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 American River rafting

Travel USA

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Whitewater Rafting – South Fork American River (CA)
During our visit to Murphys this summer, in the Calaveras County, gold rush era town in Northern California, we had an opportunity to go rafting on the American river. As it turns out, our daughter’s boyfriend James is one of the guides for O.A.R.S rafting company and he invited the whole group of his Croatian quests to the South Fork American River for one rafting adventure.

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 Rise of the Mamils

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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 Zdenko’s biking in Mazatlán

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By: Zdenko Kahlina

Biking with ex world champion Paul Wolfe in Mazatlán
On my recent trip to Mexico I was riding my bike almost every day enjoying the warm weather and good roads. At first I was riding alone, but then I met couple of local Canadians Paul and Brendan, and they showed me some of the best roads around Mazatlán on which they often ride.

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 Riding big wheeler

Leasure cycling

Source: The Wheeler; words: Dan Talbot

A penny pedal puts Dan high on the open road
Dan Talbot is a west australian policeman, avid cyclist and regular ironman competitor, but still needs his ‘fixie’ fix. In june 2011 he rode a penny farthing 500km through the south west ofwa as part of a fundraiser for childhood cancer research. His cycle of choice was a rocky mountain highwheel bike.

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 Passo dell Gavia

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

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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 The Mortirolo – Hell is open

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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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 The Gran Fondo Survival Guide

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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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 Women in the saddle

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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 Age and Cycling

Leisure cycling

By: Jason Sumner

Age Is No Barrier to Cycling Training
Getting older… it happens to us all. Most people are content to pick up their pipe and slippers, and enjoy a more relaxing, sedentary lifestyle in their twilight years.

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 Too Much Monte Grappa

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Source: Italian Cycling Journal

Too Much Monte Grappa
My thanks to Julie Gildred, founder of Ride Strong Bike Tours (www.ridestrongbiketours.com), for her story of cycling Monte Grappa. Read on!

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 The Gavia Plus Snow

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Contributed by Steve Holmes

The magnificent and legendary passes of the Giro d’Italia
While the the cycling world (PEZ included) gets ready to turn its full gaze to Belgium this weekend, we figured this was as good of a time as any to deflect that attention for just a moment to pretty much one of the only reasons not to chant Belgium right now: the Gavia. Steve Holmes had a particularly memorable ascent of one of the most cherished climbs in cycling. Read on!

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 Bike riding in the prairies

Edmonton cycling

By: Zdenko Kahlina
You can’t get companionship like this when riding solo.
Finally! Halfway the month of April and it’s our first group ride of the season. On this mild Sunday, spring is unmistakably in the air. But the nights are still cold, close to freezing point. So the start of my bike ride at 10 AM was pretty chilly.

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 Winter on Stelvio

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Photography and Words by Jered Gruber

EARLY WINTER ON THE PASSO DELLO STELVIO
As far as famous climbs go, there are few, if any, that can claim spots higher in the pantheon of legendary climbs than the Passo dello Stelvio. It is synonymous with all that is great about the mountains in most people’s minds…and when it comes to switchbacks, there’s nothing quite as magical as the 48 numbered tornante heading up the climb’s northern face.

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 The Life Adriatic

Travel Croatia

Source: WestWorld, By: Craille Maguire Gillies

The ultimate Eastern Europe Tour: Hungary, Croatia, Montenegro and Slovenia on a Tour bus.
We are supposed to catch a ferry. It is mid-morning and our bus is rolling through the highways and side roads of Hungary, on our way to Croatia. The landscape is green and hilly and there is a brilliant sun overhead – the kind that makes you sleepy. Our plan is to hop the six-minute boat ride across the narrow part of Balaton Lake, the largest lake in Central Europe and a popular summer resort spot, and then make our way to Zagreb, the Croatian capital.

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 Bike messangers

Biking in the city

Source: Grist.org, By John Greenfield

Bike messengers: Still rockin’ in the freewheel world
Last week, while the world’s finest amateur athletes competed in London, hundreds of poorly paid professional athletes from four continents convened in Chicago for the Olympics of bike messengering. They were there for the 20th annual Cycle Messenger World Championships, the ultimate test of two-wheeled delivery prowess.

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 Centenarian sets new record

Cycling legends

Source: The Associated Press

French cyclist Robert Marchand has ridden 100 kilometres in 4 hours, 17 minutes and 27 seconds.
Doesn’t sound fast? Consider this: Marchand is 100-years-old! Setting off on his Trek racing bike around noon at a track in Lyon, Marchand covered the distance at an average pace of 23.3 kph — not far off the 24.25 kph pace he kept up to set the world hour record for his age group in Switzerland last February.

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 Biking to the Žumberak plateaus

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Source: The Pedala web site

Cycling routes in Croatia
Tuscany gets a lot of press and attention as a cycling paradise, and rightly so. It has a special something that makes people go back year after year. But it’s hardly off the beaten track. There’s another cycling haven that you should know about – one that the masses haven’t found yet. It’s the small country of Croatia. Read on!

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 Dreaming of Italy

Leasure cycling

By: Italian Cycling Journal

Plans have been made… I’m going to Italy!
Guest contributor Arnoud, from the Netherlands, wrote in last month with “Dreaming of Italy” as he prepares for a return to Lake Garda.

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 At the Speeders

Team building event

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Our team visiting the SPEEDERS – an Indoor ProKarts facility
Indoor SPEEDERS Indoor ProKarts offers go kart racing in a European style F1 race experience. Their ProKarts reach speeds of up to 70km/h and by the end of it we were all adrenaline pumped up!!!

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 Alpe d’Huez, The day before

French Alps – Summer 2011

By Zdenko Kahlina

My ride up the Alpe d’Huez climb the day before Tour arrived.
Alpe d’Huez (in French Alps) is the most famous climb of the most famous cycling race in the world “Tour de France”. With its 14.4 km long road up the mountain and its 21 hairpin bends, at an average gradient of 8.45% it is not an easy task to conquer on the bicycle. But we did it… just as thousands of other cyclists did on the same day. The day before the big Tour has arrived!

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 Monte Pasubio on MTB!

Adventure

By: Dr. Samuel Johnson

Monte Pasubio, the hero’s road across the Sacred Area of Italy
The Strada delle Gallerie [Road of Tunnels] is a mountain path cut into Monte Pasubio. It was built in 1916 by Italian mountain troops and teams of miners. The Strada was started in March 1917 and finished by the end of the year.

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 Into thin air – Col du Galibier

Visiting Tour de France

By Zdenko Kahlina

Zdenko visits France Alps and climbs Col du Lautaret and Galibier!
My summer trip to France and Tour de France race exceeded my wildest expectations and remains one of the most significant experiences I’ve had in my life! Thanks to my friend Ivan who planned and organized this trip!

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