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GranFondo Niagara Falls 2013

What a treat to be part of the inaugural GranFondo Niagara Falls in the picturesque Niagara region! The organizers truly created a top-notch event — well organized, scenic route, and even a free concert!  The roads were closed for cyclists, including the high-traffic Niagara Parkway on a busy Saturday morning. That alone was amazing. Police…

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Crank up the Anticipation

September is another exciting cycling month, similar to June except events are more clustered.  Next Saturday is the highly anticipated GranFondo Niagara Falls, followed by Tour de Mississauga on Sunday. With the need to taper off cycling for the week, I squeezed in one last long ride past Sunday to the infamous Café Domestique in…

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Centurion Niagara Ride

A free cycling event?  I’m in!  I haven’t ridden any long rides since June.  The Niagara Falls training ride hosted by Centurion Cycling was the perfect chance to end the hiatus, especially since the GranFondo Niagara Falls is fast approaching.  Under sunny skies, a sprained wrist, & a slight cold, I was excited to get…

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Civic Holiday 2013

Civic Long Weekend was quite memorable & filled with lots of outdoor activities. Fri. Aug 2 to Sun. Aug 4 (Québec) My friends and I always plan a nice little vacation every summer.  This year, it was to Blueberry Lake Resort in Labelle, Québec – North of Mont Tremblant.  It was a wet weekend, with…

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Flashbacks

There’s been silence for a few weeks, tied directly to silence in cycling.  A little rewind back to the end of June when I bought a new mountain bike, Lapierre X-Flow 312.  The story began on a wet drizzling Friday, June 28th –Lapierre’s 1st time in MTB environment.  Let’s just say I got initiated into the…

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Tour de Waterloo 2013

This was my first time at Tour de Waterloo and it won’t be my last – well organized, top-notch lunch, and scenic route.  It was a hot and humid day, but at least it stayed dry.  The forecasted thunderstorm never showed. I was decked out in the full GranFondo Niagara Falls kit for the first…

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Centurion Ontario 2013

Centurion Ontario at Horseshoe Valley this year marked my first ever race under nonstop rain.  We arrived the day before on Saturday under sunny skies, hard to believe the next day would become miserable so drastically. SATURDAY (Pre-Race) Saturday was relaxing, arriving at Horseshoe Resort just in time for race packet pickup with 10min to…