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Long Socks Classic – Race Review – TVG Podium

May 25th, 2016 by in Everything

Another XC Marathon Race in the books, and again, Dan outdoes himself.  This year there was a little over 200 riders for the Half and Full Marathon Races.  From TVG, Tyler, Brian and Chris W were all out to enjoy the beautiful weather, awesome trails, and great friends.


Before starting off about the day, we have to thank all of the volunteers who were out helping Dan in timing booth, out on the course aid station, Dan, his parents for the awesome BBQ, and the fantastic jelly beans after the race.  Another great event!


To put this race into context, it was similar to Dufferin forest, but just double the climbing…. So a lot of climbing…

The race started on a nice long 5km double track gradual climb through some fantastic sand dunes… Fat Bikes had a huge advantage on the sand as Brian was plowing through it like it was snow.

After the climb we dove into the first of many long singletrack sections.  The singletrack was so smooth, flowly, with short climbs and short downhills which you could just coast and carry your speed.


Over the course of the day, the group spread out nicely to the point where i had sections of singletrack to my self, noone else around!  At one point, I hooked up with a local rider who proceeded to tell me that there is around 100km of singletrack in the forest.  So if you are looking for a place to ride for a day, this is a destination for sure.  From Alliston it took about 2hr to drive out there.


At the end of the day, would I do that race again, for sure!  No issues with Poison Ivy for us so that is a positive!


Brian who rode the race on his fat bike ended up finishing 3rd in Fat Bike Category!




Newfoundland Training Ride Review

May 24th, 2016 by in Everything

Well this past holiday Monday, Tyler and Craig started the journey from Grenfel Ontario with an end goal of reaching Penetang.  We had Brian join up with us in Wyevale, but we will get to that as well.








The goal behind the ride was to see how riding over 100km at 1 go would feel, and to be honest for both of us, we felt alright.  Again, our average pace was a little high sitting in and around the 20km/hr mark.  The rail trail we rode stretched from Grenfel to Elmvale, the Elmvale through to Penetang.






The trail surface was a little mixed, with hard packed gravel, loose gravel, paved section, soft sand, and grass.  So it gave us a mix of everything which is good.  Also, unknown to us was that there was a considerable amount of climbing.  Overall distance had 300+ m  of climbing, which put into terms, the lollipop loop in dufferin has roughly the same amount.




Our ride started out at 9am, with us making great time to Elmvale.  We decided to ride through with the Dock Lunch our end goal in Penetang.  Riding along, we hit Wyevale, and riding towards us was another Team Van Go member Brian.  He parked in Penetang and rode back towards us.  We finished the 16km section from Wyevale to Penetang, riding along the water, and just having a good time.


We ate lunch, had our water re-filled and away we went.  We had a little over 56km each way.  The way back was luckily a little more downhill then uphill so that is a positive!  The sun was out in full force, and giving us a great farmers tan for sure.  We hit Elmvale and decided it was the perfect place to stop and have our mid ride beer, or two….










From Elmvale back to Grenfel was a short 25km jaunt, so away we went again.  The only problem, sitting for a little less than an hour, the legs decide they do not want to work as easily as they had been.  Took a little while for the body to get back into the groove and we were good to go.  By this point in the ride, the slight 1 degree uphills you really started to feel.  We did have a big positive coming up though, coming back through Anton Mills, we had a long downhill, and it was refreshing.  The only problem with that though, we finished with a long uphill back to the parking lot.


During the ride, one thing we were eating was Peanut M&M’s and to be honest were the best “treat” or source of food we had.  They were easy to eat, tasty and full of sugar!





The ride itself finished at 113km, 5hr 41min riding, just shy of 4000 calories burned.  You can look at the Garmin exert below.

All in all, waking up this morning, can I ride another 100km, the answer to that is yes for sure.

It will become a mental game for sure over the course of several days, and also, changing handle bar set up due to the hands going a little numb after an hour in the saddle.


Everyone is invited on these rides, we were not fully kitted up, it was more just to ride for 100km.






Upcoming Ride Guide

May 24th, 2016 by in Everything

Hi All,


Wednesday night ride has been posted.

If you are able to, swing out earlier and go for a spin, seems to be more and more people out there pre-6pm.




Monday – Century Rail Trail Ride

May 18th, 2016 by in Everything

Hi All,


This coming Monday (as it is a holiday) we are planning a Newfoundland training ride.


This will be a Century ride (100 km) starting for Grenfel Ontario, up to Penetanguishene and then back to Grenfel.  The ride will be more in the 105 range, but whats a few extra kms right.



Below is the ride route (approx)  Lunch will be in Penetanguishene, then turn around and head back.

The ride will be at a rough Newfoundland pace but still very fun.

Bring headphones to listen to some tunes as you go as well.



Substance Projects: Long Socks Classic

May 17th, 2016 by in Everything

Date:  Saturday May 21st, 2016

Location: Ganaraska Forest Centre (Check out the link for a map)

Distance: Half Marathon: 37km

Distance: Full Marathon: 74km

Time: 11am Full, 11:30am Half Marathon


This is the second of Dan’s XC Marthon Series, in Ganaraska Forest.  If you are allergic to Poison Ivy be prepared.

Like always, Dan’s events are well organized, and a lot of fun, so head out there and enjoy the day!  The weather looks beautiful.



