Chris Brochu of Kamloops is participating in his second Ride to Conquer Cancer presented by Wheaton Precious Metals benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation on August 26-27. I interviewed Chris to learn what inspires him, and get some insider tips on how to tackle this great cycling challenge.
Do not miss this fun event in Vancouver BC! Thousands of bike riders will join HUB Cycling at the second annual Bike the Night Ride on September 16th. City streets will be opened up for a night of music, lights and decorated bikes.
Jocelyn Dickie is participating in the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer for the fifth time this year! I interviewed Jocelyn, who is riding in memory of her father who passed away in January 2017. Jocelyn is an enthusiastic and avid cyclist. She shared some valuable fund raising tips for the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer, as well as her moving story about her father’s three-year battle with throat cancer.
Participation doubled at the Second-Annual Bike to Shop Days in Vancouver, showing once again that cyclists like to shop, and that bikes are good for business.
The first New Westminster Grand Prix was a huge success. This was the first time the BC Superweek included an event on the hills of New Westminster! The biggest winner was the city and the people in it. Founded in 1858, the City of New Westminster is the oldest city in Western Canada, but it has never looked like it did today, with its streets full of colorful cyclists and enthusiastic spectators and volunteers.
BC Superweek is upon us again, offering 8 exciting bike races over 10 days to watch in Greater Vancouver. It has become one of the most prestigious pro-cycling events in North America, with a total prize purse of more than $120,000. It includes events for Women, Men, and Youth, and offers a stunning spectacle of cycling skills in the usually busy urban streets of Greater Vancouver. This year features a brand new event, the New West Grand Prix, to be raced on the steep hills of New Westminster! This post lists all of the BC Superweek 2017 events, and features photos from last year’s events.
Most people assume that crossbars were dropped on women’s bikes to make it possible to ride with dresses. However, the primary reason was more scandalous than that! This post traces the design history of bikes with dropped crossbars, and reveals the surprising recent change in the gendered association of the dropped crossbar.
Velorama Festival in Colorado Blends Bikes and Music with intense bike races and great rock music. This year, bands include Velorama, Deathcab for Cutie, Wilco. Get your tickets now!
I interviewed Ontario’s David Marchione, who is gearing up for his FIFTH Ride to Conquer Cancer! David shares his motivations for doing this two-day, long-distance fund raising ride year after year.
Happy Memorial Day to all! It’s important to stop for a moment on these wonderful public holidays and think about the meaning of the day. Memorial Day is a day to honor those who gave their lives for their country in military service. Did you know that bikes have played a huge role in US military history?
Vancouver’s latest challenge shows that bikes and transit are more convenient than cars: six people on bikes arrived first and in some cases were twice as fast as their car commuting colleagues.
The latest Bike the Blossoms Ride in Vancouver was a great success, with an excellent turnout despite threatening skies. The rain held off for just long enough for most riders to finish the relaxed ride around the blossom-lined lanes of Vancouver. Bike the Blossoms in Vancouver was again organized by Velopalooza and the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.
The annual Bike the Blossoms Ride in Vancouver is a great way to join other cyclists for a relaxed ride through the city of Vancouver, enjoying the new cherry blossoms. Check out the details of the upcoming Bike the Blossoms Ride in Vancouver, BC, Canada, here!
53-year-old Ken Schulzke is doing the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer for the very first time this August. He is motivated by a desire to help solve the cancer problem, and believes that if he can do this, almost anyone can! As he says, he has noticed that it is your will, not your body type, that gets you through marathon attempts. I spoke with Ken about his motivation, his training, and his experiences of preparing for his very first Ride to Conquer Cancer.
During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, women began to escape some of their restrictions by riding bicycles. Despite strong opposition from men, women cycled on, and the bicycle became an instrument of change that subverted the status quo and became a powerful symbol of women’s emancipation. In this Guest Post, Andrew McLaughlin tells us all about the extraordinary role played by bicycles in women’s emancipation.
Toronto’s Karen Ingram is a mother of three children, ages 10, 12 and 14. Since 2012, Karen has ridden thousands of kilometres to conquer cancer in this lifetime, participating in the Ride to Conquer Cancer five times so far. This year, Karen will bring her total to over 7,000 km. Read her inspiring story here!
In 1897 an 8-year-old girl, Virginia O’Hanlon, wrote to a New York City newspaper, The Sun, to ask whether there really was a Santa Claus. They assured her that there was. And not only did Santa Claus exist for Virginia, but he was a very smart Santa Claus, with the good sense to give Virginia the priceless gift of a bicycle.
Donate a toy – maybe even a bike – to help to make a child very happy this Christmas. The Pan Pacific Christmas Wish Breakfast is the place to do it! Happening this year on 13 December.
Matt Fenrich talked to Average Joe Cyclist about his plans to celebrate his marriage and his recovery from cancer by completing the BC Ride to Conquer Cancer on his wedding anniversary. Matt has gone from being bed-ridden and on a feeding tube, to riding a 200 km charity bike ride. Read his inspiring story!
Interview with Jody Malo, a mature man who is about to take on a challenge many of us dream of doing – the RBC Whistler GranFondo! Jody talks about why he is doing the RBC Whistler GranFondo, and how he trains for it.