Thursday, December 5, 2013

The First Year with My Quest XS!

The First Year with My Quest XS!
Along the Frozen Red River
 December 01, 2012    I got to unpack a crate containing my new Quest XS. It had been a long wait. Now a year later I look back and think what a great ride I have been on. There have been a lot of fun km's ridden this first year. In fact it's the most distance I have ever done in one year.
 I have to say it's the best money I have ever spent. The year has been full of a lot of firsts for me. Thanks to the Quest, I have finished my first 400 km Brevet and my first 600 km Brevet. I have gone from being the old guy that finishes last to the guy that can finish an hour ahead of everyone else in a 200 km Brevet. My picture has appeared in 3 newspapers that I know about. I still get my picture taken every time I ride. I no longer look at the wind forecast, I just ride to work anyway. The list goes on and on.  It's been a great first year. The most important thing is I have had FUN...

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Crazy Winter FUN!!!

Crazy Winter FUN!!!
Well as a Canadian I am not the most crazy person around these parts. This year in the Quest I have dine some long rides. And it's been a real fun time for sure. My fitness level is better for all the extra km I have ridden this year. The snow is here but that won't stop the Quest. Bring on winter, I'm ready!
           With those words said, my fellow rider  said to me: "You should race that Quest this winter!"
            And I replied: "What race would take me?"
            Pete said: " The Actif Epica. "
            "It's a 135 km endurance event with no bike rules."
            "It takes place in February. I ran a Recumbent in it in 2012."
Well that sound great to me. No bike rules! Well I checked it out. Most of it runs on roads and bike trails, but some of doesn't. Part of it runs on a snowmobile trail. How did he run a recumbent? This is how!

Monster Recumbent of Pete Mc Adam.

 I checked out the rules on the website. Actif Epica 2013 site. and sure enough I could run the Quest in it if I was crazy. Well I'm not quite that crazy. The real crazy people are those who run the race instead of riding. I found a video on YouTube about the race and that made me think.
Here is a link to the Video: Actif Epica 2012. I could do it but not in a Quest. You need a bike that you could carry or drag though the deep snow but could be fast on the roads. Something that could handle the rough trails. So I got on the internet and this is what I bought myself for Christmas.
The Trike was built for me with some extra changes. Larger front wheels for the off road portions of the race.
Notice the two twist shifters for the 9 speed cassette and the triple up front. There is also a small shifter on the left bar for the extra 3 speeds in the SA hub. This setup would give you 81 possible ratios. Of course some would be duplicates. But this gives me some really low gearing to push the bigger rear tire I want to run for the race.
 Now you will also notice the rear wheel has a brake on it. Well in a race with no rules why can't I build some skis to put on the front wheels for when I have to run on snow. Of course with skis on the front I need a rear brake to stop. The bike is being shipped right now so it won't get here for at least a week. That gives me a couple of months to modify and test every thing. I have to also mount a rack to carry the skis and other stuff I need for the race. I will report as this crazy project goes on.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Snow, Snow Tires,and Winter shoes

This week the snow came to stay.  Monday was the start of my winter cycling. I say it was the start because it was the first day commuting on the studded snow tires. With the heavy tires I am slower and working harder. I also find the noise from the tires is very high now.  The good side is I am getting more exercise and the legs should get stronger.
            After reading about Adri's Crash , it reminded me of my crash last winter. I was lucky as the snow bank was softer than what Adri encountered..   Slow DOWN!          Never to repeat that, I am trying to drive slower.
 Even though Adri and I have an ocean between us, unknowing, we have both bought new winter cycling shoes to test this winter.. The shoes are Celius Artic GTX and today was the first ride for me with them. It was -14C this morning and I found the shoes warm with just one pair of this wool socks. I will have to adjust the bottom bracket as the shoes are thicker than my summer shoes. I also found the adjustment cord too long and it has to be tucked under the Velcro. The important thing is they are warm so far. I will post more on these shoes as the winter goes on. 
For a few months now I have been putting in some long hours at work. The Quest seems to only get ridden in the dark lately. There has not been much time for fun, just work. But now that winter is here the fun should begin. There may even be some racing for the Quest this winter. There will be some dog sled races too. Tonight I will hook up the Huskies and we get a dog sled run in. That’s another way for us to get some more winter FUN…

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Dogs, Polar Bears, Tundra Buggys and Snow

It's winter up north. In the north part of our province of Manitoba winter has arrived. Down south where I live there is no snow yet. Some friends just returned from a visit to the northern community of Churchill. To get to Churchill from where we live in Winnipeg, you either have to fly or spend a couple of days on a slow moving train. Churchill is Manitoba's only port and a lot of grain is shipped out of there. The season is short because of ice conditions.
             Being sled dog owners they had to check out the local sled dogs. 
Sled dogs in action.

