Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Truth Behind Soy Protein

The reason why soy is so bad basically boils down to the isoflavones that it contains. Two of these isoflavones, genistein and daidzein, are what cause the majority of negative effects seen with soy protein use. These two villains bind readily to Estrogen Receptors. This can have numerous adverse effects on everything ranging from Testosterone production, thyroid production, muscle growth, and even health. The ability of soy protein to decrease Testosterone levels has been well demonstrated. One study displayed a 76% reduction of Testosterone production in men, after ingestion of soy protein over only a brief period of time. Another study, using healthy adult males, a diet containing soy was compared to a diet that consisted of meat protein in terms of sex hormone concentrations. Well, after evaluation, Testosterone levels were significantly lower in the soy diet. Not only this, but the estimated amount of free Testosterone was 7% lower after the soy diet as well. The evidence seems pretty conclusive. There may, of course, be other factors, but it's enough to give one pause when considering whether or not you should add some soy to that protein drink after your next ride.

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Don Valley Sabotage

Mountain bikers who frequent the Don Valley trails have raised the alarm after a narrow wooden bridge on a ravine trail was sabotaged. The supporting beam of the bridge appears to have been deliberately cut partway through in several places that couldn’t be seen by anyone crossing above. The damage put the structure at risk of collapsing, which could have caused serious neck injury, broken bones or worse. Cyclists should be on their guard.

“Never cross any structure unless you’re sure of its safety,”

Full story at www.thestar.com

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


This past weekend CTS members: Wayne, Chris M and BMX Dennis went to Ray's indoor bike park in Cleveland, Ohio. Located in an urban warehouse space just west of downtown, Ray's has everything an Epic bike park should offer: progression-oriented features, challenges for any skill level with a friendly vibe. Have a look at the video above and you will quickly see how amazing Ray's is. The combined length of all the trails and stunts at Ray's is approximately 10 miles and the terrain consists of Logs, roots, rocks, trees, skinnies and a cross country loop, all indoors, all under one roof. The guys had a blast and after watching the footage of them rockin' it, I'm set on going. So, in the near future we need to plan another trip down with more of CTS.

Friday, November 19, 2010

My Growing Wish List.

As if my Christmas wish list wasn’t long enough already. In this past week I’ve snapped the soles of both my shoes, cracked my helmet and ripped through my gloves. Now I need to add these items on top of all the other mountain bike stuff I want for Christmas. When it comes to mountain bike gifts, there are a ton of amazing products to choose from. Sometimes it can be difficult to decide on what you want to ask for. To help you out I have put together the top 10 mountain bike gifts for the 2010 Christmas season. Whether you are looking for gifts to put on your list or if you are looking for the perfect gift for the lucky mountain biker you know.
1. Mountain bike socks: this is a great low cost mountain bike gift. You can never have too many mountain bike socks.
2. Mountain bike gloves: another great gift you can’t have too many of. Gloves can get pretty nasty if you don’t wash them. I usually have at least two pair in circulation. I recommend the full finger gloves.
3. Spare inner tubes: let’s face it, flat tires happen. We all need to carry spare tubes. Check the side of the tire for its size and get the appropriate tube.
4. CTS bike jersey: it’s nice to have a few jerseys so you can always start your ride off fresh. Just let me know the size and I will order one up. CTS jerseys cost $55.
5. Trail multi-tool: my amazing sister bought me this tool two years ago and it has come in handy on numerous occasions. Every mountain biker should carry a multi-tool in case they break down on the trail. I recommend a tool that has a built in chain break.
6. Bike shorts: this is another great gift that you can’t have too many of. A pair of baggy stly shorts will be most appreciated, remember we are a spandex free club.
7. Hydration pack: not only do they make it easy to stay hydrated on the trail, they also provide a place for you to keep your snacks, tools and a hand held tire pump. I recommend a medium sized pack. It’s big enough to carry what you need an keeps your carrying weight low.
8. Bike pump: this is the first tool every mountain biker needs. I recommend to have both a floor pump with a pressure gauge and a light weight mini pump for your rides.
9. Upgrades: there is always something that could be replaced on the mountain bike.
10. A new bike: you are one lucky person if you get a mountain bike as a gift. However, it is important to make sure you get the right bike. You will have to ask what kind of bike the person wants, or at least what kind of riding they will do.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Broken Scaphoid

