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How Was Your Weekend Ride(s)? Mine Mine Was Excellent! I Have a Few Photos....

I hope everyone had as great of weekend riding, as I did. The weather was perfect with sunny skies on Saturday and Sunday with temperatures that made for excellent rides.


Our weekly 100km club rides have been starting at 9:00am in the morning. The first Saturday in June marked the time shift to 7:30am. I was not looking forward to this, even though I'm usually up at 5:00am everyday. I bicycle commuting to work every day at this time... I think the mental issue is it's the weekend, where you should be allowed to lounge about the house in your PJs for as long as you want, surfing BF, or want ever, before you have to really start moving.

The temperature was about 19C when I looked at the thermometer, and started packing my stuff. I had prepared my bike the night before, so all I had to do was lay on the couch until 6:30, down a peanut butter bagel, coffee, quickly get dressed and head out the door before 7:00am. This allows me time to ride to the meeting place for the ride. I was prepared, or so it would seem. I was about 8 blocks away when I went to turn on my heart rate monitor. It was not there on my bike. I decided to ride a different bike today and the console was still attached to the other bike. I had the monitor on my chest, which now sort of felt funny to have on with no console. Too early in the morning maybe?

I get to the weekly meeting place and we head out to Pike Lake. As soon as we headed out I was reminded that it was an early start, however it was worth the effort, and that I would rather have it this way. The traffic is light, the temperature is not as hot, and we get back into the city sooner, meaning we do not have as big as line ups at our post ride restaurant to get much the needed food.

Temperature was now about 22C with it expecting to get to 29C. There was barely any wind, which is a nice treat in Saskatchewan, for usually we are riding out into big head winds for the initial 50Km of the ride. As we headed out to valley road, I could not help but notice we were pushing 38 km/hr as a pack heading out. This was excellent for the ride out, for we are usually in the lower 30's until the tail wind run home.. It also helped that we had a bigger group of strong riders to pull at front. This allowed me to just run back and forth in the pack, snapping pictures, although they held my spot open in line

Nath was as strong as ever, and there was a while there in the hills when he broke away with another rider, The rest of the group had to chase him down. It took a lot of effort, but it was achieved before the highway cross road and water refueling station. That man is a machine! He ran his first marathon last week on Sunday and came in 4th, against people that have trained their whole life for that, and trained hard for that particular event. He did this with a stomach flu, and had rode 100 hard, fast kms on that Saturday with us. I really enjoy riding with him.

Sunday was our clubs BBQ and Mountain Bike ride. We are primarily a road club, but we do have events like MTB rides and Night MTB rides. The turn out was sparse for the MTB ride, but Nathan was there on his cross bike. In fact he rode his cross bike the Saturday road ride, probably because he can, and so he didn't have to slow down as much for the rest of us.

The MTB ride was excellent, and a lot of fun. It's amazing how quickly and how often a person will go into oxygen debt while MTB riding. I think it's all those steep climbs and upper body English required to muscle the bike around, additionally all the low branches, and tight curves with sudden drops that alone will get your heart rate pounding. I remembered to wear my HR monitor this time, and it was always above 170 when I looked at it.

The BBQ had a bit of rain for a short bit, but it was still enjoyable, lending credence to the motto that there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad attitudes.

Well that's it, not much to really write about, but I wanted to share the weekend rides somewhat with you all, and hope you all had as great a weekend as I did.

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The Pack out on Valley Road


Suz having fun


Yes there are hills in Saskatchewan. This one sort of snuck up on me even though I knew it was there. I was taking pictures, and the next thing you know I was in the wrong gear, and had to climb in the big ring.. Piece of Cake....


The Pack coming in to Pike Lake at about 45Km/hr


Corey with his awesome Soloist Carbon SL


Heading out from the water station


James drafting a passing grain truck for kicks


Corey's SRM was picking up my Heart rate monitor. which means wearing just the sensor was not a total waste
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The Girls pulling the pack


Biker Chicks Kick Ass!


You can see your dog running away for many days.


Always taking Pictures, seldom in the pictures until this fateful one


Sunday's MTB Ride


On the sort of fire road heading to the single track


Self Portrait


Ray stump Jumping


Rock Wall Trail, Nath on his Cross Bike


Love the prairie grass!


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Wow, looks just like on Corner Gas. Really flat. Even the hill looks kinda flat. Nice pics ViperZ!
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Great pics, ViperZ! Thanks for the update.

Have you tried your Alias HID on any night MTB rides yet? BTW is Nathan the one with the RM Solo CXR? How's he like it on the trails? I haven't had a chance to take my Solo CXR on too much technical stuff yet, just some bumpy parts on my daily commute.
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Nice pics ViperZ.
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Originally Posted by Rotten Bastard
Great pics, ViperZ! Thanks for the update.

Have you tried your Alias HID on any night MTB rides yet? BTW is Nathan the one with the RM Solo CXR? How's he like it on the trails? I haven't had a chance to take my Solo CXR on too much technical stuff yet, just some bumpy parts on my daily commute.
Thanks RB!

Yes Nath is on the CXR. The feed back I have heard is he likes it a lot. You should have seen him today We were riding this tight technical single track. He was ahead of me, and I was just howling at how fast we were riding. I mean I was on the limits of control and traction, and had to laugh that Nat was on a skinny (in relative terms) XC bike. There were these sections of huge unridable rocks and logs, where in one smooth motion he dismounted, quickly shouldered the bike, hop, skipped and jumped over the obstruction, pushed off, clipped in and was back at full speed, which seemed like one smooth motion. It was a thing of beauty I tell you

The trails we rode today are very technical, but Nath made it look easy. I tried to take pictures while in the really technical sections, but it was impossible to hold the camera and brake, all the while controlling the bike at the same time.

