For The 2022 Canola Fields Fondo!
Ride and Apres-ride Social
Enjoy the vast golden canola fields of rural Alberta. Routes will include road rides of various distances and levels. Shorter rides will start in the afternoon, aiming all to finish by 4pm. Please register for a ride of your choice:
1) Canola Goldenrod Light, 29km, Easy, Jill, Stan
Will be posted soon
2) Canola Campos to Madden, 71km, Int, Sal F
3) Canola Metric Century, 104km, Int, Lyle O
4) Canola Imperial Century, 161km, Adv, Tanya C/John M
All road rides start/finish at Symons Valley Ranch (NW parking lot)
Apres-ride social: Join us after the ride for social in the parking lot of Symons Valley Ranch. Bring your own snacks, drinks and chairs. There is also The Beer Hall at Symons Valley that is awaiting our visit at their outdoor patio for food and refreshments (please ensure you have a designated driver for after, if needed)
What if the weather is bad? The event will be rescheduled for another weekend
Did you know that: Health concerns about canola oil are unfounded. Canola oil, which is extracted from the seeds of the canola plant, is generally recognized as safe by the Food and Drug Administration. Misinformation about canola oil may stem from the fact that the canola plant was developed through crossbreeding with the rapeseed plant. Rapeseed oil contains very high levels of erucic acid, a compound that in large amounts can be toxic to humans. Canola oil, however, contains very low levels of erucic acid. Canola oil is also low in saturated fat and has a high proportion of monounsaturated fat, which makes it a healthy and safe choice when it comes to cooking oils. (source http://www.mayoclinic.org)
To make it safer, Canadian scientists created a variation of rapeseed oil that replaced almost all of the erucic acid with a type of monounsaturated acid. By 1978, they created oil with less than 2 percent erucic acid and renamed it canola, which stood for Canada oil (“can” + “ola”). Other websites claim the word has a longer meaning: Canada (“can”) oil (“o”) low (“l”) acid (“a”) (source: Canola Oil Is Actually an Acronym | Reader’s Digest (rd.com)
Lastly, you may not be aware of the controversy around dietary oils. So here is one resource
Questions? Contact event coordinator, Tanya Colwell.