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Athlete Blog


Framework Racing 2

Allan MacKenzie  joined FrameWork Racing this year in our grassroots sponsorship program. We helped him improve his equipment, notably his stealthy Felt DA4 Tri bike, plus some snazzy new hi-tech Pearl Izumi running shoes and clothing to make the most out of his intense training program. With the combination of equipment and training, he  has been tearing up the race courses in both running and triathlon, quickly becoming the man to beat in Nova Scotia. Allan is chronicling his efforts and accomplishments with weekly updates in his new blog.

AlanYou can check out his 2014 results, but since he is a very modest athlete, you have to look closely to see his impressive wins and podium finishes against the toughest competition in the province.

Follow his efforts on Strava, maybe even try to match his speed through the various segments as he continues to fine tune his fitness to peak next July at Ironman Lake Placid 2015.

Read about his next big challenge and start throwing some encouragement and good vibes his way.

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Boy Scout Invasion

We had a group of boy scouts come to ride the Cabot Trail. Here’s what one of their leaders had to say…

I’m Greg H., one of the adults who was with Kevin F. when we rented bikes from you July 1st-8th.  We had inadvertently left a seat bag in the rental car that went back a day early, so I swapped you with my personal one.
We’ve located that bag, and I’ll be returning the contents to you in the mail shortly.  It also included one of the bike computers- so I wanted to let you know that we found it and you’ll get it back in hopefully just a few days.
I want to thank you again for the great gear- we found your bikes to be bullet-proof, the trip computers helpful, and everything was in great shape!  What a beautiful part of the world to bike in, we’ll never forget this trip.
Editor’s note- Scouts are so honest.


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Tera and Judy’s 1st Time-2011

A photo session from Tera and Judy’s 2011 Cabot Trail ride. It was the first time around by bicycle for both. They went clockwise without any support, other than meeting up with a few friends along the way. Congrats to both on a tough 3 days.


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Larry and Mary-Sept 2011

Hi Bill, you weren’t home when I dropped off the bikes yesterday.  They worked flawlessly, and we made it all the way around fine.  Very difficult day Friday from Wreck Cove to Pleasant Bay.  The North Mountain was steep and long as we expected, but the WIND!  We only found out when we got to our B&B that it was part of Hurricane Maria.  Saturday was better, and yesterday was lovely.
We’re off to PEI today.  You made our trip work out, thanks again.  Larry

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Gina and Michelle-Sept 2011

Coming from Colorado, Gina and Michelle rented touring bikes from us to travel around Cape Breton. No need for a rental car for these two. Gina sent us this note shortly after they finished conquering the Cabot Trail…

Just wanted to say thanks again for the great bikes & info on a great ride!! Two of us did the Cabot Trail self-supported, and rode out right from the shop. The grand narrows ride to start was awesome, but I can’t recommend starting at 2pm for the 100km… and us Colorado types have a new respect for mountains that are only 455m


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Cape Breton Number 1 in North America

Where in the world do you want to spend your vacation?


If you want an island vacation in North America it has to be Cape Breton Island. For the second time in 3 years, Cape Breton has been named the number 1 island by Travel and Leisure Magazine, and #3 in the entire world.

If you have never cycled Cape Breton, you need to make your plans now. We can hook you up with rental bikes that we keep in top running order, including delivery to wherever you want to start.

Send us a note to get started

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View from the Prairies

Hi bill

The bikes and panniers were great! No mechanical problems, excellent touring bikes and appreciated the panniers rain covers!!!

Had a great time, what an astoundingly gorgeous province you have! I could not get over the views of both the Atlantic and bay of st Lawrence
It’s quite something for us prairie hicks!!
Thanks again so much for all your help!

Yolande and bob

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Anne and Friends-July 2010

Thanks Bill! Sorry to not email you until now but I could not get Internet the other day. We got the bikes and successfully completed the ride. It was tough but so gorgeous and well worth the effort! The bikes held up great too. We are back at the Telegraph House in Baddeck. Thanks again!

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Ryan Leech

Legendary trials rider Ryan Leech came to Cape Breton in May 2010 on the Trials of Life tour. He visited three schools and put on a great demo at the shop. While he was here he took a trip around the Cabot Trail. Here is what he had to say…

Was it a dream? My visit to Cape Breton Island happened so quickly and I am yearning for more! This was a work trip, but ‘work’ is relative because I love what I do. I am a Pro Mountain Biker and I perform tricks on my bike, and my mission during those three precious days was to visit three schools to give my Trials of Life presentation, and to perform a public show at Framework. Mix in some great media engagements, lots of new friendships, and some incredible weather, and it is a dream to remember! I’ll be back Cape Breton, but next time for much longer!! Many thanks to all the kind and friendly folks that made my visit such a success at the schools and the shop.
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