Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast

Matthew Pioro, Adam Killick, Terry McKall, Lily Hansen-Gillis ×

Cycling stories from across Canada and around the world. We talk to pros who ride on the road and the trails. We also talk about gear, riding and training. It's bikes, bikes and more bikes, eh.

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From jerseys won by young Canadians to Euro pros sipping Caesars to taking in a Montreal Canadiens game with a future world champion, the influence of the Grands Prix Cyclistes de Québec et de Montréal is significant. This episode of the Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast honours those races by looking at moments, both big and small, connected with the Grands Prix. There’s discussion of poutine, too.

Sep 10

22 min

This is usually a busy time of year for Catharine Pendrel. She’s usually competing in cross country World Cups or preparing for the world championships or even in full Olympics mode. Her list of wins is long, but here’s a short version: two cross country world championship titles, one in 2011, the other in 2014; winner of the World Cup overall three times, once in 2010 and 2012 and 2016; six national cross country championship titles; two national cyclocross championship titles; three appearances at the Summer Olympics; one bronze medal from Rio in 2016.Pendrel is a very generous and active supporter of the mountain bike scene in Canada. About two years ago, she and her husband Keith Wilson started Pendrel Racing, a development team for young riders. This past summer, they’ve had an up-and-coming Canadian rider staying at their place and riding in the Kamloops, B.C. area. (Listen to find out who.)Pendrel also discusses how she reacted after a crash in one of the biggest races of her career and who she thinks will be going strong when this year’s shortened mountain bike World Cup starts in September. She gives some insights into the selection process for mountain bikers for the 2021 Olympics. Pendrel speaks on some advice she had for a rider on her development team on how to ride in this extended off-season that athletes face. That advice could help you, too.

Aug 27

32 min

When Rob Britton got into bikepacking, he really went for it. In 2018, the Tour of Utah winner set off from Calgary to Port Renfrew, B.C., on a nine-day adventure. The saddle time seemed to prepare him nicely for spending the day in the breakaway at the world championship road race soon after. Since then, Britton has continued to have some long adventures on his bike, including a big trip to Japan in November 2019 and a gravel epic earlier this year.In this episode, Britton covers all kinds of topics related to bikepacking. He talks about how he sometimes pushes himself and his friends. He’s very safety conscious, and even has some good advice about when and how to take risks. There’s discussion about gear, including his go-to equipment list. He puts a lot of thought into every gram including what goes in his flask.After you hear this interview with Rob Britton, you’ll want to plan a big cycling adventure.

Aug 13

33 min

This episode is a rebroadcast of our look at the 1980 Olympic boycott. It happened 40 years ago, but contains some lessons for what athletes are facing today. On this day, BMX competition was originally scheduled to begin in Tokyo. But in March, as rising COVID-19 cases sent nations scrambling, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee announced that Canadians would not go to the 2020 Games. Two days later, the IOC said it would postpone the 2020 Olympics for a year.Recently, as we passed the one-year-to-go-until-the-rescheduled-Olympics date, talk of cancelling the 2021 Games started up. On July 22, the president of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee Yoshiro Mori said to Japanese media that if the pandemic continued has it had been so far, the Games could not go ahead in 2021. A few days before that, the Kyodo news agency released the results of a poll that showed that only 23.9 per cent of the people surveyed throughout Japan thought the Olympics should be held. A segment as large as 36.4 per cent thought the Games should be postponed again. From the survey, 33.7 per cent said the Games should be cancelled.With the threat of Olympic cancellation creeping in once again, let’s listen to track cyclists Gordon Singleton and Steve Bauer, and road cyclist Louis Garneau as they discuss the time, 40 years ago, that the Olympics didn’t happen for Canadian athletes.

Jul 30

18 min

This year marks three big anniversaries for Steve Bauer. The Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast has covered his oh-so-close second-place finish in the 1990 Paris-Roubaix and the 1980 Olympic boycott that affected him and other Canadian athletes. Thirty years ago this summer, Bauer got into the leader's jersey at the Tour de France, just like he had in 1988. It's a feat that we haven’t seen since. Also, he did it in a way that you just can't duplicate anymore.RELATED Steve Bauer remembers the 1988 Tour de FrancePlease rate and review the Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast wherever you get your episodes.

Jul 16

16 min

Leah Kirchmann, Team Sunweb athlete and this country’s time trial champion, is expecting to start racing once again in August. Still, she’s not sure what exactly the UCI safety protocols—with their team bubbles and peloton bubbles—will mean for her events. Also, with international travel now more difficult, she might be faced with some tough choices. Will she be able to race the inaugural women’s Paris-Roubaix, if it happens, or will she make a return to the Tour of Chongming Island? Can she defend her national time trial title and attend the Giro Rosa, too?The rider, who has studied public health and nutrition and is a passionate cook, also talked sourdough and salmon. Check out her popular banana oat pancakes as well as the recipes she’s developed for her team’s Food Friday. Please rate and review the Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast wherever you get your episodes.

Jul 2

18 min

At the beginning of May, the UCI announced the new road calendar for 2020. One Canadian Cycling Magazine writer has dubbed it 100 crazy days. The racing runs from the beginning of August to early November, which is when cyclocross usually wraps up in most of Canada.Michael Barry, who runs Mariposa Bicycles with his wife Dede, raced from 1995 to 2012. When he looks at the compressed road calendar, he sees a lot of challenges and unknowns that could derail racing. But, according to the former pro, there are sure signs of hope for cycling.Please rate and review the Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast wherever you get your episodes. 

