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Hello – good day to all.

On a day that began in cloud and cold air and remained so for many hours, I found it difficult to get started.  Yes, there are many impediments to starting out. Comfort is a powerful anesthesia, a warm blanket not easily thrown off in the early hours of morning. Who doesn’t want to stay in bed, shun the light, roll over, and hide? Life is an uphill grind, beginning with climbing out of bed. It was ever thus … .

“Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.” Gen 3-16

Sloth is a voluptuous siren. Entropy is omniscient. Determination, resolve, discipline are inadequate to the hour of need. Insatiable ‘Desire’ is a driving force – an Archimedes lever against lassitude and procrastination. Who has regretted the effort, hard as it sometimes is, to get out and ride. Carpe diem because COVID19 is a sneeze away. Exercise activates immunity. Were you ever more alive than gasping for breath on a long, hard climb? What’s holding you back? Go for it. Ride on!

Okay, the Premier has announced new regulations regarding group size – no more than five. And so, our group rides will remain on hold for now but there’s a possibility that we could start up soon, since many times we  have five or fewer riders at Stinsons. Stay tuned.

Right, that’s it. Always interested in contrary points of view, ideas, suggestion … .

Tour Dates (tentative in light of COVID19)

RLCT June 13/14 https://www.ottawabicycleclub.ca/rlct/regnow

Tour of Whitewater July 11  https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=tour+of+white+water

Tour de Bonnechere Mid August http://tourdebonnechere.blogspot.com/

Tour (Grandfondo PEI) Aug 28-30 http://granfondo-pei.ca/

Tour Prince Edward County Sept 12  https://www.countygranfondo.com/

Tour of Thousand Islands Sept 13 https://tigranfondo.com/the-ride/

Contact:
– arnpriorcycling@bell.net
– Twitter a@arnpriorcycling
– IG @arnpriorcycling
– WP arnpriorcycling.blog

“If men applied half as much common sense to their theological investigations, as they do to every other subject, they could not worship a god, who, having filled this world with millions of his children, would finally consign them all to eternal destruction except for a few” elect.    Lydia Child

Concrete

Hello ….

The sun rises and sets; the seasons come and go; life marches ever forward and then it ends – thump. Over. Done. Gone!  No more the cursing of the early morning light and the rising from bed in the semi-dark to get ready to cycle/ski. Enjoy now the bitter and the sweet; savour all, especially the hard effort that makes you feel alive; and think kindly on your fellow sojourner.

Here’s the latest on Rules of the Road. Still confusing re double paceline riding. The OBC recommends this. Hard to know. Read this courtesy of Alastair – Bike Laws of Ontario Explained:

https://www.northernontario.travel/cycling/bike-laws-in-ontario-canada-explained

Tour Dates

RLCT June 13/14 https://www.ottawabicycleclub.ca/rlct/regnow

Tour of Whitewater July 11  https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=tour+of+white+water

Tour de Bonnechere Mid August http://tourdebonnechere.blogspot.com/

Tour (Grandfondo PEI) Aug 28-30 http://granfondo-pei.ca/

Tour Prince Edward County Sept 12  https://www.countygranfondo.com/

Tour of Thousand Islands Sept 13 https://tigranfondo.com/the-ride/

Contact:
– arnpriorcycling@bell.net
– Twitter a@arnpriorcycling
– IG @arnpriorcycling
– WP arnpriorcycling.blog

“I have been into the lumber-yard, and the carpenter’s shop, and the tannery, and the lampblack factory, and the turpentine clearing; but when at length I saw the tops of the pines waving and reflecting the light at a distance high over all the rest of the forest, I realized that the former were not the highest use of the pine. It is not their bones or hide or tallow that I love most. It is the living spirit of the tree, not its spirit of turpentine, with which I sympathize, and which heals my cuts. It is as immortal as I am, and perchance will go to as high a heaven, there to tower above me still.” hdt

Hello, and happy new year.

May 2020 be a year of good cheer for you and yours.

May 2020 bring you health, companionship, supportive friends, and the exceptional love of family.

May 2020 be a glorious and safe cycling season for us all.

Speaking of which, it’s never too soon to think about key cycling dates. Here are a few, you might want to consider. It’s always worthwhile having goals and objectives. The big one, of course, is the RLCT. All the others, with the exception of the PEI Granfondo will be adequately taken care of through our regular weekend riding regime. So no panic there.

The RLCT, however, requires proper training, meaning sufficient volume and intensity of effort, with lots of hill climbing in preparation for the worst conditions. It also requires a bicycle in excellent working order, with good cables, brakes, gearing, chain, tyres, etc. If you haven’t already done so, now is a great time to have your bike serviced. There’s no rush at the bike shops and you’re in no hurry either. So, why not get your bike tuned up now and be ready for the road come spring.

