Tour de Hans 2013

Tour de Hans finished off my cycling event for the year.  I was pumped heading to the ride, yet put a lot of pressure on myself to end the season well.  This Gran Fondo Style race takes riders along the scenic Waterloo Region, followed by post-ride Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest celebrations.  Big thanks to all the police... Continue Reading →

Tour de Mississauga 2013

I jumped into another ride in less than 24 hrs after the 125km GranFondo Niagara Falls.  I enjoy Tour de Mississauga each year for its lack of entry fee and convenience -- right at the neck of my 'hood. The ride to the start was barely 5km.  The second I plopped on the saddle, I... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Tour de Grand 2013

This year's Cambridge Tour de Grand was blessed with warm weather.  Not too hot and hardly any wind, just perfect.  I had an amazing time and hit a PB. While waiting for the ride to start, it was a nice surprise to see Dean from GranFondo Canada promoting the upcoming GranFondo Niagara Falls. At last,... Continue Reading →

Ride for Heart 2013

This year's Ride for Heart (ROUTE MAP) had similar forecast as last year, showers.  The difference this year?  The rain actually came .... in a downpour.  Ride for Heart is an annual charity ride on the DVP and Gardiner Expressway, 2 major highways in Toronto.  This was my 3rd time and I still believe it... Continue Reading →

Tour de Waterloo Pre-Ride

Last weekend was sunny with strong gusty winds, perfect for some fun rides that will blow you away!  To prepare for Tour de Waterloo at the end of June, I pre-rode the route to see what was in store.  This race intrigues me because it takes place near University of Waterloo, my old fiend.  It... Continue Reading →

Gran Fondo Gatineau 2013

For the 2nd year in a row, my Victoria Day long weekend was spent at Le Grand Prix Cycliste Gatineau to kick off my 1st race of the season.  This weekend involved spectating the Women's UCI WE 1.1 Road Race on Saturday, racing the Gran Fondo Gatineau on Sunday, and finally spectating the Women's Chrono... Continue Reading →

GranFondo Niagara Falls Pre-Ride

What's the perfect pairing with wine?  Not cheese, guess again .... cycling!  The GranFondo Niagara Falls Pre-Ride event (ROUTE MAP) pampered all riders with VIP treatment and previewed the upcoming GranFondo Niagara Falls cycling race in September.  It was a day of good cycling, good company, good food, and good wine. The ride started at... Continue Reading →

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