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Wrapping Up The Season

We’ve had a busy season of cycling in 2019. As we gear down 😉 and prepare for 2020, here’s a look back at our season of events.

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Return of Wheels of Thunder & Lightning

Get ready to fall… and get back up again.

Wheels of Thunder & Lightning registration is now open! Click HERE to register.

Our youth MTN biking development program is gearing up for another season. Sessions will run every Tuesday at 5:00 pm and Saturday at 9:00 am from September 10 to November 1. Locations TBA each week.

Here’s what your $75 registration fee gets you:

  • Wheels of Thunder t-shirt
  • fun and challenging lessons 2x week
  • Skills in how to corner, climb, bounce, & tumble
  • Riding confidence
  • Friendship

Registration is online only! Register HERE !!

Are you a Weekend Warrior?

There is no ride like it on earth. You’ll curse your way up those climbs and love every minute of it.

This epic two-day, 300km road ride adventure tests the mettle of any cyclist who partakes, but you’ll hardly notice. You’ll cruise up those hills with the knowledge that victory is soon at hand. Your wits will be tested, but it is well-awarded with breathtaking views, delicious food, and the best company — other diehard cyclists. Riders of any level looking for a challenge can do this ride at their own pace, and feel nothing but jubilation as they reach the top.

We start in picturesque Baddeck for the Day 1 of 160km. The first big climb is Smokey — a Cat 3 with iconic views of Cape Breton and the Cabot Trail as a payoff for your efforts. After that, we tackle both the South Mountain, as well as the infamous North Mountain, which is a Category 2 climb with a 13% grade. While this may sound daunting, it provides some of the weekend’s most beautiful scenery as you begin to taste the incomparable vistas of Cape Breton’s Highlands and roll your way down to Pleasant Bay.

Day 2 is shorter, but no less rewarding. We’ll roll over the MacKenzie Mountain just past Pleasant Bay, and then descend through postcard-worthy coastal views before experiencing the revered Highlands. You ride into Chéticamp and hopefully have a tailwind as you go through the Margaree Valley. And those final kilometers will be the sweetest moments of your life, as you and your bike ride off into horizon to finish back in Baddeck.

At the end of the day, everyone will relax as you discuss the past two days. We’ll visit the Big Spruce Brewery and then grab some food at the Governor’s Pub.  You’ll leave the Cabot Trail with the feeling of accomplishment that comes from knowing you conquered a beast of a ride.

So… are you ready for the Cabot?

Price: $1149 + tax (based on a person leaving from Port-aux-Basques)

Tour Dates:           September 21-22, 2019

To book this tour, please contact us at info@cyclesolutions.ca or call (709)634-7100. There are limited spots.

Pricing includes:

  • Two-nights accommodation along the Cabot Trail
  • Transportation
  • Marine Atlantic Ferry
  • Transport of cyclist + bike + gear
  • Park passes
  • Cycling Guide
  • mechanical support during ride
  • accommodating refueling + rehydrating needs
  • moral support + hugs on those tough climbs
  • Food while riding the road
  • does not include meals at restaurants
  • Insurance
  • Awards + other fun tidbits

 

Cycle Solutions is Hiring!

Join the Cycle Team as our Part Time Sales Associate

Locally owned & operated bike shop Cycle Solutions is currently searching for a part time sales associate who is looking to be an integral part of a team, willing to contribute positively to a close knit working environment within a fast-paced local business! As well as developing a knowledge of Cycling, Skiing, and the applicable soft & hard goods that go along with these sports, the ideal candidate will also be an outgoing individual able to cultivate trusting relationships with our fine customer base.

