A lot of my job as an historian and instructor consists of helping my students to write with more clarity, with greater effectiveness, and to better construct essay and arguments. Over the years, I’ve toyed with the idea of developing a manual to help with this. I will call it Egan’s Guide to Good Writing.
But that can wait. As the bicycle project develops in front of me and in front of a couple of different classes, I have found myself thinking more and more about why I ride and also—since I enjoy riding for exercise—how to be faster, stronger, fitter on the bike. For me, this is strictly a personal endeavour, but I wanted to share Jason Zhu’s new project, which looks fascinating.
This is a neat serial documentary on preparing for Paris-Ancaster, the Canadian Spring Cycling Classic that takes on a host of roads, trails, and mud between Paris and Ancaster. It’s a great race, but even if you have only the mildest interest in amateur bike racing (viewing or participating), you might be interested in the series, which will be screened in Toronto and in Dundas on February 8 & 9. Details at the following link. I believe I will be MC’ing the Dundas event at Café Domestique (which means I already know how to win Paris-Ancaster…).