There's always something new to discover at FortWhyte Alive.
FortWhyte Alive Volunteer Victor has been lending his time to our organization for over 12 years, in a variety of roles. Watch out for him on the roads – you may see Victor rollin' around town on his recumbent bike!
What’s your favourite thing about cycling?
I like the freedom to go wherever I want, when I want. And the breeze through my hair, although my helmet blocks it a bit. It’s also affordable, environmentally friendly and good exercise. I bike about 20 km’s everyday, both foe leisure and to run errands. Although sometimes I ski in the winter instead of bike.
Why do you like a recumbent bike?
It’s comfortable! I biked to Witchita on a 10-speed and my back got pretty sore.
Where did you get your bike?
My son custom made if for me, he works for a company that builds bikes for persons with physical disabilities. The wheels are second hand and he welded the frame himself. He gave it to me for my 60th birthday, that was 20 years ago.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever carried on your bike?
My son built me a bike trailer and I used it to bring our Christmas tree home one year. My grand kids have also used it to haul water balloons.
Last night’s Frightening Fiver was definitely a night to remember!
The wind howled and the snow blasted us the in face, but that didn't stop 263 racers from championing the conditions for a great race.
Thank you to all who dressed up and everyone who participated in our largest race under the cloak of darkness, all in support of environmental education at FortWhyte Alive.
The costumes that these troopers donned were incredible - our finalists included a full-body Gumby outfit, a team of "Where's Waldo", and some glow stick superstars.
As always we need to thank our amazing crew of FortWhyte Alive volunteers, but this year they deserve an extra shout-out for braving the cold for us. We couldn't do what we do without you volunteers - you are the real MVPs! A big thanks also to Winnipeg Search and Rescue for ensuring all racers made it out of our trails safely.
Special thanks to all of this year’s sponsors who provided goods and services for your race day needs:
Gorp Clean Energy Bars
Woodcock Cycle Works
Winnipeg Spine and Sports Therapy
Medals for those who placed will be available for pick up until Friday, November 3 at FortWhyte Alive. After this date, they will be mailed out. All winners will be contacted directly by email.
Even if you didn’t place, everyone who supports environmental education is a winner in our eyes, so THANK YOU!
Check out the winner results below!
1st Place – Gumby
2nd Place – Where’s Waldo (team costume)
3rd Place – Glow Stick Skeletons (team costume)
5km - Female
1st Place – Dayna Graham
2nd Place – Carmen Figueroa Sotelo
3rd Place – Ava Thompson
5km - Male
1st Place – Alan Hopkins
2nd Place – Curtis Einarson
3rd Place – Orien Massey
* Curtis Placed 2nd but was not recorded in timing as his bib was not visible, however we were able to see this through video footage.
10km – Female
1st Place – Sarah Kirby
2nd Place – Lindsay Green
3rd Place – Randi Marshall
10km – Male
1st Place – Jamie Falk
2nd Place – Sprague Richardson
3rd Place – Elliot Garfinkel
* Tyler Berke has disqualified himself, as he believes Elliot was before him.
Check out the overall race stats below!
**Due to the cold temperatures, the timing software was malfunctioning. Race results have been reviewed using video footage taken at the finish line to ensure accuracy. Some race bibs may not be included in the results, due to their position while being worn, and being hard to see. The Frozen Fiver and subsequent races will be timed with chip timing to ensure better accuracy. Sorry for any inconvenience.
We hope to see you all this winter for the Frozen Fiver!
BEWARE OF PHANTOMS!
Phantom power, also known as standby power, vampire power, and leaking electricity can account for up to 10 per cent of all electricity used in our homes.
Across Canada phantom power consumption totals approximately 5,400,000,000 kWh. That is equivalent to the electrical consumption of all households in Manitoba and PEI combined.
Here are a few tips for reducing phantom power:
• Unplug battery chargers as soon as the device is fully charged or when the charger is not being used. A battery charger draws power even when the device it is charging has been removed.
• If you regularly use a number of battery chargers (for power tools, cell phones, etc), make a charging station where all of the chargers are plugged into a single power bar that may easily turned off all at once.
• When you are finished watching a movie or playing a video game, turn off the DVD player or game console, not just the TV. The average gaming system, when left idle, can use 90 watts of power or roughly $60 in electricity costs every year.
