Thursday, April 30, 2009

Doggie Basket


This cute little guy is ready for a cruise around the Seawall:


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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Vancouver Marathon Cycle Escort Team - Update


We've had lots of fun lately, training together on our bikes to form a cohesive work unit that will help make race day a great success. Last Sunday we rode the full 2009 BMO Vancouver Marathon 26mi/42.2km course, posed for our official photo, and enjoyed a group breakfast downtown. Fellow blogger and lead team member Dennis covered the event wonderfully on his "Dennis' Much Ado About Nothing" blog while I captured some film to make this video:



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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Greenheart Canopy Walkway Helmet Cam


Thanks to the folks at the Greenheart Canopy Walkway for giving me a free tour to create this video for you:



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Friday, April 24, 2009

Bikes in Bloom (or, Long-Term Parking)


Here's a fitting follow-up to yesterday's Earth Day post:



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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Earth Day 2009


Happy Earth Day everyone! Greetings from Stanley Park, a wonderful place where nature's bare beauty is exposed in all it's glory...


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...and speaking of taking it off for Mother Nature, have you seen my 30-second video of Earth Hour Lights Out 2009?

Monday, April 20, 2009

Raccoon Circus in Stanley Park


"Ladies and gentlemen, girls and boys! Come one, come all! We now present the Raccoon Circus, performing daily in Stanley Park for your enjoyment! These cute little critters are guaranteed to entertain!"



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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Vancouver Sun Run 2009 Helmet Cam


Fun and excitement filled the air in downtown Vancouver this morning as 55,000 people assembled on Georgia street for the 2009 Vancouver Sun Run. If you missed it, despair not - I ran the race wearing my helmet cam and filmed some great runner's POV footage of the first few kilometres. It feels like you're actually there! And if you were there, it's like you're running it again... :) My favorite part is at about 2:40 where my hand moves into the frame for the high-five with two big birds:



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Friday, April 10, 2009

Riding Down Stairs


In this video, I go to scenic Vancouver locations to demonstrate how riding a bicycle down stairs without crashing takes calm nerves, good balance/body positioning and a deft hand on both brakes:



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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Stalked by Fearless Squirrels


While jogging in Stanley Park this morning to get in shape for the Vancouver Marathon Cycle Escort Team - volunteers still needed! - I had a strange feeling I was being watched, and I was right - squirrels were tailing me! The stalking Sciuridae were undeterred by my camera, and I had no choice but to share my healthy morning snacks with the running rodents. I guess I can remove my ad for a jogging partner from Craigslist now.



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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Vancouver Marathon Cycle Escort Team




Almost 20 riders showed up for our first practice last night, riding 10km in a leisurely 90 minutes to generalize ourselves with the race course. At 7:30pm we finished at Something Good Italian Bistro in Yaletown for some slices and soda, compliments of race sponsors. This is my first time volunteering for the team; it was a pleasure to meet a friendly group for an easy ride and have my questions answered:

A marathon is a footrace. Why are cyclists needed?

A 26 mile footrace winding through city streets and parks requires a ton of logistics and support. The cycle escort team helps with this, leading the runners from the start line and sweeping up the rear of the pack. They also act as eyes & ears for race officials and the course technical team.

Am I expected to cycle 26 miles (42.2 km)?

Not necessarily. The cycle team welcomes volunteer riders of all ability, and there are other events we support, such as the half marathon and an 8k race. The riding is spread out over several hours; with all the crowds, noise and excitement on race day, you may hardly notice the effort.

What kind of commitment is involved?

The cycle team practices Tuesday & Thursday nights during April, meeting 5:45pm at the Plaza of Nations taxi stand at 750 Pacific Boulevard, across the street from BC Place. We do a full-course practice Sunday April 26 at 7am, race day is May 3 from 6am to 3pm. It's not mandatory to attend every practice ride - we're all volunteers, so things are flexible.

How do I sign up?

Register online at the Vancouver Marathon website, email team captain Brian at the above address and come enjoy the next practice!



The main website for the 2009 Vancouver Marathon is bmovanmaration.ca.

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