And, don’t forget about your fitness either – cardio, strength, and flexibility. You should (might want to) consider being as active as possible this winter. Sloth never sleeps, so be vigilant against complacency and idleness. The protocol advocated by the Ottawa Heart Institute is 200 to 400 minutes of moderate/intense aerobic exercise per week. That won’t be enough for us but it’s a start. If you’re getting less than this, you’ll lack stroke volume and the cardiac output necessary to deliver adequate oxygen to working muscles. That’s fine if your goal is riding around the block but not for 100-180 kilometre endurance rides. There are ten to twelve weeks (maybe) of training time (April 01 – June 12) in preparation for the RLCT. Don’t back-end all of your fitness to these weeks. Front-end and cruise to Kingston instead.

RLCT June 13/14 https://www.ottawabicycleclub.ca/rlct/regnow

Tour of Whitewater July 11  https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=tour+of+white+water

Tour de Bonnechere Mid August http://tourdebonnechere.blogspot.com/

Tour (Grandfondo PEI) Aug 28-30 http://granfondo-pei.ca/

Tour Prince Edward County Sept 12  https://www.countygranfondo.com/

Tour of Thousand Islands Sept 13 https://tigranfondo.com/the-ride/

Contact:
– arnpriorcycling@bell.net
– Twitter a@arnpriorcycling
– IG @arnpriorcycling
– WP arnpriorcycling.blog

Homer that’s not God. That’s just a waffle that Bart tossed up there.

Hello –
arnpriorcycling for

– Saturday, Nov 09
– No group ride scheduled for Saturday or Sunday
– The cold weather has arrived. That and the wind chill will make for unpleasant conditions.

– There’s a possibility of riding next weekend but it’s likely the cycling season is over.

Contact:
– arnpriorcycling@bell.net
– Twitter @arnpriorcycling
– IG @arnpriorcycling
– WP arnpriorcycling.blog

A life can well be spent correcting and improving one’s own faults without bothering about others.” Edward Weston

Nov 03/19: Three Riders; 92 kms; 3 hours 02; 644 metres

That was another great ride on the roads of Renfrew County. This is getting to be a habit – after 30 years, one might say. We’ve seen many rural roads paved and repaved in that time. The hard shoulders are a real boon these days. To-day, we returned from Renfrew on the Burnstown road. It’s recently been repaved for a couple of kilometres from the top of the hill at MacLaren’s old apple orchard to Hurds Lake road, where it widens to accommodate a paved bicycle lane all the way to the Neat.

That two kilometre stretch of new pavement was a pleasant surprise but not everyone was enthused about it. If you haven’t been out that way, give it a try. You’ll be glad you did.

FYI, the Neat Cafe is contributing two $$ from every coffee and breakfast cookie towards repaving Calabogie Rd. This is a new initiative and certainly takes the bite out of their high prices. Well, maybe they’re not doing this but it’s an idea … .

The cycling season is winding down but we plan to ride until the snow falls and the temperature make the roads unsafe. It’s really not that bad, provided you dress for the conditions. Keeping one’s hands warm is the hardest part, I think. So, just saying that you might want to consider/reconsider keeping your bicycle on the ready for a few more weekends.

Finally, a big thank you to KO for holding the fort for the last five months with emails about weekend rides. This is no small endeavour because of the personal commitment required to be at Stinsons each and every Saturday and Sunday. Maybe we’ll recruit others in 2020 to share the responsibility?

Contact:
– arnpriorcycling@bell.net
– Twitter a@arnpriorcycling
– IG @arnpriorcycling
– WP arnpriorcycling.blog

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.”   HDT

Saturday, Nov 02/19 two riders 60 kms/80 kms.

Sorry for the confusion this morning, resulting from the change in venue and the on/off status of the ride. I obviously made the wrong call. It was a fine day to ride a bicycle. FYI, I did check three separate weather apps before making a decision. I s/h paid more attention to the radar. Next time, I’ll do that.

My apologies to CAM and JG, both inconvenienced by my misreading of the forecast.

Here are the details for arnpriorcycling for Nov 03:

– Sunday Nov 03 7:30 am sharp
– NB: the time change. Clocks move back one hour tonight
– Stinsons on Vanjamar Drive
– Zone 4/5 (>80% MHR)
– Purpose LT2
– Distance 92 kms/665 metres
– Coffee at Neat after 70 kms
– Heading west to Renfrew
– Route details at Stinsons
– Hope to see you there

Contact:
– arnpriorcycling@bell.net
– Twitter a@arnpriorcycling
– IG @arnpriorcycling
– WP arnpriorcycling.blog

If a man has his eyes bound, you can encourage him as much as you like to stare through the bandage, but he’ll never see anything. Franz Kafka

Hello –
Arnpriorcycling for

– Saturday, Nov 02 7:45 am sharp
– Stinsons on Vanjamar Drive
– Zone four/five (>80% MHR)
– Purpose: LT2
– Distance 81 kms
– Heading east to Almonte
– Route details at Stinsons
– Hope to see you there

Contact:
– arnpriorcycling@bell.net
– Twitter @arnpriorcycling
– IG @arnpriorcycling
– WP arnpriorcycling.blog

“In the vast abyss before time, self is not, and soul commingles with mist, and rock, and light.” Ursula K Le Guin

Arnprior Cycling: September 14/19: 110 kms; 918 metres; 4.0 hrs; one rider.

