As the end of the MTB season approaches, the rides tend to get longer, more challenging, but also more fun!! Everyone loves to ride their bikes in the cool fall weather through the beautiful leaves – the only difficulty is that the rain sometimes catches up with you!!
Crank the Shield happened this past weekend and Peter made the trip up north to challenge this last running of Ontario’s only 3 day MTB Stage Race. Peter won the first Crank the Shield in 2008 and so adding a win to his 2014 campaign and the honor of being the first and the last winner of CTS was on his mind.
The weather was wet and cold going into the weekend with Friday and Sunday turning into nice chilly but sunny fall days while Saturday had rain and cold temperatures that challenged all the participants to dress well for the conditions.
Peter’s weekend was made easier by the ‘Rock Star’ Service provided by the Trek Canada mechanics who were there helping out many of the Crank the Shield participants. Taylor led the washing part of the Trek Store service ‘assembly line’ and made sure he could site his spray with a custom Pressure Washer Scope Light.
The Bike of choice for the weekend was the SuperFly 100 which made short work of the rough Canadian Shield terrain but also locked out completly to allow Peter to gain time in his aero position on the long road segments.
A solid weekend up north. Thanks to The Trek Store of Toronto/Aurora/Barrie and Superfly Racing for the support over the weekend. Thanks to Apex Photography for the great shots of Pete’s “smile”….
Jon also put in some solid training miles while helping those in need. Joining the Ride for Karen after several years off due to scheduling conflicts, it turned out to be a perfect fall day of sunshine, no wind and great people.
The ride typically gather over 300 riders, and the new venue and route were a treat to ride. Kirk and Kris Tobias have been organizing the ride for over 12 years now, and have raised a total of $2M+ to send kids with cancer to camps in the Muskoka region. This years ride saw a collection of over $150,000, and twice that many smiles!!
A top quality ride that draws a variety of riders on the 25, 100 or 160km routes with Marshalled groups, great lunch, loud cheers and good friends. The Trek Store has been a long supporter of Kirk, Kris and the RFK and believe strongly in their efforts and passion. Thanks to all those who joined the ride, and those that offered their financial support along the way.
The weekend following the RFK belonged to the Ontario Provincial Championships at Horseshoe Valley Ski Resort. A tough, hilly and demanding course would once again challenge riders to perform their best. Jon was the only one able to attend the event since Peter was recovering from CTS, Mitch was back at school in San Francisco, Karlee was just returning to the bike after her recovery, and Soren had her wisdom teeth out the day before!!!
A rainy and cool weekend greeted the races, with pre-riding needing to happen early in the day due to the heavy rain that fell all afternoon and evening. Race morning brought even more rain for the early races, but slightly drier trails in the afternoon that changed the course from “splashy” mud to “peanut butter” mud.
Jon was still on the mend from his “Welcome back to school” cold, and struggled technically due to his time off the bike. After a collection of crashes in the first lap, he got himself together and tried to stay on the bike for the remainder of the race.
After a difficult day on the bike, Jon was still able to come away with the Provincial Championship, and in doing so also secured himself the Ontario Cup Series win. Not all days on the bike are full of sunshine, but sometimes you just have to put your head down and do what you can.
As we look ahead, the racing doesn’t slow down – it just changes bikes!! Mountain bikes will still be ridden, but the focus for Jon and Peter will shift to cyclocross, and the fast, muddy, suffering life that it bring.
We wouldn’t do it if we didn’t love it though!!!