WE HAD 34 RIDERS OUT THIS MORNING TEARING UP THE BRIDLE PATH AND BY TEARING UP I MEAN THE PAVEMENT WAS BUCKLING UNDER THE SPEED - I HAVE TO SAY THAT THIS MORNING'S BP LOOPS WERE THE FASTEST WE HAVE EVER LAID DOWN - IT WAS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO INTENSE UP FRONT - MY LUNGS ARE STILL ON FIRE AND I HAVE BEEN OFF THE BIKE FOR OVER 4 HRS - IT WAS JUST TOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH FUN
The Morning Glory Cycling Club is for new riders who are getting into the sport and seasoned riders who have racing experience.
The Morning Glory Cycling Club is for new riders who are getting into the sport and seasoned riders who have racing experience. by MG Ride Toronto on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 12:00pm The one thing about the MG that many people have commented on is that due to the 'destination' routes we ride, it does not matter whether you are a bike racer or new to the sport, we have a spot for you. If you have a little trouble hanging on to the main group as we roll out to Brimley or to the Bridle Path, do not worry, as our rides are built for riders to lose a wheel but be able to catch back on. Since we spend about 50 mins every Tues and Thurs on the Brimley Hill or around the Bridle Path, it doesn't really matter if you arrive at either destination in the front group or off of the back group - when you get there you start your repeats and you will soon find yourself in a group of riders whose abilities match yours. After the repeats are completed, the group as a whole does not head home until all riders are present and accounted for.
Is anyone else getting tired of this weather???? COME ON NOW – it’s a good thing we have soooooooooooooooooooo much fun in our AM gatherings.
We are a GO for a spin tomorrow morning.
1’C, clear, dry, and very crisp is the call.
540AM at our Loblaws.
ALSO CHECK OUT MGRIDETORONTO ON FACEBOOK.
These two spots are a place to go for all things cycling. Check out the Blog, the weekly Yellow Jersey Winner (could be you), twitter, YouTube, and every other posting you can think of. This website, along with our Facebook fan page, will be used to promote our cycling community, share ideas, thoughts, and everybody’s passion for this two wheeled adventure.
If you have any questions or comments on all of this, please let me know.
See you in the morning.
This past Sunday a number of MG riders took part in Paris Ancaster and it was one of the most epic days I've ever had on a bike!!
While the race was held on a Sunday the conditions were actually influenced by the weather on the Saturday leading up to it. It poured rain all day Saturday which of course created a muddy mess for race day, The drive to Paris on Sunday morning looked promising with cool temps, a strong wind but clear skies.
By the time we arrived at the start line the corral for wave 1 was already filling up and a number of us made the decision to skip the warm up and head straight for the start corral - BIG MISTAKE!!
After waiting for 20 minutes the gun finally went off and wave 1 was underway. The pace right from the gun was full throttle, leaving my cold legs to scream for oxygen as the lactic acid flooded to my quads, 100's of riders fight for position in an attempt to make it to the front groups, its an amazing adrenaline rush as the race heats up. At the 20 km mark the course leads you to a steep mud hill that forces most riders off their mounts. The run up the hill is pure torture, your legs feel like lead and trying to keep your heart rate in control is impossible - once you get your body under control you've then got another 40 km's
The course takes you over every possible terrain, single track, rail bed, paved highways, farmers fields, even mud slides and after 60 kilometers of grueling wind, sleet, rain and snow you arrive in Ancaster completely wasted but feeling so good for having ridden as hard as you possibly can. personally I learned a lot about racing in this race, you've gotta fight for the front, you've got to be ready to go from the gun, there's no settling into a tempo like you do on a group ride, you've got to be aggressive and move up instead of moving back, as soon as you move back you get dropped, I also learned that you can't count on others to pull you along, they would rather ride you off their wheel!!! I also learned that I have a lot more to learn about bike racing!!!!
For me racing isn't so much about winning - I'm no where near the front, for me racing has more to do with challenging myself and never giving up (although believe me there were many times when I wanted to turn around, pack it in and get myself warmed up!!) its about digging as deep as I can for as long as I can and seeing what happens when I do.
it was awesome to see so many MG riders out there, we had some amazing results, some tough luck and yet all of us made it to the finish line with a huge smile on our faces. I'm proud of all you guys!! This is what cycling is all about - its about pushing yourself, digging as deep as you can and making it to the finish line!!!!
Special mentions go to Shannon, Tim, Derrek, Kevin, Graham, Corey, Dave, David, Edmond, Kim, Scott, Mark, Fraser, Robin, Marie and I'm sure I'm missing others on an amazing race, you all represented MGridetoronto very very well - proud of all of you for your results!!!
We are looking clear and cool for some Brimley suffering tomorrow.
540am at our Loblaws.
CONGRATULATIONS to MG riders Shannon Hunt and Tim Marshall for their top 50 placing in yesterday's Paris Ancaster bike race. That is very very fast boyz.
Congrats also to all the other MG P2A finishers / that was just a lot of pain.
As always, please use www.mgridetoronto.com as your first stop for everything cycling / if you have a few thoughts on the site or cycling in general you can post them in the sites blog.
See you tomorrow morning.
Now that we have the site live and are starting to see people following us I thought I would give a big shout out to one of the most friendly and happy cyclists in our early morning peloton.
Angus Warner joined our group last year when he was riding solo heading north on Bayview at around 5:30 am. Angus happened to cross paths with Fraser on his way to our meeting spot and in true Chapman style Angus suddenly found himself invited to ride with the group. I don't know if Angus knew what he was getting himself into but this guy has stuck to it and is now a true regular on our MG rides.
I think this story says a lot about the group of people who we ride with, we really are a community, we are welcoming to everyone who wants to get up early in the am and get their ride in early in the day. Not only that but riding in a group like this is really really effective. Like many of us Angus has gained so much strength and we've all noticed how much stronger he is getting. So much so that Angus finds himself amongst this years Yellow Jersey winners, he's riding like a superstar and its only April.
Great work Angus!!, can't wait to see you on your new BMC SLX-01, its going to be FAST!!!!
So to everyone who's thinking of joining our group, do it, don't wait till next week or till it gets warm out come and ride with us and watch yourself get stronger with every kilometer you're on the bike!!!
See you on the road - tomorrow 5:40 am, Bridal Path Burner!!!
WELCOME TO OUR MORNING GLORY WEBSITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THIS WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE TIME, EFFORT, DUE DILLIGENCE, AND PERSISTENCE OF CHRIS FERRON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
FERRON BUILT THIS SITE HIMSELF - BEFORE HE LAUNCHED ON THIS ENDEAVOR HIS WEB BUILDING EXPERIENCE WAS ZERO, NADA, NOTHING. HE EDUCATED HIMSELF ON THE JOB.
FERRON - THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR HARD WORK.
SO LET'S MAKE THIS WEBSITE SOMETHING SPECIAL - THE MORE TRAFFIC, THE MORE BLOG POSTINGS, THE MORE PICS AND VIDS UPLOADED, THE BETTER IT WILL GET.
COME TO THE SITE OFTEN, HELL, CHECK IT OUT EVERYDAY - THIS WILL BE A PLACE FOR ALL THINGS CYCLING RELATED, ALONG WITH OUR FACEBOOK FAN PAGE AND YOUTUBE VIDEOS.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS, PLEASE LET US KNOW.
Great ride this am - 12 guys out for a rare Friday MG Ride
Because we are in April we did 4 Brimley repeats and believe me it doesn't get any easier as you add those repeats.
Great to see people out
Have a great weekend