A picture is worth a thousand words. Yesterday at JoyRide 150 CTS club member Geoff Millett Broke his Scaphoid in his wrist. The fracture requires him to wear a cast. The Scaphoid is known to causes arthritis so doctors are worried his wrist maybe messed. The accident happened only after a couple hours of riding, but Geoff toughed it out for another two hours to let us ride. Geoff, we all hope you recover well. Video will be up later this week.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Great deal on Titus frames

Bike Zone Barrie has a amazing deal on some Titus frames. They have just brought in the last couple titus frames from the distributer. A couple are already sold. So here is what is left. 1 small titus FTM in white, 1 small titus "x" in green, and 1 large titus "x" in blue. These are frames only. Regular price is $2800. CTS member price. $850. This is a smokin' deal.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Torrance Barrens

Hey Guys, you all know that I'm always on the look out for new places to ride in Ontario. Well I just heard about this place called Torrance Barrens in Muskoka. You can find Torrance Barrens immediately north of Highland Pond. The trail runs northwest to southeast along the southern shore of Pine Lake. It can be accessed from the main trail. This trail is the best example of the 'ridge and trough' pattern that characterizes the Barrens landscape. It may be worth checking out in the spring, sometime before the black flies come out. Visit http://vimeo.com/4739121 to have a look at some of the terrain.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Sunday JoyRide

I know some of you just went, but if anyone is interested Myself, Sean and Geoff are heading down to JoyRide 150 this Sunday Nov. 13th 2010. We will meet at the Tim Horton's by Wal-Mart Midland for 8:00am and convoy down together. Please leave a comment if your are interested in coming down with us. JoyRide is so much fun. Remember to wear your CTS jersey's
What’s at JOYRIDE 150 Indoor Bike Park?

Monday, November 8, 2010

CTS Exclusive Deal

The Bike Zone Barrie has recently become a new CTS sponsor. The Bike Zone Barrie is offering CTS an exclusive deal, they are offering members 10% off all regular priced merchandise if you come into the store with your CTS jersey on! This offer includes bikes!! For other great deals from The Bike Zone Barrie follow them on Twitter and Facebook

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Get turned on by cycling all year round.

Staying in cycling shape over the winter can be a real challenge, especially in cold and wet areas like Southern, Ontario. If you want to ride stronger in the spring getting into a winter training routine for cycling can make things a lot better. The following are some tips to make winter training more enjoyable, keep yourself focused, and improve next years performance.
1. Write it down. Set both short-term and long-term goals. Keeping a log book will help you track your progress.
2. Keep an open mind. Not all training methods are for everyone. If you can't stand a training method you won't keep with it. Try new training tactics until you find one that works for you. Many CTS club members have had successful training programs and are open to discussing them. Check out RAW Crossfit.
3. Find a friend. Winter riding is a lot more fun if you have a partner. Getting dressed for the cold weather is a pain but with the right clothes and friends you can really enjoy it. Plus riding on the snow adds resistance and makes for a great work out.
4. Cross training. Keep your overall fitness up with other winter sports like cross country skiing and snowshoeing. It is much more fun than riding on a trainer in your basement. The CTS bike club will organize some cross country skiing and snowshoeing trips this winter. Stay tuned for dates and details.
5. Ride indoors. Indoor bike parks are a great place to get out of the cold and onto your bike. With JoyRide 150 opening in Markham, Ontario last fall we have no excuses to not get down there at least once this winter. The indoor park does not have the kilometres we are use to but they have great obstacles that push you to improve your bike skills.
I hope to see all of you out at some point this winter

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Trick or 'Eat'

This Sunday was the Annual CTS Halloween bike ride, a fun bike ride to support a good cause. Yourcostumes were amazing! I wanted to send out a big thanks to everyone who came out to support the Midland Food Bank. Thanks to your generous donations we raised over 100lbs of food for the Midland area food bank. With new reports showing the biggest increase in hunger in 15 years this ride and your donations could not have come at a better time. To learn more about how you can help the Midland food bank please go to Salvation Army Midland Community Food Bank.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Cameron Pain & Injury Clinic Members Only Deal

New CTS Sponsor - Dr. Bill Cameron would like to offer all CTS club members a great discount on his services to treat any of those mtb injuries that may occur... Cameron Pain & Injury Clinic is offering all CTS bike club members: 33% off New patient exams (CTS price only $50) and 20% off Regular treatment fees (CTS price only $40) You Just need to let them know you are a part of CTS and they will give you this amazing deal.

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