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Recently, Ryan Anderson announced his retirement from pro cycling. He’s been at it since 2008. In that time, he might not have risen to the same heights as say his frequent teammate Svein Tuft or some of his contemporaries, such as David Veilleux or Hugo Houle. But Anderson is the last of a certain generation of pro road cyclist. He’s been on all t…
 
Maghalie Rochette, the Canadian and Pan Am cyclocross champion, has been in Europe for more than a month racing. In the past two weeks, things have gotten tougher for her. Cases of Covid-19 are growing in Europe. Countries have entered lockdowns. Some races are getting cancelled. But, oddly, others are forging ahead. On the Monday following Koppenb…
 
In June, Michael Barry discussed the UCI’s plan for a compressed 2020 road season. Recently, Canadian Cycling Magazine editor Matthew Pioro wanted to look back at some of Barry’s predictions from late spring. There is something unfair about looking back at predictions. In the best of times, guesses about the future are usually wrong. During this pa…
 
This past summer, Tim Johnson went on his first bikepacking trip. As trips go, this one was big: seven days, roughly 700 km on the Trans-Taiga, which is roughly 1,300 km north of Montreal. Johnson knew Quebec pretty well beforehand. Sure, he’s a six time U.S. cyclocross champion and currently a director of development at USA Cycling. His Strava pro…
 
Throughout the Tour, Hugo Houle of Astana Pro team checked in with Canadian Cycling Magazine. Listen to his insights from inside the race. He talks about echelons, spreadsheets and crashes. Also this month, Michael Woods won a stage at Tirreno-Adriatico and held the leader’s jersey for two days. Both riders are slated to represent Canada at the roa…
 
From jerseys won by young Canadians to Euro pros sipping Caesars to taking in a Montreal Canadiens game with a future world champion, the influence of the Grands Prix Cyclistes de Québec et de Montréal is significant. This episode of the Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast honours those races by looking at moments, both big and small, connected with …
 
This is usually a busy time of year for Catharine Pendrel. She’s usually competing in cross country World Cups or preparing for the world championships or even in full Olympics mode. Her list of wins is long, but here’s a short version: two cross country world championship titles, one in 2011, the other in 2014; winner of the World Cup overall thre…
 
When Rob Britton got into bikepacking, he really went for it. In 2018, the Tour of Utah winner set off from Calgary to Port Renfrew, B.C., on a nine-day adventure. The saddle time seemed to prepare him nicely for spending the day in the breakaway at the world championship road race soon after. Since then, Britton has continued to have some long adv…
 
This episode is a rebroadcast of our look at the 1980 Olympic boycott. It happened 40 years ago, but contains some lessons for what athletes are facing today. On this day, BMX competition was originally scheduled to begin in Tokyo. But in March, as rising COVID-19 cases sent nations scrambling, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paraly…
 
This year marks three big anniversaries for Steve Bauer. The Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast has covered his oh-so-close second-place finish in the 1990 Paris-Roubaix and the 1980 Olympic boycott that affected him and other Canadian athletes. Thirty years ago this summer, Bauer got into the leader's jersey at the Tour de France, just like he had …
 
Leah Kirchmann, Team Sunweb athlete and this country’s time trial champion, is expecting to start racing once again in August. Still, she’s not sure what exactly the UCI safety protocols—with their team bubbles and peloton bubbles—will mean for her events. Also, with international travel now more difficult, she might be faced with some tough choice…
 
At the beginning of May, the UCI announced the new road calendar for 2020. One Canadian Cycling Magazine writer has dubbed it 100 crazy days. The racing runs from the beginning of August to early November, which is when cyclocross usually wraps up in most of Canada. Michael Barry, who runs Mariposa Bicycles with his wife Dede, raced from 1995 to 20…
 
