Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Marlon's Bike Ride Benefit Concert

On June 11, over two days…Marlon, your CTS Brother, will be riding from Toronto to Hamilton to Niagara Falls. A total of 200 miles. Why? To support the fight against cancer. Cancer has touched Marlon's family like many others. He's lost aunts, uncles, as well as his father in 2006. This year he's proud to be riding along side his brother who is on the up-side of recovery after a difficult battle with cancer himself.
By June 11 Marlon needs to raise a minimum of $2500 to be eligible to participate. You can track his progress and help support the cause here www.conquercancer.ca/goto/marlon.
To reach his goal Marlon will be hosting a benefit concert Friday May 6th at the Penetang Legion. Join us for dancing, prizes, mid-night lunch and live entertainment from many local musicians including Marlon. Ticket are $15 a person, $25 a couple and donate online equal to or greater than ticket price and receive free admission. Tickets are available at Johnstones Music Land, at the doors or by calling 705.528.1763. Doors open a 8pm, come support Marlon.
All proceeds will go The Campbell Family Institute at Princess Margaret.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

For Sale By Owner

(2008 Giant Anthem 0) - xc full suspension mtb - size large (20").
Great conditon, recent drive train overhaul, new pivot bearings, SRAM XO shifters and gears, Avid juicy ultimate disc brakes, mavic crossmax sl wheelset, rear shock is fox float RP23 (3.5 mm travel), front fork was an upgrade to Rock shock team SID with remote lockout, crankset is FSA carbon - also an upgrade.
Retail was $4800 + upgrades.....asking $2100 obo.
Call or email Bill Cameron 705-322-8742, mjbill@rogers.com

Ps. Don't forget about the great CTS discount at Cameron's Pain & Injury Clinic for all those aces and pains left over from winter.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Log Drop Snowman!

Judging by the amount of snow still in Copeland...It's looking good for snowmen, but bad for bikers.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Trail Blazing

Our friends over at Defiant MTB Club and a collection of passionate mtbr's from various other Ontario bike clubs have created an event called “Trail Blazing.” It is a fun filled event aimed at bringing together active families and cycling enthusiasts from across Ontario. Guests will have the opportunity to participate in several activities and competitions. The proposed date for this event is Saturday July 16th, 2011 at Kelso Conservation. The venue offers a diverse trail system which will attract mountain bikers from all disciplines, a family beach and overnight camping. The location also allows for easy access to most of Southern/Central Ontario via Highway 401, sufficient parking. It should be a lot of fun. Find out more at: Trail Blazing

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Some Motivation for the girls...(and us guys too)

The most basic, yet overlooked, skill in mountain biking…

I should note that i found this writeup on another site and cannot take any credit for it, but it is written very well so i figured i would share it with the club....
props go out to James Wilson for this on


"The track stand is one of the most basic, yet overlooked, skills in mountain biking. It was something that I thought every rider could do when I first started riding – I would spend hours in my driveway working on being able to balance without actually moving and I thought that this was how every rider got started.

However, this is not the case. I have to say that it amazes me how many riders can not do a track stand for more than a couple of seconds. The truth is that if you can not do a track stand then you can not really balance on your bike.

Once you start moving momentum starts to help you stay up. The problem is that mountain biking will put you in situations where your momentum is killed and you need to be able to navigate something while barely moving. If you can not do a track stand then you are less likely to be able to pull it off.

Here are some examples of trail situations where being able to do a track stand will help you immensely…

- Switchbacks: This is one skill that baffles a lot of riders and I guarantee that most riders who can not do switchbacks can not do a track stand either. Switchbacks get you because they almost make you stop while navigating them. If you can not keep your balance in the middle of the switchback where your momentum is practically stopped then you are just rolling the dice as to whether you make the turn or not. And no, putting you inside leg down, locking up the rear wheel and skidding around the switchback doesn’t count unless you’re racing…

- Technical Climbs: This is another area on the trail that can dramatically cut your momentum. Being able to slow down and even stop without falling over can really help out a lot when you are trying to pick your way through a technical climb where precision is more important than momentum.

- Rocky and Rooty Trails: Again, the more technical the trail is the more important precision is. Anyone can rail a piece of buffed out single track but being able to pick your way through a minefield of rocks and roots is another thing entirely. If you can not feel comfortable at slow speeds on your bike then you will have trouble with the more technical trails out there.

The reason I bring this up is that the track stand is also the easiest skill to work on. All you need is your bike and some space. You can pull you car out of the garage and work on it so it is the perfect skill to work on in the winter when you can not get out and work on other skills.

Being able to pull off a track stand for at least 10 seconds will make a huge impact on your riding. Suddenly you will be able to actually balance on your bike instead of relying on momentum to keep you upright. You will find all of the things I mentioned above becoming easier and that will make your overall trail experience better.

Even if you have a track stand down, can you do it switch foot? This is skill I have been working on recently and it is pretty tough to pull off but I know that it will help me gain better balance on my bike with my feet switched.

You can also work on being able to “hippity hop” your bike by doing little bouncing turns to work on turning your bike in place. This is something that has helped me countless times be able to get back on track in a technical spot without having to put a foot down (you get extra bonus points for that).

Simple skills are the basis for more advanced skills. If you have skipped this important step in your development as a rider then now is the time to go back and perfect it. If you have the basic track stand down take it to the next level by working on switch foot and the bouncing turns. The truth is that in order to get better at riding the trail you have to do stuff off the trail and this is one of the easiest things you can do to improve your riding."

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