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    Toronto Heart and Stroke ride

    Hi there folks! My name is Gurgus and this the first time I'm riding the Becel Ride for Heart and Stroke. This an annual event that they hold here. For this event they close down two of the major arteries in the Toronto area(the Gardiner and the Don Valley parkway).

    Myself, I'm riding the 75 kms route most probably on my fixed gear and am looking for sponsors. If you can help, I'd really appreciate it and so would the Heart and Stroke foundation.

    Here is the link to the event's website. Thanks in advance!

    http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/defa...t=222611&lis=1

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    75km on a fixie? That in itself deserves recognition.

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    I'll be doing this ride on my fixie as well so sponsor me! Check the link in my sig to sponsor me and click the IRO in my sig to see what I'll be riding. See you there!
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    I'll be doing 75 k assuming I can drag my kid out that early. We missed the early bird start for 50 k last year.

    But definitely not on fixed gear. What is the course? We've only done the 50 k so far. Do you go up to Bayview/Bloor and back, then up to York Mills and back?

    EDIT...oh I see, you do the skaters loop, then the York Mills loop.
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    Squeezed the 50km route in about 2 hrs and managed to take a few pics while I was at it.

    Here's me:


    Here's some random train of bikes all hooked together:
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    Excuse the somewhat wordy ride report:

    We did the 75 km. My daughter was up early and drove Robb and me to the Dufferin gate well before the scheduled 6:45 am start. We got in line on our beater mountain bikes among mostly full-kit high-end roadies of all ages, but there were a few other beater and Freddish looking bikes with racks and fenders here and there.

    We got out of the chute at 6:55 with about 50 riders ahead of us and an unknown number behind. Right away a peloton of roadies took off from the front. Robb was worried he would have a recurrence of a problem from a couple of weeks ago of a loose stem and rolling handlebars, so we had to pull over and check that almost immediately, even though I had repeatedly reassured him the bolt was tight.

    We had to go west 2-3 km first (top right of picture, looking south over downtown Toronto) and then return past the Ex, where we passed the massed 50 km riders waiting for the 7:15 start (who didn’t have to do the first westward loop). I was worried about pacing myself so I kept it modest at first, and of course in the first few minutes we lost sight of the front of the pack, and quite a few people from the second wave also passed us on the Gardiner (top of picture, along waterfront), but as we arced onto th Don Valley Parkway and headed north to Bloor we were proceeding about as fast as everyone: stragglers from the 75 km group and some of the early birds for the 50 km ride.

    Not far above Bloor, a little way into the double loop, we saw the lead group heading south having already crested at York Mills, and by Eglinton they had lapped us on that section. Robb is lot lighter than me so I told him to go ahead on the long climb from Bloor to Eglinton, and he waited at the top. I can scorch most riders on the downhill and briefly dropped him heading to Lawrence but he passed me again and waited at the top. Heading south we got an apple at Eglinton and stopped to retrieve fresh Gatorade from my pack at Bloor. At that point I realized he had a slightly loose bullhorn. That was what was making him think his stem was loose. Wrenched it tight and he was good to go. On the second run up, he again waited at Eglinton and at that point I told him to ride his own ride and arranged to meet him where we’d been dropped off.

    Heading south after power-chugging a whole bottle of water at York Mills I saw a tandem moving fast and snaking through the pack, so on a sudden impulse, I chased them down. The only advantage of being overweight is you can kill on the downhills. Killed me too – I had to coast for the next several minutes to recover from that brief 30 second interval. Chugged another bottle at Eglinton and again at Bloor. The Bloor stop was irritating…all the milling cyclists crowding the paved path instead of moving onto the grass made it really hard to get to the counter and out again, Cost me 5 minutes and stiff legs. Riding up the ramp back onto the freeway I was having trouble keeping up with a 4 year old kid running pushing his bike. That kid has a future in cyclocross!

    From there it’s a gentle downhill to the waterfront, then a straight 6 km finishing stretch along the elevated Gardiner. I always feel good on that last section, probably because I’ve been mostly coasting downhill for 15 km, and my habit in the last 3-4 years has been to select one or two riders going faster than me, and try to pick up the pace to stay with them, and pass them at the end when the highway slopes down to ground level. I chose three guys in red shirts who had overtaken me in a ragged paceline at the beginning of the Gardiner and kept them in sight. About halfway home a roadie girl yelled “on your left” as she overtook me, and I decided to focus on her instead. I stayed about 50 feet back and she and I passed the three red guys well before the finish. I surged ahead at the end, mission accomplished. As usual, none of the others knew we were racing!

    Robb and I met up at the end as planned. At 4 hours for 76.8 km, I can’t claim to be fast, but for an old fat guy on 2” knobbies I think I did pretty well.
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    You did good. On our first charity ride on our tandem, which was also our first long ride (read:adjustment ride) we got passed several times by a friend of mine on his unicycle. Disheartening.

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    Today was my first time on the ride for heart. I did the 75k on my fixed gear. It wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. I had a good ride and finished in 3hrs and ten minutes. Lots and lots of very pretty bikes all over the place. It was like a bike nerd's wet dream. I started about fifteen feet from the start, amongst the roadies, feeling out of place.

    I found myself thinking that the gardiner and DVP should be for bikes only all the time.

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    Heh, that climb back onto the DVP after exiting at Bayview/Bloor was good for a sprint climb. I took the opportunity to blow past some guys that passed me pedaling DOWN the exit, but were slowly climbing back up the hill. Didn't matter though cuz they passed me on the next downhill. Oh wellz.
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    Hey guys!

