Tuesday, September 8, 2015
So the plan was hatched. A Lake Simcoe ride via Zephyr and Jacksons Point. Throw in 2 flats ( yours truly ) 1 throw away Vittoria Open Corso tire, 1 km of gravel, a boatload of headwind and that's what the 120+ km route had in store for us.
We started out Saturday at 6 a.m. in the hopes of beating the heat and salvaging some of the long weekend for non riding commitments. It seems everyone was pulled in one way or another.
The day was perfect, the route was somewhat new and we hit a few roads that I had not done before. 2 flats, fresh butter tarts and coffee equals good times.
As you can see from the picture the wind strung us out pretty good coming back from Lake Simcoe but that is nothing new it seems for the summer of the changing headwind. For whatever reason it is a curse and leg destroyer. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger or something like that...
All in all a solid lake ride with talk of getting another one in this fall. This weekend is the Ride For Karen and the long range forecast looks perfect.
Friday, September 4, 2015
One of the old school G.T.A. mtb destinations has been resurrected. Official Press Release:
Uxbridge: September 1, 2015: The Durham Mountain Biking Association (DMBA) is pleased to announce the Grand Opening of the Dagmar North Trails on September 12, 2015. The new 13 km of trails in the Dagmar North Tract (DNT) are the culmination of eight years of planning and 5 months of building. The building was accomplished with over 200 volunteer builders investing over 5,000 hours of sweat equity in the project. This is one of the largest volunteer trail building projects in Canada.
In the meantime here is " some " of the trails sped up into a 18 minute sample video. There is a lot more and tons of options and can't wait to add this to the mix... officially
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Friday, August 21, 2015
Pee-tar-bur-oh has a nice little trail system that goes by the name of Harold... Harold Town Conservation Area to be specific.
We decided to hit this on the way back from a week chasing trails in QC and got rained out of a full recon ride.
Got a hour in of sliding and clipping trees in the pouring rain sliding around on Scwhable Thunderburts ( which suk in the wet ). It was a fun little place though and definitely want to get back out there and check it out properly.
Maybe a Ganny ride in the a.m then lunch followed by a drive up there ? The only thing is the distance vs. abundance of trail. Hard to make this a go to outing when your driving from T.O. If you want to check out a small sample of the trails there is a 2 min video here.
They do a really good job not making public the singletrack outside of the Camp Fortune end of the park. So much so that you almost get the feeling they don't want you to find it. They don't know how determined we are when it comes to finding the good stuff. Gatineau has km after km of mapped and marked double track and the stuff on the north end ( Wakefield QC ) where we just were but if you step off the beaten path, commit to bushwack, you find gems like this. This was probably one of the most scenic singletrack stretches that was well hidden and obviously ridden and we really enjoyed these..
Monday, August 10, 2015
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Friday, July 3, 2015
and Hardwood Hills is almost ready to go. Perimeter fences are up, course is marked and taped, flags are flying, expo tents are erected, team Canada is practicing daily at Copeland and the surrounding forests and some teams are here. A few things to note, parking will not be onsite and travel to the venue from the lots will be via shuttles. The 4 concessions that border Hardwood are a security perimeter and residents and authorized users have to have permits to enter the OPP checkpoints.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
So the short list is down to the final 2. Both are about 30 hours drive away which multiple ride stay / stops enroute. 6 weeks and counting to the final choice.
|*** original pics from the interwebs ***|
Monday, June 22, 2015
Had a chance to ride the Canada Cup course at both Hardwood and Horseshoe and we really liked what Superfly did with the Horseshoe venue. Who'd a thunk it.
The Don has been great and the trails have been delivering good rides minus the insane red ants or spiders or whatever has been biting the hell out of us.
Peter Oyler has struck out on his own with Mindset Cycling and this past weekend about 60 people showed up in Goodwood for a great ride in and around Zephyr / Ravenshoe and surrounding roads. It was a great day and a good groupetto.
Got to preview some of the Dagmar trails today and all I can is " I can't wait ". Having these trails online in August is going to breath some new life in the Durham / Walker loop options and although not quite as technical and raw as the old Dagmar ( at least what I rode ) its gonna be sweeet nonetheless. Getting geared up for the Pan Am Games next...
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
It seems sometimes the bike industry runs out of innovation and like other platforms start to re-introduce the " NEW " new. Take for instance the soft-tail. A lot of people discount elastomers and sub 2" travel bikes but truth be told it still works and is still relevant.
