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Hello. Where have you been? Or, is that your question. Does it matter? No. What matters is that we go forward and not backwards.

The RLCT is scheduled for June 08/09. If it’s not already on your calendar, pencil it in now. We’ll begin our official training programme on May 04/05. This gives us 10 weekend training days before the event itself. That’s not enough so we’ll hit the road running with 100+ kilometre rides right from the get-go. We’ll also include a couple of trips to the Gatineau to toughen the legs.

Let’s hope April is warm and dry. It’s likely to be wet and cool, making group rides a hit and miss affair. Regardless come May, it’s pedal to the metal.

You might say this advance notice is too early. Perhaps. But, I also invite you to consider skate skiing to maintain and improve your cardio fitness. That way you’ll arrive in April fitter than ever. Snow is around the corner and xcountry skiing, of whatever kind, is more fun and less arduous than cycling indoors – in my opinion.

Okay, that was a great season of cycling, thanks in part to the incredible weather. If you rode with us, many thanks for bringing your joie de vivre each weekend. The sun is within us; let it shine through. One candle lights many.

Here’s the tentative plan for Sunday (no kidding):

Stinsons 8:00 am 8:00 am(two minute rule in force) Ride to Neat Cafe or Carp to see Alice, depending upon the wind direction. Total kilometres expected to be on the 70-90 km range. Relaxed pace in comparison to the rides during peak season. Weather will be cool but sunny. Dress accordingly. Hope to see you there.

Group riding – Mandatory Reading
https://www.bikeradar.com/road/gear/article/how-to-ride-in-a-group-44624/

Ask yourself, where else would you rather be when the alarm rings on Sunday morning than on your bicycle pedalling away the fatty bits? You know you’ll just want to be there.

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcJbzuyp6VY  C King

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

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AC Jersey WIP

Hello –

Well, it had to come. It’s September 1st on Saturday. We’ve been cycling since April. That’s five months, with four of these in perfect conditions, by which I mean warm and dry. How has your summer cycling season been? Have you reached a significant kilometre milestone? Are you ahead of last year? Or, have you had personal issues (work, bicycle, family, pain, illness) that have reduced your cycling time. The impediments are many. That’s why it’s a good idea to seize the day when opportunity permits. Don’t hesitate. There are still two months, well, at least one good month left of cycling. Then what?

Winter! yes, it’s coming. Did you feel that north wind with its glacial breath on Thursday morning? Brr!

I mention it now to alert you to pre-season xcountry sales. Don’t miss a chance to get geared up for winter activity. For me, it’s skate-skiing. I was re-drawn to this by CAM, thinking I could be first up the climbs by transferring my cycling fitness to the skis. Didn’t happen. I was left in the ‘dust’ so to speak. Yes, you need to be fit but also you need balance and proper transfer of power from one ski to the other and good glide and wax technique. Takes a while to master everything but worth the effort. You’ll love it.

It’s not cheap, though. Skis, poles, boots, jacket, tights, wax, etc will set you back $500+ for a basic kit. Mid-level would be $1000, with really nice kit from $2000. It’s a bit like cycling – the more you spend, the lighter the gear. Basically, you get what you pay for but beyond a certain point you’re paying more for less. Be that as it may, you won’t replicate the whole-body cardio fitness gained from SS. It’s fantastic, especially in the Gatineau. You’ll ski up the same hills you cycle (the Doldrums, the FP Corkscew, Blacks, Penguin, the Lookout). You’ll come to appreciate these in a new way. No kidding.

Season passes are $108 to $172 if purchased before November 01.

http://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/gatineau-park-winter-passes

Okay, FYI.

Group riding – Mandatory Reading
https://www.bikeradar.com/road/gear/article/how-to-ride-in-a-group-44624/

Upcoming Events: September 29: https://www.hastingshighlandshillyhundred.com/

From Jeff R Slovenia: https://notranjska.com/en/

Okay, here’s the tentative plan for Saturday, September 01:

  1. Stinsons at 7:30 am start for a route and distance to be determined by those present.
  2. Gatineau at 7 am start for three loops 94 kms, 1600 metres. Please email arnpriorcycling@bell.net to confirm attendance.

NB: There will be no Blog entry on Saturday afternoon. Here’s the tentative plan for Sunday, September 02:

Stinsons at 7:30 am start on Sunday for a route and distance to be determined by those present.

