Sunday, February 26, 2012




















I LOVE the embro from Mad Alchemy it has great heat and staying power!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Are you new to cycling?  Have I got a crash course manual for you!  Pick up a copy of BikeSnob - Systematically & Mercilessly Realigning The World of Cycling and read it immediately.  BikeSnob NYC covers all the bases - from cycling's humble beginnings to the modern day hipster.  BikeSnobNYC packs it all in with sharp wit and a shotgun approach leaving no one safe!  This book is perfect for all cycling enthusiasts and an excellent education for non-cycling types.  The chapter on etiquette for non-cyclists should be required reading for anyone who does not own or ride a bike.  If you want to check out more on BikeSnobNYC go to his blog here.

Not sure what is next on the literary horizon - any suggestions?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Just finished up The Man Who Cycled The World by Mark Beaumont. This is the true story of one man's quest to break the record for cycling around the world...or at least that's what is says on the back jacket.  Mark chronicles his time on the road - on and off the bike.  It is an interesting read and moves along quickly as Mark pedals his way around the globe.  Starting in Paris, Mark rode for 194 days and 17 hours to circumnavigate  the globe.  His story has epic highs, talking of the kindness and generosity of complete strangers, and chronicles his experiences with our strange, wonderful, and sometimes absurdly comical world.  Along with the highs, Mark also details the dark side of his travels - dealing with the harsh reality of being on the road in foreign lands, mechanical failures, and dealing with the issues and logistics of trying to circumnavigate the globe against the clock.

This is the first book that Mark has written and is honest and sometimes humorous in its' delivery; like being told a story from a good friend over a pint.  You can feel his moments of joy and you suffer along with him when the days are hard.  Overall, a great book for  cycling fans and travellers alike.

Since his first adventure, Mark has gone on to a "summit to summit" climb and cycle of the America's and is currently rowing on a 6 man expedition in the Canadian Arctic.  All of his adventures help raise money for charity and he seems to be a pretty good all around guy... so go out and buy his books and check him out online!

Friday, September 9, 2011





Got Maui on the brain....

Cleaning up my files I came across a pic of my golf cart from a clients golf tourney.  Our goal was to drink a beer a hole...I succeeded but had to put my cart mate to bed before dinner...just looking at this makes me thirsty.  As a side note, this was in Saskatoon and Big Rock was not readily available, sorry boys!

Thursday, September 8, 2011





Looking back at my blog, I saw my New Years Revolution post and I figured today was a good day to scorecard.   Here is where I am at with my 2011 goals....

1 - Ride My Bikes
I LOVE riding bikes - mountain and road.  This year I want to ride at least 3000km's.  I want to ride with my family, I want to ride with my friends.  I want to ride my bike to work more and park the car.  I want to ride in a road "shop ride".  I want to ride in different places, and I want to ride fast.  I want to ride when it rains, when it snows, and when it is blistering hot.  I want to ride in the spring when the air is cool and brisk, and I want to ride in the fall when the leaves are falling off the trees.  I want to ride the rubber off my tires and the fat off my ass.

4000 km's and counting!!  I think I have this one covered - I have ridden through a set of tires and a tube or two of DZ-Nuts.  I have taken my kids on rides through Fish Creek and even dragged the Mrs. and my two year old over some dirt.  I took my bike to Vegas and rode in Red Rocks.  I have ridden in the rain, snow, and the heat.  I have ridden in the spring and I am going strong in the fall...the only thing I am missing is the shop ride and I am still pulling a piano tied to my ass.  The shop ride may have to wait till 2012, the piano is a work in progress....

2 - Have a Glass Of Wine
I am a big wine guy.  This year I want to focus on building my cellar (bottles not actual bricks and mortar). I want to go to more tastings, try new regions and varieties.  I want to enjoy my wine and expand my knowledge from grape to glass.  I want to enjoy a glass more often but drink quality over quantity.  I want to have a glass of wine with friends and family more often.

There is no question, I have fulfilled this in spades.  At my current rate I may have a 2012 resolution to cut back my boozing...Current fave is 2007 Blackbird Vineyards Paramour, wow is it ever deelish!