In mid-May, Cory Wallace, the three-time 24-hour mountain bike champion and Annapurna circuit record holder from Jasper, Alta., was living a simple life in the Solukhumbu region of Nepal, which is where he’s been since the country went into lockdown in late March. He's had lots of time to think and even cook up a wild escape route from Nepal that h…
 
On this day, eight years ago, Ryder Hesjedal was in the midst of the final rest day of the Giro d’Italia. He had worn the pink leader’s jersey for three days, lost it, got it again and lost it once more before that rest day. Hesjedal was still in a good position overall, but could he really win the Italian Grand Tour against the explosive Joaquim R…
 
International events kept Gordon Singleton, Louis Garneau and Steve Bauer from the Moscow Games. What they experienced can offer guidance to cyclists waiting and wondering about Tokyo 2020. Also, an interview brought to you by Structure Cycleworks. Loni Hull, founder of the Calgary-based mountain bike company, discusses his unique front linkage sys…
 
In March, Buck Miller, Eric Batty and Ryan Atkins covered all 721 km of the Wapusk trail by fat bike. The trail is the world’s longest winter road, which runs between Peawanuck, Ont., and Gillam, Man. Sections of the trail are close to Hudson Bay. Last year, they rode along James Bay, a trip they called the James Bay Descent. The Wapusk trail trip …
 
Do remember what race was supposed to run this Sunday? It was supposed to be Paris-Roubaix. But more important, do you remember who won Paris-Roubaix on April 8, 1990? Well, when Belgian Eddy Planckaert and Canadian Steve Bauer crossed the line on the Roubaix velodrome 30 years ago, neither of them was sure. After a lot of deliberation by race offi…
 
Two weeks after Michael Woods crashed out of Paris-Nice, he was in Girona, Spain, his broken right femur on the mend. “I’ve been crutching outside to get my blood checked,” he said. The EF Pro Cycling rider was taking blood thinners following his surgery. “I go about 1.5 km from my place. It’s a good workout.” Because of the COVID-19 outbreak in Sp…
 
From drunk fans to a course that's muddy even when it’s dry, listen to tales of the Hoogerheide cyclocross course and its atmosphere during the World Cup. This Sunday, Canadian champions Maghalie Rochette and Michael van den Ham will compete in the final event of the CX World Cup series. Ruby West, the under-23 Pan Am champ, will also be there. Hea…
 
Top riders from the Canadian cyclocross championships speak about what some of their wins and disappointments mean, and about the event itself and some things we can look forward to next year. If you missed our coverage of CX nats, check out our reports and galleries. Jake Williams, from frenemy podcast The Lantern Rouge, checks in from the Pan Am …
 
Canadian star ’crossers Maghalie Rochette, Michael van den Ham, Jenn Jackson and Ruby West look ahead to two of the most important cyclocross races in Canada: the national championships and the Pan Am championships. Coach Peter Glassford has advice for transitioning to trainer season. He shares great tips for riding on the spot throughout the winte…
 
During the cross country mountain bike season, Sandra Walter can rip up the course. For late October cyclocross races, she dresses up. Her costumes have included a cave woman, a monster, Pippi Longstocking, Minnie Mouse, a cow and some sort of sea creature. Walter offers tips on how you can get in costume and race this Halloween. This past Thanksgi…
 
Two top Canadian mountain bike riders teamed up recently to race Epic Israel. Catharine Pendrel of Cliff Pro Team and Haley Smith of Norco Factory Team took on the four-day stage race in the north of Israel. Pendrel, who has won the cross country World Cup series three times and the world championships twice, kept an audio throughout the event. Coa…
 
Behind the scenes throughout the past 15 years, Kevin Field has been using data to improve Canada’s cyclists. He helped orchestrate this country’s success at the 2018 road world championships. In this episode, he discusses numbers and previews the 2019 road cycling world championships in Yorkshire, England. Full Send/No Send on the Grands Prix Cycl…
 
