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Hello. This is just a heads-up that I won’t be around in April to send blog posts about weekend rides. That being the case, I’ll leave you to get together on what ever basis you decide. I will be back for the weekend of April 28/29, and I expect to ride both days, assuming my return flight connections go as planned.

All this brings me to proposed changes to the ride format in May, or at the latest in June after the RLCT. I haven’t had much written feedback to my request for comments (March 01) about routes, meeting times, venue, etc. I do, however, know from casual conversation (and the odd remark) that many of you feel the rides are getting stale, the chosen roads busy and rough, and the two-minute warning restrictive – all this to say that you find me ‘old in my ways’, my routine too rigid, and lacking in spontaneity. That being the case, I propose that we rotate the weekend responsibility for route creation, start time, and venue so that everyone gets an opportunity to have a say in what we do and when we do it, etc. You’ll have an opportunity to do this during my absence. We might as well just carry on in the same way when I return. The only difference being that I’ll still create a blog post of the route on Friday and Saturday afternoons to spread the word further afield. In any event, something to think about during my absence. We can come up with a ‘rider in charge’ schedule upon my return.

Regarding the May 27 Grand Fondo in Mount Tremblant, there appears to be no interest in this: https://www.granfondotremblant.ca/en/site/

Other rides to pencil into your calendar:

Tour de Whitewater July 07 from Westmeath – https://tourdewhitewater.blogspot.ca/

Tour de Bonnechere August from Eganville. No details yet but last year it was on Aug 20, 2017

Other News

Instagram Account for Arnprior Cycling: https://www.instagram.com/

It’s a private account with photos of our rides for the past year plus a few scenes of the winter in the Gatineau. If you would like access to the photo journal, please send me a request via Instagram ‘to follow’. I will not publish photos on the blog for privacy reasons. Also, based upon feedback, I will no longer send a ride-recap email with the subject line To-day’s Photo.

Music I’m listening to as I write: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLCYH36ahpE

Look forward to hearing from you should you feel inclined to write.

Okay, Stay fit, fine, firm -always! Bye-bye, ac.

Comments always welcome at arnpriorcycling@bell.net; https://twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling;  arnpriorcycling.blog; https://www.instagram.com/

“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” Thomas Jefferson

Well hello there. It’s time to remind you again of the big day – June 09/10, 2018; 100 days and counting.

I hope you find these blog posts informative, if not interesting. Of course, I hope you find them of interest, too, in the way a x-mas form letter is not particularly personal but is a welcome read just the same. As I write, I think of you, my readers far and near- some of you friends, others acquaintances, and many not known to me at all.

No, I’m not on meds, though they has been highly recommended by some. It’s just my enthusiasm is ever high and my outlook ever hopeful in living up to the daily miracle of this life – precious, distinct, and inexplicable. So, I try to be fully awake, and alive.

That’s why I have always liked walking the Camino. It’s an endeavor demanding attention and discipline. Routine imposes itself, naturally. On the Camino, you walk, eat, and sleep; you carry your world on your back (and in your wallet). You have few belongings, except for a cluttered mind that will soon be emptied of care and worry. Your feet become your primary concern. That’s all. Beautiful and simple.

Just like this toast I make for you: May life never be so dark that you lack hope; may your tomorrow always be brighter than to-day; may your cup runneth over with life’s bounty; may humour lighten your days; may you have abundant health; may you have good friends aplenty; and, may your bicycle always be at hand for adventure.

Right, one last thing. If you have any thoughts/recommendations on this year’s cycling season re meeting times, venue, route planning, pace, distances, coffee, training regime, tour leaders, blog reports/recaps, etc., please get back to me at arnpriorcycling@bell.net.

Also, FYI, I’ve upgraded WordPress to remove banner adds to de-clutter your reading experience. I have also obtained the domain name arnpriorcycling.blog. I hope you find these changes to your liking. Having said that, if you’d prefer to go back to email notification of rides rather than having a blog (which you find has little value), let me know.

