Issue 6.5 October/November 2015
Issue 6.5 October/November 2015


A Room for You and Your Bike

Five top cycling hotels that you’ll want to check out, and possibly never leave. From bike valets to on-site mechanics, these hotels have everything that will let you get the most out of your rides.
by Maryam Siddiqi

Ride Your First Enduro

Mixing competition and camaraderie, enduro events are a great way to enjoy going up and down the trails. Everything you need to know about ripping the stages and enjoying the transfers.
by Peter Glassford

The Symmetrics Legacy

How a feisty, close-knit team based in Langley, B.C., shaped Canadian professional cycling. From developing Grand Tour-level riders to securing spots at the Olympics, the continental team achieved much for this country’s athletes.
by Nick Ashbourne

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    The Scene

    Major Games

    Pan Am pressure, both good and bad
    by Matthew Pioro

    Chic Made Consciously

    Fashion accessories, made to last, from bike tubes
    by Valerie Howes

    Abandoned Bikes

    What to do with the neglected?
    by Larry Humber

    Canadian Club

    McGill Cycling Team
    by Matthew Pioro

    Cycling Celebrity

    For hockey coach Dallas Eakins, cycling is about mental fitness
    by David McPherson


    Friendly-ish advice from Cranky
    by James “Cranky” Ramsay

    Notes from the Gruppetto

    What it’s really like to ride a time trial bike
    by Bart Egnal

    48 Hours

    The prime road routes and trails of Ontario’s Peterborough and the Kawarthas
    by Diana Ballon

    Books & DVDs

    Everyday Yoga; The Athlete’s Fix; Trails of Prince Edward Island


    Five protein powders that will help rebuild muscles
    by Matthew Kadey

    Guest Chef

    Amanda Kinden’s eggplant steaks with goat cheese and tomatoes
    by Matthew Pioro


    Training Tips

    Staying fit through CX season
    by Andrew Randell and Steve Neal


    Honing your disaster-avoiding instincts
    by Gord Fraser


    Know your Shimano electronic shifting system
    by Nick Di Cristofaro


    Ride Through Middle Earth
    The hills roll like the mist through Iceland
    by Paul Gains


    Louis Garneau Steeple-XC Performance

    Ready to take on the mud, and more

    Raleigh RX 2.0

    Versatile entry-level CX bike with a top spec


    Ridley Noah SL 20

    Real-world performance

    De Rosa Idol

    Italian flair and function


    Trek Procaliber 9.9 SL

    More comfort and traction on cross country routes

    Five to Tackle the Trails

    A selection of hardtails for speedy XC riding

    Rapid Fire

    Eight top cyclocross tires

    Jackets that extend your riding season

    In Depth

    Shimano SH-M200 Shoes

    Plus six others for riding singletrack

    First Look: The 2016 Giant TCR Advanced SL 0

    A preview of the all-around bike, wheels and saddles

    Scott Bicycles 2016 Preview

    Plus mountain bikes lead the fleet for the coming year

    Felt Bicycles: 2016 and Beyond

    New road, mountain, gravel and urban bikes