The Spring Ride was fantastic. Despite the less than favourable weather, the weekend was incredible. Great guys, beer, biking, beer, dog-fest, hanging out and drinking beer. What’s not to like?! The weather was soggy, but that made the biking interesting and since we had a lodge, there was warmth and dryness to keep the good times rolling. Friday saw 3 opportunities to ride the falcon trails, Saturday was Ingolf awesomeness with 22 riders enjoying the ride, and Sunday was it’s usual relaxing day. There were movies, one freak (non-bike related) accident, an intense bonfire, tequila, a lot of "that's what she/he said's" and plenty of laughs. I had a great time with a great bunch of dudes. Thanks to the FGBC for making the best bike weekend happen. JS
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Johnny, Jeff, James, Lorne and I rode this trail Thursday May 20th.
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From the desk of Bruce...
Monday, May 24, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Today the wind seemed to beckon us to do an impromptu ride to Winnipeg. Ben, Jeff and Shaun were the first to leave town. Curt and I decided to give chase and rode a hard steady "sprint" and, (with a lot of help from a sweet tail wind), managed to catch up with them in St. Jean where Jeff's sister offered a wonderful spread of sandwiches, tomato soup and peach juice. After resting our legs and re-hydrating, we set off again to Morris. In Morris, our group split ways and Jeff and Shaun mentally prepared themselves for the long hard ride back home against wind. Ben, Curt and I continued to enjoy the winds steady push to Winnipeg. There were times that it seemed that the wind was pushing us faster than we could pedal! Sweet! We took a little break to replace Ben's inner tube after unsuccessfully navigating some of the 75s many potholes and drop offs. We reached Winnipeg after 3 h 6 min of riding time, average speed 33 km/h, top speed 60 km/h.
Just to make the day more sweet, we bumped into Albert at the McDonalds on Pembina who had also decided to make the bike trek to Winnipeg. Good times!
Friday, May 21, 2010
Last Thursday's ride followed a panic-riddled script, with individual ABERs showing up at HQ, seeing that no one else was there, assuming the worst (that you are the only nerd riding tonight), promptly leaving and riding alone. It was only by the grace of the GREAT ABE that Charles, Tom and myself were united in trio, thus forming the Societal requirements.
Highlights of our ride included: finding each other, various degrees of sprinting down the runway road. There was also the unexpected cellular phone call to Charles, after which he requested a detour to pick up some keys. Tom, ever the philosopher, appropriately provided this nugget for cerebral consumption: "Can there really be a "detour" when one is riding aimlessly in the first place?" WOW. That blew my grade 7 mind. After that we traveled to the Willow Bay velodrome for 2 laps. We also humoured Charles by following him to the Hill, where, by the grace of the GREAT ABE, we met Ben, Dwig-het, and Ryan. Ben had followed the similar script and formed this splinter cell group. There were also reports of a Shaun sighting, who apparently does not have the favour of the GREAT ABE. He rode alone. All of this Chaos was all a little much, so Tom and I headed toward the watering station. Charles, continued to ride. Ben, Dwight, Ryan and Shaun have not been seen since. Good times. MD
Thursday Night Ride #1 Report:
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Here is a little snippet of Sunday in Brandon.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Gavin, Charles and I met Craig and Jon Loewen to ride the deluxe trails in and around the Trans Canada trails off the 201. We met up with trail builders Gord Hamm and Alf Loewen and they tolerated our pace until they grew tired of our frequent stops. The trails are incredible, unrelenting and they thoroughly kicked my A. Gavin was the ABES all-star with a very strong ride - he does much better when his pedal stays in. Thanks to Craig and Jon for being gracious hosts and showing us some sweet new trails. I hear there are many more newer trails that I have never seen. Sweet. JS
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
In honour of Mr. Kenton Peters' 40th birthday today I propose we all ride either a) a BMX bike or b) one of those sweet fake motorcycle bikes with the red plastic gas tank. Anyone have one of those? That would be the coolest thing ever.
Rain or shine it all starts at nine!
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
|Pre-ride shits and giggles - Dwight, Jeff, the Duker, Ben and Shaun.|
|Shaun, Lorne and Gavin cruising through town.|
|Pit stop at the SE corner of Greater Altona area.|
|Johnny loves when bike lights accentuate his love of cycling.|
|Ben. Yes, Ben.|
|Dwight shows off his sweet ass stripe and LJ combo.|
|Lorne and Ben.|
|Paul (note the lack of surname initial) and the Duker.|
|Johnny (aka Snidely Whiplash) and Jeff.|
|Jeff and Shaun.|
|Steve B. and Gavin.|
According to my mental vault we had ten riders out. Myself, Johnny, the Duker, Lorne, Gavin, Jeff, Shaun, Ben (welcome back Ben!), Dan and Dwight. Welcome Dwight, good to have you join us!
A nice little ride, kind of fast again (a precedent we'll have to address in the near future) with a few sweet highlights. Gavin's rear wheel deciding to dislodge from his bike (in the middle of Highway 30), a nice little loopy run through the very dark Altona Park (led by speed demon Johnny), and the usual riding banter. We got strung out a little as different groupings required different paces but we all met back at Grumpy's in the end.