Michael Matthews looks back on five appearances at both the Grands Prix Cyclistes de Québec and Montréal, especially his wins at the two events in 2018. He gets into the tactics of the races he says are real thinking games. For Matthews and other pros, the GPs are exciting because there’s always something going on. Many pro and amateur cyclocross r…
 
Catharine Pendrel talks about her springer spaniel Mingus, the Lenzerheide World Cup – where she was on the podium with her fifth-place finish – and the upcoming mountain bike world championships at Mont-Sainte-Anne. In 2018, Pendrel and Haley Smith rode together and won the Swiss Epic. In this interview, Pendrel reveals what race she and Smith wil…
 
This past July, some of gravel cycling’s top minds and practitioners gathered in Peterborough, Ont., to ride and discuss gear. Matthew Pioro spoke with members of the Shimano Gravel Alliance, a group that the Canadian Cycling Magazine editor believes is the “Gravel Avengers.” He wants to know who their Thanos is. Related: The Canadian influence on …
 
Canadian Cycling Magazine heads to Blue Mountain, Ont., for the Sea Otter Canada cycling festival. Editors Matthew Pioro and Dan Walker, and photo editor Matt Stetson, bring you the vibes from the event. They are impressed that on the first day, the first Friday of July, that there are a good amount of people at the expo. Walker figures they had re…
 
When you think of this country’s pioneering riders in the Tour de France, you probably think of Steve Bauer and Alex Stieda. But 35 years ago, six Canadians—Marilyn Trout (née Wells), Kelly-Ann Way, Suzanne Lemieux, Hilary Brown (née Matte), Senta Bauermeister and Jacqueline Shaw—not only rode the Tour de France Féminin but distinguished themselves…
 
Contributor Molly Hurford has tips that will help you go up hills a little quicker. She talks about training, body positioning and the muscles you want to engage when climbing. She also has some inside information on the climbing competitions at Sea Otter Canada: the Grind Uphill Challenge and the Hill Climbing Championships. "When you see a corner…
 
At the Nové Město World Cup, Haley Smith crossed the line in third place. It marks her best result at mountain bike World Cup. She reflects on race at one of her favourite courses. “When you feel good on a course, you find that flow zone a lot easier,” she says. “At Nové Město, it feels like mountain biking in Victoria. It’s physical and technical,…
 
If you’ve been watching the Giro d’Italia, you’ve seen the Emilia-Romagna region. Stage 9 passed through it. Editor Matthew Pioro rode in the area a week before the pros got there. After you hear about Pioro’s experience, you’ll want to head there, too. Social media editor Dan Walker and Matthew Pioro debate Giro smack talk, bad bike-maintenance ka…
 
Sea Otter Canada co-founder Simon Williams chats with editor Matthew Pioro and social media editor Dan Walker about the new cycling festival coming to Canada. Sea Otter Canada can bring the whole cycling community together, whether you wear spandex, baggies or a tweed suit while riding your folding bike. Williams discusses the Hub and Spoke rides t…
 
“Women are so badass as well,” says Sarah Holmes, part of the Toronto Hustle and one of the members behind the outfit’s new women’s project. The team recently hosted its launch party for the 2019 season. Listen in to scenes from that event and hear about some of the innovative things the Hustle is up to. Social media editor Dan Walker and editor Ma…
 
From lake jump bikes to the riff-heavy rock of Blue Cheese to emergency bus repairs, Partymaster Tour organizer Michel Plonka talks about the rolling party, with dirt, street and park riding, that hit parts of Ontario and Quebec this past summer. If you are not familiar with the Partymaster Tour, get started with videos from the event. Social media…
 
Contributor Molly Hurford has been to three training camps so far in 2019 for a total of seven weeks of endurance training. So, she knows a thing or two about getting the most out of an early-season endurance camp. Guess what? It’s not about crushing it on the climbs. Molly shares her great advice with you. Social media editor Dan Walker is back an…
 
