Riding now for a very personal cause

ConnecTour is all about discovering the people and places of Canada. It’s the reason why the group is not riding for a specific charity. Our job is to focus on the magical places and amazing Canadians we will meet. Every participant in the tour, however, has the opportunity to ride in support of their own …

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May 28th new departure date for cross-Canada tour

With ongoing uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been many questions about plans for the 2021 ConnecTour cross-Canada ride. The short answer is, we’re ready to go when restrictions lift. The ConnecTour team is optimistic the group will be able to depart Victoria, B.C., on May 28th. This plan is based on the …

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COVID panic? Keep calm and carry on with bike tour planning

ConnecTour Chronicles Five Canadians who call themselves ConnecTour are planning to tour across Canada this summer, discovering how the COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped our lives and our sense of community. Fellow cycle-touring enthusiasts will join with the group at various points along the way. Watch this space for regular reports. April 18, 2021 “Are you …

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Cross-Canada cycle tour aims to kick off in Victoria

UPDATED, April 20 — A group of adventure bicyclists still hopes to begin their cross-Canada odyssey to reconnect, restore and rebuild our communities in Victoria, B.C., this spring, although recent travel restrictions will likely delay the start. The group is seeking like-minded adventurers to join all, or part, of the journey as we rebuild from …

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VIDEO: What to pack and how to fit it on your bike

Travelling long distances on a bicycle is easier if you have a complete list of must-have items to bring along, and also know what you can live without. Cycle touring veteran Rick McFerrin shows you everything you need to bring on your tour, and also shows you how he likes to pack his panniers for …

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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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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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