Tonight was the annual Ride of Silence, a ride held all over the world on May 20 at 7 pm local time to remember those who have died riding a bike. The Toronto ride has been run since 2009.

Here we are at the starting point, Bloor and Spadina. About 25 riders; a nice mix of newcomers and old hands.

Biking along Bloor.

and then down Yonge.


The ride ended at Nathan Phillips Square, in front of City Hall.

The names of riders killed since 2010 was read out, and then we had a moment of silence.

For the record, a partial list:

Date              Name                       Age  Location
28-Oct-14            ?                        71    Victoria Park and O’Connor
09-Oct-14      Edouard Le Blanc        63    Gatineau Hydro Corridor @ Warden
Aug 1 2014     Immanuel Sinnadurai  17    Sheppard E at Nelson
20-Nov-13      Adrian Dudzicki           23   Sheppard W and Allen
Oct. 16, 2013  Carla Warrilow            25   Dundas and Spadina
Sept 18 2013   Sue Trainor                51  Lakeshore Blvd W near Royal York
April 13 2013   Henry Mejia               37  Kennedy Rd and 401
Nov 23 2012    Tom Samson              35  Lansdowne and Davenport
Nov 7 2012      Mike Rankin               56  University at Richmond
Sept 7 2012     Pete Cram                  29  Queen St W at Dufferin
August 6 2012  Joe Mavec                       St. Clair W at Wychwood
Nov 7 2011      Jenna Morrison         38    Dundas and Sterling
05-Aug-11       Jack Roper                84    Greenwood at Plains
Nov 19 2010    Vicente Sering           55    Spadina and Lakeshore
26-Sep-10       Nigel Gough                28   Lakeshore at Colborne Lodge

A complete list is here:

compiled by the good people at the Advocacy for Respect of Cyclists (ARC) whose website appears to be down right now. (FB page here)

Thanks to everyone who rode tonight.

Update Wayne Scott’s pictures on FB.

Today was the day for the 2.5 hour endurance race. Going into the race, we were standing fourth overall, mainly on the strength of our design report. However, there were some concerns about how the bike would handle the slaloms, speed bumps, and other obstacles on the course.

After the work last night, the suspension on the fork was “locked out” by bonding plates of carbon on both sides. This made the handling of the bike much more predictable under power.

Here the team is standing where the bike was set up for the LeMans style start.

Just before the start. The riders can be seen in the background. They had to grab groceries (a water jug in a bag), load the bike, and belt up before riding off.

UCF riding without the fairing. This is a nice trike with front suspension.

MS&T looked like the team to beat, establishing a strong lead within the first couple of laps of the race.

Calvin at speed. There were two tufts of hair sticking through helmet vents that looked a bit like devil horns.

Calvin comes in to load or unload groceries.

Akron running strong with just the rear part of the fairing.

Calvin overtaking Alabama’s bamboo trike. In actuality, ‘Bama was several laps up on us.

MS&T’s Leviathan speeding by the pit area.

Rider switch to Sherry.

On this side, you can see some of her road rash and wound dressings. She has PROMISED me that she will go see a doctor as soon as she gets back.

No wounds on this side.

Rose Hulman had intermittent mechanical problems.

I didn’t notice when I took this picture that the rider is holding a crank.

Two other vehicles limping by the judges’ table.

MS&T without the door to get a bit of ventilation.

This bike flatted one of their tiny front tires, and didn’t appear to have spares so they elected to run on the rims. The judges made the rider pick up and lift the bike over the start finish so that the rims would not damage sensor wires.

Akron’s trike broke in half going over the speed bump, so the riders ran with half the bike for the rest of the race to preserve as much of their placing as possible. They had built up a big enough lead that they still finished just out of the top ten for the enduro, and they finished third for the overall event!

Peter was our third and final rider.


Peter takes the checkered flag at the end of his run.

West Virginia limps in.

I wish that this photo was in focus. The female rider for Cairo University pushed her trike all the way around the track to finish her final lap, and there were many applauding students cheering her on.

After she crossed the line, Rose Hulman is providing shade, and cooling her off with the downdraft from their quadcopter drone.

People admiring the MS&T trike. They finished first overall, first in both the men’s and women’s sprints, and first in innovation for their tilting front suspension. They also had rear suspension for good measure.

Our three riders.

We are pretty sure we had the lightest bike at the meet.

All smiles at the end of the race.

Calvin accepting the award for first in Design, on behalf of the team.

Once again, all smiles. As it turns out, we finished a respectable fifth overall.

Thanks to the organizers for putting on such a great weekend of racing. In addition, it was a pleasure to meet the enthusiastic students from all over the US, and around the world.

Tomorrow is the endurance race. Time for more tweaks, and then some late night parking lot runs.

Sherry has a fan club.




The first thing in the morning, we learned that the team stood at first in design and eighth in innovation, which put us in a competitive position going into today’s sprints.

Here we are at the drivers’ meeting. We were joined by Sherry who flew in late last night, without her luggage.

Then some time to tweak the bike, and to look at some of the other machines.

I check to see if I fit.

Peter does the same thing.

Rose Hulman looks strong; they win this event more often than not.

Clemson adds some ventilation, while their rider was still in the vehicle.

