From Environment Canada’s Special Weather Statement for Waterloo Wellington: “Freezing rain warning in effect… significant rainfall likely… precipitation may start as snow, ice pellets or freezing rain… winds gusting to 70 km …ground is still partially frozen…with a high of plus 1.” That was the weather for Cycle Waterloo’s Steaming Nostril multi surface bicycle race held today in Waterloo region. And what a great day for a bike race it was not! Speed River Cycling Club was well represented in, ahem, less than ideal conditions. El Presidente, James Fedosov, was our highest finisher in 9th position suffering the loss of feeling in both feet and brain for most of the race. Mike Framst took the next best position for the club at 42nd overall. And third best went to long time club member Ron Ferwerda at 67th all while on a single speed bike, impressive Ron! Speaking of impressive efforts and results, brand new club member Chancie Knights was fifth place Female overall, also on a single speed in a field of entirely multi speed bikes! Well done Chancie! Frozen digits were complimentary for all participants and thawed with bowls of chili afterwards. Hats off to Gord Drewitt, Marco Niro la Toretta, Kelly Legge, David Harvey and Andrew Krucker who gave it their best in what can only be described as some of the worst cycling conditions imaginable. Organizers promised that next year’s weather will be better. I am not a fan of finisher’s pins, but survivor medals may have been in order. When next you see these fine fellow club members be sure to congratulate them on their performances, or chide them for their maniacal sense of adventure, I trust they will accept both. And hopefully by then, they will have stopped shivering.
You are invited to kick off the 2019 SRCC Season on Saturday March 23rd with your fellow club members at 5 Queen Street! Catch up on the happenings of winter subterranean training and look forward to above ground real-world riding. Bring your significant otter and let them meet the nice & sweaty people you spend some of your evenings and Sunday mornings with (while they are still reasonably presentable). BYOB and a snack to share for the food table. Hope to see you then. Start is 7PM. Hopefully the ice will be off the driveway!
This is a new Club ride designed for those of us who don’t want to slow down the riders on the regular Sunday Medium ride. It is “women-centric”, but a ‘few good men’ are welcome too! For this week, Meg will be leading a 75 km route with a planned average of 27-28 kph. Unfortunately, there won’t be anywhere to buy a snack on this route, so please plan to carry something with you and we’ll have a wee break at the Limehouse Community Centre.
8:00 AM Weather Call: Ride is on!
There is definitely some rain coming today, it’s just a bit difficult to say exactly when. EC says 40% chance with the Likelihood of Precipitation being ‘Low’.
Medium pace (28-30 kph)
The Mid distance 78 km group stops in Georgetown for coffee and a snack at the Silvercreek Cafe. You’ll be home in time for lunch on this ride.
The Longer distance 116 km group sets out with the medium group and then carries on through Glen Williams, Terra Cotta, Inglewood, Belfountain and Erin before getting back to Guelph. Great cafe stop opportunities on this ride!
Don’t forget to bring a bit of cash!
The weather is looking a bit ‘so, so’ as of Friday’s posting. Weather updates will be made right up to Sunday at 8 AM for the final call. Hope you can join us.
6:00 PM Start! Club Social at the Wooly 9:00 PM.
Late season fun!
Two rides, two routes, one small hilly difference – load accordingly! A wee shorter distance than last week with some new pavement on Victoria. EC says no chance of rain. Temperatures promise to be perfect. Only route difference is the ‘A’ group will continue south past Leslie and stuff a Col in between their Burgs – chamois butter may be required! Sunset is at 8:01 PM. Bring lights as usual. See you soon!
Sun is out and Thunderbirds are GO! (Ride is on). Note the earlier 6:00PM departure! Same distance as last week with a half hour head start. EC says no chance of rain. Temps dropping to 16 by rides end. Sunset is at 8:14 PM. Bring lights as usual. See you soon!