From buying a road bike to impress a guy to creating and managing Edmonton’s largest women’s road-cycling group, Tiffany Baker is proof that you don’t need to be an Elite athlete to be a leader in sport. Her passion to grow women’s cycling led to the creation of the Women of ERTC, an arm of the Edmonton Road and Track Club. Her vision to simply have more women with whom to ride has grown into a thriving recreational and racing group who share much more than simply hours on a bike. Her work within Edmonton and Alberta has started to change the culture of cycling in her province. A once male-dominated sport has seen an influx of new women racers, the biggest increase in recent years. More than just an increase in numbers, Baker is most proud of the resulting friendships, support and encouragement that extend beyond club lines and across disciplines.
Peter Kraiker is a Toronto, Ont.-based photojournalist who specializes in covering bicycle races. He studied photography at Ryerson and spent a number of years working as a studio photographer, photojournalist and darkroom technician before getting into IT. Kraiker is a passionate cyclist who loves to combine travel and cycling, and was a member of the Toronto City Cycling Committee. He used his IT skills to do cycling advocacy on the One Less Car Bulletin Board in the 1990s. Since 2008, he has combined his love of bikes with his photography skills, and has been bringing a fresh perspective to cycling images and stories for Pedal. You’ll know Kraiker is at an event if you see his distinctive VW camper in the parking lot. You can follow his travels at nextchapter.kraikerphoto.com.
Since 1982, Paul Newitt has been pushing pedals on everything from 800-lb. pedicabs to $10,000 feather-light road bikes. During 30-plus years in the cycling industry, Newitt has raced both Category 2 road and Elite MTB for such teams as Kinetic, Norco, Escape Velocity and Kona, and produced and published the first B.C. Offroad Race Guide in 1994. Joining Pedal magazine in
1995 while completing his dental degree at the University of
British Columbia and continuing to race for Team Norco, Newitt went on to cover hundreds of products and events, including World Cups, industry bike shows, industry leaders and international Endurance events such as La Ruta de los Conquistadores and the TransRockies. Proudly being the only writer ever to complete the first seven TransRockies, Newitt’s passion is Endurance events and in-race reporting, especially when things get rough, and he loves to share those adventures with readers who enjoy a colourful story.