Bike tours should still be done with a bit of speed

@Michael Basham - Cyclist on the bike paths in Ontario

@Michael Basham- Great roads, great sun…

“This is my daily bike, slightly adjusted for touring. The slow stuff. The tires are super-endurance versions that do me well, but makes the bike a bit slower. But I love the high seat and low handlebars. I brought this set up design over from the road bikes so I would have a faster, more competitive ride, even when touring. In my mind, I might be setting the bike up for a tour, but it can be a fast tour. I suppose it is the speed mindset instilled from bygone racing days.” Continue reading

The ancient mantra: Spin your gears, spin your gears

@Barry Sandland/TIMB- Joe Planchat cycling coach St. John's, Newfoundland

@Barry Sandland/TIMB – Joe Planchat, my old cycling coach and the man who, over anyone else, probably determined my cycling style

This is my cycling coach when I was racing – too long ago. Every week, he would tell us, his voice stern, ¬†serious and ernest, “You have to spin your gears. Always spin your gears”. Forty years later, I can still hear him preaching that simple message.

“And was I right?”

Yes, he was. Continue reading

If you want to climb hills better, then climb a lot of hills

@Barry Sandland/TIMB - To triathlete cyclists in Newfoundland

@Barry Sandland/TIMB – Early season miles start later in Newfoundland

“This hill here is a good four kilometres. But it is part of our regular training rides, so we know where the steep parts are and where we can rest.¬†A few times we been to the top and then came back down and did it again. We live at the top of the hill so we have to go this way. No choice.” Continue reading

This would be cross-training in Newfoundland

@Barry Sandland/TIMB - Cyclist on the road in Newfoundland

@Barry Sandland/TIMB – Changing from sport to sport as the weather moves along

“I was canoeing this morning. Then it looked calm so I came out for a ride. We all know the hardest part of riding here is the weather. When there is rain, drizzle or fog, no one wants to ride in that. When I am done with the bike ride, I will get out on my motorbike. I love being in the outdoors.” Continue reading