André-Jean Maheu went on his first bicycle tour in 1994 on the Carretera Austral in Patagonia, where he quickly fell in love with wild places and the simplicity and freedom of life on the road. During the following years, he cycled through 15 countries on five continents over many different trips. His wife, Robyn, discovered that she was pregnant with their first child, Nicolas, while they were riding together in the Western Isles of Scotland. Bicycle touring became a family affair. Each year, modest trips were planned, slowly determining what they were capable of as a family of three and then four. With a longer trip now under their belts, the family went on to explore Southeast Asia. Maheu lives in Vancouver, B.C., where he works as an avalanche forecaster, wilderness first-aid instructor and freelance writer.
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.
Chris Keam has worked as a writer and editor in Vancouver, B.C. since 1989. He has been involved in cycling advocacy in Vancouver since the mid-’90s and has written about many aspects of cycling, from covering professional racing to children’s safe-cycling education for Pedal, Bike Trade Canada and other cycling publications. He believes the next phase in bringing cycling back as a means of transportation will be to look beyond the borders of big cities and create better cyclists at a younger age. He’d like to see cycling options made easier for people for whom long-distance bike commuting or downtown living isn’t a desirable option! In addition to cycling, Keam has a keen interest in sustainable living trends, parenting, media issues, current affairs and local history. You can visit his blog at www.chriskeam.com.