Eden East Ride update

Saturday August 29 is the first Eden East Road Ride leaving La Broquriere at 8 am.  A few of the MIT riders are planning on riding from Steinbach leaving at 7 am from the tower gathering spot.

The 8 am ride for others is still on for those that want to ride that ride.  Either way it looks to be a great day to ride a bike.

Enjoy the ride.

Another Bike Ride for the South East

Another bike ride is announced for Southeastern Manitoba.  This ride is for ROC which stands for Recreation Opportunities for Children.  They started a number of years ago with the main focus to get kids involved with sport/recreation that can not do so for financial reasons.

The ride is a supported ride with stops at various locations.  Cost to the riders is whatever $$’s you are willing to donate.  The 100 km ride leaves from Source for Sports in Steinbach at 7 am travelling down hwy 12 south, touring communities of Sarto, Grunthal, Kleefeld, Randolph, Blumenort, Giroux, La Broquerie then ending up back in Steinbach.

ROC 2015

Eden’s East Side Road Ride

The first ever Eden’s East Side Road Ride is scheduled for Saturday August 29th, 2015.   Eden’s East Side Road Ride is a fund-raiser to support mental health recovery programs for individuals living in our Southern Health region.  By registering for this first ever event and raising funds, you’re making a profound difference in the lives of many individuals living with a mental health challenge.  One in four Manitobans will be directly affected by a serious mental health concern in their lifetime.  The pledges raised from the bike ride will go to support Eden’s mental health recovery programs. Click HERE to go to Eden Health Care Services website.  These programs include supported housing and employment programs for individuals dealing with significant mental health issues.  Subsidized counselling services through Recovery of Hope help individuals and families on lower incomes access needed support.  The good news is that with the right supports and services, individuals can recover from mental illness.  Your participation in this cycling fundraiser can help us maintain this valuable service, restoring hope and healing in people’s lives.

Click HERE to go directly to the on-line registration page to join us for an 80 km group ride along the gently rolling paved highway #210.  You can join as an individual or create a team together with co-workers or friends and get a “buzz” going about what you’re doing.  You can down-load a Cyclist’s Manual HERE which will give you lots of information about the event, how you can participate, how to prepare for the ride and some very helpful fund-raising tips.  When you register on-line you will also have an on-line fund-raising vehicle available for you to use.

Eden’s East Side Road Ride starts at the La Broquerie Hotel and heads east and south past fertile farm land.  Within a few kilometers the road has a gentle rise and fall which leads the cyclists into the wooded area that has the Sandilands Provincial Park at its heart.  Not far down the road is The Ranger Station camping spot inside the Sandilands Provincial Park where you’ll have an opportunity to stop and use bathroom facilities.  At this location, you’ll be resupplied with water and snacks for the stretch to the turn-around point at Woodridge.

Once you’ve reached the turn-around in Woodridge you’ve ridden about forty kilometers and the total climb has been about 100 meters.  If you’ve maintained a nice leisurely pace of about 20 kph, you’ll have been rolling for a little over two hours.  You’re on your way back and knowing that you climbed 100 meters, it’s pretty much down-hill back to La Broquerie.

Our event ends at Gospel Chapel in La Broquerie, where we’ll have a BBQ going and we’ll end off with a few awards and a silent auction so bring along a few extra bucks. Funds raised as a result of this event will be used to support those services and programs that are part of the community’s dream in achieving hope and healing.  The most needed areas are for financial support for counselling services as expressed through Recovery of Hope and for employment services as provided through Segue Career Options program.  The big dream this year, is to build up a financial resource to purchase a parcel of land to build a new supportive housing apartment building in Steinbach using Penfeld Court and Concordia Village IV as models for this new building.  It’s a need that has been identified by concerned and engaged citizens of Steinbach and Eden has been invited to partner in this project.

I have registered the Mennonites in Tights as a team.   Look forward to riding with you or the donations you’ll provide for me to ride.


Alumni Update

Today is one of those perfect June days when you feel like there’s no where else in world you’d rather be. I started my morning off with a walk to the corner of Guelph & Grosvenor to cheer the MB Marathoner’s, soon it’s off to Luke’s place (son) for a Father’s Day brunch. This day does bring to mind memories of many great rides with you folks at MIT. Following is a little news from one alumni desk.

My season is off to a sluggish start to say the least. Motivation is low and the hunt for the right club to ride with continues. Last year I rode with FOG and the Tuesday-Thursday Ride Group. I was mostly out of my league and got tired of being dropped. This year I signed up with the WCC. They are great folks but now I might be at the other end of scale. So far rides have been a bit sedate for me and they seem to prefer a late start on Saturdays. Recently the Tuesday-Thursday Ride Group started a “b” group so I’ve gone out a couple times to see how that is. I will have to get more serious about my training pretty soon. I’ve got a corporate sponsor for two more years ($50,000) for my MCC fundraising ride. So by August 21st I have to be ready to go! On July 4th I plan to do the MCC Clear Lake ride as well, but I can usually suffer through that one without training.

Feeling guilty and lazy for my slow training this year, I took some shadenfreude from Jim’s relatively low KM’s (still about 5x what mine are) so far this season. Then I checked in with him and he quickly pointed out his new passion for hard core MTB rides in the Salmon Arm area. So, no company for my misery there, Jimmy Legs rocks on.

However, Jac has dissappeared from Bike Journal so perhaps he has joined me in the ranks of cruising for coffee and ice cream with the spouse? The bike seat of my new Electra Townie is about as wide as my expanding girth and the long wheelbase/low profile let’s me chat with Noreen as we noodle around. We’re casually exploring the bike paths around Winnipeg. Last weekend it was Dalnavert House in Wolsely, followed by Ralph Connor House in East Gate, finished off with gelato on Corydon. If anyone wants a pleasant and casual (i.e no spandex, riding bike paths @ 15-18kph) Sunday morning ride, give us a call! Sweating optional, drinking coffee is not. We can pick-up several fun routes right from our house.