Meaghan Hackinen is a Kelowna-based bikepacker and writer whose two-wheeled adventures have taken her from Haida Gwaii to Mexico’s high plateaus, across Canada and the United States, and from North Cape to Tarifa along some of Europe’s highest paved roads.
She is a 4X Everester as well as a Transcontinental Race, Trans Am Bike Race, and Paris-Brest-Paris brevet finisher. Meaghan holds the women’s course record for the World 24-Hour Time Trial Championships, among others.
In 2023, Meaghan took the overall solo win in all but one of the endurance races she competed in, including the Buckshot and Lost Elephant in British Columbia, Silver State 508 in Nevada, and an Individual Time Trial of the Log Driver’s Waltz in Canada’s Capitol region.
Her debut travel memoir, "South Away: The Pacific Coast on Two Wheels" (NeWest Press, 2019) was shortlisted for two Canadian book awards and her follow up, "Shifting Gears: Coast to Coast on the Trans Am Bike Race" was just released to critical acclaim.
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Who is Meaghan
Her 2023 cycling plans and how she structures her training in the winter
Letting things fall into place and being opportunistic
Having a dislocated finger and getting COVID
Working with a coach in the past
Using TrainerRoad as her cycle training platform
Using the Dynamic Cyclist app for strength, stretching and mobility work
Writing the races down on her calendar
Preparing herself and her bikes
Choosing races with the goal of competing at her best level
Setting a new women's FKT
the importance of nutrition and recovery
Creating a cue sheet with resupply points, elevation high points, and challenging features
Having a to-do list and a checklist
Journaling and giving yourself space
Meditating and feeling much better afterwards
Transitioning from road cycling to off-road gravel adventures
Enjoying the challenge and discovering unexpected places
Carrying a bike through obstacles like water crossings and steep hills
Not training very much on the TT bike this year
Having a friendly and supportive cycling community
Finding rivalries motivating
Finishing the Dark Divide race alongside her partner
Describing the Dark Divide and what it's like
Writing and releasing her new book, Shifting Gears: Coast to Coast on the Trans Am Bike Race
Having a transformative experience in 2017 that made her write a book
Lessons and realizations that made her grow
Reflecting on solo mountain biking experience
Her plans for 2024
Final words of advice
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