    I was there too on my 20" Dahon Helios P8 folding bike...
    Due to some confusion, I ended up doing two extra loops, for a total of 100km in 4 hours 10 minutes.

    It was an awesome day! Can't wait until next year.

    PS. I didn't envy you guys on fixies!

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    random collection of bikes...

    Yup, that's me in front, daughter and son in the rear.

    This year the intention was that he'd ride a little more (the trail-a-bike is one of the tandem models) but he ended up in the passenger seat for most of the ride.

    We did 25km in about 2 hours (lots of breaks).

    Somewhere nearby you'd have seen my wife on her Brodie Theta (the ideal "mom" bike -- Nexus 8 internally geared hub) chatting with the kids while we rode.



    And yeah - it was a lot of fun watching as one or two out of each group of roadies to blow past us would rubberneck and then yell back that I was getting a real workout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by myrcurial
    Yup, that's me in front, daughter and son in the rear.
    Great setup...never seen a tandem trail-a-bike before!

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    They're ridiculously rare. Made by Adams (Norco) for a brief while. When attached to a DF, they require a strong rider who outweighs the trail-a-bike stokers by at least 50%. Two stokers *can* flip the front bike in a turn if they're pedaling. I think that this is the real reason that the design was discontinued. When connected to the trike, I have to LEAN in turns and ask the kids to stop pedaling in order to make it without flipping -- the turn at the bottom of the ramp from the Gardiner to the DVP was extra exciting

    I cannot recommend highly enough the effect that getting the kids started early has had... they prefer to ride places on the bikes than take the car

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4cmd3
    Hey guys!

    I was there too on my 20" Dahon Helios P8 folding bike...
    Due to some confusion, I ended up doing two extra loops, for a total of 100km in 4 hours 10 minutes.

    It was an awesome day! Can't wait until next year.

    PS. I didn't envy you guys on fixies!

    See, this was the general consensus I got when I told people I was going to do the ride fixed. I seem to recall passing an aweful lot of geared bikes going up the hills. Passed quite a few of them going downhill too. My fix is geared at 52*18 which is around 77 gear inches, so I have a good top end to it. Fun day, can't wait till next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by myrcurial
    Yup, that's me in front, daughter and son in the rear.
    Awesome! I didn't know you were a BF member. I saw your setup at the start and again towards the end of the ride. I took that pic towards the end of the ride on the climb from the DVP to the Gardiner.

    Quote Originally Posted by 4cmd3
    PS. I didn't envy you guys on fixies!
    Heh, I didn't envy the guys on coasters. Like Gurgus, I passed a bunch of people on the uphills. On the long downhills, I unclipped and put my feet on the rear axle nuts while the pedals spun in a nice blur.
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    It was a fun ride. A little hazy, but the clouds were good to keep the temperature down. They said 12,000 riders. What's a few hundred/thousand between friends?
    Zero gallons to the mile

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    BUMP!

    Who's riding this year? I signed up last month, but haven't started haranguing my friends for money yet cuz I'm lazy.
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    Oh this is awesome! If I'm in Toronto that weekend, I'll do what i can to make it.

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    The haranguing has begun!

    Quote Originally Posted by email begging for donations
    <Your name here>

    I'm riding the Becel Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart AGAIN! This is the 3rd time I'm riding it because they still haven't figured out a cure for death. Anyways, sponsor me by clinking on the donation link below and as always, your donation is tax deductible, will earn you good karma points and a bear hug from me.

    The ride is Sunday, June 1st and if you wanna ride with me, lemme know and we'll take a slow roll up the DVP.

    BTW, those of you who donated in the past, here's what your money bought:

    - Treating and preventing cardiac arrest in children
    - Improving prevention and management of high blood pressure
    - Fighting to eliminate trans fats from processed foods

    Now hook me up wit da dorrahs!!1!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jyossarian View Post
    BUMP!

    Who's riding this year? I signed up last month, but haven't started haranguing my friends for money yet cuz I'm lazy.
    I'm doing it again, 75km on the fixed gear, again. I won't jump in and ask for sponsers, I hit my goal already. Good luck all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jyossarian View Post
    I'll be doing this ride on my fixie as well so sponsor me! Check the link in my sig to sponsor me and click the IRO in my sig to see what I'll be riding. See you there!
    You coming up to the T-dot? Sweet... Be cool to meet you.

    I'm considering the 75k on my fixie too - I'm riding the route anyway, just not sure on roadie/fixie yet Last years was on my roadie on the weekend after doing 2 back-to-back metric centuries (Ride to Cambridge, ON and back)

    Edit: noticed the year and then the bump, but yeah...

    pyze riding fixed too eh? Jeez I should just man up and commit to it fixed as well

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    I'm planning on riding the roadie this year. Rode it fixed the last two years and the roadie's new sooo... I'll be easy to recognize. I'll be the NYer on a Schwinn.
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    I've ridden the Ride for Heart many years. I don't live in Toronto anymore, though the last one I did was pretty much that "I've had it". Too many novice riders to pass as the DVP gets clogged with them. When I was a novice, I had fun though and recall having raced two guys on a tandem on Lakeshore under the Gardiner.
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    Robb (jr.) and I will be there for I think our 5th time. If you see a heavy older guy on a green Bike Friday and a skinny young adult on a white Norco mountain bike, that's us. Up 'til now I've always ridden it on a mountain bike since that's what he has, but he gets stronger every year, so I think it's only fair that I switch to a faster bike.

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    TIme to start a new thread for this year!

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