Jun 18

28 min

In mid-May, Cory Wallace, the three-time 24-hour mountain bike champion and Annapurna circuit record holder from Jasper, Alta., was living a simple life in the Solukhumbu region of Nepal, which is where he’s been since the country went into lockdown in late March. He's had lots of time to think and even cook up a wild escape route from Nepal that he's mentioned on his website. It's only something he'd use if, as he says, "it does go sideways." In this episode of the Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast, Wallace discusses solo riding. Are you born a solo rider or can you become one? He mentions the mental fortitude you need in cycling. He's got that in spades, but it seems even the mountain bike marathon specialist can work on boosting his abilities. He's been improving his mediation skills while staying put in Nepal. In normal times, top riders often live monk-like existences, but for Wallace, his life has become even more like that of an ascetic. Have a listen to Wallace’s insights from 2,500 m above sea level.Please rate and review the Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast wherever you get your episodes.

Jun 4

23 min

On this day, eight years ago, Ryder Hesjedal was in the midst of the final rest day of the Giro d’Italia. He had worn the pink leader’s jersey for three days, lost it, got it again and lost it once more before that rest day. Hesjedal was still in a good position overall, but could he really win the Italian Grand Tour against the explosive Joaquim Rodríguez? Listen to this interview with Hesjedal as he discusses the race in detail, the composition of his Garmin-Barracuda team and the complexity of the penultimate stage in which a new rival appeared and all the others seemed to leave the outcome of the race solely in the hands of the Canadian.Please rate and review the Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast wherever you get your episodes.

May 21

30 min

International events kept Gordon Singleton, Louis Garneau and Steve Bauer from the Moscow Games. What they experienced can offer guidance to cyclists waiting and wondering about Tokyo 2020. Also, an interview brought to you by Structure Cycleworks. Loni Hull, founder of the Calgary-based mountain bike company, discusses his unique front linkage system. It is literally, WTF: without telescoping fork. Please rate and review the Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast wherever you get your episodes.

May 7

28 min

In March, Buck Miller, Eric Batty and Ryan Atkins covered all 721 km of the Wapusk trail by fat bike. The trail is the world’s longest winter road, which runs between Peawanuck, Ont., and Gillam, Man. Sections of the trail are close to Hudson Bay. Last year, they rode along James Bay, a trip they called the James Bay Descent. The Wapusk trail trip was longer and more remote. RELATED Lessons from the James Bay Descent This year’s trip is not only a fascinating adventure but it speaks to the challenges we are facing today. It’s also about challenges—both environmental and societal—that we'll face in the near future. When Miller, Batty and Atkins went into the woods, the world was one way. When they got out, it was completely different. To learn more about the expedition’s charitable component at True North Aid. RELATED Waiting for it to get cold enough for a fat-bike expedition in Ontario and Manitoba’s Far North RELATED Listen: Stories from a 600-km winter fat bike ride in Northern Ontario, Svein Tuft: from bike bum to the WorldTour The Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast thanks Ontario Creates for its support. Please rate and review the Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast wherever you get your episodes.

Apr 23

34 min

Do remember what race was supposed to run this Sunday? It was supposed to be Paris-Roubaix. But more important, do you remember who won Paris-Roubaix on April 8, 1990? Well, when Belgian Eddy Planckaert and Canadian Steve Bauer crossed the line on the Roubaix velodrome 30 years ago, neither of them was sure. After a lot of deliberation by race officials, the win went to Plankaert. After 265.5 km of hard racing, Planckaert beat Bauer by millimetres. In March, Canadian Cycling Magazine editor Matthew Pioro spoke with Bauer. The CCC Pro Team sports director had recently returned home to St. Catharines, Ont., from Europe and was in self-isolation. We discussed the Monument that almost, almost went to a Canadian. This Sunday, as you face absence of Spring Classics in 2020, do re-watch A Sunday in Hell, Jorgen Leth’s documentary of the 1976 Paris-Roubaix. Also, highly recommended is William Fotheringham’s book about the making of the documentary called Sunday in Hell. Wouldn’t that be just hellacious? In the good way. Enjoy both Hells! Thanks to Ontario Creates for its support.

Apr 8

19 min

Two weeks after Michael Woods crashed out of Paris-Nice, he was in Girona, Spain, his broken right femur on the mend. “I’ve been crutching outside to get my blood checked,” he said. The EF Pro Cycling rider was taking blood thinners following his surgery. “I go about 1.5 km from my place. It’s a good workout.” Because of the COVID-19 outbreak in Spain, the country had been on lockdown since March 14. Woods found the empty streets of Girona eerie. After the crash, Woods was taken to a hospital in Lyon, France. He didn’t remember much from his time there as he was on strong painkillers. He figured he came in just ahead of any coronavirus-related surge in that area of France as the building seemed quiet. Woods didn’t stay in the hospital for long. His parents came to hurry him to Spain – where he trains in the colder months – before the border was to close. After the stress of the crash and the hasty departure from France, Woods could relax. In late March, he was avoiding the Internet, reading and enjoying time with his daughter who wasn’t yet two months old. His snuggle buddy Max, short for Maxine, was a perfect lockdown partner as she was too young to walk and was just starting to smile. “In the leadup to Paris-Nice, I’d been putting in big training hours and I was not as present at home as I would have liked to have been,” Woods said. “So, this has been a nice opportunity to hit the reset button. From a health perspective, that means gaining a bit of weight, just kind of fattening up a bit. I want to get a big recovery block in, and then be mentally fresh for whatever is left in the season and for 2021.” The Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast thanks Ontario Creates for its support. Please rate and review the Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast wherever you get your episodes.

