Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Let's gather this week for shits und giggles (aka bikes and beers).

So natural.  This doesn't look posed at all.

On the agenda this week: ABES jersey orders, the upcoming cyclocross season and Southern Cross goodness.  See you at 8.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


A handful of us will be rocking and/or rolling at the Arcade Fire concert this Thursday so I'll be absent for my third straight ThNR.  I won't see you at 8 - daaang.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Local Cycling News

Here are some cycling opportunities and recent ABES updates…

Moose Lake Ride V 7.0 - Bruce has once again generously agreed to provide steaks and a place to rest your weary head if you cycle 200 km's to "his" cabin.  It's a great opportunity to cycle with a bunch of good people.  Contact Bruce for more details.

Operation Muerto V 2.0 - Paul K and Justin W made the Moose Lake Ride look like mere jaunt as they cycled from Neepawa to Clear Lake and back.  Well done boys!  I'm sure Paul will provide a report that will discuss his high/low lights and possibly how much toilet paper was used.

Back 40 Mountain Bike Race - Back Country Cycle and Ski has joined forces with Tinker Creek to offer the sweetest single track race in the province.  This race is open to all and is as close to Rocktona as it gets.  If you've ever wanted to give this sort of race a try, the time is neigh.  

David has already provided a preliminary report of our stay at Silver Star.  Two points he failed to mention: 1) Kate is the only person in our group to (accidentally) ride a Black Diamond trial and has the bloody scrapes to prove it, and 2) It took David less than 5 seconds to endo on his bike - I'm not even kidding.  Classic Swatter.

ThNR is on as usual.  Miss Youuuuu.  JS

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Mountain Fun

So Jonny and I (and families) are here at Silver Star Mountain resort near lovely Vernon, BC.  This year-round resort is a mecca for skiers, both downhill and cross-country, but is also a top-notch biking destination.  The lift carries armor-clad Donelle's to the peak every day, anxious to hammer down the myriad of trails cut through the treed dividers between ski runs.  It also carried us, the spandexed Prairie geeks looking forlornly out of place.

Our first full day here we bought lift tickets to try our hand at downhilling.  The ABES jersey and bibs were on full display (represent!) but we quickly noticed that everyone, yes everyone, was staring.  Apparently we stood out.  No armor, no baggy shorts, no long sleeved jerseys and full faced helmets.  Oops.  Fashion faux pas.

Jonny studies the map in the Village.

Jacob riding some twisty downhill.
The Hiebzkys riding the lift.

Good to see "Southern Cross" is a black diamond run.


The "Pipe Dream" run.  Which is exactly what it was for us Prairie boys.

JS and the chingas lovin' the easy way to the summit.

Mia and Kate with the massive map of awesomeness.

Kate and Cheryl shredding through the forest.

Cheryl's so good she does these runs with her eyes closed.

So Day One was fun.  A lot of fun.  We may have been country mice compared to the experts up here but that didn't stop us from smiling goofily all day.

Day Two we decided to try out the XC trails.  A little more our style and definitely cheaper.  Also our style!  Kids came in tow for the first runs of the day.

Jacob and I.

Dads and kids.

 Cheryl, Mia and Cindy climbed to the Summit via XC trails in the afternoon.  Yes, all the way to the top.  Mia proved that while still 8 years old she'll soon be leaving us old farts in her rear wheel dust.  That girl kicked ass!

Mia ready to rock the Mountain.

Cindy and Mia with one of many twisty bridges.


The Athena contingent.

Then Jonny and I got our turn.  We ascended the same way the girls did, summiting the mountain (I hate climbing btw) before snaking our way down the super twisty Snake Pit trail.

Me laboring up a climb.  It's steeper than it looks.
Add caption

One of the many bridges I successfully crossed despite my phobia of bridges.

So two days down and two more to go.  A ton of fun and a very steep learning curve.  Cuyuna was fast and flowy with just a hint of climb thrown in for good measure.  This is a little more punishing on the uphill but equally rewarding and more towards the MB technicality of trails.  Keep you posted...


Friday, August 1, 2014

ThNR report (via Albert)

5 trusty riders Lonnie Steve , James, Mike, and Albert showed up for a 20k ride about town averaging 27k/h. James burned 957 calories Steve only 730. Hit the clubhouse in time to see the Bombers pull it out on the last play of the game. 

