August 2011 archive

Aug 30 2011

A next step in the next chapter

For the upcoming Grand Prix Cycliste events in Quebec and Montreal I will be doing some video work as well. Previously I’ve used my little point-and-shoot cameras for this as it was convenient (at the cost of quality). This year I expect to be doing more significant video coverage and so I’ve expanded my toolkit …

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Aug 28 2011

What a difference a day makes

Andrea and I stayed over at our friend Liz’s place Friday (camped in the driveway). This was to combine a dinner and socializing with a mountain bike ride on the secret trails of Erin with some Lapdogs friends. And it was a great evening, stayed up late chatting after a Thai dinner in Dundas. Then …

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Aug 22 2011

The Big Tour, continued (and concluded)

[Warning: long entry!] Here’s the final trip report from France and le Tour… not sure why it’s taken me so long to wrap it up, blame it on “retirement”. I left off in the Pyrenees, with the Belgians heading north while Andrea and I stayed put; trip 3 was really nice with no places we …

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Aug 22 2011

Jack Layton – July 18, 1950 – August 22, 2011

Canada has lost a great man today. My thoughts go out to his family. “My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.” Jack Layton, Aug 20, 2011 Illustration by Anthony Jenkins

Aug 21 2011

A Summer Storm

I went for a great ride today at Albion Hills with Andrea, Tanya and a handful of “pups” from the Lapdogs team… the trails were great after a little overnight rain and it felt really good to be out on the bike (and to have a weekend off!). As we got back to Toronto, the …

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Aug 14 2011

The 2011 Buses of the Corn is now in the history books

First, a big “thanks!” to Greg in particular, and the rest of the Potts family and friends who made this event happen. I was really happy to hear Greg say it will be back next year! I hope y’all can make it… As usual, a lot of corn was eaten, a lot of firewood (and …

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Aug 12 2011

The Big Tour – le Tour de France (part 1)

A month ago yesterday (July 11th), I landed in Paris and started my assignment with Thomas Cook Sport… to cover their inaugural TdF travel trips. And what a couple of trips they were! I’ve written about the couple of days in Belgium getting ready, a little about getting to the Tour, and about the days …

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Aug 11 2011

The Little Tour (of Elk Grove)

Yes, I will write up my trip report on “that other Tour” complete with lots of photos. I’ll finish this one first though… Let me start with the Alexian Brother, who are the title sponsor of the Alexian Brothers Tour of Elk Grove. They describe themselves as “a lay, apostolic Catholic Order whose Brothers, bound …

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Aug 06 2011

Basecamp at the Alexian Brothers Tour of Elk Grove

It was an interesting trip getting here, sorting out logistics and figuring out where I might end up along the way. Nothing worked out quite as expected, it’s all working out fine though. And before I go any further… if any of the Vanagon volks in the area are intending to come to the race …

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Aug 02 2011

Toronto… a sneak preview of the Toronto Bamboo Bike Studio

Steff asked me to take a few photos of his soon to open studio… I’ll preempt finishing my tales of le Tour to post a photo I like from our shoot. It’s a teaser, a spoiler too I suppose, and it’s intended as a note of support and encouragement… I really liked the vibe I …

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