Saturday, November 03, 2012

First November...

... group ride!

It is almost mtb weather, and from the notes on FB it looks like Canmore might have been a mtb ride option today.

Ended up with a group of 4. Erik, Cesar and Ryan. Regular meeting spot and after a quick coffee we decided on a Cochrane loop, and if we didn't lazy too long at Cadence we would be able to ride some trails while they are still frozen. Foggy and moist in the air, started off with around -2 degrees. Still figuring out the dress code for winter riding. Way to much cloths on, and didn't even make it to the reservoir before I had to remove a layer and open up a couple others.
We rode the north side of the river, first time this year. Skipped most of the rail road by staying high on some fun single track through the gravel pits. The snow had a crust on it that made it feel very heavy to pedal through. Eventually we hit the rail road service road and it was "highway" condition before a little heavy snow plowing to the start of the bike path. A little sketchy through the valley on the bike path, but fun. Got to see a couple of foxes or coyotes and a three deer crossing the river, looked a little cold. Great hard climb coming up to Cochrane golf course and then in to town for a quick lunch and coffee.
On the way home we did a short single track out of town and some back roads back to Calgary. We had a little bit of last fun down Tuscany single track, struggled a few minutes to find our way through the construction zone, so a spot to remember for our next ride through Tuscany.

Great first ride of the weekend.

More adventures tomorrow.

Last week it was sticky snow, this week crust on top made for heavy pedaling

If you look closely you see the deer...

Erik and Cesar at the top of the climb, not much of a view in the fog

Erik and Cesar at the top of the climb, not much of a view in the fog
Happy Riding!

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