The current situation regarding Covid-19 has put a halt on any kind of organized cycling in Sask, and the country. We have no idea when we will be able to start riding in groups again.
Spokesmen in 2020 will probably be a very different experience. It's unlikely that we will be doing the Wed evening Group rides. Theresa and I are leaning towards some weekend experiences but we will not be planning anything until we have some idea of when the social isolation is coming to an end. I will, of course, keep you updated via Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, carrier pigeon, whatever!
That's it for now. Stay safe, get outside and ride, and make sure you wave to anyone else on the road!
Mark and Theresa
Thanks for coming out for our annual 20 km TT. Windy at the Start but the return was not too bad. Congrats to our defending champion Steve Machuk on his strong ride and defense of the crown!
Results from Webscorer can be viewed here.
Saturday morning looks pretty good for a ride. It will be cool'ish but sunny. Theresa and I will be at the corner of Tower rd and Hwy 1 at the old Tourist information booth parking lot. It's right opposite the CTV station. There's some parking there or you could always park at the Husky and ride there, or just leave the car at home!
We have a simple loop that we do that is about 42 km out to Balgonie via Hwy 46. A little bit of climbing but pretty easy overall. T & I will probably carry on a bit further than the loop by heading south to do something like 60km or so..not sure yet, depends on the wine consumption on Fri night!!
Anyway, all are welcome. This isn't a supported ride so make sure you've got all you need. If you have a Garmin computer you can download the route file attached but it's pretty simple. Call me if you have questions..306 540 8110.
The weather looks pretty decent for tomorrow night. Bear in mind that the daytime high is only 11 so dress appropriately. Unlike me last week! Don't forget your rear light!
We will meet out at the GTH, 12222 Ewing Ave #300, Regina, SK S4M 0A1.. I like that spot as it gives us a lot of options. Ride briefing at 6:15, riding by 6:30.
As usual, I will monitor the weather.If anything weird happens I will post a Go/ No Go at 4pm but right now it looks stable.
See you tomorrow,
It's going to be a little cool on Wed but I think it's worth riding, especially as this is our intro ride/Skills and Drills.
Normally we do this at the Centre of the Arts but I think enough of you already know what you're doing so I'm starting us out at the Global Transportation Hub.
There's lots of parking in the area and lots of options for riding. Let's meet there at 6pm, riding by 6:30, back to the GTH by 8. For the new riders I'll bring my remaining inventory of jerseys. I've ordered more and they'll be here by the end of the month.
Dress warm, the high is only 8C and it cools off fast. Blinky rear lights are mandatory, and a good idea.
It's been a brutal winter overall and probably best not to dwell on it! It's done, and we're still here. Bike season is beckoning. Please note that we are going back to Wednesday night for the rides. It seems to work out better for most of us.
2018 was a pretty tough year to be a cyclist in Regina. Our riding options were restricted due to the construction around the city but it looks a lot better for 2019. Expect to see less of Condie and Hwy 734.
We've been enjoying the gravel roads around Regina over the last year or so and we're going to put together a couple of introductory rides for those of you that are interested. We'll give you some tips on how to ride and where to go. A mountain bike is good enough, by the way. If there's enough interest we'll mix in a gravel option on the Wednesday night.
We're also hosting a Saturday morning group ride for Spokesmen/Spoke n'Hot. It will be a no drop fun ride that will end in coffee somewhere!
Registration is now open and we will be having our Registration/Tech night on Wed April 24th at Dutch Cycle. It's a pretty relaxed affair and a chance to renew old acquaintances and tell a few lies about what you got up to over winter.
See you soon,
We took the Spoke n'Hot riders up Hwy 6 on Monday. It was ok but boring. Condie really is a better choice overall.
Meet there at 6:10, riding by 6:30.
Weather is a bit iffy, I'll monitor as usual and post a Go NoGo at 4pm.
Posted to Spokesmen instead of Spoke n' Hot! My excuse is that it's been a long day!
So, it's a bit of a shit show really. The ride from Condie into Lumsden will be in to a headwind. The return will be a fast one. The ultimate kick to the head will be if the winds die off just as we are getting ready to turn around! Don't laugh, it's happened to me more than once.
The wind will also keep the temperatures down and the evening will cool off rapidly after 7pm.
But we live in Saskatchewan, wind is a fact of life here so let's get out there and see what happens. Meet out at Condie and be ready to ride by 6:20.
This will be our first ride together and conditions are less than ideal.
If you are a senior rider, please keep the pace and the groupings loose and easy until you get a good feel for what's going on. We're all excited to be out, but let's be smart.
If you're a new rider, relax and listen to the other riders.
There is no question that tonight will be a tough ride. If you decide to skip it, that's completely understandable especially if you do not feel ready yet. Please be smart about this evening. here to edit.
It's still not exactly cycling weather out there, is it? However Spring will eventually come and we will be dusting off the bikes and looking for our shoes! I know I need a new helmet..
This Thursday, April 12th will be our opening night for the season. Our best friend and sponsor, Freddy Vandelinden, has invited us over to Dutch Cycle, 1336 Lorne, at 6:30 to revisit old friendships and meet some new riders.
So let's get together, share a beer, make new friends and get ready for 2018. If you have a friend who is a bit bike curious, bring him along!