Montreal and Quebec City – Sans Bike

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On my recent trip to support the Quebec edition of the Ride To Conquer Cancer there was a small bit of time aside from the event. Flying into Montreal then following the event as it made its way to Quebec City I found myself in both areas with enough time to snap a few pictures and see a small selection of the tourist sights. Only a taste of Canada’s oldest cities but enough to know that at some point I will need to touch up on my french and make way back for a longer visit.

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The 2013 Quebec Ride To Conquer Cancer in Photos

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For the second year I had the opportunity to help support the Quebec Ride to Conquer Cancer. This ride runs from Montreal to Quebec City where 1800 riders banded together and raised $6.4 million dollars towards cancer research and treatment. Better known in beautiful Quebec as “Cyclo-défi Enbridge contre le cancer” this is another amazing event! I am proud to have been able to offer tech support on this and many other Ride to conquer Cancer events over the past 5 years. Next up is Alberta on August 10-11th.

Here are a jumble of photos from the ride!

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The BC Ride To Conquer Cancer – Another Year, Another Amazing Event!

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Another year, another series of Ride To Conquer Cancer Events. Traveling with Norco bicycles I was lucky enough to be helping out at the recent BC Ride to Conquer Cancer that took some 2800 riders from Vancouver to Seattle. With favorable weather comes less bike issues so this was the smoothest BC ride yet. By no means were we bored or looking for things to do but the waves of bikes came at a slower pace this year as riders experienced less mechanical issues with their bikes. These are amazing events and if you are considering participating, you should the riders in the BC ride alone have raised more than $50 Million Dollars going to the BC Cancer Foundation.

 

Thank you To everyone that participated in the event. Next up is Montreal on August 10-11th. See you there!

 

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Day Hiking in Golden Ears park

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Golden Ears Park is closer than you may think. As one of BC’s largest parks spanning 62,540 hectares this is a fantastic destination for a day-hike or an overnight camping excursion. Located at the north-east tip of Maple Ridge there are hundreds of options for you to choose from. Below are just a few photos from the short lower-falls hike that will take you along a relatively flat, out and back hike to a beautiful waterfall. Return this is a 7km hike that will take a little over an hour at a decent pace.


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Team Building Retreat on the Sunshine Coast

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The Sunshine Coast is a magical place if you are a mountain biker. Home to many professional cyclists and some of the best trails in the world this is a pretty amazing place to ride a bike. Recently with the Norco team I made my way over to the area on a team retreat to get away on a photo, video and team-building trip. Here are a few photos from how it went down.

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Another Sea Otter Classic in the Bag

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Another Year at the Sea Otter Classic. This year though the trip south was extended slightly through dealer visits, a marketing conference and then finally to the Laguna Seca Raceway for the main Event. Over the course of 16 days I visited 11 bike shops, watched 11 Ryan Leech demos and managed to squeak in 2 short mountain bike rides. As usual here I will let a few of the pictures from the trip speak instead of an essay of blathering..

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Mt Shasta always looks good!
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There is something about driving across the Golden Gate Bridge.
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Nature!
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The mosh pit of Sea Otter
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Getting in some practice laps.
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Team Norco International following the Dual Slalom.
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Jill Kintner took home a couple of victories over the weekend.
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A Team Mechanic doesn’t bring normal things on a ride.
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Bryn Atkinson turning some heads riding to his DH Start.

Escape to Portlandia

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Hiking Angel's RestSpring is here and instead of exploring the local hills and valleys we made like hops and head down to Portland Oregon to see the sights. Spending four nights in the beer, food and culture focused city we were able to hike, bike and of course drink some beer.

Making this trip never seems to get old. A quick 6 hour drive and you are suddenly in a totally new city that is not totally unlike Vancouver. Great people, great food, great beer and a whole lot of fun. If you are thinking about where to go for your next vacation check out Portland, you will not be disappointed. I will be brief in the write up and let some photos tell the story. Alternatively there is another article from this trip on beermebc.com.
 

Cheers!

 
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Winter is behind us and Summer is just around the corner

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More to come soon.

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A hike before a wait….

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For the past seven months my Canon 7D has had the annoying battery-communication error message that seems all too popular these days. With a reasonable time ahead with no photo obligations on the horizon it is finally time to send the camera off for repair. With that in mind, there will be no photos for the duration of of the repair.

If anyone has had this issue on their 7D it is apparently an issue with the battery connection. The camera is unable to communicate properly and as a result can not read the status of the battery charge. Additionally the battery discharges when connected at an increased rate as compared to standard timing. The camera does actually work as it should but is simply a PITA along the way.

Here are a couple photos from North Vancouver’s Deep Cove Quarry Rock hike to tide wait.

Until next time.

Dustan

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Slakov Woodventures – Exquisite Custom Furniture

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A recent project of mine was the building of a website for a Sunshine Coast furniture maker named Jim Slakov. His work is intricate and meticulous offering great inspiration when trying to capture each piece in a photo. In a make-shift studio environment I captured each of the pieces and built a website to house them. If you appreciate artistry and craftsmanship then you will love Jim’s work.

 

Have a look at Jim Slakov’s work and Slakov Woodventures’ new website at slakovwoodventures.com

 

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