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Canadian Cycling Magazine

Canadian Cycling Magazine February/March 2019

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.
naive in a good way

I loved reading Coburn and Doug Brown’s tale of cycling across the country on a tandem (p.44). They have practical advice for any pair who’d like to attempt the same adventure, but they deliver their wisdom with fantastic humour. One thing that you’ll notice when you read the story is their naiveté. Their big trip started with a “hey, how hard can it be?” attitude. A 14-year-old Coburn didn’t think about what spending all day in the saddle would actually entail. Doug often planned the route by heading toward towns with interesting names. “Youthful exuberance, determination and perseverance can overcome poor preparation and inexperience,” writes Doug, who was 48 years old at the time. And I agree with him, mostly. I think any first big adventure starts with you underestimating some…

3 min.

LETTER OF THE ISSUE Sexagenarian Cycling Wisdom Three years ago, I registered for the Bluewater International Gran Fondo. After crossing the finish line in the 50-km ride, my partner, Diane, said, “I am going to do that next year.” To some, this is not a big deal, but for Diane, it was. She has dealt with old injuries, such as a broken back, ankle replacement and was in line for new hardware on the ankle. She had also been told she was a candidate for a knee replacement. She did finish the 50-km ride in 2017. After dealing with some discomfort, she finished the same ride again in 2018. The ride was a hot one this year: 32 C and the humidity was brutal. Not too bad for a couple of girls in…

1 min.

Buck Miller Fat Bike Expedition Preparation, p.16 Buck Miller is a former pro road cyclist turned all-season adventurer. He’s organizing and leading the James Bay Descent, a 600-km fat bike expedition in February 2019 with Eric Batty, Ryan Atkins and Ted King starting in Attawapiskat First Nation. Follow along with the trip on Instagram @jamesbaydescent. John Gibson Local Gnar-ledge, p.36; Fat Bike Expedition Preparation, p.16 John Gibson began his career as a mountain bike photographer when he shot the 1994 world championships in Vail, Colo. At the time, he was a newspaper and wire-service photographer in Calgary, but was starting to look at the young sport of mountain biking as something different to focus his camera on. Today, he shoots for editorial and corporate clients in the cycling industry, and still has time to ride the…

1 min.
cinelli spinaci bars

In the early ’90s, Cinelli released its Spinaci bars. They were quite versatile: they attached to a regular set of road bars allowing the rider to get into a more aerodynamic position. “Every professional rider started using them because they were a lot faster,” remembers Michael Barry, former pro cyclist. “The speeds went up in the pro peloton. Mario Cipollini’s lead-out train would all be on their Spinaci bars coming into the finishes of Tour stages. The bars basically turned a road bike into a time trial bike.” Barry himself used the Spinaci bars quite extensively in 1996, specifically at the Olympics in Atlanta and the under-23 world championships. A year later, the UCI moved to ban them. “They were deemed dangerous, which they were,” Barry says. “When you are on…

2 min.
the calendar

FEBRUARY 2-3 Will Mathieu van der Poel be able to win his second elite cyclocross world championship title in Bogense, Denmark? He seems to win everything else. It’s just that the worlds race hasn’t been his thing for the past three editions. However the men’s race (Feb. 3) may play out, it’s the women’s competition (Feb. 2) that will be more exciting to watch. If Marianne Vos, Denise Betsema and Annemarie Worst – to name just of few strong athletes riding well this season – take to the start line, their battle for the rainbow jersey is sure to be fierce. Maghalie Rochette – who was fifth at the 2017 CX worlds, the highest placing for a Canadian ever – should be in the mix, too. 9 The Kingston, Ont., stop of the 45NRTH…

1 min.
looking ahead

Big Red Gravel Run We have this part in the ride called the Oasis,” said Martin Rancourt, co-founder of the Big Red Gravel Run. “We send people into a forested area, usually on singletrack, very technical. We’ll plug it into a section of the race where people aren’t expecting it. They will find themselves in the Oasis, but it’s not really an oasis. It’s sort of like hell. It equals out the mountain bikers, the road riders and all-terrain riders.” While the Oasis may make Rancourt and his fellow organizers seem a little cruel, they are actually trying to build a fun experience, combining riding, some adventure and good food. The Big Red Gravel Run started as an event for 40 people in 2017. It grew to 70 this past year. The…