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Dirt Skirt Road Clinic: Report


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Last week during the WWR, I got some flack for not posting any info about my experience last month at the road clinic. So–thanks to Dave Bell for taking pictures while I learned from the Velodonnas and their Provincial Cycling Program collaborators, Lindsay & Anna. Good communication reminders for when following in a paceline, how to drop back or take the lead in a double paceline, and we also had some fun with time trial (TT) starts. The Dirt Skirt organizers are a class act, so of course, tasty snacks were provided at the end of the event.  Now, if we could get a report from the Dirt Skirt road relay from Lisa or Joanne…?

The final event in the 2014 Dirt Skirt series is cyclocross – Wednesday, September 17th @ Canadian Mennonite University.  Also, make sure to check the MCA event calendar to keep up with the news.

WWR for August 19th — I’ll be in Winnipeg,  but I’m sure HQ at 8 p.m. is still the place to be this Tuesday night–right, Cheryl?   Enjoy!

WWR: August 12th

Bike lights reviewed at Gizmodo

Bike lights reviewed at Gizmodo

I don’t know who’s around this week…leave a comment if you’re up for a bike ride!

WWR: August 5th

cold, dark, creek ride 2013Remember riding in the cold?  Me neither.  Alas, the sun does set earlier now, so obviously we’ve got to get out and enjoy the great summer weather while it’s here.

I’m up for a ride on Tuesday night–hope to see you at HQ at 8 p.m.

WWR: July 29th

IMG_1688Paved roads are nice, but the country roads are calling. Anyone else keen to check out the dirt/gravel?

See you at HQ at 8 p.m.



Road skills

Womens Road Cycling 2012 OlympicsImage from

I just registered for the Road skills clinic taking place tomorrow night–July 22nd–in St. Norbert. Online registration ends tonight at midnight.

Leave a comment and let it be known if you’re going to be at the clinic, or if you prefer to stay in town for the WWR.








WWR Report: clubhouse hunters

Club LisaIf you were trying to share a beverage with us after the ride last night, you probably had difficulty tracking us down. Cheryl offered us hospitality around the fire pit at HQ, but at 8 p.m. the mosquitoes were feasting on us in the driveway and we thought the pests might be worse later. Fortunately, Lisa has a tablet-equipped, screened-in porch with parking options, so we took refuge there. The beer selection was impressive and the popcorn just like the old days at Grumpy’s, but with gourmet flavours. It’s going to be hard to return to the bar and their selection of annoying men in varied states of inebriation. Can’t beat the location though.

Of course, we didn’t just spend the evening discussing lucrative reality TV concepts (Clubhouse Hunters International?). We started off with a ride to one of Altona’s premiere sports venues: Moto-Park X. Dedicated volunteers were ignoring the mosquitoes and mowing around the dirt track in preparation for the big race during the Manitoba Sunflower Festival.

Moto-Park X Altona (640x451)

Some of our club mates are gearing up for 24 hours of mountain-biking this weekend, so they took to the dirt track for some off-road practice, while the rest of us went for a spin on country roads. Perfect!

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Follow the leader

Nasturtium Cheryl Last week during our ride, we stopped at our fave garden to check out the produce. Cheryl ate a nasturtium and it looked tasty, so I ate one too.

Nasturtium wrapNasturtium Sandra D. Not advocating being a sheep–far from. Just suggesting that you keep trying new things.

Such as:  Women’s Road Riding Skills Clinic  July 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. That’s next Tuesday y’all…follow the link to get the details, but make sure you scroll down when you get to that page.

Also, Cheryl sent a reminder that the 2014 Canadian National Cyclocross Championship will be held in Winnipeg, at The Forks, from October 24-26. Like the web site says, “It’s a big party built around a bike race” and you’d be wise to get involved…early. Follow this link to find out how you can be a volunteer.

WWR as usual this week–or is there any talk of hitting the trails?