Who’s Up for an Epic Winter Challenge? Jim, Andrea and Mark are.

We’re closing in on 20 challengers for the Actif Epica bike race, counting entries received and those in the mail (everyone wants to win that gorgeous MEC jacket, right?  – keep those entries coming!).  A roster page is coming, but in the meantime, let’s introduce some of the racers.  Here are three folks who you’ll want to follow during the event – all with very different sports backgrounds, but all motivated by the idea of the challenge.

Name:   Jim Nadler

Age:  64

Hometown: Kleefeld, MB

What inspired you to enter the Actif Epica bike challenge?

After many years of long distance running, I have been cycling winter and summer for about 10 years, averaging over 10,000 kms per year for the last five years, so when I saw “Actif Epica” posted on our local cycling blog, I couldn’t resist the temptation to enter the race.

Can you tell us something interesting about how you are preparing, or something interesting you have experienced while preparing?

To prepare, I’m riding my fat bike on 70 km rides every other day along gravel roads and doing weight training and anaerobic 30 minute elliptical workouts on non-cycling days. I’ve been experimenting with my “camel back” watering pack as to how best to use it in extreme cold.

What would you like to say to everyone who thinks you are crazy for attempting this challenge?

As to whether people consider me crazy for doing this—–nothing new: I’ve been called crazy many times.  It’s really hard to explain this compulsion to test yourself to the limits, however judging by the hundreds of people who attempt the Manitoba Marathon and Half-Marathon, more and more people have this compulsion.

Name: Andrea Tetrault (aka Winnipeg Cycle Chick)

Age: Old enough to know better, but young enough not to care

Hometown: Winnipeg

What inspired you to enter the Actif Epica bike challenge?

The last year and a half have been all about experiencing every possible aspect of cycling that I have the ability, the time and the inclination to try. This is definitely a challenge that raises the bar. That, and winter is pretty long and boring and it’s nice to have something to train for, and of course, blog about.

Can you tell us something interesting about how you are preparing, or something interesting you have experienced while preparing?

This is the first year I have attempted riding outside in the winter, so it seems like every time I go out I experience something new. For example, I’ve never ridden a bike on a frozen river. Think about it – from an outside perspective, that’s pretty fucking cool.

What would you like to say to everyone who thinks you are crazy for attempting this challenge?

Well, what I’d like to say, I probably shouldn’t. Crazy is a very subjective and relative thing. In fact, I wrote a whole article about it. I will say this: “Passion does not blind. Passion is sanity.”― E.M. Forster

 Name: Mark Seaburg

Age?  52 or 25; I forget

Hometown: Hopkins, MN, USA

What inspired you to enter the Actif Epica bike challenge?

Icy temperatures, windswept trails, big skies, and huge landscapes. What’s not to love?

Can you tell us something interesting about how you are preparing, or something interesting you have experienced while preparing?

52F (11C) in January? I expect to have to hose off the mud in the summer, but not this time of year.

What would you like to say to everyone who think you are crazy for attempting this challenge?

Crazy is a matter of perspective. To not challenge yourself now and then, that’s crazy.

 

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