Apr 2

16 min

From drunk fans to a course that's muddy even when it’s dry, listen to tales of the Hoogerheide cyclocross course and its atmosphere during the World Cup. This Sunday, Canadian champions Maghalie Rochette and Michael van den Ham will compete in the final event of the CX World Cup series. Ruby West, the under-23 Pan Am champ, will also be there. Hear what they have to say about the Dutch race. Also, CX veteran Aaron Schooler has a story about how hard it can be simply getting from the team tent to the course. The Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast thanks Ontario Creates for its support. Please rate and review the Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast wherever you get your episodes.

Jan 21

8 min

Top riders from the Canadian cyclocross championships speak about what some of their wins and disappointments mean, and about the event itself and some things we can look forward to next year. If you missed our coverage of CX nats, check out our reports and galleries. Jake Williams, from frenemy podcast The Lantern Rouge, checks in from the Pan Am championships. You can see all the muddy action in our galleries from the event. Podcast art by Maxine Gravina Photo by Nick Iwanyshyn The Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast thanks Ontario Creates for its support. Please rate and review the Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast wherever you get your episodes.

Nov 2019

18 min

Canadian star ’crossers Maghalie Rochette, Michael van den Ham, Jenn Jackson and Ruby West look ahead to two of the most important cyclocross races in Canada: the national championships and the Pan Am championships. Coach Peter Glassford has advice for transitioning to trainer season. He shares great tips for riding on the spot throughout the winter. Hamilton rider Ed Veal recently spent 24 hours riding on a trainer. He was chasing a distance record within the Zwfit platform. Listen to the ups and downs of riding for a day, set up on a stage in a Las Vegas hotel. Send in your ideas for Ask a Coach to podcast@cyclingmagazine.ca Podcast art by Maxine Gravina Photo by Bruce Buckley The Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast thanks Ontario Creates for its support. Please rate and review the Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast wherever you get your episodes.

Oct 2019

42 min

During the cross country mountain bike season, Sandra Walter can rip up the course. For late October cyclocross races, she dresses up. Her costumes have included a cave woman, a monster, Pippi Longstocking, Minnie Mouse, a cow and some sort of sea creature. Walter offers tips on how you can get in costume and race this Halloween. This past Thanksgiving weekend, editor Matthew Pioro and producer Adam Killick raced an Eastern Ontario Cyclocross Series event in Ottawa. Pioro spoke with organizer Vince Caceres about the significance of the race held within the national capital’s city limits. Coach Peter Glassford discusses the post-ride beer. Is it really the thing you should be drinking after a big effort on the bike? Send in your ideas for Ask a Coach to podcast@cyclingmagazine.ca Podcast art by Maxine Gravina Photo: Peter Whalen The Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast thanks Ontario Creates for its support. Please rate and review the Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast wherever you get your episodes.

Oct 2019

30 min

Two top Canadian mountain bike riders teamed up recently to race Epic Israel. Catharine Pendrel of Cliff Pro Team and Haley Smith of Norco Factory Team took on the four-day stage race in the north of Israel. Pendrel, who has won the cross country World Cup series three times and the world championships twice, kept an audio throughout the event. Coach Peter Glassford has tips that will help you run better when you have to get off your bike in a cyclocross race. Cyclocross racers Maghalie Rochette, Jenn Jackson, Michael van den Ham and Ruby West took time out of their busy schedules at the Waterloo World Cup to talk about their early successes and challenges as well as the rest of the season ahead. Send in your ideas for Ask a Coach to podcast@cyclingmagazine.ca Podcast art by Maxine Gravina. Photo courtesy Epic Israel. The Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast thanks Ontario Creates for its support. Please rate and review the Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast wherever you get your episodes.

Oct 2019

35 min

Behind the scenes throughout the past 15 years, Kevin Field has been using data to improve Canada’s cyclists. He helped orchestrate this country’s success at the 2018 road world championships. In this episode, he discusses numbers and previews the 2019 road cycling world championships in Yorkshire, England. Full Send/No Send on the Grands Prix Cyclistes de Québec et de Montréal, Team Canada’s efforts at those one-day races, Nick Zukowsky’s KOM and Maghalie Rochette’s cyclocross World Cup win. Also, a Full Send/No Send question. Why is it full send on dropping out of a road race, but full send on toughing out a gravel race? “You just need to taste blood.” Coach Peter Glassford explains openers and how they can help you with your cyclocross races, time trials and mountain bike events. Send in your questions for Ask a Coach to podcast@cyclingmagazine.ca Podcast art by Maxine Gravina Photo by Brian Hodes. The Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast thanks Ontario Creates for its support. Please rate and review the Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast wherever you get your episodes.

Sep 2019

47 min

Michael Matthews looks back on five appearances at both the Grands Prix Cyclistes de Québec and Montréal, especially his wins at the two events in 2018. He gets into the tactics of the races he says are real thinking games. For Matthews and other pros, the GPs are exciting because there’s always something going on. Many pro and amateur cyclocross racers target CX weekends with competitions on both Saturdays and Sundays. Such events are athletic and logistical challenges. Coach Peter Glassford has advice that will help you prepare, perform and recover from a ’cross double-header. Send in your ideas for Full Send/No Send and Ask a Coach to podcast@cyclingmagazine.ca Podcast art by Maxine Gravina. Photo by Oran Kelly. The Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast thanks Ontario Creates for its support. Please rate and review the Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast wherever you get your episodes.

