March 12, 2008 – Here is the latest cycling news from Atlantic Canada and around the world from Atlantic Pedaler. Items include weekly news, upcoming events, and how to submit your km’s biked. Scroll down and enjoy the ride.
B. C. Cyclist first conquered Canada and now has sights on Prince Edward Island
Port Moody, B.C. – Peter Frouws of Port Moody, B.C., the man who completed a pan-Canada bicycle journey in ten weeks in 2006, has marked 2008 the year he will take on a one day challenge that would have Anne of Green Gables waxing a melodramatic narrative of poetic adventure.
On first glance, Frouws journey may appear a little anti-climatic: the man who conquered Canada by bicycle is now bicycling across Canada’s smallest province, Prince Edward Island.
But make no mistake: this will be a lifetime challenge for Frouws. P.E.I. offers Frouws something the Canada trek was unable to match: 278 kilometres in one day. That’s right: Frouws, at 54 years of age… Click here for the full story.
Moncton MTB Park Wins Praise, Grant
Moncton, NB – Efforts by a group of Metro Moncton volunteers and biking enthusiasts have earned the Centennial Park Bike Zone a $5,000 grant from the Bicycle Trade Association of Canada.
The grant is one of six awarded across Canada to projects that put more people on bicycles and promote community bicycling activities.
The project to create the province’s only mountain bike park began a year ago through a group of dedicated volunteers with the support of… Click here for the full story.
Randonneurs Nova Scotia Releases 2008 Calendar
Halifax, NS – The Randonneurs Nova Scotia long-distance-cycling club is entering its sixth season this year. The 2007 season was a banner year for club participation, the best yet, and we hope to carry the momentum forward into 2008.
“Randonneuring” is long-distance, non-competitive cycling. Riders push their limits to achieve long rides comfortably. The emphasis is on teamwork and efficiency – to arrive at one’s goal, not necessarily first or fastest, but with the most efficient use of one’s resources.
Randonneuring is a growing sport around the world. This was evidenced last year by the planet’s participation in the grand-daddy of all… Click here for the full story.
Lots of Heart for Heartland Tour 2008 Riders
NS – Heartland Tour’s mandate is to get people involved in any physical activity leading to a better personal lifestyle. Heartland Tour, lead and founded by Dr. Nicholas Giacomantonio Director, Cardiac Rehabilitation & Cardiologist, QEII Health Sciences Centre in 2007. In 2007 there was core of 20 cyclists who rode over 1,000 kms, the length of Nova Scotia from Yarmouth to Sydney, over a week of promoting Heart Health and better lifestyles through activity in exercise.
Heartland Tour participants, sponsors and supporters know that we can all have a healthier heart though: exercise, cessation of smoking… Click here for the full story.
Help Shape the Future of Sport in New Brunswick
NB – New Brunswick’s Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport, in partnership with Sport New Brunswick, has contracted Colin Higgs Consulting to develop a sport plan for New Brunswick. This discussion document has been developed following a provincial brainstorming session, nine regional consultations, and stakeholder meetings.
Send your comments on the document or thoughts on what needs to be done to develop sport in New Brunswick to Colin at Chiggsconsulting@mac.com
February News from Biker Bob White in N.S.
The days are getting longer, or at least the daylight portion, and soon all of us will have dusted off the old steed and head out on the roads. Actually a number of us have plowed along all winter and are welcoming the improvement in weather.
I find during the winter is a wonderful time to focus on what needs to be done to make Nova Scotia better for cyclists. The “better” is measured in both improved infrastructure and education for all stakeholders. To this end, there is lots going on in this neck of the woods; I’ll provide a brief update:
– The new Halifax Cycling Coalition (HCC) is off and running. We have had 2 meetings, at the last one in February, we signed up over 70… Click here for the full story.
Halifax Groups Urge City to Buy Old Rail Line
Halifax – Views on what to do with an abandoned CN rail line running from Joseph Howe Drive to Lakeside differ, but there seems to be a consensus that Halifax Regional Municipality must buy the land for future use.
For everyone from hikers to cyclists to rail enthusiasts to supporters of an improved commuter system, the seven-kilometre stretch of rail, known as the Chester spur line, is considered prime real estate that the city should grab for its own use, according to those who attended two meetings on the issue two weeks ago.
“The corridor will be sold by CN to somebody, so we’re now trying to decide if we want to take advantage of having first crack at it,”… Click here for the full story.