• Unplug infrequently used electronics, such as a second TV, DVD player or audio system or use a power bar that can easily be turned off to avoid standby power consumption. Approximately 40 per cent of all electricity used to power electronics is used when the products are turned off but are in standby mode.
• Try turning off your computer when it's not being used. In the case of computers, most electricity waste occurs when they are left on overnight, on weekends. If you purchase a new computer consider an ENERGY STAR® certified computer that up to 70 per cent less electricity.
For more information on standby power:
Natural Resources Canada website
What do you do on a daily basis to live more sustainably?
I would consider myself a minimalist in most ways. I tend to avoid purchasing new whenever possible and either make things myself using the materials I have at home or purchase something used instead. Books are an exception for me as well as art and craft supplies - I'm fully loaded in those areas. I also cycle on a regular basis.
Why do you cycle?
Cycling has been a big part of my life. I vividly remember teaching myself to ride my brother's bmx at the age of 6 and my life was changed. I ride because usually it's the quickest way to get places, you get exercise and fresh, avoid paying for parking or looking for a parking spot, and you arrive at your destination feeling awesome. The cycling community in Winnipeg is incredible. You have instant friends as a result of cycling.
I also cycle because it helps me see the world differently. You experience your city differently, you move at a slower, more humane pace. You can absorb things and reflect on what you see or what you feel. I often say it's my form of free therapy 😉
Cycling is a great way to travel and experience another city. My favourite cycling city is Copenhagen by far. The infrastructure is incredible. I could go on about my experience for days. Cycling changes you bit by bit - for the better. You get to know yourself, your strengths, your limits, your truest, rawest self - you feel strong and capable, dare I say invincible, at times. You become comfortable venturing into the unknown places both in the real world and within yourself. You find your place in the world and become deeply connected to the places you have cycled and the memories you create on your ride. You also develop a more accurate sense of the grand-ness and beauty of the world. You discover small, off-the-road places you'd never discover in a speeding car.
What's your favourite bike path in the city and why?
I really love the cycling path along Sherbrook up to Notre Dame. Any cycling infrastructure downtown is also pretty incredible. I love cycling downtown - it's an experience and always an adventure. If I'm looking to take a scenic route, cycling along Wellington Avenue or up near Silver behind the golf course is great. Oh, and did I mention the cycling paths entering FortWhyte Alive from Sterling Lyon? Gorgeous!
If someone was interested in starting to biking to work, what tips would you give them?
Be prepared! Pack the appropriate clothing, have a tool bag of items you may need along the road for quick-fixes, plan your route, and give yourself a lot of time on day one. It also helps to cycle with a friend if you've never done it before. The most important thing is just to get out and do it. Bike Week Winnipeg has come great cycling tips here to help get you started: http://www.bikeweekwinnipeg.com/riding-tips/
Do you listen to music while you're biking and if so, what's on your playlist?
MPI recommends not cycling distracted by wearing headphones. I was a bicycle courier in Winnipeg for about 6 years and in order to communicate with my dispatcher, I wore a bluetooth headset in just one ear and would sometimes listen to music just loud enough so I was able to hear it, but could still hear what was going on in traffic around me.
What are the basic tools you'd recommend every cyclist carry?
Appropriate sized wrenches (for wheels and seat-post adjustments), a bike pump, extra bike tubes, a patch kit, tire levers, chain lube and some snacks in my tool-kit bag in case of emergencies. My go-to snacks were a bag of mixed nuts, clif bars, and hard-candy like weather's original to use as a pick-me-up in really difficult weather or when I was very cold and tired.
How do you avoid helmet hair?!
You don't. I embraced helmet hair fully. My hair is short, thick and coarse so it tends to do whatever it wants. Figure out what works best for you, whether that means tying it back, a braid, or just accepting whatever happens. Running your hands under water and then working your hands through your hair to tame any outliers has also worked well for me.
Get inspired to turn over a new leaf and make some eco-conscious changes of your own! Post photos of what you're doing to go green on Instagram with the hashtag #GetSustainableFWA, and you'll be entered to win some great FortWhyte prizes. Learn more by clicking here!
We're proud to announce we've added paper towel compost collection bins in all of our washrooms.
In partnership with Compost Winnipeg, our paper towels will be sent to Prairie Green Landfill where they'll be turned into rich compost. Check out Compost Winnipeg's website for more info on how you can have your household organics picked up right at your very own doorstep!
Our 2015 Sustainability Plan is our road map to making FortWhyte green, inside and out.