Upcoming Ride Guide

May 16th, 2016 by in Everything

Hi All,


The Rides for this week have been posted to the calendar.

If you are planning on another ride let us know and we will add it up.




Sunday Rain-check ride!

May 15th, 2016 by in Everything

The day is suppose to get better as it goes on so we are going to head out for a ride at 4:30 this afternoon at Dufferin. The sun should be out by then.  See you!

Saturday Ride-it’s gunna be a no go :(

May 14th, 2016 by in Everything

Hey all, well that’s a lot of rain!!  A little more than expected so we’re going to call off the ride for 12pm.  It is suppose to clear up Sunday late afternoon so we may sneak in a late day-early evening ride in then just to stretch the legs out a bit.  Stay tuned as it will be short notice. Have a great day!

Saturday Ride-dufferin forest

May 13th, 2016 by in Everything

Short notice ride!  Looking at the weekend we are going to go for it and plan a ride for 12pm on Saturday.  This looks like the best oppertunity for the weekend.  Come on out and see what happens!

24hr Team – Stand-by Person Required

May 12th, 2016 by in Everything

Hi All,


If you read the Epic 8hr post yesterday, Chris had a fall whereas he broke his collarbone.  He is due for surgery and a 6 week recovery.  The problem there is the 24hr race is 6 weeks out so Chris’ return is questionable.

So this is where the question lies.  There is the 5 person team registered for the race, and they are looking for a person to be on standby, pretty much you will know the week of the race (maybe sooner) whether Chris will be able to go.

They are registered in the 200+ category, so ideally they need someone 35 yrs or older, to stay in that category.

If you are interested, please contact us through the Contact Us tab, or please get ahold of Don (jd.legere AT sympatico DOT ca)


Thanks in advance, and hopefully Chris can recover in time.

Epic 8hr – Recap

May 11th, 2016 by in Everything

This past Saturday was the Spring Epic 8hr held at Mansfield Outdoor centre.


Before we dig into the whole details of the day, we did have one downed rider, Chris Belanger riding with Don and Team Van Go 2 Go crashed on his final lap breaking his clavical.  At this post he was going to see the surgeon, but no further details.  Keep Chris in your thoughts, and hope for a speedy recovery!  You’re Awesome.


The day itself was perfect in terms of weather and trail conditions.  There was a great turnout for the event, as well Team Van Go had a great showing again.  There were several teams out, Team Van Go (Tyler, Johnny, Craig, Keith), Team Van Go 2 Go (Don, Chris, Joe, Craig), Van Go Probies (Cody, Andrew, Greg, William) and Team Van Go Girls (Karen, Jenny, Michelle, Lori, Lisa, Natalie).  We also had a tonnes of support folks, Rachel, Emily, Ralph, Wendy, Dan all made an appearance over the day.


The day ran for 8hrs, hence the name of the race, and was a lot of fun.  The course itself was one of the better ones to race, still a little more double track than we would prefer, but Mansfield Outdoor Centre is just a lot of fun to ride.  The finish again was down a tight set of switchbacks running right to the finish line.  This was a great place for spectators to come out and watch people go over their bars.  yes they were that tight.


Below are some photos from Ralph and Wendy.








As always, Apex Race Photography was out on course taking some great shots.

Below are links to each teams photos.

Team Van Go



Team Van Go 2 Go



Van Go Probies



Team Van Go Girls



Below is the Results Link as well.




All in all it was a great day with great friends.  We received a lot of compliments, and a lot of notice finishing the race with a beer in hand.




TVG plate tags!

May 10th, 2016 by in Everything

Tyler has been working on something the last little while and here’s what we have come up with!

tvg tag

It is a mini license plate that will fit across your seat rails under your seat secured with two mini zip ties! Should be available on the Wednesday ride.  If you have made a donation to TVG in 2016 let Tyler or Johnny know and we will get your plate to you. If you don’t make many of our rides but have donated from afar and would like a plate, send me your address and I’ll pop one in the mail for you. See you out there!

Newfoundland Accomodations

May 10th, 2016 by in Everything

Hi all,


For anyone planning on coming to Newfoundland, for the post ride activities, or for anyone who is a part of the ride, we have worked out a deal with MUN university to stay in their Paton College rooms.






As it sits now, we are going to book all on 1 invoice with them, this way it is easier to track, and we know we cover everything off etc.   The rooms are traditional Dorm style, with shower and toilet being shared.

The rooms available are:

Room option 1:  2 x Twin Beds – $69.03 per night

Room option 2:  1 x Double Bed – $84.24 per night


The first night we are booking in is on July 27th, 2016.


If you want to add yourself onto the booking list, we need to know by the end of this weekend (May  15th) what your plan is (if you are sharing a room and with who) and duration.

If you do not let us know (via contact us, or let Tyler or Johnny know) then it will be up to yourself to book your room.  If you book under the team van go header, you should be in the same building and area as the rest of us.





Tuesday Night Ride

May 10th, 2016 by in Everything

Hi All,


Grace is heading out to Dufferin Forest tonight, 6:30pm for a ride.

If you are free head out for a fun ride with her.




Upcoming Ride Guide

May 9th, 2016 by in Everything

Hi All,


The Wednesday night ride has been posted to the calendar.

If you are planning on riding another night please let us know,