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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.

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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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 Eastern Cape by bike
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  Posted May 14th, 2014 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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 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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 First ride of the year
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  Posted March 22nd, 2014 by Zdenko  in Cycling, Edmonton | One comment

Cycling Stories

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Man, it feels good to go bike riding after a long winter.
(Re-posting from 2009) With the temperature making it up to a balmy +5 degrees today, I finally ventured out of my basement cave, where I’d been riding my bike on a stationary trainer, and took it back outdoors where it belongs. On the agenda was a first scheduled weekend group ride with the members of Edmonton Masters Cycling Club (EMCC) members.

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 What Makes A Professional?
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  Posted March 6th, 2014 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

Cycling Stories

Source: PEZ Cycling News

Comment: What Makes A Professional?
In a world where money is in short supply, it’s encouraging that there are so many pro cyclists in the UK. Or is it? Sponsor of Team Velo Ecosse, a long established UK amateur team thinks that there’s a lot of self delusion going on.”

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 Women in the saddle
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  Posted February 24th, 2014 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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 Remembering Marco Pantani
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  Posted February 14th, 2014 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

Flashbacks from the peloton 

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Marco Pantani (January 13, 1970 – February 14, 2004)
It’s a decade since Marco Pantani, one of cycling’s most flamboyant characters was found dead in a Rimini hotel room. Tour de France and Giro d’Italia winner Marco Pantani was found dead on Saturday evening, February 14, 2004 on the floor of his Le Rose hotel room on Italy’s Adriatic coast, surrounded by half-empty jars of antidepressants. I can’t believe it’s been already ten years since that day.

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 Why do cyclists shave their legs?
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  Posted February 2nd, 2014 by Zdenko  in Cycling, TOOLBOX | No comments yet.

Leisure cycling

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Cyclists shave their legs. Did you even know this?
I think this is an interesting question. Why cyclists shave their legs? I’ve had many people tell me I should be shaving my legs, but no one has actually given me a solid reason to do so, and everyone gives me a different reason. Why are they doing it? Aerodynamic benefits? For massage? Road rash? Tradition?

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