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Canadian Cycling Magazine

Canadian Cycling Magazine December & January 2020 / Vol 10 Issue 6

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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better to ride in snow

It’s raining as I write this. It was raining as I rode into the office this morning. Really, I rather it was snowing. Snow and bikes traditionally don’t work well together, I know. At this time of year, most of us have taken our bikes inside. Maybe you have a fat bike for the fluffy stuff or a winter bike that you bash around on when you don’t mind some slipping and sliding. But essentially this is the off-season. Well, it’s in-season for indoor riding. Riding the trainer is definitely more fun than it used to be thanks to e-racing and e-riding. In this issue, writer Dan Dakin charts the rise of Zwift, that ubiquitous digital playground for cyclists. It’s stunning what that platform has done in five short years. This…

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vol. 10, issue 6

Editor Matthew Pioro Senior EditorsDan Dakin, Kevin Mackinnon, Dean Campbell Associate Editor Andre Cheuk Photo Editor Matt Stetson Copy Editor Amy Stupavsky Art Director Warren Wheeler [Roseander Main,] Designer Cristina Bolzon Production Artist Warren Hardy MTB Web Editor Terry McKall Podcast Producer Adam Killick Web Developer Sean Rasmussen Digital Operations Dmitry Beniaminov Publisher Sam Cohen Editorial Director David Smart Advertising & Sales Andre Cheuk Account Managers Joel Vosburg, Lorena Jones Circulation Manager Robyn Milburn 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 Unsolicited material should be accompanied by return mailing address and postage. Canadian Cycling MagazineTel 416.927.0774 Fax 416.927.1491 Gripped Publishing…

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tire-tube repair mount

In the early ’60s, Maurice Soulliere, owner of East Windsor Hardware, bought Johnson’s Cycle, a bike shop in the Riverside neighbourhood of Windsor, Ont. The southern Ontario city has a long history with bicycles: the Dodge brothers, the same pair who founded the motor company, were behind the E & D bicycle, which was made in Windsor. After the Johnson’s Cycle purchase, Soulliere hired a mechanic from the shop, brought some of the equipment to East Windsor Hardware and set up a bike-repair space at the back of his store. One piece of equipment was the tire-tube repair mount. Its backplate can be bolted to a workbench or even a post. The spade-like work surface can flip up and sit parallel to the ground when you need it and flip down…

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the calendar

DECEMBER 1 Looking to get something for another cyclist this holiday season? Or maybe you want to add something to your own wishlist? Check out the annual Canadian Cycling Magazine gift guide. 6 It’s Rachel Atherton’s birthday. Find out how the 32-year-old, five-time downhill world champion copes with and recovers from injury and illness in ‘Technique.’ 22 It’s Holden Jones’s birthday. Find out more about the 19-year-old cross country rider from Squamish, B.C., in ‘Q&A.’ 25 Ho, ho, ho. To some athletes, Christmas means the Christmas Cross project by Cycling Canada is underway. Elite cyclocrossers are in Europe taking on the best riders in the world. Christmas also means gifts. Find out about special cycling-related gifts that former participants of the Christmas Cross project have received in the ‘2019 Gift Guide.’ JANUARY 1 Want a cycling makeover for the new year?…

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A world record is just the beginning for Kelsey Mitchell After becoming Canadian champion in the sprint, team sprint and time trial, Kelsey Mitchell was back to training on the boards where she took her wins. The rider, who’s from Sherwood Park, Alta., just east of Edmonton, has been calling Milton, Ont., home since August 2018. Her commute to that city’s velodrome is an eight-minute bike ride or a five-minute car ride. “I needed to learn how to ride a bike and to ride the track,” she said of her condition in mid-2018. After Mitchell participated in a talent-identification event, Cycling Canada knew she could put out a lot of power, about 1,300 W. But the 26-year-old athlete had focused on soccer and hadn’t owned a bike since she was a child.…

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for two decades, the montreal-based group had been improving lives with bikes

“I study a lot because I have an objective. I want to become something in life, but my father doesn’t have a lot of money. I want to become a diplomat. I want to work in an office and share ideas with others,” says 15-year-old Vastie Jean-Baptiste. She has a plan. To realize that plan, she needs to complete her education. She lives in Cap-Haitien, in northern Haiti. To get to school, Jean-Baptiste relies upon a used bike that travelled all the way from Quebec. Centrech, the organization that helped Jean-Baptiste find her wheels through the Vélo-Bisiklèt project, has been working with Cyclo Nord-Sud in Montreal since 2006. Close to 8,000 used bicycles collected throughout Quebec have afforded Haitians like Jean-Baptiste the mobility they require to get to school and…