Steed Ride Club Winter Training

Due to the overwhelming success of our Zwift Rides in December we are back with more rides!

All the details to get set up are below. If you have any questions please email ridegroup@steedcycles.com

After rolling out from the starting gate, the Steed Cycles ride leader we will begin with a  brief warm-up (for about 5 minutes) and ramp up to ‘club-pace’ of 2.5 – 3 W/kg, slowing down briefly at times (1.5 – 2 W/kg) for the club to re-group – please keep with the ride leader during this time.   In the final 10 minutes, riders will get to ‘stretch their legs’ and can break loose from the pack to the end if they choose – or just hang with the group.  Enjoy!

Everyone is welcome – you do not have to be apart of the Steed Ride Club to attend so encourage your friends and family to ride along.

Steed Ride Club’s winter training event link via Zwift will be live 5 days before each event.

How to join the ride?

– Use the Zwift Mobile Link app on your mobile. Click the Events tab and Join the “Steed Ride Club Winter Workout” on Sunday at 8:05am. You can also join the event directly on the Zwift app on the morning of the event.

– Add the letters STEED to the end of your name using the user settings of the Zwift app. This will make it clear who is part of the club ride. (We will use this to identify ride club members for prizes.)

– Try and get on Zwift at least 5 – 10 minutes in advance of the start time to make sure you are not late and get in a bit of warmup.

– When it’s nearing time for the event to start, you’ll see a popup letting you know it’s time to officially join and get to the starting line.

– You can click “Let’s Go” or just let it auto-select to teleport automatically to the starting gate. You can also click on “JOIN EVENT” at the bottom left.

– Zwift will take you the virtual starting gate with all of the other riders and the countdown will begin.

If you are not on Zwift, here’s some links you can follow for more information on how to get started.

https://support.zwift.com/hc/en-us/sections/201145285-Getting-Started

http://road.cc/content/feature/213282-get-started-zwift-and-make-your-home-trainer-sessions-more-fun-virtual-races

There are also tons of Youtube videos with tips on how to get started.

We have trainers available in store or to purchase online:

https://shop.steedcycles.com/collections/trainers

 

Have fun!!

Ride Club BBQ @ Eydt

On June 20th we partnered with The Eydt Wealth Advisory Group to host a special rooftop edition of the monthly Steed Ride Club BBQ.

After a few fun laps of Stanley Park, Cypress lookout or out and back to Horseshoe Bay, we all headed back to Edgemont to enjoy the summer evening on a private patio.

The views, food, beer and friends were incredible! Thank you to Windsor Meats, Beere Brewing and The Eydt Wealth Advisory Group for this event. We look forward to making this a yearly event.

Thank you to everyone who came out to ride with friends. We are already planning another unique event with The Eydt Group and our July/August/September BBQ’s. Stay tuned on our socials for more details.

Thank you to Chris Mallinson for all the great photos. View more of his photos of the event on the Steed Ride Club Facebook Page

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John’s Tour Aotearoa

Tour Aotearoa – Bikepacking New Zealand

We are excited to share JOhn Ramsden’s adventure across New Zealand by bike. Learn more as he prepares for this ride of a lifetime and follow along.

Tour Aotearoa is one of the world’s great bikepacking trips: stretching 3,000km from Cape Reinga to Bluff it follows a combination of cycle trails, tracks, paths and lanes connected by the most enjoyable country roads available.

I first heard about it from Anka Martin at TransProvence 2015. It was her intent to participate in the first event which occurred in February of 2016. The event is the brainchild of Jonathon Kennet who has patched together the collection of roads and trails that trace the entire length of New Zealand.

The event is a Brevet. There are a few rules. They can be essentially broken down to

  1. It is self-supported – no outside help
  2. You must complete the exact route in more than 10 days and less than 30.
  3. You must have 6 hours rest in the 24 hour period from 9am to 9am, and
  4. There are 30 photo control points where you must take a picture to prove you were there.

And that is essentially it.

I have had a fair amount of time to think about the event and the logistics involved. I have used the information I learned from bikepacking the Stagecoach 400 as well as reading many blogs from the original event in 2016 such as http://www.ankamartin.com/blog/2016/3/23/bw0vmhh3b905dydeblh1nlyaeht5lb  

I will provide more on my choices in another blog.

You are required to carry a SPOT or similar tracker for the entire event. Follow us at www.maprogress.com under Tour Aotearoa 2018. There are 6 waves of 100 riders each. The first wave of which I am a part starts February 10, 2018 and the last wave starts February 28. I will be posting as I travel along.

Follow John as he rides here: https://share.garmin.com/JohnRamsden

 

Steed Ride Club 2017 – That’s A Wrap!

