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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 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 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








Your Local Bike Shop – 5 reasons why they are important.



To have a local bike shop in your community is a privilege many of us take for granted.  Not only do they provide the community with a place to deal directly with knowlegable people regarding bikes and cycling, but oftentimes they provide services to the community that are unseen.  It’s these services such as building trails for the community to use, organizing events for the general public, running programs for youth, or simply holding community group rides that contribute to society and the community as a whole.  With online shopping making products exceptionally easy to purchase, often at a lower price, the threat of the local bike shop “going away” is all too real.  However, there are many reasons other than price to shop at your local bike shop.  Here are five reasons why you should make your local bike shop the “go to” for all your biking needs.




Buying that bike you want from your local bike shop gives you the opportunity to see what you are getting and try it out.  You can touch, feel, and fully inspect your new ride and test it to make sure it is the right bike for you.  At Cycle Solutions you can test ride that road bike just outside our doors and if it’s a mountain bike you are looking for, we built trail for you to test that bike right behind the shop.  Purchasing from a big box store or online doesn’t afford you this opportunity.  Nothing beats holding a product in your hand, trying it on, and of course when buying a bike – taking it for a spin.



It would be a rare occurance to present a question to the folks at your local bike shop that is going to stump them.  They have the knowledage and experience required to answer any questions you may have.  Cycle Solutions has over 25 years of experience with bikes.  Fixing them, riding them, and helping people do the same.  Local bike shops have mechanics on hand and that means years of technical experience at knowing what parts fail and the brands that are worth your money.  Also if you find yourself needing a part, with so many different parts and different manufactures it can get a bit confusing as to which part will actually work for your bike when ordering online.  The local bike shops knowledge of parts combatibility is second to none so you can be confident you are getting the part you actually need.



When you buy online the entire cost of the product goes outside your local economy.  When you purchase at your local bike shop you are putting your money back into the local economy.  Some of that money goes to local taxes, and some goes to the employees who will put it back into the local economy.  You local indepentant bike shop provides a big contribution to the economy in this way.  Also drawing people to the area and surrounding businesses help with bolster local commerce helping with the economic sustainibility of your community.




Generally the local bike shop and those that work there are active and passionate about your cycling community.  From creating and organizing events to holding weekly group rides the local bike shop usually plays a key role in these things.  Each year Cycle Solutions partners with the West Coast Cycling Association to coordinate a season full of riding and racing events for the riders in the community to enjoy. From triathalons to time trials it’s all there.  There are also weekly group rides open to the whole community taking to the streets for the road riders and the trails for the mountain bikers.

Finally there is the trail building.  At Cycle Solutions we are activiely developing trails for riders to use.  We have completed one trail called the Ginger Route and are building our second trail called Curry Trail with completion set for fall 2018.  Sadly, no bike shop means no events, no group rides, no awesome freshly built trails.


If you are just about to take part in a race and a part fails on your bike the local bike shop is a call away.  They are there when you need them and if they can’t fix the problem or don’t have the part you need in stock they may just take one off a new bike and fix the bike that way.  It’s been known to happen.  The people at you local bike shop understand the importance of you getting to that race or on an important ride.  Remember they are riders too.

Local bike shops play an imprtant role in your community.  If you haven’t been to one in a while, come by for a visit.  We would love to see you.


Longer days ahead!

To say the weather has been harsh this winter season is an understatement.  With the rain and thaws stealing away the snow at times, it has been particularly difficult to get out and enjoy some healthy, active winter adventures.  Thankfully February has blessed us with a nice layer of snow and with any luck we will hang on to it for just a little longer.  There is still plenty of good winter fun to be had before the white stuff finally leaves us.

In many peoples opinion some of the best conditions for outdoor winter activity – be it skiing or snowboarding, snowshoeing or fat biking – occur late in the season.  With Spring right around the corner, the suns rays get a little warmer and the days longer giving us more time to enjoy that sunshine. Back-country, downhill and cross-country skiing can be done in just a sweatshirt at times (and I’ve heard of some crazies skiing in t-shirts).  We currently have a end of season sale offering big savings of up to 40% off on our ski packages.  We carry options of Fisher, Madshus, and G3.  If you are looking to get started in skiing or if you are in need of an upgrade come stop by our shop and have a look.

Take the opportunity to enjoy the day and go on a snowshoeing or fat-biking adventure to any of the picturesque spots in the province.  This province can be a photographers dream with the snow and beautiful blue sky as a backdrop.  Come have a look at our MSR and Tubbs snowshoe packages and take up to 20% off.  We are also offering 25% off our Fatbikes.

We need to embrace these days, being active and getting outside.  Even though the first part of the season was less than ideal for winter sports, we can all get out and make the last part of the season a memorable one.



If you have any questions, give us a call at (709)634-7100 or email us at