Friday, April 30, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
|The pre-ride gathering begins.|
|Ride break at the south end of the Village.|
|Steve B. dominates the pavement.|
|Dismount time at the post-rdie headquarters. New rider Kyle looks eager to rehydrate.|
|The end of the ride.|
|The sweet crew finishes another fine Thursday night ride.|
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
|Watching the kids ride the little track.|
|Mia, Cheryl and Jacob on the big track.|
|Jacob and Cindy ride the big track. William enjoys the Softride approach.|
|Jacob riding the moguls.|
Oh yeah...and especially for Johnny...seems like someone is a little on the dumb side. Hey dumb dumb. How's this sign look?
|Note the name....|
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
|Johnny surveys Moto Park X|
|A nice hill.steep bank combo. Tough to hit hard and still make the descent into the corner.|
|The food service facility with a mogul section in front.|
|The main grandstand (great views of the whole track!) and the announcers tower. Play-by-play anyone? Duker?|
|View down to a 2nd hill from one of the higher hills. Very fun descent.|
Friday, April 16, 2010
Lots of riding opportunities happening these days.
Let's get right to it...
1) Sunday Morning Ride - I'd like to ride some of the Trans Canada Trail (between Hwy 201 and Hamm's property) this Sunday morning for church. I'd like to leave Rocktona at 9:30 and return around 12:30. Anybody interested? Everybody is invited.
2) DShaun is planning what sounds like a smokin good alleycat race for this Thursday (April 22). I'm sure ridiculous ABES awesomeness will ensue. Plan to be there.
3) Ian Hall, Hall Loewen and the boys at Olympia are organizing the first MCA road race/ride of the year. This is the first time this event is taking place and there are some delightful details that should should be noted:
- the local parish priest will proved a pre-race blessing (that's a good thing)
- a race announcer (in English and Flemish) will broadcast the race
- homemade beer stew and the Winnipeg Belgium dancers at the community hall post race ceremonies
- it is anticipated that beer will be sold as a fundraiser for the local school. Yes, really
- What better excuse do you need to get out and ride these unique, beautiful and challenging Manitoba roads and hills with a bunch of awesome people
If anybody wants to start riding at MCA events, this sounds like a great place to start. If you buy an MCA citizens license at the race ($40 which entitles you to participate in the lower/est categories at most 2010 MCA events), the race registration for this event will be complimentary.
Here's what Ian had to say about Het grote Ras (The Big Race)...
The first bike race of 2010 is coming up on April 25th will be something special. Hosted by the Belgian-Manitoban community of Bruxelles , the course comprised of some of the most scenic (and most hilly) roads in Manitoba.
Styled like the "spring classics" that take place in Flanders at this time year and involve steep hills and rough cobbled roads, Manitoba's own Belgian Classic will substitute gravel for the cobbles and includes sections of the Trans-Canada Trail. A winding lap of about 30 km will challenge riders with over 1,000 feet of climbing over nearly a dozen short, steep hills. Nobody will leave unchallenged.
The event is classed as a Manitoba Cup race and we're expecting all the top riders from around the province to compete for series points. Elite riders will complete 3 laps, with novices and intermediates doing 1 or 2. A participation-oriented tour, led by experienced cyclists, is also taking place the same day for riders who want to try out the course at a more leisurely pace.
The Manitoba Belgian community and the town of Bruxelles are both involved in the event. A short awards banquet in the community hall following the race will include a performance by Winnipeg's Belgian Folk Dancers. Locally-prepared Belgian beer stew and other treats will await hungry riders and spectators. Tours of historic St. Gerard's church and cemetery will be available throughout the afternoon, and a large playground is nearby.
AND: A few people have asked about equipment. For the race categories, you are required to use a road (or cyclocross) bike. The roads are in excellent condition, so regular road tires (700x23) should suffice (a group ride last weekend that included about 7 people on 23mm tires did not result in any flats). That said, 25-28mm tires would probably be more comfortable and would be less prone to pinch flats. There will be a separate "open" category race (1 lap) for anyone wanting to race on a mountain bike. Oh, and... glasses and gloves are recommended to protect against the odd little stone that gets kicked up.
Sounds very nice, no? What do you say? Team ABES draft crew?
4) May 2 - Fast Old Guys are organizing a Time Trial race in Birds Hill Park. You don't need an MCA license for this one. More info here
All these biking possibilities and it's only April. I love it. 2010 baby! JS
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
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Sunday, April 11, 2010
Lorne cruising down the path to the Minnewasta Golf and Country Club. No bikes allowed!
Cruising through the aforementioned MG+CC. Johnny and Gavin plan their lines.
Lorne and David discuss metaphysics.
Lorne conquers the first big climb. Lorne-style.
Tragedy befalls Gavin and his crank. Lorne cheers him up by showing off his killer abs.
The busted crank.
Johnny and Lorne cruise down the path towards the Trans Canada Trail.
The sweet descent to the creek.
Johnny (aka The Fonz) jumps the creek.
Sunday was a fantastic day for a ride. Perfect temps, sunny, and the trails we rode out at Lake Minnewasta in Morden, MB were awesome. After starting out strong we ran into a bit of trouble when Gavin's crank broke and he lost a pedal. He had to turn back but Johnny, Lorne and David forged on. We ran the sweet single track around the Lake then headed up to reconnect with the Trans Canada Trail and enjoy a bunch more awesomness. Good times boys! Soon to be done again. Very soon.
Friday, April 9, 2010
These are the ride statistics form tonight. Enjoy.
Posted from bimactive.com
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
The ABES (pre-race) checking out cousin Tom's sweet garage sale bike purchase.
Johnny and Tom eating their ice cream (i.e. checkpoint #1 in the alleycat.) At this point they have already won the race since no one else knew how to read.
Lorne and the Duker arrive at the Hut to down their cones. Lorne's rainsuit prepared him adequately for the rain. A mild drizzle...Lorne takes it to "The Perfect Storm" level.
This was the puke we discovered near our rides after leaving the bar. There were more
Johnny models his awesome ABES shirt. The winner got the shirt and Johnny beat Tom in a coin toss. Better luck next time cousin Tom.
The ABES "Spring Has Sprung" alleycat kicked off the 2010 season in fine form. The rain may have dwindled our numbers but the true spirit of the ABES was alive and well.
Six racers participated in three teams of two racers. Apparently ABES is not known for its comprehension prowess....even after repeated warnings (READ THE INSTRUCTIONS!!!) the ABES managed to misinterpret the instructions and mayhem ensued. Johnny and Tom figured things out first and built and insurmountable lead early on. Lorne and the Duker also figured things out but to no avail...a silver medal finish. Shaun and Jeff seemingly wandered aimlessly. And finished a respectable third of three. Good times.
The teams finished off at the bar and the prizes were handed out. Johnny and Tom took the gold with some cold hard cash and a prized ABES V-neck as their spoils. Duker and Lorne took the silver money while Shaun and Jeff got third.
Many beers were consumed. As were rum and cokes. And Amaretto and coke. Small mistake. Evan (part time ABES member) made a brief appearance and the pre-Easter crowd was looking to party. As were we. Just not to the point of barfing like the younger folk. ABES knows how to hold their liquor.
Thursday, April 1, 2010