#MSbike

This morning, as thanks for my invitation from the MS Society of Canada to participate in this year’s Scotiabank MS Bike Cowichan Valley Grape Escape, I doodled #endMS. This afternoon I popped out and doodled another of the fundraising initiative’s hashtags: #MSbike.

Following are the Strava fly-bys (at 180x actual speed) that show how these doodles took shape…

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It’s time to #endMS

Yesterday, I received an invitation to ride along on the Scotiabank MS Bike Cowichan Valley Grape Escape – a fundraising ride organized by the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.

An estimated 100,000 Canadians live with MS – an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system that can cause extreme fatigue, lack of coordination, weakness, tingling, impaired sensation, vision problems, bladder problems, cognitive impairment and mood changes. Currently there is no cure, but each day researchers are learning more about what causes MS and are zeroing in on ways to prevent it.

I’m honoured to be invited to participate!

#endMS by GPS artist Stephen Lund in Victoria, BC, Canada GPS Garmin Strava art cyclist cycling creativity #MSbike multiple sclerosis MS Society of Canada Cowichan Valley Grape Escape 2016

On Saturday, July 23, I’ll be riding along on the Scotiabank MS Bike Cowichan Valley Grape Escape – a fundraising event aimed at ending a disease that afflicts some 100,000 Canadians

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Another Olympic doodle: #OlympicPeace

A couple weeks ago, this tweet from the IOC (@Olympics) came across my Twitter feed.

Beyond being moved by the message, I was vaguely aware that the form of the dove would nestle nicely into the cityscape of Victoria. And voila…#OlympicPeace!

#Olympicpeace by GPS artist Stephen Lund in Victoria, BC, Canada GPS Garmin Strava art cyclist cycling creativity Rio de Janeiro IOC International Olympic Committee Rio 2016 summer Olympic Games 2016

You can create your own Olympic peace dove at olympic.org/peace/#/ …or just get on your bike and GPS doodle one!

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An Olympic countdown. A doodle of Brazil. And…

…a huge “Thank you!” to the International Olympic Committee

On Olympic Day (June 23) 2015, I designed and pedalled an #OlympicDay doodle and entered it in an IOC contest for a chance to win a trip for two to Rio de Janeiro. And I won!

As it turned out, the proposed travel dates didn’t work out with my schedule and circumstances, so IOC kindly said “Why don’t you join us in Lausanne, Switzerland – home to the International Olympic Committee headquarters – for Olympic Day 2016?” And from June 21 to 25, that’s exactly what my wife and I did!

In addition to stuffing ourselves with way too much Swiss chocolate and cheese, we attended an Olympic Day reception at the Olympic Museum (with IOC President Thomas Bach – see below), visited the IOC offices and enjoyed a day at the museum courtesy of IOC.

I dedicate this doodle to the IOC — a sincere show of gratitude for their kind hospitality.

Countdown to the summer Olympic Games 2016 and the country of Brazil by GPS artist Stephen Lund in Victoria, BC, Canada GPS Garmin Strava art cyclist cycling creativity Rio de Janeiro Brasil IOC International Olympic Committee Rio 2016

A few snapshots from our holiday in Lausanne, Switzerland (including my photo op with IOC President Thomas Bach):

Lausanne, Switzerland – the Olympic Capital and home of the International Olympic Committee

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Another Venice-inspired doodle: il gondoliere

On Friday, July 1, I planned and pedalled another GPS doodle inspired by my recent holiday in Venice: a gondolier.

Since July 1 marks the anniversary of the enactment of the British North America Act in 1867 – an important milestone on Canada’s way to independence – I made a special Canada Day version of my GPS doodle (with a little help from Photoshop).

Gondolier by GPS artist Stephen Lund in Victoria, BC, Canada GPS Garmin Strava art cyclist cycling creativity Venice Italy Venezia gondola il gondoliere

Interesting facts: 200 years ago, 10,000 gondolas jostled their way through the canals of Venice. Today, the profession of gondolier is controlled by a guild, which issues just 425 licenses. These are granted after periods of training and apprenticeship and a comprehensive exam that tests knowledge of Venetian history and landmarks, foreign language skills and practical skills in handling a gondola.

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“Plague doctor” Venetian mask

Plague doctor (Medico Della Peste) Venetian masks at a Venetian mask shop in Venice, ItalyI’ve just returned from a holiday in Venice, where I saw, on every narrow strada I wandered, a crowded shop selling ornate Venetian masks.

Typically worn during the Carnival of Venice, these masks have a colourful history. One of their uses: to obscure the wearer’s identity and social status, allowing social interaction outside the bounds of everyday convention…and, in many cases, outside the bounds of propriety and morality!

After I completed my doodle, my 13-year-old pointed out that I’d drawn a “plague doctor” mask. With a long beak that makes it one of the most recognizable and bizarre of the Venetian masks, the Medico Della Peste mask’s macabre history originates with 17th century French physician Charles de Lorme, who adopted the mask while treating victims of the Italian Plague. To protect from airborne diseases, plague doctors filled the mask’s bird-like beak with herbs and scented substances like lavender.

“Cool,” I said. “You learned that it school, did you?” “No,” he said. “On a video game. Assassin’s Creed.” And all this time I thought those games were just turning his brain to mush.

Plague doctor Venetian mask by GPS artist Stephen Lund in Victoria, BC, Canada GPS Garmin Strava art cyclist cycling creativity Venice Italy Venezia Carnival plague doctor mask Medico Della Peste

I completed my “plague doctor” Venetian mask doodle on my birthday. Total distance: 41 kilometres – one kilometre for each year of the age I wish I still was.

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Two doodles in one: Gandalf the Grey and Gandalf the White

Gandalf the Grey Wizard by GPS artist Stephen Lund in Victoria, BC, Canada GPS Garmin Strava art cyclist cycling creativity Gandalf wizard JRR Tolkien fantasy

Daily Planet’s feature on “Cycleangelo” aired April 21, 2016. Kudos to segment producer Sean McShane for putting together a fantastic feature. • CLICK TO VIEW

On March 19, I spent the day with Sean McShane to shoot a segment for Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet.

I wanted to doodle something truly magical for the Daily Planet segment, so I was delighted to find – as I pored over my ‘inspirations’ map of Victoria – a hat that looked remarkably like a certain Tolkien wizard’s. From there, I worked my way down to flesh out the rest of the details.

Completing my GPS doodle of Gandalf required 168 kilometres (105 miles) of cycling – 88 km (55 mi) on roads and pathways directly in the doodle, and another 80 km (50 mi) of pedalling to “connect the dots” for the straight lines of Gandalf’s staff and a few other details for which suitable roads simply didn’t exist.

Gandalf the Grey Wizard by GPS artist Stephen Lund in Victoria, BC, Canada GPS Garmin Strava art cyclist cycling creativity Gandalf wizard JRR Tolkien fantasy

My city-sized portrait of Gandalf the Grey Wizard from The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings all began with a simple inspiration – a wizard’s hat – that I found in the city map

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