The Butter Tart 700 is a bikepacking route in Southern Ontario. Route designer Matt Kadey speaks about what went into the creation of this loop. He wanted to ensure an interesting mix of surfaces and to keep it remote without being remote. One look at the route on the Ride with GPS page shows the level of detail Kadey has put into the creation of t…
 
The James Bay Descent crew, Buck Miller, Ryan Atkins, Ted King and Eric Batty, recorded their adventure in Northern Ontario. Listen to scenes from their journey from Attawapiskat First Nation to Moosonee, before they went on to Smooth Rock Falls, a trip of about 600 km on fully loaded fat bikes in winter. To hear more about the trip, listen back to…
 
Near the end of January, B’yauling Toni, an 18-year-old from Saskatoon rolled into his hometown. He had ridden for 206 days, through 16 countries and a total of 30,804 km. Upon completing his ride, he has become the youngest person to bike around the world unsupported. Canadian Cycling Magazine web editor Philippe Tremblay spoke with Toni a little …
 
On Feb. 4, Ted King, Buck Miller, Ryan Atkins and Eric Batty plan to head out from Attawapiskat First Nation in Northern Ontario for Nunavut. They’ll aim their fat bikes into James Bay and ride to Akamiski Island, about 20 km from the mainland and part of the northern territory. From Akamiski, the four will go toward Moosonee and Moose Factory. The…
 
Rider Ed Veal plans to ride for 24 hours starting Feb. 2 at 11:11 a.m. on the track at the Forest City Velodrome. Constructed in 1955, the building that houses the track is in need of some upgrades. Veal’s ride is part of a fundraiser to help keep the facility going. The track itself is in an old hockey rink, and at 138 m, is considered by many to …
 
In this episode, we look back at some big rides of the past year. In September, to prepare for the road world championships, Rob Britton went on a nine-day bikepacking trip with two friends. He had this idea earlier in the year and got advice from a rider whose big rides are legendary: Svein Tuft. Both Britton and Tuft discuss the joys and training…
 
Raphaële Lemieux, who retired from speed skating and road riding roughly 11 years ago, picked up racing fixed-gear bikes a few years ago. She’s been doing pretty well at that discipline. This year, she won the Red Hook Crit in Brooklyn and the Red Hook series overall. She discusses the fun of racing fixed, the speed-skating skills that transfer ove…
 
The chainsaw is often called into action to motivate mountain bikers. But the machine made a recent appearance at the cyclocross national championships in Peterborough, Ont. Jasmin Duehring also came out to that snow-covered CX course. Right after competing in the elite women’s race, the rider, who’s known for winning medals in velodromes, spoke ab…
 
Recently, the Pan Am cyclocross championships came to Midland, Ont. Many of Canada’s top CXers were there vying for the intercontinental honours. Hours before Michael van den Ham lined up in the elite men’s race, he met with producer Adam Killick for a crash course on riding in the sand. For more on the Pan Am CX champs, check out video from within…
 
Rachel McKinnon, the transgender athlete who won the women's masters track cycling world title in the sprint competition for ages 35-44, speaks about the turbulent days following her victory. McKinnon is from Victoria. She did her PhD in Kitchener, Ont., and post doc in Calgary. Currently, she's an assistant professor in the department of philosoph…
 
Cycling Magazine Podcast is back for its second episode and, as with the first, we speak with Michael Woods. This time, he reflects on his bronze medal at the road world championships in Innsbruck, Austria. We also chat with another Canadian bronze medallist, Simone Boilard, the national junior time trial and criterium champion from Quebec City . E…
 
In this first episode of the Cycling Magazine Podcast, we have an extended conversation with Michael Woods. The EF Education First Drapac rider goes in-depth on his emotional Stage 17 Vuelta a España win and discusses its effects. Editors Matthew Pioro and Dan Walker look back at the recent cyclocross World Cup in Waterloo, Wis., sick tailwhips and…
 
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