$3.17 a ride. If you can find a better value for your money every Wednesday evening and Sunday morning, please let me know. And then there’s the monthly BBQs at the shop, the free jersey, the discount on parts and accessories and clothing, and the camaraderie.

Steed Ride Club 2017 is a wrap. And oh, what distances we covered. From classic Stanley Park loops to Horseshoe Bay and Cypress, from Burnaby Mountain to Belcarra and beyond, Spanish Banks and UBC and Iona Beach, and, of course, the always interesting and often hilly routes on Steed Cycles’ home slopes of the North Shore.

All the way from April through September, we rode. We rode for fun, we rode to challenge ourselves, we rode to prepare for events we’d been looking forward to all year. From the World Tuesday Night Championships to BC Super Week and the Tour de Victoria, to various GranFondo events, to triathlon, to cross-country and enduro mountain bike racing, to extended weekend adventures, we all come for different reasons and it sure is nice to see such a great mix of riders out every week.

When I look back at a full season from April through September, and I consider how many people came out and rode with us week after week, the statistics are mind boggling. With a few quick calculations, I can easily say that we collectively covered more than 100,000 km this year. That’s huge. And you were a part of it!

So this is a collective thank you from all of the Ride Club leaders, from the Steed Cycles staff, and from your fellow riders for making this another great year filled with getting fit and getting fast, covering distance and achieving goals, and of course, enjoying a few burgers and beers along the way. We welcome your feedback via email or in person at the shop.

Looking into the future we’ve already begun planning the 2018 Steed Ride Club season, with opportunities to get involved beyond the traditional ride club format. For now, cyclocross season is here – grab your cowbells and come and cheer on the team – or suit up and jump in. As always, you can keep up to date on news and events through the Steed Cycles Instagram and Facebook pages. See you around!

Cyclocross Clinic: Learn to Race

Clinic Hosted By: Steed Cycles Cyclocross Team

When: This year we are offering two clinic dates to meet the demand.
Sunday August 20th and Sunday August 27th, 7:30-9:00 am

Digger Kneeds Knees

Photo by Pinkbike

Back in 1996 I was first introduced to Todd “Digger” Fiander on a bike ride on Mt. Fromme. At the time all the good trails were the secret ones and Todd rode them all. I was lucky enough to get the invite on a few of these rides and knew Todd was going to be a big part of the next revolution in mountain bike trail creation.

He was building trails and filming friends insane enough to ride his trails to make his famous North Shore Extreme Videos. Todd asking me to be in his first NSX video not only got my name into the video and out into the community but also gave publicity to my new bike shop – Steed Cycles. The timing was great and so was what Todd was up to.

The North Shore Trails are well known not only locally but by mountain bike enthusiast all over the world. This is all owed to the hard work and passion of one man – Digger. Because of Diggers work on and off the trails we were able to captialize on the growing mtb scene. People wanted bikes that would allow them to keep up with Todds work and to make sure that their bikes were North Shore worthy. This meant that bike manufacturers changed their suspension requirements, tire sizes and geometry to keep up with Todd’s trails.

Steed Cycles and myself personally owe a lot to Digger not only for his constant support of Steed but for making trails that I personally love to ride and get so much enjoyment from.

We have learned that Todd will be taking some time off from the trails later this Summer as he goes under the knife to replace both of his knees. He will potentially be taking 1 year off and the community has banded together to create a fundraising campaign for the man himself – Digger Kneeds Knees!

Please contribute what you can or share the story with those you feel could give back. We look forward to seeing Todd back on the trails in 2018 better than ever. The Shore wouldn’t be the incredible mountain biking haven it is without the passion and dedication of this man.

https://www.gofundme.com/digger-kneeds-knees

Thank you for everything Digger! Heal up!

July 8th – Demo a e-bike with Specialized

Saturday July 8th join us for a day of e-Bike Demos with our friends at Specialized!
They will be bringing their Turbo Levo Mountain e-bike for you to take out and demo!
Email sales@steedcycles.com now to book in your bike! You can book the bikes from 10am-1pm or 2pm-5pm.
We look forward to getting you out and riding!

Cervelo Reinvented R Series #gotitatsteed

From geometry and technology to components and features, the R Series has been fundamentally re-engineered, revised and reinvented. The R5 makes no compromises as a race machine first and foremost. World Tour riders praise its new pro fit, stable and responsive handling, and unrivalled stiffness and lightweight design. Bernie Eisel calls it “the perfect bike […]

Giant Demo Day!

This Sunday June 4th join us for a day of Bike Demos with our friends at Giant!
They will be bringing their Mountain Bike Demo Fleet consisting of the Trance, Hail, and Full-E Bikes for you to take out and ride!
Email sales@steedcycles.com now to book in your bike! You can book the bikes from 10am-1pm or 2pm-5pm.
We look forward to getting you out and riding!

#fbf BC CX Champs 2016 Video