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You get what you give

Over the last few years, Wayne Bishop has worked hard to bring to the community a club that instills the ideology ‘Give Love – Get Love’.

All of the monies generated from Two Wheel Revolution (2WRVLTN) through sales of hats, mugs, shirts, memberships and race registrations get put back into developing new course venues and events.

Wayne has gathered like-minded individuals into his club and is constantly recruiting locals to join. The members are doing it because they love what they do, and people who love what they do are willing to sacrifice. This allows 2WR to lean towards being inclusive with the community, rather than exclusive.

With all of the volunteer power and the non-profit approach to capital, 2WR can give lower entry fees for racers, again expanding the possible number of people who will be able to try out a race. This also results in more spectators with family and friends coming out to cheer.

Even Wayne’s beautiful wife Kim and their two sons, Ryder and Chase, work hard in their free time to keep the machine running. Ryder, who is eleven, has the awesome responsibility of being the club’s secretary.

“Being secretary, there is always some challenges but nothing that can’t be done.” says a positive Ryder. “Sometimes tasks are frustrating but I overcome it and try to get the task done. I really enjoy what I do and it is fun to open up my laptop and have a surprise in my inbox. Every day is enjoyable, even with challenges.”

Well get ready because 2WRVLTN has a good show happening on Sunday January 15th, at Falcon Ridge in the Whiteshell Provincial Park.

Veteran Provincial racer Ken Stojak rode the course last weekend, and was very impressed. “The Falcon Ridge Trail has it all and more.  There are climbs, single track sections, downhills, switchbacks, all with out of this world scenery. There are epic views with the ‘On Top of the World’ loop and when crossing the lakes.”

Another long-time sportsman who has raced inline-speed-skating locally for decades is Greg Carrigan. He was out with Stojak and Paul Lapointe doing a pre-ride last weekend and this is what he had to say, “There is something of everything for everybody. Plus there are real nice people running the Chalet and a good burger! I believe if new fatbikers are doing the 10 km after the first tough climb (where they will learn how awesome a fatbike climbs (with the correct tire pressure), they will have a blast!”

Bishop finishes with describing the course, “The course is a 10km loop comprised of a complimentary mix of wide open coastline lake ski trails, tight single track with amazing views and some flowy Fatbike groomed trails that descend back to the chalet!”

“The day will start with a racer check in and tire pressure verification. Some schmoozing and a race start at 11:30 with 5 minutes between classes.” he adds. “Spectators can experience the resort, tubing, live music and all things falcon. Racers will get a meal and beverage, trophies and some Prizing for special efforts, sportsmanship and just general awesomeness! Ideally the outcome from this race is to promote Fat Bikes in MB parks and at Venues with the purpose of creating opportunities for future riding locations!”

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Video Time: Actif Epica 2014

It’s Actif Epica video time again … well almost … here’s my Trailer for “Actif Epica 2014 – Meeting The Challenge”.

This year’s 3rd Annual race was even more EPIC than previous years, thanks to plenty of snow and a chilling wind from the north!
Once again, I was sadly sidelined with an injury, but I really enjoyed my now usual role as Roving-Medic-Support-Video guy and starting to work on the video has just re-awakened my awe of the spectacle of racer’s stepping, pedaling and skiing up to Meet the Challenge of this great event! Human Powered Perseverance and Resilience … it’s awesome to see!

This year’s 3rd Annual race was even more EPIC than previous years, thanks to plenty of snow and a chilling wind from the north!
Once again, I was sadly sidelined with an injury, but I really enjoyed my now usual role as Roving-Medic-Support-Video guy and starting to work on the video has just re-awakened my awe of the spectacle of racer’s stepping, pedaling and skiing up to Meet the Challenge of this great event! Human Powered Perseverance and Resilience … it’s awesome to see!

Actif Epica 2012 Video – EPIC Fat Tire Friendly Race!

