Yesterday was the third annual Tour de Victoria, the brainchild of our local Giro d’Italia champion, Ryder Hesjedal. I’ve wanted to do this in previous years but didn’t for very good reasons, like an impending world championship race of my own, or just not being trained for the distance. This year, I hemmed and hawed all summer, leaning “against” as September passed and I spent far too much time travelling and far too little on my bike. So, I did the clever thing and asked people who were well-trained for the distance and very excited about the Tour whether I should do it. Well, duh. I entered the 140km event, which loops through Metchosin and around the Peninsula.
Our glorious summer ended with a cold stop on yesterday’s equinox. Really cold. It was showering lightly before the start of the
race ride and went downhill from there (“This is not a race, it is a mass-participation cycling event,” said the announcer. “Riiiiiight,” murmured the crowd of MAMILs.) Continue reading Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour de Victoria 2013