February 27, 2008 – The Atlantic Pedaler News has arrived. This newsletter contains the latest stories submitted to Atlantic Pedaler. You may also be interested in the region’s upcoming rides, current km leaders; if so, scroll down and enjoy the ride.
Catharine Pendrel is Making a Name for Herself in Elite MTB Racing
Don’t let the laid-back demeanor and friendly smile fool you — Catharine Pendrel is a fierce competitor.
Pendrel has proven this in the sport of elite mountain bike racing.
In 2007, she took gold at the 15th Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and placed sixth overall in the cross-country race at the… Click here for the full story.
Moncton’s Mapleton Road Widening to Include Bicycle Lanes
Moncton, NB – The City of Moncton’s director of design and construction says plans to upgrade Mapleton Road are proceeding on schedule, despite a delay in presenting the city’s plans at the last meeting of Moncton City Council.
Alcide Richard said the last minute decision to postpone the presentation on Jan. 21 came about when councillors who had been pre-briefed… Click here for the full story.
Atlantic Canada Cycling Centre 2008 Giant Elite Program Team Members
The Centre will once again count on a talented group of riders for the 2008 season. Although limited in number of licensed riders, the Atlantic riders keep on going against all odds and pack up the good results.
Here are this year’s riders:
– Christian Meier, New Brunswick, Symmetrics Cycling
– Dustin MacBurnie, Nova Scotia, Team … Click here for the full story.
NB: Currie and Chase, Masters of Snow
Dieppe, NB – The weather and the amount of snow were certainly different then the previous years, but some things stayed the same at the 3rd annual winter-cross championships: The rider’s enthusiasm, and the winner. On this sunny afternoon, the once almost icy course became really soft once the temperature increased more then 10 degrees to plus three in less then four hours. But Jeff Currie again proved no one could beat him in the snow. This year, the challenge came from a young talented rider, Ryan Belliveau. He led the race for three quarters of the race and was taken by… Click here for the full story.
ATV Club Denied Use of Sentier NB Trail System
Miramachi, NB – Council voted last Thursday to reject a motion it approved Monday that would have allowed ATVs on a 1.4 kilometre (4,600 feet) stretch of walking trail in the city.
The motion would have allowed ATVs to use the section of trail from Loggieville to Forrest Corner on a oneyear trial basis, provided the Outback Trail Runners ATV Club maintains the trail surface.
The motion was originally introduced before Christmas and tabled for 30 days.
During a general committee of council meeting Monday night,… here for the full story.
$6.4 Million Active Transportation Plan for Summerside
Summerside – Summerside is looking to go green – in a big way.
The city has submitted a proposal to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities seeking money to kick-start a multi-year, multi-phased green project aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions while offering transportation options to residents.
The Green Transport Plan was drafted November 2006. The proposed first phase is to establish a cross-city bicycle route which, once… Click here for the full story.
Tim Hortons First on List for Charlottetown Council for Potential Intersection Clean-up
Charlottetown, PEI – Charlottetown city council is looking for a fix to the rush-hour traffic jams near many popular coffee shop drive-thrus.
Councillors Terry Bernard and David MacDonald singled out the Tim Hortons on St. Peter’s Road as a spot where accidents are waiting to happen.
“Right off the bat we’re looking at the possibility of closing that entrance right next to Tim Hortons, and move the entrance back,” said… Click http://www.atlanticpedaler.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1168&Itemid=147″>here for the full story.
Pearl Izumi Purchased by Shimano
Bringing premium sports apparel and footwear to its offering of industry-leading cycling and fishing products, Shimano has completed its purchase of DashAmerica, Inc. (dba Pearl Izumi USA, Inc.) from Nautilus, Inc., announces David Pfeiffer, president of Shimano American Corporation. Pearl Izumi becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Shimano’s U.S. operations, and will continue to operate from its facilities in Broomfield, Colorado and Kirchzarten, Germany. “The acquisition brings together two companies started by Japanese families who share a passion for cycling,” said Pfeiffer. “Both have… Click here for the full story.
