Getting organized and focused for Sea Otter. Fontana came and went. It was fast . The Replay can be found HERE
With all this travel and focused training/recovery I just finished another Nirvana Book , “Come As You Are, The Story of Nirvana” by Michael Azerrad . Was a good narrative and seemed more complete then some of the other stories I have read. My favorite part about reading these bios are that they expose new songs / rare recordings and also some background to better appreciate a song or lyric.
This is one song I discovered. A cover of a Leadbelly Song “Ain’t it a Shame. Which wasn’t released till years later on the “With the Lights Out Album/box set”
Other books of similar effect (appreciating and finding out new music) that I have read recently :
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