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Once is not Enough – Ride Again to Save the Bike Lanes

Birchmount Pharmacy Bike LaneDate & Time:
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 – 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Location:
Meet at the Victoria Park subway station

The first ride to save the Pharmacy & Birchmount bike lanes on June 28 was a  success with many local riders joined by cyclists from across Toronto.

Everyone who took part agreed it is important to build on the momentum of the first ride to raise awareness in the neighbourhoods (no one we spoke to on the first ride knew there was a pending Toronto city council vote to remove the bike lanes) with a second ride and we hope you can join us.

Toronto City Council votes on July 13th to accept all or part of Mayor Rob Ford’s Bike Plan, which calls for the removal of the bike lanes installed in 2008 on Pharmacy Ave. & Birchmount Rd..

This is a matter of personal safety for everyone who uses the roads and we will ride on Wednesday to help save the lanes.

Please leave a comment to let us know your thoughts or whether you can make it or not.

You can also let the Mayor and the two local councillors, whose wards the bike lanes travel through, know how you feel by sending a message to the following email addresses:

Mayor Ford: mayor_ford@toronto.ca

Ward 35 Councillor Berardinetti: councillor_berardinetti@toronto.ca

Ward 36 Councillor Crawford: councillor_crawford@toronto.ca

Also please join our Facebook Group: http://ow.ly/5vTTS
Let’s Ride!


 



Posted: July 3rd, 2011
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Ride to Save the Bike Lanes

Pharmacy Birchmount Bike lane imageDate & Time:
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 – 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Location:
Meet at the Victoria Park subway station

Help save the Pharmacy Av. and Birchmount Rd. Bike Lanes by joining us for a ride to raise awareness and to listen to what the local neighbours have to say.

Toronto City Council votes on July 13th to accept all or part of Mayor Rob Ford’s Bike Plan, which calls for the removal of the bike lanes installed in 2008 on Pharmacy Ave. & Birchmount Rd..

This is a matter of personal safety for everyone who uses the roads and we will ride on Tuesday to help save the lanes.

Please leave a comment to let us know your thoughts or whether you can make it or not.

Also please join our Facebook Group: http://on.fb.me/ksA8GV



Posted: June 26th, 2011
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The Middle of Winter – Time for a Historic Cycling Event in Toronto

This Friday, February 4, at 10:30 am, Team Spidertech powered by C10 holds a press event at the Hockey Hall of Fame to officially launch its 2011 season.

Why is that so historic? In the off-season, Team Spidertech powered by C10 became the first Canadian cycling team to earn a Professional Continental license from the Union Cycliste International (UCI), the sport’s governing body.

The UCI Continental circuits are international bicycle racing’s Tier 2 events.

What’s Tier 1? The UCI World Tour: the Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia, the Vuelta a España. In other words, Team SpiderTech is now one step away from competing at bicycle racing’s highest level – and the plan is to do so within the next few years.

01 Toronto Criterium 2010 - Photo by Cycling50Plus

Toronto Criterium 2010

How Canadian is Team SpiderTech? The red and white starts at the top. The team’s manager and driving force is Steve Bauer, the only Canadian to wear the yellow jersey on more than one occasion, doing so a remarkable 14 times in 11 Tours de France.

16 of the 19 SpiderTech riders are Canadian and all the riders are from North America.

Even the bikes are Canadian, custom made for the team by Argon 18 of Montreal.

All the team’s major sponsors are Canadian, including RIM, Saputo, Nucap Medical (SpiderTech), PineTree Capital and Planet Energy.

How good is Team SpiderTech? A top 10 finish in the Tour of California – against Lance and many other Tour de France riders – capped the team’s very successful 2010 season.

Locally, they placed six riders in the top 10 of the Toronto Criterium, including first to fourth places, and four riders in the top 10 of the Queen’s Park Grand Prix.

Individually, many team members produced personal best performances and Guillame Boivin of Longueuil, Que., placed third at the U23 World Championships in Australia.

