How I tried to get this man off my wheel


©Barry Sandland/TIMB - I struggled to leave this rider in my dust. No success...

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – I struggled to leave this rider in my dust. No success…

“Drivers are terrible here. They cut you off all the time. They have signs for cars and pedestrians, but often I do not know what I am supposed to do, where I can go. A motorcycle cop gave me a ticket for speeding once.”

But are you proud of that?

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A family converted by the weekend


©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Family cycling in Ottawa

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Newbies to the cycling environment

“To be honest, we are new to cycling. We came from Sudbury to Ottawa and there is no infrastrucure like Ottawa’s. We never thought about moving to this area, but when we came out to see the house, the parkway was filled with cyclists and runners and inline skaters. We knew we wanted to be part of that. It was a big selling feature.” Continue reading

Meeting up with a bit of The Rock on a fixie


@Barry Sandland/TIMB - Rider on his Regal fixie in Ottawa Ontario

@Barry Sandland/TIMB – By pure luck, the first person I photographed in Canada was from my home province. We were both a little far from Newfoundland and came across each other in Ottawa, about 1,500 distant from home.

“I am here for work on a three month assignment with the government, so… After, I might go back to Newfoundland, I might stay, if I can get more work.

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Small countries have small tours

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Touring cyclist in Belgium

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – The world can be tackled one ride at a time

“I use the panniers when on holiday. In a few weeks, I leave for Costa Rica for a 1,500 km tour. A small tour. Costa Rica is a small country. When I was younger, I used to ride longer. I did tours of 7,000 kms in a month, riding 200 kms a day.”