A most excellent weekend was had in Toronto. Made it into the big city by the early evening – after a pretty much uneventful drive. The hotel was pretty nice – crazy valet parking situation but other than that definitely one of the nicest places we’ve stayed at this year. Went out for dinner with Steve and Josee. Had a good meal – tasty food and a quick stop at Sbucks for some warm drinks.
Steve loaned us 9 Ball Diaries so Marc and I chilled out and watched the Tim Johnson flic. Pretty good film – really great race footage. Interesting to hear Johnson talk and nice to know that even the top guys have doubts once in a while.
Excellent breakfast in the morning. And then we were out to Riverdale Park East for the day of racing. I raced first at 11:30 so we arrived a little after 9:00 – I got in 3 laps of the course and then had plenty of time to get kitted up and do some more riding on the road. I’ve written a race report.
Suffice it to say – it was a good day on the bike! After my race I hung out with Gregory and Liz as we dashed all over the course cheering on Marc, Steve and all the other Ottawa racers. A great day. I got to relax and watch Marc race and the added bonus of hanging out with Gregory and Liz. These two are awesome cyclo-cross fans – they run all over the course cheering and shouting encouragement. Thanks for coming out to cheer.
We left the city pretty quickly – after a quick stop at a Chinese bakery for some sweet Chinese buns for the drive home. Smooth drive with a stop for supper in Kingston and we were home by 8:00. Marc got to work quickly on cleaning the bikes and I got us unpacked and got the messy race clothes in the wash. By 9:00 we were flaked out on the couch watching Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares.
An excellent weekend. Easy travel. Great racing. Good race courses. Lots of fans out cheering. Extra bonus of hanging out with my brother and sister-in-law. Good times spent with Marc traveling and chilling out. Doesn’t get much better. So lucky to be living this life.