Category Archives: Meetings and Discussions

Thanks Ultra, Actif Epica and Fat Bike presenters – nice mtg!

Tom Kolesnik’s Post:

Pete McAdams at Olympia Ultra-Actif Epica mtg 14 Jan 16

Thanks to Ian Hall, Dwayne Sandall, Pete McAdams, Wayne Bishop and all those who took part in an informative evening chat tonight at Olympia Cycle & Ski. Lots of hard-earned skills, techniques, lessons learned and upcoming race discussions about Winnipeg Whyteout Fat Forty Festival and Actif Epica. Bring on the races and adventure fun!

Winter Ultra/Actif Epica: Free Clinic 14 Jan 16

Tom Kolesnik posted for Ian Hall:

Inspired by the valiant efforts at Tuscobia? Want to try something similar close to home?

Reminder – Free winter ultra/Actif Epica clinic this Thursday (Jan 14) at 7:30 p.m. at Olympia Cycle, 1813 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB

*Wayne Bishop will fill us on the Winnipeg Whyteout Fat Forty Festival event coming up Jan 24, 2016 at Fort Whyte
*Dwayne Sandall from Trail Run Manitoba will talk about the news on Actif Epica – new course sections, relay options, and more
*Pete McAdams will share tips for packing light and staying safe on days like… February 13, if you’re ready to sign up for the Actif Epica adventure

See you there!

Tuscobia Debrief and Arrowhead Planning

Fat Hal’s Post:

A couple of us who were at Tuscobia last weekend and others (many of the same) who are going to the Arrowhead at the end of this month are meeting at Carlos and Murphy’s on Monday at 7:30. Please let us know if you are coming by adding to the comments to this post by Sunday, January 6th, we need to let them know how many of us will be in coming.

Actif Epica group therapy session…

Fat Ian’s Post:

Have you stopped shaving (everywhere) in an effort to capture every joule of warmth leaving your body?

Do you know which grocery store’s plastic bags make the best vapour barrier socks? (I’m looking at you, Dan)

Come talk about your issues with people who understand you…

Actif Epica Info Session

Whether you’re planning to ride the Actif Epica bike challenge or even just considering it, you probably have some questions about how to prepare for it and what kind of gear you might need. We totally get that. We also know that meeting some possible training buddies can help too, so we’re having a little get together to go over things and answer questions. Then, a couple days later, we’re organizing a relaxed group ride to try it out.

Get together: Wednesday, December 14th – 7 to 9 p.m. at Olympia Cycle and Ski, 1813 Portage Avenue.

  • 7:00 – Introductions from Ian Hall, Actif Epica coordinator
  • 7:10 – Ernie Whelan* – Cold weather safety/survival
  • 7:40 – Hal Loewen – bike prep and clothing/gear advice
  • 8:00 – Lindsay Gauld – mental toughness and mental preparation
  • 8:15 – Q&A

*Ernie Whelan (Air Force Sergeant), is a former member of 435 Transport and Rescue Squadron in Winnipeg andSearch and Rescue Technician (SAR Tech), who is now a Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Instructor at theCanadian Forces School of Survival and Aeromedical Training (CFSSAT) at 17 Wing, Winnipeg.

You likely heard about him in local and national news last year during his ‘Gliding Thru Barriers’ winter skiing trek on Lake Winnipeg. Check out coverage of his trek HERE, HERE and HERE.

If you can’t make it in person, we’ll be tweeting the meeting (#ActifEpica) and taking questions from the virtual audience.

***For those who are keen, the Wednesday night fatbike ride (skinnies welcome) will leave from Olympia at 9 p.m.)***

And then:

Group ride: Sunday, December 18th – 9 a.m. at the Assiniboine Forest parking lot (meet at Grant Avenue at Chalfont Rd) for a 2-3 hour group ride. Experienced ride guides will lead the ride at an easy pace (we’ll go as fast as the slowest rider) that will head out the Harte Trail and tackle some open prairie sections.  This should be a good simulation of what one of the sections of Actif Epica will be like.

An Actif Epica teaser – Checkpoint #1:

Almost Wednesday

Fat Ian’s Post:

How about the usual meeting spot, then south through Assiniboine Park and west into Woodhaven/Sturgeon Creek area?  Other ideas?

And – for the following Wednesday (the 14th), since there will be an Actif Epica info night at Olympia, could we bump the ride later (start at 9 from the shop)?  Even if you’re not sure about Actif Epica, I hope you’ll attend – it’ll be an informal chat about winter biking that should be interesting.  Multi-time Arrowhead finisher and soon-to-be Iditabike racer Lindsay Gauld will be a guest speaker.