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THE DONUT RIDE - 36 Years of one of the country's top weekend rides

MICHAEL BARRY, Canadian Cycling Magazine, Oct & Nov 2012.

Amateurs, pros and pastries united on a regular pedal. 

"I was taught how to ride a bike properly on the Donut Ride, the biggest weekend ride in the country."  

(PDF version)

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• Women’s Tour Back on Course
Toronto Star, June 18, 2021
A women’s version of the Tour de France will be held in 2022 with a start on the iconic Champs-Elisées Boulevard in Paris, France after the conclusion of the men’s race. The Tour de France Femmes 2022 aims to become a parmanent fixture on the women’s world tour cycling calendar after various failed attampts.

• Thomas Wins Tour de Romandie
Toronto Star, May 3, 2021
FRIBOURG, SWITZERLAND – Geraint Thomas rebounded from a crash Saturday to win the six-day tour de Romandie on Sunday. The 2018 Tour de France winner placed third in a 16.2 km time-trial to overhaul Canadian Michael Woods, who took the yellow jersey Saturday when Thomas fell in a sprint finish. Thomas finished 28 seconds clear of teammate Richie Porte in the overall standings. Woods was fifth.

• Woods Fourth in One-Day Classic
Toronto Star, April 22, 2021
HUY, BELGIUM – Canadian cyclist Michael Woods just missed making the podium in the Flèche Wallonne one-day classic, finishing fourth Wednesday. The 34-year-old rider from Ottawa was third in last year’s race. France’s Julian Alaphilippe earned his third victory, overtaking Spanish La Vuelta champion Primóz Roglic of Slovenia on the final ascent to the finish line.

 La Vuelta a España 2020 - From October 20 - November 08, 2020 take a peak at this year’s Vuelta.


Giro d’Italia 2020 - From October 3 -23, 2020 enjoy the best moments of this year’s Giro d’Italia.


 Enjoy the Best Moments! [choose: Full Screen]

The The Tour de France 2020 has ended but take a few minutes to discover the best moments of this edition and the victory of Tadej Pogacar. 


• Why Is Riding with a “Cyclist Mentality” Dangerous?
Robert WilhtehRoadBikeRider.com (August and September 2020)
Long time American coach shares his “realities” based on years of riding and coaching.
Part 1 ; Part 2 . 



You're Driving Your Bicycle



Bicycle Solitaire
Stan Purdum, Road Bike Rider, April 15, 2020
For most cyclist in these anxious days, Bicycle Solitaire is the only game in town – that is, the choice that best fits the stay-at-home guidelines – we might as well make the best of things.



System of Dress–A Recipe for Riding in All Conditions. Before kitting up, each rider must take into consideration such variables as: is it cool or cold? what’s the humidity like? what’s the precipitation prospects? what kind of ride will it be? what’s the temperature?    [ Quick look here!]


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The City That Cycles with the Young, the Old, the Busy and the Dead
Peter S. Goodman, The New York Times, November 9, 2019

Whats like cycling from cradle to grave. Read about a more convinient way to travel in a city built for bikes. An estimated 49% of all journeys to school and work in Copenhagen occur by bicycle.


30 Cycling Training Tips to Get Faster on Your Bike
Arnie Baker, Road Bike Rider, November 2019


Whether you are a beginning or seasoned bicyclist, are training indoors or out, here is list of general hints to keep in mind during the course of your training regimen. Ride the bike!"


What's the Best Food for Cycling?
John Hughes, Road Bike Rider, November 2019

Coach John Hughes shows you what he has learned from almost a half-century of research and experimentation. He has been there.


Conquering the Tour Divide at 60
Toronto Star,  August 9, 2019

Craig Schwyn completed the Tour Divide bike-packing race. It involved biking 170 km a day while eating cheap fast food. Learn what does it take to finish the toughest endurance bike race?


Barriers Protect Cyclist Best
Mari A. Schaefer, The Philadelphia Enquirer and Daily News, April 22, 2019

More investment in bicycle lanes made with physical barriers is need, researchers found.


