It’s spring – Let’s get back into cycling
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  Posted March 26th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Cycling, TOOLBOX | 7 comments

Coaches corner – Edmonton Cycling

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Tune up and start slowly after a long winter off the roads
It’s been a long winter, the sun is out, and your thoughts turn to cycling with your buddies (you don’t want to be embarrassed about your performance), maybe a summer cycling adventure you have been planning, or maybe that century ride “personal best”.


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 The Real Oahu
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  Posted March 22nd, 2017 by Zdenko  in Travel | No comments yet.

World Travel

Source: WestWorld, By: Jim Sutherland

Authentic Hawaii beckons just beyond Honolulu’s tiki glare
There’s irony afoot in Hawaii, except don’t look for it in the tiki bars. It lies in the popular perception of Oahu as the “touristy” island. But the reality is as different as Five-O and Hang 10. Outside Honolulu, residents of Oahu have actively resisted turning over too much of their home to outsiders.


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 Pićan, Istria
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  Posted March 18th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Travel | No comments yet.

Traveling Croatia

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Pićan – Virtual tour
We arrived in Pican from Labin. It was only a 20 minute ride by the car on our trip to visit Motovun. Pican is an old hilltop town located in the Istrian hinterland, on the road Vozilici – Krsan – Pazin.


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 MAMILs are Sexi
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  Posted March 14th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

Hooked on Cycling

By: Ivor Biggun

Women secretly find cycling MAMILs sexy
Flabby male cyclists wearing tight lycra clothing have become unlikely sex symbols for women across Britain, a shock new study reveals. The sight of a Middle-Aged Man in Lycra, dubbed a MAMIL, has become commonplace on Suffolk’s roads as guys of a certain age try to get fit before it’s too late.


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 Moving to Edmonton
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  Posted March 10th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Edmonton | No comments yet.

Edmonton life

By: Jay Palter

Newcomer stories
Each Alberta newcomer story is as unique as the person who tells it. Yet they all have one thing in common – people making a new home in a province full of opportunity. What will you experience when you come to Alberta?


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 There’s no place like home
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  Posted March 6th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Edmonton | No comments yet.

Edmonton life

By: Terence Harding, Sarah O’Donnell

Why we moved to Edmonton and why we’ll stay.
Nearly 82,000 more people called Edmonton home in 2011 than in 2006, Statistics Canada says. Journal reporter Sarah O’Donnell and Metro reporter Terence Harding chatted with a few of those new arrivals about why they made the move and why they have stayed.


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 Calle Pelegroso
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  Posted March 2nd, 2017 by Zdenko  in Travel | No comments yet.

Travel Mexico

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Cruising the streets of Mazatlán’s ‘Centro Historico’
It’s true what they say: Time flies when you’re having fun. And that’s what we’ve been doing here. Having fun… again! This was our second winter in Mazatlán’s historic center – ‘Centro Historico’, and our accommodation was also on the same Pelegroso Street, just like previous year. The two months spent here went by in a flush!


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 Training Indoors
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  Posted February 26th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

Coaches corner

By: Jason Sumner

Pro Tips: Tom Zirbel on Training Indoors
Training indoors… Sadly for most cyclists it’s a necessary evil this time of year. But indoor trainer time doesn’t have to be a mind-numbing, soul-crushing experience. Indeed, riding the trainer can actually be a great way to get some serious on-bike work done in a relatively short amount of time. And hey, you can catch up on your favorite reality TV shows. Keeping Up With The Kardashians, anyone?


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 The Life Adriatic
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  Posted February 22nd, 2017 by Zdenko  in Travel | No comments yet.

Travel Croatia

Source: WestWorld, By: Craille Maguire Gillies

The ultimate Eastern Europe Tour: Hungary, Croatia, Montenegro and Slovenia on a Tour bus.
We are supposed to catch a ferry. It is mid-morning and our bus is rolling through the highways and side roads of Hungary, on our way to Croatia. The landscape is green and hilly and there is a brilliant sun overhead – the kind that makes you sleepy. Our plan is to hop the six-minute boat ride across the narrow part of Balaton Lake, the largest lake in Central Europe and a popular summer resort spot, and then make our way to Zagreb, the Croatian capital.


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 Road to La Noria
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  Posted February 18th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Cycling, Travel | No comments yet.

Top rides

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Winter Cycling in Mexico
What are you waiting for? Get away from Canadian winter and come to Mazatlán, Mexico. Enjoy the sun during the winter months riding your bicycle like I did for past two months. It is safe, fun and most importantly, it is not overly hot there at this time of a year.


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 History of Valentine’s Day
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  Posted February 14th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Family | No comments yet.

Saint Valentine’s Day – February 14th

Wish you a Happy Valentine! 

February has long been a month of romance. It is the month associated with Valentine’s Day celebrations.


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 Edmonton’s first bridges
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  Posted February 10th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Edmonton | No comments yet.

