Ac­tions on the Bike, Both Big and Small

Build­ing the self, build­ing the com­mu­nity

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - EDITOR’S LETTER - Matthew Pioro Ed­i­tor

From Ever­est­ing to re­ally, re­ally, re­ally long rides – I saw a lot of cy­clists tak­ing up am­bi­tious chal­lenges this past sea­son. It was great to see those rid­ers push­ing them­selves and hitting some im­pres­sive num­bers. The chal­lenges could also be en­ter­tain­ing, like Bart Eg­nal’s half-ever­est (p.15). But I got a kick out of the small things, too, which is why I con­tacted the Con­ta­gious Moun­tain Bike Club when I had heard about the White­horse group’s bike bingo. It fea­tured a sim­ple card with 25 bike-re­lated tasks. I es­pe­cially liked the square that said, “Let out a joy­ous ‘whoop’ on the trail.” Par­tic­i­pants were also en­cour­aged to share pho­tos of the bingo ac­com­plish­ments online. It was a cre­ative and fun ini­tia­tive all rid­ers could do that could keep them to­gether as they stayed apart. I tended to focus on the lit­tle things. No big num­bers for me. Well, I did have a ton of bikes and wheels to test. There have been so many com­pelling re­leases this year that have now filled the gear pages of this is­sue. But as for small things, I worked on my ca­dence. I ex­panded my lo­cal routes to in­clude a va­ri­ety of new roads. And all those wheels, and Nick Di Cristo­faro’s ad­vice (p.27) have made me less tube­less-ten­ta­tive. Hum­ble ac­com­plish­ments, but ac­com­plish­ments nonethe­less. I fol­lowed Toronto rider Matthew Cuesta through­out spring and sum­mer. His idea was sim­ple: ride 46 km a day for 46 days in mem­ory of Ge­orge Floyd. The chal­lenge was life-chang­ing for Cuesta and, it seems, for oth­ers too. I’m think­ing not so much of Cuesta’s meet­ings with Toronto po­lice or mem­bers of Par­lia­ment or the mayor, but other con­nec­tions he made. He in­spired 100 kids to ride 4.6 km and talk about racism. I hope it’s those mo­ments that will con­tinue to res­onate and bring about real, pos­i­tive changes. I’m hon­oured that Cuesta has told his story in these pages (p.8).

Long­time con­trib­u­tor Me­lanie Cham­bers took on a tough topic: of­fen­sive moun­tain bike trail names (p.28). A trail name, which might start as a small thought­less sopho­moric joke, can grow to have a sig­nif­i­cant neg­a­tive ef­fect – cre­at­ing a cul­ture of ex­clu­sion. Find­ing so­lu­tions isn’t sim­ple. But they start, I’m sure, with real con­ver­sa­tions, away from so­cial me­dia.

Both Cuesta and Cham­bers have got­ten me to look at big, im­por­tant top­ics, which I’ll con­tinue to do, bit by bit. Please join me.

“I hope it’s those mo­ments that will con­tinue to res­onate and bring about real, pos­i­tive changes.”

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