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SSITT & TVG Kampout, October 15th 2016

August 23rd, 2016 by in Everything

SSITT & TVG Kampout 2016!  Dufferin Forest Trails. 

What is this??? Keep reading, it’s all there for you.


That’s correct, back by popular demand, Team Van Go will be hosting the camping again after the race.  Bring your BBQ, pitch your tent (or trailer, or Van!) , have dinner then enjoy the evening around a campfire.  Sing some songs, enjoy trail stories and meet some new people!

We have use of a large grassy area with plenty of room to camp for the evening after the race. And it’s free with your entry fee!  Porta potties from the race will be on site still, so no worries there.

Date:  October 15th 2016, makes for a nice fall ride. Not too hot and no bugs for camping.

Registration will be opening after the September long weekend. Go to


What is the SSITT you ask?

The premise of the SSITT is an individual start with 30 seconds between each rider….no mass start, no crowds!  This also means lots ‘o’ single track, like 99% & not so much double track. Options for the Bike are 15km or 30km (approx.).   The course will be a single lap (15km) or two laps (30km) of the single track exclusively in Dufferin Forest.   Did you do the race last year???? Well the course is going to be the same, so compare you lap times from last year…. Try and beat yourself!!!   Remember the key to this is have fun and above all, have a lot of fun  (and enjoy a beverage afterwards).   Please no drinking and driving.   If you have questions pertaining to the camp out or the event itself, please contact me through the CONTACT tab at teamvango.ca   Hope to see you out there!











Who wants Socks!! We’ve got ’em, check them out

July 7th, 2016 by in Everything

So Tyler has been a busy boy working on getting these socks on the go and they have now arrived and if I don’t mind saying, the are awesome! (they have to be it says right on the sock!)



So, how do you get a pair of these awesome socks, well first off you have to want them.  Check.

Second, you have to check the sizing.  Oh wait, it is one size fits all!!!!  (sorta) Womans:  6+, Mens Size: 6.5 – 12. We’ve been testing, they fit Johnny, Craig, Mark W., and Karen great.

These socks stretch a bit so they fit nicely. If you want to try-before-you-buy no problem, just have sorta clean feet!

Third, you have to click on the Donate Button which looks like the button below or bring cash to a ride.

In the notes section, just put your full name and qty of socks you want.   It is that simple!


Cost will be: $15/pair, and if you’re interested in more than two pairs, ask us about a special deal!

Tyler and Johnny will have a supply with them so you can see one of us anytime for some clean awesome socks!

If you live anywhere out there and like our socks, feel free order some from us, just go to the DONATE tab make a payment (maybe add on a few $$ if you live a ways away for postage) and in the notes section put in quantity, name and address and we can mail them out to you.

Any questions use the CONTACT tab.

If you question the awesomeness of these then read the following review which was made after just one ride!

“Well…I have to hand it to Tyler for sourcing out  the team van go fountain of youth/miracle socks.
Now I’m not one for endorsing products but whom wouldn’t want to improve their bike riding, and knock years off their physical age simply by slipping on a pair of these beauties.
My suggestion buy a pair next outing…heck buy  a pair for the whole family…you won’t regret it ,I don’t. By the way I’m wearing a pair while typing this email…..dam my high school mullet just grew back.”

Mark W.

Do I need to say anymore?

Also, due to the lack of rain there is a water shortage.  We recommend buying lots ‘o socks to reduce laundry water consumption. Get socks, help the planet.

Sunday breakfast ride

August 27th, 2016 by in Everything

Taylor, Lisa and Lori are off to breakfast at Rosemont General Store at 9 am Sunday to be followed by a Dufferin ride afterwards.  Feel free to join in!

Creemore Springs Copper Kettle Festival & Copper Kettle Car Show

August 23rd, 2016 by in Everything

There is a Car Show/ Beer Festival in Creemore this Sat from Noon to 6pm in Creemore.  A bunch of us Team van goer’s are taking our Van’s up and we have our own VW alley off the main street (Caroline St West).  If you have a VW and want to join us in the alley please contact me before Sat and I’ll get details to you (you don’t need to register with the Car show, just show up but you will need some instruction).  No VW, stop by and hang out anyway. The Festival is a great way to spend a Sat afternoon.  See ya on da street!

Upcoming Ride Guide

August 22nd, 2016 by in Everything

Good morning all,


Rides have been posted to the calendar for the week.

For Wednesday there will be a hike as well as a ride.





Sunday Mono Ride

August 21st, 2016 by in Everything

Short notice (again.  I think it’s just the way the weekends are racing by!) ride notice for Mono Centre at 5 pm today.  Taylor is heading out at 5pm from the dead end road at the end of Mono 2nd line.  This is the road that heads out north from Mono Centre.  Feel free to jump in and join him!

Public Service Announcement: Lights

August 18th, 2016 by in Everything

Well, I hate to say it, but the days are getting shorter, and the nights are getting longer, and with that the talk about riding with Lights comes back into the picture.

We are still able to get the ride in no problem, but if there is an issue (chain break, flat tire) which eats up some time, then better to be safe then sorry and have a couple sets of lights in the forest with you, just in case.