Also, is there any interest in signing up for the Super 160 KM Fondo at Mount Tremblant, May 27: https://www.granfondotremblant.ca/en/site/?  If so, this could replace our annual Pembroke 170 km training route.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Okay, Stay fit! Bye-bye, ac. Comments always welcome at arnpriorcycling@bell.net; https://twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling;  arnpriorcycling.blog

This Is Just To Say

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
saving
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold      William Carlos Williams

Hello. Which rider are you?

Hello.  The countdown is on for the RLCT – 125 days. Are you ready? I hope not – not to be selfish but if you’re ready now then what’s to become of the rest of us. At the other extreme, I hope you’ve maintained at least a modicum of fitness this winter. I’ve found from personal experience that it’s very hard to start at zero and work one’s way into form in April when so many others have been active walking, swimming, running, skiing, or on indoor trainers. It’s not too late though to take-up the cudgel. You still have seven weeks before we hit the road. Don’t panic; just start your fitness programme now with a goal to ride 100 kms right out of the blocks in April. Gone are the days when we eased into the 100 km rides. So, there you have it – a shot across the bow to alert you to the quickly approaching cycling season.

I expect this year to be one of the best (for personal) reasons. I’m determined that age will not hold me back, yet. I also, expect to see the weekend group rides expand in size, with many of you already signed up for the RLCT. To that end, I’m proposing regular rides in the Gats (twice a month in the lead up to the RLCT and once a month thereafter), with a focus on hill work for that extra training edge. Proposed start at P3 by 7:30 am and riding to Chelsea via Pink Lake and the Corkscrew to the Champlain Lookout, with a return to the junction at Champlain and Gatineau Parkway. At this point, we’ll do a second loop. Total distance 63 kilometres and 1169 metres of climbing. Excited. I am. Can’t wait, but, really living in the now now. That’s the only way, right! Where else would you rather be? I know my Christian friends would answer this question differently as they hunger for the rapture but for me the end is the end, so to speak.

Been thinking of this, of late, as I continue to learn to soak up the entirety of each day and limit fruitless thoughts. Connection with others is paramount; connection with the natural world is essential. Favoured are those who have a boon companion – “We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another.” Thomas Merton

A few good friends make a difference in one’s life. Our small but dynamic cycling group is a big part of my life, and my enjoyment – especially as I’m increasing alone in off-season fitness pursuits. One day, you may join me in Mallorca? Life is like a funnel – open at the conical mouth and constricted at the end. I’m doing my best to hold off the inevitable entropic spiral to the bottom. I therefore express my gratitude to you all for your gravitational pull upwards.

Okay, Stay fit! Bye-bye, ac. Comments always welcome at arnpriorcycling@bell.net; https://twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling

Hello. This is just a reminder that registration for the 2018 RLCT opens on January 31. Here is the link: http://www.ottawabicycleclub.ca/rlct/regnow. FYI, most of us sign up for the Classic route on the registration page; but, we actually only ride the classic route to Kingston; we ride the Cruise route back to Ottawa. This is a nice variation on the out-and-back Classic route and affords a welcome change of scene. As well, the Cruise is not as heavily travelled as the Classic. Others choose to ride the Century from Perth. Whatever route you choose, you’ll be ready for the RLCT if you join us on our weekend training, beginning April 2018.

With that in mind, please don’t leave your annual bike tune-up until the last-minute. Do it now when you have lots of time and no need for the bike. A well maintained, clean bicycle is a safe bicycle to ride. This is absolutely paramount when riding in a group. Don’t endanger yourself or your cycling friends by riding an ‘unfit’ bicycle. That means a total check-up and overhaul by your favourite bike mechanic, and includes the inspection of the frame for scratches, cracks or dents; checking all bearing systems: hubs, bottom bracket, headset and pedals; checking quick releases, cassette and chain rings, spokes; truing wheels; checking bottle cages for tightness; replacing cleats and chain as necessary.

If you have carbon rims, use only approved brake pads for the specific wheel rim. Finally, well almost (the list is endless), treat yourself to new bar tape, and helmet, maybe. Check it out anyway.

