LoveGives was started with the commitment to assist charitable groups and to address the disconnect between those that want to make a contribution and those that need. LoveGives is positioned to make that connection by tapping our network of friends, associates, community groups and corporate partnerships. Read the rest of this entry »
I love grassroots projects! That being said, fellow cyclist Vicki Thomas was kind enough to forward me some information pertaining to a wonderful project being run in South Africa.
In the meantime please have a look at this article by Brandon Edmonds on Bicycle Portraits.
Another excellent alternative is Bicycles for Humanity.
Another worthy cause that is supported by Cyclemania!
Date & Location: August 29, 2010, Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre (Britannia Park)
In June 2006, OPP Sgt. Greg Stobbart was hit by a truck as he rode his bike on a rural road. He died as a result of his injuries. Each year, in memory of her husband, Eleanor McMahon has organized “Greg’s Ride” to remember Greg, to remind us all to “share the road” and to raise funds for the cycling coalition she founded and leads.
We are excited that the ride has expanded to Ottawa. Your family can enjoy a scenic ride along the NCC Pathway to the Ottawa River Parkway which on Sunday’s is reserved for bikers, walkers, joggers and in-line skaters. Those who prefer a longer distance will enjoy a 60K or 100K ride along the country roads of Kanata and Carp.
Details of the Ottawa Ride: With your registration fee you get all of these great things and more!!!!
A custom designed Share the Road Cycling jersey (Adult) or Organic cotton T-Shirt (Youth)
Goodie bag full of great items.
First Aid assistance provided by SAR-Global 1
Free coffee provided by Bridgehead
Roadside assistance provided by Kunstadt for the 60K and 100K routes
Free post ride BBQ provided by Farm Boy
Two Steam Whistle beer tickets for Adults
Everyone will have a chance to purchase tickets to win a $500.00 gift certificate from Bushtukah!!!
Wait….there’s still more…. Devon Kershaw, Olympic Cross Country skier who has become an enthusiastic “Share the Road” Ambassador will be joining us for our Ottawa ride.
Tune up that bike, get out your helmet and strap on your cycling shoes, you are in for great fun, a great ride for a great cause!!
All proceeds go to support Share the Road Cycling Coalition. To learn more about the Coalition and the many things they are involved in please refer to www.sharetheroad.ca.
For complete registration information please visit www.sharetheroad.ca and click on Greg’s Ride.
If you are interested in VOLUNTEERING, please contact Anne Paliwal: [email protected]
See you all on August 29th and safe cycling!
I was recently contacted by Nicholas over at SizeMyBike requesting that I review their iPhone (iPod Touch) app that helps determine sizing for both road & mountain bikes. How did he know that I love iPhone apps?
He even provided a promo code for me to download the app for free.
Being somewhat of a bicycle aficionado, I decided to test out the app. Especially since I feel that the only good fit is one done by a professional bicycle fitter.
Here’s what they say on their website:
SizeMyBike computes the optimal geometry of your road or mountain bike’s frame that is ideal to your morphology. Six body measurements (height, inseam, sternum, arm length, foot length, and shoulder width) allow for an accurate computation of the best geometry. This information is useful in choosing the right frame size and obtaining an excellent adjustment for your bike.
How simple can an App be? Well this one is simple… very simple.
Yes, that is right. Everything is in Metric. Bicycles are always sized using the Metric system!
There are also very clear instructions.
Then decide on your Bike style!
What I like: It’s really simple and “idiot proof”. You can email the final specs!
What I don’t like: Nothing really.
What Doesn’t Matter: Some of terminology is translated literally from French. So what!
Keep in mind that this iPhone (Ipod Touch) App. will not replace the advice of a professional. But it sure does help get the ball rolling on getting a new ride!
Disclaimer: I was not paid or given any other incentive to do this review.
(OTTAWA, ONTARIO) – A 100km bike tour to fund some of the most important research in the fight against cancer has just kicked off in the Nation’s Capital. The Ottawa Hospital Foundation unveiled earlier today the exciting details surrounding Ride the Rideau – a one-day road cycling adventure that will take participants from Ottawa to Merrickville-Wolford.
This event has been designed with the rider in mind. The bold road cycling journey will kick off with a full breakfast and will feature pit stops filled with refreshments along the way. Upon crossing the finish line, participants will receive a hero’s welcome from the town of Merrickville-Wolford with festivities including a BBQ and live entertainment. Best of all, they’ll know they helped support local cancer research that will have a worldwide impact.
Every participant is being asked to raise $1,500. The funds will help build the new Centre for Innovative Cancer Research at The Ottawa Hospital General Campus. Construction of the Centre will accelerate research into “biological” treatments that harness viruses, cells and genes to eradicate cancer. Therapies developed on the lab bench will reach the patient’s bedside faster. In some cases, the wait time between research and clinical trials will be cut in half.
The first-ever Ride the Rideau would not be possible without the generosity of Title Sponsor MDS Nordion and other key partners.
Ride the Rideau takes place on Saturday, September 11, 2010.
