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By: Zdenko Kahlina
To close the 2010 season – Harvest ride
Is there a better time to ride a bike than at the end of September?
It’s perhaps the best time to get out and just ride for the pure pleasure of it. The air is cool, you’ve done all the work through spring and summer to become fit and strong, the race season is winding down, and the whole world around you is transforming into a spectacle of color.
On September 26th Velocity Cycle once again hosted the annual Harvest Ride, an interclub social event to mark the passing of another good season of riding and racing. It’s important to realize, this was not a race, but just a social ride.
The Harvest Ride was conceived of by Roger Tetrault in 2000 while he and Laura were out riding on an autumn day in Strathcona County. All the leaves were turning and the farmers were out in the fields cutting. So, contrary to what was announced before, this year was actually 11th year since they started with the idea of having a bike ride in autumn, to close the season of bike riding in Alberta.
Registration in front of Memorial Hall in Ardrossan
Organizers received more than 160 registrations
Calvin Berube, the owner of Velocity bike shop, said Roger’s bike will always have a place of honour. “Goldie became his trademark. It is now hung in the store and will be used for all future Harvest rides”.
Calvin Berube took on Roger’s role to organize this year’s event.
The first Harvest 100, named for its distance, drew some 160 riders from the Edmonton area. They gathered to celebrate the joy and fellowship of riding, and hopefully to see a bit of what made that first day special to Roger. After a successful first ride it became an annual event. Roger and Laura were regularly in attendance, often leading the ride out on their tandem. As the unofficial wrap-up to many a rider’s season, it has become a chance to gather in the cool air of autumn and the warmth of each other’s company and look back at a summer well spent on our bikes.
This year’s ride was renamed in memory of Roger. Roger’s Harvest 100, was hosted by Velocity Cycle club and the Tetrault family. Laura was at the start greeting participants – all 150 of them who showed up, even though the weather was again not perfect. Overcast and chilly morning greeted all riders who came to Ardrossan Memorial Hall this morning. But it didn’t rain during the ride, so everybody was happy. The ride was open to everyone from club racers to recreational riders.
Geoff Racketta from Velocity and Roger’s wife Laura greeted all participants before the start in front of Memorial Hall in Ardrossan
Donations were collected for the Alberta Cancer Foundation and Laura accepted check from Velocity cycling club representative that will go towards melanoma research.
More than 150 riders at the start
Before the official start… one minute to go.
The pack was led out by Roger’s son Real, riding his father’s unique gold-coloured Marinoni bike nicknamed Goldie.
Off they go… 100 km loop group
Second group on the start… 60 km loop ride
Off they go… good luck!
This couple comes every year…
Big groups of riders rolled out from the parking lot at 10:00 am, Sept. 26 from the Ardrossan Hall. The routes loop through beautiful Strathcona County. Shorter and longer routes (approx. 60km and 100km) were available.
Spectacle of color in Strathcona County
Cyclist’s average speed was high
Even though this was not a race, the average speed was very high for this time of a year. But nobody was complaining. It appears, speed is in cyclist blood.
Riders during the 100 km ride
Riders during the 100 km ride
A post-ride social lunch followed afterward at the Memorial Hall in Ardrossan. Somebody mentioned that Calvin was the cook!
This is was a special year for the Harvest Ride. The ride was initiated by Roger Tetrault, club member and longtime supporter of cycling and cross-country skiing in the Edmonton area. Roger left us last year after a long battle with cancer, and this year the ride was renamed and lead out in his honor.