Edmonton – lost in the valley
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  Posted August 6th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Edmonton | One comment

Edmonton heritage

By: Zdenko Kahlina
Pictures and text: from C2E forum

The North Saskatchewan River snakes its way through the city with a long green belt of parkland running along both banks. This is North America’s largest stretch of city parkland, one long recreational area strewn with cycling paths and trails.


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 Monte Alban ruins, Oaxaca
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  Posted August 2nd, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | 2 comments

Traveling Mexico

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Off the beaten path in Oaxaca, Mexico
There are numerous attractions within a few miles of the city of Oaxaca.


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 Rise of the Mamils
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  Posted July 28th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Cycling | 5 comments

Coaches corner

By: Dominic Casciani

Middle-Aged Men In Lycra
The following story appeared in the BBC’s News Magazine. The story begins with a photo of the author riding in an unidentified location. But, we know it’s the Dolomites. 


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 The Shaftesbury ferry
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  Posted July 24th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Edmonton, Travel | 3 comments

Traveling Alberta

By: Cigdem Iltan
Photography by: Bruce Edwards

A ferryman never crosses same river twice
The Shaftesbury ferry runs west of Peace River. It is one of the few remaining in this province and the only one powered by a tug boat. Shaftesbury Ferry tugboat operator Gert van Butselaar has crossed the Peace River up to 80 times a day for most of the last 16 years, but says he never gets tired of his workplace view.


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 Oaxaca City
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  Posted July 20th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | 16 comments

Traveling Mexico

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Capital city of the state of Oaxaca
Finally we arrived in Oaxaca city. Immediately we got stuck in a hectic Oaxaca traffic. But I’m a fast learner, so I quickly managed to find a small street and bypass the problem on the main road. Still the area around Zocalo was very busy and parking was hard to find…


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 Going Solo
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  Posted July 16th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

Top rides

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Group rides build fitness, but solo rides soothe the soul!
For me, bike riding is not just about turning the pedals, counting kilometers or seeing the countryside around me. It is about my inner feeling, thoughts and emotions. I ride to clear my mind and rid myself of negative energy. When I leave work for a bike ride I also leave all the stress at work behind me. The bike riding becomes the key moment of my day.


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 The Powwow at Alexis
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  Posted July 12th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Edmonton | 2 comments

Edmonton life

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Alexis Nakota Sioux First Nation Powwow
Several weeks ago my wife was invited to annual competition Powwow at Alexis Nakota Sioux First Nation band and being a good husband I went along. The event took place on July 6, 7 and 8th at the Alexis reserve in Alberta. We also invited our quests Lidija and Nikolina (young girls from Croatia) to join us for this event as we were sure, they have never had a chance to see Powwow before.


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 The Ladies of the Isthmus
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  Posted July 8th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | 3 comments

Traveling Mexico

By: Mildred Boyd

The Ladies of the Isthmus
From Conquistadors armed with swords to present-day tourists armed only with cameras, male travelers to the Isthmus have written glowing reports of her. 


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 Riding when it’s hot
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  Posted July 4th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

Coach’s corner

By: PAIGE GREENFIELD, JAMES HERRERA

How to Ride in Hot Weather
Your guide to staying cool and riding strong all summer long. I grew up in the scorching west Texas city of El Paso, where people would often comment, “At least it’s a dry heat.” The truth is, any variety of excess warmth can sabotage your cycling performance if you’re not ready for it. Here are several things to keep in mind as the mercury climbs.


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 CRES and LOŠINJ islands, Croatia
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  Posted June 30th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | No comments yet.

Beautiful Croatia

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Islands in Primorsko-Goranska county
Croatian islands Cres and Losinj are our holiday destination this summer. Cres and Losinj are the next two islands after Krk, reachable only by a ferry boat (or your own boat!). Mali Losinj is among those places with the most sunny days per year in Europe.


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 Camping at the Camp Lake
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  Posted June 26th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Edmonton | 5 comments

Edmonton Countryside

By Zdenko Kahlina

Experience the Bounty in Beaver County.
It is camping season and you don’t have to travel far from Edmonton, if you are looking for a weekend getaway. Do you enjoy camping, the outdoors, fresh air, and nature?


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 Beolgyo, South Korea
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  Posted June 22nd, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | No comments yet.

World travel

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Beolgyo’s Tragic History
One of my best friends in Edmonton came to Canada from South Korea. Kim Yonghun Hun was born in the town of Beolgyo. Though he never talks about his home land, I was curious and wanted to find more about his country and Korean culture. I “Googled” on the internet and the following blog by Brian & Robert is what I’ve discovered. I hope you’ll find this an interesting read just like I did.


