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Canadian Cycling Magazine

Canadian Cycling Magazine June/July 2018

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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in this issue

2 min.
my stumble with steve bauer

There are, in fact, stupid questions. I know because I’ve asked them. OK, let me walk that back a bit. I ask a lot of questions. It’s my job. Sometimes it’s a simple question that sends me on to other questions and more research. For example, the power meter review on p.80 started simply with “I wonder what the significant differences are between the Shimano Dura-Ace R9100-P and the Garmin Vector 3.” For some questions I might have, I get others to answer them. I asked Andrew Randell and Steve Neal of The Cycling Gym if the current focus on functional threshold power (FTP) for training can have drawbacks. Out of that came their story on p.32. I had questions for Adam de Vos after he did well at the Tour…

1 min.

Rob Sturney The Canadian Cycling Magazine Guide to the Tour de France, p.44 Rob Sturney has lived in B.C.’s northwest for most of his life and has used the area as a starting and end point for a few month-long tours around the province and into Alberta. A year-round cyclist, he credits his studded tires and poggies for getting him through the winters. He has written for Canadian Cycling Magazine for seven years. Christina Palassio La Mauricie: The Cyclist’s Park, p.26 Christina Palassio is a writer, editor and translator based in Toronto. She learned to bike in a suburban Montreal backyard at age seven and has since cycled a couple thousand kilometres of Quebec’s Route Verte, from Gatineau to Gaspé and parts in-between. Her favourite post-ride snack is a hot dog steamé with lots of…

3 min.

Boost for a beginner At the age of 44, I took up cycling with my husband as a way to join him in his hobby. I could barely ride 5 km that year. At 46, I entered the 20-km Paris to Ancaster ride. At 47, I entered the 22-km Hardwood SingleTrack Classic. I was overwhelmed and inspired by the support from the other cyclists in the race. As a beginner, I was clearly out of my league and struggled to complete the event. The other cyclists shouted encouragement that kept me going. I finished. My next goal is to enter a road race. I am not an athlete, but I am now a cyclist. Cycling has given me confidence and taught me about perseverance and being part of a great community…

1 min.
letter of the issue

Quite a pairing My wife, Janice, and I enjoy bike touring and are always on the lookout for places to cycle. When I saw the “10 Dream Rides” on the cover of your February/March issue, I quickly flipped to the article. I must compliment you on matching Sam Whittingham’s Naked Bicycles with the Barossa region tour. When we retired from teaching in June 2009, we had Sam, who had been a former student of ours, build us a couple of steel-frame road/touring bikes. In October 2012, we flew with our Naked bikes to Adelaide and, along with another couple, embarked on a three-week adventure. The goal was to seek out fine wines by cycling to as many wineries as possible. We planned a loop from Adelaide that saw us cycling through…

2 min.
the calendar

JUNE 13 Masters go for national glory at the Canadian road championships in Victoria. 710 The Grand Prix Cycliste Gatineau brings top women cyclists to its road race and time trial, held just across the Ottawa River from the nation’s capital. Amateur riders can participate in the event’s gran fondo. 9 The Medicine Hat Gran Fondo celebrates its fifth anniversary. Ride 60, 100 or 146 km, the latter with more than 1,100 m of elevation gain. 1617 Sp’akw’us. It’s not just the Squamish Nation word for bald eagle; it’s a mountain bike event featuring a 50-km race on Saturday and a 35-km race on Sunday. 2124 While the Grand Prix Cycliste de Saguenay couldn’t run this year because of the G7 summit, the Saguenay region’s roads will still see top-level road racing. The elite women…

1 min.
looking ahead

Ellen’s Tour de Sussex Established to honour the memory of Ellen Watters, Ellen’s Tour de Sussex is a celebration of her life and love of cycling. “Ellen was passionate about encouraging people to get on their bikes,” friend Katie Scott said, “about promoting the sport and bringing people together to have fun.” The rolling hills of Kings County, N.B., provide breathtaking scenery and challenging terrain for cyclists of all levels. At last year’s inaugural event, Watters’ mother led out 150 participants who rode one of three routes ranging from 20–100 km. The weather was miserable, but spirits were high. “Some people borrowed bikes from neighbours or pulled old bikes out from the garage,” said Watters’ friend and co-organizer of the event Molly Monahan. “They joined in just because they cared about Ellen,…