After last year's maiden Double Cross, I figured it might be nice to use a route this time around that was a little less rough, and spent a bit more time on trails. After doing numerous rides over the summer on my all road bike, with both slicks and knobbies, I arrived on a route that seemed about right, stemming from Pine road to Wakefield, around Lac Phillipe, and back again. I hoped flats would number fewer than before with less rock on the route and fewer leaves down. As it turned out, I wouldn't say that goal was realized.
However, it was a great ride. About 30 riders assembled at the Gamelin gate to the the Gatineau Park, where I distributed mini cues sheets to riders and collected donations for Bicycles for Humanity. The majority forgot to bring cash to pitch in, but thanks to the generous donations made by the few, I took in $60 for the cause. Sure, that's not a princely sum, but every bit helps. For those who didn't have opportunity on Monday, you can donate here. Same applies for those who didn't have opportunity at the Fixed Gear Frolic, where we pulled in $30.
As our last confirmed rider rolled into the parking lot, delayed with a flat, our merry but chilly cohort of riders rolled out of the parking lot. All except me that is, as I held back for Mike, who somehow understood we were meeting not departing at 9:30....right. You're on your own next time buddy.
|2 degrees above zero proved chilly to stand around, but we rolled before it became a problem.|
|Poor resolution, sure, but you get the idea. This is the antithesis to the D2R2 cue sheet. Its nice to have a simple route every once in a while.|
Approaching the first section of trail, highway 105 in the background