Sep 2019

34 min

Catharine Pendrel talks about her springer spaniel Mingus, the Lenzerheide World Cup – where she was on the podium with her fifth-place finish – and the upcoming mountain bike world championships at Mont-Sainte-Anne. In 2018, Pendrel and Haley Smith rode together and won the Swiss Epic. In this interview, Pendrel reveals what race she and Smith will be tackling together after worlds. “It really reminded me that being a racer is not just what I do; it’s who I am,” Pendrel says. “I love that. Just to experience that joy of racing, no matter what kind of racing I’m doing, kind of fired me up to find my best in World Cups again.” On Full Send/No Send, editors Matthew Pioro and Dan Walker discuss the new name of Maghalie Rochette’s cyclocross team. Also, should a 40-to-60 per cent chance of rain derail a ride? What’s the call if the time it will take to clean your bike might equal the time it takes to do the ride itself? Peter Glassford is back with his Ask A Coach segment. What do you in fall if you’re just not that into racing cyclocross? Canadian MTB editor Terry McKall speaks with Vaea Verbeeck right after she was crowned the Queen of Crankworx in Whistler, B.C. Related: How you should treat your bike mechanic Send in your ideas for Full Send/No Send and Ask a Coach to podcast@cyclingmagazine.ca Podcast art by Maxine Gravina The Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast thanks Ontario Creates for its support. Please rate and review the Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast wherever you get your episodes.

Aug 2019

39 min

This past July, some of gravel cycling’s top minds and practitioners gathered in Peterborough, Ont., to ride and discuss gear. Matthew Pioro spoke with members of the Shimano Gravel Alliance, a group that the Canadian Cycling Magazine editor believes is the “Gravel Avengers.” He wants to know who their Thanos is. Related: The Canadian influence on Shimano’s new gravel groupset Leah Kirchmann of Team Sunweb took second place at La Course by Le Tour de France. It was a thrilling race that featured the Winnipeg rider’s best finish in her sixth appearance at the event. Kirchmann analyses her race, the role La Course has in the women’s road calendar and what seems to be the next necessary step in its evolution. Two days after Michael Woods finished riding the world’s biggest bike race, he looked back on his Tour de France. His broken ribs were still sore, maybe even more troublesome with the racing over. He reflected on his team and some of the Canadian fans that cheered him along the roads of France. Related: Full transcript of the Michael Woods interview Send in your ideas for Full Send/No Send and Ask a Coach to podcast@cyclingmagazine.ca Podcast art by Maxine Gravina The Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast thanks Ontario Creates for its support. Please rate and review the Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast wherever you get your episodes.

Aug 2019

36 min

Canadian Cycling Magazine heads to Blue Mountain, Ont., for the Sea Otter Canada cycling festival. Editors Matthew Pioro and Dan Walker, and photo editor Matt Stetson, bring you the vibes from the event. They are impressed that on the first day, the first Friday of July, that there are a good amount of people at the expo. Walker figures they had read ‘12 excuses you can use to sneak out of work early.’ Pioro and Walker take on the 120-km gran fondo. Stetson, a longtime mountain biker, rides his first enduro. “I have been riding quite a long time on dirt and mountain bikes. It certainly was my first gravity event, which, to me, sounds weird, as I’ve ridden lots of times in pads and downhill, but never on the clock,” Stetson says. “But cross country, I’ve done dozens of times. The enduro was a different feel. I couldn’t believe how tired I was at the end of such a short amount of riding. In Full Send/No Send, Pioro admits Walker was right about something. Is “Alien” a good nickname or an accusation? Should you take a swim in your bib shorts? Canadian MTB editor Terry McKall interviews the CEO and founder of Structure Cycleworks. Loni Hull discusses the WTF (Without Telescoping Fork) linkage system that his company has designed. He also gets into the significance of keeping his company in Alberta. Send in your ideas for Full Send/No Send and Ask a Coach to podcast@cyclingmagazine.ca Podcast art by Maxine Gravina The Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast thanks Ontario Creates for its support. Please rate and review the Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast wherever you get your episodes.

Jul 2019

37 min

When you think of this country’s pioneering riders in the Tour de France, you probably think of Steve Bauer and Alex Stieda. But 35 years ago, six Canadians—Marilyn Trout (née Wells), Kelly-Ann Way, Suzanne Lemieux, Hilary Brown (née Matte), Senta Bauermeister and Jacqueline Shaw—not only rode the Tour de France Féminin but distinguished themselves in that event. Trout, the group’s historian, looks back at the group’s accomplishments. Read the Canadian Cycling Magazine feature on the six Canadian women who completed in the 1984 Tour de France Feminin. In Full Send/No Send, editor Matthew Pioro and social media editor Dan Walker preview the 2019 Tour de France and the Giro Rosa (full name: Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile). Walker has a beef with the Giro Rosa. Send in your ideas for Full Send/No Send and Ask a Coach to podcast@cyclingmagazine.ca Image courtesy of Marilyn Trout Podcast art by Maxine Gravina The Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast thanks Ontario Creates for its support. Please rate and review the Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast wherever you get your episodes.