The All-time Greatest Female Cyclists
Daniel de Visé, VeloNews.com, March 13, 2019

Womens cycling has a deep history with champions that overcame unprecedented hardships, but those stories have not been told as often as they should or not at all.

 

Every Different Type of Road Bike, Explained
John MarshRoad Bike Rider, March 1, 2019

Road bicycles are just that, bikes made for efficiently riding on roads. You’ll know a road bike when you see one. But within the classification of road bike, there is an ever-expanding range of sub-types of bike.


NOT ALL SPINNERS ARE WINNERS
Canadian Cycling Magazine, February 13, 2019

According to new study on cycling cadence, high cadence pedalling is inefficient for recreational cyclists.





The Modest Bicycle is One of Our Greatest Emancipators
Gideon Forman 
Toronto Star, January 7, 2019


The bicycle was immediately recognized as the greatest contribution to human emancipation.

                                     

Michael John Barry (1938-2018)

Michael J. Barry (80), a pillar of Canadian cycling community died on Saturday, December 29, 2018.            His funeral took place on Saturday, January 5, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at Rosedale United Church (159 Roxborough Drive, Toronto, ON M4W 1X7; 416-924-0725).
Remembering Mike Barry Sr. (Canadian Cycling Magazine)

 

The film Wonderful Losers: A Different World from the Giro d’Italia celebrates the trails and tribulations of cycling’s domestiques (gregarios). It was a contender in the 2018 Oscar for international films.


Peddling Cycle Safety in Collingwood, ON
Jeyan Jeganathn, TVO - Ontario Hubs
How does a fast-growing community deal with a fast-growing number of cyclists on its roads? Residents of Collingwood are trying to figure that out — and drivers, cyclists, and police have found that sharing the road can be trickier than it soundsWatch now.


Cyclists are Better Drivers than Motorists
Canadian Cycling Magazine

According to analysis of insurance claim data: Motorists who do not drive make twice as many insurance claims as drivers who cycle.  




Bicycle pedals have a fascinating history. If you’d like to see how far we’ve come since 1855, the popular American pedal brand Speedplay has an awesome online museum you’ll love: https://goo.gl/cnrc9X


 Toronto Police Officer Hit While Cycling Urges Others to File Report
Alexandra Jones, Toronto Star, August 2, 2018

Thought you might be interested in this story from the Toronto Star. 

https://goo.gl/3PjGJH


Cycling - Can cause erectile dysfunction

Cycling is a sporting activity with many health benefits. From the high respiratory performance that requires the strength and muscular strength needed to pedal. But have you (men) ever felt pain in your genitals after cycling for a long time? Probably so!

According to a Massachusetts Male Aging study, riding a bicycle can damage the nerves and compress the arteries of the penis, which can lead to erectile problems.

This happens because the accent (saddle) exerts a constant pressure on the perineum - muscle that is between the testicles and the anus of the man. This pressure leads to slow blood flow, which can cause a tingling or numbness of the penis and eventually erectile dysfunction.

The cited study points out that the greater risk occurs in men who cycle more than three hours a week.


But is cycling a problem for men?

According to a study in the Journal of Men's Health, where 5,300 cyclists were studied for five years, few had any resemblance to enough pain or symptoms of erectile dysfunction to admit that cycling interferes with erectile capacity. So be rested, you can continue pedalling, but keep in mind the comfort and size of your bicycle seat.

A European Urology study has shown that narrow saddles decrease oxygen to the penis by more than 72%. Look for a wide, well padded saddle to absorb the impact when riding on rails or even on the road.

Fernando Gonçalves,
Toronto, July 13, 2018


An answer for ending Cycling Danger
Toronto Star, June 28, 2018
Edward  Keenan

"Good design" makes Toronto’s tricky intersection easy to navigate - for drivers and cyclists. 


DON’T CRASH! How to Approach the Most Common Hazards on Your Ride

Sometimes we’re our own worst enemies. Lack of attention to details and/or poor technique can put the best rider on the road (literally) as fast as any hazard. Follow these tips and tumble less often – or never!