You dont have to mount them, etc, but a good idea to just have some in your pack, that you can slap on the bars or helmet if needed.

Like I said, better to be safe than sorry.







Product Review: Muscle Care

August 17th, 2016 by in Everything

Another product review from the ride across Newfoundland.  This time about the during and post ride muscle relief.  The first time I tried Muscle Care was from one of Dan’s Substance Projects races which was given out as a draw prize.   Honestly, one of the most useful draw prizes I think i have ever received!




The product that I’ve used comes in a handy Roll on Applicator, keeping the mess down, and just all and all easy to use.  During the ride, the main areas that I was personally using Muscle Care on were the thighs and calf’s.  Honestly just an all around use of the product.  Muscle Care is used as a Topical Pain reliever which for Newfoundland worked great for myself.


Pretty much every morning, and after ride I was using Muscle Care, and it provided a great relief for the days riding. A nice thing about Muscle Care is the smell, it clears the nostrils right up with the same smell as Vicks.  So if you have allergies and sore joints / muscles, this will hit 2 birds with one stone.  In all seriousness, I have been using Muscle Care for several years now, and have had no complaints whatsoever.


If you are looking for another alternative to the normal muscle rubs I would recommend Muscle Care 100%!

Check out their website below for more information as well.




VW show in Bayfield

August 16th, 2016 by in Everything

So first, where is Bayfield??? Well it’s between Goderich and Grand Bend just over a 2 hour country drive.

Why go?? ‘Cause it looks like a great time and if you have a VW van, well you owe it to everyone to go because we are team van go! If you don’t have a van you are welcome to come out and hang out with us and check out all the cool VW’s! Come for the day or stay the night before and enjoy the camp out and movie night.

If you would like to go please e-mail or contact me ASAP so we can get registered. Bernie went last year as a solo scout and had a great time so a bunch of us are heading out this year to enjoy the drive and the day.

For a bit more info, go to the EVENTS calendar and go to the Sept weekend


Wednesday Night – Semi Hike

August 16th, 2016 by in Everything

This Wednesday there will be a Semi-hike….

What is a semi-hike… well it is a hike to the pine section to clean up some debris from the ice storm.

So if you want to hike/clean by all means join.  No pressure.

If you want to hike normally, please come out as well and do so.

Any time in the forest is good time!





August 15th, 2016 by in Everything

Well the final of Dan’s 4 race series wraps up in Kingston.

This is a weekend event for all to come out to.  Everyone shows up Friday, camps overnight, races Saturday, then off to Kingston for an evening at a pub, and then back to the race site for a fire and stories.


This is a fun race, with some sweet smooth singletrack then some awesome rock and technical sections.  Of all Dan’s races, this one does have the least amount of climbing!


All the details are on Substance Projects website.



Date: Saturday September 3rd, 2016.


Register and let us know if you are going, so we can arrange some convoys etc!






Upcoming Ride Guide

August 15th, 2016 by in Everything

Good morning All,


Ride for the week has been posted up.





Last minute ride plan…Sunday afternoon

August 14th, 2016 by in Everything

Spontaneous ride plan, 2:30 in Dufferin.  After the rain the trails should be amazing.

Follow us on Instagram

August 11th, 2016 by in Everything

Well we finally are moving into some Social Media stuff.


Follow teamvango on instagram.




On the right hand side of the website as well you will see the below logo, click on it to be re-directed to it.









Beer Review: Amsterdam 3 Speed Lager

August 10th, 2016 by in Beer Reviews, Everything

It has been a short while since there has been a beer review, and what better time to talk about beer than on a Wednesday.


In today’s installment of team van go’s Beer Review, we look at another one of the Amsterdam Brewery’s lineup, the 3 Speed Lager.




The Amsterdam 3 Speed is on the lighter side of the scale, with an ABV of only 4.2%.  That being said, it does still have a bit of flavour accompanied with it.  I have personally had this beer before, and enjoyed the lightness of it, more of a refreshing summer beer.


As you can tell the beer was drank straight from the can, so no appearance other than the nice can with a picture of a bike on it… But if you did pour it, it would have a light golden colouring to it.


Tasting it, well it is a lager, and thus has a lot of the lager flavours accompanied with it.  There was no real hit of hops at all, so for folks not wanting the stronger hop flavour this is a beer right up your alley!  One note on this beer though, it was very crisp.  There was no hops hit at the end, just a hit of beer then really nothing, no bitterness or anything along those lines.


The overall experience with the 3-Speed was good.  It is a good all around beer to drink.  Not too strong, and at the lower alcohol it fits in for a good pint or two on the patio or after a ride.


Rating:  3.13 out of 5


Was the beer hoppy?  Nope, no real hops at all

Would you buy the beer again?  Yup I would, would I switch soley to this beer, no, but a good treat once and a while for sure.

Would you recommend it to a friend? I would, but a friend that is not all about hoppy beers.






Wednesday Night Ride / Hike

August 9th, 2016 by in Everything

Hi All,


For this Wednesday, if you are not up for the ride, there will be some folks hiking as well at Dufferin.