CDNs Rock and Roll’n Rollin Wins Stage 4 in California
San Luis Obispo, Calif – The picture says it all. Quebec’s Dominique Rollin wins stage four of the Tour of California and also captures the Green Jersey and the Most Aggressive Rider for the day.
Follow this link to read the in-depth article featured in Pedal Magazine here. Way to go Dominique and way to go Pedal!
First Annual East Coast Interbike has Over 30 Exhibitors Already
Interbike has e-mailed exhibitor sales kits for its first annual Interbike OutDoor Demo East to companies and organizations doing business in the bicycle industry.
The e-mailed OutDoor Demo East sales kit includes detailed information about the event, site map, pricing and an exhibiting contract. The sales kit can also be downloaded from Interbike’s Web site here. Scheduled to run Tuesday, October 21 to Wednesday, October 22, 2008, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Roger Williams Park in Providence, R.I., the… Click here for the full story.
Adventure Cycling Names Ten Top Touring Areas in North America
Adventure Cyclist magazine has your next cycling destination. Ten of them, in fact. In its inaugural “Ten Top Touring Areas” feature, Adventure Cyclist (Adventure Cycling Association’s bicycle travel publication) highlights ten of the finest cycling destinations in North America. From the well known (Blue Ridge Parkway) to the undiscovered (Yukon’s Canol Road), these top bike travel areas were selected for their… Click here for the full story.
Bruyneel Can’t Cure Astana’s Ills
As a team manager and sports director, he has won a record eight Tour de Frances in less than a decade, and his best rider is the defending champion.
His second-best rider is America’s top cyclist. And none of his men have failed a drug test while working for him.
But Johan Bruyneel is finding out how the other half lives as he attempts to restore the credibility and viability of his new team in his charge, Astana.
The Belgian mastermind of the U.S. Postal Service/Discovery Channel dynasty now knows what it feels like to get doors slammed in his… here for the full story.
Canada’s Largest Outdoor Adventure Show Now Open
Toronto, ON – There are still two days to enjoy Canada’s largest outdoor adventure & travel show! With over 300 exhibitors from a wide variety of recreational pursuits, this show has something for everyone.
For those who like to get their feet wet there will be a variety of paddle sports and scuba diving options to explore. Or if you prefer to stand on… here for the full story.
Bertie to Raise $60,000 for MS to Celebrate 60th Birthday
Leduc, AB – Gordon Bertie, a local businessman, has been cycling in the RONA MS Bike Tour – Leduc to Camrose for the past five years. In this time he has consistently been a top fundraiser for the Tour, raising more than $7,000 each year he has participated. This year, however, Gordon has upped the ante and has decided to reach for a new milestone.
“In August 2008, I will celebrate my 60th birthday and I have set a goal for the 2008 Bike Tour to raise $28,000. This will bring my fundraising total to $60,000 for my 60th year,” Bertie says. A physical challenge such as this is not foreign to Gordon. He is an Olympian having competed in the 1972 Olympic Games in freestyle… Click here for the full story.
Iditalake II: IceCycle Challenge takes over Lake Charles, N.S. on March 2
Lake Charles, NS – Iditalake Ice Race is back for a second time. The event that is asking you to bring warm clothing and hot chocolate is sure to get everyone energized as Lake Charles will feature spills and chills during the IceCycle Challenge on March 2.
Call for Applications – Carol Anne Letheren Leadership and Sport Scholarship
The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) is now accepting applications for the 2008 Carol Anne Letheren Leadership and Sport Scholarship. The scholarship is a national, three-year, $1,500 per year, university award presented to one outstanding female high school graduate. The award is named in honour of the late Carol Anne Letheren (1942-2001), former chief executive officer of the COC. The Carol Anne Letheren Leadership and Sport Scholarship is given to a female student (Canadian citizen or permanent resident) presently… Click here for the full story.