Bicycles for Humanity (B4H) will be conducting a bike drive at 5 collection points across Ottawa on Saturday, May 22nd , 2010, between 9am and 12 noon. Read the rest of this entry »
On April 7th, 2010, the University of Ottawa Heart Institute launched the Medtronic Bike for Beats event.
New to Ottawa, Bike for Beats is a unique one-day cycling fundraiser, taking place on the afternoon of September 26th, 2010.
It’s not a race: it’s an event bringing together all types of people, uniting for a very worthy cause! Heart disease currently accounts for more Canadian deaths each year than any other disease… Bike for Beats allows you to help renew the cycle of life for those battling heart disease!
Though most of you are avid cyclists, Bike for Beats is for riders of all levels. Participants can choose between three course lengths. If you are looking for a relaxed stroll through Ottawa and Gatineau, choose the 25km. Want something more intermediate? Try the 50km route. If you’re up for a little challenge, opt for the 100km ride along the banks of the Gatineau River. You can always check out the event details at www.bikeforbeats.ca to get a preview of where the different routes will take you…
A little out of shape, lacking training, or intimidated by the fundraising… no worries!!! Upon registering, you will gain access to coaches who help with the training and the fundraising. The event calendar on the website will point you towards training rides in your area, info sessions and spinning classes, where you can meet new cycling buddies.
On event, volunteers and crew members will be there to provide food and refreshment, medical services, bike repair and ensure safety on the route. Regular Pit Stops will also set up along the routes so you can relax and grab a little snack.
The Heart Institute believes that with proper funding, advancements in cardiovascular research and care, and further refinements in prevention of routine risk factors, it is possible to eliminate the threat of heart disease by the year 2050.
The funds you raise through Bike for Beats will support groundbreaking research, recruit and retain top talent, and aid in the acquisition of state-of the-art equipment to help realize this ambitious and expensive endeavour.
Don’t miss your chance to experience this amazing journey! Registration for the Medtronic Bike for Beats is now open. For more information, visit www.bikeforbeats.ca or call (613)288.BIKE!
Guest Blog Post
Hmm, kind of not sure how to introduce myself. But since you’re here on the popular Cyclemania website, I’m assuming that just like me, bikes are a big part of your life. So I’ll cut to the chase, I’m Vicki Thomas and I’m a cyclo-cross racer. I split my time living in Ottawa, ON and Blauberg, Belgium. I’ve lived in Ottawa since 1990 when I moved here from northern Saskatchewan to study journalism at Carleton University.
After graduating from university, I began a 15 year career as a technical writer and now have branched into freelance journalism and copywriting. But this career has taken a backseat for me. I’ve decided to devote more energy and time to my bike racing. It might seem strange when you do the math and discover that I’m 38 years old – isn’t that a bit late in life to switch from a full-time professional desk-bound career to a full-time bike racing careeer? Well, yes and no. This move to becoming a full-time cyclist has been a gradual process.
I started bike racing again in 2004 after a hiatus from the sport where I competed in a number of other sports including hockey and taekwon-do (I was a member of the 2003 Canadian ITF Taekwon-Do team and won a bronze medal at the ITF World Taekwon-Do Championships in Thessaloniki, Greece), and I threw in a marathon in for fun as well! But I kept on being drawn back to the bike. When I ride my bike I feel free – mentally and physically.
In 2004, I rediscovered a love of all things bike and bike racing. This passion quickly became focused on cyclo-cross racing. Cyclo-cross is one of the most difficult forms of bicycle racing. It is a winter sport, with the season starting in late September and ending in mid-February. Woodland trails, open meadows,mud, and short, steep hills are the main features of a cyclo-cross course. Normally the circuit is 2.5-3 km in length, and the race duration is around 40 minutes. Cyclo-cross is also the most popular discipline of bicycle racing in North America. The United States championships
are held over four days to acomodate racers and fans. In Europe, spectators arrive upwards of four hours early and will pay 20 dollars to watch the race.
In 2008, I set a goal of racing at the 2009 World Cyclo-Cross Championships. I did not accomplish this goal. So I reset, changed my training up, switched from full-time work to part-time work, and really devoted myself to my sport. I’m proud to say that on Jan. 31, 2010 I represented Canada at the 2010 World Cyclo-Cross Championships in Tabor, Czech Republic. Never have I felt as proud as I did that day when I lined up on the start line wearing my red and white Team Canada skinsuit. The power of the maple leaf and the words Team Canada are unbelievable.
I want to experience this again. It is a gift to be able to be a bike racer and to race and train all over the world, and in my opinion, I have no option but to shoot for the biggest goals I can. So for the 2010 – 2011 season, my goal is to race at the 2011 World Cyclo-Cross Championships in St. Wendel, Germany.
This is my major goal for the season. But on the way I’ve got a number of smaller goals to tick off on my way to this race. Some of these goals are tangible such as specific results at the Canadian National Cyclo-Cross Championships and World Cup circuit. Other goals are less measurable but just as important, and include improving my technical riding skills, continuing to build my race fitness, become more confident on the bike, and improve my mental game. I’ve come to learn that to be an elite cyclist, each component must be considered and a strength in one area does not always compensate for weakness in another. This well-rounded approach to my training and racing has helped me to continue to improve year over year.
