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Can You Prepare for The Goal You Have Set?

Picking Point B – The Goal You Want to Reach

Where do you want to go? That ‘Point B’ is the big race, big ride, or new power output you want to achieve. The big Crazy Goal that scares you into doing awesome training and learning new skills and pushing your personal bests.

In 2017 I did an Ironman and that was the Big Crazy Goal for the year because Ironman is crazy! In about a year I had to learn to swim and push my limits and fears, which was exciting and new BUT it meant giving up a lot of the fun mountain biking and trail running I usually do for that year.

So when you look at all the events you have this year, do you have time to prepare for them all and have a great day at the big one? Or do some of those small (or not so small) events conflict with the big training rides, weekends and weeks you GET to do to prepare for your BIG CRAZY EVENT?

The Space between Point A and Point B

When choosing and refining that list of races, events, and rides. Make sure you have the time and energy for the training you need to do for many weeks. You want to be really excited for the training the event requires. If it is a mountain bike race you should want to and be able to ride your mountain bike on trails a lot!

If you are signing up for an endurance event than make sure you plan for those big training days and weeks and months!

As an example, many people sign up for Leadville but do not want to drive to HILLY gravel roads or ride their mountain bike for many hours. Be careful as this makes for scary race days!

Look at the Calendar

Take out a calendar and see if there are any free weekends (or months) to train for that big goal event. To put in daily focused training to have you in PERSONAL BEST condition. To be CONFIDENT on the start line.

Trim the events you aren’t into

Plan your big training rides. Plan your recovery days. Plan weekends when you can just ride, eat, sleep, and hang out with your family and be happy!

Commit to that one (or two) big day of adventure so you can spend a few months getting ready for. Be MORE excited abou tthe training you GET TO DO, for the awesome adventures and learning you will do.

Book a phone consult to get help planning your season

Great June Event – Try Cycle for Sight!

Cycle for Sight is a great event I have taken part in the last 3 years and have enjoyed the big day on the bike around my home in Collingwood with some good people, for a great cause.


It is now based in Creemore entirely and tours great roads around Creemore, Collingwood, and Stayner.

Enjoy a great finish line spread on the main street of Creemore, right in front of the Creemore Brewery!

2015 Hardwood Ski and Bike Canada Cup – Results, Photos, Videos, Links

Muddy day but amazing turnout with spectators sticking around through heavy rain and wind. Hardwood Ski and Bike and Pulse Racing should be commended on super event. Pan Ams will be no problem. I had a decent day, likely my best ‘mud’ race of my life. Ended up 9th with bike and body in one piece. Kudos to Derek Zandstra and Emily on winning Elite and also to my teammate Soren for putting in really solid lap times (close to Emily’s) in the Junior women’s event.



-> ONTARIO CYCLING RESULTS 2015 Hardwood Ski and Bike Canada Cup 

peter on boneshaker by momma bailey

sliding down boneshaker – Photo via the Baileys 


JSLAUGHTS Races Horshoe



JSlaughts riding the ‘the pugsly’ w. Lazarski Photo in the background (photo by Danny Souter)

-> APEX PHOTO – hardwood 2015 (i was #11 this week link)

-> CANADIAN CYCLIST – Hardwood Ski and Bike Canada Cup   and cancyclist galleries Hardwood 2015




-> Marc Antoine Nadon rides the akward Rock Step down at Hardwood Ski and Bike Canada Cup 


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2015 Horseshoe Ocup / Canada Cup – Photos, Links, Videos, Stories




Hailey Smith (norco) winner of 2015 Horseshoe Canada Cup 

JSLAUGHTS Races Horshoe

Norco factory update 


not tired wheelie - horshoe candaa cup 2015

Tired finish wheelie.

-> APEX PHOTO – Check out the Frogs we caught post-race ! and the whale rock shots are also good. #1 plate ran tape on 1st lap.

