Friday, May 31, 2019

Dusty Notes


Despite the air quality problems in Edmonton yesterday, the plan is to proceed with the Smoky 100, er, I mean the Dusty 100, rides on Sunday as originally scheduled. If the conditions deteriorate again in the next few days, we'll post an update here and on facebook. But, generally, we'll leave it up to individuals to decide what to do.

For those who haven't been to the Dusty 100 before, the meeting/starting point is the small parking lot beside the monument with three flags, about one km east of the Metis Crossing campground. There's plenty of parking by the flags, a picnic table, and a rustic outhouse but no water, so bring your own. 

The 100 k route starts at 9 am. The 50 k one at 11 am. Old fashioned paper cue sheets will be available at the start of both rides. Just ask the guy with the bugle.

The map from last year's 100 k route is here on Ride with GPS. There are two small changes this year, meant to avoid some seriously crappy road conditions. These changes are not reflected on this Ride with GPS version but they are highlighted on the cue sheet. 

The 50 k route can be viewed here. Remember, there are no services at all on the 50 k route. Bring enough water and food to get you through.

At the end, feel free to hang around the picnic table while the rest of the riders finish. We'll have a few prizes to hand out.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Advice from the Modern Cyclist, 1923 (A Hundred in a Day)

"Any cyclist, man or woman, who is good enough in physique and health to ride 50 or 60 miles on a Saturday or Sunday holiday, can double it in the course of a long summer day without undue fatigue and without special preparation, supposing that he is decently mounted and does not encounter a strong head wind all the day.

Do not go much more than 20 miles or two hours without food, but do not be always eating. Carry raisins or chocolate or even biscuits in your pockets, or in a little bag where you can reach them without dismounting. Chew these things very thoroughly and keep them in the mouth till they disappear. Apples and oranges are better than any drinks. Drink as little as possible, and never take alcoholic liquors on a long ride.

Do not wear anything that is tight, especially at neck, wrists, or knees. The best way to rest is to lie full length."

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Pit Stops: Golden Spike Hall

Golden Spike Hall, west of Edmonton, is typical of rural community halls in Alberta. It’s a utilitarian structure in the middle of nowhere on a large piece of land with a few outdoor amenities, including a derelict baseball field. Such halls are, in theory, places for country folks to gather and celebrate special occasions, though, in my experience, they almost always look sadly abandoned, like no one has had fun, or even gotten drunk, there in decades.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Dusty V Details

The fifth edition of the Dusty 100 Gravel Challenge--Alberta's bugliest gravel event--rolls out one month from today.

Come join us for a day of classic Alberta gravel riding that includes a stretch along the scenic Victoria Trail, exquisite gas-station cuisine, and copious amounts of dust. 

No registration fee. All are welcome: gravel lovers, the gravel-curious, and anyone up for a dusty adventure.

This year we have two options:

The Classic Dusty 100-km Route. Bugle call at 9 am. 

And the Li'l Dusty Half Hundred. Bugle call at 11 am.

These are the tentative routes, to be confirmed a week ahead of time, after the Dusty crew recons the situation on the local roads.

Park at the small lot beside the flag poles, one-kilometre east of Metis Crossing. There's a rustic toilet there, the kind that will do the trick but isn't a place you'd want to linger. But there's no water; bring yer own. 

A few things to know:

This is not a race (though times will be recorded, for those who care); no real prizes will be awarded, though we tend to give out a Surprise Bag to the Dustiest Rider. 


Riders will be given a GPX file and cue sheet--that's all.

There is a lovely Petro Can and a restaurant in Waskatenau at the midway point. That's the only supply point.

Almost any kind of bike will work (cyclo-cross, touring, mountain, fat) but tires 33 mm or wider are strongly recommended.