Archive for the 'Cycling' Category

 Indoor Cycling Training for the winter
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  Posted November 16th, 2015 by Zdenko  in Cycling, TOOLBOX | 5 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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 Istria by bike
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  Posted October 30th, 2015 by Zdenko  in Cycling, Travel | No comments yet.

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By: Snjezana Jojic

Exploring the head of the dragon and sunny historic Istria Peninsula with a wonderful group of Breeze Adventurers.
Since we love exploring, cycling and Croatia, it was no brainer to combine our passions into a two-wheeled epic holiday adventure!

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 Cycling in the Rockies
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  Posted October 22nd, 2015 by Zdenko  in Cycling, Travel | No comments yet.

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Source: Canadian Cycling Magazine

Bike Travel – Where Road Meets Wilderness
The sign cautioned ‘it is unlawful to feed the animals’. I smiled to myself and wondered if I was committing a crime. I may not have been feeding the animals, but I was certainly baiting them. I was clearly the straggler in the herd, the easy kill, the wildebeest who crossed one river too many.

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 Cycle along the Parenzana
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  Posted October 14th, 2015 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

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Internet: Colors of Istria

Bike trails in Istria – Cycle along the Parenzana trail
For a while we made spring and early autumn rides along the Parenzana our tradition. We have lately forgotten about it, but we are sure to go back to this path again.

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 Specialized fUCI bike
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  Posted October 6th, 2015 by Zdenko  in Cycling, TOOLBOX | No comments yet.

Technology

By: David Arthur, photos: by Carson Blume

Is this spectacular Specialized fUCI concept bike a vision of the future?
Specialized ditches UCI rules and creates bold concept bike with a motor and smartphone integration.

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 Roger’s Harvest ride
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  Posted September 28th, 2015 by Zdenko  in Cycling, Edmonton | No comments yet.

Edmonton cycling

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Perfect weekend to close the season in Edmonton!
The leaves are just beginning to turn yellow and the morning air was crisp, which means conditions were again ripe for Roger’s Harvest 100 km ride. You’ve done all the work through spring and summer to become fit and strong, the race season is winding down, and the whole world around you is transforming into a spectacle of color.

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 Dalmatian Coast by bike
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  Posted September 12th, 2015 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

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Source: Canadian Cycling Magazine
by Maryam Siddiqi

Cycling the Spectacular Croatia’s Dalmatian Coastline
According to many, Dalmatia is one of the most beautiful Croatian regions, distinguished by magical long beaches, crystal clear sea, iconically beautiful nature and rich cultural heritage. With 1,778 km of coastline and 1,185 offshore islands, the Dalmatian coast is one of the true wonders of Europe.

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 PASSO SAN BOLDO
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  Posted August 26th, 2015 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

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By: Zdenko Kahlina

A CLIMB TO LOVE: PASSO SAN BOLDO
The year was 1969. The race was an international amateur stage race in Italy, run under the name ‘Giro del Piave’. There were 220 participants at the start including myself. I was only 18 years old at the time and this was my first BIG race with the seniors (amateurs, as I was still a junior racer). During the second stage we went over a climb so memorable that I promised myself to return and visit this place again. I kept my promise and came back some 40 years after.

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 SERGEI SOUKHOROUTCHENKOV
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  Posted August 14th, 2015 by Zdenko  in Cycling | 7 comments

Cycling legends

By: Zdenko Kahlina

SERGEI SOUKHOROUTCHENKOV – Remember his name?
This is a story about great Russian racer Sergei Soukhoroutchenkov, who was called “Soukho. He won the cycling road race at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow.

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 Climbing in Tirol
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  Posted August 6th, 2015 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

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Words by Szymon Kotowski
Photography by Piotr Trybalski

The Alps Less Riden
Anyone with even a passing interest in road cycling would be familiar with the French Alps. The sweeping vistas, the huge climbs, the legendary battles that have taken place on those slopes. But of course the Alps aren’t just a feature of France – they extend across eight countries in Western Europe, with amazing cycling climbs found throughout.

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 Traveling with the bike
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  Posted July 20th, 2015 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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 First Yellow Jersey
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  Posted June 26th, 2015 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

Retrospective

Source: Bike Race Info portal

Backpedalling through the archives – 1919 Tour Quick Facts:
5,560 km raced at an average speed of 24.056 km/hr, the slowest Tour ever.
67 starters and only 10 classified finishers. Eugène Christophe was leading the Tour until he broke his fork (again!) in the penultimate stage, which alone cost him 70 minutes. He then crashed again in the same stage and then suffered many flat tires in the final stage. In stage 10 Christophe is generally thought to have worn the Tour’s first yellow jersey.

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 First ever Tour de France
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  Posted June 22nd, 2015 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

Retrospective

Source: Bike Race Info portal

Backpedalling through the archives – The Story of the 1903 Tour de France
110 years ago this July, the first ever Tour de France was raced. The Tour de France started as nothing more than a publicity stunt to sell some newspapers. At its heart, the Tour remains just that, a vehicle to sell tires, shoes, bikes, telephones and countless other items that the eager sponsors of the teams and the race want to promote.

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 Through Ex-Yugoslavia
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  Posted June 14th, 2015 by Zdenko  in Cycling, Travel | No comments yet.

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By: Snežana Radojičić

Pedaling across the world: Burek, potato pie and brandy
After entering Serbia the first thing we established as a tradition and a certain morning ritual was to get some burek and yogurt. Regardless of where we spent the night, in the morning we would go to the first town to find a bakery, even if it meant that we will have to ride hungry for an hour or longer. Me as an old, and Bryan as a new burek-lover never even thought of getting any snack before then – it was either burek with yogurt or nothing!

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 Giuseppe Marinoni’s hour record
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  Posted June 2nd, 2015 by Zdenko  in Cycling | One comment

Canadian legend

Source: Canadian Cycling Magazine

Review of documentary Marinoni: The Fire in the Frame
Had Giuseppe Marinoni lied to me? That question ran through my head as I watched the documentary on the Italian-born, Montreal-based frame builder. Marinoni: The Fire in the Frame concluded its debut run at Toronto’s Hot Docs Film Festival Saturday night with both the subject and the filmmaker present.

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 SPRING HAS SPRUNG
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  Posted May 20th, 2015 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

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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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 The Fire in the Frame
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  Posted May 12th, 2015 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

Canadian legend

Source: Canadian Cyclist Magazine

Interview with Tony Girardin about making Marinoni: Fire in the Frame
Giuseppi Marinoni is legendary in the Canadian bicycle world, known for the fine steel frames from his shop in Montreal that have borne his name over the past four decades.

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 Journey to the Centre of the Earth
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  Posted April 30th, 2015 by Zdenko  in Cycling, Travel | No comments yet.

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Source: Charlotte, at Cropcycle portal

Journey to the central Oaxaca (Mexico) coast…
5th – 8th March: After about seven weeks of traveling through semi-arid central Mexico we were extremely excited to get going on the next leg of our journey – down to the beaches of the Pacific Ocean. That’s an understatement; in fact I was visibly drooling with anticipation of a swim in the sea. We’d also spent seven weeks toiling up and down mountains at or above 1,500 meters in altitude. We could hardly contain ourselves at the prospect of the descent to sea level!

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 Conquering Sierra Madre del Sur
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  Posted April 18th, 2015 by Zdenko  in Cycling, Travel | 2 comments

Top rides – Mexico

By: Zdenko Kahlina

The Sierra Madre del Sur Mountains by bike!
This winter I Climbed the Sierra Madre del Sur Mountains in Mexico on my bike! It was 20 (!) kilometers all uphill! That day, that ride… that weather… it was all unforgettable! But if someone asks me to do it again I would do it in a flush!!

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 Cycling Snowbirds
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  Posted April 6th, 2015 by Zdenko  in Cycling | 6 comments

Top rides – Mexico

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Reflections on my bike riding in Mexico
Living in Canada means no road biking for at least six months during the winter. When February arrived I couldn’t wait any longer to escape the Canadian cold and become a snowbird… again! So, it was time to get off of the rollers and treadmill in my basement and do some road biking in the small-town of Huatulco, one of my favorite holiday escape destinations in Mexico.

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 A Bike Track on the Roof
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  Posted March 12th, 2015 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

Recreational Cycling

Source: Co. Design

A Cafe Where You Can Ride Your Bike On The Roof
The roof of this bike rental shop and cafe in southern China is actually a functioning cycling track. And it’s climate-appropriate, too.

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 Cycling Sunbirds
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  Posted February 28th, 2015 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

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By: Zdenko Kahlina

Canadian winters are tough; it’s no wonder why every year ‘sun bird’ cyclists fly south to Arizona to escape the cold.
We might not live in igloos, but the stereotype of the long Canadian winter is pretty accurate for most cyclists north of the 49th parallel. During the winter months in Arizona it’s warm, it’s dry and it has some great road cycling routes. In fact, cycling is one of Arizona’s main draws, so there are many routes throughout the state that are marked specifically for this abundance of road riders.

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 Doing it for love
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  Posted February 16th, 2015 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

Women Cycling

Source: Crankpunk portal

Women’s Cycling: doing it for the love, and one dick too many
When Australia’s Tiffany Cromwell won the 2013 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad classic she had every right to be delighted – and one reason not to be. She’d just cemented her name on the European scene with what was arguably the biggest win to date in her career, trouncing Megan Gruanier of Rabobank in the sprint to seal a brilliant victory.

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 Adria Mobil team
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  Posted January 30th, 2015 by Zdenko  in Cycling | One comment

Cycling stories

By: Bogdan Fink

Not all cycling teams are purely commercial entities
Adria Mobil is a Slovenian pro cycling team and I am its manager. We are a Continental team with ambition to become ProContinental so on the surface, we’re not so very different to lots of others. However, our story is different, and probable unique.

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 Spinning Class
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  Posted January 14th, 2015 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

Leisure cycling

By: Zdenko Kahlina

My First Spin Class
Tonight I finally made it out to an indoor spinning session with Speed River Cycling Club. I was a little worried because I don’t have a stationary type bike trainer and I wasn’t sure how it would work out on rollers. I decided not to clip in… which turned out to be a good move since I did slip off the trainer 3 or 4 times.

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