How I improved my cycling this year

Peter and I having fun on a Ryder Special Group Ride.

Peter and I having fun on a Ryder Special Group Ride.


I’ve loved cycling this year! It’s been a great summer for riding, the weather has been just right to really enjoy the roads and the company. My training has been spot on. I changed two key parts in my training and race prep that I think has helped me hit an average of 33 km/h in my races. The first is I found a great bike shop and send my bike in for regular tune ups and the second is I joined the Cascata Bistro Sunday group rides.

Rock and Road
Scott at a Rock and Road not only owns a great store but he can dial my P2 so that it shifts on an absolute dime. I have a SRAM Red groupo on my P2 which I love but it can be difficult to fine tune and can be temperamental to shift. I had been struggling with it so much that I was going to ditch it and get a new group when Scott said” “Bring in your bike and let me have a try.” Am I ever thankful that I took him up on the offer. Now I take my bike to his shop a few days before I race – EVERY race. It’s amazing the difference a proper tune up can make. And my race times are proof.

Rock and Road has become my go to shop for all bike parts, accessories and service. It’s because of Scott I have been able to get my hands on a great pair of Reynolds aero wheels that sing when I get up to speed, new rubber for my wheels that grips the road like nobody’s business and he just started distributing Lake Shoes.

Picking up my bike with my NEW Reynolds Aero wheels. Thank you Scott!

Picking up my bike with my NEW Reynolds Aero wheels. Thank you Scott!


Lake Tri Shoes
And I really feel that Scott has been a key part of stepping up my “A” game. If you haven’t been to his store, check it out. I promise you’ll thank me for it.

With my bike dialled in, the only area of improvement left is me. The best way to improve your cycling is to ride with cyclists. I love triathlon but to be good at it you have to be a great multi-tasker which means you are a jack of all trades and master of none. So you need to turn to the masters. I started riding with the Cascata Bistro Sunday group ride. There are 3 different speed groups so there is a place for everyone. I spent most of the summer chasing the boys in the 30 km/h speed group. Don’t let the speed deceive you. That is an average speed over 65km of riding and normally over 550m of climbing. It’s a killer and I’m sucking air most of the time and it’s made me a better cyclist. The summer may be ending but the Sunday rides will continue. Like I said there are different speed groups for all levels and stages. Join us next Sunday, wheels roll at 8:30am. Plus, there is coffee on the patio afterwards.
The Cascata Sunday Group Ride

Angela and I after a Cascata Ride. A great friend and great mentor, competing for Canada at the Long Course Championships.

Angela and I after a Cascata Ride. A great friend and great mentor, competing for Canada at the Long Course Championships.