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Canadian Cycling Magazine

Canadian Cycling Magazine June & July 2020 / Vol 11 Issue 3

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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what cycling teaches us in difficult times

Before this issue of Canadian Cycling Magazine, I’m pretty sure the word “coronavirus” had only appeared once in its pages. It was in the previous issue, in a story about a Canadian trail builder in China. In this issue, “coronavirus” and “COVID-19” appear 21 times. Even in stories that don’t mention the pandemic explicitly, its influence is there, just as it’s influenced everything from global politics to our home lives. In the world of pro cycling, the season has been slammed, races cancelled or postponed. The gran fondos, enduros, gravel races and charity rides we had planned to do have all taken hits. You’ve no doubt been riding alone, whether on your trainer or with caution on roads or trails, depending on what access you have to outside routes. As spring…

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vol. 11, issue 3

Editor Matthew Pioro Senior Editors Dan Dakin, Kevin Mackinnon, Dean Campbell Associate Editor Andre Cheuk Photo Editor Matt Stetson Copy Editors 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 Social Media Nikita van Dijk 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 Magazine Tel 416.927.0774 Fax 416.927.1491 Gripped Publishing Inc. 75 Harbord St., Toronto, ON, Canada M5S 1G4 Copyright…

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ccm pace follower

During the Great Depression, Reggie Fielding earned enough money to take care of his family through track racing. The Toronto rider competed in six-day races with the legendary Torchy Peden. He also rode in motor-pace events on this CCM Pace Follower. During a motor-pace race, cyclists follow motorcycles around a track. They can cover distances as far as 100 km and hit speeds of 80 to 110 km/h. The best bike for motor pacing has a reversed front fork, like the Pace Follower. It also has a long stem, a short saddle that sits farther forward compared with a regular bike and a smaller front wheel. All these features helped Fielding to ride closer to the pace vehicle, which gets him the maximum draft. The more nestled in the slipstream the…

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the calendar

JUNE 3 Celebrate World Bicycle Day. The United Nations set aside this day for our favourite vehicle because of its ability to advance healthy, environmentally friendly transportation and to aid with development by getting people access to education and health care. 4 In 1965, the Giro d’Italia created a prize for the first rider to crest the highest point in the race. The honour was named after one of Italy’s greatest cyclists, Fausto Coppi. The first Cima Coppi came on June 4 during a stage that featured the Stelvio (2,758 m). Graziano Battistini took the prize as he ran his bike through the snow, which covered the pass that day. 11 As the Nazis advanced on Paris in 1940, a couple fled on homemade bikes. In a sense, they were smuggling a monkey. By George, if…

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The mom and the minivan at the end of the subarctic trek Buck Miller, Eric Batty and Ryan Atkins pedalled fat bikes 721 km along the Wapusk trail from Peawanuck, Ont., to Gillam, Man. They faced temperatures close to -40 C and had to sleep within the perimeter of a polar fence, which relies on a blank shotgun shell to frighten a bear away and alert the guys to danger. Their bikes weighed more than 100 lb. In mid-March, when they pulled into Gillam after eight days in the woods, they became the first men to ride the world’s longest winter road on fat bikes. Then, it was time to start their journey back home. That’s where Buck’s mom, Trudy, came in. “Most expeditions don’t end with your mom picking you up…

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what’s hot

Shotgun Children’s Seat $220, The Shotgun lets you share your love of riding trails with your child. The small saddle, designed for children ages two to five, attaches to the top and down tubes of most mountain bikes. There are also foot pegs with grips for the little rider’s feet. After you’ve set up the Shotgun, you can remove it easily when you want to head out solo. Then, when it’s time to roll with your little ripper, the Shotgun goes back on. Arc’teryx Granville 20 Backpack $250, With the 20-l Granville pack by Arc’teryx, you can haul the gear you need as you head around town on your commuter. It’s water-resistant, so a 15" laptop sitting in the bag’s internal sleeve will be well protected from the elements. Under the main flap,…