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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.