ConnecTour 2021

Crossing Canada at the Speed of Life

Close up with Canadians from sea to sea

We’re travelling across the country to Reconnect, Restore, and Rebuild our communities after months of disruption that has come with the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ll talk to real Canadians in the country’s heartland, learning about what is important to them and the values we share in common. 

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How we’ll ride and relax safely during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is both a motivator for the 2021 ConnecTour ride and a complication. From week to week, new developments either bring waves of optimism or concern. And yet we are confident enough to move ahead with plans for this year’s ride. As we approach our May 15th departure date for the cross-Canada tour, …

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What I learned about Canada from the seat of a bike

Lessons learned on an epic bike-packing trip in 2020 “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, …

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Pedal it forward: One act of kindness grows into 400-plus bike giveaways

OKOTOKS, Alta. – When Todd Martin donated one of his son’s old bikes to a neighbourhood kid who didn’t have one, little did he know what that small act of kindness would amount to. Three years later, he has repaired in his well-equipped garage and donated more than 400 bikes to hundreds of neighbours and …

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Oh, the places you’ll go! touring on a bike

Bike touring has been my favourite way to travel since 1993, when my partner Tanya and I discovered it as an affordable way to visit her dad in New Zealand for a month. Since then, we have logged thousands of kilometres in more than 50 countries. By the time we completed a 14-month family bike …

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It’s not about where we travel, but why

THIS ARTICLE FIRST APPEARED ON TROYMEDIA.COM Of all the things we do that have changed since the arrival of COVID-19, one that has altered the most is travel. And it’s not only about when and where we go, but also why. Spending Christmas in a sunny, warm resort is no longer a legitimate reason to …

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Local cycle group to hit the road in 2021 in search of remarkable Canadians

BY MICHELE JARVIE/Calgary Herald – After a year of social isolation, a group of adventurers is planning an epic trip in 2021 to help reconnect and rebuild communities. ConnecTour has an ambitious cross-Canada cycle trip planned for next year and is looking for like-minded individuals to join all or part of the journey, whether for …

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News Release: Adventure and celebration of remarkable local people

CALGARY, AB Dec. 10, 2020 — A group of adventurers who want to reconnect, restore, and rebuild our communities after months of disruption will cross Canada on bicycles this coming summer on an adventure that will highlight remarkable local people. The group is seeking like-minded adventurers to join all, or part, of the journey as …

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Cycle-touring is this family’s life

Two-wheeled nomads find balance and kindness around the world DRUMHELLER, AB – Pedalling up a dusty, gravel path, we spotted two tents amid Drumheller’s iconic moonscape hills, flapping in the steady breeze on a late-July day. Two young children were crouched playing in the dirt. A passerby might conclude this family was random camping for …

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VIDEO: A spontaneous 7,000-kilometre bicycle ride

For most people, a bicycle ride across Canada would require months of conditioning and preparation. Yet these three fit young athletes pulled their trip together in days. Sampson McFerrin, 19, and Jacob Grover, 22, left Victoria on June 23 with a third rider. They planned to ride all the way to St. John’s, NL, over …

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Visiting cyclists making the most of recent social changes

July 16, 2020 DAUPHIN, MB By Doug Zywina/Dauphin Herald – Life during the COVID-19 pandemic has been limited for many people worldwide in an effort to combat the disease. As restrictions ease, life is beginning to return to normal, but some people used the opportunity to take on new adventures. A group of cyclists stopped …

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