MacBurnie & Team RACE Pro Report
Last Saturday, Team RACE Pro rode its first event on Flemish roads – the 11th edition of the Beverbeek Classic, for a total of 168km consisting of 200 riders of 33 teams. As expected a hard cross side Flemish wind was blowing from the start. The peloton rode full speed from the gun, pushing the riders to echelon formation. Buck Miller punctured around the 30km after avoiding a crash in front of him and was unable to get back to the peloton. Mark Walters and Ryan Roth stayed in front of a decisive split in the race and continued to participate strongly to the finishing circuits… Click here for the full story.
WBI Offers Extra Pro Bike Mechanic Course
Winterborne Bicycle Institute (WBI) is pleased to announce an additional offering of our “Pro Bike Mechanic” course, to be run July 7 to 18. We’ve had a number of requests from enthusiast home mechanics who’ve asked us to run a summer course when they’re able to take some vacation time.
We’re hearing that it’s getting tougher to find experienced and well-trained bike mechanics in shops, and it seems that more home mechanics are willing to invest the time and energy to ramp up their skills and confidence to look after their own bikes as well as those of their families and friends. The increasing popularity of WBI’s bike job postings at www.WinterborneBikes.com/job-board reflects the shortage of mechanics across… Click here for the full story.
Pupils Challenge Teacher to Cycle Globe
Toronto – It took a class of high-school kids to tell Rob Cassibo to go live his dream of cycling around the world.
Cassibo knows how to listen to kids — he didn’t become Ontario High School Teacher of the Year in 2000 by luck — and now, six and a half years, 81 countries and more than 110,000 kilometres later, he’s come full circle.
Cassibo, 38, was recently visiting family in Oakville, Ont., west of Toronto, after completing his marathon zigzag trip around the globe, at peace and his dreams of seeing the world from a bicycle fulfilled.
Of the students who sent him packing, Cassibo, who’s still in touch with many of them, says simply: “I challenged them. They challenged me… Click here for the full story.
Canadian Olympic Committee Job Opportunity
The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), a national, private, not-for-profit organization committed to sport excellence is seeking a Director, Finance based in its Toronto office. Reporting to the Executive Director of Operations, the Director of Finance, acting as controller for the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Olympic Foundation (COF), will: – Oversee the Finance function through effective management support, financial planning and budgeting, internal/external reporting, internal and cost… Click here for the full story.
Bikes Aren’t Just for Summer Months
Portland, OR – Studded tires for bikes? Sure. You can also get chains if you want to join the intrepid cyclists who commute to work on two-wheelers during the winter, or who just want to have fun in the snow.
“I’ve been riding a bicycle for my main transportation for over 30 years. It’s a force of habit,” says John Schwenker, a 51-year-old aerospace engineer who lives near Boulder, Colo.
He rides 6.5 kilometres to his office and 6.5 kilometres back, even in the snow.
“It’s a matter of going slow in the stuff,” he says… Click here for the full story.
Police Cruiser Kills Two Cyclists in California
Two cyclists were killed on March 9, when a police cruiser crossed the centreline of a winding road and struck three of four riders, who were descending near Cupertino, California. Matt Peterson, 30, of San Francisco, and Kristy Gough, 31, of Oakland, died as a result of their injuries. Christopher Knapp, who was also in the group, suffered serious injuries, but was last reported in stable condition. The fourth rider was unharmed.
Peterson and Gough were bourgeoning talents on the road, coming off recent wins in the category 4 men’s and category 3/4 women’s races at the Merco Cycling Classic. Gough was an accomplished triathlete, placing third at the 2006 UK Ironman before recently switching to road racing. For the complete story click here.
Canadian Olympic Committee Starts Games School Program
Ottawa – Canadian high-school students will learn Olympic lessons about athlete doping and Beijing’s pollution challenges.
And elementary schoolchildren will be taught stories about athletes like Surrey gold-medal wrestler Daniel Igali and Victoria-based rower Silken Laumann as part of the Canadian Olympic School Program, launched in Steveston yesterday.
“At the end of the day, do we want to be talking about doping?” said David Bedford, marketing boss for the Canadian Olympic Committee. “It’s part of our world and an anti-doping message is an important one.”
He said the COC had “significant discussions” about using a scenario where a Canadian athlete wins a silver medal but the gold-medal winner… Click here for the full story.
New NCCP Transition Tracker Officially Launched!
