Atlantic Canada and World Cycling News

July 2, 2008 – The latest cycling news from Atlantic Canada and the world has arrived from Atlantic Pedaler. You may also be interested in the region’s upcoming rides, current km leaders, and the top stories of the last two weeks; if so, scroll down and enjoy the ride.

Cycling Lane to Open at Victoria Park on Monday
It has been three weeks since the press release by the City of Charlottetown with regards to the opening of a cycling lane in Victoria Park effective June 30th to September 30th of this year.

Cycling PEI would like to invite you and your families to be first to navigate the new the lane. Please join us at Victoria Park for the official opening and ribbon cutting this Monday June 30th at noon.

In this day of healthy living and active lifestyles, we are very pleased with the City of Charlottetown stepping up and contributing to a… click here for the full story.

Across the Highlands 2008
AHC ’08 follows a challenging course through a range of wild landscapes. It leads you on a journey of climbs and descents and awesome double-tracks, guaranteeing a fun and memorable adventure sure to provide bragging rights for all finishers!

There are three course options ready to challenge any level of rider:
- Odyssey 60km goes through Rhodena, Camerons Mtn, and Judique;
- Adventure 50km loop around MacIntyres Mountain;.
- Long Point 40km loop designed for the first-time participants.

You can click here for more information and to download their 2008 flyer.

Dairy Farmers of Canada supports BFBC
The award-winning Biking for Breakfast Challenge (BFBC) obtained Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) support yesterday when DFC agreed to encourage the organization with moral and financial support behind the event that has grown 75 per cent per year in rider participation and fund-raising efforts since the event’s inception — four years ago.

DFC will be the Presenting Sponsor for BFBC for the next three years.

“Supporting the BFBC simply feels like a natural thing to do for Dairy Farmers of Canada,” says Nathalie Roy, Registered Dietitian and representative for DFC in Atlantic Canada.

“Not only does this activity encourage a healthy meal like breakfast, but it also encourages active, healthy living like bicycling”.

This… Click here for the full story.

A Week before the NB MS Bike Tour
Here it is, a week before the New Brunswick Bike Tour and a month before the Nova Scotia tour and I thought I’d give you a little more info about MS.

First of all, it is a disease of the central nervous system, affecting the brain and spinal cord. The myelin sheath, which is an insulator and protector of the nerves in the CNS, gets eaten away by one’s own body. As the myelin grows back it leaves a scar, much the same way that scars form on our skin surface. The scarring interferes with the conduction of impulses along the nerve and to other nerves. Just imagine an electrical cord with some of the insulation around the wires missing and then patched up with electrical tape. Not terribly efficient, but sometimes enough to get the job done. But that leaves the cord more prone to short outs.

Because the brain is a vast network of electrical wires, there is plenty of potential for things to go wrong. Strip away the myelin and… Click here for the full story.

Ride of a Lifetime ends 2 cyclist’s lives
Police are investigating a weekend accident that claimed the lives of two cyclists and injured two others taking part in a cross-country charity ride.

RCMP say the group did not have a charity bike permit or the required safety vehicles to warn drivers. The gravel shoulder however meant that the cyclists had to bicycle on the main highway and could not cycle on the shoulder.

The cyclists were heading east Sunday on the Trans-Canada highway just outside of Virden, Man., west of Winnipeg, when they were struck… Click here for the full story.

Deaths of 2 cyclists on fundraising ride trigger calls for Trans-Canada fixes
A crash that killed two cyclists on a cross-country fundraising tour has led to renewed calls for the Manitoba government to pave the shoulders of the Trans-Canada Highway in the province.

RCMP said a group of four cyclists were struck by a Honda Civic just after noon Sunday on the Trans-Canada Highway just east of Virden, in western Manitoba near the Saskatchewan border.

Two men were killed: a 50-year-old man from St.-Bruno-de-Montarville, Que., and a 45-year-old man from Kelowna, B.C.

Two teens, the children of the Quebec man, were sent to hospital; a boy has been released, while his sister remains in hospital in stable condition.

RCMP have not released the names of the cyclists in the crash, but posts on the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s website and the… Click here for the full story.

King of Kinkora Crowned to Ottawa Rider; 2 riders set PB
KINKORA – The dreaded route 225 was home to today’s Summerside Cycling Cup event. Seven riders came out (and one rode earlier in the week). The reigning King of Kinkora, Paul Wright, was on hand with the ceremonial crown and had an original poem that read like a battle cry for the official launch of this annual contest. Wright has been hampered by sickness for the first two months of the cycling season and did not participate in this event; thus, ensuring that the beloved Crown would become bestowed upon a new rider.

The field was fresh with energy on yet another windy and chilly morning on PEI. The Northeastern winds tore through the land but not even the winds… Click here for the full story.

Submit Your KM Biked
Every year, Atlantic Pedaler encourages cyclists to record their distance cycled during the year and to submit it to AP. It is amazing to see how active our cycling community is. Take a few seconds today and login and update your profile and km biked. Update your km’s today here.

Upcoming Atlantic Events
Take advantage of our Calendar by planning your vacation around an upcoming ride or submitting your own ride for free. Please visit Submit Rides FAQ for directions on how to submit your ride. The rides are limitless; the option is yours. Click here for the complete calendar.

Quote of the Week
“I’m so proud of the team and the way we’ve ridden. We’ve proven that a professional cycling team can be built out of a small cycling nation, ride clean, and have great success.” ~~ Sussex, NB, native Christien Meier after tying for first in the week long Vuelta a Chihuahua but came in second place on points while riding with Symmetrics, 2007

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