Ask yourself, where else would you rather be when the alarm rings on weekend mornings than on your bicycle pedalling away the fatty bits? You know you’ll just want to be there.

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTFvAvsHC_Y  Boz Scaggs

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

Look forward to hearing from you at arnpriorcycling@bell.nethttps://arnpriorcycling.blog;   https://twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling;     https://www.instagram.com

“God is either of no importance, or of supreme importance.” Abraham J Hesche

I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive. (Joseph Campbell)

Pure Joy – Being Alive

Hello there –

This is a mid-week missive. Unusual, yes?

A couple of things of interest:

1) My Raid Alpine Tour (August 05-11 from Geneva to Nice) was fantastic. The Stuart Hall Cycling crew were great. The experience was stupendous. The climbs, two to three Cols per day, were awesome; the descents thrilling and never-ending. Unbelievable, really. As an example, from the top of the Galibier, we rode 60 kilometres downhill to the Alpe d’Huez climb. I kept looking at my Garmin – 30 kms, then 40, then 50, and finally 60 kms. How does that happen. Who cares; it did and it was so much fun. And, that was only one of many such descents. In fact, if you’d been a kid, with a pocket full of quarters at a Midway amusement fair, where the rides were only a nickel a piece, you would not have had more fun. Exhilarating is insufficient to express the feeling of flying down the Cols to the next climb. If you’re thinking about riding the Raid Alpine or about cycling in Europe do it. The scenery is breathtaking. Not to be missed.

2) Saturday/Sunday, August 25/26 I’m unavailable to ride or post a blog.

Upcoming Events:

September 29: https://www.hastingshighlandshillyhundred.com/

From Jeff R Slovenia: https://notranjska.com/en/

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQzB5T_B_iI    Rod Stewart

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

Look forward to hearing from you at arnpriorcycling@bell.nethttps://arnpriorcycling.blog;   https://twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling;     https://www.instagram.com

“God is either of no importance, or of supreme importance.” Abraham J Hesche

“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.”    Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters to Lucilius

Bounty of Goodness

Hello to you.

It’s been a while since we were in touch. I hope you’re well and in fine fettle. Life is easier when you’re feeling good – with no aches or pains or physical complaints or pathologies. It’s a crap shoot, really; some have issues, others do not. We all succumb, some early, but, eventually everyone. How do you account for adverse change of circumstances? Genetics, good living, dumb luck – all three? I’m pretty sure it’s happenstance.

It’s just a matter of time, soon or late, for the curtain to rise on calamity of one kind or another. So, if you’re in good form now, enjoy it. Health is like water in the desert, a scarce and precious vessel not given much thought until its container leaks. Ultimately, there is no oasis or sanctuary; it’s all a mirage. Still, we walk in hope, if not desperation, towards renewal. Walk on with vigour.

Okay, several of the regulars are away or not available this weekend. Also, on Sunday, there are two events to choose from. A couple of us are riding the TDB, while others have chosen the MEC ride from Carp. And, some will ride from Stinsons on Sunday. So, there are lots of options. I hope one of these suits you.

Upcoming Events:

August 19: http://tourdebonnechere.blogspot.com/

August 19: https://events.mec.ca/node/210536

September 29: https://www.hastingshighlandshillyhundred.com/

From Jeff R Slovenia: https://notranjska.com/en/

Okay, here’s the plan for Saturday, August 18:

  1. Stinsons at 7:30 am start for a route and distance to be determined by those present.
  2. Gatineau at 7 am start from P3. Three loops, 95 kms, 1600 metres. This involves climbing King twice and FP once, and returning on the third circuit via Kingsmere, Swamp, Barnes, and Mackenzie King to the Champlain Parkway, including two visits to Belvedere on Lap 1 and 3.

Ask yourself, where else would you rather be when the alarm rings on Saturday morning than on your bicycle pedalling away the fatty bits? You know you’ll just want to be there.

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDctl_P5pqo     Aretha Franklin

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

Look forward to hearing from you at arnpriorcycling@bell.nethttps://arnpriorcycling.blog;   https://twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling;     https://www.instagram.com

“God is either of no importance, or of supreme importance.” Abraham J Hesche

“I know what I have given you… /I do not know what you have received.” A Porchia

Sunflower Obsession

Hello –

These are the days to ride a bicycle – it’s “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy/Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high.” Max and his sons can relate to that, as they sit at the dock on the bay and cast for meaning in the deep, dark current.

