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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

August 28/16: 102.5 Kms; 3 Hrs 08; 546 Metres; Eight Riders

Cloudy conditions but great weather just the same, for this our third MEC Tour. It was good value and well run. The turnout was disappointing, however, with only a couple of hundred entrants taking part. Unfortunately that small number of cyclists didn’t mean any extra libation for us, hovering as we were near the brew-master in hope of an extra glass. Oh well, no worries, we had to drive home after all, and Rob and Blair had another 10 kilometres to cycle. Just as well there were no refills.

All in all, a rock and roll ride right from the get-go as we chased down the 160 km group, catching up with them on Huntmar Drive just before Palladium. From here, it was a hard pace, alternating with erratic accelerations after each stop sign before the group (now consisting of the 100 kilometre riders and the 160 kilometre riders) sped towards Aston and Cemetery Road, where we turned to follow the 100 kilometre circuit. Once on our own, we throttled back but nevertheless soon found ourselves crossing the overpass on highway 7 and then shortly after riding into Appleton and then to county Rd 29 (for a short distance) before taking concession eight to Almonte, where we made a brief stop for cookies, bananas and water. That’s where I took the photograph. You can tell by the body language and aggressive stance that these boys meant business. Don’t let the smiles fool you. They are tough cookies.

The rest of the ride was a breeze, literally. We had a strong east wind changing from a tail to a cross until at Kinburn it became a head-wind. At this juncture, the easterly cancelled the fun quotient and all conversation ceased as we now hunkered down to await our pull. It was on one of these that Mark exploded to the front, showing another strong effort late into the ride. The tough conditions didn’t impede his progress as he cranked up the watts on the final run down Donald B Munro towards the fair grounds. But, there still remained one last challenge, the short but steep incline on Craig Side Road, which soon saw us all racing for glory. You just should have been there.

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

Barter

Life has loveliness to sell,
All beautiful and splendid things,
Blue waves whitened on a cliff,
Soaring fire that sways and sings,
And children’s faces looking up
Holding wonder like a cup.

Life has loveliness to sell,
Music like a curve of gold,
Scent of pine trees in the rain,
Eyes that love you, arms that hold,
And for your spirit’s still delight,
Holy thoughts that star the night.

Spend all you have for loveliness,
Buy it and never count the cost;
For one white singing hour of peace
Count many a year of strife well lost,
And for a breath of ecstasy
Give all you have been, or could be. Sara Teasdale

June 08/14: Nine Riders; 170 Kms; 425 Metres?;  5 Hrs 38

June 09/14: Nine Riders; 173 Kms 321 Metres?; 5 Hrs 41 TFW 343 Kms!!

Okay, well done. Favourable winds, good weather, good company  –  and when all was said and done, good and tired. That about sums it up. If we have to endure wet and cool training rides and missed weekends in April and May, let it be; it is all good, if the sun shines and the winds follow the wheel on the first weekend in June.

Two great days (in a row). We pinched ourselves on Saturday. Couldn’t believe our good fortune. Only to find that we had to pinch ourselves twice on Sunday. How do you say ‘fair’ and ‘fairer;’ how do you say ‘good’ and ‘better’?

A big salute to our riders, who all rode to make sure we remained a group for the duration of the ride (both ways). Sure, there was the occasional uptempo, good spirited run off the front and the follow-up mad chase to capture the escapados – not always successfully. But, no one was complaining because the regroups were quick and effective, especially on the hills,  where a modulated pace was the order of the day(s). Good spirits prevailed throughout, with the stronger riders sharing the front-going.

Kudos to Rob for his long pull into a steady headwind as we closed in on Kingston and to Eric for his metronome pedaling for several kilometers on the long road to Keelerville. Also, a big mention to Raymond for a gnarly pull on a bad road into the wind to Kars (not our favourite place). Still, we were happy to arrive there and we soon took advantage of the seats and the shade at the General Store. No one said much. Each in our own thoughts until Rob summed up what we were all calculating, ”Just an hour left.” Well said – and we made short work of that, even overcoming the gravel on 1ST Line Road.

Oh, and have I mentioned Keith’s pace setting from Easton’s Corners. This is a great stretch of road to Merrickville for a full-out effort. Here the long curves, steady rise, and dips in terrain make for interesting riding. Keith didn’t disappoint as he gradually upped the tempo, as Terry commented, to ”TDF speed.’

We all hung on as the big engine pulled us forward.

And, finally, not to forget Mark’s memorable flamme rouge commentary as he rode (with the wicked). You just should have been there! And, you can when we do it all again in 2015. Here’s hoping anyway.

Notables Achievements: Raymond and Keith with Ten RLCT in a row! Rob, with Eight. Congrats. Sorry, I don’t have numbers for the others at this time.

Okay – bye bye, ac. Comments welcome at arnpriorcycling@bell.net; http://www.twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling. ps: This weekend’s rides will be posted on Friday

Where's Raymond?

Where’s Raymond?