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.
I envy Toshi, he’s taken a step back from work (even given up his internet domain registration!), 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!
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).
Suiting back up after a snack break. Thanks for the granola bar, Ian!
Another break….. This is tough work with all these trees down.
Well Toshi, wouldn’t you rather be here?
Some people like Vancouver so they can ski Whistler one day and mountain bike the next (or vice versa!). Here’s my Calgary version.
First, a shot from Fish Creek Park. Ian and I parked at Glenfield in Fish Creek Park as usual (except outside the gates in case we didn’t get back before 6pm – which we didn’t) and rode to the west end of the park and back. Got a bit dark, which made barrelling down single track fairly exciting (except unlikely to get hurt, unlike barrelling along a single track ridge-line trail and down through the trees in the dark!).
Next day, it was off to Canada Olympic park with Elizabeth and my son Robert. G’Day, Mate! (the Ozzie park atmosphere must be rubbing off).
In typical friendly Calgary behavior, we had two people volunteer to take our photo when they saw me holding the camera at arm’s length to get this shot! (all I asked was to get the moon in the frame)
Robert’s enjoying a refreshing and invigorating Red Bull, courtesy of the Red Bull girls (sorry I didn’t get a shot of the girls in their chopped mini with an 8-foot Red Bull where the back seat used to be).
I was able to get away for a late lunch from work, and met Ian at the Glenfield parking lot with my bike. Personally, I like the scenery of the west side of the park, but we’d been curious how far east the pathway gets cleared so that’s the way we headed. Unfortunately, cleared path ended at the Higgins Bridge, we couldn’t climb the hill to Diamond Cove (where we hoped we could make it to the newly opened path into south Southland Park), nor could we cross the Higgins Bridge into Douglasdale. Guessing the path clearing stopped where provincial responsibility ends and city responsibility starts, it would sure be nice if they had the same policies.
At one point, we were stopped under some trees and started being pelted with bits of bark. Searching the trees, we found one of several woodpeckers.
- Riding time: 2:25 (~3:00pm – 5:30pm)
- Distance: 22.1 km
- Temperature: ~-9 deg C
I made it out on the bike Jan 1, 2008, so now it’s an annual event. I even doubled the number of people this year (my friend Ian came with me). Starting at the Glenfield area off of Macleod Trail, we rode our trusty steeds west to the end of the park and back. We encountered a number of walkers, cyclists and cross country skiers. Thanks go to our Provincial Government for sweeping the paths clean. We love you!