The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) is pleased to announce the official launch of the new National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Transition Tracker. This invaluable tool will help CAC and its partners communicate the latest developments and targets for completion of all new sport-specific programs within the NCCP and can be found here. The NCCP Transition Tracker is a key milestone for CAC and its partners as we work towards the delivery of a leading-edge coaching system… Click here for the full story.
Another Incredible Community Sport Funding Program: True Sport
Next Deadline: May 31, 2008
If you want to increase opportunities for children and youth to play sports* in your community, the True Sport Community Fund can help.
Focusing on communities in Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland, the True Sport Community Fund is a four year $1.89 million community investment program that provides opportunities for Canadian communities to access funds for sport programs for low income, Aboriginal and new Canadian families. True Sport and The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation believe in the power of sport to connect communities. We also believe that people like you want… Click here for the full story.
Sport Nova Scotia Launches Awareness Campaign: Without Volunteers, Kids Can’t Play
Without volunteers, kids can’t play. This is the message Sport Nova Scotia hopes to bring to homes across the province through their annual Sport Makes a Difference Campaign running during the month of March.
“Everyday across Nova Scotia tens of thousands of our youth participate in sport programs,” says Jamie Ferguson, CEO of Sport Nova Scotia. “But it is because of the volunteer coaches, officials, administrators, fundraisers, and event organizers that our youth have the opportunity to keep active so they can be healthier people, do better in school, stay out of trouble, meet new friends and learn skills that will benefit them for life.”
Volunteerism is the backbone of Nova Scotia’s sport and recreation system. Volunteers have been, and continue to be, a vital component,… Click here for the full story.
Arrival of “1 World 2 Wheels” Bicycle Advocacy Program in Canada, Praised by BTAC
Toronto, ON – Trek Bicycle Corporation delivered good news to the Bicycle Trade Association of Canada (BTAC) on the eve of one of North America’s largest bicycle show, the Toronto International Bicycle show.
BTAC’s Executive Director, Janet O’Connell announced that, “Trek Bicycle Corporation has extended its 1 World 2 Wheels program into Canada. Shared by BTAC and the Canadian division of the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) the funding will be used for bike related advocacy efforts in Canada. It is earmarked to play major role in BTAC’s advocacy, outreach and public education work, which is an exact match with Trek’s expectations.
This Canadian initiative is a natural evolution of Trek’s work with the IMBA and the League of American Bicyclists in the USA. The … Click here for the full story.
Host Society Seeks Ceremonies’ Producer
Charlottetown, PEI – The Host Society is seeking an individual or group for the role of Producer for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. This individual or group will be responsible for the successful development of ceremonial elements that celebrate the spirit and ideals of sport and showcase the Island nature of the 2009 Games as well as successful completion of both Ceremony productions. Submission packages outlining the scope of the services required may be obtained by contacting the PEI 2009 Canada Games offices at:… Click here for the full story.
Symmetrics Back in 2008; Gearing for the Big ‘O’
After an historical season last year, highlighted by a win in both the individual and team competition at the UCI America Tour, Symmetrics Cycling is ready for 2008.
2008 is an enormously exciting year for Canada’s top professional cycling team due to the 29th Olympiad in Beijing in August. The team is focusing on qualifying as many riders as possible for the three available spots. Following such an impressive year, the roster for 2008 will stay largely the same. Once again, Svein Tuft, winner of the 2007 UCI America… Click here for the full story.
Shauna MacKinnon’s Road to the MS Bike Tour
Halifax, NS – If it weren’t for having MS, I would’t be a cyclist. Ken kindly asked me to write about my experiences with cycling and having MS, so until the bike tour I’ll be writing a regular column about this illness, my journeys with my bikes, and how I’ve become a recreational biker.
In January 1998 I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. For the past 10 years I have been extremely lucky to have had little effect from this disease and hopefully it will continue to just remain fairly benign.
Since my diagnosis I have been a volunteer with the MS Society Atlantic Division in many capacities, mostly as a speaker or MC at events like the Super Cities Walk. Last year, though, I participated in the Rona MS Bike Tour, biking 100 k over two days. Considering that I had been a couch potato until the year before that, it was a great accomplishment. I also managed to raise over $15,000 for the MS Society in the process.
My quest to ride began when my boyfriend, John, decided to ride in the 2006 bike tour. I said I would train with him so I hit the gym for… Click here for the full story.
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