Fat Tom K’s Post:

As the roving medic responder for the recent ‘Actif Epica’ Race, I was able to capture most of the action with several GoPro HD cameras from on my bike, my vehicle and on foot. A casted right hand may have kept me from racing this event, but it did not keep me off my Pugsley Fat Tire Bike.

29 cyclist and 2 runners took part in the 1st Annual ‘Actif Epica’ EPIC Winter Endurance Race that had participants complete 130 kms of biking trails, gravel roads and field paths from St Malo to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The route roughly followed the historic ‘Crow Wing’ trail, which is now part of the Trans Canada Trail System.

All particpants completed the race, while the runners completed 50 miles (seriously – in the winter!). Most racers were from Canada, but a few hardy Americans came up for the challenge. Conditions were unusually mild, but still saw the race start early morning at -14 C (-20C Windcill), while it warmed to -2C under sunny skies. We had only a recent fresh dusting of snow on the much lower than normal base of snow. So some racers were able to blast through the route in just over 6 hours, while the last finished in 13.5 hours. There were tough sections of the route that even the ‘Fat Tire’ bikers had to get off and push, so these times were much faster than normal conditions would have allowed. Most bikers were on mountain bikes (29er was the steed of choice) and Fat Tire bikes, as well as a few on Cross/Hybids. Blair, J.P. and Paul, the three top finishers blasted in, but still chose to cross the finish line together – classy! Running 50 miles in winter conditions is just hardcore nuts! Kudos to Chris and Dallas!! I got to drive them to the start line and I can attest to them being even crazier than me ;-)!

The race was a huge success, with numerous sponsors (nice entry prizes!), partner community winter activities connected and a true spirit of “Celebrating Human Resilience” in the cold Canadian north! This was due to the organizing skill, creativity and enthusiasm of Ian Hall and David Pensato, along with Danna Hall’s large team of happy volunteers hosting the five checkpoints, the sleeping-eyed coffee-drinking drivers and those cheering, documenting and ‘Tweeting’ all about it. Major sponsors were the Winnipeg Committe For Safety, Don’s Photo, Olympia Cycle and Ski Shop, MEC, the Festival du Voyageur and many other Partner and Hosting venues. Kyle Thomas and Jared Falk took amazing professional images of the event, including Kyle’s portraits of the bikers at the finish line at Fort Gibraltar at the Festival-du-Voyageur site in Winnipeg, where celebrations marking the Louis Riel Holiday were in full swing. It was a very surreal experience for the racers to finish at the bright, racious and packed festival grounds, having finished a race that had them pedaling across some open prairie, some park woodlands and finally along quiet single track trail in thw woods. Unfortunately, a city water main break made a slushy mess on the frozen ice surface of the Seine River section planned for the end of the race, so a bit of city street detouring was required. No major traffic issues, so all was well.

I look forward to racing next year (no more broken bones please!) and fully embracing the spirit of “Celebrating Human Resilience”!!

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:
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Grand Forks Century – December 17

Fat Ian’s Post:

Details are emerging on the Saturday, December 17 Grand Forks metric century ride.  From David Sears, as posted on Fargo FatBikes Facebook group:

“start 8, maybe 9 am, primarily gravel, halfway & three quarters way along route chances for beverage/food….well, at the 3/4 check point anyways….for the most part you are on your own, directions/map provided….full detail will be posted early this coming week.”

Who’s interested?

Actif Epica 2012

Fat Ian’s Post:

Hey fat bikers,

There’s going to be a winter bike event happening on February 18, 2012.  It’s going to be a longish distance affair – 130km from St. Malo to Winnipeg.

Details here: http://actifepi.ca/, with some thoughts on the course here.  It’s a challenge, and finishing will be an accomplishment.  I hope you’ll consider taking part.

I’m also looking for volunteers and sponsors – if you/someone you know would like to lend a hand, it would be hugely appreciated.

Start training!

Ian Hall

Actif Epica Race Director/Olympia Cycling Club