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Shangri-La is on a Bicycle

Cycling takes us to places we would never otherwise see. There is really no better way to explore the world other than on a simple bicycle. In a car, you move too fast to be able to soak in your surroundings, get a whiff of the fragrant, flowering meadows and feel the

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Thoughts on Cycling, Mindset & Newbies

Cycling can be hard. Unless you are going on an extremely leisurely ride and you have NO intentions on pushing yourself (nothing wrong with that either). If you are fitness-minded and always like a challenge, cycling will be hard because of that. And you only have yourself to blame (but

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Freezing Winter Rides: Awesome Time to Cycle

Vancouver was hitting record lows all of last week and it was the coldest weather we’ve had in a while. Nothing crazy as the rest of Canada is experiencing, but anytime it drops below 0, we all literally think we are going to freeze to death. BUT it was some

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My Recent “Bike Diet”

This week, I got on my bike for the first time since the end of November. Cycling is awesome for your mind, body and soul but I went on a “bike diet” only because I knew I was going to do it for at least 9 months out of the

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How to Dress For Winter Cycling

I love cycling in the cold but the secret is to dress for it so you don’t cry with misery during your ride. Once you got that down, you’ll get to enjoy the other benefits such as not sweating and no tanlines— how great is that? Dressing for cold-weather cycling can

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Things That Annoy Me About Cycling

I LOVE cycling and it’s worth all the annoyances I am about to list …so here are things that annoy me about cycling: Commuting with my clipless pedals and bike shoes. I live downtown and have to bike through the hilly city. Very annoying having to unclip all the time and

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Cyclist Problems

When any ride under 50km does not count as a workout. When you plan a leisurely ride to work but you end up really really wanting to stay ahead of other cyclists commuters on the bike lanes because you just can’t help it. When you are commuting in lycra and

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Pink Road Army: Do You Hate Pink?

I will get offended if you call me a girly girl. I hate chick flicks, chit lit and romance novels. When a sappy scene in a movie comes on, I usually pick up my phone and go through my social media feeds because sappy sweet talk is so ZZZZ. What

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2013 Whistler Gran Fondo Recap

I completed my first Gran Fondo ride last week and it was an unforgettable and breathtaking experience. Grueling at times but mostly enjoyable and a whole lot of fun. I went from a girl who struggled cycling in the small streets of Vancouver neighbourhoods to one who has climbed the 3

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Tapering? Countdown to Whistler Gran Fondo

There is 1.5 weeks until the Whistler Gran Fondo! Where has time gone? It feels like yesterday when I registered for this event 7 months ago. I haven’t been on my bike much the last couple of weeks but I’ve been going pretty hard at the gym with the weights

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Random Things I Learned While Cycling

1. Always wear sunscreen on the face. I spent my summer walking around with a mustache tan. Being a vain cyclist, of course, I’m more worried about the tan than the UV protection but um, yes, uv protection is important as well. 2. No matter how much sunscreen you put on

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Omigod, Mt. Baker.

Yesterday, I finally got to cycle up Mount Baker in Washington. I signed up for this ride 3 months ago and have been counting the days ever since and I have to admit, I grossly underestimated the ride. Kind of like how I went to Warrior Dash not knowing what

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