What are you doing when you get home from work on Tuesday night?
If you’re a rider, you have four choices:
- Go for a ride.
- Relax and watch tv. Here’s Tuesday’s television schedule. If you just clicked that link, you suck.
- Cut the lawn, do the laundry, or otherwise occupy yourself with household non-bike drudgery.
Note the punctuation in the list above. While “Ride” is a viable option, “Race!”, is the clear choice.
The Spring Season is in full bloom, and it’s time to start riding, racing, and riding some more, because even though the winter just ended, there are only 7 more months of guaranteed riding awesomeness before the Spring/Summer/Fall season is over and the snow starts to fall.
And there is no better way to enjoy a spring ride than to race the King Weekly Series. It’s happening every Tuesday night of the season, and here’s the thing: It’s a race, but not really. Sure, if you’re hungry and want to win, you can go out and give it your best shot–although be warned that some choice riders are going to be doing the same thing–but if you just want to get on your bike with a bunch of other bike minded people (I am so using this term more often), and push yourself harder than you do on a regular ride, a weekly series race is the way to go.
The course is different each week, the vibe is relaxed and communal, and Jamie and crew will walk you through whatever hesitations you have.
Here are the Top Eleven reasons why the King Weekly Series is for YOU. Yeah, eleven reasons…because Team Colin goes to eleven.
- The series is a well kept secret, and that means small crowds. Small crowds mean a better chance of snagging a door prize, and if you’ve got the lungs for it, fewer racers means a possible spot on the podium (Of course, there is no podium at the weekly races–just an announcement–but if you win the series, there is a podium ceremony at the end of the season). Oh, and sometimes Team Colin Hats are a door prize. Yeah, boom.
- Treats! When it’s warm, someone usually brings frozen treats (HINT: it’s Team Colin). FYI, watching a bunch of gnarly MTBers trying to look gnarly while eating a popsicle is awesome. Spoiler alert: they look the opposite of gnarly. There is also a free pizza night, a free BBQ night, and sometimes even home baked goods!
- Jamie Davies. I love this guy. Maybe it’s the hair, maybe it’s the boss MTB vibe, maybe it’s the AWESOME courses he creates. Whatever it is, I just love him. (Don’t worry Ryan and Tristan, I love you two too!). By the way, if you haven’t seen Jamie grace a bike seat, you HAVE TO. This guy is FAST. Like, smoking fast. Dude can ride.
- Centennial Park. It may not be big, but it’s filled with some great technical features, some grunty climbs, a few hairy descents, and lots of new stuff each year. It’s a tiny mecca of MTB nirvana.
- 15/20. It only costs 15 bucks to race (or $175 for the season), and there are 20 races. between April 25th and September somethingth.
- Here’s another name: Tyler Clark. Tyler is the 2016 U17 Canadian National MTB champ! Two days after a winning run in Baie-Saint-Paul, he clocked a blistering time at the King Series. How did he win a Canadian National Championship? Surely, it was his time spent doing the King Weekly Series… By the way, his siblings are pretty awesome too. ALL of the Clarks race the King Series.
- The King Weekly Series has a Facebook page!
- Two words. Drew. Bezanson. Drew and I are totally BFFs. It’s true. Here’s what I wrote about my bestie (he loves it when I call him that) after he raced the King Series last year. Riding With My Pal Drew Bezanson.
- The Bateman’s Bicycle Company team riders. A bunch of them race the series. Want to watch some hardcore MTB riders do their thing–these guys are awesome. Store owner, Robert Bateman sometimes rides too, and he just books it. If you ride as slow as me, you can watch them shred the trail as they skim past you in the last lap.
- Laps. Yeah, laps. It’s usually a 3k to 4k lap. That means you can easily book through a practice lap before the race starts and try to master some of the fun stuff. Also, with short laps, you can experiment with pacing and pretty much ride full out.
- Kids. The course and vibe of a King Race is totally kid friendly. It’s not Kid-Easy, because, you know, MTB, but it’s Kid-Doable. Jamie has a kid, many racers bring their kids. There’s even a reduced kid price. You should bring your kids. If you don’t have any, please think about your MTB responsibility. The fruit of your loins is the next wave of MTBers. Now get out there and make a kid!
Here’s a bonus. If you’ve read to the bottom of this list, and if you comment on this blog, YOU are entered into a draw to race for free one Tuesday this summer. Jamie Davies has authorized Team Colin to grant the awardment (totally a real word) of one race each month. That’s one draw in April, one draw in May, one draw in June, one draw in July, one draw in August, and one draw in September. The best thing is that if you win, you don’t have to race in that month. Contest Rules: 1.) If you haven’t raced in the series before, I’m going to put your name in twice. 2.) There are no other rules.
I wrote about the King Series a few times last summer. If you want to get a feel for the course, click one of these:
Can I talk about Evolution Cycles for a sec? They run the series. They are awesome. Like any great bike shop, they are everything bikes! Whether you are a beginner or a pro, road, fatbike, or MTB, or anything in between, they will nurture and support you. If your current bike shop doesn’t make you feel like a pro, find a new bike shop. If you’re close to Yonge and Major Mackenzie, it should be Evolution Cycles. When you walk out of Evolution Cycles, you feel like a team rider. If you can’t find parking right in front of the store on Yonge Street, park in the back and use the back door. There’s a sign.
When I get home from work on Tuesdays this summer, I’m going to have a few choices. I will be tired. I may want to have a dirt nap. I may want to just bake my brain in front of the TV. There will be buckets of laundry. There will be grass that needs to be cut. There will be chores and homework and errands and all sorts of life that need tending.
There will also be the King Weekly Series. Everything else will just have to wait.
PS. Hey, do you have a question about the series? Do you want to try a race, but think it may not be for you, or have questions? Comment below, or send an email to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
By the way, if you want to try a weekly series, they are all awesome. I like King on Tuesdays, but check out these other races too. You won’t regret it.
- Wednesday: Spoke O Motion Weekly MTB Race Series @ Coulson Hill
- Wednesday: Superfly’s Wednesday Night Race Series @ Albion Hills
- Wednesday: Trek Wednesday Night MTB Series @ Hardwood Hills
- Thursday: BikeNXS Durham Forest MTB Race Series