 Polar bears congregate every year along the shores of the bay, waiting for the freeze up and to feed on ringed seals. The safest way to see these large bears is from a  Tundra Buggy . Our friends went on a tour and got to see these bears up close from a Tundra Buggy. The average Polar Bear is about 8 to 10 feet tall standing on it's hind legs. For that reason the Tunda Buggy  has very large tires and is built very tall. Most Tundra Buggies are 4, 6 or even 8 wheel drive. The latest Tundra Buggy was built is Winnipeg and shipped by train to Churchill. Check out the link for more Tundra Buggy information..

The bears in the pictures don't look very big or dangerous but they are. They are not something I would want to meet riding my Velomobile. Fortunately they don't migrate down south where we live. In the town of Churchill they have an alert system and armed conservation officers to handle any bears that might stray into town.  
           It's getting cooler out and in a weird way I am kind of looking forward to some winter fun in my Quest and with the dog sled.  It makes the winter go by faster if you are having FUN....

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Winter is Coming

Winter is coming!
We had some snow this morning on my commute into work. It melted as soon as it hit the road, but at -3C it looked white in the lights. Snow warning of 25 cm for an area north of our city for tomorrow. If stays to the north by the lakes all is good. If it changes direction, I will have to get the snow tires and the dog sled out of the shop attic.
. I have to say its too early for the snow to stay. The ground is not cold enough yet.
         With "Da Hood"  I can still commute to work is a pair of shorts and a cycling Jersey at -3C. The Durano tires are doing great so far with no flats yet. I have over 4000 km so far on this second set and they wearing better than the first set. I already have 4 new front tires and 2 new rear tires for next year in my shop. Now I wonder if they will last until Winter gets here...

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Freedom Trike

Maurice and his Freedom Trike

Freedom Trike.
This blog is about someone else today. This blog is about a recumbent Trike instead of a Velomobile.  Most of us reading this blog take our personal freedom for granted. When we want to do something, we just go out and do it. When we want to go somewhere we just get up and go. This is not the case for people in wheel chairs. They must have someone else take them places or travel by bus. This limits them as to what time they go or where they go.
        I met Maurice this summer on my way home, one nice sunny afternoon. He had his trike loaded with bags, lights and a bright flag. He explained he lives in the same area as I did and was on his way back from the Fort Whyte center. Up until this spring when he got his trike, he was wheel chair bound. Now he is building up his legs and going further and to places he could not go before. And going when he wants to go. But taking off his front fenders he can take his Trike right into his apartment. He stores it in his living room. He has been on two of the rides with the recumbent group that I have been on. Both times he traveled the furthest to get there. Maurice  has shot a couple of videos showing how he goes from wheelchair to his trike, and on to the great outdoors.
The second video is his trip to the store to buy food. He rides right into the store with his trike where the store gives him an electric scooter to shop with. This is all stuff we do without thinking. I have to admire him for his new independence. He is a great example to all of us.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Power of Social Media!

The Power of Social Media!
       Not much to blog about, and even less time to do it! Two events in social media to write about. The first was news on facebook about the police sending a bylaw amendment to city council. The amendment was to require groups of 10 of more cyclists to take out a parade permit. This was to allow cyclists to have parades as they were left out of past parades because of the wording of the old bylaw. This wording was worse as it would effect club or group rides as well as parades. The protest spread like wildfire over social media. By the next morning city council had taken to social media to say they were rejecting the amendment and sending it to review for proper wording. It was a quick victory for cyclists.
          The second was strange. I had several emails and facebook messages that the CBC radio was looking for me. It was mentioned on live radio and on their Facebook page. It almost reads like a UFO sighting.

