Aight, let’s crush this out real quick! Lots to say this week. Weather was beautiful, picture perfect, albeit a little cold on Tuesday Thursday, but that didn’t stop some intrepid souls to continue riding! Huge ERTC presence at the cross race on Wednesday (I lost count) along with ERTC absolutely killing it this weekend in Cross! Big ups to (in no particular order) – Buzz Desmarais, Martin Tolton, Liann Cameron, Brandon Langille, Scott Klarenback, Alex Inglis, Carson Kerr, Jakob Claffey, Drew Malcolm, Graham Watts, and Greg Nicholson for flying our colours and making us proud! Sunday was also the Roger’s Harvest Ride which saw some ERTC roadies show up instead of tackling the cross race and was a solid push! Everyone wish Terra, our former clothing manager, a speedy recovery, as she took quite a spill and suffered multiple fractures in her cheek and eye area.
Aren’t the fall colours just great?! While fall means the season is ending soon, it’s definitely the prettiest season to ride in, that special smell, the colours, the cool wind…anyways. ERTC made a great showing at the MEC fondo with about 8 of us braving the sudden drop in forecasted temps, and the rain to ride 100-160km! The women's ride out in Elk Island was also a success, with 11 brave ladies slogging through the wind and the rain for what will be a ride to be remembered!
Aaaaaaaaaaand I’m back to typing these things, expect the usual long-windedness to get to any sort of point. I can’t comment on how the rides were for the last 3 weeks because I haven’t been riding them, and unfortunately it’ll probably be another 3-4 weeks before I do. But fear not, ERTC rides until the snow flies! Lots of stuff to go through this week so let’s get into it. Cross is in full swing so be sure to come out to our cross practice rides on Tuedays and Midweek Cross Races on Wednesdays! Message me if you want a discount code to register. Late season Cross Race Licenses are now available for $75 from the ABA.
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.