The CXR is a sweet bike, you're lucky to have one too! Nat has me nearly talked into one

I probably won't ride off road with the Alias, as I'm concern about the head weight and the rough riding. I would like to pick up a Lupine LED Wilma with separate battery pack for Off road riding.
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Wow, sounds like Nat should try some cross racing in the fall, what with those mad dismount/remount skillz

I highly recommend the CXR if you're looking for a cross bike. It's very solid and handles intuitively. Real comfortable too. I've taken it on 70-mile rides and felt like I'd only gone like 30. Also, if you get the '07 model you get a free upgrade on an Easton EC90X fork.
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Originally Posted by Rotten Bastard
Wow, sounds like Nat should try some cross racing in the fall, what with those mad dismount/remount skillz

I highly recommend the CXR if you're looking for a cross bike. It's very solid and handles intuitively. Real comfortable too. I've taken it on 70-mile rides and felt like I'd only gone like 30. Also, if you get the '07 model you get a free upgrade on an Easton EC90X fork.
Nat does in fact race CX in the fall.. Currently he's a Cat 2 road racer. His CXR has the Carbon Easton fork with the eyelets, a rarity I'm told. I have ridden it and it is sweet! Add to that that I absolutely Love Rocky Mountain Bikes
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Awesome weekend! Thanks for the pics.
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Thanks Daytonian and Tailwinds, It's always nice to see responses
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Love the Jet Fuel jersey, just ordered one from Nashbar. How's the fit btw?

Your group ride seems to have a good time. Wish I could join along.
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Love the Jet Fuel jersey, just ordered one from Nashbar. How's the fit btw?

Your group ride seems to have a good time. Wish I could join along.

Thanks Ryleeryno It is a Garnaeu jersey and it fits very nice. I like the shorter sleeves on it, and the full zipper. I picked mine up when I was in Toronto, home of Jet Fuel Coffe and the Jet Fuel Racing Team. It is an eclectic coffee shop in the cabbage town district of Toronto.

It's main display is a collection of dusty Jet Fuel Jerseys, a Shiny Fema Espresso machine and a kick ass Macintosh audio system

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pffft....bunch a poseurs!

No one group should be allowed to look that good!
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Thanks Ryleeryno It is a Garnaeu jersey and it fits very nice. I like the shorter sleeves on it, and the full zipper. I picked mine up when I was in Toronto, home of Jet Fuel Coffe and the Jet Fuel Racing Team. It is an eclectic coffee shop in the cabbage town district of Toronto.

It's main display is a collection of dusty Jet Fuel Jerseys, a Shiny Fema Espresso machine and a kick ass Macintosh audio system

ViperZ excellent pictures (as always). We have some north country roads out here like yours, but they don't stay flat for long. I'll have to check out that Jet Fuel shop and pickup a jersey.
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Great pics! Definately see some familiar faces in the group there. How is the new ETS-X? I've been waiting for a report in the mtb section for AGES!

This weekend was road race time here in Regina with the Tour de Prairie taking place. It was my first real road race and went OK. I was definately in contention for the wins in the road race and crit, but my lack of tactical knowledge had me boxed in on both finishes. I got killed in the TT, riding a cyclocross bike with no aero aids, not even any clip on aero bars, likely was part of the problem. I'm not going to convert to a road racer any time soon, but it was fun, and great training for MTB. I think i ended up around 7th in the GC out of around 25 Cat 4 racers.
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Amesome pics as always, looks like a great club.
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great pics as always...

they really capture the sheer great total fun that cycling is....

can i have suz's phone number please?
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Well, seems like a great ride and a nice group. Some things I learned from your pictures here:

-you ride with hot women in the group
-I would let those girls pull too if I get to stare at their rear for a while
-you guys in Canada have a lot of Argon bikes. They are unheard of where I live. Probably not unheard of, just have never seen one around here.
-everybody in the pack looks way too fit
-canada has lots of open spaces
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Originally Posted by Hipcycler
pffft....bunch a poseurs!

No one group should be allowed to look that good!
It's the Girls and James bringing up the bell curve
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Originally Posted by nostromo
ViperZ excellent pictures (as always). We have some north country roads out here like yours, but they don't stay flat for long. I'll have to check out that Jet Fuel shop and pickup a jersey.
Thanks! If you want a jersey, the best place I found to get one is at Urbane Cyclist. Nancy there is great and gave me a generous discount. 180 John Street

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ViperZ, sweet pictures! Looks like you had a ball out there with fantastic weather to boot. Hopefully there will be a guest visit from jonnysays420 on one of your group rides in the future!
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Originally Posted by KrisA
Great pics! Definately see some familiar faces in the group there. How is the new ETS-X? I've been waiting for a report in the mtb section for AGES!

This weekend was road race time here in Regina with the Tour de Prairie taking place. It was my first real road race and went OK. I was definately in contention for the wins in the road race and crit, but my lack of tactical knowledge had me boxed in on both finishes. I got killed in the TT, riding a cyclocross bike with no aero aids, not even any clip on aero bars, likely was part of the problem. I'm not going to convert to a road racer any time soon, but it was fun, and great training for MTB. I think i ended up around 7th in the GC out of around 25 Cat 4 racers.

Hey Kris,

Good for you on the race That a cool photo of the pack. A lot of our regular Saturday riders were at the race as well. No doubt the TT would have been slower on a CX bike with no aero bars, at least you still did it! I think it's good you cross train for your event. I have been trying to rustle up some interest in my Road Club riders to come form a Team for your 8 Hour MTB Endurance race, so far nobody is biting

I'll have to post my ETSX review in the MTB forum, sorry for the lengthy lapse, however yesterday was the real first serious shake down I had with it. It was a lot of lot of fun to ride!
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