Summer Challenge #2

summer challenge #2

So…. here it is, challenge #2.

The challenge is to complete a continuous ride or run starting and finishing in Neepawa and travelling through Riding Mountain National Park, connecting a series of waypoints using only gravel roads or trails. But it is not only a ride or run, it is also about telling your story, for your attempt to count you must also supply words and pictures of your challenge. Go to the Challenges page for more details


It has been a while since the last post, my apologies. Was away doing a little bike race in Colorado and then my old computer started to give up the ghost… Have a new computer now and some time so I am going to bring this blog back up to date.

In the new news category Dallas is trying the Lite Run this weekend. He will be the first runner to try the 2013 Summer Challenge – good luck Dallas!

In the old news category we have had a bunch of others complete the full bike challenge in the last month a half. Monica and Corey from Minneapolis and Nebraska finished in mid-July, Tim Runtz finished,  and Ian, Dallas, Dave, and Pete finished in early August. Congratulations all, I will be collecting their stories and posting soon.

Stay tuned.

Do You Know Your Way

So, some of us have been trying some of the possible bike routes and roads these pass couple of weekends and, well, this is not going to be as straightforward as it might seem; there are some challenges out there girls and boys.

A road on Google maps and some road maps might labeled roads on those sources, they are only be that in the most general sense of the word. And a road may be fine when it is dry, but if it rains during your attempt you better get used to walking or riding the ditch or be willing to back track 10 miles like we did this last weekend.

A couple of noteworthy items

  • Old Dawson Road  can be used East of 40 Road (just west of Richer) it is an old asphalt road with no painted centre lines 
  • The declaration form opens next week
  • The story board will open shortly after that

We’re getting close.








The sign reads “Impassable When Wet” – this has been verified.


We Wait No More!

The jerseys have arrived and they are awesome.


For those in Winnipeg I will be at the Belgian Club Thursday evening from 7:00 – 9:30 handing out the jerseys. Drop by (sign-in first) have a beer, and pickup your jersey. I will also have my Backroads Manitoba map book and other maps if you want to ask questions, talk about the Summer Challenge. If you cannot make it to Belgian Club on Thursday evening, send me an email and we will make arrangements.

Those in Manitoba but not in Winnipeg, send me an email and we’ll figure out how to get you your jerseys.

For those outside of Manitoba, I will be sending you an email once I have figured out shipping. I would love to have these in the mail to you by Saturday so look for the email and shipping invoice.

While We Wait

Still waiting for the email from Champ-Sys that our jerseys are being shipped. In the meantime here are some things that will help you while away the hours.

Limits of the Body – Two Ironman competitors, Julie Moss and Wendy Ingraham to find out how they do what they do. Physiologist Dr. David Jones tells us how to trick the voice in your head that tells you you’re exhausted. Then we follow two men, Patrick Autissier and Jure Robic, as they bike across the country as fast as they can in a crazy race called The Ride Across America.

 The Perfect Runner – CBC Documentary about the perfect runner, a celebration of the modern love of long-distance running by exploring our evolutionary past as a species defined by its ability to run\

Big River Man (on iTunes and Netflix) – In February 2007 Martin Strel began an insane attempt to be the first person to swim the entire length of the world’s most dangerous river, the mighty Amazon. Martin is an endurance swimmer from Slovenia, who swims rivers – the Mississippi, the Danube and the Yangtze to date – to highlight their pollution to the world. Martin is also a rather overweight, horseburger loving Slovenian in his fifties who drinks two bottles of red wine a day… even when swimming.

Ride the Divide (also on iTunes and Netflix) - An award-winning feature film about the world’s toughest mountain bike race, which traverses over 2700 miles along the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains. The film weaves the story of three characters’ experiences with immense mountain beauty and small-town culture as they attempt to pedal from Banff, Canada to a small, dusty crossing on the Mexican border.

Summer Challenge – The Rules



The planning has started. If you look at the pages you will see one called Summer Challenge 2013, that is where we have the rules for the challenge and where we’ll put the form you need to fill out indicating when you will start your adventure.

We’ll also add information to this blog that over the next two months that will help you get ready for your ride/run as well the stories and pictures from those who gave it a shot.

This should be fun!