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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.

Top rides

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 | One comment

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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 Passo dell Gavia
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  Posted December 12th, 2014 by Zdenko  in Cycling | 2 comments

MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE – Part 2.

Words and Pictures by: Zdenko Kahlina

Climbing Italian Alps, Second day Friday, Friday July 20, 2007
A cyclist himself, Zdenko Kahlina (EMCC member) who lives in Edmonton (Canada) recently took his first cycling trip to Italy to climb some high mountains very often included in the Giro d’ Italia. He chronicled his experiences traveling with his bike and his buddies. He chose Bormio area in Italy (Lombardy) as his base. We should all do this… soon.

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 Passo dello Stelvio
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  Posted December 4th, 2014 by Zdenko  in Cycling | 3 comments

MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE – Part 1.

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Climbing Italian Alps, First day Thursday, July 19th, 2007
A cyclist himself, Zdenko Kahlina (EMCC member) who lives in Edmonton (Canada) recently took his first cycling trip to Italy to climb some high mountains very often included in the Giro d’ Italia. He chronicled his experiences traveling with his bike and his buddies. He chose Bormio area in Italy (Lombardy) as his base. We should all do this… soon.

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 Belfountain, Ontario
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  Posted November 30th, 2014 by Zdenko  in Cycling, Travel | 11 comments

Travel Canada

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Visiting Mississauga, Ontario 
During my recent visit to a friend who lives in Mississauga (Ontario), I wanted to explore the area local cyclists are using for their training rides. I asked my friend (an excellent cyclist) for advice and he suggested I should go towards hamlet of Belfountain and beautiful surrounding Caledon hills, just north of the city.

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 Kids on the bikes
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  Posted November 26th, 2014 by Zdenko  in Cycling, TOOLBOX | No comments yet.

Coach’s corner

Source: I love cycling portal

How to Start Bike Racing
Getting more kids to ride to school is a key success predictor of any country’s cycling future – and indeed obesity rates. As a European Commissioner stated: ”One might say that Europe (Australia!) faces a choice. Do we want to pursue an American-style approach where kids depend on their parents to take them to school for many years?

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 Biking the Niagara Escarpment
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  Posted November 18th, 2014 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

Top rides

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Back country roads, rolling hills, vineyards and stunning views!
The Niagara Escarpment is a range of hills created by the last glacier and is characterized by steep hills. Niagara Falls, on the river between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, is the most spectacular feature of the escarpment. I was at Halton region in October to explore the area on the bike.

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 Climbing The Rattlesnake point
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  Posted November 2nd, 2014 by Zdenko  in Cycling, Travel | No comments yet.

Top rides

By: Zdenko Kahlina

My Thanksgiving weekend in the Halton Hills region
I’m thankful this last Thanksgiving weekend I spent in the area of Halton Hills, close to Campbellville, Ontario. My goal for Thanksgiving long weekend was far from anything ‘turkey related’. Instead, it was to meet my newborn grand-daughter Sophie and to ride the bike until my legs give-out, since winter doom was fast approaching. Plus, riding is the best way to check out October fall colors in the area!

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 Wandering Albania
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  Posted September 26th, 2014 by Zdenko  in Cycling, Travel | No comments yet.

Leisure Cycling

Sastavila: Snežana Radojičić

First Kilometers in Albania
We were excited about crossing into Albania as if we were crossing into another world. The first sights greeting us along the Bojana river coast were an absolute contrast to the bling and opulence of the Montenegrin coast that we had left behind. Driving towards Skadar through Albanian villages and small towns we were struck by poverty – ugly, dirty, smelly poverty, the kind you would expect to see in Africa or Asian countries, but not in Europe.

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 Tour of Alberta instalments
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  Posted September 10th, 2014 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

Alberta cycling

Source: Calgary Herald

Aftermath of the 2014 Tour of Alberta
I’m puzzled. They DID do most of the things on the list. Drumheller Badlands was featured in the very first year. This year they did add the gravel to make things tougher. They vastly improved the TV feed. Local fans were not only watching, they were involved IN THE RACE from driving team cars to distributing race programs and information to the crowds. The only thing on the list missing it’s the mountains. This article did a great job to outline very well the reason they couldn’t.

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 Biking around Paris
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  Posted August 20th, 2014 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

Top rides

By: Chris Selden

Top rides – Paris, France.
Paris, France – the city of love, the Eiffel Tower, le Louvre and… traffic jams. Could Paris really be a destination for a PEZ ‘Top Ride’? Well, yes as just 35km South-West of the capital is the gorgeous Vallée de Chevreuse where the cows, sheep and forest replace the hustle and bustle of the big city making it an ideal playground for cyclists.

