Fat Ian’s Post:
Phew. The last week has been busy. Last Wednesday was a well-attended info night for the Actif Epica bike challenge (here’s the record on twitter, and CycleChick reports here). More than 35 people attended, and Ernie, Hal and Lindsay shared their thoughts on winter survival and biking. The summary version would be: know your limits & be aware of what you are doing, test your equipment as much as you can, and ride your own ride/don’t give up too easily. Mixed in there somewhere was Ernie’s advice: talk to others who are doing what you want to do. To that end, feel free to drop a comment on this (or other) posts, or on the ManitobaFatBike blog.
On the weekend there were lots of things going on.
FatDan, FatDallas and I went and did a 100km fatbike ride (gravel road ride) in Grand Forks. If you think we don’t have much snow, you should see GF – they have none. It was a hard day in the wind, but we *did* reach climax.
…And that was good for at least 20km of risque jokes. Never mind that Dallas met the Mayor of Climax. Whatever that means.
And then on Sunday we had the “applied” portion of the info session: 9 riders showed up for an easy-paced group ride.
We headed out west on the Harte Trail, and then, via a detour that Serge spotted, headed further west on Wilkes to loop around via Hall Rd and the Grand Trunk trail. The detour involves turning left/south off of the Harte trail just at the edge of that clearing close to the perimeter (maybe 1km or so from the perimeter). Serge’s trail “zigs” south and east until it “zags” west again close to Wilkes. It’s a nice off-road section that adds some distance and variety. And it saves you from having to cross the perimeter if you go under the Wilkes overpass (yay, safety!).
Other rides this weekend included Guy checking out the Seine north of Windsor Park Golf Course (rideable) and Hal and Dan (and Lindsay, separately) riding the LaSalle between LaBarriere and the town and LaSalle (also rideable). These ride reports were as of Sunday afternoon. Keep in mind things (like ice) change, so pay attention unless you want wet feet (or worse).
Meanwhile FatAl was down in Tuscobia riding 75 miles. I know he finished, and that he may have inadvertently ridden a few extra miles, but we’ll wait for his full report. For now we can only speculate that it was awesome and that he rocked it.
This Wednesday, there will be the usual group ride at Assiniboine Forest at 7 p.m. Neither Hal nor I can make it, but hopefully some others can.
Christmas weekend/week after: it’d be great to get some rides in. If you’re heading out, why not drop a comment and find some buddies to ride with.
New Year’s Eve/Day: Jon L., FatSteve and others have mused about riding the Epinette loop at Spruce Woods Provincial Park (40km loop, with 3? cabins with woodstoves, hilly, fun). I personally can’t ride those days, but it sure sounds like a fun idea. If you’re interested, leave a comment or start your own thread for a New Years Ride (see also comments on the post below this one).
See ya out there.