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 Discover Croatia on two wheels

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By: Zdenko Kahlina

Exploring Croatia on two wheels; country of thousand islands
It’s a well kept secret. With a thousand sparsely populated islands dotted along its 300 mile length, Croatia’s coastline is among the most beautiful in the world. Bring you bike and cruise the Dalmatian and Istrian archipelagos, touring luscious, fertile countryside and picture-postcard villages.

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 Biking in Banff

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By: Zdenko Kahlina

Cycling where road meets wilderness – Banff National Park
Banff is home to some of the most spectacular road and mountain biking in the world and is also home to several world-class cycling events every year. Cycling is made accessible to everyone in Banff. Trails range from easy to very difficult and bike rentals are available at several outlets in Town. Sharrows (shared bicycle lanes) throughout the town, off-road trails and bike routes around this town make Banff and surrounding areas very bike friendly.

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 Going Solo

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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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 Pyrenees Coast To Coast

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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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 Ciclotour Mazatlán

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By: Zdenko Kahlina

The Sportive Event ‘Ciclotour Mazatlán’, Mexico
Mazatlán, city better known as the ‘Pearl of the Pacific’, is a destination that always works hard to bring exciting events to the city. On November 21, the City of Mazatlán and other sponsors organized already fifth edition of CicloTour Mazatlán.

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 Istria by bike

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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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 Cycling in the Rockies

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Source: Canadian Cycling Magazine

Bike Travel – Where Road Meets Wilderness
The sign cautioned ‘it is unlawful to feed the animals’. I smiled to myself and wondered if I was committing a crime. I may not have been feeding the animals, but I was certainly baiting them. I was clearly the straggler in the herd, the easy kill, the wildebeest who crossed one river too many.

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 Cycle along the Parenzana

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Internet: Colors of Istria

Bike trails in Istria – Cycle along the Parenzana trail
For a while we made spring and early autumn rides along the Parenzana our tradition. We have lately forgotten about it, but we are sure to go back to this path again.

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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

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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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 Climbing in Tirol

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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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 Through Ex-Yugoslavia

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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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 SPRING HAS SPRUNG

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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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 Journey to the Centre of the Earth

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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

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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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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 Cycling Sunbirds

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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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 Biking the Niagara Escarpment

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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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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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 Biking around Paris

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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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 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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 Roger’s Harvest ride 2013

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By: Zdenko Kahlina

Perfect weekend to close the 2013 season in Edmonton!
Is there a better time to ride a bike than at the end of September? Especially with the weather we’ve been having lately. It’s perhaps the best time to get out and just ride for the pure pleasure of it. That’s exactly what 274 cyclists from Edmonton area did this past weekend at the Roger’s harvest ride in Ardrossan.

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 Why do I (still) ride bike

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By: Zdenko Kahlina

Why am I still riding my bike today? Because life is a road… and road is my life!
I recently had a close friend who was never involved in any sport pose a very simple but inherently deep question to me: “Zdenko, you still ride your bike a lot… why do you ride?”

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 Vegas by bike

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By: Zdenko Kahlina

Bicycling in Las Vegas
Ah, Las Vegas… the city where dreams come true. Admittedly when I was thinking of Vegas my first thoughts were of slot machines, hot weather, desert, exotic clubs and empty bank accounts. Cycling definitely wasn’t first on my mind.

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 Sitting on Cipollini’s Wheel

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Source: PEZ Cyclingnews, Words and pics by Kelly Servinski

Cycling Training in Italy with Cipollini!
Almost one year ago to the day, PEZ fan Kelly from Canada was on holiday in Italy when he had the ultimate experience – a run in ride with cycling hero Super Mario. Here’s his tale.

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