ArtCycle Thursday August 11, 2011

What: ArtCycle bicycle-themed art auction
When: Thursday, August 11, 2011 starting at 8:00 pm.
Where: The London Tap House - 250 Adelaide St West, Toronto, ON (MAP)
Why: There will be over two dozen local artists contributing creations inspired by bicycles and the Bikes Without Borders cause. 25% of the proceeds from the auction will be shared with the artists to encourage future work, while 75% will go to the Bikes Without Borders Malawi project.
How: Tickets can be bought for $10 ahead of time http://guestlistapp.com/events/61770 or $12 at the door.

To learn more about Bikes Without Borders' work in Malawi and how you can help them meet their goal of providing 400 bicycles and 100 bicycle ambulances to Community Health Workers go here.

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2011 Bicycle Film Festival Toronto Preview – Labour of Love

LABOUR OF LOVE
Canada 2010 | HD 65 MIN.
Dir. Virginia Hastings

Follow Canadian ultra-cyclist, Caroline van den Bulk, as she attempts to complete what is known as the hardest endurance race in the world: RAAM (Race Across America). Caroline, an amateur rider and kindergarten teacher follows her dreams, passions, and obsessions in this grueling race which requires cycling with little to no sleep for days at a time. Very few people finish within the allotted time of 12 days to earn the distinction of RAAM Finisher.

Labour of Love will be shown as part of BFF Program 3 starting at 5:00 pm on Saturday, August 13, 2011 at The Royal.

Get tickets here.

More Bicycle Film Festival 2011 info here.

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2011 Bicycle Film Festival Toronto Preview – With My Own Two Wheels

WITH MY OWN TWO WHEELS
USA 2010 | HD 44 min.
Dir. Jacob & Issac Seigel-Boettner

A moving and evocative documentary weaving together the experiences of five individuals - a health worker in Zambia, a teenager in India, a disabled Ghanaian woman, a farmer in Guatemala, and a teenager in California - into a single story. This film is testament to how the bicycle can change the world—one pedal stroke at a time.

With My Own Two Wheels will be shown as part of BFF Program 2 starting at 9:00 pm on Saturday, August 13, 2011 at The Royal.

Get tickets here.

More Bicycle Film Festival 2011 info here.

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Heels on Wheels: Dufflet Rosenberg

By Tammy Thorne
Photo by Yvonne Bambrick

In anticipation of our delicious FOOD issue we bring you a fresh Heels on Wheels with Toronto’s own Queen of Cake: Dufflet Rosenberg

Who: Dufflet Rosenberg

What: Queen of Cake (aka proprietor of Dufflet Pastries)

Where: 787 Queen Street West, Dufflet Pastries flagship retail shop

You've been a big supporter of bicycle advocacy in the city and donate proceeds from the Tour de Dufflet to the Toronto Cyclists Union. Why did you choose the Bike Union?

With the City cutting back on Bike Month activities, we chose to support the Toronto Cyclists Union this year because they speak up for all cyclists in all parts of Toronto.

Why did you start the Tour de Dufflet?

We wanted to encourage more people to ride their bicycles, with a sweet reason! It’s the perfect circuit around Toronto, with a reward at every stop on the way.

Did you watch the Tour de France this year?

Yes. The Pyrenees are always my favourite part having cycled there a few years ago, breathtaking views! Aerial coverage of the Tour is amazing.

What the furthest you've ever ridden on a bike?

My partner and I travel somewhere different in Europe and North America every fall with our tandem bicycle. There have been a few very long days – 150 km – with challenging climbs. Mont Ventoux in France was by far the most difficult ride I ever experienced, more the downhill than the climb.

Tell us about your bicycle please? Do you transport sweets in it?

I have a vintage 1964 Moulton – a British bicycle designed by Sir Alex Moulton – which has been restored by my partner Martin Kohn. I’ve had it for 30 years and it’s still going strong. (It helps when you live with your mechanic!) I sometimes take along pastries for friends and dinner parties.

How often do you ride? What is your commute like?

I try to cycle to work in Etobicoke when weather permits. It’s a 10 km ride from home, with a mixed bag of conditions along Queen Street West, The Queensway and the Humber bike path. I often take the Lakeshore bike path home although the paths can sometimes be as hazardous as the roads with high bicycle, roller blade and pedestrian traffic.

Have you ever ridden your bike to a gala event? Have you ever worn heels while riding?

I have taken my bike to galas as Dufflet Pastries supports many local annual events like Luminato, Toronto Taste and Eat to the Beat. I’m not a big fan of heels, but if they’re needed to complete an outfit, I usually just bring a change of shoes with me and ride my bike in flats.

What would you do to improve cycling in the city?

Stop removing bike lanes! And expand the West Toronto Railpath. I think both cyclists and drivers need to increase their awareness of what’s around them.

What's your favourite food (other than cake, of course!)?

Pasta – I cannot live without noodles.

What is your favourite pastry?

That’s a difficult question. I love vanilla cake (from Dufflet, of course) but also Mille Feuille, which I will travel far and wide to find.

What is your favourite summertime food?

Ontario peaches.

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2011 Bicycle Film Festival Toronto Preview – Racing Towards Red Hook

RACING TOWARDS RED HOOK
USA 2011 | HD 20 min.
Dir. Jessica Scott & Hyde Harper

In "Racing Towards Red Hook," three cyclists of diverse backgrounds compete in one of New York City’s biggest underground events, the 2011 Red Hook Criterium. The rules are simple: 20 laps, one gear, zero brakes. Each March, more than 80 mostly-amateur cyclists pin on the numbers to race through the streets of Brooklyn’s industrial Red Hook neighborhood, navigating a technical course. Illuminated only by streetlight and moonlight, the 2011 course is extremely challenging and lined with hundreds of spectators, despite windy, sub-freezing temperatures at the 11pm start. Riders dream of winning the famed cobblestone trophy, and with every passing year, the competition gets fiercer.

Frank Warren, a Brooklyn coffee shop owner, hopes to shock the field and win his first-ever crit as a virtual unknown. Al Barouh, a seasoned rider who works at a local bike shop and teaches New York children how to ride track bikes, finished third a previous year and looks to take a step up on the podium this time around. Defending champion Dan Chabanov, a bike messenger and rising star in the cycling world, hopes to use his experience cross racing to power ahead of the field once again.

Unique and daring, the Red Hook Crit brings together athletes of all sorts of racing disciplines and varied backgrounds to compete in an event that’s like no other. It’s a type of race that’s on the verge of a worldwide explosion, and the Brooklyn riders are the heartbeat of the fixed gear criterium movement.

Racing Towards Red Hook will be shown as part of BFF Program 1 starting at 7:00 pm on Friday, August 12, 2011 at The Royal.

Get tickets here.

More Bicycle Film Festival 2011 info here.

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