Duties will include

 

  • Ensure high levels of customer satisfaction through excellent sales service maintaining a friendly and postive attitude.
  • Assess customers needs and provide assistance and information on product features
  • Welcome customers to the store and answer their queries
  • “Go the extra mile” to drive sales
  • Remain knowledgeable on products offered and discuss available options
  • Process POS (point of sale) purchases
  • Team up with co-workers to ensure proper customer service
  • Build productive trust relationships with customers
  • Suggest ways to improve sales
  • Shop upkeep & organization, ensuring appearance standards are kept and that inventory is well organized on & off the floor.
  • Recieving Stock

 

Previous Sales Experience would be an asset.

Cycle Solutions is again, a team of folks looking to help promote a healthy and active lifestyle on the West Coast! The successful candidate is more than welcome, and encouraged, to participate and volunteer in the various activities we hold on weekends & occasionally outside of retail hours. These include trail builds, spin classes, group rides, and races such as the Impact Road Race, Bonne Bay Loop, Humber Valley Tri, and the Tour Du Port Au Port.

If you are an enthusiastic, passionate, dedicated individual who loves adventure please contact us.

Resumes can be forwarded to info@cyclesolutions.ca as soon as possible, with the subject line ATTN: Part Time Sales Associate
A cover letter quickly outlining your personal and professional qualifications is required, along with why you think you think you’re the best fit for this position.

 

Tips for competing in a Triathlon

 

 

 

Whether you have a couple of Triathlons under your belt or you are trying one for the first time there are a few things that can help get you through.  Here are a few tips on completing your first Tri.

 

  1. Make sure to fuel 24 hours before. – Be mindful of your diet the day before the race keeping your intake adequate and nutritious.
  2. Finish your morning meal a couple of hours before the race starts. – Again be sure to fuel with nutritious food and not donuts for example.
  3. Don’t drink just because you are nervous – Sip water leading up to race start and approximately eight minutes before the race begins start on your drink replacement or gel.
  4. Map out the transition area – Take note of the entrance to transition area in relation to the way you enter from the swim course, where your bike is located, and the run out area.  Maybe even walk yourself through the motions.
  5. Mentally rehearse the way things have been laid out in the transition area. – Go over, in your mind, the order in which you will put your bike gear and run gear on.
  6. Warm up – This is an important one.  Twenty minutes before you start it is a good idea to get your heart rate up to the aerobic zone.
  7. Review Swim Course – Familiarize yourself with the swim course maps.  If possible swim the course beforehand.  Go over the turns in your mind.
  8. Review Bike Course – Review the bike course map.  When racking your bike in the transition area make sure it is in an easy gear.  When you begin your ride start out slowly and ease up to your comfortable gear.  After the bike course don’t hurry into transition area 2. If it is  wet it can be slippery.
  9. Review Bike Course/Ease into the run – Similar to the bike portion, start the run portion slowly and ramp up for the run.  Ease into it.  Also try to stand tall and keep good posture throughout the run.
  10. Don’t eat anything in the transition areas – The body needs to sometimes adjust to the change in activities before it takes in food,  so carry food on the course with you and you can eat once you get going for a bit.

Why not Try a Tri?

On July 8th the Cancer Fighter Triathlon takes place at Tippings Pond in Massey Drive.  This event can go by a number of names, Sprint Triathlon, Starter Triathlon, or Shorter Distance Triathlon, but no matter what you call it, it is an opportunity to try a tri.  The idea of taking on a full blown triathlon can be an intimidating thought to some people.  However a sprint triathlon gives athletes the opportunity to get a taste of what a triathlon is all about.  The disciplines are the same – Swim, Bike, Run – but the distances are shortened.  The Cancer Fighter Triathlon gives two distance categories to chooses from:  Sprint Triathlon – (500m swim, 16km bike, 6km run) and Super Sprint Triathlon – (250m swim, 8km bike, 2km run).  There are also Duathlon Events to choose and events for children.

The Cancer fighter Triathlon is also a fundraising event for the Canadian Cancer Society.  Athletes can have donation forms emailed to them and have people sponsor them with all proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer Society.

This is a fun event for the whole family to take part in and it is for a great cause.

For more information or to get a donation from please contact events@cyclesolutions.ca