Sandra Walter began contributing regularly to Pedal magazine in 2002, while earning a B.A. in writing at the University of Victoria and training to be an Elite XC MTB racer. Walter has traveled all over the globe in pursuit of podiums and sweet trails and has participated in four World Championships. She spent three seasons in Europe, and traversed Costa Rica in La Ruta de los Conquistadores in 2008. Despite having sampled some of the planet’s best off-road offerings, she still prefers home dirt to anything else, which she confirmed while contesting the BC Bike Race in 2009. In addition to race reports and bike reviews, she shares with readers the inside scoop on many of Canada’s top cyclists and her lifelong passion for the sport.
Ben Andrew has been racing on the road for seven years, competing in events such as the Tour de Beauce and Tour de Saguenay. Apart from racing, he has spent nearly as long working in the cycling- and outdoor-retail industries. When he isn’t on his bike, Andrew enjoys spending his time outdoors around Ottawa, Ont., where he lives, as well as traveling to new places. Look for his race coverage and athlete profiles/interviews, along with product reviews and news reports in both Pedal and SkiTrax.
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)..