Archive for December, 2013

Keeping up with the holiday spirit and fun, here’s Kelsey’s 2013 in Review! Enjoy!

My Year in Review

I am actually SAD to say goodbye to 2013! It was a year that treated me well, and one that was certainly full of surprises.

The year started with me being part-way through my holistic nutrition diploma (which meant I was soaking up the student lifestyle perhaps one last time), still discovering and exploring the city of Toronto, and finally getting up on the instructors platform to teach classes at CYKL. I’ve spent almost a year instructing at the studio now, and have literally loved each and every minute of every class I teach. I can certainly consider this one of my 2013 highlights (yes, I really do look forward to my 5:30am alarm clock on Thursday mornings!)

In addition, after a summer packed with studying for my board exams and relaxing cottage weekends – I landed a full-time job with a new grocery banner under the Loblaws brand. The store is in the works currently, and will be opening in 2014. I am beyond excited to eventually share this project with you all, since it’s going to rock the world of grocery shopping!

Fitness-related accomplishments included purchasing my very first road bike (a beautiful blue and white BMC) which I got well-acquainted with during the summer and fall seasons. I know 2014 will have some races up its sleeve for Read the rest of this entry »

20 Dec 2013

A year in Review with Kelsey

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Our fabulous instructor Jess, gives us her 2013 Year in Review. Unfortunately for CYKL she is leaving us for bigger and better things in British Columbia, so with warm hearts and hugs we say goodbye to the always awesome and inspiring Jess. Good luck out West, hope to see your beautiful face when you visit TO!

A Year in Review with Jess

Since joining the CYKL community as a rider in 2011, contemplating why the hell I had signed up to ride 200km in the Ride to Conquer Cancer that year when I was too afraid to even get on a bike, I can honestly say that I’ve changed immensely and my 2013 is proof of that.

This year, I took advantage of getting out on my road bike as much as I could. Between two beautiful weekends at Blue Mountain at CYKL Experience and covering riding over 200 km to completing my 3rd Ride to Conquer Cancer to tackling the Ride for Heart for the first time and finally, riding the C50 at the Centurion, I’m in the midst of a hot and steamy love affair with my bike and I don’t see it cooling down any time soon. I’ve come a long way since Jen taught me how to unclip in a deserted parking lot in High Park. So much so, that I’ve already signed up for my first century ride in 2014’s Tour de Palm Springs event!

Turning to cycling after a serious ankle sprain whilst training for a half-marathon, I was hesitant to lace up my runners and hit the pavement again. But inspired by my uncle who took up running at the age of 65, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to run side by side with him at this year’s Scotiabank 5km. We ran at an average pace of 5:04 and I cranked out a PB, finishing 19 out of 558 in my age category! Beyond hitting the road, this year also marked my return to the stage and I performed in a couple of dance showcases by City Dance Corps this year. If you know me well, you know dance is one of my favourite things to do and it was an indescribable feeling twirling and leaping under the big lights once again.

Big life changes took place in 2013 beyond all the awesomeness I just described. I became an aunt for the first time and what a game changer it is holding a 10 minute old little human. I think I can somewhat understand now what people mean when they say you experience a new kind of love with the birth of a child. And speaking of love, I fell deeper in it with the man who has become the love of my life… ironic that we met cycling in 2012’s Ride to Conquer Cancer! He has been transferred to Vancouver and in January, 2014, I will be joining him. A bittersweet turn of events for sure- one that has not come without a rollercoaster ride of disbelief, tears, laughs and excitement. As I look ahead to what the future brings on the west coast, I am pumped for all the amazing cycling I can do, running along the ocean and I’m finally going to get my half-ironman in next year!

Having said that, I would not be who I am had I not signed up for bike #4 back in April, 2011, had I not joined the CYKL community, had I not crossed paths with all of you…. And for that, I would like to thank you CYKL riders for EVERYTHING over the past 3ish years. I’m beyond grateful for getting to know you, for rocking Thursday nights and Saturday mornings with you, for riding crazy theme rides and 3 hour ones too, for seeing your smiling faces around the studio and everything in between. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; CYKL is quite the magical community and it’s doubtful there’s any place else like this anywhere and it’s because of you incredible people! Thank you thank you thank you!! 


Check her out before she leaves in January, Thursday at 7pm and Saturdays at 8am

CYKL team


13 Dec 2013

A year in review with Jess!

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CYKL is hosting a 3 HOUR SWEATY SANTA RIDE on Sunday December 29th from 12pm to 3pm!

Perfectly timed so you can sweat out all the holiday junk, and feel good going into the New Year!

Sign up TODAY!




11 Dec 2013


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CYKL’s Winter Base Training Program is 70% SOLD OUT!!! Only a few spots remain in both the Saturday 4pm and Sunday 12pm programs! This 13 week program starts January 4th and will run to the end of March.

Who is this program for??  This program is for everyone! From cyclists hitting the road or the trails this 2014 season, those riding in charity rides like the RTCC or gran fondos like the Centurion. Multi-sport athletes like triathletes, duathletes, adventure racers and runners looking to cross-train for their events. As well as indoor riders looking to get an edge on their training, and to learn more about cycling training and aerobic endurance training.

This is CYKL’s MOST popular program, if you’re interested SIGN UP SOON. It will sell out!

Click here to sign up today

CYKL team


10 Dec 2013

WBTP 2014 – 70% SOLD OUT

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As the manager of CYKL, I always love to know how my instructors and staff are doing in their daily lives, and what they’re up in terms of training (races & fitness goals). Last week I asked all our instructors to give me their personal “2013 in review”. As they slowly trickle in, I will post them here, so you can get to know our CYKL crew on more of a personal level, away from the sweaty spandex and intense music! Hopefully these posts inspire you to reflect on your personal journey in 2013 and get you pumped for setting those big goals in 2014.

Kara’s 2013 in Review

Sadly I didn’t rock any super long exciting rides this year on my road bike, but I did get to spend a lot of time in the studio in the summer when everyone else was gone riding and that more than made up for it. I also spent a lot of time in my kitchen whipping up delicious vegan fare and hashing out a plan for 2014 to kick some serious butt.

Over the past (almost) 2 years at CYKL I have gained a reputation as the in house yogi-hippie. So, naturally I started 2013 out by travelling to Costa Rica to live in a hut, eat raw vegan, and do yoga & surf for a week. This was a great way to start what would turn out to be a roller coaster year.

I had a lot of time to reflect on where I spend my time and the fact that I, like so many others, work too much. BUT, I am happy to say that my time at CYKL does not feel like “work” and I feel fortunate to be a part of such an awesome fitness family.

At the beginning of 2013 I made a resolution to Cultivate Love Always – whether this is self-love, stranger love, friend & family love – it doesn’t matter. Taking the time to connect with others and truly get to know what inspires them and motivates them has allowed me to feel a larger sense of community in this big city inside & out of the studio.

For most people I know, 2013 was a year of change. Observing how everyone navigated these changes was truly inspiring and because of this I have to say that I was inspired by the human ability to adapt. Both physical & emotional, I was blown away this year by human resilience and the strength of human connection.

Heading into 2014 I hope to continue to be inspired by the CYKL crew bringing it 24/7 and feel grateful for my friends and family for always supporting me no matter how lofty my goals.


Find her teaching Saturday’s  TOP 40 Class at 9:30am


9 Dec 2013

A year in review!

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