The first midweek cyclocross race went off like a rocket last night, and a fun (and painful) time was had by all. Well over 100 racers on the inaugural night tells you just how pumped everyone is for cross this year, and a gaggle of redbike members turned out to show off our awesome kits with great representation in all three categories - hooray! This is also the perfect time to remind everyone that our very own cyclocross race is less than three weeks away! The red cross is scheduled for Sunday, September 13 at Hermitage Park (same as last year - northside baby!), and Mark and Shantel would love it if as many club members, friends, and family were there to partake in the fun. We are also looking for volunteers to help with the set-up, day-of workings, and tear-down, so if you or anyone you know would like to help out, please let either of them know. The tech guide should be posted shortly on the ABA website.
The midweek cyclocross races start tomorrow night. These races are super casual, fun, punishing, and a great way to try out cross racing or to improve your skills. Check out the deets here: http://cxalberta.org/post/127311542470/cxalberta-midweek-races-pb-united-cycle-this-will
Word is everyone is still more interested in mountain biking than cross riding, so no group cross ride is scheduled for tonight.
With the first cyclocross race of the season a mere five weeks away, it's time to switch gears from just mountain biking over to some cyclocross riding and training. Starting next Wednesday, August 5th, Shantel will be leading cyclocross training/skills rides leaving from Rosso at 6:30pm. We'll be practicing skills, doing some drills, and getting used to the excruciating pain and taste of blood that only comes with cyclocross racing again. Beer to follow, as in the true cyclocross tradition.
Hope to see you there!
With the recent thunder and showers today and more projected for tonight, let's take tonight off from riding and let the trails dry off before we head out again. AKA...Ride tonight is cancelled.
What a perfect Monday night ride. Two different groups went out to explore the trails with perfect weather all night. Luckily we got to Rosso first and appropriated some valuable patio tables for the pizza and beer. First timer Camille has an early stumble but toughed it out to finish a long ride. There is going to be a ride Wednesday night heading towards Terwillegar to map out the course for the last Fattire Tuesday race. We are meeting at Rosso at 6:30 and expect a steady paced ride.
Yes, we've had a couple days of rain now, but with this hot hot heat the trails have dried out super quick for some prime hero-dirt riding conditions. Make sure to come out tonight for Brad's ride leaving at 6:30pm from Rosso. Remember to bring enough water, to lather on the sunscreen, and to take your malaria pills or apply your favourite DEET-filled product!
It's a hot one out there today. Tonight is the redbike hosted Latitude 53 patio party so the plan for tonight's ride is a shortened one where we start at the usual 6:30pm time but we will be looking at coming back to Rosso at 8:00pm. Then the plan is for us to ride to the patio party for a fun night out with your fellow club members. Also, another reason we are going to shorted the ride is that there is a black bear reported in the river valley and it has yet to be found. We have been told to be very careful with biking in the trails tonight.
Since Shantel, Brad, Trevor and I will be out of town for June 29th racing, we are going to cancel the Monday night trail ride. If anyone wishes to lead out a Monday night group on that night, please contact us so we can open it up. But, as of now, there will be no group ride on the 29th. Cheers everyone.
Thanks to all the club members who came out last night to help with the scheduled trail maintenance on Six Shooter. It was a really great turn out by the redbike contingent, and alongside the Dirt Girls, we were able to do a great deal of bench cutting, berm making, and trimming to make the trail way more enjoyable and sustainable for all trail users.
We are hoping to perform one more session of trail maintenance next Wednesday, likely in Patricia Ravine where the undergrowth has reached jungle-like proportions, so stay tuned to the posts here for details on when and where to meet.
Thanks again for everyone's help and hard work last night,