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 Bonking

Coaches corner

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Have you ever bonked? What is ‘bonking’?
‘Bonking’ is a phrase used in the cycling world to describe the state you reach when your body simply runs out of energy. It usually happens like this:

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 Mazatlán by bike

Travel Mexico

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Bike Touring is an amazing way to see Mazatlán
In my opinion biking is one of the nicest ways to experience Mazatlán’s famous promenade, also called malecón. That’s why my wife and I brought our road bikes aboard WestJet flight from Edmonton to Mazatlán. Whenever we travel, we are always looking for something little different in terms of exploring local life and we think bikes are perfect tools for that.

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 Cycling starting at 50

Coaches corner

Source: I Love Bicycling portal

Riding your bike is fun and enjoyable
There’s never a wrong time to get into cycling whether at 5 years old or starting at 50 years old. We all do it for various reasons but it always comes down to the fact that it is fun and enjoyable. Age can be seen as a hurdle by many and it can be if you don’t know a few things to look out for going into it.

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 Coming Dead Last

Coaches corner

Source: Bicycling portal, by: CAITLIN GIDDINGS

The Best Part of Coming In Dead F*cking Last
When your worst-case scenario — finishing last in a race, is the best thing that could happen…

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 Istria, true cycling paradise

Cycling stories

Source: Colours of Istria

Croatian cycling champion Vladimir Miholjević talks about Istria
Northwest Istria has recently been getting a lot of praise in the context of cycling activities, recreational cycling, organized competitions, marathons and similar. What is the secret? What magic ingredients have captivated many of its visitors with two-wheeled lovers? Here is the story, first hand.

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 Learning to ride

Cycling stories

Source: Bicycling, written by Elly Blue

Do you remember learning to ride a bike?
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 figure out the hard way, even as an adult. Things that seem like second nature now, so obvious and easy that it’s hard to remember your early growing pains.

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 Married to a MAMIL

Hooked on Cycling

Source: The Daily Mail, written by: Jennie Price

Oh the shame of being married to a MAMIL (that’s a Middle Aged Man In Lycra)
Jennie Price from Surrey is a cycling widow. Her husband Richard’s transformation began five years ago. To get fit, he bought a road bike but soon became obsessed. Now he spends hours in the saddle. He has also spent a fortune on bikes, cycling clothing and gadgets.

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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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 Going Solo

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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 Slovenian Women’s cycling team

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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 WorldTour Team Bikes

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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 Riding into spring

Coaches corner

By: Zdenko Kahlina

The Misunderstood World of a Bike Racer
The sport is expensive, dangerous, time-consuming, mentally draining, emotionally exhausting and physically demanding and it permeates every aspect of a Roadie’s life. I would describe it as a chess game, boxing match and stampede disguised as a sport encompassed by a lifestyle surrounded by a community on a never- ending road trip to the brink of bankruptcy. One can dabble in tennis, golf, softball, basketball and other sports. There is no dabbling in bike racing — JAMIE SMITH.

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 Cycling past 60

Coaches corner

By: Zdenko Kahlina

The Ageless Cyclist
There was a time when being over the 50 meant ‘over the hill’, with one foot in the grave. But these days even at 60 cyclists are routinely knocking off more centuries with little or no attention to age.

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 Sins of Cycling

Coaches corner

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Seven Deadly Sins of cycling… How Sinful are you?
How many of the seven deadly sins of cycling do you break? Are you an Angel or the Devil on wheels? Have you ever been guilty of any of these? Rank yourself and share your result with us! Take the test now to see where you fit in.

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 Zdenko’s biking in Mazatlán

Top rides

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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 Istria by bike

Top rides

By: Snjezana Jojic

Exploring the head of the dragon and sunny historic Istria Peninsula with a wonderful group of Breeze Adventurers.
Since we love exploring, cycling and Croatia, it was no brainer to combine our passions into a two-wheeled epic holiday adventure!

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 Roger’s Harvest ride

Edmonton cycling

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Perfect weekend to close the season in Edmonton!
The leaves are just beginning to turn yellow and the morning air was crisp, which means conditions were again ripe for Roger’s Harvest 100 km ride. You’ve done all the work through spring and summer to become fit and strong, the race season is winding down, and the whole world around you is transforming into a spectacle of color.

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 Dalmatian Coast by bike

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Source: Canadian Cycling Magazine
by Maryam Siddiqi

Cycling the Spectacular Croatia’s Dalmatian Coastline
According to many, Dalmatia is one of the most beautiful Croatian regions, distinguished by magical long beaches, crystal clear sea, iconically beautiful nature and rich cultural heritage. With 1,778 km of coastline and 1,185 offshore islands, the Dalmatian coast is one of the true wonders of Europe.

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 PASSO SAN BOLDO

Top rides

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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 Giuseppe Marinoni’s hour record

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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 SPRING HAS SPRUNG

Top rides

By: Zdenko Kahlina

The Cyclists Are Out In Full Force!
It’s already May and this is spring time, in Alberta. There are daffodils blooming in my backyard, and I have been riding on the road each weekend since the beginning of April. The last few weeks have seen some major weather changes for the better and I have found riding on weekends enjoyable after as usual… very long winter.

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 The Fire in the Frame

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

Top Rides

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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 Cycling Snowbirds

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

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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