02 Toronto Criterium 2010 - Photo by Cycling50Plus

Toronto Criterium 2010

But the team has added even more pedal-power since the end of the season, including:

- Will Routly – Canadian Road Race Champion
- Hugo Houle – Canadian U23 Road Race Champion
- Zach Bell – 2009 and 2011 silver medalist at the UCI Track Cycling World Championship

Most recently, Team SpiderTech signed their highest profile rider, Svein Tuft, of Langley, BC. A 2008 World Championship silver medalist and stage winner on the UCI World Tour, Svein brings two years of World Tour experience to the team.

Along with another recent signing, Pat McCarty, and 2010 team member Lucas Euser,  Tuft gives Team SpiderTech three riders with experience on the World Tour.

A Canadian team playing on cycling’s world stage is not just a source of national pride. If anything will give cycling a stronger voice in Canada, stifle the Toronto naysayers and garner the attention that cycling deserves, it will be success at the highest level. It will be when the members of Team SpiderTech ride along the Champs Elysee, champagne in their hands and the maple leaf on their backs. It will be historic.

And to that I say – GO TEAM SPIDERTECH GO!!

Read More:

CBC Sports
The Globe & Mail
The Toronto Sun
Pedal Magazine



Posted: February 1st, 2011
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The Crit & The Spiders

326I’ve never been so close to a peloton.  My previous record was the distance to my television set while watching the Tour de France, and seeing a live peloton for the first time at last week’s 2010 Toronto Criterium at the St. Lawrence Market blew me away – almost literally.

During the race, I kept feeling gusts of wind.  After a couple laps, I realized they only blew when the riders came around.  It was the peloton’s draft and it was just one of many revelations I enjoyed at The Crit.

The first revelation happened before I got to the race.  Thinking it only proper to ride a bike to a bicycle race, I pedaled down the path along the Don River.  It gets narrow at times, with grass and bushes pushing in from the sides.  Passing is difficult so I looked forward to an unhurried pace.  Problem is, not everyone looks forward to the same thing.

About half a km from the turn west into downtown, I noticed a rider in full regalia: matching cycling shirt and shorts with all the advertising, gloves, clip-on shoes, everything; pull up behind me.  I figure if they’ve gone to all that expense, they don’t want to wait for my slow carcass.  I tried to get over to the right as far as I could, but it was an especially narrow bit.

When I looked again into my rearview there was a second rider, wearing the same outfit as the first.  Man, I gotta get out of their way fast.
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But they didn’t pressure me.  They stayed back a polite distance for some time.  It wasn’t until we were pointed downtown that a suitable opportunity presented itself and the polite riders in natty attire pulled out to pass.

Revelation Alert: as they passed, I was surprised to see they sported the livery of the SpiderTech Powered by Planet Energy bicycle racing team – the same team that provided competition for Lance in this year’s Tour of California.

Do your worlds ever collide?  I write web copy for Nucap Medical, the developer and manufacturer of “the SpiderTech line of pre-cut kinesiology tapes”.  Every month I write about SpiderTech.  There’s not much I don’t know about the product – improves lymphatic flow, improves circulation, reduces pain, allows a full range of motion during injury rehab, the consistency of human skin (wrote all that with my eyes closed.)

So as I’m on my happy Sunday cycle to the races, my work world pedals by on bikes worth ten times mine.

And it made my day.

I spoke briefly with the riders at the next intersection and they invited me to watch them race in the Crit.  Imagine that.  Now I get to cheer for the very thing that brings the pizza delivery man to my door.
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Like I said, that was the first of many revelations on a very pleasant Sunday. I met up with my niece, we were able to walk around the entire course, twice; stopping to take photos every time the riders lapped.  Leisurely, uncrowded – and so close you could feel the draft.

The last surprise belonged to the Spider boys too as they ended up finishing, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th.  While they may be in a different league, I know other riders appreciated the opportunity to compete against top-flight racers.

As a spectator?  Well, me and the boys rode down to the race together, so, yeah, it was cool.  I’ve seen motorcycles race at Mosport and I’ve been to the Indy at least three times, but if I had to pick, it would be The Crit & The Spiders.



Posted: June 6th, 2010
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