Jul 2019

58 min

Contributor Molly Hurford has tips that will help you go up hills a little quicker. She talks about training, body positioning and the muscles you want to engage when climbing. She also has some inside information on the climbing competitions at Sea Otter Canada: the Grind Uphill Challenge and the Hill Climbing Championships. "When you see a corner coming up and it looks like it's the end of the climb, it absolutely is not," she says. In Full Send/No Send, Matthew Pioro and Dan Walker discuss 650b versus 700c wheels. Also, if Michael Woods goes to the Tour de France, should he go for stage wins or general classification? Finally, an interview with Jeff Webb, the CEO of Fara Cycling . He’s originally from Huntsville, Ont. About four years ago, he and his partners (who now include Thor Hushovd) started the cycling company based in Oslo, Norway. At Blacksmith Cycle in Toronto, Webb talks about Fara, as well as the long rides he does. He’ll ride from Oslo to Stockholm, about 530 km, on a whim. Send in your ideas for Full Send/No Send and Ask a Coach to podcast@cyclingmagazine.ca Podcast art by Maxine Gravina The Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast thanks the Ontario Creates for its support. Please rate and review the Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast wherever you get your episodes.

Jun 2019

42 min

At the Nové Město World Cup, Haley Smith crossed the line in third place. It marks her best result at mountain bike World Cup. She reflects on race at one of her favourite courses. “When you feel good on a course, you find that flow zone a lot easier,” she says. “At Nové Město, it feels like mountain biking in Victoria. It’s physical and technical, but it’s also fun.” She also talks about her struggles with mental health. Smith looks ahead to the rest of the season, and the wedding she and fiancé Andrew L’Esperance, also of the Norco Factory Team, are planning. In Full Send/No Send, Dan Walker and Matthew Pioro discuss Geoff Kabush's social media shots at the men’s podium finishers at Dirty Kanza. They wrap up the Giro d’Italia and look at tire choice. Can you have too much of a good thing? Coach Peter Glassford has tips for getting the most out of your local roads and paths for your training rides. Send in your ideas for Full Send/No Send and Ask a Coach to podcast@cyclingmagazine.ca Podcast art by Maxine Gravina The Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast thanks Ontario Creates for its support. Please rate and review the Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast wherever you get your episodes.

Jun 2019

38 min

If you’ve been watching the Giro d’Italia, you’ve seen the Emilia-Romagna region. Stage 9 passed through it. Editor Matthew Pioro rode in the area a week before the pros got there. After you hear about Pioro’s experience, you’ll want to head there, too. Social media editor Dan Walker and Matthew Pioro debate Giro smack talk, bad bike-maintenance karma and the no-look right turn in Full Send/No Send. Canadian MTB web editor Terry McKall starts a new series that focuses on Canadians who are influencing the discipline of mountain biking. In this episode, McKall speaks with Noel Buckley, the founder of Knolly Bikes in Burnaby, B.C. Send in your ideas for Full Send/No Send to podcast@cyclingmagazine.ca Podcast art by Maxine Gravina The Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast thanks the Ontario Media Development Corp. for its support. Please rate and review the Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast wherever you get your episodes.

May 2019

39 min

Sea Otter Canada co-founder Simon Williams chats with editor Matthew Pioro and social media editor Dan Walker about the new cycling festival coming to Canada. Sea Otter Canada can bring the whole cycling community together, whether you wear spandex, baggies or a tweed suit while riding your folding bike. Williams discusses the Hub and Spoke rides that allow you to venture into the region and explore the local breweries, cideries and wineries. If you want to watch some of the enduro, downhill or cross country action, you can. There’s an XC short track relay right through the expo area. Those with curly bars can ride the gran fondo. There are also other races for competitive types. Into gear? Williams says 200 brands will be at the festival with tons of demo bikes, including the new-to-North-America-brand Canyon. Bring the kids to the Joyride 150 area. You have to mark July 4–7 on your calendars. Also, if you need some advice for taking on the hill-climbing challenge at Sea Otter, check out "How to crush a KOM challenge with these 5 climbing tips." Coach Peter Glassford makes the case for keeping the trainer accessible, and ready to go, even throughout the spring and summer. Think of it as a batting cage for your legs. Dan Walker has created a new game with a long, ever-changing name: What Does That Sponsor of the Italian Pro Conti Team in the Giro d’Italia Do? Find out how well editor Matthew Pioro does. Send in your ideas for Ask a Coach and Full Send/No Send to podcast@cyclingmagazine.ca Podcast art by Maxine Gravina The Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast thanks the Ontario Media Development Corp. for its support. Please rate and review the Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast wherever you get your episodes.

May 2019

30 min

“Women are so badass as well,” says Sarah Holmes, part of the Toronto Hustle and one of the members behind the outfit’s new women’s project. The team recently hosted its launch party for the 2019 season. Listen in to scenes from that event and hear about some of the innovative things the Hustle is up to. Social media editor Dan Walker and editor Matthew Pioro get Full Send/No Send on the Full Gazz versus the Astana Rap, Mathieu van der Poel and Boels-Dolmans kit. Coach Peter Glassford talks about early-season burnout. It’s definitely something to watch out for, especially if you’ve been smashing it on virtual rides throughout the winter. Peter has great tips to keep your motivation high and your fitness levels improving. Send in your ideas for Ask a Coach and Full Send/No Send to podcast@cyclingmagazine.ca Podcast art by Maxine Gravina The Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast thanks the Ontario Media Development Corp. for its support. Please rate and review the Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast wherever you get your episodes.

Apr 2019

28 min

From lake jump bikes to the riff-heavy rock of Blue Cheese to emergency bus repairs, Partymaster Tour organizer Michel Plonka talks about the rolling party, with dirt, street and park riding, that hit parts of Ontario and Quebec this past summer. If you are not familiar with the Partymaster Tour, get started with videos from the event. Social media editor Dan Walker and editor Matthew Pioro get Full Send/No Send on the Tour of Flanders, champagne-induced bronchitis, hitting the trails early and who should claim ebikes. Coach Peter Glassford has great equipment tips and training strategies that will help you get on the roads as they clear and let you take advantage of the trainer you still have set up in your pain cave. Sorry, it’s not time to put the trainer way, just yet. Send in your ideas for Ask a Coach and Full Send/No Send to podcast@cyclingmagazine.ca Podcast art design by Maxine Gravina Podcast photography by Julien Grimard The Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast thanks the Ontario Media Development Corp., for its support. Please rate and review the Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast wherever you get your episodes.

