The triple has become well known among local cyclists, the combination of Seymour, Grouse to the parking lot and Cypress is the classic route with a return to sea level after each
The Triple Crown for Heart ride is now 4 years old; its a fundraiser for Children’s Hospital cardiac care, a brilliant idea initiated by Marie Campbell who is a nurse in that unit.
Among those on the start line who are training with performance, Glenda the climbing kiwi, Nancy pants, the three dawgs, Terrie, Dorothy and Barb, Mark ‘Froome’ Dunn, Aussie David, Sarah ‘well-done!’ and Michele the Magnificent.
Great to see everyone out for a day on the hills!
Pinned on the number, got our directions and we were off, leaving Ron Andrews Community Centre for a neutral start on Mount Seymour causeway. It was overcast, cloudy as we turned towards the climb past the park gate. The first part of Seymour is where you can set a rhythm, get in a heart rate spike. With our training and with a few km in the legs after riding over from Park Royal, it wasn’t going to put me into a deficit as it might have otherwise. Tapping it out, joining up with a group going the same pace I was lucky to tuck in behind someone to hold that pace. Doug was a familiar face in there and I met Sean. Everyone had their times of feeling stronger, then not so much.
Checking off the km markers, did you see the 3k sign Michele?, using my watch to do a stand up every minute, focusing on the road ahead, but not too far ahead.
We went into the clouds around 9 or 10km, rolled out of them at the top meanwhile watching the descenders, there went David, who waved! then Mark.
Quick turnaround at the parking lot and back down. Back into the cloud I was focused on the road, staying close to the centre painted line as a guide.
Had some fast company along the way, then it was the parkway again, with a group gathering. When we hit the new hill, 3rd Street, a sizable pack of around 20 formed, most content to let others stay on the front. Really nice big guy in blue ended up pulling us along 1st, I tried to come by to take a turn but he was hard to come around and didn’t pull over.
NOTE; if you want to share the front with the rider behind, don’t stay there. I’m always content sitting behind someone who makes no move to pull off.