Apr 4, 2022
With the warmer weather coming, it is a great time to start a new outdoor activity. We obviously recommend cycling! Cycling can seem like a daunting activity to get into, plus who wants to ride alone. Lucky for you Calgary has many cycling clubs that can help you find your niche, and give you a group to ride with. Below are 3 cycling clubs in Calgary that can help you find your footing when it comes to cycling.
Founded in 2013, Bow Cyclist Club has grown to a 250 member club with the focus of keeping the fun in cycling. Their team of ride leaders are passionate about cycling and able to accommodate many different levels of riders.
BiciSport was originally founded by a small group of cycling enthusiasts known as the Spokes Racing Team in 1988. In 1992, the name was changed to “BiciSport Calgary Cycling Club”. They are dedicated to promoting both a healthy lifestyle, and to supporting and promoting all levels of bicycle racing. They are a great place for junior athletes, and at the same time are keen to help all of their members reach their full potential.
Calgary Cycling Club aims to grow the cycling community in Calgary focusing on inclusivity and connection. If you like long road rides, downhill, track, or commuting within the city this is the right group for you. They will be having all types of rides all summer long. The purpose of the group is to promote and expand the use of bicycles within and outside the city.
May 27, 2021
Now that Bike to Work Day 2021 is officially over, we are happy to announce the cyclist count for this year!
We tallied up the cyclist count from the 8 Energy Stations and it added up to a grand total of 1730 cyclists! That means, Bike to Work Day founder, Lonny Balbi, happily donated $1730 to Two Wheel View. Here he is with some of the TWV team (Hank and Pat) handing over the cheque.
Thank you to all of you who participated, from those who came out just for a quick ride to go back home and work, to the everyday commuters, and everyone else who joined us for the love of cycling.
Two Wheel View, which just celebrated its 20th anniversary, is an incredible local charity that provides programs that use the bicycle as a vehicle for change in the lives of youth. The organization was started by Rick and Tanya McFerrin who brought their experiences and perspectives from cycling around the world here to offer young people the opportunity to learn leadership, health and wellness, self-esteem, achievement, and environmental stewardship.
Two Wheel View will take bike donations and even has some for sale!
We are looking forward to seeing you all again on May 6, 2022 at next year’s Bike to Work Day!
Mar 15, 2021
If you’re like us and love to listen to podcasts about anything and everything (including cycling) - then you’ll want to hear some of our suggestions. Podcasts have become a 21st century phenomenon that let anyone talk about anything they want and reach a very large audience of like-minded people. Cycling is no exception. There are tons on all things cycling that are sure to pique your interest.
We’ve compiled a list of the best podcasts on cycling for those who are interested in learning more about biking in general, bikes and gear, trips and routes, and everything in between.
Hear cycling stories from all across the country and around the world right from the pros. You can also learn about bikes and gear, as well as training tips.
CyclingTips offers the best advice, tips, and tricks, while sharing the beauty of cycling aiming to inspire all audiences.
This incredible podcast hosted by Velo Magazine aims to bring you news about cycling, race results and reviews on the best bikes for all cycling enthusiasts.
Brother UK offers an amazing source for everything on women’s cycling. Meet some great riders in exclusive interviews or listen to some race reactions and analyses.
If you’re looking for something that will make you laugh, look no further. The Slow Ride Podcast offers sarcastic and funny remarks on the world of cycling and spends a lot of time on cyclocross content for fans of the muddy sport.
These podcasts are available on most podcast platforms including Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Anchor and more. Listen in a café, on your way to work, or with your friends!
If you're also a book lover, check out our recommendations for books about cycling here.
Feb 22, 2021
Whether you’re an avid cycler, or just starting out, there are plenty of great stories, people, and ideas written in books that are sure to change the way you think of cycling. To many people, riding your bike is just an activity, or a method of transportation – but to others, it is a lifestyle or an adventure.
We’ve compiled some of the best books all about cycling – where to do it, how to train, incredible human feats, the history of the sport, and more. Reading these will surely teach you, surprise you, and even inspire you to ride further.
1. The Man Who Cycled the World by Mark Beaumont
This is the story of how Mark Beaumont set the Guinness World Record of cycling the 18,000 miles around the world in 194 days and 17 hours.He tells stories of how he managed to beat the previous record while sharing some stories of his youth, and riding across Italy for charity.
2. Where There’s a Will: Hope, Grief and Endurance in a Cycle Race Across a Continent by Emily Chappell
This book shares the harrowing story of Emily Chappell, who pushed herself to the limits in trying to cycle across Europe unassisted. She takes you through her journey of climbing and overcoming mountains, both literally and figuratively.
3. Epic Bike Rides of the World by Lonely Planet
For those who are world travellers and adventurers, this book might inspire your next cycling trip. Lonely Planet offers 200 of the most amazing and scenic bike routes the world has to offer.
4. The Official History of the Tour de France by Serge Laget
If you’re a fan of the Tour de France or races in general, this insightful book gives you all the details of this incredible event and how it all started, from its early days to now.It also doubles as a great coffee table book with its plethora of photographs.
5. The Cycling Chef: Recipes for Performance and Pleasure by Alan Murchison
Any good cycler will tell you food and diet are imperative to good performance. Alan is a Michelin-starred chef who cooks for British Cycling athletes - he also happens to be a champion athlete himself. You’ll find 65 great recipes for tasty meals fit for the professionals.
Here are some more if you are interested from bikeradar.com.
Happy reading and biking!
Jan 26, 2021
Cycling has been proven to not only improve your physical well-being – but also your mental health. Whether biking indoors or outdoors, we consistently see positive effects on your brain and body. There are multitudes of benefits that can affect all parts of your life.
Exposure to the outdoors has often been prescribed to combat mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. Cycling outdoors is no different! Your brain positively reacts to the influx of blood flow and nutrients and enables greater performance. Meaning, consistent cycling in your day-to-day life keeps your brain healthy and young in your later years.
Studies conducted on cycling have shown these are just some of the mental health benefits people experience:
-Decreases in depression and anxiety
-Greater well-being and relaxation
-Enhanced creative thinking
Additionally, you can reap the social perks of this hobby by meeting like-minded people who also greatly enjoy cycling. There are endless ways to connect to these groups: many are on social media like Facebook and Instagram, or even on cycling apps like Zwift and Strava.
It is often recommended to cycle for about 30-60 minutes at a steady pace three to five times a week to enjoy those benefits. This can be done on your way to work, around your neighbourhood, or anywhere else you like to bike. During the winter months, this can be especially challenging, but even getting on a stationary bike helps with your well-being and mental health.
So, next time you’re thinking of commuting to work or wanting to get outside, grab your bike (and helmet) and see the benefits for yourself!