As well, now’s the time to kit out your saddle bag. Remove the detritus from last year and resupply as necessary. Keep it simple – a spare (working) inner tube, tyre levers, tyre boot, patch kit, master link, CO2 cartridge, multi-tool, ID, some spare cash. That’s about it, unless you’re the safety guy, in which case you can add a  medical kit – bandages, medication, etc.

Okay, you know all the above anyway. Right? So, why bother with this post. Hey, I got things on my mind and needed to talk to somebody. That’s as good a reason as any.

Okay, Stay fit! Bye-bye, ac. Comments always welcome at arnpriorcycling@bell.net; https://twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling

Saturday’s ride (130 kms) will be quite a bit longer than we’re used to. The elevation gain is around 1000 metres. We’ve topped a 1000 metres a couple of times already; so, all told, we should be okay. I’ll post details on Friday afternoon. Meantime, just wanted to remind us that safety on any ride is paramount. We can’t control the vehicular traffic. But, we can lessen the likelihood of an accident by riding in a predictable manner. This means observing the highway traffic act, looking our for each other, and following the best practices for safe group riding.  Let’s not put our fellow riders in jeopardy. Please read and memorise these points:

  • Be predictable
  • Don’t ride directly behind the wheel in front; ride slightly to the left or right; leave a gap
  • Do not overlap the wheel in front of you
  • Don’t stare at the wheel in front you; look beyond it
  • Hold your line
  • Ride over small obstacles rather than swerving to avoid them
  • Maintain the flow of the pace line by upping your cadence
  • Minimize/avoid use of brakes
  • Don’t slow down or stop suddenly
  • If you have to slow down, stop, turn – use hand signals to alert fellow riders
  • Don’t send you bike back when changing from seat to standing position

Okay, bye bye, ac. Comments always welcome at arnpriorcycling@bell.net; https://twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling

Well, hello.

Where is the rain, you’re asking? Beats me. It’s an often heard lament. The call was right but the timing was wrong, a bit like unbuckling your seat belt before you’ve stopped the car; or, think equities – buying Bre-X days before geologist, Michael de Guzman, falls out of a helicopter. Well, I guess the timing and the call were both wrong.

Hey, Paul Reichmann got it wrong, too, back in 1990’s when he ran out of cash for Canary Wharf. His vision for a financial district over-extended his cash resources. He had the right idea and the right place but the wrong time,  a bit like the clean-up hitter at the plate (3 and 2 – full count) thinking fast ball but gets a curve. Strike out.

Reichmann brought his project forward during a decline in the world’s economy. He misread the pitch. And, with his London properties half vacant, cash flow dwindling, and investors fleeing, his firm was placed under administration. Eventually, the banks took control and finished the project. And, the rest they say is history. Canary Wharf is to-day one of the most valuable commercial districts in the world.

Now, I’m left to ponder whether my recent property purchase is ill-timed or fortuitous. What about you – how’s your timing?

Okay, so, I’ll be right eventually. It will rain to-day – but when?

But now, to the point of this post. It’s early days yet and I thought it timely to remind us all about some tried-and-true  commandments of safe group riding. Commit these behavious to memory. There will be a test. Timing is everything, right.

  • Be predictable
  • Don’t ride directly behind the wheel in front; ride slightly to the left or right; leave a gap
  • Do not overlap the wheel in front of you
  • Don’t stare at the wheel in front you; look beyond it
  • Hold your line
  • Ride over small obstacles rather than swerving to avoid them
  • Maintain the flow of the pace line by upping your cadence
  • Minimize/avoid use of brakes
  • Don’t slow down or stop suddenly
  • If you have to slow down, stop, turn – use hand signals to alert fellow riders
  • Don’t send you bike back when changing from seat to standing position

Fingers crossed for next weekend. The plan for next Saturday is Quyon – an honest 100 kms. Ride during the week, if you can.

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Okay, Ride your bike! Ride safe. Bye bye, ac. Comments always welcome at arnpriorcycling@bell.net; https://twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling