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VOLUNTEERS FOR COBBLESTONE CLASSIC

Written By on May 8, 2012

MIVA is organising this great event but  success depends to a great extent on having enough volunteers to help with course set-up, traffic direction, protocol, and pedestrian access to the inside of the circuit. The race is only six weeks away, on June 17th. but  the club is having difficulty finding enough available people to help with all these tasks. If you haven’t been a part of an event like the Cobblestone Classic, please consider helping MIVA. All volunteers will begien any necessary training and on the day will  be fed and watered. Contact the club at info@bikeracing.ca if you? Read More

STRAPLESS HEART RATE MONITORS

Written By on February 23, 2012

The editor was looking for a strapless heart rate monitor for his wife as the normal ones with a chest belt-mounted transmitter did not pick up her pulse (for a variety of reasons we won’t go into!). So the usual search using Google was done. All the devices that came up were wrist mounted, many with a variety of functions, most of which she didn’t need. They also required that one or both fingers be applied to the monitor to get a reading, which would stay on the display for up to fifteen  seconds and then disappear. None of them? Read More

GREAT FREE-STYLE VIDEO

Written By on February 11, 2012

Some time ago, we showed a video of Scottish free-style bike expert Danny McAskill doing his stuff. There have been a number of requests for a re-showing of this excellent film so here it is again. The scenery is really good too!

MIVA YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

Written By on December 31, 2011

Brodie Hay, MIVA’s only youth member, was at the provincial youth track camp in Burnaby all week! Great week of training, experience and fun! He raced Wednesday and Thursday night on the track and both nights had very good races…. However, Brodie is our only under 18 rider who has regularly come out to our races for four years. Since youth development is part of MIVA’s mission statement, the club is applying to the BC  Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch for a Community Gaming Grant to enable MIVA to get into the schools, community leagues and other youth-oriented cycling clubs? Read More

WILL THE TOUR BE (COMPLETELY) CLEAN IN 2012

Written By on December 31, 2011

Cycling has received more than its fair share of knocks vis a vis  P.E.D’s. The majority of top ten placings in  the major tours and European Classics  in the past twenty years have possibly/probably been filled by riders who may have resorted to the use of performance – enhancing methodology.  Will 2012 be the exception or are the current attempts to clean up our sport still somewhat futile?   Here   is and interesting article that provides much food for thought. Whatever you think, professional cycling in the New Year will still provide some of the greatest spectacles and mano-a-mano? Read More

NEW YEAR’S DAY TIME TRIAL.

Written By on December 30, 2011

Re. parking for this event: park in the Country Grocer car park as Serious Coffee is OPEN. A nice place to relax and swap excuses after the time trial. Besides, riding up the hill to the start is a good warm-up. For real wimps, there is parking along the hard shoulder before the start. BTW, if this event is as successful as we think it will be, the organiser is exploring the possibility of holding further events on the Duke Point Highway after the ferries start running again. The ships arrive and leave every two hours and there is about? Read More

eRACE CANCER CYCLING TEAM – 2012

Written By on December 29, 2011

The eRace Cancer Cycling Team is  an Ontario based cycling team created to raise money for Cancer research. They hope to make a little difference through their cycling and fund-raising efforts. The team members will race across all cycling disciplines : Mountain Biking, Road and Cyclocross. The riders must be all licensed Ontario riders . The team will raise funds from Corporate and Private sponsor / donors . Fund raising efforts will benefit cancer research. This is how it all started:  From Lori Kofman “Pete and I have decided to change our focus for next year and add a new? Read More

NEW YEAR’S DAY TIME TRIAL DETAILS

Written By on December 28, 2011

The editor (and event Organiser) spent some time on Wednesday morning looking for safe start, turn-around and finish locations. Since it’s New Year’s and most participants will have put on a few kilos over the holidays, it was decided to have a downhill start so the added weight will aid in much-needed momentum, a turn round at traffic lights so that no-one has any excuse for missing it and riding on into the Georgia Strait, and a finish before the steep climb up to the overpass. Course details as follows: Start will be at the short lay-by just before the? Read More

NEW YEAR’S DAY TIME TRIAL ON DUKE POINT HIGHWAY

Written By on December 28, 2011

The Duke Point Highway (DPH) in Nanaimo, leading from the Trans Canada Highway just south of Chase River to the ferry terminal is a beautiful stretch of divided highway, ideal for cycling. Unfortunately, when a ferry is arriving or departing, there is a large amount of fast-moving traffic on this well-paved road. Trying to fit in any competitive events between the scheduled ferry times is not a good idea. However, a few days ago, one of the ferries hit the Duke Point ramp pretty hard and, as a result, the terminal is closed for the next three weeks and there? Read More

NEW YEAR’S DAY TIME TRIAL, NANAIMO

Written By on December 26, 2011

If there is sufficient interest,  MIVA will organise a 15km time trial on New Year’s Day, possibly on the Duke Point Highway (yeah baby!) as the ferry terminal is closed for repairs but more probably on the regular Nanaimo River Road course.  All interested riders please email pakamanc@gmail.com asap. If there are six or more responses, the event is a go,  followed by a visit to a local Starbucks.