Monday, December 7, 2009

Ciro Viviano & Maple Leaf Cycling Club (MLCC) Windsor, Canada

Maple Leaf Cycling Club [MLCC] Canada.
Ciro Viviano, Maple Leaf Cycling Club (MLCC) Canada [Photos: MLCC]Ciro Viviano racing in the Tour D'Italia, Windsor, Ontario, Canada [Photos: MLCC]
Back in 1990 & 1991, I joined Caboto Velo Cycling Club of Windsor, Ontario, Canada and it was there that I met Ciro Viviano, a lifetime Cyclist devoted to the two-wheels movement. Ciro and I were good friends and we shared many commonalities like cycling, running, athletic training and even scooters (gas-driven, his: 1965 Vespa S.S. and mine: Honda PA-50). Truth is, we did much more cycling than riding our gas-burners. The training ground consisted of a grid of intersecting roadways around the city of Windsor and across greater Essex County's concessions in a corner of southwestern Ontario.

We both chose cycling as a lifestyle choice, whereas, most people our age chose social activities that didn't involve bikes. Clearly, we had something different in mind. Cycling gives life, uber energy, personal strength, and a form of yoga on two wheels, allowing the participant to relax and let go of life's pains and concerns.

The clubs we belonged to (Caboto and later Maple Leaf Cycling Club) gave us support in training and introduced many concepts in cycling theory and out on the road with Criterions (CRITS), Road Racing (RR), Individual Time Trails (ITT) and Endurance Training (Sprint intervals, Long Distance Training) that are essentially fundamental to successful endurance racing and training.

Think of the physical/mental capabilities involved in overcoming continuous 'mental' barriers out on the road: head winds, elevation ascents, rain, snow, fatigue, self-doubt (does your mind play tricks on you? "Stop, tired...No, keep going, finish..." and the test of will power to overcome everyone of those challenges is always with you as a Cyclist endurance athlete.

I left Caboto Velo Club after the 1991 season, turning back to offroad MTB riding for the fall, but Ciro Viviano had another idea: "Bri, why don't you come with me and start training with Maple Leaf Cycling Club (MLCC)." I thought it over, and I think the answer came right away, "Great idea Ciro! Ok! I'll come." So, I followed Ciro to a school gymnasium to meet the new club members, and became a member again into a new community of riders in Maple Leaf Cycling Club coached by the fierce and friendly Aldo Sfalcin of Windsor.

Ciro Viviano also instilled a lot of faith in my training efforts, for him I should give great gratitude for always encouraging and participating in the training together. We also were the only members in Caboto Velo Club to complete a full (480km) ride from Windsor, Ontario to Grand Bend, Ontario (10 hours=240km, 11 hours=240km) in 21 hours!

We returned to this duo-endurance event in long distance touring the following season, completing 240km and 120kms in 1.5 days (10 hours=240km, 6 hours=120km), the second attempt was interrupted by a hail storm, a stray dog [we rescued! and lived with me for 7 years afterwards], and finally a hitch back into Windsor. What we did on these (Long Distance Tours) LDT had nothing in common with our teammates, I remember there were quite a few jokes about it in the Club, but it definitely ignited my interests in adventure cycling, and that fire hasn't gone out after 19 years!

I later went on to motorcycle across the United States and northern Ontario and Western Canada five times (1994-1998) taking in 24,000km over 60 days on the saddle. Canoe across Quetico Provincial Park as a wilderness guide. Lead/guide camping adventures in the American southwest (California, Nevada, Utah, 21 days=5000 miles). And even spend 5 months learning meditation and yoga at the SRF Meditation Center in the mountains of southern California, following 10 months of surfing alongside California and coast of Mexico's Baja peninsula.

GO GREEN. Today, I am focused on GREEN REVOLUTIONS OF TWO WHEELS so the move is entirely back to human-powered vehicles (HPV's) and what better one than a bicycle, that's where the world became empowered in motion, which today can free up almost anyone with a dream to ride around the world. Think about it, go green!

Thanks to Ciro Viviano and Maple Leaf Cycling Club of Windsor, Ontario and their members for supporting my 2012-2013 Arctic to Argentina non-profit, Charity-focused, Cycling Expedition. To all of you, let's work to keep the rubberside down!

Brian Perich, Adventure Cyclist - South Korea

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Brian Perich was an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) lecturer for a decade, father, and adventure cyclist based in South Korea.

Previously, Brian has led Canoe adventures in Quetico Provincial Park, Atikokan, Ontario, Canada (1993/1999); led Grand American camping adventures (2000); lived at Paramahansa Yogananda's SRF Ashram for 5 months (see the film "AWAKE"), formerly worked in titanium welding at Agilent Technologies, formerly worked in Winery industry in Marin County with Kendall Jackson in California; Surfing and Meditation continued for several years in California, British Columbia, South Korea, Yoga training in California 1999-2000.

Between 1994-1998 - Brian completed his own adventures with motorcycles. His motorcycling marathons took him across the United States and central/western Canada, while traveling solo over an astounding 24,000km in 60 days! Brian endured 900 mile/1300km average days in the motorcycle saddle and apparently loved every minute of those adventures.

Today, he has given up motorcycle adventures altogether, but finds an outlet for his enthusiasm in outdoor recreation while bicycle touring and micro-blogging about those experiences on his mountain bikes.

While employed as an English teacher in South Korea, Brian has became an advocate for bicycle touring on his mountain bikes. The Korean-World blog originated from those small adventures in Korea, now expanded to cover his recent trek down the TransMongolian highway to the Gobi Desert, cycling 900km east through the Khentii grasslands and in 2012 crossing Mongolia in 45 days, 2500 kilometers 1553 miles. HimalayasX expedition Brian previously cycled across western China, the Taklamakan Desert, the northern Himalayas of East Turkestan Xinjiang/Uyghur Autonomous Region, the corrugated back roads and mountains of Kham Tibet. Brian successfully completed his 2011 mountain bike expedition with 3200 kilometers / 1988 miles unsupported, on/off road MTB adventure cycling.
Brian has completed his second mountain bike journey, MongoliaX expedition - Crossing Mongolia 2012, an unsupported mountain bike MTB expedition across 2500km of Outer Mongolia from Ulanbaatar to Altai Taven-Bogd National Park bordering China, Russia and Mongolia.

In 2013, as a sequel to a trilogy of cycle tours, Brian enjoyed a more leisure bicycle tour onboard his Koga-Miyata World Traveller seeing the northern tier of the United States and western Canada covering 3400 kilometers / 2000 miles in 30 days. This North American cycle tour was called Totherocktour. Enjoying the adventure of bicycle travel and every great conversation started while traveling on the road - has refueled his inspirations to cycle around the Earth. In 2013, while he cycled solo from the Great Lake State of Michigan, United States to Banff National Park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. He weaved through local communities and reconnected with friends, family and community after spending almost a decade in Asia.

Brian is now supporting several non-profit foundations through expeditions: IDEAS Foundation of Canada IDEAS is the acronym for Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society which supports the IBD community, those suffering from IBD-inflammatory bowel disease, also known as Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis.

The second non-profit foundation is ETE.ORG - Education Through Expeditions, UK which supports educational outreach programs inside schools around the world. ETE connects explorers with students in the classroom, through an interactive online program in development (Beta).

Brian is researching support for a 18000 kilometer bicycle expedition across the Americas: North, Central and South America - ONE -Arctic to Argentina
Please contact him if you are interested in helping out.

Twitter: Cycleagain
Location: Gangneung, Gangwon-do, South Korea or southern Ontario, Canada.

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