I’ve entered the Québec Singletrack Experience—a seven-stage mountain bike stage race based in Quebec City—and feel a little out of my element. I’m not a racer, but do love exploring and riding new trails. This sort of event is new terrain for me; I know there’s a lot I probably haven’t considered. I’ve put in as much training as time has allowed, but I do have a day job and other obligations that have limited my volume.
The BC Bike Race has set the standard for multi-day mountain bike stage races, and the 2017 edition marks the 11th edition of the event. Riders from 33 countries will line up at the start line for Stage 1 in Cumberland, B.C., including defending champion Cory Wallace, back home in Canada following victory at the 2017 World 24 Hour Solo Championships.
If you go out in the woods today, you’d better keep watchful eyes. Ticks, Poison Ivy, and Giant Hogweed can all take the fun out of a mountain bike ride, so be mindful of what to watch for, and what to do if you have an encounter with any of the above. Ticks are getting a lot of press in recent years, and the attention is understandable. Some ticks carry bacteria that causes Lyme disease, a condition that is lifelong and presents in a myriad of less-than-desirable symptoms.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
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Exact case matching or punctuation
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A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".