Canadian Cycling Magazine - - FEATURE -

Most cy­clists have their own idea of just how breezy it has to be be­fore a ride can be de­scribed as “windy.” For rid­ers in Regina, where the wind av­er­ages 18.4 km/h, that def­i­ni­tion is prob­a­bly skewed to­ward the gustier side. “I per­son­ally think that any­thing less than 20 km/h is a ‘calm’ day,” said Tamela Friesen, tour co­or­di­na­tor for the city’s Was­cana Free­wheel­ers Bi­cy­cle Tour­ing Club. “Forty-kilo­me­tres-per-hour is still worth the ride, but you think about start­ing into the wind and try­ing to get blown back home.” Though most cy­clists opt to ride out push­ing into a head­wind with the prom­ise of a home­ward tail­wind, the Was­cana Free­wheel­ers have come up with an even bet­ter op­tion – tours that mem­bers have dubbed “Gone with the Wind” rides. On th­ese spe­cial tours, rid­ers head out with the wind at their backs, know­ing that there’s a shut­tle for them and their bikes avail­able at their down­wind des­ti­na­tion. This year, the rid­ers might not have had any­thing like the re­gion’s record max gust of 153 km/h to push them, but Friesen said the club can get lucky. “It’s not un­com­mon for the gwtw ride to en­joy a 60 km/h-plus wind,” she said. “This year, I was mid­dle-of-the-road for fit­ness and did 140 km in four hours of rid­ing time.”

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