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 Cyclo cross skills
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  Posted February 16th, 2018 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

Coaches corner

By: David Arthur road.cc contributor

Essential cyclo-cross skills from Paul Oldham
We spend the day learning how to ride cyclo-cross with one of the UK’s best racers. Cyclo-cross is one of the most exciting and accessible branches of cycle sport, but there are some key skills that can make it tricky to master. I’ve taken part in a few ‘cross races but would describe myself as a rookie. I haven’t mastered the strange business of dismounting and remounting for the obstacles. At least, not with any style or panache.

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 Road Cycling in the USSR (Part 3)
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  Posted January 26th, 2018 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

Retrospective

By: Nikolai Razouvaev

Soviet cycling in perspective: Pills or No Pills
This is Part 3 in a series. Start from Part 1 or read Part 2.
I now began to see what he meant by comparing my performance in Maykop to racing between real and fake amateurs. My only goal in that race was to finish in the first bunch at least on one stage. I wasn’t far off from achieving that on some stages but couldn’t make a cut when the heavy-hitters got down to business.

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 Road Cycling in the USSR (Part 2)
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  Posted January 22nd, 2018 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

Retrospective

By: Nikolai Razouvaev

Soviet cycling in perspective: The Farce
This is Part 2 in the series. Read Part 1.
The system’s rules were not spelled out; there was no rule book, no instruction manual and no clearly defined path to take. You listen to those who have gone before you, like Trumheller, those who made it and if you liked what you saw, you went for it.

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 Road Cycling in the USSR (Part 1)
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  Posted January 18th, 2018 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

Retrospective

By: Nikolai Razouvaev

Soviet cycling in perspective: Can’t Forget the Past
Thirty years ago, Nikolai Razouvaev was a junior world champion. He experienced the Soviet cycling system in its prime. It was more than a sport; it was a way of life.

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 Edmonton Masters
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  Posted January 2nd, 2018 by Zdenko  in Cycling | 3 comments

Cycling in Edmonton

By: Andrew Hanon

Middle-aged men in lycra taking to Edmonton streets
Peter Heppleston hasn’t been able to ride his bike since June 13, when he crashed on a mountain road in Jasper. The wipeout, at about 60 kmh, put the 65-year-old in hospital with a broken collar bone, damaged hip and countless scrapes and bruises. He’s itching to get back in the saddle.

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 The misery machine
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  Posted December 20th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Cycling, TOOLBOX | One comment

Winter training

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Suffering on the Turbo trainer in the basement.
If you have used the turbo trainer like me, suffering in the pain cave surrounded by snow, getting photos from Los Angeles friends, still riding outside and doing paceline work and dreaming of the spring – you know the trainer is a necessary evil for all of us cyclists in Canada.

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 Biking around Los Cabos
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  Posted December 8th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Cycling, Travel | 8 comments

Top Rides

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Cycling in Baja California, Mexico
I was reading some travel reports about people who cycled from California all the way down south to Cabo San Lucas, most of them on mountain bikes. Still, I haven’t heard about someone’s experience riding a road bike in Los Cabos area. That’s exactly what I did in December and I wanted to share my experience with you!

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 Indoor Cycling Training for the winter
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  Posted November 22nd, 2017 by Zdenko  in Cycling, TOOLBOX | 6 comments

How to Use Rollers for training

By: Zdenko Kahlina
 
Going for a spinning class?
It’s winter and it’s cold. It was -20C this morning here in Edmonton. Very often I get asked (at work) what do we cyclist do in the winter time to stay in shape. The answer is simple: we ride rollers! Some people these days would better understand if I said: “I am going for a spinning class” – that’s how it’s called these days.

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 Climbing the mountains
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  Posted November 10th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

Coach’s corner

By: Alex Stieda

Master the Mountains
With the right strategy, you can reach the top of any hill with ease. You can get to the top faster—and fresher—with these smart strategies.

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 Into thin air – Col du Galibier
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  Posted October 28th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Cycling, Travel | 2 comments

Visiting Tour de France

By Zdenko Kahlina

Zdenko visits France Alps and climbs Col du Lautaret and Galibier!
My summer trip to France and Tour de France race exceeded my wildest expectations and remains one of the most significant experiences I’ve had in my life! Thanks to my friend Ivan who planned and organized this trip!

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 Season’s last bike ride
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  Posted October 12th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Cycling, Edmonton | No comments yet.

Leisure cycling

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Last social ride for the season is behind us!
We have had a great season of riding! I hope everyone enjoyed the rides, but all good things must come to an end. Last Sunday was our last ride of the season.

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 WHAT IS A GRAN FONDO ANYWAY?
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  Posted October 4th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Cycling | 3 comments

Cycle Tourists

From: BiciVeneto.it
So what is a Fondo and what the heck is so Gran about it? American cycling culture has a reputation for lagging behind European cycling culture in every way: the style, the history, the races, the fans, the media coverage.

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 Tomorrow we ride…
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  Posted September 18th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

He’s Not Heavy, He’s My Domestique

Contributed by Leslie Reissner

“Tomorrow we ride…” is a book of memoirs by Jean Bobet, a French intellectual who seems to have become a pro cyclist simply because of the force of his brother’s personality. That brother, of course, was Louison Bobet, the first cyclist to win the Tour de France three years in a row.

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 The Hour Record
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  Posted August 24th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Cycling | One comment

Retro fabulous

The Cycling World Hour Record is the most famous record in cycling. The hour record is established by riding the furthest distance on a velodrome in the time of 60 minutes. From 1893 to 2009 the best cyclists in the World have held the hour record including legends like Fausto Coppi or Eddy Merckx.

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 Don’t forget the snakes
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  Posted August 8th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

Leasure cycling

Source: The Wheeler; words: Bill Frew

Gippsland cyclist and author Bill Frew recalls his sometimes embarrassing but typical induction into club racing.
When I survey my wonderful bike, leaning against the shed wall, I am always impressed by how potent it looks. I know it was made in a Taiwanese factory and is not the latest model, but you can see that it’s all about speed. My legs are well-trained, but I have never pushed this machine to the limit.

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 Never Get Dropped
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  Posted August 4th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Cycling, TOOLBOX | No comments yet.

Coaches corner

By Simon Hayes

Tips for Staying in the Bunch
I guess we all know the feeling. That critical moment when the wheel in front of you hits the point where you know you’re not going to get it back. It can be a hideous feeling. Your lungs are burning, your legs are burning and quite possibly, your mind is burning as well.

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 History of the Tour de France by numbers
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  Posted July 10th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

Cycling

Source: Cycling News

Records and stats from the last 109 years
The world’s most famous road race – the Tour de France - has a rich 109 year history and its fabled past is synonymous with the greatest names in the sport. 2012 Tour de France begins this Saturday, June 30th with the prologue, in Liege. 

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 Traveling with the bike
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  Posted June 16th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Cycling, TOOLBOX, Travel | No comments yet.

Travel advice

By: Zdenko Kahlina

How to fly with a bike: The cheap and easy method
If you plan to travel internationally with a bicycle like I do, at some point you will be required to put your bike on a plane. Taking a bike on an airplane as luggage can be a gut wrenching proposition. You need to pack it in a way that means it can withstand the baggage handlers’ manhandling, and make sure it will come off the plane in the same state that it went on…

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 Wheel sucking
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  Posted May 30th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Cycling, TOOLBOX | No comments yet.

Coaches corner

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Let me introduce you to ‘wheel sucking’ from a cycling perspective.
It was a Friday, and after a long and difficult week at work I donned some Lycra cycling clothing, drove my car east of Edmonton to the Sherwood Park, mounted my Jota-Moreno bike and headed into the rural area of Strathcona County. The goal was to clear the tension from my legs and the metaphysical residue of the week in the office from my head.

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 SPRING HAS SPRUNG
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  Posted May 14th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

Top rides

By: Zdenko Kahlina

The Cyclists Are Out In Full Force!
It’s already May and this is spring time, in Alberta. There are daffodils blooming in my backyard, and I have been riding on the road each weekend since the beginning of April. The last few weeks have seen some major weather changes for the better and I have found riding on weekends enjoyable after as usual… very long winter.

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 Babici Jota-Moreno
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  Posted May 2nd, 2017 by Zdenko  in Cycling | 5 comments

Bike Review

By: Zdenko Kahlina

First Babici Jota-Moreno bike gets into Canada
Although I always take bike with me when traveling, on my last trip to Australia I left my Marinoni race bike at home, so that I can save some money I would normally pay for air transport (these days this can be significant amount of money!).

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 Eastern Cape by bike
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  Posted April 16th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Cycling | 6 comments

Top rides

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Off the beaten path along the Eastern Cape in Baja California, Mexico – by bike.
On my recent trip to San Jose del Cabo, I’ve decided to ‘saddle up’ and ride my bike on the East Cape road. For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but just to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to constantly move and experience new places outside of hotel resorts. When visiting Cabo two years ago I didn’t explore this road because the information I had at the time it was a gravel road.

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 Women in the saddle
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  Posted April 4th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

Biking stories

Source: The Times, by: Kati Jagger

Cycling changes gear as women take to the saddle.
They have been commuting in equal numbers for years, but the lure of lycra and the weekend group ride is something that women have until recently left mainly to the men.

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 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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 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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