Friday, June 12, 2015


Well, I made it through the travel process of Brisbane-Los Angeles-Calgary-Banff without too much trouble.  I even managed to snag a business class seat on my Virgin Australia flight to LAX. That was very nice and a bit unexpected! 

While suffering through the haze of jet lag I managed to find a post office to mail some packages out to strategic points along the route.  I hope I addressed them correctly! 

Arriving in Banff I was blown away by the sheer beauty of the place.  The weather has been warm (25C)and clear. The mountains are stunning and the town itself,  while touristy,  is very quaint.

A few of us assembled our bikes in front of the "Y" and it was good to put some faces to internet names.

I soon found one of the local bike shops,  Soul Ski and Bike, where Jason the owner hooked me up with some allen keys to tighten my pedal and my stem.

I thanked him by purchasing some bear spray.  He gave me a quick tutorial on how to use it which I sincerely hope I do not need display. 

The are about 6 Aussies staying in the YMCA. It was nice to meet Seb and Bethany from Canberra, Mick from Taree (riding Single Speed!), Simon from Beechworth and of course Mark from Brisbane.

Dave, another Brisbane rider needed some new pedals and with none available in Banff we decided to go for a pedal to Canmore to buy some.

So Mick, Dave and I set off along the 20odd kilometre bike trail that parallels the highway. It was great to spin the legs but I could feel the 4500ft elevation on the few slight uphills we rode.

The scenery was breathtaking and it was hard to concentrate on where I was going while trying to take in the views. 

After having pedals fitted we found an ice cream parlour and partook in a couple of scoops of the best ice cream I have had in a while. 

The pedal back was slightly uphill and into a stiff breeze so got the heart rate up a bit but the views again took the mind off the hurt. 

I have limited photos as my cunning plan was to buy a camera that connects with my phone via wi-fi but of course it won't connect so all my awesome photos are stranded on the camera. 

The race starts tomorrow, in less than 22 hours!  I have my gear on the bike and it is time to sort out the last minute items before we push off. The weather has been perfect all week but the forecast is for 13C and drizzle in the morning.  Oh well,  take it as it comes I guess. 

This will be my last post until I finish but just a reminder that my previous post has the links to the various sites where you can follow our progress. 

Cheers and here is hoping for the best!


  1. Awesome! So glad you arrived safely.

    Now the fun begins. The beauty of Banff is just the start of the wonder of the Rockies.


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