Today was the most wintery day of 2006, I think. Cold, plus almost hurricane-force winds when it gusted. Just in time for the 2006 Ice Bike Race at Dufferin Grove Park, near Dufferin and Bloor Sts.
That Star article is a pretty good one (especially since theStar stopped requiring registration), about Albert “Ice Emperor” De Ciccio, a guy who “furiously rides his bicycle around a skating rink dressed in a Roman gladiator’s uniform“, a six-time champion of the Ice Bike Race.
Thanks to Martino for alerting me to the race (it’s tomorrow night – running (riding) from about 5 until 9 pm), and I hope he doesn’t mind that I have borrowed part of his metal-studded tire photo.
I have to check with my better half about my schedule tomorrow night, but if anyone is planning on attending, drop me an email and maybe we can meet up, down some hot chocolate and watch 30 bike couriers put the screws to their tires on a city rink in this slightly insane competition. It’ll be fun.