Another great week for ERTC, and just because the race season is over doesn’t mean our rides are over! We ride right up until the snow flies, and then switch our bikes and keep riding. Tuesday saw the women’s ride go off without a hitch, Wednesday was a great casual ride where we had some new faces, and a few beers, Thursday was another great hills night, where we are still welcoming more new members! Saturday’s 2-up TT was a stunning success as well, with over a dozen of us testing our bodies to the limit. We definitely hope to have more of these in the future over the course of the season so we can gauge how we are improving.
Ok, I have a confession… I’m a little tipsy as I write this, and totally could use some McDonalds or a donair. A donair sounds really good. I wonder who delivers… I mean. This week was another great week for ERTC! Surprisingly very little rain other than Tuesday, where the women’s ride saw torrential downpour after their ride on the way back in. Everyone got out of that alright, and the rest of the rides, incluing Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday saw great attendance!
Quick and dirty update! Tuesday was canceled due to the races on the weekend but the rest rides went ahead, with Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday seeing great attendance and great weather! Cross season is almost here, so we will soon be switching Tuesday Intervals to a cross-based trail ride. Look at the schedule for more details, but I don’t think that this will be going ahead till the end of August.
Ok, a bit late this week due to the long weekend, and to top it all off, it’s gonna be really short! Tuesday saw about 10 people for laps at the research park despite the heavy duty weekend we all pulled! Thursday saw another huge group (about 15) tackle tons of hills despite the storm warnings (and we didn’t get rained on until after legislature!). This weekend was the final stage race of the season, the Bowness Stage Race, one of the hardest (if not the hardest) races of the calendar! Despite a strong ERTC showing (Erin, Robin, Graham, Matt, Liann, Brad, Brandon, Spencer, Tim, Scott, and myself) we all had so-so results. This is not a bad thing! Due to our extremely successful early season and the rash of upgrades that everyone got, we are now all perfectly settled into the categories that we are most competitive in, and know where to aim for next year! There are still several time trials left in the season, so the road season isn’t over just yet
Oh man, tons of things to talk about this week, where do I even begin?! Let’s just go in order. Our Tuesday ride was a beauty, with about half a dozen of us crushing out 4x5km intervals in beautiful weather. On Thursday we had around 2 dozen people, along with a special appearance by Joshua Krabbe, who showed up to remind us how fast he got in the mountains of Colorado! Saturday saw a surprisingly large group (over a dozen) despite the huge ride that we were to do on Sunday.
A fantastic week for ERTC! All of the rides were well attended, despite the threat of rain, we managed to not hit any on most of them! Lots of stuff went on this week; I will get into them in a bit. Are you all excited for the Tour d’la Alberta?! We are going to have quite the group there, nearly 25% of all our registered members! We will be doing some photos and maybe some video so it would be great if you came out in your ERTC kit, but it’s by no means necessary. Your presence will be enough!
This evening thunderstorm thing is really getting old… I guess that’s the price we paid for having a hot early spring! This week saw decent weather for our midweek rides, and our Saturday ride was very well attended by over 20 people! Sunday alas was canceled due to thunderstorms. Coming up quick is our time trial, so please sign up for volunteering, we still need lots! Remember to join our Facebook page for up to the minute updates on ride changes, cancellations, or other events. https://www.facebook.com/groups/2316916558/?fref=nf
Alas, another week full of rain and thunderstorms… hope you all still managed to squeeze in some saddle time in between the storms! Our weekend rides still saw plenty of attendance, however a lot of us were racing at the weekend! Speaking of racing, this weekend was an amazing one for ERTC, with a member ending up on the podium in nearly every single event(!!) we contested! Congratulations to Suzie Poirier for earning her Cat4 upgrade, Matt Hewson for his Cat4 upgrade, and Robin for his Cat3 upgrade. Coming up quick is our time trial, so please sign up for volunteering, we still need lots! Remember to join our Facebook page for up to the minute updates on ride changes, cancellations, or other events. https://www.facebook.com/groups/2316916558/?fref=nf
Totally late this week, was helping Brandon Langille move. He needed the help as he was tired from the weekend and winning the Category 3 Road Race in Canmore and upgrading to Category 2! This week saw decent attendance for the Thursday hill night, with 7(!!) brave souls climbing hills in the thunderstorms! This week is another busy one with 3 races on the coming weekend, with the the Canada Day Criterium, the PRW/ERTC Road Race, and the United Cycle Criterium. I want to highlight that we NEED NEED NEED volunteers for our 2 events, more details below. Remember to join our Facebook page for up to the minute updates on ride changes, cancellations, or other events! https://www.facebook.com/groups/2316916558/?fref=nf
It’s time for another edition of the weekly update! This week saw amazing weather and great attendance for all our rides, including the new route for the intervals, as well as the Saturday and Sunday rides, despite the club being pulled in different directions. Remember: There will always be people willing to ride, so please come out! Our weekend at the races was also quite successful with ERTC representation at The Highlandia Criterium and the Ghost of the Gravel, with Graham Watts earning his Category 4 upgrade! This weekend sees ERTC’s Race Team in Canmore for the Rundle Mountain Stage Race!