A Weekend Cycling in Sooke

A Weekend Cycling in Sooke By Joe Wiebe The first time I rode my bicycle all the way to Sooke was back in the early 1990s when I was in my 20s. A couple of friends suggested we ride out there and back in a day. I was just a casual cyclist then, but youthful…

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Biking to Two Breweries in Delta

Back in November 2019, I stopped at Four Winds Brewing in Delta on my way to give a guest lecture at KPU’s Brewing School. While I was chatting with Brent Mills, Four Winds’ brewmaster, in the tasting room, I asked him what he knew about Barnside Brewing, which I’d heard was going to open nearby.…

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August Already?!?

Wow, I can’t believe it is August already! That means the Tour de Victoria is almost here. Of course, I am very excited about doing the ride, but at the same time the summer seems to be just flying by — and I am not sure if I have been training enough since I am…

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T minus 30 days

I have had quite a brutal month of training and I have almost entered a state of despondency a couple of times. Working towards a goal like completing a big ride offers a lot of challenges along the way, both physically and mentally. Learning to overcome some of the mental challenges is an important part…

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Carving Out Time for Training

Last month I blogged about my plan to make the jump from the Tour de Victoria’s 60 km Christie-Phoenix ride to the Trek 100 km Ride this August. Making the leap from 45 km to 60 km last year was challenging, but by keeping my fitness levels up by riding through the winter, playing basketball…

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Off the back, a first experience group ride

After a few years procrastinating I finally made it out for my first organized group ride and, as I was hoping, it was the motivation I needed to get my ass in gear for this year’s 2019 Tour de Victoria. Actually, it was a kick in the teeth. I love the Tour de Victoria. It…

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Fear is an Illusion

Mike Alexander finishing the 2018 Tour de Victoria

It’s quite probable that I will never forget the day that I sat in my nurse-practitioners office as she told me the bad news. Type 2 Diabetes. Everyones’ suspicions had been confirmed. Since arriving in Victoria, I had promised myself that I would take my health more seriously and with each test completed, I was…

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Building a Team for the 2019 Tour de Victoria

Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour De Victoria 2018 was a blast! Would I do it again? Absolutely! Only next time I’ll train on the road a bit more.  Fast forward ten months: my road bike is back in the garage, blocked in by other sports equipment, tools, and unnecessary junk that should have been thrown out long…

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