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The Humbler – Race Review

June 22nd, 2016 by in Everything

Well another Substance Projects event into the books, and yet again another excellent event put on by Dan and his volunteers!


This event was held in the Northumberland forest by Baltimore Ontario, and was the third in his XC Marathon series.  Like always, there was a half and full marathon event, with the full running a double lap of approx. 35km per lap.   Start times were the normal 11 and 11:30am starts, which was not bad, due to the heat slowly coming in, and the humidity.


With the high temperatures, decided to run with the camelback, and after what happened in Dan’s last race, I did not want to dehydrate again, cause let me tell you, it was not fun!


Tyler, Brian and Chris W all did the half marathon, which had about 80 folks registered in it.  So another great turnout for this event!


The Humbler has a very fast start, with a lot of wide open single track, and not too much for climbing.  The first 15km just flew by, with average speeds up in the 20km/hr range, but even that speed, Chris was long gone, cause he is that awesome!  Over the duration of the day, the heat started to take it’s toll on folks, and by the 25km mark, climbs were tough for people, and a lot of people on the side of the trail with cramping etc.  Again thank goodness for the camelback for that ride for sure.


The second half of the course was a little tighter, a little more climbing, but all and all still pretty quick and a lot more fun.  I would compare Northumberland forest to Dufferin for sure, just a little more open.  Still a tonnes of fun!  

Like always, there was a BBQ going, and several beer had, and the stories of the epic crashes, and the sweet singletrack all around.

The end of the day, another great event put on by Dan, and the arrows made it easy to follow, noone got lost, so a great day had by all. 



Team Van Go had Brian up on the Podium for 2nd place in the fat bike category as well!!  Glutton for punishment for sure.


Also, Tyler is currently 1st overall in the 20-24 Mens category, so we will see how long that lasts.  






24Hr Course Map

June 21st, 2016 by in Everything

Last night Chris and I hit the 24hr course to see how it was going to be, etc.

Lot’s of double track, and an arrow marking the wrong direction…. but other than that it was fun.


Below is the Strava snapshot.

Monday Night Ride – Added

June 20th, 2016 by in Everything

Hi All,


Added up a ride for tonight as well to the calendar.

If you can make it sweet, will be a quick ride, no stopping.




Upcoming Ride Guide

June 20th, 2016 by in Everything

Hi All,


The rides for the week have been posted on the calendar.



Friday in the Forest

June 16th, 2016 by in Everything

If anyone is available and feels like hanging out in Dufferin to help mark the course for Saturdays event let me know as I will be heading out to do so Friday.  My day is fairly flexible so I could accommodate other folk’s schedules.  Just e-mail, call or contact tab me if you are interested.

Triple Crown – Saturday

June 16th, 2016 by in Everything

We are really trying to accommodate all our entry requests and are short a few runners.  If anyone may know someone that may like to participate it would be awesome to be able to complete all of the entries.  We have a biker and equestrian already lined up.  Thanks for putting the word out and see everyone Saturday! Any questions feel free to contact me. Thanks, Johnny

Weekend Races

June 16th, 2016 by in Everything

Hi All,


There are a couple races happening this weekend, if you are interested.


Check the Calendar for the events.


For the triple crown, touch base with Johnny and for the Humbler, register through Substance Projects Site.

All the details are on the calendar event.




Weds ride… ride and prune anyone?

June 14th, 2016 by in Everything

So how many times have you been riding along and then get smacked in the face by a branch? It seems to be happening a lot on the Main Tract trails lately.  I’ve managed to prune back Ken’s, a lot of Steve’s and last night did the stick of the lolly pop.  The main section left is the “pop” of the lolly so I was wondering if on this Wednesday’s nights ride if whoever felt like helping out could bring along a set of pruners (don’t need saws, it’s just small stuff, even a good pair of scissors would work).  Thinking of just pruning as we ride working in pairs (easier to get each others pruners out of each others camel backs) with everyone just stopping and doing a few hundred metres each. 7 pairs x 200m each=1.4km! It’s not a “trail build” event so you can do as much or as little as you like. We’ll still keep together as a group, just do some leap frogging! See you Weds night!

Hop City: Polly want a Pilsner

June 13th, 2016 by in Beer Reviews

Well it has been way too long since there was a beer review, and what better time than a Monday!  I guess it is sunny outside too, so that is a positive as well.




Anyways, this is a relatively new beer from Hop City, called Polly want a Pilsner.  So based on the name of the beer, yes you are correct, this is a pilsner.




Based on the statistics of the beer, it is relatively tame, with a 5.0% ABV, and a 30 IBU rating.  So right off the hop (see what I did there, Hop, Hop City) this is a refreshing beer and quite tastey at that.


Polly want a Pilsner is a traditional German/Czech style pilsner, brewed by Hop City based out of Brampton Ontario.   I drank the beer straight from the can, so as for appearance, the can is green….. as you can tell from the photo….

It was a warm day when I had this beer, sun was shining, and the beer was nice and cold.  The first mouthful well to be honest, I didn’t taste, it was more of a refreshing gulp… After that when I started to taste the beer, I was pleasantly surprised.  It was like I said a refreshing beer, there was no bad aftertaste, it was not hoppy, just like a normal pilsner, but more flavorful.  It is kinda hard to explain, but I would recommend you grab a can of this for sure.


For the overall experience with Polly want a Pilsner, it was good!  It hit the spot, and honestly may be one of the newcomers for beer this summer to grab for a post ride pint.


Rating:  4.13 out of 5



Upcoming Ride Guide

June 13th, 2016 by in Everything

Hi All,


The rides for the week have been posted to the calendar.  If you are planning another ride let us know and we will add it up.





Weekend Ride

June 10th, 2016 by in Everything

Just a friendly reminder for the weekend ride.

Check the calendar for date, time etc.

If another ride is going to be had, we will post it up.



George Street Music Festival Lineup Announced

June 9th, 2016 by in Everything

Well, this is for anyone who is interested, or is planning on coming out to Newfoundland, not for the ride, but the post ride activities!


The lineup was announced this morning on the local radio station, OZFM.


Thu July 28, 2016 – Our Lady Peace, The Trews
Fri July 29, 2016 – Platinum Blonde, Alan Frew (Glass Tiger)
Sat July 30, 2016 – George Street KITCHEN PARTY featuring The Mahones!
Sun July 31, 2016 – (yet to be announced…)
Mon Aug 1, 2016 – Arkells, July Talk, Repartee
Tue Aug 2, 2016 – Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies
Wed Aug 3, 2016 – Shanneyganock, Masterless Men


With the above being said, tickets will be on sale this Saturday, June 11th, at Noon (10:30 Eastern Time, 7:30 Spacific Time)







XC Marathon – Series Standings

June 7th, 2016 by in Everything

Anyone interested in the current Series Standings for the XC Marathon put on by Substance Projects, the links are listed below.


Competitive Bike Racing For Everyone








Weekend Ride

June 7th, 2016 by in Everything

For anyone interested, check the calendar out for a Weekend Albion ride.

Don will be heading this one up, maybe a 24hr course preview???




Lost Leatherman tool

June 6th, 2016 by in Everything

If anyone comes across a leatherman tool please let me know as my brother thinks he may have lost it while fixing a flat two weeks ago.  It is either on Ken’s trail or the stick.  It is a leatherman wave with “My Dad” engraved on it (obviously sentimental value attached to it).  Thanks for keeping an eye out and if you need to contact me about it you can use the CONTACT tab.  Thanks everyone, Johnny