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I recently made a trip down to the UK with work in order to train the staff at the Evan’s Cycles chain of bike stores on the 2014 Norco product. Through this trip I had the opportunity to visit Manchester and Gravesend before heading to Wales for a second event. At this second event I met a number of cyclists that offered an amazing experience. The weekend spent in Wales was all about riding for the attendees and had some opportunity for grabbing a few riding shots. These shots all come from the riding area outside of Goytre, Wales.
Here are the photos!
And a bit of a slideshow for you with some additional images
One last RTCC post for the year. I threw together a short video from the Montreal Ride To Conquer Cancer. Great event, great people and another amazing fundraiser!
On the Ride to Conquer Cancer wrench support tally this was number 7. The Alberta Ride to Conquer Cancer had an extra variable this year and it was weather. While the ride started and ended in relative dryness, the creamy center was as wet as it could possibly be. With camp floor unable to handle the foot-traffic and extreme precipitation the camp was slightly refugee-camp like. That said, the cause, the drive and the thought of loved ones drove people forward. If nothing else, the camp conditions were a good excuse to get an early start to day 2. There were a few more casualties along the way and the buses were slightly more full than usual but the majority of riders still pedaled on and ended their ride on two wheels.
The ride is not supposed to be easy and by no means is it. This year the struggle was a little harder but all the more worthwhile. These 2000 riders that collectively raised $8 Million towards the Alberta Cancer Foundation. This event and all its participants truly are making a difference in finding a cure for cancer.
The second Ride to Conquer Cancer of 2012 is now complete. This past weekend more than 3000 riders hit the road aboard their self-powered bikes in a massive fundraising effort benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation. The participants of the BC ride raised an astounding $11.2 Million dollars this year alone!
I have personally been present at all 4 of the BC Enbridge Ride To Conquer Cancer events. through these events I have seen rain, hail, sun, cloud, fog and nearly any other weather pattern that you can think of. We have been lucky to avoid snow as of so far though. 2012 was the worst one yet. While there have been stints of rain in the past this year it was a torrential downpour. There were times when it let off but it was overall, VERY wet.
Despite the miserable conditions the riders persevered and worked their way through the course counting down the kms to the finish line in Seattle Washington. Through two days of following the ride in a tech support capacity our crew managed to muster up the following numbers.
900 Bikes Repaired
450 Tubes Replaced
50 Tires Replaced
75 Broken Spokes
20 Sets of Brake Pads Replaced
10 Broken Chains
8 Wheels Replaced
1 Broken Frame
A Ton of other things that I have already forgot.
And without further adieu, here are a gaggle of photos from the weekend.
Spring Series Racing in Vancouver is a great program that offers racers the opportunity to get some pre-season competition into their calendars and is also a very entertaining weekend morning. This weekend was the Devo Spring Classic Stage Race and following the Crit and TT I went out to catch some of the action at the Road Race. The final event saw the LG Evolution team take off early bringing along some strength from Victoria’s Russ Hay’s team. Team H&R Block had two riders in the field making a push for the finish.
Overall a very entertaining Sunday morning. there are a few additional photos up on flickr.
I have been working with YESS Products on some custom frames that are being built for an upcoming project. Through this process I have been fortunate enough be observe the process of manufacturing the frame. The Welding aspect is one area that was a photo-challenge as the lighting is very unique.
Dealing with such a bright light made the contrast in photos like no other. Here are a few samples from the welding of these frames. These shots were not taken using any type of filters or special equipment.
North Vancouver’s Fromme Mountain is one of the best known riding spots in the world. It is in the epicentre of where freeride mountain biking first emerged. Trails like Pink Starfish, Flying Circus, Oil Can and of course Ladies Only have such more meaning than their seemingly random names. One trail though that has been much forgotten about is Lower Ladies Only. While it shares a name with it’s upper counterpart the lower trail sees much less use. This is also one of the most ‘classic’ trails on the shore as it is very much the same as it was back in 1995 when it was built. That said, it is currently being updated so will soon be to the current standards of the mountain.
There is something about the classic nature of the trail though and the heritage that it holds. I hadn’t ridden this trail for nearly a decade before today but taking a walk (or ride) down memory lane was a great way to remember the roots of freeride.
I put up a post about the 2011 Ride To Conquer Cancer Alberta a couple of days ago but I have had a bit of time today and put together a recap video consisting of time lapse and some photos. What do you think?
The BC Ride To Conquer Cancer is a 2 Day, 220km ride from Vancouver BC to Seattle Washington. For 2011, more than 2800 riders raised in excess of $11.1 Million. WOW!
With work, I took on the challenge of keeping all of these bikes in working order for the duration. Offering free tech support to the onslaught of cyclists I do not want to see another flat tire for some time. With countless flats, bent wheels, mis-aligned derailleurs, missing pedal cleats, etc. etc. etc. I am happy it is over but I had a lot of fun at the event.
Next weekend I am doing the same thing all over again in Calgary. I will update on that one in a week or so.
and a video.