Apr 2019

28 min

Contributor Molly Hurford has been to three training camps so far in 2019 for a total of seven weeks of endurance training. So, she knows a thing or two about getting the most out of an early-season endurance camp. Guess what? It’s not about crushing it on the climbs. Molly shares her great advice with you. Social media editor Dan Walker is back and so is Full Send/No Send. He and editor Matthew Pioro take on petrochemical companies in the peloton and the use of bar bags on road rides—all weighty topics! Finally, Canadian MTB web editor Terry McKall gets a preview of the Bear Mountain Bike Festival from race director Jon Watkin. The event, running March 30 to 31, features Canada Cup cross country races, the Rocky Mountain Enduro, a kids bike day and more. Send in your ideas for Full Send/No Send to podcast@cyclingmagazine.ca Podcast artwork by Maxine Gravina. The Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast thanks the Ontario Media Development Corp. for its support. Please rate and review the Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast wherever you get your episodes.

Mar 2019

40 min

The Butter Tart 700 is a bikepacking route in Southern Ontario. Route designer Matt Kadey speaks about what went into the creation of this loop. He wanted to ensure an interesting mix of surfaces and to keep it remote without being remote. One look at the route on the Ride with GPS page shows the level of detail Kadey has put into the creation of the BT 700. He’s marked places to stay, eat, drink and even borrow books. https://cyclingmagazine.ca/sections/ridesevents/bt-700-charts-path-for-a-new-southwestern-ontario-bikepacking-event/ Jaden Chipman, the national BMX freestyle champion, speaks about the significance of his podium spot at the recent Toronto X-Jam. X-Jam is not only an important event for Chipman, but BMX freestyle as a whole in the run-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Finally, coach Peter Glassford discusses junk miles. What are junk miles, exactly? How can you avoid them? You can send in your Ask a Coach questions for Glassford to podcast@cyclingmagazine.ca Podcast artwork by Maxine Gravina The Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast thanks the Ontario Media Development Corp. for its support. Please rate and review the Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast wherever you get your episodes.

Mar 2019

32 min

The James Bay Descent crew, Buck Miller, Ryan Atkins, Ted King and Eric Batty, recorded their adventure in Northern Ontario. Listen to scenes from their journey from Attawapiskat First Nation to Moosonee, before they went on to Smooth Rock Falls, a trip of about 600 km on fully loaded fat bikes in winter. To hear more about the trip, listen back to the James Bay Descent preview in Episode 9. https://cyclingmagazine.ca/cycling-magazine-podcast/podcast-ted-king-james-bay-rally-uhc/ For Full Send/No Send, Dan Walker and Matthew Pioro talk about virtual championships jerseys, if it’s OK to like Astana and the track cycling world championships. Coburn and Doug Brown speak about the lessons they learned doing a cross-Canada tandem bike trip. The tandem can challenge any relationship, but the pair persevered. Their stories combine with tips and advice for anyone planning a big two-wheeled adventure. Svein Tuft, the Canadian champion who is riding for Rally UHC Cycling this season, looks back on his long road cycling career and how the sport has changed. As interviewer Molly Hurford says, “You’re just an OG bike bum.” Please rate and review the Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast wherever you get your episodes. Send in your ideas for Full Send/No Send to podcast@cyclingmagazine.ca Podcast image by Eric Batty https://www.ericbatty.com/ Podcast artwork by Maxine Gravina https://www.instagram.com/maxgravina/ The Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast thanks the Ontario Media Development Corp. for its support.

Mar 2019

42 min

Near the end of January, B’yauling Toni, an 18-year-old from Saskatoon rolled into his hometown. He had ridden for 206 days, through 16 countries and a total of 30,804 km. Upon completing his ride, he has become the youngest person to bike around the world unsupported. Canadian Cycling Magazine web editor Philippe Tremblay spoke with Toni a little more than a week after he had finished his trip. The rider speaks about equipment choices and tells stories of falling ill, herding sheep from a motor bike and eating fresh goat tongue. For Full Send/No Send, Dan Walker and Matthew Pioro try to decide what level of disrepair is OK for a winter bike. They also talk about Peter Sagan’s book and Oleg Tinkov. Peter Glassford is back with Ask a Coach. He discusses strength training for cyclists. Check out his Anywhere Core routine. This past September, the Development Team Sunweb announced some new signings, which included Ben Katerberg from Courtenay, B.C. He’s the current junior road and time trial champion. At the start of this year, the 18-year-old rider moved to the Netherlands. One thing he learned early on is that he’s been saying his surname wrong. Rate us on iTunes, Google Play or wherever you get your podcasts. Send in your ideas for Full Send/No Send to podcast@cyclingmagazine.ca Podcast artwork by Maxine Gravina The Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast thanks the Ontario Media Development Corp. for its support.

