The Ad­ven­ture Starts at the Shop


Canadian Cycling Magazine - - CONTENTS - Pho­tog­ra­phy by Denise Mil­itzer

Kit­ted out and ready to go

Jo Vos

Jo Vos be­gan rid­ing three years ago. About a year later, she started help­ing other women to get on bikes. “I saw a need for an in­tro­duc­tory to in­ter­me­di­ate workshop for women,” Vos said. A lot of women I knew had just got­ten into the sport. They didn’t nec­es­sar­ily want to ride with a club or ride with their boyfriends. They wanted a safe space to learn the fun­da­men­tals.” She then cre­ated a four­week course. Rid­ers learned about fit, kit, group rid­ing and main­te­nance. Dur­ing the two weeks that fol­lowed the course, the women con­tin­ued to meet for rides. On a 100-km loop, that started from a shop, one lucky rider was “flat­ted” to prac­tise tube changes. “A lot of us still ride to­gether. We’re part of com­mu­nity clubs. Some are even rac­ing now,” she said.

Char­lie Bryer

Char­lie Bryer used to race at an elite level. Now he helps oth­ers to get out and ride hard. In 2016, he or­ga­nized the Shi­mano Gran Fondo in Peterborough, Ont. He’s been build­ing on the suc­cess of that event, which will ride once again Aug. 27.

Ja­son Ro­drigues

“I love road rid­ing,” said Ja­son Ro­drigues, “but I love cy­clocross.” He and mem­bers of his club, Lantern Rouge, stop Sun­day road rides in Au­gust to work on CX skills. He’s try­ing to move up from the Mas­ter 3 cat­e­gory to Mas­ter 2. The sum­mer road and gravel rides are sure to boost his en­durance at his muddy fall races.

pho­tog­ra­phy by Denise Mil­itzer

vos’s bike Pinarello F8, Shi­mano Dura-ace 9150 Di2, $14,900

bryer’s bike Scott Foil 10, Shi­mano Ul­te­gra Di2, $6,300

ro­drigues’s bike

Bianchi Oltre XR.1, $5,000

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