If you build it, those with vouchers will come

In 2015, the Town of Milton, Ontario, constructed the $56 million Mattamy National Cycling Centre , which hosted the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games’ track cycling competitions. The Mattamy National Cycling Centre is the only indoor 250m cycling track velodrome in Canada. Milton hoped that staging the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games would enhance the visibility of track cycling and improve access to...Read more

Cycle Commuting: A Panacea for the Physical and Mental Health of Canadians?

Interest in cycle commuting is growing. According to the 2016 census, the number of cycle commuters in Canada increased by 61.6% between 1996 and 2016 (87.9% in census metropolitan areas, those with a population of 100,000 or more) (Statistics Canada, 2017a & 2017b). However, this represents only 1.4% of commuters, leaving ample room for improvement. Research published in the British Medical...Read more

Cycling basics for rookies

With the Tour de France starting up this weekend, many fans will be tuning in to watch these high performance athletes fight their way to the finish line in this notoriously grueling event. Over the coming month you will be sure to see some great moments of success and resilience as well as some spectacular crashes. If watching makes you suddenly inspired to dust off your bike and ride about town...Read more

What do the different jerseys at the Tour de France mean?

The Tour de France is the most prestigious event in all of cycling. The 2014 edition will lead riders through 21 stages, covering 3,664 kilometers. For each competitor, the goal is to be the rider wearing the yellow jersey, le maillot jaune, after crossing the line on the Champs-Élysées in Paris on the final day. Though the most coveted jersey is the maillot jaune claimed by the overall winner,...Read more

Taking the Gym “To Go”

The development of fitness apps for mobile devices is essentially turning smartphones into pop-up gyms that include the personal trainer, minus the heavy price tag. Variety is abundant and their convenience makes them a viable tool when getting to the gym just isn’t possible. So why not browse through the available apps and see if you can find your own pocket personal trainer. A couple of current...Read more

Two Wheeled Winter Escape

by Leigh Cove Algonquin College Sport Business Management Intern Once again winter has settled in, and even though it’s just started people are already counting the days until spring. A lucky few will get to escape and fly somewhere not coated in ice and snow, while the rest only get to daydream. If you are planning a vacation this winter and are looking for a unique experience growing in...Read more

Training logs as effective training tools

Sport is about the pursuit of excellence. Before you can get there, you have to invest a lot of time and effort into training. For cyclists, it means a lot of hours in the saddle, training you body to be able to ride your local road race or if you are one of the best in the world, the Tour de France . The 2013 Tour de France is comprised of 21 stages, completed in a 23 day period, covering over...Read more

Put the Pedal to the Metal!

by Emily Syer Algonquin College Library Technician Program SIRC Intern The car is at the shop, the buses are on strike and you’re late for work! The solution? Cycling ! Whether you cycle regularly or want to start, below are some great tips for cycling to work, road safety, and links to bike trails across Canada. Put the pedal to metal to become more environmentally friendly and fit! There are...Read more

Exercise and bone health

It is well known that regular exercise is excellent for your heart, health and well-being. There is also plenty of evidence that proves that regular exercise is essential in warding off various health-related issues; what's not as well known is that people who perform non-weight bearing exercises such as cycling or swimming as their sole method of exercise could be putting themselves at risk for...Read more

High Tech Exercise

With today's technology, there are many ways to measure the physical work you do, whether it be sports, workouts or your daily footsteps. Measuring your activity, regardless of what you're doing, delivers instant feedback that can keep you accountable to your fitness goals . Don't be intimidated by some of the high-tech equipment that's available, even basic, easily collected data can be very...Read more