Noah Simms grew up racing his mountain bike at the Hardwood Hills Wednesday Night Series, just outside Barrie, Ont. As his passion for cycling evolved, Simms continued to explore the sport’s different disciplines, including road, track, BMX and cyclocross, and eventually settled on road racing. At the young age of 19, Simms now races with the Toronto Hustle cycling team, competing across North America. Fully engaged in the world of cycling, he is constantly watching and reading about the Union Cycliste Internationale WorldTour and other races. When he isn’t riding his bike, Simms is studying engineering at Queens University.
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.
Ron Johnson is a Toronto, Ont.-based writer and editor who has been covering outdoor sports and recreation for more than a decade. There are very few outdoor activities he hasn’t tried and enjoyed, including ice canoeing in Quebec City, Que., kayaking the canals in Venice, Italy and surfing in Tofino, B.C., but he particularly enjoys cycling, skiing and Ultimate Frisbee. Johnson lives near the “Beaches” neighbourhood in Toronto with his wife, daughter and dog and spends his days writing about the city. He is the former editor of Get Out There magazines and has contributed to such publications as Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail, Adrenaline, Pedal, SkiTrax, Earth Island Journal and many more.