Last Tuesday night was magical. Not only was it St. Patrick’s Day, but Southern Manitoba was blessed by the right atmospheric conditions to allow us to experience the Northern Lights. Local shutterbug Ryan Bergen was quick to capture the moment.
I wasn’t on the ride last Tuesday, but four cyclists did show up and were rewarded with a great light show that inspired one of them to pen this poem:
Tuesday Night Ride
Lured by the promise of a road less travelled
Four lonesome riders head out into the night
Up, along the berm on the south side of town
To the old dirt road where the riders hunker down
More! whispers one, and it echoes in their souls
Where are they hiding, those undiscovered roads?
Aurora! cries another, Brave women, travel north!
Onward to the dead of night, where the sky brings forth
The dancing borealis in the midst of glistening stars
And thus they take their leave, in silence there to watch
The thawing creek heard burbling
The geese announcing their returning
With Venus in the western sky
The riders say their late good-byes
And leave the darkness there and then
In hopes that they’ll return again
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!
I don’t know who’s around this week…leave a comment if you’re up for a bike ride!