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Jamaica Reggae Ride

By Sheila Murray-Johnson

Sheila Murray-Johnson – centre in blue

My name is “Pushcart”. Well, that’s my new nickname anyway. It was bestowed upon me by guides with cool nicknames of their own—Stringbean, Breezeman, Ratbat,—who I met on my recent bike tour in Jamaica.

When I arrived at the sunny Caribbean island, with

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Exercise Your Right to Ride

By Ali Burke

Growing up, I never thought of myself as athletic, or even strong. In fact, I felt I was rather scrawny and that my physical abilities were not quite up to par. I turned up my nose at sports teams, gym class, even a friendly game of frisbee… But

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29 Switchbacks: Cycling in the Andes

By Amaya Williams

Curva 3 and already I was short of breath. Gasping and gulping in precious oxygen.

I reckoned we were at just over 2,000 meters. That’s nothing in the Andes. La Paz, the highest capital city in world lies at around 3,400 meters (10,600 feet).

In Peru, roads criss-cross the cordillera,

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Detour Through the Desert: A Challenging Climax to a Ride Around Africa

Camping in the Sahara

 

We set off into the uncertainty of the desert with our ten litres of water, 15 packs of instant noodles, two cans of quick cooking oats, a dozen pita breads, three boxes of Laughing Cow cheese wedges, two tins of tuna, a family-sized jar of strawberry jam

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The Cycles of Life

By Heather Pardon

A few years ago I never would have imagined myself embarking upon a road cycling trip on a hybrid bicycle while towing my dog behind me in a Burley Rover dog trailer. Yet, a few years ago I wouldn’t have imagined myself leaving behind my life in Ottawa in exchange

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The Coast is Clear

By Heather Pardon It’s plus 10 degrees celsius and the sun beckons me to get my wheels on the road. You wouldn’t think you’d be able to find such conditions anywhere in Canada on the 21st day of December, the Winter Solstice, but the Goddess of Winter Cycling had clearly blessed me so

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Good Curry And A Spicy Conversation, Canadian Women Cyclists Unite In India For Dinner

By Loretta Henderson

Meet Hana, Melissa, Loretta, Robin and Kate

The Canadian flag can be hung high and proud this evening for Canadian female cyclists. Five thousand miles from home, five Canadian cyclists meet by chance in a church court yard in Shimla, India. We immediate say hello and decide to

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A Bike Ride to Remember—and Repeat! Kiwanis Colour Cribbage Ride

By Sheila Ascroft

There weren’t many cyclists at the Picton Fairgrounds for the first Kiwanis fall Colour Cribbage Ride in 2002. Maybe a dozen of us left for the 100 km route, 40 or so set out later on the 60 km. As Bill Miramontes of the local Kiwanis Club recalls, “it rained

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Island Hopping on Lake Champlain

Forget boating, bring your bike!

By Sheila Ascroft

Being by the water makes me feel good. Biking by the water makes me feel even better! If you yearn for watery companion too, then I have some great routes for you –the Champlain Islands.

Lake Champlain is a big, beautiful freshwater lake nestled between

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Tips for Cycling in Charity Rides

By Sheila Ascroft

Cycle for Sight 2010

If you are a casual cyclist who has thought about trying a charity cycling tour, but feels a little intimidated, this is the year to—go for it! Sign up for some fun, comradery, a good sweat, and help raise funds for a worthy cause.

In

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Sears National Kids Cancer Ride-2010

By Catherine Bancroft

Catherine Bancroft with children

I began our ride across the country by standing on the beach facing the Pacific Ocean in White Rock, BC on September 9th, 2010. This was the first morning of our 15 day cycling epic from Vancouver to Halifax. My stomach was doing uncontrollable flips,

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Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer

Why I’m Riding the 2011 Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer

By Mary Jane McKeen

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It was January 20, 1993, and the words: “There is a problem. It is malignant,” are words and a moment in time forever etched in my memory. In a few seconds, my life changed forever. I

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RONA MS Bike Tours

By Andrea Davidson Mulvihill

They say it takes a village, but in the case of the RONA MS Bike Tours, it takes teams.

For Brandi Maher, team member of the “West – End Girls”, it was friendship that brought her to the RONA MS Bike Tour in Niagara. “One of my best friends

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On My Way By Bicycle Ambulance To A Dream

By Loretta Henderson

Over the next 6 months, as I continue to pedal the world by bicycle, I am planning on heading from Cambodia, Asia to Africa via Laos, China, Kazakhstan, and Russia crossing the Black Sea, through Turkey and then catching a boat to Africa. There are still lots of details to

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Out Pedaling The Australian Outback

By Loretta Henderson

While the sailboats bob on anchor waiting for the starting bell of the upcoming Darwin, Australia to Indonesia yacht rally in which I will be a crew member, I cycle down the road to explore the outback of Australia. Pandemic the Magic Bicycle is loaded down with 7 days

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Out Pedaling Winter in New Zealand

By Loretta Henderson

I am sitting alone in my wet frosty tent, crossed legged, inside my sleeping bag with my bike light in my mouth. My rained soaked figureless cycling gloves are challenged to keep my fingers warm enough to type. Each morning my ice cold tent and warm sleeping bag beckons me

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Cycling Chicago

By Jacqui Snyder

Chicago has won many awards for being one of the top cycle-friendly cities in the US, and justifiably so. They have an extensive waterfront trail that runs North and South along the shores of Lake Michigan. At certain places the bike routes head away from the water to provide a

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My Tour de France

By Monika Blewett

Mention the Tour de France and responses generally include Lance Armstrong, stories of doping allegations, and, possibly, Floyd Landis. What most people are totally unaware of, even those who fervently watch every stage on TV for three weeks in July, is the immense event that is ‘The Tour’.

