Heading into season eight and the rides are still going strong! 14 riders today, great weather, lots of positive chatter, strong pulling made the serious headwind a much lessor force than nature would have it to be, the Cat Sass served up a tasty breakfast (or hefty lunch in Chris’s case – was it imminent prenatal anxiety or real hunger? – in any case he inhaled one humungous burger and fries). The ride started with media interviews and a photo shoot with a Steinbach Online reporter. A gorgeous red fox running in the ditch beside the peloton, a flat for Duester, and a hot new Wilier ridden by Shorty (who knew the Springhill Hutterite Colony was blowing out new high end road bikes purchased at a fire sale? Evidently he did!). This prompted a discussion on whether the venerable brand is Italian or Basque? A search of the inter-web suggests its an Italian brand, founded in 1906, and the name is an acronym of “W l’Italia liberata e redenta”, which translates “long live Italy, liberated and redeemed”. Too cool, now I want a Wilier (in spite of the fact that the MIT standard for Italian stallions is COLNAGO…although we have allowed the odd Bianchi in the pack as long as they keep a respectable distance). On the way home a robust round of happy birthday for MARK, topped off the day. Best wishes to Chris and family – it could be a laborious weekend!