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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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 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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 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 | 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.

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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.

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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.

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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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