Edmonton heritage

By: Lawrence Herzog

From no bridges to five river crossings
In the first dozen years of the 20th century, Edmonton went from no bridges to five river crossings. Those five bridges, opened between 1900 and 1913, were to serve the growing city without any additions for nearly the next 50 years.


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 The Best-kept Secrets in Croatia
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  Posted February 6th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Travel | No comments yet.

Traveling Croatia

Source: CN Traveler

Guide to the best-kept secrets in Croatia
In the past decade Croatia has gone from being the quieter, more-affordable alternative to Italy, to a top summer destination for the super-yacht set. So take a tip from James Stewart and head for one of these lesser-visited corners of the Dalmatian Coast out of season, when the days are warm, and the beaches and vine-covered hillsides are blissfully crowd-free.


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 How dopers stole the best years of my career
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  Posted February 2nd, 2017 by Zdenko  in Cycling | One comment

Cycling Opinions

Source: The Age, written by: Bradley McGee

A sense of deja vu
I have felt a sense of deja vu these past weeks as the Lance Armstrong story unravels. My emotions are the same as they were after the 1998 Tour de France, when the Festina team was kicked off the race for systematic doping and I was a new professional.


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 Istrian Croatia: Porec and Novigrad
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  Posted January 28th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Travel | 8 comments

Traveling Croatia

By Dumneazu

The most touristy towns in Istria
After spending two days in Pula, we headed north along the Istrian coast by bus. Porec looked inviting – a beautiful Venetian old town occupying a small peninsula jutting into the Adriatic


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 Croatian Specialties
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  Posted January 24th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Travel | 17 comments

Croatian food

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Food tasting in Croatia
On my resent trip to Croatia, I decided to take pictures of the Croatian food specialties as they were being served to us. I will try to describe them to the best of my knowledge…


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 Rat hole
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  Posted January 20th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Edmonton | No comments yet.

Edmonton heritage

Source: C2E portal and Lawrence Herzog

Fond memories of Edmonton’s past
Edmonton has been my home base or home city for a several decades now. I moved here from Croatia with my family in 1989. So, I do remember some of the old things mentioned here. I remember when the Rat Hole was a dark and wet way to traverse 109 Street — it was unique and a hoot to drive though.


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 Mazatlán’s beloved pulmonias
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  Posted January 16th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Travel | No comments yet.

Travel Mexico

By: Nancy Seeley

Celebrating 50 years – Mazatlán’s beloved pulmonias just keep on going
December 20 marked the golden anniversary of the first triumphant pulmonia ride through the city of Mazatlán streets in what was basically a steel-bodied golf cart with three wheels.


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 Bonking
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  Posted January 12th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

Coaches corner

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Have you ever bonked? What is ‘bonking’?
‘Bonking’ is a phrase used in the cycling world to describe the state you reach when your body simply runs out of energy. It usually happens like this:


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 New Arrivals, Choose Your Corners
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  Posted January 8th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Edmonton | One comment

Edmonton life

By: Trent Wilkie

New Arrivals, Choose Your Corners!
A quick and dirty guide to where the cliques hangout in Edmonton, courtesy of our humor writer.


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 Information Technology Oldies
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  Posted January 4th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Edmonton, Uncategorized | 6 comments

Technology

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Advances in Technology since I was a kid
This is all about having fun. So let’s have some fun by reminding ourselves of not very old technology devices, that are obsolete these days.


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 How to be Croatian
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  Posted December 30th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | 2 comments

Life in Croatia

By: Cody McClain Brown

How to be Croatian in eight easy steps
There are a lot of reasons to like Croatia. She’s a beautiful country. We’ve all seen the pictures: pristine seascapes, idyllic little islands, scenic medieval towns, and again pristine seascapes.


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 Mazatlán by bike
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  Posted December 26th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | No comments yet.

Travel Mexico

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Bike Touring is an amazing way to see Mazatlán
In my opinion biking is one of the nicest ways to experience Mazatlán’s famous promenade, also called malecón. That’s why my wife and I brought our road bikes aboard WestJet flight from Edmonton to Mazatlán. Whenever we travel, we are always looking for something little different in terms of exploring local life and we think bikes are perfect tools for that.


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 Christmas Trees
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  Posted December 22nd, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | 5 comments

Christmas traditions

By: Zdenko Kahlina

The Christmas celebrations all over the world
In various parts of the world Christmas is celebrated differently, but the Christmas tree in some form or fashion is quite popular; examining differences and similarities.


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 Mazatlán buses
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  Posted December 18th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | No comments yet.

Travel Mexico

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Boarding local Mazatlán buses for Mexicans is safe for gringos!
Many people have asked questions about taking the bus in Mexico. Is it safe? Is it reliable? Is it even half-comfortable? Well, it depends! This is what I have to say about buses in Mazatlán.


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