The 2019 Don Harris Century will be held on Saturday, July 13th. There is a new 100K route, we've kept the 60K road and the trail ride the same for this year. Don't forget to donate to Heart and Stroke!
Thanks to everyone who participated in this years ride. The weather was perfect, and as usual, John Rossignol was a great host.
I did a quick internet search of accommodations within a ten minute drive of the winery. This isn't an endorsement of any of these properties, I have no idea if they're a one star or five. But, if you're looking for a nearby place to stay, it might be some help.
The Old Winsloe House
Lot 64, PE C0A 1V0
174 Mill Rd, Murray Harbour, PE C0A 1V0
Coastal Homestead B&B
4664 Cape Bear Rd, Murray River, PE C0A 1W0
11561 Shore Rd, Murray River, PE C0A 1W0
My Father’s House B&B
1262 Main St, Murray Harbour, PE C0A 1V0
Forest and Stream Cottages
PE C0A 1V0, 446 Fox River Rd, Murray Harbour, PE C0A 1V0
Looking forward to the ride on July 14, and don't forget to donate to Heart and Stroke.
The date has been set for the 2017 DHC, July 15. Registration is now open at
Thanks to everyone who made the Don Harris Century a great success this year. John Rossignol went above and beyond by being an excellent host. Danny MacQueen of MacQueen’s Bike Shop provided top notch support. Crystal Cobb of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of PEI supplied the volunteers for the rest stations, and Jane Harris did the coordination. Cycling PEI looked after the registration and sanctioned the ride, making it possible. The Great Enlightened Buddhist Society Monks provided snacks for the post ride reception. Colin Hawes of RBC Wealth Management Dominion Securities provided water bottles. Great job everyone! But mostly I want to thank the participants. What a great bunch! I hope to see everyone again next year, and bring a friend!
Ira Birt, Organizer
Please note there has been a last minute change to the 60K route. We are sorry for any inconvenience. You can download the map here.
Monday July 4, 2016 40K
24 degrees, sunny, 20-30K W winds. Well this is it, the final week before the Century. More intervals. Thanks Clara, because of you I am now used to riding my bike gasping for air and cross eyed. I’m starting to believe intervals make a difference, but man they hurt. Some kind of pain-gain correlation? Maybe, maybe...
Wednesday July 6, 2016 45K
17 degrees, cloudy, 30K N winds. My last interval session before the Century, so I made it count. A different route with a few hills in the middle and a headwind to boot. Kind of cool today, where the heck did summer go?
Saturday July 9, 2016 60K
16 degrees, cloudy, 10-15K NE winds. Today I started to taper, that is rest up after a long block of training. All the fitness I’m going to gather by next week is in the bank, so now it’s all about rest and recovery. Eat well, sleep well, and ride just enough to keep the legs fresh. If you’re going to err on one side, it’s better to be over rested than over trained. I have a couple of short, easy rides scheduled for next week, and that’s it. See you in Little Sands!
Monday June 27, 2016 40K
24 degrees, sunny, 20K S winds. This week is all about intervals. Usually associated with training for racing, they’re a good way for anyone to get faster and stronger. There are an incredible amount of different types of intervals, Google “Cycling Intervals” and you’ll get hundreds of hits. I did a drill mentioned in Clara Hughes’ book, “Open Heart, Open Mind”. Three minutes all out, two minutes recovery, two minutes all out, one minute recovery, one minute all out, thirty seconds recovery, and finally thirty seconds all out. Take a breather for five minutes and do it again. As far as intervals go, these are pretty basic. You can get into some pretty intense clock watching with some of the more complicated drills, but I’m a firm believer of the KISS principle. And who can argue with six Olympic medals?
Wednesday June 29, 2016 40K
24 degrees, sunny, 30-40K S winds. “I got a fever, and the only prescription is more intervals!” https://vimeo.com/55624839
Back doing Clara’s intervals. They don’t last very long, but if done correctly, leave you totally drained. Another good session. I’ve got some hills scheduled for the weekend, we’ll see if all this effort will pay off.
Friday July 1, 2016 100K
27 degrees, sunny, 10-15K S winds. If there was ever a perfect day for a bike ride, this was it. Hills, hills and more hills. Keeping hydrated and fueled was my main concern. I’m starting to think the intervals are making a difference. The hills seemed easier to manage. The real test will come during the Century, riding in a large group. I felt great up until the last five kilometres, at which point my hydration was lacking. I mixed my sports drink too strong, and with not enough water in my system the lower half of my body turned into a big cramp. I was close enough to home by that point that it wasn’t all that bad. I just soft pedaled the rest of the way. Nice day, hardly a breeze, what was the rush?
Tuesday June 21, 2016 50K
24 degrees, sunny, 40K SW winds. Today was all about headwind and hills. I went with a younger fellow who liked to climb, and he darn near killed me. Great way to add to my aerobic base. There are only two weeks left, so every ride counts.
Thursday June 23, 2016 45K
24 degrees, sunny, 10-15K S winds. Nice ride with just a couple of hills thrown in. Will I be ready to tackle the hills in Caledonia? I sure hope so.
Saturday June 25, 2016 90K
24 degrees, sunny, 30K SW winds. The calendar said 80K, but it’s easy to get carried away when the weather’s this nice. I did a group ride with six other guys. It’s a treat to have company when you’re riding into a 30K headwind. Mostly flat with a couple of bumps, a great day to spin the legs. I’m pretty confident I have my nutrition dialed, I had energy the whole ride.