Bicycle Nova Scotia


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April, 2018
Edition #43
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BNS Updates

Spring Membership Prices in Effect

Prices for General and WoW Membership (Expire on Dec 31, 2018)
April 1:                     $30
July 1:                      $20
October 1:               $10

To sign up to become a member, visit our Join BNS webpage or follow the links to go there directly. Race/Tech LicenseGeneral MembershipWoW

We look forward to growing our membership this year. So please come and join us…and help spread the word!

What’s Happening in NS

Heartland Tour
The 12th annual Heartland Tour rolls on in July, visiting eight communities across the province. Mark your calendars and plan to ride – or walk – with the Heartland Core Team and many of your cycling friends, old and new.

This year you will see more of our new physical activity marketing tool – the Heartland Prescription – as we continue to innovate with approaches to encourage Nova Scotians to become more physically active. We know Bicycle Nova Scotia members and supporters have already made smart lifestyle choices but we need your help. Heartland Tour founder and President of the Cardiac Cycling Society of Nova Scotia, Nick Giacomantonio (aka Dr. Nick) is inviting all members of the greater cycling community to join us in promoting the good health of our population, communities, and province. Whatever your cycling passion, we all share these common goals.

Did we say our events are free, supported, and we provide some nutrition as well? Registrants get a t-shirt and are entered in prize draws. Our local organizers select routes that showcase the area’s road cycling opportunities. We are often on designated or proposed sections of the Blue Route.

Speaking of blue – we are excited about this year’s jersey design which has a vintage look in a blue similar to that of our province’s flag. We will have some jerseys for sale during our events; the price hasn’t been set as we still working out final costs. We sell to cover our costs so the price will remain reasonable and in line with previous years.

As always, we appreciate our many sponsors, including all the local bike shops we all support – right! The province has always been a generous sponsor but we are proud of the fact that 90% or more of our resources are not taxpayer dollars. Corporations like BMO write cheques; regional and local businesses, like Ambassatours, donate or discount equipment and services; and individuals volunteer their time, energy and talents, like Raj Makkar in Truro.

Spring has arrived – lube your chain and enjoy your riding. Plan to join us in July and, if you get a chance, give a thumbs-up to our sponsors.

Keep updated: Heartland Tour Nova Scotia

Making Tracks Cycling Just Got Even Better!

Making Tracks Cycling is pleased to offer more equitable and accessible programs and services to BNS members, cycling clubs, and organizations in 2018-2019 to increase cycling confidence, preparedness, safety, and skills of more people. Here is what we offer:

  • * Free one-day cycling leadership training for adults and older youth
  • * Free half-day bike care and maintenance clinics for adults and youth
  • * Half-day cycling programs for children and youth (costs apply)
  • Free program support and toolkit loans for trained leaders

*Restrictions to group size and/or ability apply

Contact Julian at 902-538-0520 or today for more information.

Velo Halifax Bicycle Club

The oldest running bicycle club in Nova Scotia, the Velo Halifax Bicycle Club, is please to announced their 2018 ride schedule. Founded in 1974, we are a recreational road touring club offering day rides every Sunday and Wednesday morning from April to mid-October. Our rides vary in distance from 40 to 100km and we enjoy exploring every “nook and cranny” of our beautiful province. We sometime even venture further afield to North America and Europe.

For more information, please check us out at or to look us up on Facebook.

Join us for a ride and discover what we have to offer. First ride of the season starts in Wolfville on April 8th. See you there!

SATA Trails Society awarded authority to construct non-motorized, AT trail on the Eastern Shore

Gaetz Brook Greenway will be built on the Crown Lands of the abandoned railway bed. It will connect from East Chezzetcook to Musquodoboit Harbour.

SATA Trails Society is pleased and excited to announce that the Provincial Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has officially awarded it the authority to construct, maintain, and operate the Gaetz Brook Greenway in accordance with conditions established by the DNR. This multi-use, non-motorized, active transportation greenway will be developed on the former abandoned CN rail corridor from East Chezzetcook to the rail corridor junction at Highway #7.

