During the winter, with snow piled high and falling often, our bikes rest downstairs, on a several-month break. There are people who persist through the bad weather, biking alongside traffic with studded tires and ski goggles. But, we just aren't into it - higher potential for a bad accident than in the summer time, too many changes of clothes, and we would both need to upgrade to different bikes.
|Jerod, Bethann, and Bertille, a friend from France |
on a bike tour of an island upriver from Quebec City.
Photo courtesy of Mathieu Basille.
We bike most of the year, though - to work, around town, out exploring the countryside near Quebec City, and of course, Jerod bikes all summer chasing bison. Snow was still falling here last week, but the roads have begun to clear.
I took my first bike ride today, and felt like a giddy kid again. I am eagerly looking forward to another warm biking season. To tide all us snow-stymied bikers over, here's a snapshot of one of my favorite bike moments from last season: the Grand Prix.
While my sister was here for a visit in September 2012, I had a newspaper assignment to cover the Grand Prix, which is a cycling race in the same category as the Tour de France. The world class riders race on a 12 km circuit through Quebec City, up and down hills, and follow this route for 16 laps.
Nicole was game, so we headed out on foot, with intention to trace the route "against the flow of traffic," and thus capture several rounds of pictures. We were amazed by how fast the bikers were, and I could feel strong gusts of wind as I leaned in from the sidelines to capture some of these images.
In Quebec, Jerod and I bike to work nearly every day, and there are a couple of hills involved. However, I can't imagine what it takes to ride that course in less than 3 hours, as most of those racers did! If you're curious, here's my QCT article about that bike race.