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Weekend Ride

July 20th, 2017 by in Everything

Hi All,

 

Currently posted the first of the weekend rides.  Saturday at Buckwallow.

 

Any other rides local will be posted as well.

 

Cheers

 

Beer Review – Alaskan Brewery Alt Style Amber

July 18th, 2017 by in Beer Reviews

Well I know I’ll probably get some slack over a beer review for something you cannot purchase here in Ontario, but I still have to review it, cause who knows when you are off to Alaska, or the North Western USA.  On our recent trip to Whitehorse, we did the Yukon-White Pass train ride to Skagway Alaska and stopped at a local pub for a pint.  The one that I tried was the Alt Style Amber from Alaskan Brewery.

 

 

Amber

 

In the grand scheme of things, the alt-style amber is not meant to be a hoppy beer, or anything like that, with an IBU rating of 18.  But there is a really solid flavor profile, which is more indicative to an Amber beer. With the aroma notes of Caramel and maltiness (dont think maltiness is a word) it lends itself to be a good overall pint.  As you can tell by the photo, you see the amber colour with a slight white head to it.

 

With respect to the flavour, it definitely hits the target of the Alt Style Beer.  There is a hops note, but nothing like you would get in an IPA, but there is something there for sure.  The beer had a medium body to it, which was nice for the day we were having in Skagway.  There was a bit of roasted malt in the taste profile so overall a really good beer profile.

 

At the end of the day, if you find an Alaskan brewery beer, pick it up and give it a shot, it is worth it for sure.

 

Rating:  4.11 out of 5

 

Would you buy this beer again:  yup for sure.

Would you recommend it to a friend:  yup again for sure.

Was the beer hoppy:  not too bad, slight hop note but overall good.

What is the capital of Alaska:  Juneau

 

 

Upcoming Ride Guide

July 17th, 2017 by in Everything

Good morning All,

 

Rides for the week have been added to the calendar.

 

Cheers

 

Weekend Ride

July 14th, 2017 by in Everything

Hi All,

 

Posted up the ride for the weekend.

After the ride everyone is invited to Andy’s for a Swim, Hot tub and BBQ so bring a bathing suit and beer over to his place.  Andy is just in Rosemont so not too far from the ride.

 

Cheers

 

Carcross – Mountain Bike Adventure

July 11th, 2017 by in Everything

Well on Tuesday we hit up Carcross, long story, but Carcross Tuesday!

 

If you have never heard of Carcross Yukon as a place to ride, type it into Google!  It is absolutely amazing!

I have thrown a bunch of photos that I took over the day below, so scroll through.

We had a beautiful day to ride there, sun was shining, a little on the cool side to start, but the 500m elevation gain that took 40 minutes warmed you up quickly.  Once you got up though, what a fun downhill!!!  That being said, it wasn’t all downhill, there were some intermittent climbs along the way, but nothing crazy.  And the further down the hill you rode, the more you forgot about the 40 minute climb!

If you are interested in the history of Carcross biking, click the below link.  It cost’s 5$ to rent and stream the movie, but it is worth it.

http://www.shiftthefilm.info/

 

The trails are all located on Montana Mountain, and the amount of work that the kids of Carcross and all the volunteers have put it in is well worth it.  There are trails with man made features, jumps etc, and then there are the flow trails, where you just let the bike do what it wants and hold on for the ride.  I recommend if your brake pads are almost done, maybe replace them before venturing to Carcross.

 

The one amazing part of the trail network is how vast it is with scenery.  At one point you are looking over a lake, the next you are in a mossy dense forest, then to open areas etc.  Just around every corner is something new, and you will never get bored of the trails trust me.

I did shoot some videos and will try and get them uploaded as soon as I can.

 

 

Upcoming Ride Guide

July 10th, 2017 by in Everything

Good morning All,

 

Rides for the week have been posted to the calendar.

 

Come on out to any ride you feel like.

