Canadian Cycling Magazine

Canadian Cycling Magazine August & Septemeber 2019 / Vol 10 Issue 4

A Canadian magazine committed to providing the best articles on getting more out of your ride. Whether you are a mountain or road rider, you’ll find the bike and gear reviews, training secrets, route suggestions, maintenance tips and nutrition info you need to be a better rider. Find inspiring news on the pro racing scene, photos and features.

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2 min.
the selfishness of cycling

“Cycling is a very selfish sport.” It was an odd thing for Neil McKinnon to say. He’s the founder of the GranFondo Whistler and has the title of chief enthusiast. It’s his stoke and that of his organization that have been getting roughly 5,000 riders on the road from Vancouver to Whistler, B.C., for the past 10 years. (Read about what’s up for GranFondo Whistler in 2020 on p.8). But I knew exactly what he meant by the selfishness of cycling. “On a bicycle, you are gone for hours, often leaving somebody, leaving your family,” he said. “If you are lucky, they will come with you. In many circumstances, you are on your own or away from your family.” About halfway through a test ride of the T-Lab All-Terrain X3 (p.42) that took…

2 min.
vol. 10, issue 4

Editor Matthew Pioro matthew@cyclingmagazine.ca Senior EditorsDan Dakin, Kevin Mackinnon, Dean Campbell Associate Editor Andre Cheuk Photo Editor Matt Stetson matt.stetson@gripped.com Copy Editor Amy Stupavsky Art Director Warren Wheeler layout@cyclingmagazine.ca [Roseander Main, roseandermain.com] Designer Cristina Bolzon Production Artist Warren Hardy Web Editor Philippe Tremblay philippe@cyclingmagazine.ca MTB Web Editor Terry McKall terry@cyclingmagazine.ca Video Producer Maxine Gravina maxine@gripped.com Podcast Producer Adam Killick Web Developer Sean Rasmussen Digital Operations Dmitry Beniaminov Publisher Sam Cohen sam@gripped.com Editorial Director David Smart dave@gripped.com Advertising & Sales Andre Cheuk andre@gripped.com Account Managers Joel Vosburg joel@gripped.com Daniel Walker dan@gripped.com Lorena Jones lorena@gripped.com Circulation Manager Robyn Milburn robyn@gripped.com SUBSCRIBE Send $20.95 (1 year) or $38.95 (2 years) to Canadian Cycling Magazine, PO Box 819 Station Main, Markham, ON, Canada L3P 8L3 or call: 1.800.567.0444 SUBMIT Manuscripts, photographs and other correspondence are welcome. Please contact Canadian Cycling Magazine for contributors guidelines, or see them on the web at cyclingmagazine.ca. Unsolicited material should be accompanied by return…

3 min.
the calendar

AUGUST 1 #crossiscoming has probably been littering your social feeds since early July. We at Canadian Cycling Magazine believe this is the earliest date on which you should use this hashtag. Then, like your white clothing, you should put it away after Labour Day. #unlikelytohappen 9-18 In June, Vaea Verbeeck extended her lead in the Queen of Crankworx competition after races in Innsbruck, Austria. Will she be able to take the title at Crankworx Whistler? The prize is a whopping $20,000. 11 One of Canada’s few point-to-point gran fondos, the Gran Fondo Garneau-Québecor, sets off from Trois-Rivières, Que., to Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, a ride of 112 km. 24 The Vuelta a España starts with an 18-km team time trial in the coastal town of Torrevieja. While you watch the stage, you should have a bombon. Learn how to make the…

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Haley Smith builds on bronze Haley Smith missed the Toronto Raptors lose Game 2 of the NBA final because she went to bed early that night. She was home in basketball-mad Southern Ontario still suffering from jet lag following the racing she had done in Europe, which included her third-place finish at the UCI mountain bike World Cup in Nové Město, Czech Republic. It was her best result ever at a World Cup. Although she didn’t have the best start loop, her race went well. She rode at her own pace in sixth place for most the event on a course she enjoys. (“The better you feel about a course, the less stress you feel,” she said.) In the closing laps, Smith was able to capitalize on Anne Tauber’s drivetrain issues following…

2 min.
here’s your road to the world championships

In 2020, you can race in a cycling world championships here in Canada. The UCI Gran Fondo World Series, which is essentially the amateur road world championships, will culminate with the RBC GranFondo Whistler. On Sept. 12, 2020, riders from around the world will head from Vancouver to Whistler, B.C., trying to win the rainbow jerseys in their age categories. You, Canadians, actually have a pretty good home-court advantage for these championships. You see, the UCI Gran Fondo World Series runs roughly from September to September. The 2019 season ends following this year’s world championships in Poznań, Poland, from Aug. 28 to Sept. 1. The next weekend, the GranFondo Whistler will be the first qualifying event for the 2020 championships. Got that? Ride the 2019 GF Whistler to qualify for the…

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montreal bicycle club

Montreal is one of Canada’s best cities to cycle in. It hosts the second of the WorldTour’s Laurentian Classics, the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal, in mid-September. Mount Royal was also the setting of the 1976 Summer Olympic Games road race, as well as the 1974 road world championships. It’s that history that the Montreal Bicycle Club (MBC) taps into, except the organization goes back even further to the 1800s. Like Vancouver’s Gastown Cycling resurrecting a club originally formed in the late 19th century, Montreal Bicycle Club was re-founded in 2017 from an organization first established in 1878 that disappeared around the start of the First World War. The club’s rebirth came about when Malcolm McRae, a member of the advocacy group Association of Pedestrians and Cyclists of Westmount, helped to…