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With three Olympic medals and 30 national titles under his fanny pack, Curt Harnett is Canada’s most decorated cyclist and the chef de mission for the 2015 Pan Am Games. He shares his game-changing spots in the city. 

Curt Harnett
01 Cisco Milton Pan Am / Parapan Am Velodrome

I was involved in its design; it’ll be a training centre­ for the Canadian National Cycling Team and a ­community centre, with basketball courts, a running track and a fitness facility. Moms are already pushing strollers on the tracks.

2015 Pan Am Blvd., 905-875-5398, ext. 3200, ­

02 Hudson’s Bay

This is the first time HBC has created a tribute line for Team Canada at the Pan Am Games. Be sure to wear your gear to the Games; when I looked up into the stands as a competitor and saw a Canadian flag, it really spurred me on.

401 Bay St., 416-861-6257,

03 PrideHouse TO

Toronto’s been telling the story of its diversity for years, and will continue to break down stigma during the Games. PrideHouse will be a drop-in clubhouse for athletes as well as the host to a series of art projects and plays for the public to enjoy.

519 Church St., 416-392-6874,

04 Gears Bike Shop

Toronto’s Bike Share program allows for short-term rentals, but more serious cyclists should visit Gears – and tell them I sent you. It’s a great place to hang out and talk shop, and in the summer I organize a bunch of bike rides right from the parking lot.

109 Vanderhoof Ave., 647-729-2500,

05 Lolita’s Lust

This is one of my regular haunts on the Danforth and one of the most romantic restaurants in the city. Toronto’s east end has an impressive culinary scene these days, but I’m the first to admit that I come here knowing I’m going to order the penne with spicy Italian sausage yet again.

513 Danforth Ave., 647-559-2630,

06 Gio Rana’s Really Really Nice Restaurant

You don’t have to be an athlete in training to fuel up on authentic Italian food. This 1950s-style diner in Leslieville has a Brussels-sprout slaw I dream about.

1220 Queen St. E., 416-469-5225



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