Really, other folk have mishaps too?

For a while, it seemed I was kissing the ground every other trip out. Maybe it was icy, muddy, or just plain steep, combined with a bit too much speed. And when I was out with friends, it was always just me. Well, not yesterday as you can see below! (the rider shall remain nameless, but you should be able to tell from the helmet)

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Winter Bicycling in Calgary

My friend Toshi e-mailed recently that Skiing in the deep fresh snow is the sport I like best. Well, I have to say cycling is the sport I like best, followed by skiing, and then sailing (p.s., I hate running, much to the disappointment of my wife who loves it).

Here’s Toshi in a photo from 1997, when I was in Japan on behalf of IVL Technologies and Toshi was IVL’s Japanese agent.

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I envy Toshi, he’s taken a step back from work, given up his internet domain, and has been spending his time doing what he loves. Lately, that sounds like skiing. Two separate week trips to Niseko in Hokkaido so far this season, and another coming next month!Winter Calg

Well, just to show Toshi what he’s missing, here are some recent shots of the best winter bicycling in the world – at home in Fish Creek Provincial Park!

A careful creek crossing! (we didn’t cross anywhere there weren’t tracks and we thought we were over top of gravel barges in the creek).

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Suiting back up after a snack break. Thanks for the granola bar, Ian!

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Another break…..  This is tough work with all these trees down.

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Well Toshi, wouldn’t you rather be here?

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Bike Now Ski Later

How many places can you mountain bike one day and snow ski the next, or vice versa!.

Our story starts in Fish Creek Park, Calgary. Ian and I parked at Glenfield as we often do, outside the gates in case we don’t get back before 6pm, and rode to the west end of the park and back. It became dark while we were still on the trails, which only added to the excitement!

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Next day, it was off to Canada Olympic park.

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In typical friendly Calgary behavior, there were no shortage of volunteers to help with photo taking,

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and Red Bull provided the apres-ski refreshments.

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