June 29, 2016

Jasper to Lake Louise Highline Ride

Someone asked me a little while ago, ‘how far could you ride?’ I said, ‘that depends… are we talking mountain or road bike?’. ‘Road bike, in one day’, they replied.  I thought about it, and admitted even tough I’d done a couple 100 mile rides before, I didn’t really know… But suddenly, I was thinking about how to find out.

Distance, or ‘enduro’ cycling can take different forms: road, mountain, fatbike, single-speed, paved, gravel, singletrack, prairies, or mountains, group ride or solo, single-day or multi-day… There are lots of possibilities, so I decided to keep mine simple and planned for a single-day (sunrise to sunset), solo, road bike ride in the mountains, along the Jasper to Lake Louise Icefields Parkway.

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April 3, 2013

King of the Hill

A couple of years ago, I took part in a sort of ‘cycling scavenger hunt’ across Calgary. It was fun day, with lots of hard, fast riding through the city from location to location. One of the stages was a King of the hill Challenge – a race up the road to the top of C.O.P. Somehow I won this. Likely due to some timing error, but, hey… it was a fun – pain and suffering filled fun.

After that event, I filed the concept in the back of my mind for future reference. There is an entire discipline of cycling dedicated to downhill and yes, there is more than a fair share of climbing in road and XC MTB racing, but why not have a hill climbing event? I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that some else already thought of this…

Enter the Redbull Hill Chasers!

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November 21, 2012

Kitsbow Mountainbike Wear

Upon evaluation, the landscape for road bike clothing provides offerings for nearly every conceivable style, size and budget – From bargain-basement multicoloured neon discount kits, to the finery of brands like Rapha or Assos. Unfortunately a more refined offering has been long lacking for the road cyclist’s fat-tired brethren (at least to my knowledge)… Until now.

Described as “impeccable mountain bike wear for obsessives,” Kitsbow appears to be striving for the best fit and finish with little compromise. From tailoring to materials, every detail has been cared for… Or at least that’s what their marketing wants me to think ;-)

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October 24, 2012

Tom Ritchey’s 40-Year Ride

A great snapshot looking back at the racing, frame building and innovations that Tom Ritchey has contributed over the last 40 years. Not to mention his pivotal contributions to the invention of mountain biking. And besides… Any man with a moustache like that deserves to be taken seriously.

August 8, 2012

CLIF Bar – Meet the moment

Not every ride can be classified as truly memorable. But these moments do happen, we’ve all experienced it… Rarely planned, instances that always stick with you. It’s to honour these moments in time that CLIF Bar has pulled together Meet the Moment.

The idea is shockingly simple – Share your moment and CLIF Bar will give money to some great outdoor non-profit organizations. Non-profits that we can pretty easily get behind – Like these:
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April 11, 2012

Specialized/Lululemon – The future of women’s racing?

I had posted this great video from Specialized/Lululemon on Facebook a while ago. I think it’s really nice to see this level of production for a woman’s team in cycling.

I’m very interested to see the type of traction and coverage Specialized/Lululemon gets this season, especially in the women’s demographic. They’ve got some huge cycling talents, some of whom are visible far beyond the realm of cycling – Specifically Clara Hughes, speedster, cyclist, multi-medal holding olympian and high profile Canadian.

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December 14, 2011

No handed bike moves

As I sit here in the airport with a half-finished article I know isn’t going to be complete before I board, I thought I’d give you this to perk your spirits on Humpday… Enjoy!

November 8, 2011

Holland Cycles

A cool little film from Holland Cycles showing how their hand crafted ‘ExoGrid’ frames are built. From what I can tell in the video, it’s actually pretty crazy the amount of precision that must go into this. What starts as a solid titanium tube has a distinct pattern of diamonds laser-cut out of it, which – Read More –

November 3, 2011

Aaron Schooler Interview Part 2

Following up on the post from last week, here is the second instalment of my interview with Team H&R Block‘s, Aaron Schooler. In this part of the interview Aaron talks about the shift from roads to cyclocross season, and the changes he makes to his own training. For more information on Aaron, check out his – Read More –

November 1, 2011

Trans Andes Challenge

Perhaps the first time I’ve seen a stage race start literally from off a boat – This is a nice look at Team Jamis as they take on the Trans Andes Challenge.

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