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Give to Live Cape Breton 300km Ride in July

This event isn’t exactly local but it’s for a good cause and it looks like a well organized event on a gorgeous route.  The organizers are reaching out to get some publicity across Canada and we’re happy to oblige.  Maybe you want to plan to make a trip to the East Coast for some riding this summer…

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GIVE TO LIVE is reaching out for help in publicizing the BIG RIDE 2015. The one day fully supported ride will take place Saturday, July 18 around the gorgeous Cabot Trail in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

The route will run counter clockwise from Baddeck to Baddeck and will cover 300 km’s. Cyclists can ride solo and conquer the full 300km themselves or in a 3 person Relay Team of 100km per leg.

The BIG RIDE is a charity event and will raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. (www.cancer.ca).

If anyone is looking for additional information and details on the event, please contact jeff@givetolive.ca or follow the links below:

http://www.givetolive.ca/big-ride

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GIVETOLIVE.ca

twitter https://twitter.com/give2live

Thursday Bike Clinics, starting Apr 23

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New Thursday Bike Clinic Series!

A series of fun, informational, free clinics starts next Thursday. Join shop experts for a casual hour of learning – pick up tips and get your questions answered. All are welcome and no registration is required (though seating is limited, so arrive early).

April 23 @ 7:30 p.m. – Spring Tune Up!
New to cycling? Is your bike new to you?
Check out these seasonal maintenance tips and spring gear

May 14 @ 7:30 p.m. – Intro to Bike Touring
Around town or around the globe – planning for fun, safety & adventure

June 4 @7:30 p.m. – Maintenance Level 2
Derailleurs demystified and more! Intermediate focus

More info will be posted to the “Thursday Bike Clinics” widget on the right column along the side of this and every page, and to the “Clinics” link in the top menu as it becomes available. Be sure to check back!

Movie: Marinoni – The Fire in the Frame

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There’s scant info on this film on its official site so we figured we’d post this review, below, from the Vancouver International Film Festival to give you some idea of what you’re in for. Be sure to check out the trailer further below too.

The movie will play in Winnipeg at Cinemateque starting Friday, April 24th.  Click here for more info from Cinemateque and to buy tix.

The charismatic Giuseppe Marinoni has been making some of the most desirable bicycle frames in Canada for decades. Although his enterprise has grown over the years, he still seems happiest when welding a handmade frame. (The enduring joy this brings him is particularly impressive when you consider that he’s made 20 or 30 thousand of them in his lifetime.) Since leaving his native Italy, he’s made a home in Montreal and established a fairly routine life centred on his wife, his bicycles, and the tomatoes in his garden.

A competitive cyclist in his youth, he decides, at age 75, to attempt a world record for distance cycled in one hour for his age group. Giuseppe’s determination and perseverance lead him back to Italy for his training and, ultimately, his attempt at the record. His perfectionism combined with his curmudgeonly nature make him impatient with first-time director Tony Girardin, adding much humour to this inspiring film. One of the most moving scenes involves Marinoni catching up with his dear friend Jocelyn Lovell, one of Canada’s greatest cyclists during the 60s and 70s, whose storied career sadly ended after an accident that left him a quadriplegic. This is a film not just for the spandex-and-helmet crowd, but for anyone who believes that a man’s reach should exceed his grasp.

– Vancouver International Film Festival