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Special Salute to Triathlon and Bike Racing

Framework Racers take on the competition during the Cape Breton Classic, the only official race sanctioned by Bicycle Nova Scotia on the island. This shot was taken in recent years on Boularderie Island.

For one day only, Framework Cycle & Fitness will offer 20% savings off all bike parts, bike accessories, sports clothing and nutritional supplies in honor of Cape Breton athletes who love to race their bike.

Whether they are licensed under  Bicycle Nova Scotia  or compete at triathlons here in Cape Breton, the province, the nation or internationally at Ironman races, local athletes repeatedly make Cape Breton and us so proud, especially members of our Framework Racing team and/or Cape Breton Barbarians Triathlon Club.

In honor of those athletes, Framework is extending this special savings to all customers on Friday.

In tandem with this sale, two of the island’s experts at the sport of racing are Barbarian Club leaders Drs. Chris Milburn and Julie Curwin who will be here upon closing at 5 pm Friday to share their tips and advice for athletes who love to swim, bike and run.

Julie Curwin, Vince Nicholson (another fabulous Ironman from CB) and Chris Milburn talk about equipment during last year’s Introduction to Triathlon at Framework Cycle & Fitness.


Their Introduction to Triathlon has been a popular event at the shop for the past several years and attracts experienced and newbies who get the chance to share funny stories and possible fears associated with racing and how to overcome. They will discuss everything from training to nutritional need to equipment. Bike racing and triathlon is for all ages and all skill levels and provides lasting  memories and friendships.

We’re especially proud of Miss Julie who returned from St. Croix with another win under her belt that earned her a spot in this year’s 2013 running of the World’s Ironman Competition in Kona Hawaii.

So if you’re in the area Friday, stop in for the sale and free introduction to triathlon.



Athletes who participated in last year’s free introduction to triathlon session at Framework Cycle & Fitness.
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First International Women’s Ride Day Deemed A Success

Women as far away as Mabou, Cape Breton took part in the first international Women’s Ride Day hosted by Framework Cycle & Fitness, Sunday May 5.

About a dozen or so riders took a 15 km spin around downtown with Cape Breton Regional Police, learning tips on how to stay safe on city streets including what to do if encountering irate drivers.  DSC02217

Use common sense, don’t fight with motorists and follow the same rules as vehicles as described in the Motor Vehicle Act. Lay complaints with police for any infraction, even if charges are not laid, and try to get the first three digits of plates for any close encounters given the one-metre rule in place to protect cyclists and motor vehicles sharing roadways.

Refreshments followed the ride attended by all ages and levels of cyclists – from beginners to the very skilled – in tandem with a store wide tax free sale which many customers (both men and women) took advantage of, securing new tax free wheels or other fitness equipment supplies.

Thanks to everyone who participated. We hope to repeat this adventure next year.

A special thanks to Cape Breton Post reporter Chris Shannon and the island’s newspaper’s effort to improve the cycling culture of the island. A copy of his full report can be found here.

Senior mechanic and shop owner Bill Goldston gives tips on emergency repair outside the shop as the first real warm day of Spring reached ideal riding temperatures over 20 degrees.
Daniel MacKenzie and her mom Cecilia join Charmayne Greencorn for some eats and treats outside the shop during Women’s Ride Day.
Shop workers Evan and Tera get silly mid-day.
Local athlete Bernice Bert takes a new bike out for a test ride Sunday after chatting with Velo CB President Andree Crapeau.
Neeta Kumar-Britten took out her elliptigo for the Women’s Ride Day
Women gather outside the shop for a group ride through downtown CBRM.
Bill continues his demonstration on changing a flat outside the shop.
Riders of all ages make their way down George Street.
Shelley Johnson, a friend of Framework and ambassador serving Velo CB, lead riders behind police on behalf of the shop. Thank you for your support Shelley.

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Cst Walter Bruckschwaiger takes a few questions on how cyclists can help themselves on the roads with motorists.