CBC Radio Facebook page  
CBC Manitoba Information Radio
Bright yellow, looks like a bobsled, driver wears goggles, spotted on Winnipeg streets. Does anyone know what the story behind this vehicle is? Our traffic guy is enamoured...
I left a comment, so I will follow this up in my next blog.

Friday, August 30, 2013

I Finally Did It !!!!

I Finally Did It !!!!
When I got my Quest XS I was told it takes about 1000 miles to get your Velomobile legs. And I soon discovered I was using different muscles than I did on my recumbents. But I slowly got faster as time went on. Now I am so much faster than the other groups I ride with. I just go along to enjoy the company. It's when I ride by myself that I get to push myself.  Every day I do some Special High Intensity Training. (S.H.I.T.).  On one stretch of flat road I do it and my maximum speed get faster. My goal was to hit 60 kph on that   (S.H.I.T.).  This week I hit 67 kph. Now after hitting that speed my legs felt like butter the rest of the way home. The conditions were no wind and 32C. and no tour cap. I am now going to push for 70 kph but that might require more (S.H.I.T.) and the tour cap. Most people that see me think I have an electric motor because of the speed I am now going. They are quite surprised to find out I am the motor. My afternoon/evening route has lots of stops so the average speed is not as good as my morning commute. But Now I can say my commute is lots of FUN! 

        My Garmin link to my new personal record.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Relaxing 200 Km for FUN!

Relaxing 200 Km for FUN!
On Saturday our club had our last Brevet of the year. It's a 200 km and we typically have some new people come out and try it. This year that was the case. We also had some people who used to ride Brevets come out this year too. It was a large group this time. My plan was to stay with the group until we ate lunch and then go at my regular cruising speed  (40 to 45 kph) until I finished. I noticed  a small group of riders falling back after about 50 km. I turned around to check things out. It turned out some of them were just doing a 100 km ride and heading back. Two ladies were going on to do their first 200 km. They brought food with them and their plan was to ride steady, eat on the bikes and finish. At this point I decided to play tour guide and help them finish. Neither one had ridden more than a100 km ride this year. They couldn't draft off me of course so I just rode along side them to make sure they went the right way. They rode at a steady pace and we arrived at the lunch stop just as the group was heading out after their lunches. The ladies carried on determined to finish. The pace was easy but he temperature was hot. It was a strong wind from the south which was not good for some of the ride for these ladies. For me I was having trouble keeping my heart rate over 100 and staying awake. My Mp3 player quit so I had no Music either.
They carried on and I made sure they didn't get lost or miss any turns. We got into a rain shower before we finished but it felt good to them so they just kept on ridding. They finished and I turned in my slowest time ever. It was worth it to see how happy they were to complete their first Brevet.
Two happy finishers!

Next spring they will be back because they had FUN....

Monday, August 19, 2013

Century Ride

Please note I wrote this last week but have been working long shifts since and have had no time to post it.

I had one of THOSE days!
           Every year I ride the Muddy Waters Century Ride. It’s a charity fund raiser. And every year it turns into a 160 km race. In the past I would finish in the middle group and it’s fun.  This year I set might sights a little higher. I would finish first. I pre-rode part of the course. I did 99 km in 2 hours and 37minutes with a strong head wind. I’m sure I could do the 160 under 4.5 hours.
          For the ride I installed a second video camera facing backwards. That way I could get great shots of these racers as I passed them. I took out everything out of the Quest except a patch kit  pump and blanket. I did the 99 km using less than 2 liters of fluid so I took 4 liters so I would have to stop at the rest stops like the other riders. I also packed some food and gels.  I also changed the tires the week before to Durando’s on all 3 wheels instead of the Marathon racer on the back.  I was ready!
          The night before it rained all evening. The forecast  for the ride was  clear and sunny. Sunday morning came and I was up before the alarm could go off.  I showered, fed the Huskies, and ate a good breakfast.  Out the door I went to the shop to take out the Quest. I opened the door and it was foggy. Very foggy. No problem as I was early and I had planned to take it easy to ride the 28 km to the start.  Well I guess I don’t judge speed too well in the fog, because I made really good time. I only hit one red light the whole way there. By arriving there early the ladies doing the setup put me to work. I helped putout the donuts and coffee. For my help I was rewarded with the number one for the side of the Quest.
          For the start I went to the back of the line. I figured passing a couple hundred riders would make great video. I placed the new camera facing backwards and my old one facing forward. The fog was getting thick now. We started slowly traveling east and then north to get out of the city. I started slowly working my way to the front .  One of the racers in a club I ride with said to me, lets go! We cruised to the front and brought the pace up to 40 kph. After a while the pack behind me started to fall back a bit. At that point I picked up speed and started cruising about 45 KPH.. They disappeared in the fog behind me.. About 75 km. into the ride I hit a pothole and had a pinch flat. I pulled out my stuff and put the Quest on it’s side and fixed the tire. Now I’m not fast at fixing tires but I got back on the road and still no sign of the riders behind me. I felt cold after that stop but I picked up speed again. I went a few km and my right Quad started to cramp up. I had to stop and stretch it out. I got going again but I kept my speed around 40 KPH. I went a little ways and then my left calf muscle started to cramp. Again I pulled over to stretch it. This time I popped a magnesium pill and stretched it out..
          After that the best I could do was about 35 KPH or my legs started to cramp. The first group of fast guys passed me soon after. Last time I had cramps was over a year ago on a really hot day.  i was 300 km into a 400 km Brevet. This time I was cold and damp. I finished about 12 minutes behind the fast group at a time of 5 hours and 9 minutes. It was a painful finish as all my leg muscles seemed to take turns cramping up. At least to fog cleared up before the finish. Of course I feel disappointed in myself. This was the shortest ride I have done in while, and I am in good shape. If anyone has any insight about cramps please comment.
          After the finish I stuck around for more coffee and food .  I met up with some of the other recumbent people and we drew quite a crowd.
  I rode home at a real easy pace. Of all the group rides I have done this one was the shortest but it hurt the most.. What hurts the most today the day after the ride is my new camera did not record anything and the front camera was covered in moisture so you can’t see much in the fog. It was just one of those days where everything went wrong. But next year I will have more FUN…

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

My First 600 km Brevet.

I stopped in Holland, Manitoba.

I have been planning this ride for several years now. It has taken a while to get in shape for this ride, This was the first year with the Quest. It's been a great year. I have gone from the old guy who finishes last to the guy who can finish hours ahead of everyone. We started the year doing 200 km Brevets, then 300 km Brevets, then a 400 Brevet and finally the 600. All our routes so far have been South, North and East of the City of Winnipeg. This route was to the west. A little further west than I have traveled before by bike.

Here was the planned route :600 km Brevet route.

Because we were a small number and had a new member, we decided to stay together for the ride. We were 5 only. Three regular bikes, one recumbent and one Quest Velomobile. We were planning to do it in one non stop ride. There was to be 10 controls because of the way the route was planned. There was to be night driving. I have never driven all night before in the Quest. I follow Peter's Blog and he recently did a non stop 26 hour 600 km Brevet. Something to be Saluted. I knew we would not be so fast traveling in a group. I looked at the weather forecast.  High temperature of 20 C and a low of 10C, with no wind. It sounded too good to be true.
             I have prepared a list ahead of time and packed and prepared it. I was  ready for anything I thought. Six o'clock was our starting time. We met and left a couple of minutes late. Candy who was our lone female rider got there just in time.
On the Road at 6 am.
The conditions were great. It was about 12 C. and no traffic at this time on a Saturday morning.

First Control in Carmen
We arrived at our first control in at town called Carmen at 8:43 am. The distance was 77 km.

Happy Randonneurs!
Our group was happy and ready to go. We left Carmen and headed west on Highway # 3. Along the way I took this picture of this weather vane. It is a real car up there and it moves with the wind.
Weather Vane for wind direction!
The distance to the second control was 71 km but it was to have the most climbing sections as well as the highest elevation point of our Brevet. I am the first to admit I suck at climbing.  Well I got lots of practice and I got better at it that day. I followed at the back of our small group as no one could draft off the Quest XS. The first slope I had to grind up at a slow speed in the small chain ring and got left behind. After that I would look ahead and take a high speed run at the slopes. I still had to gear down to climb some of them but I wasn't getting left too far behind.  Some of the rolling stuff I could fly up and down the slopes.
                                    Wind Turbines on the high ridge.                                                        

As we approached the highest point of elevation I noticed the ridge was covered with wind turbines in all directions. Even with such a calm day they were all turning. I know this may be a common sight to my Dutch readers, but this was new to me. They are quite large when you get near them.

                                                    Wind turbines to my right....    

                                                 And more Wind Turbines to my left...

                                                             Control 2 Manitou 148 km
This was our lunch stop. We got there at 12:05. The service at the Burger Shack was slow but the burgers were great tasting. From there we headed west on the loop we had to do. First west on highway 253, and then north on highway 5 to our next control in Glenboro.

                                                     Control 3 Glenboro 247 km.
Glenboro was our supper stop and we ate well. Our stops were getting too long at this point and it was starting feel like a fun bike tour. We left Glenboro at 18:33 and headed east to our next control.

                                                                  Holland Manitoba.
On our way to the next control we passed though Holland Manitoba. I had to stop and take a couple of pictures so I could say I went to Holland this weekend! It was a fake wind mill.

                                                       Control 4 Rathwell     301 km
At this control everyone put on their lights for the night riding. Of course all I had to do was to flip a switch. At this point I didn't know if my lights would last the night, but I had two spares that I could attach to my helmet if the battery went dead in the Quest. With all the climbing I realized I had brought too much stuff and food. It was a good thing for someone else because I had a spare to loan them when their light went dead.
                                                                             Night riding!
I was surprised  this photo turned out at all because I shot it in the dark. The camera really made it look brighter.   Just after we left Rathwell my Garmin quit and I had to charge it up. I didn't restart it until we got to Mordon, so I lost 80km of slow night driving data.     Here is the link to the data from the first half from
 My Garmin     This portion of the night driving was part of a loop and we had to re-climb some of the slopes we had done earlier in the day. After a while I decided to hang back a long ways and watch the others tail lights. That way if they were climbing I could take a run at it and build up speed to get me up the slope easier. The group had to stop many times as people were getting sleepy and cold. I loaned my rain jacket and leg warmers to Candy as she was getting cold. It was a good thing I brought too much stuff. I was warm with just my shorts and jersey in the Quest. When we got to Manitou again we turned east this time and headed down hill. On this long stretch it would have been easy run at 55 kph for me and leave everyone far behind, but I stayed far behind. My MP3 player quit along here as it ran out of charge. I was feeling quite sleepy when we got to the coffee shop in Morden.
                                                            Control 5 Morden 383 km
After getting some food and coffee a bunch of drunk kids came in from the local bar. They were quite loud and funny to watch. Sam snapped this picture of us before I could wake up. That coffee tasted real good at that point. We left that control at 2:35 am. Just before Sunrise we decided to stop along the side of the road and sleep. Pete had a Bivy sack with him to crawl into and the others just laid down in the grass. I pulled out my cover for the Quest and covered the Quest. It was like a bug proof tent then and i slept well. After an hours sleep they woke me up and we continued on.

                                                              Control 6 Morris 456 km 
 After more coffee in a truck stop in Morris we left at 7:00am. We headed east and the south to St. Malo. More breaks along the road slowed us down. We left St. Malo and headed North and then east to  Control 8 (535km ) in Steinbach. Control 9 (561 km) was then west and north a bit. And back to Winnipeg to finish at 4:40 pm.
The weather and wind was perfect. We had no flats, and only 3 people had sore seats. But I don't have to tell you which 3.  I learned a lot. The Rice cake recipes tasted good and were easy to eat while riding. I brought too much stuff and will need to be lighter next 600 or 1200 I do. And the most important thing was we all had fun...

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Recovery Week

Recovery Week,
After a couple of weeks of long days of work  I got a recovery weekend. We took the Huskies and packed up the camper and went camping. July 1st is Canada Day. It falls on a Monday this year so we had a 3 day weekend of rest. No Quest, No bike riding , just rest.
Camping with the Huskies.

The picture caption says "Camping with the Huskies". The picture only shows two dogs. The smart female was inside lying under the air conditioner. It was about 30 Celsius when I took this picture. Being Canada Day we had our flag taped to the front of our 34 year old camper.  I can not remember such a quiet weekend for me. Lots of rest, good food and lots of dog walking.
           The rest did me some good. My average speed for my daily commutes is up and my legs feel stronger. The poor Quest sat at home in the shop all by itself. Actually it only spends time outside when I'm riding. At work it hides under cover in my locker area surrounded by buses.

Safely parked indoors at work.    
6 am in the Bus Garage.
The Camping weekend was good but coming home was not so good. Our 12 year old hot water tank sprang a leak while we were away. We came home to no hot water and some very wet carpet in our basement. It's a good thing we had the camper to shower in the next morning. My week involved putting in a new gas hot water  tank and lots of carpet cleaning.  It's just hard sometimes to balance rest, training and work. Not so much FUN to write about this week but the 600 km Brevet is coming up soon and I think I will be up to the challenge...

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Life and Work has been Busy

Our Provincial Bird - The Mosquito. 

Life and Work has been Busy.
I have not had much free time lately. I have been working two shifts at work filling in for my afternoon counterpart who is on holidays. On top of that we have had a lot of moisture lately. With the moisture comes the hatching of our provincial bird -  the Mosquito. Thankfully the carbon fiber body of my Quest gives me some protection from being bitten by these Mosquitoes.
               My FUN for the week was completing my 400 km Brevet. We were down to just five riders for this Brevet. Three DF’s, one recumbent and one Quest. One of the riders was our new guy. We stuck together for the entire ride and I found the pace very easy.  I made the extra effort to charge up the few hills we encountered. On this Brevet we crossed the US border and went to Roseau Minn.for lunch. We got to the border and showed our passports. The border agent checked the passports in their computer and sent us on our way. I was last in line when he told me to wait. He had an ear piece in his ear and someone was talking to him from inside the station. A moment later a female agent came out. She wanted to take a picture of the Quest for her Face Book page and ask a few questions about it. I had to speed up a bit to catch the group. Crossing back into Canada was just as good after lunch. We crossed back into Canada at a border stop called Piney. At this point I could have easily speed up to my normal cruising speed and have got home a couple hours sooner, but I stayed with the group. I think I enjoy the social aspect of doing the Brevet as well as the physical and mental challenge. I feel great when I say I did 400 km on a bike in just one day. 
           Even though we crossed from one country to another and back, Yellowmobile has me beat by crossing 3 states in one day. He even took some pictures, while I still have not bought a new charger for my camera. He also posted a great video as well. Take some time to check out his blog.
          I have to give the Quest the weekend off. We are packing up the motor home and dogs for a long weekend of camping.  The Quest will stay home safe in my man-cave (shop) while the other bikes will get used. Next week everything should be back to normal if I survive the Mosquitoes....

Friday, June 14, 2013

Going fast is FUN, But...

I am having too much fun with my Quest. Every day I get my photo taken by people I don't know. People I don't know stop to talk to me about my Quest. I even have women in cars follow me home to see and talk about my Quest. It's a good thing I'm not shy!
         Part of the fun is I can ride it more. It keeps me warm in the winter and I ride more. It keeps me dry in the rain and I ride more. It goes faster in the wind and I ride more. And because I ride more I am getting in better shape and going faster. I do not train like Robert-Jan writes about in his Blog. I would get faster if I did. No, I just commute to work and go on a couple of group rides each week. I do use a heart rate monitor with my Garmin 500. I keep my records on a program called "Cyclistats". It records rides and data, along with maintenance records and weight records. It allows me to see the data in graph form. When you see the average heart beats per km on a graph you see how you body is getting stronger.

As I get stronger My heart beat less for every km I go. Again this would be influenced by the wind but when you average it over a month it show the improvements.
          Also useful is your average speed showed on a graph. It show how your average speed increases as time goes on. The only problem is group rides are slower than my average commuting speeds so a graph might show lower than what I do normally. But it makes me see I am improving.
Now if you were to read Robert-Jan's Blog and read the comments you would read Wim Schermer's comment about training with a power meter. A power meter would be a better way to train and measure improvements, but it would cost more money. Having the only Quest around this part of Canada means I have no other Velomobiles to race against like Robert-Jan.  So I will just skip the training for now and just keep riding, commuting and having fun. 
           Next week my fun will include helping out at the Bike to Work day BBQ. Bike to Work Day is an organized event where we try to get more people to ride their bikes to work. We have people running "Pit Stops" around the city on the bike routes giving out free coffee and Muffins to cyclists. In the afternoon we have a large BBQ in the center of the city for an after work party. That is one day I take off work to help out and set up the BBQ.  And the next Day is Saturday and my 400 km Brevet. If survive all that FUN I will have something to write about next week...