SATA Trails is proud to be a part of developing this Greenway, which will be an important active transportation link in the provincial network as well as a valuable community asset for the Eastern Shore.

Volunteer or comment on our website.

Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes Regional Park Citizen’s Meeting

Thursday, April 12
St. Peter’s Anglican Church Hall

All are invited to a public meeting on April 12th for updates and information on park progress. We will also explore interest in forming a citizen’s group, such as a “Friends of Blue Mountain” group, to speak up for creation of the promised park and collaborate with the municipality and other levels of government.

The Recreational Trail Expansion Grant Program 2018-2019 
Now accepting applications

The program provides funding to community groups, municipalities, Mi’kmaq Band Councils, and  ‘not-for- profit’ organizations to develop new trails, expand recreational trails, and capital upgrades to existing trails in order to increase opportunities for Nova Scotians to recreate in the outdoors and connect with nature.
The guidelines for the Recreational Trail Expansion Grant program can be found at

The deadline to apply is April 30th, 2018.

If you want to discuss the Recreational Trails Expansion Grant program contact Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage Trails Consultant, Steve Vines at steve.vines@novascotia.ca902-396-1325

2nd National Bike Summit

Early-bird registration for the 2nd National Bike Summit (May 28-29) ends April 15th:

Upcoming Events

2018 South Shore Sip, Savour and Cycle Tour, Sat. May 19th, 2018
Kick off the season with this great event, pairing some of the best cycling routes on the South Shore with locally-crafted food and drink. Choose routes from 25km to 104km on trail or quiet, scenic roadways. See more details, check out the routes and register at

Women’s Ride Day, Sunday, May 27th, 2018
An annual tradition on the South Shore – start off your riding season with this social ride along the Bay to Bay Trail and quiet roadway along the shoreline to Mahone Bay. The route is 17.5km at a relaxing pace  – open to women 12yrs+, gather your friends, sisters, aunties, mother’s and daughters and enjoy the camaraderie. This is a Free Event, no pre-registration required. Leaving the public parking lot on Clairmont Street, Mahone Bay at 10am, Sunday, May 27th. A hybrid or mountain bike would be suitable for this ride. For more information, call Sweet Ride Cycling at (902) 531-3026 or email:

Candyass Group Road Rides,  May 4th – August 27th, 2018
Wednesdays at 6:30 from May to the end of August, Sweet Ride Cycling hosts group road rides leaving from Mahone Bay. These rides are for dedicated, drop-bar road bikes, with two paces and two distances (25-45km) offered. There is no cost for these rides. For more information contact Sweet Ride Cycling at or call us at (902) 531-3026.

Workshop: Bike Tutorial
May 5, 2018 (11:00 AM – 2:00 PM)
Musquodoboit Harbour Public Library (Ages 10+)

Bring your bike and helmet to get a demonstration on correct sizing, pumping tires, adjusting brakes, and fixing a flat tire.

Please register by calling 902-889-2227.
In partnership with Women on Wheels

Bike Week: Family Kick-off Carnival
June 2, 2018 (1:00 PM – 4:00 PM)
Eastern Shore Community Centre

Bring your bikes and join us for this fun family event to kick off Bike Week. Drop in for some bike-related fun, food, and outdoor activities. Ride a bike through an off-roading course, listen to stories about cycling, or make a craft. There will be opportunities to decorate your bikes, make sure they are ready for the road, learn about road and bike safety, and much more.

In case of rain, the event will be held inside the rink.
In partnership with Halifax Public Libraries and Halifax Recreation

Cabot Trail in 4 Days, 2018

Registration is now open for this popular tour.  Tour dates are Saturday August 11th to Tuesday August 14th and it begins and ends at the Gaelic College on the Cabot Trail in St. Anne’s Bay.

We offer luggage transfers, two support vehicles loaded with snacks and refreshments, three nights accommodations, three suppers and breakfasts, and showers at the end of the tour. Our two cycling guides live locally and have lead tours of the trail for a decade. Tour cost is $665.00 per person, double accommodation. And if you are travelling alone we will match you up with a roommate.