Bill Klassen consignment auction. James reminisced about selling his F150. U name it we got it. Forrest Gump lawn mower that got away from Steve. 
Lonnie found some coolant lines for his bus. 
James has spare bikes in his basement without front wheels. Steve trying to call 911 with his phone screen locked, after a bike accident- not funny really. 
James learned to ride bicycle in grade 2,  Steve was riding dirt bikes at age 5. 
Gell pigs--ask Steve 

Drew Willy's Hail Mary pass(s)
Steve got stung by a bee while riding
US motorcycle helmet less riders
Saskatchewan is not flat. 
Alice cooper and Mötley Crüe at sturgis falls.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Same time, same place, but without any awesome BMX. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Pencil Neck

Honorary ABE and worlds nicest guy, Lorne Hildebrand took a spill off his ladder last week and had a pencil impaled in his neck.  Miraculously he's OK and currently enjoying some holiday time on Vancouver Island.  

Freaky/cool MRI images…

We heart you Lorenzo!  Don't do that again. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Breakfast ride dilemma?

To watch the Tour or ride for breakfast? I think I'll ride, for a change. If you want to ride along, meet at the usual place, at 9 am. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

ThNR Dilemma

Another Bomber game on a Thursday!?  But, "I want it all"! (Queen) and others may too, so here are some of your options:
A)     Meet at 6:00 and cycle until the Bomber Game starts
B)      Meet at 8:00 and cycle until you need hydration
C)      Meet at the clubhouse when you're good and ready
D)     Screw you guys, I’m staying home
E)   Get ready for the 24 Hours of Falcon Ridge (ps - early registration ends today - be a good Menno, register, and save yer $.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Bestest Friend

Indulge me.
The children's entertainers at the Folk Fest included these guys 
AND they have a bicycle in this video, soooo…

Other hits of theirs include Fanny Pack and LMNOP.  Heck ya!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


Same place, same time.

I'm away at the Folk Fest where I'll be inundated with great 
food, music and faux, faded and/or filthy hippies.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Cuyuna 2014

37 ABES, families and friends ventured down to Cuyuna during the Canada day long weekend to take advantage of the best mountain bike trails this side of anywhere.  It was hard not to grin like an idjit as we flew around on the flowy trails.  All the trails were great but the Bobsled, Screamer, and Sand Hog were a few of the favorites.  The campground was family friendly with a beach and playground, Franky procured a mountain of firewood and the weather cooperated better than expected.  People were having too many good times to stop and take many pictures but David, Paul and Charlene provided the ones we got.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Breakfast Ride Brag

Mia joined me for a very warm Saturday morning breakfast ride.  We cycled to Plum Coulee and back.  She was a trooper.  Proud papa is proud.

Good times.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Saturday Morning Breakfast Ride

If you want to spin your legs, clear your mind, and can appreciate that for about 10 bucks, somebody will prepare and serve you breakfast - see you at 9.


Sorry about the late post.  It seems DB left things shitty side up.

Thursday, July 3, 2014


The undefeated Winnipeg Blue Bombers play today and I’d like to watch the game AND ride bike.  Why don’t we watch the first half of the game at my house, go for a half-time spin, then retire to the clubhouse for the second half?

Who still smiles when they think of Cuyuna? 
Me too.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Thursday Night Ride (or watch) updated

The leftover libations have all gravitated to my garage so I thought it only fitting that we meet there Thursday to consume them. Weather looks sketchy so we'll be set up in the garage where the Bomber game will be on (hopefully). 


updates to follow in the comments.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Small Towns

Recent fundraising efforts…Goating!

The sign atop the sweetest car in Altona reads, 
$10 Removal
$10 Forwarding
$5 Insurance

My daughters, in-laws and I were amused.  The goat seemed to be unimpressed but played along nicely.  I paid for the complete service package and sent the goat to  David S.  Franklin said they raised $1000 in two evenings for the SEVEC program. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

ThNR Report

Our evening did not go as planned.  Gavin had wota em kjalla, Shaun had a broken hub, and the rain was all rainy.  Freeboozapalooza will take place next week.

Steven submitted this picture that was taken in Altona this week  It seems a disgruntled neighbour took matters into his own hands - it reads, MOW ME.
They will know we are Christians by our love, by our luuuuuuuve.

He also submitted a few gooders from last weekend…
Post ride selfie at Falcon Lake
A break at the lake on the Ingolf trail
Good times.

Breakfast ride

Meet at the same time (9 am) and same place. Proposed route: 201 West to the 306, then south to the 243, then East to the 30 and south to breakfast at Oakview, then home with the wind on the 30.