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Team Colin Blog Sweepstake

October 26th, 2016 by in Links

Anyone who was around the Sausage Suit, probably met Colin somewhere along the lines.

He runs a blog,

Colin did a great write-up with regards to the Sausage Suit, and really any event he is in.


Anyways, Colin is running a sweepstakes for the upcoming 45NRTH Fat Bike Series, put on by Mr. Dan Marshall, yes the Dan Marshall!

Contest information is in the below link.


The Team Colin Epic Boom Giveaway Spectacular


Take a read of his posts from other races etc, there is some really well written posts for sure!






Beer Review: Cameron’s Ambear Red Ale

October 25th, 2016 by in Beer Reviews, Everything

Tis the season to try numerous beers, and write reviews on them.  It almost seems like through the summer due to the consumption of beer, that the selections decrease, but now that the weather has cooled off, the beer consumption overall is down, and trying different beers goes up.




This review is with regards to Cameron’s Brewing, Ambear Red Ale.  Camerons brewing is based out of Oakville Ontario.  Click their website, 


Now to the beer itself, the Ambear Red Ale.  As you can see by the above photo when poured into a glass the Ambear has a nice red hue to it, with a white foamy head.

Smelling the beer, which seems to happen all the time, there was a caramel and fruity note to it.  Now to the most important part of the beer, which is the taste!  If it doesn’t taste good, then it would fall flat on the review, but this beer does not fall flat at all.  The smell of caramel, is part of the taste as well.  There was a note of caramel, some citrus, and malt on the palate.


Overall this beer was really good, just another good beer to grab when you are at the LCBO.


Rating:  3.96 out of 5

Was the beer hoppy:  Not really hoppy at all no.

Would you recommend it to a friend:  For sure I would, it is a great amber beer.  If you are a fan of amber beers you would really enjoy this one for sure.



Upcoming Ride Guide

October 24th, 2016 by in Everything

Hi All,


Rides for the week have been posted!

Please note, the rides are all pretty much in darkness now, so make sure those batteries are topped up.




This Article sums it all up.

October 21st, 2016 by in Links




Weekend Ride Posted

October 21st, 2016 by in Everything

Hi All,


Weekend ride posted for Saturday.

It will be cool, so remember to break out the cold weather riding gear.




Beer Review: Parallel 49 – Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale

October 19th, 2016 by in Beer Reviews

It has been way too long since there has been a beer review, so what better time than mid week…


In this addition, the beer of choice was from Parallel 49 Brewing Company based out of Vancouver British Columbia Canada.




Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale, as the name states is an Ale, surprise surprise.   But the interesting part of it all, is that it is a Strong beer with a 6.0% ABV rating.  So this is a 1 pint after ride sort of deal.

Based on extensive google research, the IBU on the beer is rated at 40, so not too crazy on the hop scale.

Now to the taste test side of this whole review.

As you can tell by the below photo, the beer does have an Amber colour to it.  Which again is in line with the name of the beer, so they are on point with this one.  Also, when pouring the can into the glass you can see a nice white foamy head on the beer.



As the first sip went down, there was some notes of bitterness to the beer.  Nothing crazy, just a great note of freshness.  Definition of freshness…. Well I guess I would say it has almost like a fruitness to it… definition of fruitness… well, like a floral sorta taste.  The taste you get when you drink a session ale… Wow, that was hard to type out… You get a good grasp of the thought process right there….. anyways.


Overall, the beer was really good from start to finish.  I only had 1 can of it, which was the perfect amount.


Rating:  4.03 out of 5

Was the beer hoppy:  It had a hop note, but nothing crazy.

Would you buy a case of it:  I would buy a 6 pack for sure.

Would you recommend it to a friend:  For sure I would… Why not… really beer is delicious!



Caption This Photo

October 19th, 2016 by in Everything



Caption this photo from Ralph:

  1.  Give me my beer back!
  2. 3rd!!!! Is that the best you can do
  3. Did you just pass gas???
  4. I said give me that beer!!