The Cabot Trail is a must do for any cyclist and our tour is designed to give you time to really enjoy the scenery, stop at one the white sand beaches, hike in the Highlands National Park, and visit artists and artisans along the way. Each day involves 70 to 85kms of cycling and our two support vehicles means both speedy and relaxed riders are serviced.  Everyone gets to ride at his or her own pace.

This tour fills up quickly so register early to secure your spot. Once 40 riders have registered we will establish a waiting list.

Register here!

Women on Wheels Social Update
On Saturday, March 3, Women on Wheels held a Spring Social at the Dobson Yacht Club in Sydney. The social was part of a program called Project Pink from funding received through the Central Cape Breton Community Health Board to bring women together to promote healthy living, healthier choices, and provide a positive outlook and network for women with common experiences and goals.

Big thanks to WOW Founder and Coordinator Shelley Johnson for co-planning the social. There will be more activities in the upcoming months so stay tuned.

Nova Scotia Outdoor Network 
Provincial Summit
Brigadoon Village in Aylesford on April 13 & 14.

Outdoor professionals, provincial and municipal recreation staff, outfitters, educators and outdoor enthusiasts are welcome. See the results of regional consultations and discuss topics including risk management, outdoor leadership, training, certification and more. 

The Nova Scotia Outdoor Network is a project of Recreation Nova Scotia. The event is a partnership of the TD Bank Group, Recreation Nova Scotia, the Province of Nova Scotia and Cape Breton University – Sport and Physical Activity Leadership. Registration is $35 to $95 depending on sessions and meals chosen. All registration options include nutrition breaks.

View a draft program and registration Click Here.

Atlantic Canada Active Transportation Summit
The Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities, in partnership with the Province of Nova Scotia and the Halifax Regional Municipality, will be hosting the first Atlantic Canada Active Transportation Summit to be held on May 23-24, 2018 at the Halifax Central Library.  The event will feature guest speakers from across Atlantic Canada and will promote information sharing among communities and practitioners.

Registration and preliminary program for the Atlantic Active Transportation Summit (May 23-24) is now available:

Lost Shores Gran Fondo

Hey, it’s our fault and we love it. We live on the edge… of this huge fault line. The Cobequid-Chedabucto fault line creates the scenic rolling hills along Chedabucto Bay. You’re riding on the part that used to be near Morocco in Africa before continents started moving around. Believe us, we sure heard about those scenic damn hills from the first 2 Fondo events. It sounded a bit like a love-hate kind of thing.

You’ve already ridden 30, 50 or 100 km and you’re on the homestretch; only 14km to the beer tent. Hydration and carbs feel good; let’s enjoy this. You’ve seen the Queensport light and that sure sounded like Stan Rogers as you rolled through Halfway Cove. It’s a lovely long coaster ride down to the bridge. “Wheee”, now back to work… another friggin’ hill. Welcome to the Fear and Loathing in Lost Shores Hill Climb. Yes, we’re timing the climb for the 400 cyclists who will tackle this hill Sept 8th. We know some cyclists cannot resist a challenge. We also know from Strava data from 126 riders that the best cyclists can do this in 6 minutes.

You pedal up and around the curve and past where the road fell into the ocean a few years back. Soon there is a climbing lane that takes you to the crest as naked rock faces show where the road was cut into the ancient granite. This is why you started training last spring. This is why you watch your carbs and fluids so carefully. Yeah…. we got this, we’re going to survive. Oh yeah, nice scenery too.

At 2.8 km, you reach the crest. Our final rest stop is just a hundred meters ahead at the Lookoff. Then it’s only 11 km to a cold Nova Scotian craft beer, BBQ ribs/chicken, and live music with 500 friends. We’ll post the results back at the event site with category winners for every age group and route.

Details at We draw a free registration at the end of every month. Register early for best chance to win.

Bike Maintenance 101 – weekly on Mondays
Bike Maintenance 201 – topics rotate (Brakes, Derailleurs, Drivetrain and Wheel Truing)

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