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 Colnago Master
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  Posted August 8th, 2014 by Zdenko  in Cycling | 2 comments

Retro cycling

From Italian Cycling Journal

If you could have only one bicycle…
What would it be? Most of us have a couple of different bicycles. So if you could only have only one, what type of bike would it be? I’m not sure what I’d choose, but I’ve been thinking about it lately, and that’s why I’m asking the question…

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 The Mortirolo – Hell is open
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  Posted July 18th, 2014 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

Top rides

By: Buzz Yancich

Three days in the Alps with Eros Poli
I am here to report to you that everything you may have heard or read about the Mortirolo is true. There may be a climb somewhere that is harder – the infamous Zolocan I am told. But I haven’t ridden the Zolocan so for the time being this SOB is it. But I digress….before we get to the nasty stuff some pleasantries about our stay in Bormio.

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 Tour de France: The 80′s!
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  Posted July 2nd, 2014 by Zdenko  in Cycling | 2 comments

Retro Cycling

By Edmond Hood
 
Tour de France through the Decades:
Ed Hood moves us on into the 80s today with his Tour de France through the decades series. Let’s take a look back at the riders that defined the decade at the Tour de France and wonder for a moment: Who did shoot JR Ewing; Cliff Barnes? Nah! Kristin Shepard. Don’t worry if you had to Google that.

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 Tour de France: The 70′s!
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  Posted June 24th, 2014 by Zdenko  in Cycling | One comment

Retro Cycling

By Edmond Hood

Tour de France through the Decades:
Sunday July 20th 1969; that’s 43 years ago now but I remember it clearly as the day that I first became aware of professional bicycle racing – I was 18 years-old. I walked in to the living room of our little flat in Kirkcaldy, Scotland and glanced at the black and white TV in the corner; the evening news had just begun and the picture was of a cycling track with the stands crammed to capacity.

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 Bicycle racing and sex
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  Posted June 18th, 2014 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

Women’s cycling

By: Sean Lee

Bicycle racing and… why women’s cycling is fascinating!
It has been a long held belief in boxing that sex before a bout will leave a fighter with weak legs. Australian swimming legend Dawn Fraser on the other hand was of the opinion that it enhanced athletic performance, for her anyway.

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 Father’s Day Gift Guide
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  Posted June 10th, 2014 by Zdenko  in Cycling, TOOLBOX | No comments yet.

Leisure cycling

By Richard Pestes

How to score enough Dad-points
It’s our one day of the year, and if yours plays out anything like Mother’s Day does here at PEZ HQ, you should get to do what you want – for the whole day!

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 The Gran Fondo Survival Guide
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  Posted June 6th, 2014 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

Top rides

By: Steve Thomas

Gran Fondos are gaining popularity
Sportives, sportifs, gran fondos, etapes, marchas – whatever you prefer to call them, these massparticipation events are growing in popularity. In 2013, there are more happening in Canada than ever before. For many of us, lining up with a few thousand other riders to tackle an epic ride on legendary roads and having some frills lavished upon us are the highlights of the year.

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 Team Training Camp
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  Posted May 2nd, 2014 by Zdenko  in Cycling, TOOLBOX | No comments yet.

Toolbox

By: Bruce Hendler

Setting up a team training camp
Traditionally, the winter/early spring months are an optimal time to get your team or club together to participate in an organized team training camp. Motivation is high and riders are eager to begin their 2009 individual and team preparation. Here are some tips and suggestions to help organize the best possible camp or clinic that will benefit all members going into the cycling season.

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 Costa Rica by bike
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  Posted April 20th, 2014 by Zdenko  in Cycling, Travel | No comments yet.

Travel Costa Rica

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Have bike, will travel… Zdenko hits the road in Costa Rica!
This year we went to visit Costa Rica for the first time. Visiting Costa Rica is like nowhere else in the tropical Americas. I had an awesome road biking holiday there in a vibrant and fertile Central American paradise, blessed with a pleasant and hot tropical climate and an abundance of natural beauty.

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 I want to ride my bicycle
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  Posted April 12th, 2014 by Zdenko  in Cycling, Edmonton | No comments yet.

Leisure cycling

By: Terence Harding (Metro)

I want to ride my bicycle (in Edmonton)
You would think by now we would have figured out how to accommodate cyclists in this city in a way that encourages bicycle commuting and keeps cyclists safe. But it would appear that a solution to the challenges faced by those of us who want to cycle to work or anyplace else is as elusive as finding ways to keep our streets clean in winter and free from potholes in the spring.

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