Cluny to Chancellor

Black n’ white makes a photo look like early 1900s. Other than a few houses on a road known as Chancellor, there isn’t much to see. But what makes the ride a great cycling route is a lack of traffic, the challenge of rolling hills and strong winds, especially when hills and wind are in the combination of downhill and tailwind turned into uphill and headwind.

Hwy 842 is a mix of smooth

and rough pavement.

During the 28 km out and back route there were fewer than two dozen vehicles on the road. Some were in the fields (tractors). Locals leave a wide margin when passing unlike city life where motorists often have a skewed concept of what sharing the road means. I found the sense of safety on this relatively unused highway similar to that of riding on Calgary’s Cycletracks.

This is the turn around point in Chancellor. Fast ride to this point. Tom averaged about 28 kph and I stopped to take photos.

I average about 27 kph. Light tailwind/crosswind and gradual lowering of altitude over much of the route made it relatively easy but challenging.

The wind began picking up speed to about 20kph. Added with gradual upward slope and hills, I managed to keep Tom in sight until the last 7 kms. Considering how many time trials Tom has won, it wasn’t a bad first season ride. Tom regularly rides in strong winds that would cause many of us to not ride at all.

The 842 curves west then south again. I was riding on solid tires which require a higher effort for the same speed. While Tom was coasting down hills I was pedalling to keep up. On rough pavement the effort to pedal on solid tires increases quite a bit. For training rides, flat proof solid tires have the advantage of carrying less weight (no tubes, no pumps). For touring when the majority of breakdowns are flats, solid tires more than compensate for being about 3-5 kph slower.

Hard efforts on one ride make later season rides feel easier. Avoiding hard rides makes every ride feel difficult. That’s why Tom hardly even sweated on the ride whereas for me, it was quite the challenge to keep up to someone 20 years older. {:~)

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