UW Madison’s excellent pixel cow paint job.

The University of Florida Gators, the home team.

Josh pushes the bike up to the start.

All the bikes gather at the start before qualifying.

This is what it looks like looking down the course. There was a significant downward slope for the first third of the course.

Calvin catches some shade.

This is how Rose Hulman does the same thing.

MS&T has a fast, pretty tilting trike that looks like it will be hard to beat.

The first set of runs were qualifying runs in order to get seeding times. The fastest 16 men and women would move on to a tournament with head to head elimination racing.

Here is Sherry qualifying. She was seeded 10th.

Calvin at speed; he was seeded ninth.

A blurry picture of Madison crashing.

The fact that the racer wheeled the bike down the rest of the course with a broken suspension linkage shows the spirit of this competition.

The team decides that the fairing might not actually be doing any good, and so they transfer the numbers to the wheel skirt.

Bruce and Thomas take a break in the shade.

Sherry’s first elimination race against Akron. She lost narrowly. She was using platform pedals, and three times during the run, she lost control of the bike and managed to keep it upright by splaying her legs out to the side. A spectacular ride, especially considering that she arrived around midnight, and then got up around 5:30 to get out to the track early to practice on a bike she had never ridden.

The rider for UNC Charlotte focuses before another run.DSC01268

Alabama and MS&T, two of the faster trikes.

After losing the first race, she proceeded to win two more (double elimination format), before coming up against UCF.
DSC01276 During this run, she was trailing the other bike and she pushed a little too hard and crashed just before the finish. She was protected by the roll cage, but picked up some nasty road rash on her arm, leg and shorts. Here, she is being attended to by the paramedics.
She is OK, and we’ll see if she will be able to race tomorrow.

Since I left early, I’m not sure of the results, but I heard that MS&T won both the men’s and women’s sprints. The men’s final came down to MS&T versus Akron, which shows the ability of a trike that is very stable, along with a rider than can put out a lot of power.

The men’s race was switched to a single elimination format due to lack of time, and Calvin was eliminated early. He reported on the lack of stability of the bike when he put out more than 50% power, due to the wandering of the front wheel coming from the front suspension. The team has decided to lock out the suspension before tomorrow, and to train up the other riders to be ready for tomorrow’s endurance race.

Update: here is a short video before the start of the women’s sprints, where the HPV’s are being run down the course for a transducer check.

Just for fun, here are some pictures looking back at the build of Viteza, this year’s bike. One of the big enhancements for the team was that they got access to a CNC router which which they were able to make moulds for the frame, rollbar, and fork.

Here, carbon is being cut for the main frame.

Calvin shows off a test piece for laying up the front half of the frame. The frame mould had to be in two sections because of the size of the router bed.

The mould for the roll cage.

The finished piece.

Here is the frame being cured.

The entire frame and roll cage assembly.

Laying up the rear fairing on a male buck. It has a foam core sandwich construction.

The tail fairing being painted, the day before the team left. Usually painting happens at competition!

A discussion around a table where you can see the moulds for the fork.

The carbon cut for the fork. In some areas, there were 20 layers of carbon.

In parallel with the build, Aerovelo was working on tweaking Eta, last year’s bike from Battle Mountain.

Although the design and mould fabrications were done over a long period of time, the final build of the bike was left to the last month, and in fact happened over mainly the last couple of weeks.

The team has arrived at the ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge in Gainesville, FL. As per usual, they left a lot of tweaking of the bike until the last possible moment, but they made it down here safely, which is the main thing. Here we are in the parking lot, preparing the bike while waiting for our turn to do the design presentation.

A side view of the carbon front suspension.

Calvin fits into the bike!

Rolling the bike out.

There are just over thirty entries this year. Interestingly enough, we counted only two two wheeled vehicles, with all the rest being trikes. Here is an entry from UNC Charlotte.DSC01100

Coroplast rules!

This trike has a flywheel.


Clemson during the braking test.

We are in line for the safety inspection.

Bama had a very pretty entry, with a bamboo frame.

Thomas would fit in the bike if we trimmed off the top half of his head.

Calvin during the braking test.

The team passed safety and the dynamic testing with flying colours.

Nevertheless, there was still work to be done on the bike. After a quick bite to eat,
11071924_1013069338711224_634123662421185023_n the team went to the parking lot where Sunday’s endurance race will be held to adjust things, and to get in a little riding practice.

Calvin at speed.

Trefor gets a turn.

Unfortunately, due to a strict interpretation of the rules, it looks like Trefor is not eligible to ride, and so some other members of the team will have to step up during Sunday’s race. Time for bed now. The racer’s meeting is bright and early Saturday.

High Park Sakura 2015

The High Park sakura are in full bloom now.
We though we’d check it out on a Wednesday evening when it wouldn’t be too crowded. Boy were we wrong. It was almost as if it was a weekend. Here is the traffic leading into the park. The bike lanes were OK, though ;)DSC05296

Nominal family photo for next year’s calendar. It was very crowded, hence the rather close cropping.

Parking the bike fleet for a snack at the Grenadier Cafe.

Leaving the park. Could use some better lane markings here.

The sakura will still be glorious, but as in previous years, don’t drive if you can possibly avoid it.


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