Learning to roll with one of this tour’s unexpected twists

We’d been planning the ConnecTour cross-Canada cycle-touring ride for 16 months. Had it ever crossed my mind that one of us would be injured and off the ride for more than seven weeks? I know I certainly didn’t. Ever the optimist, I was excited to start on the four-month ride to discover our beautiful country …

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Fairmont Hot Springs

Happy Canada Day from your cycling friends

It’s the time of year when we collectively celebrate this great country and the vast diversity of people who enrich our lives. Here’s a short video from one of the lovely trails we have ridden in the past few days. The paved North Star Rails to Trail out of Cranbrook truly IS a great trail. …

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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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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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Bicycle in mountains

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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Crowsnest Pass

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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