Case in point the Pinarello soft tail road bikes of Team Sky used in the Paris Robaiux and the BMC Teamlites being used on the World Cup circuit.
So while bikes like the Silk ti 29's and the YBB's and La Ruta's have stuck with this platform those of us lucky enough to own one of these know all too well the benefits of simplicity.
All of this is of course scenario based. For instance my Silk ti would not be my go to bike for a big all mountain type road trip but having been on more than few with it it never really hurt but you can certainly push the envelope a bit more with a true big squish.
I won't be getting rid of mine anytime soon and I'm glad the masses are being re-introduced to them. In Onterrible where I live this is all I need... Oh ya those are Rotor Rings aka Biopace.
Monday, April 20, 2015
It's hard to believe ( well not really ) that this bike is 6.5 years old. I have lost track of the standards, wheel sizes, bottom brackets, headsets, dropper posts, cable routing, new trail riding descriptive names that have all come and gone in this time. I still get asked about this bike the most and from locations all around the world via this blog and instagram so I thought I would do a review this summer and share some thoughts on the simplicity of the ti soft tail. There are many like it but this one is mine...
In the meantime enjoy this ti collage of the best bike I've owned. Castellano Silk ti 29 by Steve Potts.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Monday, April 13, 2015
Isn't it something like doing the same thing expecting a different outcome ? So why am I riding Mavic wheels you may ask after my 2 year ordeal with the Crossmax 29er wheels ? Well I got a killer deal on a set of Kysrium SLR's and could not pass them up at that below cost price for new wheels. Plus a few years have past right ? Well at least that's what I keep telling myself.
So let me skip to the coles notes on these. Superlight and very very strong. A bit of wheel flex with the rear non drive side carbon spokes. Braking is great ( Exalith rim treatment ) but expect MEGA noise unless you run a extreme toe in. ( 1mm on front 3mm on tailing ). Stealth look and the tires are pretty good too. Wore through a new set of Mavic Exalith pads on the downhills of NC.
I have about 1000 km on them so far so we will see how well they hold up after a summer of Grand Fondos and club rides.
How can you get tired of looking at this ? By introducing over 7000 meters of climbing. Legs are toast but in a good way. Can't wait for the woods to thaw but in the meantime it back on the road bikes.
The weather was perfect in South and North Carolina, the roads were brilliant and yes we found out first had that the butter smooth roads in NC is down to the gas tax that SC does not have so thank god for 25C's on some of those 10 km long descents.
Going to be reviewing the 3sixty5 wheels on Novatech hubs, Giro Empire Shoes and the Cinelli Saetta Radical.
Dealt with 2 big web bike shops too so we want to spread the feedback on these. One was good one not so much and want to give a heads up for some things to watch out if your buying a bike cross border.
Got lots of road miles on these three items ( only the shoes for me personally ) over the past 2 weeks in South and North Carolina so stay tuned for the updates. Also look for a post on George Hincape's Hotel Domestique and the Assault on the Carolina's.
Friday, March 6, 2015
Well it's decided. This will be the bookmark on the 2015 Carolina camp. Caesars Head is a challenging 6 mile climb to the top ( that's the big dip in the profile ) and Walnut Hollow which is a steep mile climb. This ride caps out at a 1000 riders ( sold out ) and is in it's 16th year. We will be lining up with some friends we met in Sedona that live in Brevard so should be a great ride.
2015 AOTC Century
Sunday, March 1, 2015
It's not often I post bikes that are not mine or my buddies but there is something about the BAUM line of road and mountain bikes that makes it hard to resist. The latest creations from the land down under sets the style bar high.
If you head over to the BAUM Flickr page check out the GTR or the Duck Egg Blue Gulf Livery inspired bikes. I would not be lining up to paint my Silk ti but these ti bikes wear the Assos blue well.
If your in Ontario and are sick of the -20 degree days set your desktop image to some summer stoke and dig in. It's almost over.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
New bike ( enter Santa Cruz Tallboy 2 ) The Castellano Silk ti 29 is still going super strong as the go to steed. Back on the road and cross bikes pretty steadily. The retro revival was great, and a few people have some pretty cool winter projects on the go. Ride for Karen got a new base camp. Life is Good.
Not sure where 2015 is going to point to but Utah, North Carolina and British Columbia are on the planning list for sure.
B.C. has been loooong overdue and all the great riding articles and outfitters are stoking the trail fire big time.
