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First TourdeBC Champion

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014

News Release August 13th, 2014 (Vancouver, BC) Perry Stone, President, Ride Canada, Race Director Tour of British Columbia announces the completion of the first inaugural 5,200 kilometers Canadian ultra-endurance bicycle race the Tour of British Columbia held August 3rd to August 13th, 2014. Presented as the roughest, toughest , longest and most beautiful ultra-endurance bicycle race on earth the Tour of British Columbia is 5,147 kilometers long with nearly 54,000 meters of climbing. Competitors must compete 24 hours a day and with no stages or rests incorporated into the challenge. The 2014 Tour of British Columbia was won by Alessandro Colo of Italy. The veteran Italian ultra-marathon cyclist , 53 year old spin instructor from Rome, Italy  won the first ever race in a time of  9 days 16, hours and 46 minutes.  Colò who has competed in the race across America 4 times, and who has  numerous appearances in the Furnace Creek 508, The Fireweed and the Race Across Oregon and several European races was the sole competitor. Contacted by Perry Stone, Colò was advised of the situation in advance...

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Ultra Endurance Racing

The Explorer Route

Posted by on May 14, 2013

Cyclists be warned: The BC Explorer route has a pretty face as it travels around British Columbia and Alberta’s, Banff and Jasper but it is TOUGH! Be prepared. The map below provides a general overview only. Some of the communities visited are: White Rock, Hope, Princeton, Grand Forks, Salmo, Creston, Cranbrook, Fernie, Sparwood, Canmore, Banff, Jasper, Houston, Burns Lake, Fraser Lake, Vanderhoof, Prince George, Quesnel, Williams Lake, 100 Mile House, Clinton, Lillooet, Pemberton, Whistler, Squamish, Vancouver. To view a route map, please click...

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Race Strategy +

What’s your race plan?

Posted by on Sep 29, 2013

An Introduction to Ultra-cycling Team racing Strategy (4-6-8 rider teams) Developing a logical, safe and efficient race plan is an essential element of competing in an ultra-endurance cycling event. To create your race plan, you need to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses and do your best to maximize your strengths while minimizing the later. Serious consideration and planning are critical to developing a race plan that allows your team’s best efforts to become realized. Elements to be considered: 1)     Objective – what do you hope to accomplish? 2)     Safety – nobody wins or accomplishes anything when safety is compromised. 3)     Resources – can your funds and support crew support your plan? 4)     Adaptability – lots of race plans look great on paper, but things change quickly out on a course so be prepared to adapt. 5)     Experience – whether you have it or not, find ways to acquire it before you race. To read the rest of this article, please follow this...

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Biking BAD

Posted by on Oct 4, 2013

Biking BAD – An open letter to Lance Armstrong. (Originally published on the Daily Peloton) Mr. Lance Armstrong. When I think about Walter White the much maligned and loved, one time, fictitious cancer survivor who hides his relationship with drugs from the public I can’t help but think of you. In the amazingly popular Vince Gilligan TV series ‘Breaking Bad” Walter White’s actions caused the deaths of countless people and destroyed people’s lives on two continents yet for the most part the public loved Walter right to the end. Back on planet earth the many of the people who once lined up to praise you, Lance Armstrong, now salivate and rub their hands hoping for you to lose the empire you built with hard work, deception and drugs. The same Lance Armstrong who helped millions of people afflicted with cancer by educating them and showing them that cancer can be beaten. In the arts and in real life the number of anti-heroes who people cheer for seems to continually grow; Bonnie and Clyde, Al Capone, Jesse James, Jesse Pinkman, Dick Cheney,...

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