Everyone has a story. It's the rider's experience that really captures the heart of cycling. That's why we love hearing stories from our riders - and now, you can too!
Here's a story from Gregory Cuff:
A couple weeks ago, Cycling Canada cancelled the 2020 road cycling national championships, given the development of the covid-19 situation. Nationals was one of the only road races left on the calendar for the summer, and they were already postponed from their scheduled start in June. Granted that having no racing—especially nationals--is disappointing for a lot of riders, it also means we have a lot of time to relax and enjoy the other parts of cycling, including the social aspect.
So on Tuesday (August 4th), a few of the other road riders and I went on a short “exploring” social ride along the Waterfront trail. Although we’d hoped for sun, the weather didn’t cooperate; there was heavy rain and a thick fog in the morning. By the time we got to the meeting spot--Hutch’s by the beach--we were all fairly soaked. The rain also put off a few people, so the group ended up being smaller than we expected; it was just five of us.
Luckily, the weather quickly improved. The forecasted downpour and lightning never showed up, and after heading out towards Burlington, the rain slowed to a drizzle before stopping altogether. The fog stayed for most of the ride, but it made for some good pictures along the water; we wound up taking a few scenic stops.
After cruising along the trail for a while, we got to Burlington, where we rode around the city and stopped a few times. After getting part way through a park, however, we realized it was temporarily closed to cyclists—meaning we spent a good portion of our ride walking out with our bikes.
Eventually we made it back to Hutch’s, by which time the weather had completely cleared up and the sun had come out. Hutch’s didn’t open for another 5 minutes, but there was already a line up outside, and a steady stream of cars pulling into the parking lot to join the queue. But fortunately the wait wasn’t too long, and 15 minutes later we all sat down to have something to eat before heading home.
Martin Rupes set a course record of 12 mins 36 seconds in the Gravel TT #2 race conducted on Tuesday 25th August in winning the Level A division. It was an exciting night for NCCH riders to be able to see the current Provincial Elite Road Champion rip up the gravel TT at 38kph! 2nd was Charles Bergeron, with Brady Stewart in 3rd.
Level B was won by Ryan Vincze, 2nd was Preston Martin, 3rd was Ken Pirhonen and 4th was Jared Rauwerda.
Level C winner was Coach Kyle Glover, 2nd was Jacob Kemper, 3rd was Ashton Moore.
Level D/Recreation was won by Matthew Monaco, 2nd was Julian Meadows, and 3rd was Rhys Carrol.
https://www.raceclocker.com/a4daa64f (Level A)
https://www.raceclocker.com/35324b03 (Level B)
https://www.raceclocker.com/715a3a31 (Level C, D/Rec)
Race # 3 is on next Tuesday 1st September.
*Note: riders must have valid OCA racing license or citizen permit, and NCCH member.
This entry fee includes:
- Electronic 'start house' timing system and digital race results
- Safe 8 km course with turnaround marshals (see course below)
- Draw prizes online post race
40% of the proceeds will go to the NCCH Equipment Fund to purchase tents, training and racing assets that benefit all members.
Don't wait, registration closes Friday August 14 at noon. Spots are limited!
Riding a bike is one of the most efficient ways to combine regular exercise with your daily routine. Once you get comfortable on a bike you can start using it to ride to the store, to work, to school, and so many other places! Once you learn how to ride you won't forget it. This also makes cycling very good for the environment.
Cycling is mainly an aerobic activity, meaning that your heart and lungs both get a workout. It is a healthy, low-impact activity that releases endorphins into your body. These endorphins help you to relieve stress and make your body feel positive. With time, this daily activity will improve your overall fitness level.
People of all ages can participate in cycling since a ride can be altered in intensity. It really is a good workout. It will increase your stamina and develop your major muscle groups. More benefits include increased flexibility, improved joint mobility, better posture, and improved balance and coordination.
You can also make cycling fun! You don't need to be stuck indoors. You can ride new trails and feel the wind as you pedal. It's also likely that you will make really good friends along the way. It makes sense right? Like-minded individuals with an interest in the same thing have a connection already. You can go on rides together, carpool to training sessions and support each other at competitions.