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Obituary for the MIT 2006 Cycling Season

It is with sadness and little fanfare the MIT Cycling’s 2006 season moved on to that great ride in the sky. Left to mourn it’s passing are 34 current riders. Who after 32 weeks of riding, some or most, each Saturday & Sunday morning to different locations in Southeastern Manitoba it took it’s last turn of the round wheel. The MIT Cycling Club season was predeceased by lonely rides, lost stories, some bad bonks, broken down bikes and many want-to-ride cyclists who promised to show up. Coming to life on the afternoon of Sunday, March 18th for the 2006 season with a brief, wet & cold ride to Kleefeld by members, Paul Harakel, Rob Sidorchuk & Jac Siemens. The last ride was to the same Kleefeld on Saturday, October 17th by 7 riders including Hans Epp, Curtis Rempel, Merle Hiebert, Neil Thiessen, Ron Janzen, Rob Sidorchuk & Jac Siemens; all intent on keeping warm in a pace line and partaking of those almost World Famous waffles. In between those dates MIT ate breakfast in Richer, Woodridge, Grunthal, St Malo, Deacons Corner, Kleefeld and Tim Hortons. MIT was well represented, again, at longer established rides like the MS rides to Gimli & Clear Lake and who can forget the Muddy Waters Ride that makes a believer out of each of us completing the 100 km or 100 mile loops. Left to cherish the memories of at least one ride are Jac Siemens, Paul Harakal, Curtis & Jackie Rempel, Hans Epp, Ron Janzen, Rob Sidorchuk, Marcel Jodin, Patrick Siemens, Rudy & Sue Nikkel, Justin Schinkel, Jason Hiebert, Merle Hiebert, Jason Rempel, Randy Fender, Roy Loewen, Gord Penner, Darren Reimer, Dale & Shannon Sawatsky, Curt Guenter, Jamie Falk, Werner & Karen Pries, Garth Friesen, Neil Thiessen, Jim Nadler, Patrick Fredette, Chantel Frechette, Darcy Friesen, Claro Alcantara, Dean Zimmer & Pete McAdams. A number to things have stayed consistent over the season. Meeting at the Water Tower corner at times established the pervious Wednesday in the form of an email. The general comments about bikes, both new & used, the weather, the clothing we each wear, discussions of direction to ride and where breakfast would be best. The absence of bugs, except for those horse fly’s during a Woodridge ride or those little black Canola bugs that came our evenings in June, but no mosquito’s to plaque each stop. The rules that governed MIT were simple including must wear helmet, able to ride in a pace line, last rider in is always supported. New riders are encouraged and looked upon to pull just like everyone else, and if you invite someone to ride it is your responsibility to get them home.. But it is always about the ride, all 4,592 km’s as a group, more than 160 hours riding time at an year end average speed of 28.7 km/hr. No one rider rode all those km’s but many completed well over half. This year MIT completed 64 rides to different locations for breakfast including Kleefeld (20), Richer (16), Grunthal (10), Woodridge (6), New Bothwell (4), St Malo (3) and Dugald, La Broquerie, Winnipeg, Muddy Waters & Tim Hortons once. A complete listing of rides & riders will be posted on the web site. New items this year included a web site to update members around the world. The continued talk of MIT clothing. The best part being the pictures each week by group photo bug, Paul as he races ahead to catch us working for the line or our shadows pacing through the fall fields. Then the articles in The Carillon & Winnipeg Sun as our riders started to gain a footnote on the local & provincial scene. In the end each rider came for different reasons. Some to continue riding after years of riding on their own, some to show off new equipment, some just because, others to lose weight and those who just wanted belong to a brotherhood of sorts. Some rode because it continues the quest for fitness by working up a good sweat, to others it is a social gathering. And others want to ride with a group between triathlons and duathlons. After all it is the bike that is common, as we come from diverse backgrounds giving us the ability to provide answers to world problems, build relationships from outside our usual peer group and just laugh. But mostly we rode because of the bonds built by tolling together into a strong head wind that made us feel good about who we are. We wish to thank the staff of Body Driven Sports & Source for Sports in Steinbach for their support and tender care during anxious times of broken spokes, flat tires and dreams of new parts. Cremation has taken place. Date & time of celebration services will be announced, as not all family members believe it is truly over. Final viewing is on a first click basis at the www.MITCycling.com site. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the MIT ripped spandex fund. Ride on!

