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Canadian Cycling Magazine April & May 2020 / Vol 11 Issue 2

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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3 min.
don’t tell me the cyclist wasn’t wearing a helmet

Recently, I was reminded of an interview my friend did on CBC Radio two years ago. Kyle G. Brown spoke about getting hit by a truck as he rode his bike in downtown Toronto. He was dragged about 75 m. When he came to, he said he was “pasted to the ground.” In the interview, Brown couldn’t remember all of his injuries, but some standouts were a broken pelvis, the degloving of the left leg, broken vertebrae and a fractured orbital bone. The interviewer asked if Brown was wearing a helmet at the time. He wasn’t. She asked why not. His answer was the best response I could have hoped to hear. “I wasn’t in the habit at the time of wearing a helmet,” Brown said. “Actually, I’ve often found this…

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vol. 11, issue 2

Editor Matthew Pioro Senior Editors Dan Dakin, Kevin Mackinnon, Dean Campbell Associate Editor Andre Cheuk Photo Editor Matt Stetson Copy Editor Amy Stupavsky Art Director Warren Wheeler [Roseander Main,] Production Artist Warren Hardy MTB Web Editor Terry McKall Web Editor Lily Hansen-Gillis 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…

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alex singer brakes

Legendary French bike maker Alex Singer not only made frames, but components as well at his shop in Levallois-Perret, just to the northwest of Paris. Singer was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1905. He competed on the road, first in Hungary and then in France, where he immigrated to in 1923. In 1938, he opened his shop and specialized in tandems and randonneur bicycles. Cycles Alex Singer is still running today. The founder’s grandnephew Olivier Csuka is now at the helm. Singer’s brakes – shown on a 1946 Velo de Ville, part of the Mariposa Bicycles collection – might seem like simple cantilever brakes at first glance. The brake pads, however, don’t move on pivots. Instead, the brake cables rotate cams, which advance the pads in a linear trajectory toward the…

3 min.
the calendar

APRIL 3–5 Under-17, junior and paracycling athletes vie for national titles at the Canadian track championships in Milton, Ont. 12 Paris-Roubaix hits the cobbles of France. Thirty years ago on April 8, Steve Bauer came into the Roubaix velodrome with Eddy Planckaert and Edwig Van Hooydonck. They sprinted for the line, and it was too close to call. Planckaert or Bauer? It took the race judges minutes to reach a verdict. Unfortunately for Canadian cycling fans, it was Planckaert, by less than a centimetre after 265.5 km of hard racing. 14 It’s Geoff Kabush’s birthday. The mountain biking veteran turns 43 today. 28–May 3 The 74th edition of the Tour de Romandie runs on the roads of the western, French-speaking part of Switzerland. Ottawa native Alex Cataford is tentatively scheduled to line up for this six-stage race, which…

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Inspiration in the Swiss mud It was jetlag that helped Ruby West get up at 4:30 a.m. to begin her eight-hour drive from Dundas, Ont., to Lennoxville, Que., where she’s studying at Bishop’s University. “I have a midterm tomorrow morning,” she said in the midst of her drive. “It’s in health psychology. I guess it’s time to open the textbook for that one.” Three days before, West had been racing in the wet, muddy under-23 women’s cyclocross world championship event in Dübendorf, Switzerland. Early in the race, she was sitting in second place behind the eventual winner, Marion Norbert Riberolle of France. “Part of me was saying, ‘OK. You’re in second. You can do this. You’re literally fighting for a medal right now,’” she remembered. “But part of me said, ‘There are…

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a trail-building adventure in china

Beyond the challenge of carving the bike park’s trails by hand, builders also had to contend with bureaucracy. That China’s Brave Peak park was made at all might just have come down to good fortune. “It really helped that the eldest villager’s daughter works in Toronto and that I am Canadian,” said lead trail designer Keith Williams, a Victoria native. “It was kind of lucky.” Early this year, Chinese pro rider Ding Zaigang and Williams appeared in a six-minute video about the making of Brave Peak, located in China’s rural Zhejiang province, five hours south of Shanghai. The film is part of a 35-video YouTube series, Encounters in China, created for China’s 70th anniversary. While the film does document the building of the park, which opened in 2017, it doesn’t cover…