About Val

One of the "honorary Mennonites" in tights, I have and continue to enjoy the commaraderie and conversation to be had riding with the group. One of the few Women-ites in Tights, she hopes there'll be more females to join the group one day! :) The "boys" are very welcoming!

A post for a remembrance ride

I saw this in the “comments” on “About Us” and wanted to be sure everyone in MIT would be able to see it.  If you aren’t riding Headwaters this weekend, think about joining this.

I won’t be making it down to Park Rapids this weekend as originally planned so I hope I might be able to be there.

Roger LaRiviere on September 17, 2012 at 1:54 pm said:

MIT members might remember the tragic death of cyclist Arne Johnsrud on March 19th 2012. He and I were cycling Highway 12 near the Trans Canada Highway when he was hit from behind by a cement pumping truck.

We will honor his memory with a bike ride from Ile Des Chenes on September 23rd. MCA members are welcome to attend. The Ride will start at 10 am. The distance is 65km. The chosen route is the one Arne cycled regularly. We will stop in Lorette on our way back to visit with his widow.

For more information contact Roger at 204-237-1942



MS Bike Tour – “Biking to the Viking” 2012

Hi all,

Just thought I’d give you a brief rundown of this year’s ride.  Mom (Susan) and I along with 3 other of my “Uncomfortably Numb” team mates (That’s our team name although it did accurately describe our state of being on Sunday at times at least) did the 2 days of the ride as we have for the last couple years.  Lining up in Stonewall, we were excited at the prospect of a fast ride to Gimli.

It was a blustery, windy day as you all know but Saturday had the wind at our back pretty much the entire time – almost felt guilty for how easy it felt.  We enjoyed a good dinner that night, and all headed to bed fairly early.

We woke up Sunday to some wet pavement…but the clouds were moving off.  The wind…unfortunately it was blowing out of the west and at least a third of our route was in that direction.  Mom and I saw the newest “Womenite in Tights”, Stephanie, in Gimli just before the start of the ride – she blazed into Gimli Saturday apparently…she’ll have to post something about that but awesomely fast from the sounds of things!!!  And we also found our favorite recumbent rider, Pete, who rode with the two of us the whole time making sure we didn’t just give up and throw our bikes into the ditch in defeat on the windy, blustery, long section into Teulon and the shorter one into Balmoral.  Thanks again Pete!

Next year…think maybe the Riding Mountain Challenge for a change of scenery…  🙂


Saturday rides – an occasional alternative???

Hey all!  I wanted to revisit a suggestion that Ron made in his post about the brunch ride – that maybe that’s something we should consider doing more often.  Not going to Ron and Noreen’s and expecting brunch every time! (although it would be fabulous because the food and hospitality is amazing!!!)  But what about maybe having a split ride like that about once a month (maybe the first Saturday of the month?  or whenever but on a regular sort of schedule). There’d be the usual scheduled ride – likely longer and faster paced and then a ride that starts a bit later, not as long, perhaps not as fast..and both groups would meet up in Steinbach for breakfast at a set time.

I think this will encourage some to come out who don’t usually manage to make it out whether just because they don’t have the time, aren’t early risers, are a bit intimidated by the pace we sometimes set, whatever the reason.

And I need to emphasize it would be in ADDITION to the regular scheduled ride; there are times that I also love to push the pace and my endurance with the rest of you speed demons!  That’s how I get stronger.  🙂  And I know the appeal of grabbing breakfast in the various, awesome little towns around us.  That wouldn’t change for 3 out of the 4 Saturdays a month.


How the Dutch got their Cycle Paths

Hey all!

I know I’ve been AWOL at any rides lately…yes, I have been forgoing the riding for the sake of running as of late but that will change soon enough, I promise.  Of course, I am a bit concerned you’re all going to ride me into the ground on the first few, but stubborness has got to count for something to help keep me hooked onto the pack!

Anyway – wanted to share this video link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuBdf9jYj7o  with a bit of history as to how Holland developed its path system.  I so wish some sort of similar political will could be found here someday…

See you all soon – Val