Singapore to Host First Edition of the Youth Olympic Games in 2010
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced that Singapore will host the first Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2010. The result was unveiled by the IOC President, Jacques Rogge, at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne. Singapore beat Moscow in the final by 53 votes to 44.
The 105 IOC members entitled to vote(1) had cast their votes by post over the last few weeks. The sealed envelope with the name of the winning city was delivered to the IOC President during the announcement ceremony by the independent and certified notary who oversaw the process to guarantee confidentiality. “This is a key moment for the Olympic Movement”, said Rogge to the journalists present in Lausanne. “Singapore has put together a very exciting… Click here for the full story.
Island Trails Continues to Grow and Offer a Cycling Experience for All Ages
Charlottetown, PEI – Planning for the Island Trails recreational cycling season is well underway after a recent meeting of Trails, government and volunteer representatives. A full schedule of Tip-to-Tip events will be capped again this year with a three-day Cycle East celebration, and new training opportunities are scheduled for volunteers who support the programs.
Tip-to-Tip events are scheduled weekly between May 27 and September 17 this year, with the Island East Cycling Event rounding out the… Click here for the full story.
CDN Olympic Committee Unveils Plans for Groundbreaking Amateur Sport Television Networks
The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) recently unveiled details of its application for groundbreaking English and French amateur sport television networks, which would be a first in Canada if approved (Canadian Amateur Sports Network). The proposed Canadian Amateur Sports Network (CASN) and le RÃ©seau du sport amateur canadien (RSAC) would provide much-needed exposure and funding for both Olympic and non-Olympic sports.
Atlantic PedalER is pleased to support such an endeavour that would provide Canadians the opportunity to watch more amateur sport and… Click here for the full story.
French Immersion Multi-Sport Camp for March Break in N.B.
Sport Academy NB is offering a French immersion multi-sport camp packed with action, skill learning and fun for boys and girls ages 5 to 10. This day camp will be held at “Le Mascaret” middle school (LÃ©opold Belliveau Dr., Moncton) on March 3, 4, 5, 6.
This camp is the perfect opportunity for children to learn and develop skills in several sports (mini-volley, soccer, badminton, martial arts, etc) in a fun and recreational atmosphere while practicing their French skills.
All instructors are certified by the Canadian Coaching Association and are fully bilingual. Children will be able to speak English when… Click here for the full story.
Adult Participation in Sports Growing in PEI
Charlottetown, PEI – A new Statistics Canada report says adult participation in sports in Prince Edward Island has increased significantly since the early 90s.
A research paper – Sport Participation in Canada, 2005 – released yesterday by Culture, Tourism and the Centre for Education Statistics says Islanders participation in sports has brought the province from 10th place in 1992 to fourth place in 2005, the most recent reporting period.
Hon. Carolyn Bertram, Minister Responsible for Sports and Recreation says partnerships with communities, sports organizations and the… Click here for the full story.
Budget: COC Applauds Ongoing Investment in Road to Excellence Summer Sport Program
Ottawa, ON – The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) applauds the Harper government’s decision to invest in the Road to Excellence summer sport program, as unveiled yesterday in the 2008 federal budget. The budget provides funding of $24 million over the next two years ($8 million in 2008/09 and $16 million in 2009/10) and $24 million for each subsequent year ongoing to support the Road to Excellence program. “This is excellent news for our summer sports and athletes and will certainly enhance our chances of seeing them on the podium for future… Click here for the full story.
Budget: CDN cities have 30 days to put proposal for bicycle infrastructure
Ottawa, ON – Canada’s towns and cities got a boost yesterday with the promise of $2 billion a year in permanent funding to help keep pace with aging infrastructure.
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty made the move in the 2008 budget, announcing that the program that gives municipalities a share of federal gas tax revenues would be made permanent.
“Municipalities large and small, from coast to coast, will be able to plan and finance their infrastructure needs with this additional… Click here for the full story.
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