Feb 2019

50 min

On Feb. 4, Ted King, Buck Miller, Ryan Atkins and Eric Batty plan to head out from Attawapiskat First Nation in Northern Ontario for Nunavut. They’ll aim their fat bikes into James Bay and ride to Akamiski Island, about 20 km from the mainland and part of the northern territory. From Akamiski, the four will go toward Moosonee and Moose Factory. The ultimate destination is Smooth Rock Falls, Ont., roughly 600 km south of their starting point. The trip is called the James Bay Descent. King discusses his preparation for the trip and his concerns, which include polar bears. Then expedition organizer Buck Miller talks about more of the trip’s details. (He’ll be riding with a 12-gauge shotgun, in case of bear trouble.) Miller is a former member of the Canadian national team. He also lived on James Bay for five years. He tells about the ride’s charitable component: fundraising for the Moosonee office of the Timmins Native Friendship Centre. For Full Send/No Send, Dan Walker brings up what is possibly his most outrageous topic for debate to date. Can he and Matthew Pioro get through this segment within the allotted five minutes? They haven’t done so for the past two episodes. Peter Glassford is back with Ask a Coach. He talks about the types of training he recommends for these cold, snowy days. Contributor Molly Hurford spent some time at the Rally UHC camp in early January. She’s sent back a few interviews from the team that is just chock full of Canadians. In this episode, Sara Bergen from Vancouver and Sara Poidevin from Calgary speak about how they got into the sport and their seasons ahead. They also have tips for new cyclists. Rate us on iTunes, Google Play or wherever you get your podcasts. Send in your ideas for Full Send/No Send and/or for Ask a Coach to podcast@cyclingmagazine.ca Podcast artwork by Maxine Gravina The Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast thanks the Ontario Media Development Corp. for its support.

Jan 2019

52 min

Rider Ed Veal plans to ride for 24 hours starting Feb. 2 at 11:11 a.m. on the track at the Forest City Velodrome. Constructed in 1955, the building that houses the track is in need of some upgrades. Veal’s ride is part of a fundraiser to help keep the facility going. The track itself is in an old hockey rink, and at 138 m, is considered by many to be the smallest permanent track in the world. Veal will face banks as steep as 51 degrees and serious G forces every six to 10 seconds. To help out with the fundraising efforts, head to the Forest City Velodrome’s Real Deal 24-Hour Track Attack page. Full Send/No Send is back. Matthew Pioro and Dan Walker discuss the new kit that EF Education First Pro Cycling will be sporting in 2019. Is January too early get excited about road racing? And, how cold is too cold for a ride? From Dec. 23 to Jan. 1, a group of athletes participated in Cycling Canada’s Christmas ’Cross Camp. It’s a project that brings Canadians to the mud of Belgium to ride in some of the discipline’s biggest races against some of its biggest stars. Throughout the Kerstperiode, national champions Michael van den Ham and Ruby West, as well as Jenn Jackson, kept audio diaries. Their words will draw you into the highs and lows of racing abroad when most are at home with family. Rate us on iTunes, Google Play or wherever you get your podcasts. Send in your ideas for Full Send/No Send to podcast@cyclingmagazine.ca Podcast artwork by Maxine Gravina The Christmas ’cross dispatches feature “Like Music (cdk Mix)” by Analog By Nature featuring Phasenwandler. Copyright 2015. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike (3.0) licence. The Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast thanks the Ontario Media Development Corp. for its support.

Jan 2019

35 min

In this episode, we look back at some big rides of the past year. In September, to prepare for the road world championships, Rob Britton went on a nine-day bikepacking trip with two friends. He had this idea earlier in the year and got advice from a rider whose big rides are legendary: Svein Tuft. Both Britton and Tuft discuss the joys and training benefits of going for fully loaded, long rides. Social media editor Dan Walker and editor Matthew Pioro try to cover their top-five moments in cycling for 2018 in five minutes. Coach Peter Glassford of the Consummate Athlete podcast offers advice for making it through the holidays without totally zapping your fitness and without forgoing a nice glass of scotch. Finally, regular contributor to Canadian Cycling Magazine Melanie Chambers got a last-minute invitation to the Taiwan KOM Challenge this past October. In a short documentary, follow Chambers up 3,275 m in 105 km after only three-weeks of preparation. Chambers was against the clock. She wanted to finish in less than the six-and-a-half hours to earn a finisher’s medal. Artwork by Maxine Gravina This episode features music by Chris Zabriskie, licensed through CC 4.0. Rate us on iTunes, Google Play or wherever you get your podcasts. Send in your ideas for Full Send/No Send or your questions for coach Peter Glassford to podcast@cyclingmagazine.ca The Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast thanks the Ontario Media Development Corp. for its support.

Dec 2018

56 min

Raphaële Lemieux, who retired from speed skating and road riding roughly 11 years ago, picked up racing fixed-gear bikes a few years ago. She’s been doing pretty well at that discipline. This year, she won the Red Hook Crit in Brooklyn and the Red Hook series overall. She discusses the fun of racing fixed, the speed-skating skills that transfer over to her cycling endeavours and what it’s like balancing a 40-hour workweek and racing at a high level. In this episode’s Full Send/No Send segment, Dan Walker and Matthew Pioro wrestle with UCI regulations about sock height, holiday cycling challenges and clothing made specifically for indoor cycling. (Find out who tries to get away with a shrug on a podcast.) They give a final big full send to Paul Sherwen, who recently passed. Finally, writer Tom Babin talks Spikes on Bikes. In the most recent issue of Canadian Cycling Magazine, Babin has a feature about the harm-reduction program based in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The program comprises “peers” who head out into the neighbourhood on bikes. They do everything from saving people from overdosing to offering advice on getting off the streets. Often, the peers themselves have experience with addiction and homelessness. It’s a story of hope and community building amid the opioid crisis. Rate us on iTunes, Google Play or wherever you get your podcasts. Send in your ideas for Full Send/No Send to podcast@cyclingmagazine.ca Artwork by Maxine Gravina The Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast thanks the Ontario Media Development Corp. for its support.

