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How to Grow A Women’s Cycling Group

Women’s Group – Thunder Bay Cycling Club

By Pamela Dawes

If you love the outdoors, Thunder Bay is a great place to live. Nestled on the northwestern tip of Lake Superior, there’s a lot of wilderness to play in. The Thunder Bay Cycling Club has been operating since the early 1970s. Today,

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Keeping up with the Cervèlo’s

By Ursual Cafaro

Brampton Cycling Club

Carl showed up at the rendezvous spot for his first ride with the club early Saturday morning on a custom painted white Cervèlo 2012 R5ca, wearing a white Catlike Whisper helmet, white Sidi Genius ProMega shoes and white Pearl Izumi jersey and shorts kit. He looked like

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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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Blind Ambition: Trust on a Tandem

Equals Freedom on the Road

By Sheila Ascroft

Swooped up by a passing cycling group, Leona Emberson experiences her first time riding in a pack. She listens to the cyclists’ chatter, feels the increasing speed from drafting and delights to be part of it. Leona is nearly blind yet she was

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Ready Steady Go!

By Ursula Cafaro

“I want to do a TRI but I don’t feel ready

“I know I’ll sign up for that time trial but I need to be ready.”

Any of these sentences ever cross your mind? Ever have them escape out of your mouth? Truth

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10 Ways to Find the Time to Ride

By Laurel-Lea Shannon

Getting your daily cycling fix is all about planning. You have a lot of demands on your time and it’s not always easy to fit a ride in. The night before, lay out your riding gear and get your bike ready to go. Check the tires. If they need inflating,

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How I Ditched the Mean Girl

By Ursula Cafaro

It was stinking hot, it was humid, it was summer in Ontario. I was out riding with a group I don’t normally ride with. For starters I’m more of a trail rider and these nice people were hardcore roadies. They had planned on riding 80 or 90K, a short stretch

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Cycling to Freedom

By Ursula Cafaro

It was 1975 and I was a 15-year old desperate for a bike of my own. My siblings and I had been sharing a low slung-ed, banana seat-ed, monkey bar-ed, purple glitter-ed little monster my dad had brought home when I was 13. I craved something less glittery with drop

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Time to Reflect

By Laurel-Lea Shannon

Rushing through December—buying gifts, attending Christmas parties and planning family get-togethers—you can find yourself propelled into the New Year without having taken the time to pause for a deep breath to say a grateful “so long” to the year that’s passed.

Before bidding a final adieu to 2011, it’s important

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Exceeding Without Expectations

By Sheila Ascroft

Sometimes you can accomplish more when you’re not trying so hard. You can kind of sneak up on your psyche before it freaks out and says ‘you can’t do that.’

It happened to me on a “just out for a ride” kind of day. Since it was late

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Motivation: A Pep Talk for Cyclists

By Sheila Ascroft

January is a great time for cycling – in your daydreams. Seriously. You can think about all kinds of cycling feats you ‘d like to aspire to: cycling across Canada or doing the RAGBRAI, training for ten days based out of Italy or Majorca, doing all your local

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Video Motivation for Cyclists

By Sheila Ascroft

I’m sure you’ve felt this way: it’s only 5 p.m. and already dark outside. There’s a cold wind blowing and the last thing you want to do is go out to a spinning class. I understand. Some days, I don’t even feel like using my indoor bike trainer.

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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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Saddle-time Blues – 6 Ways to Keep the Love Flowing

By Laurel-Lea Shannon

It happens suddenly. First you notice that you’re easily annoyed and crabby—and a bit fatigued. Then you start dreading your next ride or, worse, skipping it. Finally your cycling goals seem pointless and dull. What’s wrong? You’ve got the saddle-time blues. Here’s how to cure them:

1. Change

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Cops for Kids: A New All-Female Team Rolls In

By Lisa Harrison

left to right: Petra Becker, Patrol Sgt. Kelly McCartney, Const. Maria Koniuck, Const. Wendy Basic and Const. Nadine Kirsch (not part of the team this year)

Since 1994, the Winnipeg Police Service’s Cops for Kids bicycle relay team has been burning up the miles in support of the Children’s

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Mountain Biking is for Old Ladies Too!

By Hella Comat

There I was, on a bike trip in the Nevada desert, using tweezers to dig cactus spines out of a stranger’s butt, and having the time of my life. More about the spiky plants later, but if you thought mountain biking wasn’t for a 50-something lady, I am living proof

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CycleFit Chicks Cycling Club: developing strength, skills and comradery

By Sheila Ascroft

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Sylvie D’Aoust, creator of the “CHICKS” club 2nd from left

Some women need more than just a bike and an open road. They want the cycling skills to feel confident and companions who won’t intimidate them.

“We want people to NOT feel intimidated about joining the club,” says

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Team LUNA Chix

Back Row (L to R): Yonina DeKeyser, Christie Fix, DiAnn Bottomley, Renee Dessens, Emily Nolan| Front Row (L to R): Cindy Weisz, Sara Rigel, Tamara Teague, Kay Valasquez | missing from photo: Amanda Stoneham

Launched in 2001, Team LUNA Chix is the brainchild of Gary Erickson, co-owner of Clif Bar and Company.

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Cycling Ottawa to Westport: Five Hard Lessons Learned

By Sheila Ascroft

Adventure stories are supposed to have glorious endings, but on this trip I threw up before the finish. It was just a bike ride, Ottawa to Kingston, hardly registering on the scale of solo adventuring, but that made quitting even worse. I don’t know what hurt most, my stomach hurling or my

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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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Fat Broad On A Bike: Don’t Hide – Ride!

By Sheila Ascroft What’s a fat broad like me — 200 pounds of flab squatting over skinny tires — doing on the road? I’m cycling just like everyone else. And regardless of your size, you belong here too! If you like cycling, don’t let your mind cheat your body out of doing something fun and

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CKAP wants you! Canadian Kilometre Achiever Program

By Sheila Ascroft

Ever since the very first odometers appeared on high-wheeled bicycles in the 1880s, cyclists have been keeping tabs on elapsed distance. And this, as much as speed, has been the measure of the capabilities of both the bicycle and rider.

If you like ticking off the kilometres and want some extra motivation

Read more . . . CKAP wants you! Canadian Kilometre Achiever Program