3 - Get Creative
This one I am going to enjoy as it is very simple and rewarding.  Read more books - the classics, fiction, non fiction, books outside of my normal scope of reading, reread my fav's...just read more often.   Listen to more music - live music especially!  Take more pictures - photo's of people, places, objects...whatever catches my eye - just get shooting!  Enjoy more art - galleries, exhibitions, and museums - just get out and see what others have created with their passions.  WATCH LESS TV!

I have been reading a pile of books...the last few are...


A Discovery of Witches – Deborah Harkness
Boy Racer – Mark Cavendish
The Girl With With The Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larson
The Girl Who  Played With Fire – Sieg Larson
The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest – Stieg Larson
Water For Elephants – Sara Gruen
Throne of Fire – Rick Riordin
A Million Little Pieces – James Frey
Shiver – Maggie Stiefvater
Linger – Maggie Stiefvater
Forever - Maggie Stiefvater
Divergent – Veronica Roth
My Friend Leonard – James Frey

I have a pile more in the cue...so far the current fave is A Million Little Pieces...even if Oprah got her shit in a bun!

As for photography, I haven't shot as much as I like but I am getting inspired by my friends who are shooting absolutly amazing stuff.  I will get cracking here.

Lastly, I cannot watch less TV.  My best friend landed a co-host spot on The Daily Planet, so I intent to watch more!!


4 - Inspire My Children
I consider myself to be a good Dad and I love being a Dad.  I want to be the greatest Dad ever.  I want to really open my kids eyes up to the world around us - to marvel and enjoy in the wonder of the world.  I want them to respect the unknown, but not fear it.  I want to nurture their passions and give them the freedom and support to try new things... and I plan on playing with my kids more too!


I can happily say I am doing this...




Well - that is it so far...four months left to pick up the slack!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


As my blog takes shape, I felt it best to explain some of the content that makes up my blog.  Today we are going to discuss my "Daily Commute ITT".  Just what the heck is this you ask?  Well, let me tell you...

In an effort to reduce my carbon footprint and my waistline, I have enlisted my trusty steed to get me back and forth to work.  So each day that my schedule allows, I set out to cycle the 20 km's to my office and then return home via the same 20 km's at the end of the day.  I am very fortunate that my commute allows me to cycle 15 of the 20 km's through Fish Creek Park.  The remaining 5 k are spread out between residential and commercial area's - there are a few hills each way with the biggest being on my ride home right before I have the 1km drag race back to my door.  This hill is a long, 5% grade with a small section at the top coming in at 6% - not a killer by any stretch of the imagination but still a formidable nemesis after being a desk jockey all afternoon.

After a few commutes back and forth, the ride became kinda dull and it started to become more function than fun.  It was then that I decided to change my commute to an Individual Time Trial.  Each day I set out to best my time from door to door.  I have my "To Work" time and my "To Home" time.  I may get into work a hot sweaty mess, but the ITT has really changed my daily commute from a snooze cruise to all out war.  I push myself to the limit in hopes of shaving precious seconds off my current records.  It has been some of the most fun I have had on my bike in awhile!

As of today I have broken the 40 minute mark on both ends of my ITT.  My goal before the wretched white stuff flies is to get to 35 minutes...you will have to watch the numbers and see if that happens!  In the meantime, keep the rubber side down.

Tob

Sunday, August 21, 2011

I'M Back...sort of....

After a lengthy hiatus from Bloggyland, I am back and will be making a boatload of changes to content and format...stay tuned!

While you are waiting, check out the latest from Danny MacAskill.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

Check out Velonation for a great recap of the race.
Found a good link for live streaming racing on cyclingfans.com....

You can see the last kilometer here.

Read about it at VeloNews or Cyclingnews for full race coverage.

Nice work by Sky rider Christopher Sutton for the win in the sprint.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

2011 Omloop Finish

I kept waiting for someone to eat it on the slick pavement in the sprint...congrats Langeveld - so close Flecha!




Here is a great You Tube Channel for race feeds...worldcyclingchannel3.

Read about it at Cycling News or VeloNews...I will be in the basement teaching my kids how to throw their bikes at the line.