          Mafia: September 14/19 108 kms;                  Five riders

Required Reading:

  • When: September 15/19 7 am arnpriorcycling and 7:30 (Mafia)
  • Where: Kingston and Stinsons on White lake Rd.
  • Description: a) 7:00 120 kms Kingston Granfondo;
  • b) 7:30 am 82 kms to Tim’s Renfrew
  • Weather: Mix of sun and cloud

Take it or Leave it

Difficult conditions this morning with a liquorice allsorts grab bag of changeable weather – howling winds, scary gusts, and black skies punctured with blue and shots of sunlight. The heavenly joker laughs at the trials of man. Doesn’t he always? Where is the fair weather of summer and the light winds? Gone, like one’s youth – just a faded memory, like tread bare Levi’s, a vestige of their former self. Is it time for renewal and resurgence?

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

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“Affection is created by habit, community of interests, convenience and the desire of companionship. It is a comfort rather than an exhilaration.” W. Somerset Maugham

Required Reading:

  • When: September 14/19 at 6:25 (arnpriorcycling) and 8:30 (Mafia)
  • Where: Both rides start and end at Stinsons on White lake Rd.
  • Description: a) 6:25 108 kms/768m to Calabogie/Norton/Pucker/Burnstown – Coffee 87 kms;
  • b) 8:30 am 108 kms to Starbucks at Terry Fox CTC Gasbar
  • Weather: Possibility of rain. The 6.25 am Early Bird special goes rain or shine.

Take it or Leave it

  • Well, you’ve noticed, I’m sure, that the morning temperatures reflect an imminent change of season; and, while autumn is around the corner, his emissary has arrived and is knocking at the door requesting immediate entry. Brr, you say; but to no avail. The sun brooks no entreaty and keeps time to no man’s desire – oblivious and indifferent to human affairs. Therefore, from the back of the drawer liberate your woollies. We have a couple of months to cycle, including tomorrow in the rain and in the heavy winds; but, hey, where else would you rather be than pedalling away the fatty bits with your buddies on the road to Starbucks or to Calabogie? Ride your bicycle. Life is short; sloth never sleeps; time passes and then we’re gone; that’s it.
  • Upcoming Cycling Events
  • September 15 Kingston GF: http://www.tigranfondo.com/the-ride/
  • September 21 Perth GF: https://cyclosportiveperth.wordpress.com/
  • RLCT June 13/14 2020. Where else would you rather be?
  • What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbRQO4LDLYM

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

Send comments to arnpriorcycling@bell.net;  Please don’t reply to the emails from WordPress under the name Arnprior Cycling; The Official Blog is: https://arnpriorcycling.blog; Tweets by @ArnpriorCycling. Also available on Instagram. Please request to follow. I won’t follow back.

“How alone everyone is in the vast tomb of the universe!”
Jean Paul

June 16/19: 98 kms; 3 Hrs 11; 506 metres; Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Required Reading:

  • Next Ride: June 22/23 with details via email only. I’m away for two weekends. KO is the man.
  • Where:
  • Description:
  • Purpose: Training for WWT July 06.
  • Weather:
  • Always check blog https://arnpriorcycling.blog/ by 6 am on day of ride for latest news/corrections.

Take it or Leave it

  • Father’s Day was a bust from a group ride perspective. Caught by surprise, thinking that the men and the lass would have been out in full-force to take advantage of the sunny skies, after yesterday’s rain-out. Would have been nice (a courtesy) knowing who was riding. Should we institute an attendance protocol, say by 9 pm the night before a ride, realising that one’s plans may change at the last minute.
  • Good ride nonetheless but windy. It was a hard-go and we didn’t get full recompense when we turned for home. There was more north in the wind than north-west and while BG’s flat on Lochwinnow (26 kms from Stinsons) halted the four horsemen on their homeward journey, it didn’t puncture the festive mood. You just s/h been there. Wish you had been!
  • Internet working. Bell installed service on the new house and two day’s later they disconnected us in error.
  • Rider concerns about safe, fun rides still open for discussion. Let’s talk.
  • Tour de Whitewater July 06: https://tourdewhitewater.blogspot.com/
  • RLCT June 13/14 2020. Where else would you rather be?
  • The Silver Challenge is back for the month of June: https://silverchainchallenge.ca/
  • What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBxc9ObX5ZQ

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

Look forward to hearing from you at arnpriorcycling@bell.net;  Please don’t reply to the emails from WordPress under the name Arnprior Cycling; The Official Blog is here: https://arnpriorcycling.blog; Tweets by @ArnpriorCycling. Also available on private Instagram. Please request to follow. I won’t follow back.

“There must always be a struggle between a father and son, while one aims at power and the other at independence.” Samuel Johnson