 

Cheers

 

24 Hours of Light – Through the eyes of a soloist

July 6th, 2017 by in Everything

Yet again I decide to do a 24hr race solo. This time as many are aware was the 24hr of Light in Whitehorse Yukon. What made us decide to do this race, well it was a milestone year for many, turning 50, 55, 60 etc. So what better way to celebrate then heading up to Yukon to bike with friends.

This story does go back a year when we were originally looking at going to moab but unfortunately that race had seen its demise. With the help of Keith, all eyes turned towards yukon. With this being Canada’s 150th birthday why not spend it here. The other positive thing was that there were bonus naked laps, we will get to those later trust me.

During the preride the day before most people seemed a little off whether It be cramping, or hungover. But alas, we were off for a great fire road climb. Not the start I was hoping for but hey it was manageable. After that climb there were more and more and more. I was beginning to worry, what did I get myself into. But again manageable so we chugged along. Well all the climbing was worth it when you came out onto a ridge overlooking Whitehorse. What a beautiful view we had. After spending some time admiring the scenery and the pile of bear poo beside the trail we began out decent. And what a decent it was. along the ridge with some right corners and a bit of stutter bumps.
The course wasn’t fully marked so we made due with what we could to piece everything together. Mindset was change the gears on the bike in preparation for climbing.

Race day preparations over, camp was set up, and everyone seemed ready to go. Even mother nature decided to drop rain on us for the first 3 hrs of the day. That didn’t dampen spirits though cause we were there to have a fun day on the trails.

Noon and we are off. Roughly 28 solo riders and numerous teams of 2,4 and 8 all off. Well I found it hard not to hold back, so I didn’t. I put down a pretty quick first 3 laps before being told I better slow down. So I did, well I tried my best to.  It is very hard to slow down when you are having so much fun. After about 4 hours on the bike and not keeping up on hydration leg cramping started. That was my body telling me to drink and don’t be an idiot.  It took about 2 laps to get everything sorted back out, but the legs were tired and we were only 1/3 through the day.
Luckily I was able to change the strategy a bit slow down and spin the legs out. Funny enough the lap times only dropped maybe 10 minutes which was kinda surprising. I got into my rhythm of which hills to walk, when to walk them and just pedal along.
I was passed a bit and passed a few people too which always boosts your confidence knowing you have done 7 or 8 laps and you still have enough juice in the legs to keep up to others.

Dusk hit and out on my lap, I was having a great conversation with a girl named Michelle who had moved to Whitehorse a few years ago. We chatted about this and that and she was slowly pulling away when all of a sudden yells bears!!! A mother black bear and 2 small Cubs had made their way to the trail where they nicely sat. Michelle got her bear spray out in case but lucky for us they lived off the trail. Seeing that was a great way to wake back up. So we decided it would be best to ride together for the rest of the lap. About 20 minutes goes by and that lovely ridge overlooking Whitehorse was home to a good sized grizzly bear. Who must have been spooked by another rider cause he was running the other way beside the trail. Two bear sightings on one lap was enough for me to take a bit of a break and collect my thoughts.

A couple laps later I came into the timing tent to see Johnny and Brendan there in the robes waiting for Bernie and Karen to come in. Time for some nudity. I was in contention for podium so what is the worst that could happen. Off goes the clothes and on the bike I go. Three naked guys ride into the forest. For those who don’t know if you rode a naked lap it would count as 2. So you would be stupid not to do it. Boy was it cold out though. Like probably the coldest it has ever been. Overall though riding naked through a bear infested forest is more fun than you think.  It was very freeing, and funny enough you didn’t realize you were naked after a while.   With only 1 off, and a bear spray bottle puncture to the leg the lap was over.  For a race where you were not allowed to use lights, many would it have been helpful that is for sure!  It did get really dark.