Dec 2018

53 min

The chainsaw is often called into action to motivate mountain bikers. But the machine made a recent appearance at the cyclocross national championships in Peterborough, Ont. Jasmin Duehring also came out to that snow-covered CX course. Right after competing in the elite women’s race, the rider, who’s known for winning medals in velodromes, spoke about 'cross and the importance of trying different cycling disciplines. In 2013, Jack Burke failed a doping test. He was later cleared, but his story doesn’t end there. In the years following, his adverse analytical finding continues to plague him, while his case has set precedence in other sporting disciplines. Dan Dakin, senior editor, wrote a feature on Jack Burke. Dakin discusses the fascinating story. The Full Send/No Send segment returns! Dan Walker and Matthew Pioro wrestle with important subjects, such as Strava purity, pro roadies swinging at T-balls and Mathieu van der Poel ruining cyclocross (and somehow Walker thinks that’s connected to Pioro). But Walker has a made-in-Manitoba solution in mind. Rate us on iTunes, Google Play or wherever you get your podcasts. Send in your ideas for Full Send/No Send to podcast@cyclingmagazine.ca Artwork by Maxine Gravina The Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast thanks the Ontario Media Development Corp. for its support.

Nov 2018

40 min

Recently, the Pan Am cyclocross championships came to Midland, Ont. Many of Canada’s top CXers were there vying for the intercontinental honours. Hours before Michael van den Ham lined up in the elite men’s race, he met with producer Adam Killick for a crash course on riding in the sand. For more on the Pan Am CX champs, check out video from within the elite men’s race. Web editor Terry McKall hangs on for as long as he can, trying to avoid the 80 per cent rule, which clears off riders before the race leaders might lap the slower CXers. This fall, Ted Glenn released his book, Riding into Battle, which focuses on the combat cyclists of the Canadian Corps and what they faced in during the First World War. The fighting was fierce and the bikes were heavy. Finally, David Jack, coach and derny driver at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre, speaks about the art of managing a keirin race and how a wrong turn led him deeper into the Japanese keirin scene. Rate us on iTunes, Google Play or wherever you get your podcasts. Get in touch with us at podcast@cyclingmagazine.ca Artwork by Maxine Gravina The Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast thanks the Ontario Media Development Corp. for its support.

Nov 2018

35 min

Rachel McKinnon, the transgender athlete who won the women's masters track cycling world title in the sprint competition for ages 35-44, speaks about the turbulent days following her victory. McKinnon is from Victoria. She did her PhD in Kitchener, Ont., and post doc in Calgary. Currently, she's an assistant professor in the department of philosophy at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. From Nov. 3 to 4, the Pan Am cyclocross championships will run in Midland, Ont., a town roughly 150 km north of Toronto. Since 2014, that community has been the site of the Silver Goose. It's grown in stature throughout the past four years hosing the provincial championships in 2016 and UCI C2-level competitions in 2017. Last year, Ruby West, the under-23 national champ, won the C2 races at the Goose. Also that year, national champ Michael van den Ham came third at the Pan Am champs. Maghalie "#CXFever" Rochette, the 2014 under-23 Pan Am champ, recently finished sixth at the World Cup CX event in Bern, Switzerland. All three Canadians preview the Pan Am champs/Silver Goose. Rate us on iTunes, Google Play or wherever you get your podcasts. Get in touch with us at podcast@cyclingmagazine.ca Artwork by Maxine Gravina The Cycling Magazine Podcast thanks the Ontario Media Development Corp. for its support.

Oct 2018

41 min

Cycling Magazine Podcast is back for its second episode and, as with the first, we speak with Michael Woods. This time, he reflects on his bronze medal at the road world championships in Innsbruck, Austria. We also chat with another Canadian bronze medallist, Simone Boilard, the national junior time trial and criterium champion from Quebec City . Editors Dan Walker and Matthew Pioro go full send/no send on burning hot topics, such as the recent announcement of Floyd Landis' sponsorship of a Canadian team, riding to a nice round number so the distance looks good on Strava, the correct pronunciation of "Deceuninck" and, the most contentious, socks over or under tights or leg warmers. Phil Gaimon speaks about his Worst Retirement Ever and Best Retirement Ever series, which took him to Vancouver in September. Not everyone was pleased with his performances on the climbs of the Triple Crown. Rate us on iTunes, Google Play or wherever you get your podcasts. Get in touch with us at podcast@cyclingmagazine.ca Artwork by Maxine Gravina Thank you to the Ontario Media Development Corp. for its support.

Oct 2018

45 min

In this first episode of the Cycling Magazine Podcast, we have an extended conversation with Michael Woods. The EF Education First Drapac rider goes in-depth on his emotional Stage 17 Vuelta a España win and discusses its effects. Editors Matthew Pioro and Dan Walker look back at the recent cyclocross World Cup in Waterloo, Wis., sick tailwhips and all. You can also read more on Canadian riders’ thoughts from the race on our site. We ride with James Piccoli, member of team Elevate-KHS and Montreal native, up his hometown climb, Camillien Houde into Mount Royal Park. The stretch of road means a lot to the young climber. Throughout, international WorldTour riders share their thoughts on Canada. (A certain sweet substance from our national tree seems to come up a lot.) Get in touch with us at podcast@cyclingmagazine.ca Artwork by Maxine Gravina Thank you to the Ontario Media Development Corp. for its support.

Sep 2018

32 min

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