Still flashing back to one of my favourite rides of 2017-a gravel grind through Fisherman’s Trail in North Van. I resolve to ride more gravel epics in 2018. Once the roads start to dry out for Spring, the knobbies are going back on. 📷: @djgillam#fromwhereiride
Previously buried in a set from CX Provincials, I’m sharing this photo by the famous @jeannineavelino again, because it might be my favourite racing pic from last year. Not just for the look of determination on the climb, but I mean LOOK at how well the socks and shoes go with the bike. This was my best day of racing ever in terms of personal performance, and it has to be at least in the top 10 in terms of sock game. #sockdoping#rule29#tcxadvancedpro2#ridelife
I was truly honoured to be on the athlete panel at the #cyclingbc coach conference over the weekend. Thank you to @cyclingbc for the event, as well as the other panel members and speakers for making the event as enjoyable as it was.
Today was the @cyclingbc Athletes Conference and it was pretty amazing...and even I was learning lots. We covered sponsorship with @power2max_na , goal setting with Richard Wooles, anti-doping with Tara Mowat, recovery tips from Jenn Turner and mental training with Dave Freeze. Then I had the pleasure of capturing these smiles.
Team time trial workouts in the pouring rain. Cold hands, wet feet, and I got a flat on the first effort. And yet, still smiling at the end of the ride. Thanks for a great workout, team! #gscycling#rule9
Doesn’t get much better than today! 😁🌞☀️🚴🏽♂️Clear skies and sunny for a 2 hour easy ride! Happy weekend everyone! 🙌🏻🙌🏻
By the end of the day we will have booked approximately 700 students for #cyclingbc iride Okanagan for 2018. Another 500 requested! Wow....here we come 1500 #kidsonbikes in our area
First ride with the #GoPro in my pocket. Get ready for the a lot more #bikeselfie action as I get used to using it, and start buying various mounts. This was a test to see if I could get the Lion’s Gate Bridge into frame. It worked. #fromwhereiride
It’s been a very busy couple of weeks, with very little time for riding outside, or for much of anything outside of work. I’m happy to be busy, but it helps to reflect back on great gravel rides like this one. #gravelgrinder 📷: @djgillam
Can’t ride outside today, so it’s another day on the trainer. The question is, which socks should I wear? When my soigneuse organized my riding kit into baskets, she thought there would be more socks. But there’s a perfectly reasonable amount. #sockdoping#socksofinstagram
As winter bikes go, I could do a lot worse. The new year begins with me getting destroyed by my teammates in our first training rides of the year, so about the only thing that’s different is this terrific bike. She looks a bit funny with 25mm tires, but rides just great. #ridelife#tcxadvancedpro2
Naturally, after I posted a pic of my living room, I got a bunch of questions about... my trainer setup. It’s low cost and high tech, and worth taking a look at in detail. First, yes I put my race bike on the trainer. I’m using an old tire and old skewer, but nothing different otherwise.
That’s an old @cycleops flywheel trainer, that I stole from my dad. Those can be had for as little as $100 these days. Aside from that, I have the @4iiiicom PRECISION powermeter, a Garmin HRM, and a @suunto Ant+ dongle in my MacBook Air, with an HDMI cable to the 55” display. The sum total of those parts gives me an accurate power readout in #Zwift that I can use to follow prescribed workouts, or even race if I’m so inclined. Sometimes, on descents I even get vertigo.
That’s a cell phone holder on the handlebar, for tunes to drown out the trainer noise, which drowns out the Zwift sounds.
The towels (I also keep one on the bar in addition to the one on the rug) and fan are the most important hardware in the whole setup. #paincave#poweredby4iiii
Here’s another #topnine - from our club @glotmansimpsoncycling. #Cyclocross pics feature prominently, in large part due to the top notch curation and creativity of @chriswillbeerbike, the wizard behind the curtain of our Instagram feed over Fall and Winter. Fittingly, even all of my aggressive hashtagging couldn’t get me featured in this collage, but I can be seen: where I belong, in the distant background of a pic of @bunjiford, who I expect will continue to finish ahead of me for years to come.
Huge thanks to all of my teammates and club members for a fantastic year, and already a hot start to 2018. #gscycling#mudsweatandsprinkles