When it comes to training for this kind of thing my friend, JD, is the go to fellow. I mean, anyone who competes at the Tour Divide can certainly show me a thing or two about singletrack and handling on soft ground.
After climbing the Niagara Escarpment we headed west across the DOFASCO Trail. It's a pleasant ride with crushed limestone double-track all the way. After a pause at the Punchbowl Market we headed back down the escarpment. One would think going downhill on a bicycle is the fun part, but it was also the most difficult part. In fact I got stuck going way fast between a runnell and soft gravel and it took me down.
|White coffee & a Cliff Bar. Now that's a winning combination!|
The picture above looks posed but nope, that's right where I lay until I got my wits about me.
From there we turned west and went across the base of the escarpment, and then back up. I was pleased with my climbing but I am certain I need more gear options for the Roubaix. I'll have to see what Pinkbike has to offer.
In the end we covered just over 40km. Not a long distance if you ask me, just don't ask my body because it thinks it went much further than that!