Liv Pique Ad­vanced 1 BIKE TEST

Pedal Magazine - - Contents - by Mag­gie Coles-Lys­ter

Marinne Shelawa is not yet 30, and she has seen more of this coun­try than most of us see in a life­time. Cy­cling over 7,700km (on a 70-lb. bike!) from Tofino, BC, to Cape Spear, Nfld., af­forded her an un­in­ter­rupted view of Canada that can only be seen from the seat of a bi­cy­cle. Through the sum­mer of 2016, she awoke each morn­ing think­ing, “To­day my job is to ride my bi­cy­cle, and that’s a pretty great job!” What a job in­deed!

It’s a feat that you’d think re­quires su­per-hu­man fit­ness and Tour de France train­ing to ac­com­plish. But as a down-to-earth Ed­mon­to­nian whose train­ing came mostly from com­mut­ing and sim­ply rid­ing her bike ev­ery­where she could, Shelawa would tell you oth­er­wise. In her mind, “cy­cle tour­ing isn’t about rac­ing up the hill the fastest; it’s about en­joy­ing the ride.” And en­joy the ride she did. When asked her favourite sec­tion of the 7,700km ride, with­out hes­i­ta­tion she re­sponds, “Cy­cling the Cabot Trail!”

She quickly notes that her big­gest sur­prise was the re­cep­tion she re­ceived from those she en­coun­tered along the way. Of­fers of lodg­ing, money, food and sup­port were com­mon­place from com­plete strangers. She was even in­vited to a house-warm­ing party! Such sup­port from strangers was in stark con­trast to the tu­mul­tuous re­la­tion­ship she found be­tween cy­clists and mo­torists in Ed­mon­ton.

One might think cy­cling across Canada would com­plete the ad­ven­ture cy­cling sec­tion of your bucket list, but not for Shelawa. In Fe­bru­ary 2018, she is rid­ing across Ethiopia with We Ride (www. werideaf­ in an ef­fort to raise $1 mil­lion and aware­ness for the women of Ethiopia – women who walk over 10km each day just to get clean wa­ter for their fam­i­lies. Shelawa will be part of a team of four cy­clists rais­ing money for wa­ter wells in th­ese com­mu­ni­ties, which will en­able the women to fo­cus on grow­ing sus­tain­able busi­nesses rather than daily ne­ces­si­ties.

While ad­ven­ture cy­cling is a pas­sion for her, so is em­pow­er­ing women, which makes this ride and cause a per­fect mar­riage. It’s not ev­ery day that rid­ing your bike can have such a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the lives of other women.

Canada, Ethiopia – why stop there? While many lament the exit of their 20s upon turn­ing 30, Shelawa has a bet­ter idea: she’s go­ing to ride across Amer­ica in 30 days for her 30th birth­day. Par­tic­i­pat­ing in

Don’t worry about the des­ti­na­tion, justen­joy the ride!

Shelawa rodeover 7,700km fromTofino,BC, to Cape Spear,Nfld.

term goalOne long thearound ride is to touch all of world andby bike. oceans the

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