Tob

Friday, February 25, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Do You Want The Good News or the Bad News - January

2008 TDF Champ
The month of January has been a busy one so far in the world of skinny tires... Geox-TMC woes continue as they have been snubbed from the TDF and Paris Nice.  The Tour organizers released the 2011 roster earlier this month and Geox was not on the list.  Wild card additions  Cofidis, Saur-Sojasun, FDJ and Team Europcar made the list and all I can say is you Frenchies better ride well as TDF organizers have put a lot of faith in you - not inviting the 2008 winner and 2010 third place finisher (Menchov) is a big gamble. You have to feel for Sastre as he is 35 and this could possibly be his last crack at the tour...here is hoping he can place well in the Giro and Vuelta and throw it back in the face of the TDF brass.


I crashed in Stage 2!
The Santos Tour Down Under is wrapping up today and I was a bit disappointed that we did not get to see the Cav vs. Greipel showdown that was brewing since their  initial beef that started last year.  With Greipel now on Omega Pharma Lotto and Cav riding on HTC-Highroad, they were set to go head to head and fans everywhere eagerly awaited the sparks to fly.  Cav ended up crashing in Stage 2 and calamity ensued as he and two other riders ended up finishing the race on an open course...Needless to say, the Manx Missile was less than happy and overall ended up finishing 33:51 behind for a stellar, bottem of the list placing of 129 overall.  As for Greipel?  He finished 7th,  0.27 seconds behind the overall winner Cameron Meyer of Garmin-Cervelo.  We will have to wait for the next installment of The Gorilla VS. The Manx Missle....


The Tour Down Under also saw the International Racing career of Lance Armstrong come to a close.  Aside from one flare up courtesy of Sports Illustrated, things were relatively quiet.  Lance  finished 6:42 behind and placed 67.  Given the allegations surrounding Lance, I think it would be a miracle for him to focus on racing enough to place well in the domestic races he has left in 2011.




Here is a good one - Pat McQuaid says Contador has tainted the image of cycling regardless if he is innocent or not.  Responding to McQuaids comments, Alberto declared the steak he ate is tarnishing the image of cows.  The gong show continues...










Sadly, the cycling world lost a good one...Carla Swart (HTC HighRoad) was killed while training  at home in South Africa...condolences to all involved, very tragic.  Be safe out there!!



On the lighter side, Floyd Landis retires from pro-racing and said the battle to clean up cycling's drug-tainted image is not his to fight..."I'm relatively sure this sport cannot be fixed, but that's not my job, that's not my fight."  As Floyd was heading out the door he did recommend that cyclists should be allowed to use performance enhancing drugs.  You can catch Floyd on his book tour as he reissues his book Positively False.
Positively Crap!
Lots more news to come - I am going for a spin down in the dungeon.  Ride safe out there and keep the rubber side down!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Kits Are Alright

 The 2011 kits are in and it is a mixed bag this year.  We have some decent kits, a few "meh's", and a few "WTF?!".  Here is what I have been able to find so far....


I like the change for this year - this kit won't be hot in the summer sun at all!


Team Leopard - no spots, no fur - not a billboard either.
Now if he could just learn how to fix a chain...
I liked last years HTC kit...this is a bit of a departure.
I guess we will have to see how it looks on the podium.


Not bad.






Seriously?  This is brutal...I did find a pic of the jersey designer
so I think I found the inspiration...

Euskatel graphic artist Herman VonShite
























Not so bad....


Meh.





Dude - you git a little poo on your jersey...
zzzzzzzzz....boring


I am surprised the Eagle is not clawing the eyes out of the Schleck's.
Maybe next year just a giant, scary pic of Riis head on the jersey?


Meh.
Meh.




This jersey is brought to you by the letter R...
Better than last year...but last years REALLY sucked.
You may be fast but you are still riding for  Borat...


Nausea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach, diarrhea
Yeah, Pepto Bismol.




Jersey is fine...WORST lid ever...someone put a helmet on
Wiggins please!!

Team Sky kit...okay.
Team Sky support car...RAD!