Baby Steps

The RBC GranFondo Whistler – September 10th, 2011…

Sea to Sky Highway

Seriously?! I still haven’t figured out why I signed up, but I did. 120 kms on the crazy highway to Whistler and I DON’T EVEN ROAD RIDE! The last time I was on a road bike the Village People were chart topping about a rec center and my bike was tricked out with bike-spoked hockey cards, a purple banana seat, and exceptionally pretty handle bar tassels (a guilty pleasure to this day).

What possessed me to add my name to the many crazed road riding enthusiasts of Vancouver?! Yes, I have dabbled a bit in mountain biking, but this “roadie thing” is a whole new monster…and a scary one at that. Getting hit by a car is not on the top of my bucket list nor is picking out pieces of pavement from my body tissue. Although, if it does happen I hear there is a mighty cute doctor patrolling the ER at Lions Gate. Bright side??  Continue reading

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To Whom it May Concern…

Dear Reader,

Before I get started I would like to apologize to ALL of my English teachers. Although the following blog may have you thinking otherwise and by the end of this most of you will hardly believe that I pulled off high A’s in English, yes, you did do your job.

I have a horrible habit of bastardizing the English language (sometimes even making up words if I can’t find one that fits my mood), missing…and yet sometimes over using…punctuation, taking “side bars”, making “mental notes”, and in general making English teachers cringe worldwide. This being said, I will be tearing a page from Mr. Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” and write in a stream of consciousness (or unconsciousness depending if the kids have kept me up at night).

I will be writing about how it feels to be a “third wheel” in the world of road cycling. I have no doubt this won’t be a literary classic but I do hope it gives you some information, a bit of entertainment, and a possibly a little giggle.

Third wheelingly yours,
Ria

And The Ride Out Begins

Welcome to GranFondo Canada’s Women in Cycling blog!

What you’ll find here is a group of women looking to build a community around a shared love for cycling. Whether you’re still trying to figure out the difference between a mountain bike and road bike or you’re looking for tips on how to train well for the 120 km RBC GranFondo Whistler, you’ll find it all here.

There’s something for everyone: from gear to health to nutrition and fitness. The contributing bloggers will share tips and advice, experiences and learnings.