About jim

Semi retired, semi literate, a bit reclusive, but enjoy the company of the MIT cyclists-----> a great cross section of personalities, professions, ages, interests. We all share this strange obsession with the elegant, efficient, wonderful little machine called the bicycle.


Congratulations to Pat, Jon, Glen, Eddy, Hailey and all the other many volunteers and compertitors at the Mountain Bike races at the Sandilands on Sunday. I went out and watched my grandson race, and was very impressed with the extremely well-organized event and heard nothing but complements on the design of the course(s). Well done !!!! Here’s a link to Steinbachonline’s coverage of the event.

RJ, Your Writing Skills Are Ideal for This

Young Fitness Inc. on May 23, 2012 at 2:16 pm said:

Attention: Board of Directors, MIT


We are working on the 2012 “season opener” edition of the Amateur Sports News for Manitoba. This paper is provided in local communities free of charge, and is designed to give recognition and encouragement to athletes, coaches, parents, etc. It covers ALL amateur sports, including cycling, gymnastics, soccer, lacrosse, baseball, rowing, martial arts, swimming, golf, etc. You may have seen our papers in your local arenas and recreation centers.

It would be GREAT to include a write up on “Mennonites in Tights” for this issue! This is a wonderful opportunity to submit news and photos about activities, and to promote cycling and your club in particular. You can write about anything you wish.

Ideas for content include information about the history of your club, past or upcoming special events, rides and races, any programs you run, accomplishments and awards received, who can/how to join, and it’s also a great way to recruit volunteers and sponsors. Pictures are always welcome too! A picture can be worth a thousand words ….

There is NO COST to have an article published – just the time it takes to send it to us via email, Canada Post, or even by fax! As for the word-count, we have found the average to be about 600-700 words and 6 or 7 photos; however, there is no actual criteria on how long or short it must be – we just encourage you to write and submit whatever you are comfortable with.

It is best if your write up is in MSWord format or even directly in the body of an email. However, please DO NOT include photos and logos in a Word document, since photographs and logos must be high resolution (minimum of 300 dpi) and .jpg format. Upon publication, we would be happy to send you free copies of the paper featuring your article.

The FINAL deadline for news and photo submissions for this issue is June 3, 2012. The papers will be distributed in Steinbach and throughout Manitoba soon after June 29. If you have any questions at all, or would like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Laura Clarke
News and Pictures
Amateur Sports News/Minor Hockey News
Young Fitness Inc.
840, 10310 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5J 1Y8
Ph 780-413-9565 or 780-413-9581
Fx 780-413-3314
Email yfinews@telus.net

Provincial Time Trial Championships

Ian Hall from Olympia Cycling Club sent me the following e-mail which is self explanatory. One location I suggested was the #302, starting at LaBroquerie and heading toward Richer, then turn around at an appropriate place.. I decided to post this e-mail for any other ideas that you guys/girls might come up with.

Hi Jim,

The Olympia Cycling Club is organizing the Provincial Time Trail Championships on August 5th (August long weekend). We haven’t settled on a location yet… I wondered if you/your MIT colleagues might know of some suitable places in/around Steinbach?

We’re looking for:
– a smoothish, quiet stretch of road that is a loop or an out and back of about 12-18km (note: time of day has not been determined – this could be early in the morning, or it could be in the afternoon/after church)
– a start/finish location(s) that could accommodate parking for about 50 people and ideally have a washroom (or could host a porta-potty)

Bonus would be:
– a simultaneous/partner event (like a community festival, etc.) that would like to have a bike race as part of their day
– a community group that would like to use the bike races as a fundraiser or engagement opportunity (bake sale, barbecue, etc.)
– features of interest on the race course (hills, tricky corners, scenic bridges, etc.)

Any thoughts?

Thanks for your consideration,

Saturday Ride Report

In spite of what initially appeared to be a cold, rainy morning, our ride was really quite pleasant with very little rain . Merle, Jac and Jim rode out to Richer this morning because of a ESE wind. The usual excellent breakfast was devoured, stimulating conversation and a very fast return ride. It was great to hear that Jac is now starting to commute on his bike to work (8.3 km one way). Ron, what about you? That 29er should be ideal for the 12 or so kms. to Labroquerie.