-> CANADIAN CYCLIST -Updated 6/9/2015 – Horshoe Canada Cup results and elite women/men photos


-> FACEBOOK – HANS CLARK 282 images


-> CTV Coverage of 2015 Horshoe Canada Cup


Looking for a Training Plan ? Check out the 100% MADE FOR YOU Plans by Smart Athlete HERE 

Looking to improve your Skills ? Smart Athlete offers Private Sessions to get you fast, confident and safe quickly. LINK

Need Fuel for your weight-loss or performance goals? Try Hammer Nutrition for 15% off with Code ‘Glassford15’ at SHOPHAMMER

2015 Tremblant Canada Cup MTB-XCO – Results, Photos, Stories

I had the sensation that things might change this year as I got in my last workout at home before heading to the familiar Canada Cup Venue at Mt. Tremblant. Sure enough I was behind the news and the organizers had put in some work to loop the first single-track back towards the village and the ‘classic’ minime (13-14 year olds) descent beside the river would be used by the elites after being passed-by for so many years. The minime descent is quite rooty, technical and really fun so I was excited to get to race it.

I felt good on the start and was within the  top 20 and soon closed a few gaps that ‘eager’ starters had let open. I found the Wheel of Watson (shotgun novel title) and decided that it was the day we would race together. Sure enough I bobbled 3 times in 10 feet on the big mud hole and ended up going over my limit to get back on lap 2. Regrouping I rode steady and consistent, albeit with less speed then I would like. Ended up in 13th and grabbed a couple points.


-> Canadian Cycling Magazine Tremblant 2015 Coverage

-> Cancyclist Tremblant 2015 Results

-> Pedal Mag Tremblant 2015 Results/Photos  &  DOwnhill Results/Photos

-> Canadian Cyclist Downhill Results 2015 Tremblant




catching or loosing the ‘wheel of watson‘ 

-> Rastasproduction photos (Saw some of Karlee and Raph so far) 


BLOGS and Stories

-> Journal de Quebec story on race / Raph Gagne

-> Slaughter Blog 

-> McSneaky Tremblant    (also see McSneaky Rockshox upside down fork post)


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Paris to Ancaster 2015 – Story, Results, Photos

Please let me know your own blog links, stories or videos you have seen via comments below or tweet at me @peterglassford 

What a super day at the races. While I had ambitious to be in the lead pack and going for the win again this year it was ambitious to think my preparations were sufficient and that my first race back after many months away from racing would be my best but 10th with some decent power output for the 2 hour event and solid technical riding were enough for me this year.

men podium 2015

The Course was quite dry, which *may* have been a factor that kept me out of making the break (or re-catching the break) … This made for a generally fast moving day despite the pre-vailing headwind and longer course this year as we neared 70km on the day.

dad takes photo of molly and I at Paris to Ancaster

Molly and I were down for the weekend with a Sponsor Ride on Friday and a Women’s Talk on the Saturday, and a children’s skills clinic on the Saturday. Photo credit to my Dad on the above shot of Molly and I !

mike hand talking

Mike Garrigan, National CX Champ and multi-time Paris to Ancaster Champ and Sean Kelly, Provincial Coach and Road racing legend, and I went for what was basically a full pre-ride on Saturday afternoon. Likely not the wisest use of time and energy given the dry course but so much fun to get out exploring with 2 good friends who I don’t get to ride with enough and who love a good gravel road (or mtb trail) on road bikes as much as I do .

To top it all off, I was able to see many friends and family who live in Ancaster while at the event. It was a busy 1st weekend back at the races.


