Meaghan Hackinen is an ultra-endurance cyclist and author of South Away: The Pacific Coast on Two Wheels (NeWest Press, 2019) a travel memoir based on her first bicycle tour with her sister. Other two-wheeled adventures have taken Meaghan 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, and Trans Am Bike Race, NorthCape4000, Transcontinental Race, and Paris-Brest-Paris finisher. She holds several women’s course records, including the BC Epic 1000 and Big Lonely bikepacking races, as well as at the World 24 Hour Time Trial Championships.
Meaghan’s writing explores relationships, experiences on the road, and encounters with wild places. You can find her creative non-fiction, poetry, and prose in literary journals and cycling magazines, including American Randonneur, Cargo Lit Mag, Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing, The Feathertale Review, The Fieldstone Review, Momentum Mag, One Throne, untethered, and Poetry All Over the Floor, the Tonight It’s Poetry anthology. Her essay “Where the Tide Rushes Between” was a 2016 National Magazine Awards finalist and Best American Essays 2016 Notable Essay; her travel memoir, South Away: The Pacific Coast on Two Wheels (NeWest Press, 2019) was released with praise from reviewers, and has been shortlisted for a 2020 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, and a 2020 Alberta Book Publishing Award. Meaghan has an MFA in Writing from the University of Saskatchewan. She lives on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the Syilx/Okanagan People in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia.