Come Join us!
This is a great ride that the Major Taylor Detroit Metro 313 Cyclones have been doing for some time. The route takes us through some of the historic cities that were originally part of the northern portion of the Underground Railroad, including Amherstburg, Colchester and Leamington ON. Proceeds benefit our youth racing program and initiatives to promote cycling.
Follow the link below to register online.
Registration: Early bird registration $25 until June 30, 2019. July 1 – 27 2019 registration is $30 usd.
Ride distances: 30/60/100 Miles. *New Routes for 2019
Meetup will be from Mic-Mac Park (1125 Prince Road) in Windsor ON .
*Note you will need a passport or enhanced Michigan drivers license to cross the US/Canadian border. We recommend using the Ambassador Bridge crossing, make sure you have cash to pay the toll both ways.
*This is a group led ride, SAG supported.
*Be sure to bring an extra inner tube, water bottles, sunscreen if needed.
The Cyclones had another perfect day Sunday for our activities. First our group did an “easy” 60 mile morning ride from Windsor to Colcheter, Ontario. We were so anxious to get rolling that we forgot the pre ride photo, but Ati, Dwight, Gerald, Greg, Ken, and Marq were able to make it out. After the ride Greg, Ken and I headed over to “Little Italy” in Windsor for the Tour di via Italia bike races. We were able to find a nice table in the shade right next to the track where we had a delicious italian lunch. Myrna, was also able to join us. These racers were rolling by so fast (30 mph!) they literally created a breeze each time they passed. Great day, great ride, great friends! – Photos by Steven Moore
While riding today I witnessed an unfortunate accident where a rider ahead of me crashed into an opening door of a parked car. I had observed her riding particularly close to a line of parked cars when before I could even think about it, the inevitable happened. A car door swung open and the cyclist had nowhere to go. Luckily she was okay, suffering only a skinned elbow and knee, broken glasses and a damaged fork, but I have seen this before and the riders were not as lucky.
Assume that every parked car has an occupant(s) that is preparing to exit their vehicle. In their defense they are not expecting a cyclist skimming by their side mirror either. And it just isn’t the driver’s door. Passenger doors are just as likely to fling open. Also keep in mind that the doors of today’s large trucks, SUVs and minivans can be nearly 4 feet wide (almost half of the width of a traffic lane).
So, as in the picture, position yourself well into the lane of moving traffic, even if that means that vehicular traffic behind you has to slow or change lanes to pass you.
Ride Safe. Be Safe
The Metro 313 Cyclones put in some work today, logging 58 miles in preparation for the upcoming Metro Grand Spring Tour next week. This, in spite of the difficult conditions. Great work guys!!!
Thanks to everyone who came out for our No Excuses Ride with the Metro 313 Cyclones. We had a great turnout for our ride along Hines Drive, from Dearborn Heights to Northville. Sharon and John came out a bit later and joined us. Great weather and sunshine, but it appears we had a headwind both ways, go figure. We were still able to generate a quick pace, including an impromptu sprint up Cass Benton Hill. If you didn’t make it out this time, we forgive you, but next week, No Excuses! Thanks to Shawn Bryant for the photos.
The Cyclones had an indoor training session at the Detroit Endurance Lab this month. Landall Proctor is the owner and his sessions are both informative and strenuous. As they say, “numbers don’t lie”, and the Lab’s CompuTrainer system keeps a watchful eye on everyones cadence, speed and most importantly power output.
We had a great day to ride Kensington today, with unusually mild temperatures for late October. Riders included Myrna and her two sons, Ken Gardner, Ken Jackson, Gerald Walker, John Shorter, Shawn Bryant, Klaus Pochner and John Royal. Klaus’ reputation preceded him. He had ridden to Kensington from his house and rides Kensington during his lunch hour. John Royal also rode over. Shawn had already ridden 60 miles. I had never ridden Kensington, but I had heard that it and Island Lake had plenty of hills. Message to self: Give some thought to starting a hilly ride with someone who grew up in Germany with the Alps in his backyard (Klaus) or someone from Pennsylvania and Colorado (John), or someone with a steady diet of century rides (Shawn). Continue reading Metro 313 Cyclones ride Kensington