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2014 Cape Breton Classic

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the 2014 Cape Breton Classic has been cancelled. FrameWork Racing sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience caused by this unfortunate turn of events.

We would like to express our thanks to all the athletes, sponsors and volunteers who have supported us over the last 5 years.

Keep racing.

Happy trails…

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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.


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First Ugly Sweater Santa Shuffle A Hit

Tetford and Brufatto win first Ugly Sweater fun run

MacIsaac  takes top style points for most unfashionable Grinch


There were 60 runners fighting off the chill wearing their most un-fashionable  sweaters and sweatshirts at the first Ugly Sweater Santa Shuffle in Sydney’s north end Sunday morning.


The usual (and somewhat unusual) assortment of Cape Breton Road Runners, Cape Breton Barbarians and Framework Racers were taking part in a fun run designed to generate toys for the children of Transition House. Instead of charging the regular registration fee, organizers Wendy Martin of CBC Radio and Tera Camus of Framework Cycle & Fitness asked all participants to bring toys suitable for children aged newborn to teen.


Joey Tetford, looking pretty strong but hideous in his chez-Christmas- sparkly-garland-designed sweater, was first to cross the finish line where the 5 km race began outside Governor’s Restaurant just over the 18 minute mark. Hot on his heels seconds later were Dean Simon and Herbie Sakalauskas. Those boys looked quite, um dashing. That vest may give us nightmares.


Glace Bay’s Judy Brufatto, decked out in her ever-so-stylish Christmas bells and toys, was not too far behind taking first place honors at the finish while Rebecca Walker and Erin Pyke-Forsey held hands and skipped across the finish laughing for second and third, respectively.


Race winners Joey Tetford and Judy Brufatto

Top awards for most interesting, creative and/or down right ugly sweater, was Francis MacIsaac for his Grinch inspired ensamble that featured a stuffed toy grimacing Grinch at his neck that appeared to hold onto a team of reindeer on his chest. He won a free delicious brunch at Governor’s following the race. 


There were many other fun, seriously ugly and interesting fashionistas who deserve special honorable mention, setting the standard to beat next Christmas, including:  Joey Tetford (god what were you thinking),  Julie Curwin (burn that outfit), Erin Neville (good gravy), Herbie Sakalauskas (we may never sleep again), and to Collette and Bill Smith of Glace Bay (fashionably funny). You can find these standouts in the photos below.


Francis MacIsaac won top style points for his most Ugly Grinch-inspired Sweater

Loot collected from participants included everything from good ol’ cash, to stuffed bears and other animals,  air hockey sets, baby dolls, Barbies, action jeeps and dinkies, many games like Monopoly, Cranium, Trouble, The Apprentice, as well as an assortment of Fisher Price toys,  multiple Playskool toys like Form Fitters, Punching Bedbugs, a Furry Frenzies Stage set, coloring sets, painting sets, other dolls, and even a Spiderman doll and so much more. Your generosity was so kind. We know it will help many families in need of a little joy in their lives. Everything will be delivered by Wendy and Tera to Transition House Monday,Dec. 17.


We hope you will return with a friend  next December 2013 when we host our second Ugly Sweater fun run for  the kids of Transition House.


Thank you everyone,

Wendy and Tera











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Introduction to Triathlon


FrameWork Cycle & Fitness, 273 Townsend St,  Sydney will host the third annual “Introduction to Triathlon” session presented by Cape Breton Barbarians, Julie Curwin, her husband Chris Milburn, and Vince Nicholson, Monday, June 4 at 5:30PM.


Julie Curwin was a member of the Canadian Long-Distance Triathlon Team for several years, and is a veteran of nearly 200 races, including the Hawaii Ironman World Championships.  She was female Triathlete of the Year in Ontario, and was second at Ironman Korea in 2006.  Chris Milburn has completed over 100 triathlons, and has been competing in running races for more than 25 years. Vince Nicholson has 5 years of triathlon experience, from sprint to Ironman distance.  He is a member of the 2012 national age group sprint triathlon team, for which he will be competing this October in New Zealand.


Julie will talk about pre-race prep and swim.


Vince will talk about T1 and bike


Chris will talk about T2 and run


The session will be approximately 1 hour long and will cover the basics of equipment (bike type and fit, running shoes, wetsuits and goggles, triathlon outfits,) setup at the race, and training plans. There will be lots of opportunity for Q&A.  Anyone with an interest in triathlon is welcome to attend.


There are no fees or memberships required to attend any of these introductory sessions. For more details contact Bill Goldston, 902-567-1909 or email


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