On Feb. 4, Ted King, Buck Miller, Ryan Atkins and Eric Batty plan to head out from Attawapiskat First Nation in Northern Ontario for Nunavut. They’ll aim their fat bikes into James Bay and ride to Akamiski Island, about 20 km from the mainland and part of the northern territory. From Akamiski, the four will go toward Moosonee and Moose Factory. The ultimate destination is Smooth Rock Falls, Ont., roughly 600 km south of their starting point. The trip is called the James Bay Descent.
King discusses his preparation for the trip and his concerns, which include polar bears. Then expedition organizer Buck Miller talks about more of the trip’s details. (He’ll be riding with a 12-gauge shotgun, in case of bear trouble.) Miller is a former member of the Canadian national team. He also lived on James Bay for five years. He tells about the ride’s charitable component: fundraising for the Moosonee office of the Timmins Native Friendship Centre.
For Full Send/No Send, Dan Walker brings up what is possibly his most outrageous topic for debate to date. Can he and Matthew Pioro get through this segment within the allotted five minutes? They haven’t done so for the past two episodes.
Peter Glassford is back with Ask a Coach. He talks about the types of training he recommends for these cold, snowy days.
Contributor Molly Hurford spent some time at the Rally UHC camp in early January. She’s sent back a few interviews from the team that is just chock full of Canadians. In this episode, Sara Bergen from Vancouver and Sara Poidevin from Calgary speak about how they got into the sport and their seasons ahead. They also have tips for new cyclists.
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