To accomplish these goals, I’ve taken another step career-wise and I’m no longer working part-time. Rather, I’m working on a freelance basis from home so I can better focus my energies on training and racing. To help me do this, I’ve been fortunate to receive support from some generous sponsors who help me to cover my travel, racing, and living costs.
You might still be scratching your head, thinking, “hmm, I still don’t get it – why make such sacrifices so late in your athletic lifespan?”. Well, I truly believe in doing things to one’s best. I want to see how far I can go in this wonderful sport. How much faster, stronger, smarter can I become as a bike racer? I’m 38 years old, I haven’t got a lot of racing years left, so there is no time like the present to put all my energies into this and see how far I can go.
It might sound cheesy, but I really believe that the sky is the limit.
The other reason for doing this, is that I have ulcerative colitis. Ulcerative colitis is a disease that attacks the large intestine – making life rather unpleasant and painful at times. Medical research has yet to diagnosis what causes ulcerative colitis and as such there is no known cure for this disease. For many people suffering with this disease, life is a challenge. I’m one of the lucky ones – thanks to my healthy and active lifestyle, I’m able to stay relatively symptom free. I want to show people that even with such a life-long disease, anything is possible. There are many young people being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis – I cannot imagine what it would be like to be young and have to deal with this disease. If I can help to raise the profile of ulcerative colitis and be a positive role model for others, then I’m making a difference.
So there you have it – this is me. To keep people up-to-date with my racing, training, daily musings on life as a bike racer, and the ups and downs of such a life choice, I have a web site where I post daily. Go check out Ottawa Cross to read about my blog posts, read about my sponsors, check out my race reports, and if you feel like it – leave a comment so I know you’ve been by. You can also download my sponsorship package if you’re interested.
Thanks for reading. Remember to always keep the rubber side down…
Austin Lehman Adventures (ALA) has announced a partnership with Bicycles for Humanity to create and manage a Bicycle Tour in Italy this fall. Cyclists from around the world can sign up for a seven day pedal tour of the Tuscany region of Italy and in doing so, help fund the establishment of a bike shop and cycling center in a remote village in the far eastern corner of Namibia. ALA was recently named the “#1 Tour Operator in the World” by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine.
This trip starts October 2, 2010 and is just the first in what ALA and B4H hope is a long and mutually beneficial partnership. The weeklong cycle tour begins and ends in Florence taking in the historic towns of Siena, San Gimignano and Artimino. Participants will pedal along rural roads over gently terraced hills, through vineyards and olive groves to each night’s lodging.
For more information see: http://www.austinlehman.com/b4h-italy.
Bicycles for Humanity founder Pat Montani and spouse Brenda were among the first group of riders to sign up for the trip. ALA has earmarked $1,000 each from the $3,398 per person trip price tag to go directly to the new bike shop and cycling center in Namibia.
Dan Austin, director of Austin-Lehman Adventures is also the founder of the Billings chapter of Bicycles for Humanity. “When I first learned of the work B4H was doing in Africa I just had to get involved in a big way,” explains Austin. “I was most impressed by the fact that 100% of all donations, cash, equipment and materials go directly to the recipient communities in Africa.”
Austin points out that numerous studies have demonstrated that bicycles are an appropriate technology for travelling short distances in developing countries, with the lowest operating costs of all available modes in sub-Saharan Africa. A bicycle carries up to five times the weight and can travel four times as fast as a person walking, using much less energy.
As an example, bicycle-related activities can:
• Improve access to income generation opportunities.
• Provide sustainable transportation for low-income earners.
• Increase access to government services, including health care and education.
• Mobilize home-based care volunteers to visit more people living with HIV.
• Provide sporting opportunities for young athletes.
In addition to ALA and the Billings chapter, all chapters of B4H worldwide will be promoting the Italy trip and fund raising effort to their followers via Twitter, Facebook, chapter websites and e-newsletters. The Ottawa chapter was founded in 2007 and is currently working toward their 5th container of bikes being sent to Africa to help improve access to healthcare, education, food, water and employment. Seb Oran, a founder of the the chapter says “We are simply thrilled that the world’s best tour operator has stepped up and is helping make a difference in a very significant way and we hope to have travelers from the Ottawa area sign up and join the fun!”.
About Bicycles for Humanity
Bicycles for Humanity began in September 2005 with the simple aim of enabling people to raise funds and collect unwanted bicycles to send to reliable partners in developing countries.Its mission is to empower people to improve their quality of life by transferring mobility through the use of bicycles. The goal is to expand the work of its chapter members, build more sustainable initiatives and programs and to mobilize and empower more of the world’s poorest people. “We have one focus, mobility through the use of a bike. We have one objective, to help the people of Africa help themselves. We believe that all of us working together can make a difference.”