Just before Christmas Lisa and I headed down to Vegas with our bikes to escape the cold and ride outside. Our plans were to spend a couple days riding in Death Valley, and then ride around the Las Vegas area. The trip didn’t disappoint. There were great roads, challenging climbs, winding descents, and courteous cars. I’d recommend Las Vegas and Death Valley as a cycling destination for anyone looking to get away from winter. You can find all the rides we did on my Strava – https://www.strava.com/athletes/7329576
The scenic drive in Red Rock Canyon is my new favourite ride. I got to ride it twice on a recent cycling trip that took me through Las Vegas and Death Valley. It’s a 20-minute drive from the strip and has everything; beautiful views, perfect roads, climbs, funs and winding descents, and courteous cars. It costs $3 for bikes to ride the route (but it’s free with a National Park Pass). I highly recommend this ride to anyone in the Las Vegas area.
Really excited to add a second bike to the stable, a 2012 Specialized Roubaix SL3. As per usual, I built the bike as a budget build, spending under $700 all in. There’s nothing wrong with spending a lot of money on the latest and greatest bikes, but you don’t need to drop a ton of cash to build up a bike that will suit your needs. I got the frame ($300), bars ($75), crank ($35), and derailleurs ($42) from MyBikeShop.com, the shifters off of eBay ($110), the seat post from Kijiji ($30), the wheelset, pedals, stem, and brakes from my parts bin, and then brought everything to D’Ornellas to put together for me.
Questions have started coming in on what races I’m targeting in 2018 so I’ve put together a video with the races I have penciled in for 2018.
– I plan on starting my season May 5 at the Wildflower half. This is a bucket race for me that I’m really excited is back in 2018.
– Next is Triathlon Vitoria-Gasteiz in Spain July 8. In speaking to athletes who have races Triathlon Vitoria it sounds like an amazing race. I’ll be racing the full, but they also have a half. It’s not well known in North America, but it in an amazing location with a beautiful course, and seems to get great support from the community.
– In August I head back to Ironman Mont-Tremblant in hopes of some redemption after falling apart 30k into the marathon in 2017.
– Then it’s Barrelman September 16 where I’m hoping I can improve on my second place finish this year at a great local race.
– And right now the last race I have planned is Ironman Chattanooga on September 30 (provided it’s a male pro race).
-I plan to do a few of the Multisport Canada Series races as well, I just don’t know which ones yet. Let me know if you’ll be at any of the same events!
A couple weeks ago Lisa got a new bike. I decided I’d compare how I went about buying my bike, a used 2010 Cervelo P4 bought through Kijiji, to Lisa’s bike, a brand new Felt IA10 bought from D’Ornellas bike shop. I look for older bikes that are great value, while a proven bike from a reputable brand with support from an established local bike shop is the priority for Lisa.
I look back on the highlights, disappointments, and lessons learned from my rookie pro season. I raced a lot this year, 11 triathlons over 19 weeks. On the whole the season exceeded my expectations. I have a lot of work to do in the off season, and I’m looking forward to get down to it with my sights set on continuing to get faster in 2018.