The Adventure Starts at the Shop
KITTED OUT AND READY TO GO
Kitted out and ready to go
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 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.
“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.
vos’s bike Pinarello F8, Shimano Dura-ace 9150 Di2, $14,900
bryer’s bike Scott Foil 10, Shimano Ultegra Di2, $6,300
Bianchi Oltre XR.1, $5,000