The post ride crowd was joined by Paul and Steve B.. Paul has officially been upgraded from Paul B. to just Paul. There is only one Paul in ABES now until an unnamed douche bag makes a miraculous reappearance. Conversation (at least the ones I was privy too) varied widely...Ben's upcoming sabbatical and Thailand/Burma jaunt, Lorne's upcoming life changes, and of course the agenda. A rarity. ABES having an agenda. We discussed t-shirts (good), price of said t-shirts of $15 (good), the use of any extra funds (Bikes Without Borders? Wool jerseys? Bike repairs/parts for Altona's burgeoning refugee population? Kegger? All solid options and I'm sure we'll decide something in our own sweet time) , Tinker Creek Tuesday night ride option (good), and the Sneak Attack. The Sneak Attack. Might be a go, might not. Needless to say Duker's fears were assuaged when informed that it did not involve him being attacked in a bathroom/shower.
All in all a good ride, sweet after party and a slow ride home. Just like most Thursdays. That's why we love them.
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Monday, May 10, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
THINKING GLOBAL IS AWESOME. BUT LET'S NOT FORGET TO LOOK LOCAL EITHER. ANOTHER IDEA THAT HAS COME UP WOULD BE TO COME UP WITH SOME TYPE OF LOOSE PARTNERSHIP WITH OUR BRETHREN AT MOTO PARK X (YES, THAT IS SPELLED CORRECTLY!) COLIN B. HAS MENTIONED THAT THEY'RE ALWAYS TRYING TO RAISE MONEY FOR IMPROVEMENTS AND SINCE THEY'RE A NON-PROFIT, VOLUNTEER BASED ORGANIZATION (WHO JUST HAPPENS TO BE KIND ENOUGH TO LET US RIDE THEIR SWEET TRACK) MAYBE THEY SHOULD RECEIVE SOME CONSIDERATION.
ANOTHER REVENUE STREAM MIGHT BE TO CONTINUE WHAT SHAUN DID WITH HIS ALLEYCAT AND SPLIT THE ENTRY FEE. A PORTION WENT TOWARDS PRIZE MONEY WHILE A PORTION WAS DIRECTED TOWARDS BWB.
3. TINKER CREEK. JUST A SHORT DRIVE TO THE WEST OF US LIES SOME BEAUTIFUL, ROLLING, FLOWING SINGLE TRACK TRAILS THAT ARE EAGER TO BE RIDDEN. EVEN BETTER? THESE TRAILS ARE POPULATED BY A BUNCH OF GUYS WHO ARE MORE THAN WILLING TO LET US TAG ALONG WITH THEM ON TUESDAY EVENINGS! I THINK A MASS ABES GATHERING TO JOIN OUR BRETHREN OF THE TINKER CREEK FARM TEAM MIGHT BE IN ORDER. DISCUSS.
4. SNEAK ATTACK. TO BE DISCUSSED "IN CAMERA" ON THURSDAY.
HOW MANY OF YOU ACTUALLY READ ALL THIS? LETS FIND OUT AFTER A SWEET, POSSIBLY WET, RIDE ON THURSDAY.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Saturday, May 1, 2010
From the desk of Shaun D...
The weather conspired against the ABES last Thursday and the option to delay again was open, but the teams The Duker and Dave, Johnny and Paul, Lorne, Steve and Charles, Tom and the newest ABE Craig would have none of it. The second Spring Alley Cat Green Death was a go, exploring complex themes related to the intersections between biking and smoking: getting winded, spending your cash before the essentials, giving your body a pounding because there seems to be no other way, taking a break in the midst of an otherwise panicked schedule and so on. The race went on without a hitch, save the coordinators lack of knowledge regarding the clinic. Perhaps I should pay them a visit more than once a decade.
Race times were all pretty close:
Paul and Johnny rode a perfect race at 35 minutes and all questions answered correctly – even with their race sheet was in the process of complete disintegration.
Dave and Duker rolled in next after 38 minutes of riding and answered all questions correctly.
Steve, Lorne and Charles, while getting to the bar a little before The Duker and Dave to answer the arithmetically related question in comfort clocked 41 minutes. The trio added 3.5 minutes to their time with 1 incorrect answer.
Tom and Craig took the honourable (in the minds smokers anyway) DFL after finishing a minute later, at 42 minutes. They added 10.30 minutes to their time because of 3 incorrect answers.
But smokers are never perfect: we’re slow, easily winded, we’ll never win a race where the heart and lungs are a major contributor and our minds’ start going when the nicotine levels get low. Plus, the tobacco industry isn’t known for its virtuosity. So, to maintain the consistencies in the Green Death Alley Cat between smokers, Big Tobacco and racing bikes I had to take bribes to level the playing field. And only one team took the opportunity with Dave, while chugging a beer, doled out $15 for ‘Bikes Without Borders’. Not only did that bribe grease the wheels for a victory, but it’ll help buy wheels and grease along with the rest of the bike for a rural medic in an AIDS stricken part of the globe. ABES fight AIDS. 3 minutes and 30 seconds (the cost of an incorrect answer) were taken off of their time allowing them to squeak into 1st, with only 30 seconds to spare.
With the bribe and the remaining entry fee cash $40 was sent over to ‘Bikes Without Borders’. http://www.bikeswithoutborders.org/
Nearly everybody took home something. Steve got the shaft as cash and prizes got snapped up. I’ll send a mug your way next time I get one that’s unsellable. Tom had inquired a few weeks ago – I’ve got a 9” x 11” x 2” pan with your name on it.