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St Malo Triathlon June 27th


Our friends at the St Malo Triathlon recently stopped by with some posters of their upcoming event, and we figured we’d post one here.

St. Malo is always a duathlon and triathlon highlight of the year at a great venue just an hour or so south of Winnipeg.  It provides top competition for seasoned vets and high performance athletes and it welcomes newbies.

Get plenty more info by going to their site, and then get your run, bike, and/or swim on!


Intro to Cycle Touring


Al Dixon, Olympia Cycle and Ski



On Thursday, May 14th I was asked to speak on the topic of cycle touring at one the evening clinics hosted by Olympia Cycle and Ski on Portage Ave in Winnipeg.  The topic of cycle touring is certainly a broad one so any attempt to discuss it in detail during a 45-60 minute session is definitely challenging, but certainly worth an attempt.  That being said, I did give it a try and the following report represents a summary of my discussion notes used during the course of that evening at Olympia.  Also, I’d like to thank all those who showed up to listen and if nothing else, hope you were entertained on what I recall was an evening of rather poor weather.

If you’ve ever thought about giving cycle touring a try in one of it’s many forms, I’d encourage you to do so and for any hardened and experienced cycle touring veterans who may be reading this, I hope you’re able to find just one new idea that provides you with renewed enthusiasm for your next adventure!  For the record, I have taken the liberty of writing up the essence of my cycle touring “lecture” in a somewhat story-like fashion so I hope that you the reader don’t mind this approach and you can take away from it what you find helpful or interesting!

For the rest of the article click here.

Grand Beach XC Race May 24th


The Olympia Cycling Club, along with Two Wheel Revolution is hosting this weekend’s mountain bike race at Grand Beach, one of our very favourite venues. 

For those who haven’t been there parts of the course are technical but not crazy technical (and those parts can be easily walked if they get too sketchy for you) while much of the rest is undulating Sandilands area single track, mostly sandy, dry, moderately hard packed dirt.  The climbs are brief but the terrain changes around every bend. 

All ages and skill levels welcome.  For more info, to register, and to purchase an MCA license if you haven’t yet you can go to the Race Bible and follow the appropriate links.