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  1. #
    Date
    Hour
    Min
    Km’s
    Avg km/h
    Route
    Total:
    123
    2235
    4592.4
    28.66
    160.25 hours
    1 18-Mar 1 46 36.0 20.38 Kleefeld
    2 1-Apr 2 22 56.0 23.67 Kleefeld
    3 8-Apr 2 4 53.8 26.03 Kleefeld
    4 9-Apr 2 47 83.6 30.04 Winnipeg
    5 22-Apr 2 49 71.0 25.21 Richer
    6 23-Apr 1 51 51.2 27.68 Kleefeld
    7 29-Apr 1 38 47.9 29.33 Kleefeld
    8 6-May 2 39 71.7 27.06 Richer
    9 7-May 1 47 52.7 29.55 Kleefeld
    10 13-May 2 29 72.8 29.32 Richer
    11 14-May 1 56 48.7 25.19 Kleefeld
    12 20-May 2 43 71.7 26.39 Richer
    13 22-May 2 46 68.4 24.72 Richer
    14 24-May 1 45 50.5 28.86 New Bothwell
    15 27-May 2 19 64.0 27.63 Kleefeld
    16 28-May 1 41 49.2 29.23 Kleefeld
    17 3-Jun 4 4 114.6 28.18 Woodridge
    18 4-Jun 1 58 49.3 25.07 Kleefeld
    19 10-Jun 2 31 70.2 27.89 Richer
    20 11-Jun 2 26 66.7 27.41 Grunthal
    21 17-Jun 2 23 67.2 28.20 Grunthal
    22 22-Jun 2 43 80.3 29.56 Grunthal
    23 24-Jun 4 0 113.4 28.35 Woodridge
    24 25-Jun 2 38 69.8 26.51 Richer
    25 27-Jun 2 43 77.8 28.64 Richer
    26 1-Jul 4 13 122.8 29.12 Dugald
    27 2-Jul 1 40 46.3 27.78 Kleefeld
    28 3-Jul 4 14 123.7 29.22 St Malo
    29 6-Jul 2 50 80.3 28.36 Grunthal
    30 8-Jul 2 49 83.5 29.64 Richer
    31 9-Jul 2 14 62.3 27.91 Grunthal
    32 15-Jul 2 0 60.3 30.15 Grunthal
    33 16-Jul 2 28 75.8 30.73 Grunthal
    34 22-Jul 3 45 115.0 30.67 Woodridge
    35 23-Jul 1 48 51.8 28.78 Kleefeld
    36 27-Jul 2 21 72.3 30.77 Richer
    37 29-Jul 2 56 86.7 29.56 Richer
    38 30-Jul 2 21 66.7 28.38 Grunthal
    39 2-Aug 2 24 69.5 28.96 Kleefeld
    40 5-Aug 2 24 67.4 28.08 Grunthal
    41 6-Aug 1 55 55.8 29.13 New Bothwell
    42 7-Aug 3 20 100.6 30.18 St Malo
    43 9-Aug 1 51 54.2 29.30 New Bothwell
    44 12-Aug 1 42 48.9 28.76 Kleefeld
    45 13-Aug 5 3 160.8 31.84 Muddy Waters
    46 17-Aug 2 53 89.3 30.97 Kleefeld
    47 19-Aug 2 33 72.4 28.39 Richer
    48 20-Aug 1 42 48.3 28.41 Kleefeld
    49 26-Aug 2 23 71.6 30.04 Richer
    50 2-Sep 3 53 115.7 29.79 Woodridge
    51 3-Sep 1 22 37.8 27.66 La Broquerie
    52 4-Sep 3 36 110.8 30.78 St Malo
    53 9-Sep 2 39 70.6 26.64 Richer
    54 10-Sep 1 56 70.8 36.62 Kleefeld
    55 12-Sep 1 38 49.7 30.43 Kleefeld
    56 16-Sep 3 56 115.9 29.47 Woodridge
    57 23-Sep 2 34 74.1 28.87 Richer
    58 24-Sep 1 50 50.1 27.33 New Bothwell
    59 1-Oct 2 12 57.1 25.95 Grunthal
    60 7-Oct 3 50 114.0 29.74 Woodridge
    61 9-Oct 2 23 68.9 28.91 Richer
    62 14-Oct 0 24 12.0 30.00 Tim Hortons
    63 15-Oct 1 44 50.3 29.02 Kleefeld
    64 21-Oct 1 41 49.7 29.52 Kleefeld
  2.   Rides Goal Actual Km/Ride Ave Speed/ride Diff
    March 1 0 36.00 36.00 20.38 36.00
    April 6 300 363.51 60.59 26.99 63.51
    May 9 500 549.70 61.08 27.55 49.70
    June 9 750 709.30 78.81 27.76 -40.70
    July 13 1000 1047.57 80.58 29.31 47.57
    August 11 1000 838.82 76.26 29.46 -161.18
    September 9 750 695.50 77.28 30.03 -54.50
    October 6 500 352.00 58.67 28.20 -148.00
    November 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
    Totals 64 4800 4592.4 58.81 24.41 -207.6

    Route
    #
    Rider
    YTD km’s
    Kleefeld 20 Jac Siemens 4,303.86
    Richer 16 Curtis Rempel 2,878.15
    Grunthal 10 Paul Harakal 3,009.81
    Woodridge 6 Hans Epp 2,010.01
    New Bothwell 4 Ron Janzen 2,481.47
    St Malo 3 Rudy Nikkel 628.50
    Dugald 1 Sue Nikkel 483.40
    Tim Hortons 1 Justin  Schinkel 189.90
    La Broquerie 1 Merle Hiebert 361.50
    Muddy Waters 1 Jason  Hiebert 1,235.64
    Winnipeg 1 Jason  Rempel 462.19
    Total Rides 64 Rob Sidorchuk 1,675.80
    Werner Pries 202.40
    Gord Penner 295.80
    Marcel Jodin 638.50
    Patrick  Siemens 867.80
    Randy  Fender 688.30
    Darren Reimer 578.30
    Patrick  Fredette 142.70
    Chantel  Frechette 142.70
    Curt Guenter 538.70
    Roydon Loewen 734.03
    Shannon  Sawatsky 463.40
    Dale Sawatsky 574.10
    Jamie Falk 123.70
    Karen  Pries 86.70
    Garth  Friesen 200.70
    Claro  Alcantara 66.70
    Jackie Rempel 399.50
    Jim Neugan 457.30
    Neil Thiessen 595.10
    Darcy  Friesen 114.00
    Dean Zimmer 114.00
    Pete McAdams 114.00

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