The name is Richard. I'm writing from Gatineau QC, which is next door to Ottawa Ont. My first tongue is french but i'm perfectly bilingual. Single parent of 3 trying to keep young.
My cycling background:
I got into the sport in 1989 after a failed attempt to tryout for the local junior hockey teams(damn politics). I raced mostly localy, participating once at the Québec Championships in Rigaud. It was a miserable yet memorable experience. I went as a single independant rider with no support. I came in 50th on 175 senior class riders for the TT. Might of done better had i not faced a road block from a huge golden retriever and coming back in pitch black country road. The road race the following day was a disaster as i had multiple mechanical mishaps that just killed any chance of just finishing the race.
Best souvenir was a training trip to Burlington Vermont. We basically did Montréal, then Sherbrooke, then Vermont. I climbed Smugglers Notch. A hell of a long climb compared to the one we have here, and coming down was a blast!! I was 19 or 20 at the time.
I left the sport in '93 cause of finances and i had started a family. I tried coming back for the 1995 season, but i just couldn't find the proper time to train nor had the funds to upgrade my bike and travel solo. Afterwards, i turned my bike into a "fixie" just to get around town. This June of this year, i decided to fix up the old classic and hit the pavement again. I'm just gonna get the miles in and maybe, just maybe...next spring when hockey season ends, i'll train to race in the Veteran class.
My other interests are hockey as mentioned, martial arts, hoops, music and dancing, and whatever else...
Hope i can reminisce with a few, learn about the new, and maybe even help a few