Whatever you ride and wherever you do it be safe have fun and stop and take it all in. Life is short the trails are long. Go Explore.
I enjoy hearing from followers of this blog so please keep sending me your notes. The Inter Web is a big place but the riding community is small and once you share the love of two wheels distance is a formality. All the best.....
Heading back to Canada from AZ - 3000 km to go.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Got a break in the weather and cold temps this past long weekend so we ventured up to Copeland to get some non retro rides in on a couple of ti soft tail's ( Silk ti 29 & Moots Ybb )
Copeland is a pretty tough spot to ride both in route finding and elevation gains and when you add the leaf carpet plus a GoPro you are inviting that highlight reel crash. We never got to test this formula out but a few wheel stoppers made you pay attention.
Monday, October 6, 2014
|Bill's IBIS, Phil's Rocky, Kris's Klein, Paul's Trek, Derek's Kona|
Kris and I have been floating this idea around for a while and the ride finally took place this past Sunday at Durham Forest.
It was 8 degrees when we rolled out at 9:30 ish but the trail conditions were mint.
We have lots of ideas and venues for future rides ( think Mono Center, Seaton, Mansfield etc. ). We had a mix of old and new rides and all ages and levels out and everyone had a blast.
We did 2 loops so everyone had as much as they wanted. No major mechanical issues even though I kept expecting the air upgrade kit in my Judy XC to project upwards at 180 psi :) Paul's Trek put the rake in RAKE. Good Times !!
Thursday, September 18, 2014
What a difference a few part swaps make on a classic bike like the Colnago Master X Light. This frame has been with me for a while and I finally retired the Ambrosia rims and the Durrachi crank set ( sacrilege I know ) Enter Mavic Kysrium SLR, Campagnolo Record 11 speed cranks, Pinarello Most Bar / Stem combo, Pro Evo Stealth Seatpost, Flite Ti Saddle, Look S-Track MTB pedals and the 61 cm bike weighs in at 17.6 lbs as pictured. Not bad for a steel frame and 1/2 carbon Colnago fork.
I wish I had a chance to throw all of this on pre Ride For Karen but never had the time. The last few long road rides have been great with more to come. I am glad I kept it and I have a few more part swaps to make but I am 2/3rds done.
Jury is still out on the Mavic Tires and their longevity. Stay tuned.
Monday, September 8, 2014
The new venue was the Markham fairgrounds and the new loop used some great road routes. All in all I think it was a good success and there was lots of riders out showing their support. It was looking bleak on the setup day but just like last year ride day was stellar. Not much wind, no clouds in the sky and the temps were a little cooler. Mint...
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Last long weekend of the summer. Got 3 days of epic rides in the Horseshoe area. Despite somehow losing 3 of 6 rotor bolts during 1 ride ( thanks to Hardwood Hills for the save ) everything was mint, including the weather.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Nice morning for a rip around Durham Forest and the Ride For Karen crew was out taking full advantage of a empty forest and it was cool to realize we all had different years of the ride covered off between 4 jerseys. Kris & Kirk ( blue jersey and far right ) have a new route in store for 2014 and once again Kris and I will be marshaling the 30 km per hour group. Still lots of time to register and raise some funds for a excellent cause with the comfort of knowing that all the funds raised are going to a great cause. Over the past 12 years the RFK has raised over $2,000,000. A great accomplishment and fitting tribute to the life and legacy of their mom Karen.
|Philip, Kris, Steve, Kirk ( Fu taking the pic )|
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Yes that is Miguel Martinez 38 years old 2 time Olympic mountain bike medal winner and all around xc animal. The course was a 4.1 km lap that was treated to a night time rain storm so the pre-rides on Saturday went down the mountain with the previous days lines. Once again it turned into the Nino & Julien show as they battled back and forth doing insanely fast lap times. Nino Schurter (Scott-Odlo) was victorious but Julien has the points for the overall lead, For the women it was Olanda Neff (Liv Pro XC) who is the U23 champion but decided to race with the elite ladies.
Mud, Roots and Orange painted Rocks. QC's finest
Nino's winning bike, Scott, DT Swiss, Dugati tubulars
Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol
Geoff Kabush opts to use his cross skills and run the hill. Marco Fontana grinds on.
Julien Absalon (Fra) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team
Evelyn Dong (USA) Slides out on the mud chute
Miguel Martinez (Fra) Tropix-FRM
Lotto AG Esso
Nino Schurter (Scott-Odlo) making it look easy