I started cycling in 1997 in Alma,
Que. at age 11. Seven years later, I signed my first Professional contract with the Quark Cycling Team. I found success in 2005 with a win at the Joe Martin Stage Race Criterium in a solo breakaway, a berth on the Canadian Team at the World Championships and a ninth-place finish at the Rotterdam World Cup. In 2008-2010, I rode for a team in France and raced in the 10-day Tour de l'Aude twice. In 2014, I began training as a tandem pilot for a visually impaired athlete, and in 2016, Robbi Weldon and I competed together at the Rio Paralympic Games, finishing in fifth place in the women's road race. It was an amazing experience. As part of my journalism gigs, I am an analyst for women's cycling races on RDS (Réseau des sports TV network)..
Based in western Canada, Sandra Walter earned her B.A. in writing at the University of Victoria while training for a career as a cross-country mountain-bike racer. She grew up in an outdoorsy household, where skiing, camping, hiking, cycling and kayaking were routine activities. The longtime Canadian National mountain-bike team member has successfully combined her love of travel and the outdoors with her passion for writing and her lifestyle as an Elite athlete. For many years a contributor to Pedal magazine and Bike Trade Canada, her journalistic highlights also include reporting on Nordic events for SkiTrax during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.
Based in Edmonton, Alta., Mike Sarnecki has contributed to Pedal magazine since 2008. He is a commuter who rides to work year-round and is also a racer who focuses on MTB and cyclocross events. Sarnecki is the 2014 Alberta MTB XCO Provincial champion and his love of cycling is steadfast. Driven by the lifestyle of a cyclist, he hopes to share his passion with others on the road, the trails, or over a good cup of coffee.