The Tour

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Family on Bikes: Cycling the Pan-American Highway

On June 8, 2008 Nancy Vogel, her husband John (both school teachers) and their 10-year-old twin sons Daryl and Davy, left on a 2 1/2 year bicycle odyssey, traversing the Pan-American Highway from Alaska to Patagonia, Argentina.

This year Daryl and Davy turned 12, while still on their cycling trip. The Vogel family

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Preparing For A Cycling Trip

Jacqui Snyder AdvenTourUs

If you’re venturing out on a cycling vacation, there is nothing worse than being left behind by the pack, feeling that you’re holding up the group, or pushing yourself so hard to keep up that you can’t enjoy the surroundings or the company─or worse, incurring an injury as a result

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Fundraising for the Coast to Coast Sears National Kids Cancer Ride

By Catherine Bancroft

When I first started fundraising, $30,000 seemed like a huge amount of money to have to raise. I work full time, and I knew it would be a challenge to fit in the time to raise donations for this ride, train, and to eat enough to train—which means shopping

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Training for the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride

By Catherine Bancroft

When I was accepted as one of 50 cyclists for the coast to coast Sears National Kids Cancer Ride September 2010, I made a commitment to get my body ready to cycle an average of 180 km/day, for 16 days, at an average speed of 32 km/hour. In previous years

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An Interview with Nuria Rozalén of Planeta MTB

How popular is cycling among women in Spain? Cycling for women is still new in Spain. Unlike other European countries such as Germany or the Czech Republic we don’t have a tradition of cycling, even as a means of transportation. But each year we see more and more women on bicycles.

Are bikes used very

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Coast to Coast—The Sears National Kids Cancer Ride

By Catherine Bancroft

Like many great things in life, I came upon cycling by chance. I had heard about the Toronto to Montreal Friends for Life Bike Rally, a fundraiser for the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation. Working in Zimbabwe in 1997, I had become passionate about people living with HIV/AIDS. When I realized I

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Tour de Minami Satsuma 2009

By Bo Causert Satsuma? What Tour is that? Aren’t Satsuma those little oranges you get at Christmas? They’re really yummy, but what on earth do they have to do with women’s cycling in Canada?

I’m an ex-pat and I’ve lived in southern Japan for 11 years now. When I started cycling here there was precious

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Eco-friendly Perth Maps Out Bike Routes For Cyclists

By Laurel-Lea Shannon

For the eco-friendly visitor, the Perth district has it all — rolling hills, dense forest and pristine waterways. Now “the prettiest town in Ontario” is putting out the welcome mat for a group of visitors well-known for their tiny carbon footprint: cyclists.

“The area has so much to offer. Why not explore

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Cycling in Collingwood, Ontario

By Jacqui Snyder

Since my last article offering information about an interesting bike trip seemed to be received with lots of interest, I decided that for the next few issues I would write about some great places to cycle that are relatively close to home. These can be perfect for just a weekend getaway, or

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Touring Bike & Boat Style with Latitude 45 Nord Montreal

By Jacqui Snyder

I always thought of bike & boat trips as something you had to travel to Europe to experience. That is until I came across Latitude 45 Nord at a travel trade show put on by the Quebec Tourism Board specifically for tourism around cycling. Any country or province , for that matter,

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Riding Solo — 10 Bike Touring Tips

By Sheila Ascroft

If you are like many cyclists and don’t like to ride in a pack, you can always create your own solo cycling tour. It doesn’t have to be a grand adventure like cycling across Canada, or even an out-and-back to Merrickville. It can be anything beyond your farthest ride into an area

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Planning Your Own Cycling Tour

by JACQUI SNYDER

Touring on a bicycle can be the most relaxing and, at the same time invigorating activity. You can roll through beautiful farmland or along meandering rivers. There are a multitude of quaint towns and villages around the world worth visiting. There are seashores and lakefronts; hills and mountains offering spectacular vistas; hard

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Tackle the Trail: Cabot Trail Bicycle Tour

by Jen Fawcette

Last Labour Day weekend my boyfriend and I decided to head out East to visit my family and do a bike tour of the Cabot Trail. We found bike tour companies that offer week-long excursions for thousands of dollars, but since we were tight on money and time we decided to go

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A Taste of Provence

By Kerry Guglielmin

Last September I traded the bike paths of Ottawa for the back roads of Provence. Just after Labour Day, my husband and I arrived in Avignon with a GPS, a tour book and our panniers. Neither of us had been to Provence before, or spoke much French, but we had some previous

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