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. werideaf­rica.com) 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, just

en­joy the ride!

Shelawa rode

over 7,700km from

Tofino,BC, to Cape Spear,

Nfld.

term goal

One long the

around ride is to touch all of world and

by bike. oceans the

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