For the rest of us, it’s time for the bicycle; and, for those of us lucky enough to have free time during the week or flexible work hours, we get to luxuriate in rides of wonder and awe. Wonder at the bounteous beauty of the natural world, the rural rolling landscape, and the peace and stillness of early morning; awe at life’s magic and mystery and our solitary existence. All this presents itself to the mind, before the intoxication arising from injecting or imbibing artificial stimulants enable us to understand and “see into the life of things.”

Okay, so, I’ve had a coffee or two after my ride – nothing stronger. I shed my cycling duds now to wear sweet delight, joy, and then pleasure, with happiness next up, hanging loosely over the chair arm. It’s quite a sight! You know, you just should have been there.

Okay, here’s the plan for Saturday:

1) Meet at Stinsons on White Lake Rd for a 7:30 am 7:30 am start, with the route and distance to be determined by those present.

2) Gatineau P3 at 7:30 7:30 am start for a 95 km route and 1600 metres. This involves climbing King twice and FP once, and returning on the third circuit via Kingsmere, Swamp, Barnes, and Mackenzie King to the Champlain Parkway. Similar to last week, including two visits to Belvedere on Lap 1 and 3.

Ask yourself, where else would you rather be when the alarm rings on Saturday morning than on your bicycle pedalling away the fatty bits? You know you’ll just want to be there.

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJ85Hep0kD0   John Prine

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

Look forward to hearing from you at arnpriorcycling@bell.nethttps://arnpriorcycling.blog;   https://twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling;     https://www.instagram.com

“God is either of no importance, or of supreme importance.” Abraham J Hesche

“Each time you happen to me all over again.”

The Bees Knees

Hello there  –

Life is good. It’s a privilege to be able to say that. For many, life is not good or at least it has onerous restrictions and constraints – money, time, physical/mental impairment, employment, family, personal relationships, and happenstance. I hope none of these afflict you in a negative way. And, if they do, I hope riding your bicycle provides respite and solace – a simple, elemental, and fluid esthetic in its purity. It’s an uncomplicated and accessible past-time offering delight, joy, and pleasure – that powerful triumvirate to a happy life and times.

Now, perfection is something else entirely – a sterile and unnatural state unknown to human experience. May you not be perfect nor strive for perfection. Goodness yes; perfection, no.

Okay, here’s the plan for Saturday:

1) Meet at Stinsons on White Lake Rd for a 7:30 am 7:30 am start, with the route and distance to be determined by those present.

2) Meet at P3 Gatineau 7:30 am 7:30 am start and ride three loops (FP x1, King/Blacks x2 with links via Kingsmere). Total distance 85-87 kms; 1584 metres.

Ask yourself, where else would you rather be when the alarm rings on Saturday morning than on your bicycle pedalling away the fatty bits? You know you’ll just want to be there.

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LWpw3CMCEg  Ray LaMontagne

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

Look forward to hearing from you at arnpriorcycling@bell.nethttps://arnpriorcycling.blog;   https://twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling;     https://www.instagram.com

“God is either of no importance, or of supreme importance.” Abraham J Hesche

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. KJV

Wonder

Hello –

Almost mid summer and the living is easy. Superb weather, except for the lack of rain for gardens and fields and vegetables and crops. It’s certainly great weather for the beach and water sports. It’s good too for cycling but only first thing in the morning before the high sun and humidity and winds kick-up.

Okay, there are two options this Saturday: 1) Stinsons; 2) Gatineau. Expect we’ll have a regular complement of riders for Stinsons on Sunday.

Here’s the tentative plan for Saturday:

1) Stinsons at 7:30 am with the route and distance to be determined by those present

2) Gatineau P3 at 7:30 for a 83 – 85 km route and 1544 – 1571 metres. This involves climbing King three times and returning on the third circuit via Kingsmere, Swamp, Barnes, and Mackenzie King to the Champlain Parkway. Ask yourself, where else would you rather be?

Time to complete will be 3 hrs to 3.5 hrs, approx. We will stop for a rare photo at the Belvedere Lookout.

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwmVfewqu7I   George Harrison

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

Look forward to hearing from you at arnpriorcycling@bell.nethttps://arnpriorcycling.blog;   https://twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling;     https://www.instagram.com

“God is either of no importance, or of supreme importance.” Abraham J Heschel

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer.”  Maya Angelo

Summer Scene W-L Rd