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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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Here we go again!

Last year I blogged about training for the 60 km Christie-Phoenix ride, up from the 45 km ride I had done for the previous three years. I upped my training regimen and challenged myself to get comfortable with the 60 km distance ahead of the August ride. As I wrote in my first blog on…

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Winter riding made easy: Tales from Oahu’s Tantalus climb

There I was in February just flying up a Hawaiian road that bisected a golf course off Sandy Beach. Okay guilty. I wasn’t flying up the hill because I was in winter shape. That means, I had no shape. If you have already, or want to, cycle on Oahu, then you will like this. My…

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When the Mountains Called for Me

There are hills that we are going to confront in this life. Long winding monsters with knives out that we see waiting from a great distance, others that seem to step out of the treeline and blindside us from out of nowhere, causing us to fight for each foot forward in slow motion. When I…

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What a Ride It Was!

Prelude – The Flat Tire One week before the Tour de Victoria I headed out on my last major training session with the intention of riding one section of the new 60 km route that I didn’t know — the second quarter that runs from Victoria General Hospital up to Elk Lake. I’d heard rumours…

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It’s a ride, not a race!

“It’s a ride, not a race”.  We took that approach this year and had a great day along with the rest of the Silver Wheels team, including many who took part in a pre-race photo-op: and warm-up ride on Friday: On ride day, though, the adrenalin was in evidence and everyone was pretty keen as…

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Why the Tour de Victoria really is a ride for everyone!

Lets just say procrastination might be human nature, but it is definitely my nature.  The intention to train a little or even to ride a little before the Tour de Victoria went out the window when lake season arrived. I pulled my bike out of the garage at 9:00 am on August 18. Two very…

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