I coined the word icebike circa November 1995. Last night was the second annual icebike race (as they mislabelled it, “ice bike race”) at Dufferin Grove Park. I arrived to take photos, as usual (Cf. 2006). For some reason, these people are proud of the fact that the event has no Web site, ignoring nearly two decades of online organization of cycling.

Two riders on stand-up bikes and a third on a recumbent wait alongside a man holding a starting flag

The race, which had 21 registrants, falls a few weeks after a stringer for the Times called me up to ask about icebike racing, about which I knew relatively little (I just ride my bike). And just before we left last night, the man who coined the word stood in the bleachers watching d00dz ride around in ovals on a hockey rink and called for Vena Roti takeout. Only in Toronto.

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