 

From there on out the sun did start to lighten everything up, and a few more laps I go.  The laps were getting slower, the legs began to feel like cinder blocks, and just overall exhaustion kicked in.  I took some time off the bike and we started looking at the leader board.  The top 3 riders we had separated from 4th place by 5 laps, so a podium was at hand.  The decision to do one more lap was made just to make sure that the position on the podium would be secured.  It was a fun lap, just enjoying the ride and overall experience.  Still keeping a lookout for bears and other wildlife.

 

I crossed the finish line with 16 laps completed, which equated to well over 4,500 meters of climbing.  I look back at the experience again and think, will I do a solo 24hr again, and that answer is yes I would.  But not for a couple of years.  There are many other races that I want to compete in and other events to try and have fun at.

 

At the end of the day I finished in 3rd place which was exactly what I had hoped to do when going to the Yukon, and that was to podium.

 

I want to thank all the support during the race, from Emily, Rachel, and everyone else with Team Van Go.  It was an experience that I will not forget that is for sure.

 

Cheers

 

 

 

Dufferin Ride Wednesday

July 5th, 2017 by in Everything

Hi all,

 

Reminder that there is a ride tonight at Dufferin 6pm, per usual.

 

Also note, Cycling Elements is hosting a demo ride at dufferin from 4-8 tonight so the parking lot may be busier than usual.

 

Cheers

 

 

Petition

July 5th, 2017 by in Everything

Hi Folks,

 

Take a read on the petition in the below link.

Stumbled across this on Facebook and urge everyone to sign it and show support.

If you can find the time, please enter a comment as well as I believe it is important for the County to see how important this is to us.

Just a note…it seems sometimes it may not recognize your postal code/city.  If you have had Canada Post change your postal code a while back you may have to use your old one.

https://www.change.org/p/eric-runners-hikers-cyclists-support-single-track-usage-in-dufferin-forest?recruiter=743165509&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition

 

Cheers

 

 

 

Reflections of Yukon

June 29th, 2017 by in Everything

Well, as I sit in Whitehorse airport I start to reminisce about the time I had and what I’m going to take back home to Ontario. As a disclaimer there will be many more Posts on the race and beer reviews etc.

Just sitting here in the airport which seems to hold maybe one plane at a time, I look towards Grey Mountain and just the beauty that this town and territory holds. Grey Mountain is where the 24hr of Light was held and overlooks the town of Whitehorse.
With this year being Canada’s 150 birthday, down by the indigenous centre there was 4 boat being built infront of our eyes. There was a birch bark canoe, seal skin kayak, moose skin boat and dugout canoe. All were amazing to watch and to meet and talk to the people working on them was so moving. We met one gentleman named Danny who lived in town and was always there with a smile and an update for us as to the progress. He will be one person I will never forget.
For the folks that want to visit for the wildlife there is plenty from Eagles to deer to bears. And you will see them all for sure, whether you want to or not. During the race I had a run in with a black bear and Cubs as well as a grizzly bear. That will definitely wake u up after 12+ hours of riding let me tell you. But even if you are out for a hike there are bad and golden Eagles to watch soar above you and just put you in awe.
We did luck out as to how many activities were going on in town with the start of the Yukon river canoe and kayaks race, aboriginal day and Canada 150 activities but there are so many more hidden gems that I didn’t even get a chance to see.   That makes Whitehorse a must again for a travel destination for sure.
Yukon has so many diverse cultures that you need to experience. Myself I love the local artisans, the different media’s, the different styles. We visited several local art shops and studios each were unique to Yukon. At the end I did end up picking up a limited edition print of a Raven and Sun. It was quite difficult to only take one piece home as there were so many amazing pictures and paintings.
Overall I just spent so much time looking at mountains and rivers and taking everything in that I feel so relaxed which I guess is the point of a holiday.  Not only was it the scenery but the family and friends I shared the trip with.
This is just a small snapshot of my experience. There are so many more it is just to hard to put it all down on paper.
Am I a changed person, I think so and I think it was for the positive.