-> McSneeky Blog 2015 Paris to Ancaster (and Sea Otter) 

-> Hamilton SPectator 2015 Paris to ANcaster coverage 


2015 Paris to Ancaster – Official Timing Results 

2015 Results by Canadian Cyclist – paris to ancaster

CHECK OUT MY STRAVA FOR Paris to Ancaster 2015

2014 Paris to Ancaster Results and Story (**2014 – last year ** ) 


-> Canadian Cyclist Paris to Ancaster Photos 

-> APEX PHOTO 2015 Paris to ANcaster

-> Man endoing on climb up martin road   –  Muddy Man’s Face    —


-> (classic 2013 ‘how to win paris to ancaster video features mike g) 

-> Garrigan Van and Van Loy interviews on Pedal Mag Paris to Ancaster 2015

-> Bicycling INstagram for CLARK interview and fun/interesting bikes of Paris to Ancaster 2015

-> Mid-pack GO-Pro of Martin Road Climb – Paris to Ancaster 2015 (with bag pipes )

-> 40km Paris to Ancaster Start 

-> John Thorpe Talking best bike to use for Paris to Ancaster

-> CHCH covers 2015 paris to ancaster 

Rochester Ellison Park Cyclocross Race 2014 PB Trek – Report, Photos, Links

A Great weekend in Rochester NY for the Full Moon Vista – Ellison Park CX – Presented by Trek

The weekend started with a Skills clinic that Molly and I Co-Instructed with The Durrins, Jeremy Durrin and Gabby Durrin (nee Day). We had a great mix of abilities and our split between a more foundational look at skills and cross with the Durrins taking the more race oriented folks on a more tactical and course specific session (sneaking skill work in as it is just as important for the advanced folks!).




*  Day 2 – pedalmag


1) Behind the barriers – Interviews! Hear the real stories behind the results @ellisoncross.  http://t.co/1JDn9zFOwa

2) Caroline Mani Blog

3) Ellison Park Cycling News Coverage 

4) Live feed of by Gnarly Monkey: via


Day 1  @Sanctum_Cycles – http://t.co/ooKkMhwr0a

Day 1 velo news http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/10/news/cyclocross/gallery-ellison-park-cyclocross-festival-day-one_349276

Day 2 – Sanctum_Cycle: Gallery: Ellison Park Cyclocross Festival, day two http://t.co/xRUBcgjiXk

Day 2 by Velo news – http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/10/news/cyclocross/gallery-ellison-park-cyclocross-festival-day-two_349324

Night Weasels – Wed. Night Cross race in Massachusetts USA During 'Holy Week of Cross'

Perhaps one of the best events I have been too. I finished 12 or 13th and Justin Lindine somehow put a lot of time into me to win on the slippery course.

So many people out on a Wednesday night to race cyclocross in the rain !

Great pricing, course and organization .

Super psyched on the skill based Prime for first female to ride the stairs (Mical Dyck got it !!)  VIDEO 


Results (and links to a lot of photo galleries):

Official race photos on our FB page:

Video coverage from dirtwire.tv:


 => Night Weasel’s PHotos on Facebook 

I rode the stairs (4 uphill logs) and was psyched that the organizer put up a $100 Gift Card Prime for the first Lady to ride them (Mical Dyck took it !)

Crank the Shield 2014

While I seem to thrive in the conditions and courses that Crank the Shield especially but stage races generally, seem to produce this one seemed to do a good job of leaving a few of the participants down a few pegs with injuries and illness.

Needless to say there were some good times among the shivering and sniffling. Bunking and dining with some new and old friends, including my arch nemesis AWI, was super fun and convincing an American girl to come and spend some time in chilly northern Ontario vs. staying in Sunny/warm Vegas was also enjoyable. Battling with Marc Antoine Nadon of 3rox was good times until he pushed me into a river and took the final stage win.

I ended up winning and got to see many of the athletes I coach personally and also have helped through the FREE Crank the Shield Newsletter put their hard work and preparation to the test .



=> pedal mag brief story / results stage 1 and 2 

=> Pedal mag brief story and results crank the shield stage 3 and final 


=> http://apexphoto.zoomphoto.ca/event/19454/


=> Another apex crank the shield facebook gallery