Sausage Suit ITT Recap

October 18th, 2016 by in Everything

What an absolutely amazing day we had on Saturday.  The weather was perfect, and all in all everything was in great shape.  A bit of rain the previous day made Dufferin Forest the ideal spot yet again to host the Annual Sausage Suit ITT race, put on by Dan Marshall and Substance Projects.



This year there were 77 folks registered for the race, making this year the largest SSITT we’ve had in its short history.  This year, like every other year, we try and step it up, and make it more fun for everyone with our Gorilla Hill beer station, sponsored this year by Team Van Go.



Janet was the starter again this year, ensuring people knew when to take off and a huge thank you to her for that.



Like last year, each lap measured out at 16km, with there being 2 races, a single lap or double lap.  The registration was pretty much split between 1 and 2 laps, which is amazing.  Team van go had a great turnout yet again, and so nice to see a lot of other folks from all over coming out to enjoy the trails at Dufferin Forest.


First rider out for the day is the Gorilla which this year was Mr Awesome Dan.  He set a great pace to start the day, then finish, get changed and out to serve beer to everyone coming through.


This year, like every year, we run the same course, starting with the Stick, Kens, Steves, Trail to Nowhere, Lollipop, and out on the stick, making each lap 16km in length.  The first half always seems tougher, as you have a lot more aggressive climbs, and the second half has a tonnes of fun flow.



Luckily this year, the Gorilla was able to meet the 15km folks coming through to serve beer to them as well as the 30km folks on their second lap by.











The beer as always is nice and cold, and hits the spot for the last 1km to the finish line.



The Creemore Lot 9 Pilsner was a good choice for the race for sure!


As you can tell by the below photos, Team van go had another great showing!!










Like always, after the ride, awards, and draw prizes, we sit around and enjoy a fire, some drinks, and tell tales of the arduous journey through the forest.

Hat’s off to Dan and all the Volunteers for helping out and putting on yet another great Sausage Suit.


Apex Race Photography Photos


30km Results


15km Results

Trail Report

October 17th, 2016 by in Everything

Hey everyone. Just a little trail update…after the SSITT this weekend (which I must thank everyone for making this a great day and night. Everyone is awesome!) the trails are in superb condition!

A heads up on the first half of the lollypop which was not in the race…Janet contacted me and reported that there is a large tree top down over the trail at the top of one of the hills.  We had thought the logging was complete in this section, but maybe not.  She has said that it is a chainsaw operation and too large to move as it is and as a result is a good size hike a bike. Hopefully they are still around and are able to move it.

Also keep a heads up in the pine logging area.  They are still in there and should hopefully be done by the end of the week. The trail is clear right now but that may change daily.

Enjoy the trails and the fall colours!

Upcoming Ride Guide

October 17th, 2016 by in Everything

Hi All,


The rides for the week are now posted on the calendar.

Please note, tonights ride is weather dependent, as they are calling for thunder showers etc.





SSITT clean up

October 14th, 2016 by in Everything

Short notice, sorry about that…I’ll be heading in today to do some clean up of the pine logging before saturdays event.  I’ll be leaving the main parking lot at 1pm to head in if anyone would like to join me & I will have transportation into the site. Johnny

Sausage Suit Post Race

October 14th, 2016 by in Everything

Hi All,


For apres bike race, please bring a chair to sit on…. unless you are tired of sitting and want to stand.  But either way, bring a camp fire chair.

We will have the fire roaring all night, or until we run out of fire wood….


Remember, the premise of the day is to have fun, and to have fun…





Danny MacAskill’s Wee Day Out

October 13th, 2016 by in Links

SSITT Registration Reminder

October 13th, 2016 by in Everything

Hey all, registration for the SSITT closes tonight.  If you are contemplating doing the event, the weather looks amazing and the trails are in great shape so why not come for the tour! There is day of registration but it’s much more convenient for Dan to prepare the start list if you preregister. Nice temps for the bonfire and camp out as well. See you there!

Upcoming Ride Guide

October 11th, 2016 by in Everything

Hi All,


The rides for the week are posted up on the calendar.

Note for tonight, there will be 2 rides heading out, 1 at 5, the other at 6.

Both will be riding the sausage suit course, just at varying speeds.