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 Slovenian Women’s cycling team
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  Posted June 18th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

Women Cycling

Source: Total Women’s Cycling, written by Sarah Dean

BTC City Ljubljana – Slovenian Women’s Cycling Team Rising Through the Ranks
I don’t mean those first heady moments of awkwardness and freedom. But the process of becoming truly comfortable on the bike—all the things that you had to figuWe spoke to members of the team that went pro in 2014 but is now ranked 12th worldwide…


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 I Remember when…
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  Posted June 14th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Edmonton | 5 comments

Edmonton heritage

By Zdenko Kahlina

Fond memories of Edmonton’s past
Edmonton has been my home base or home city for a several decades now. I moved here from Croatia with my family in 1989. So, I do remember some of the old things mentioned here.


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 The Kim Chi belt
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  Posted June 10th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | No comments yet.

Traveling World

By: Dumneazu

Korean New Jersey – The Kim Chi belt
Don’t like Korean food? Then go away right now. In this part of Jersey, you eventually come to like Korean food. This blog is about Kim Chi food.


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 Pyrenees Coast To Coast
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  Posted June 6th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

Top rides

Source: PEZ

Special Travel interview with Allan Reeves of ‘France From Inside Tours’
France From Inside Tours specializes in cycling holidays in southern France, and one of their most popular trips is the epic Conquer the Pyrenees: cycling 12 days over 1000 miles and climbing over 100,000 feet from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean and back. The company owner and lead guide, Allan Reeves, explains why this trip is so popular, it’s back for the 10th year.


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 Hidden Worlds Cenotes park
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  Posted June 2nd, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | 4 comments

Traveling Mexico

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Cenotes in Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.
Down in the Riviera Maya and only about a 30 minute drive from Cancun there are beautiful cenotes to make for some scuba diving. But first, what is a cenote?


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 The Mild West
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  Posted May 28th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | No comments yet.

Travel Alberta

Source: Dave and Deb at PlanetD portal

Alberta Cowboy Trail
The empty grasslands of the Rocky Mountain Foothills attracted migrants from the rowdy American West, for a time calling into question British colonial hold over what is now Alberta. The westward thrusts of the Canadian Pacific Railway and the North West Mounted Police tamed the settlers and staved off annexation by the expanding republic, but not before the cultural of the American cattleman was already firmly rooted.


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 Look like a pro
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  Posted May 24th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Cycling, TOOLBOX | No comments yet.

Coaches corner

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Do’s and Don’ts to Look like a Pro and be cool!
Pro cyclists spend hours and hours every day perfecting their craft. This is not limited to riding a lot to get fast but also looking the look as well. Even if you don’t have the same legs as a pro you can still look like one, or as close to it as physically possible by doing and not doing things that every pro knows without even thinking. Following these guidelines will not only have you looking like a pro but acting like a professional as well.


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 Spring in Kamloops
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  Posted May 20th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | One comment

Travel Canada

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Exploring B.C.’s coolest small town
Last year, when our daughter moved with her family to Kamloops (British Columbia), she gave us the reasons to visit this small town for the first time and explore the grasslands area around the town.


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 WorldTour Team Bikes
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  Posted May 16th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Cycling, TOOLBOX | No comments yet.

Coaches corner

Source: Internet

2016 – The bikes of the peloton this season
Your guide to the bikes the 18 WorldTour teams are racing this season
The 2016 WorldTour will be contested by 18 teams and this is our guide to the bikes and equipment the teams will be racing.


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 Mexico’s Garden of Eden
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  Posted May 12th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | No comments yet.

Traveling Mexico – Cuernavaca

By: Zdenko Kahlina

The Land of Eternal spring
We arrived in Cuernavaca from Acapulco, on our way to Mexico City, and with no idea of what to do here or where to go. First impressions are some pretty impressive houses here and many narrow streets with lots of traffic. Still we easily managed to find parking close to the Cuernavaca’s main square – Plaza de Armas.


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 Topes – Speed bumps on steroids
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  Posted May 8th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | 2 comments

Traffic Control, Mexican Style

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Tope – Speed bumps on steroids in Mexico
Ah, topes. Gringos call them “speed bumps”. Mexicans nickname them “policia durmiendo” (po-lee-CEE-a dur-me-EN-do: sleeping policemen). The tope (TOE-pay), a speed bump in the smooth but occasionally potholed road of Mexican life, is an endless source of fascination for anyone, like me, who loves to categorize the phenomena of everyday existence.


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 Dolac market
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  Posted May 4th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Purgerska Nostalgija | 2 comments

Spring in Zagreb

By: Dumneazu

Its been a dreary and lingering winter in Budapest, which is up in the top reaches of the Carpathian basin, so when spring won’t come to us, we have to go to spring. That means down south, and that means Da Balkans.


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 Costa Chica
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  Posted April 30th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | No comments yet.

Traveling Mexico

By: Damien Cave

Mexico without the crowds, or attitude!
EAGER young men waving us toward empty parking spaces by an eco-tourism kiosk, two excited toddlers in the back seat, and no way to turn back: tourism hell seemed to be upon us. After a long sigh, and a glance at the pristine Pacific in front of us, we gave in.


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