If you want, you can read (download/print) the new ONTARIO Cycling Skills Guide here


THE LAW AND CYCLISTS (2018)

A bicycle is considered a vehicle under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act (HTA). This means that cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities to obey all traffic laws as other road users and they can be charged for disobeying traffic laws. The following are key sections of the HTA relating to cyclists. 
[Click on table for a .pdf document.]

ontario.ca/laws


BANANAS COULD REPLACE SPORTS DRINKS
New York Times, April 4, 2018 
A banana might reasonable replace sports drinks for those of us who rely on carbohydrates to fuel exercise and speed recovery. 
Ive been on the right track all of these years!-Nando


CAA Southern Ontario BIKE ASSIST
CAA BIKE ASSIST app allows members to access road assistance. It also allows the creation and tracking a bike route and share it with other riders. There
s a repair tab with videos with tips on basic bike repairs. Its use is currently confined to Ontario. An upgrade was scheduled in the spring 2018. Available at GooglePlay and App Store. More info in Canadian Cycling, February & March 2018.


Smartphones Are Killing Us
Bloomberg, October 17, 2017

Amid a historic spike in traffic fatalities, US federal data on the danger of distracted driving are getting worse. Who’s counting? Who's doing something about it? Are You?


Avoid These Five Risky Maneuvers
VeloNews, October 2017

The article concerns legal aspects of certain “risky” maneuvers road cyclists do on a daily basis. Although the examples are from the US, the “risky” actions outlined certainly will apply to Canada.  


Study: Froome’s “super tuck” actually isn’t faster. Chris Froome earned a stunning victory in stage 8 of 2016 Tour de France, but was it due to superior aerodynamics on the downhill?


EGLINTON CROSSTOWN - FUTURE LAIRD STATION

      


1m Safe Passing Law Awareness Video

THE SHARE THE ROAD Cycling Coalition's 1m safe passing law video is now available online. Thanks to generous support from the Ministry of Transportation and 8 partner municipalities, this video is available for everyone to use. Please visit their Vimeo page to view the video. You can download the 60 or 30 second clip directly from Vimeo by clicking on the "Download" button below the video, or you can share the link in your newsletter and on social media. The coalition hopes that this shared resource will help everyone raise awareness about road safety in your community.


Cycling and Aerodynamics





In 2016, GCN (Global Cycling Network) tested three different but simple changes to see how much of a difference aerodynamics (in clothing and wheels) can make. Learn how to go “faster” on a bike.

   


New Awareness Campaign: 1m passing and lights on bikes

In early September 2016, Share the Road launched a new awareness campaign focused on the 1m safe passing law and the new (in Ontario) increased fines for riding a bike without lights when required

The campaign includes a 30 second and 60 second video as well as print and digital ads. This campaign has been developed in partnership with the Ministry of Transportation, City of Toronto, City of Ottawa (Safer Roads Ottawa), City of Peterborough, Peterborough Public Health, City of Mississauga, City of Burlington, Town of Oakville, City of London and City of Windsor.


On Tuesday, June 2, 2015The Making Ontario's Roads Safer Act (Bill 31) was unanimously passed at Queen's Park. This modernization to the Highway Traffic Act includes provisions that will make Ontario's roads safer for all road users, including people on bikes.

Bill 31 includes:
1m safe passing law when passing people on bikes
• Allowance of traffic control signals specific to bikes and contra-flow bike lanes
• Increased fines for "dooring" people on bikes and distracted driving
• Allowance of cycling on paved shoulders of a highway that is divided into two separate roadways

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Cyclists and Auto Insurance: The Coverage You May Not Know About

Many cyclists are unaware that when they are riding their bikes, they are covered by their auto insurance for injuries that might occur as the result of an accident with another vehicle. Your auto insurance can extend coverage to you as a cyclist, and you are also eligible to receive benefits from the insurance company of a motorist that is involved in the accident with you. Cyclists can/may receive medical payments, pain and suffering benefits, and more if they file a claim with the auto insurance company.
CHECK WITH YOUR INSURANCE BROKER

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