Bicycle Nova Scotia

July, 2017 Edition #34


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BNS Updates

Rum Runners Trail Grand Opening Ride: July 30th, 2017  Bicycle Nova Scotia is proud to help launch the official opening of the Rum Runners trail, as well as its official designation as part of the Blue Route network. With the support of the Canada 150 celebration, BNS is helping to facilitate a ride of the trail, open for all ages and abilities. Come out and ride the trail! Celebrate its opening and support all the volunteers and people who have put in so much hard work to make it happen.   When: July 30, starting at 9am Where: 2 start locations (East/West): Mahone Bay or Timberlea, riding to Hubbards. What it is: This is a ride to celebrate the official opening of the Rum Runners trail, as well as its official designation as part of the Blue Route network. There will be a party with food and refreshments at the end of the ride where we can get together, talk about the ride, and meet some of the people and organizations that have been instrumental in making this trail happen.   How it works: The ride will be leaving from two starting points (East/West), both starting at 9am and both ending up in Hubbards for 12:30pm. There will be a meet up at a halfway point where people can join the ride to make it shorter. The length of ride from either direction is approximately 45km (90km round trip). For more details and to register, click here. Facebook event (please share!) View the map of the ride with meet up locations. If you have any interest in volunteering, please contact

Incident Report Update Thank you to everyone who has been contributing to our Incident Report Form. Lots of scary incidents happening on the roads out there. Good to remember though that there are also many people having positive experiences with polite and encouraging drivers. Be safe on the roads, everyone. Here’s the tally: Near Miss: 50 Harassing Behaviour by Motorist: 31 Cyclist Hit by Motorist: 18 Death of a Cyclist: 6 Cyclist ‘Doored’ by Motorist: 1 Report an incident View the map

Mountain Bike Trails Update July Update from VP of Trails Advocacy, Chuck Sutton:

In 2016, Nova Scotia Environment made provision for the use of mountain bikes in the Five Bridges Lakes Wilderness Area. Although these trails are not lauded by the mountain bike community as the most fun trails to ride on a mountain bike, this is a first in Nova Scotia allowing for the use of mountain bikes in a protected wilderness area and has established momentum for the development of further projects of this kind.

I have spoken with both DNR and NSE and both are agreeable to the idea of mountain bike trail development on both crown land as well as wilderness protected areas in the province. Neither organization, however has a policy established or the resources available for the development of such trails. As such, it will be up to organizations such as the McIntosh Run Watershed Association to take on development of such trails. Speaking of which, through the hard work of the McIntosh Run Watershed Association, land use agreements have been established with the Department of Natural Resources as well as Halifax Regional Municipality for the development of sustainable multi-use trails (open to mountain bikes) on their respective lands. Multi-use trails off Norwarren Dr. in the Herring Cove area have been under development for the past year+ with 2 beginner loops nearing completion. MRWA volunteers put in over 1200 hours of volunteer work in the last year… Read more…

Upcoming Races!

For registration and to learn about upcoming races and to register, visit the BNS Race Calendar.



What’s Happening Around Nova Scotia

Cabot Trail Cycling Maps          The Cabot Trail is one of the world’s greatest rides; one that all cyclists should have on their “must-ride” list! The beautiful coastline meets the breathtaking highlands in ways that make you appreciate both to the fullest, while savouring the magnificence of the paved trail at the speed of your bicycle.   Victoria County Cycling Map



Upcoming Events


Ride the Cabot Trail in style and in 4 days   The Cabot Trail in 4 Days is a winning formula as it gives everyone the whole day to ”tour” a part of the trail the way it should be.  You’ll have time to immerse yourself in the culture, explore beaches or shops, meet cyclists, fill photo albums, get to the top of the hills at your pace, and not have to worry about snacks, meals, accommodations, or support. You’ll get to fully appreciate why the Cabot Trail was named one of the top 10 cycling routes by The Lonely Planet. This is your chance to join a group of 40 cyclists who will experience the Trail this year.   This tour always sells out. This year we have a very short waiting list of 2. So if this is something you’ve always wanted to do, $75.00 will reserve a spot on the tour and it fully refundable if you don’t make it off the waiting list.  Did I mention it’s one of the most economical fully supported tours offered?   Check it out!

The Heartland Tour


As the largest cycling fundraiser in Atlantic Canada, the third-annual Ride for Cancer brings together a community of riders to accomplish the extraordinary – to do something BIGGER for cancer in 2017. On Saturday, September 30, 2017, hundreds of participants will embark on an unforgettable and picturesque journey throughout the South Shore, riding in solidarity for today’s cancer treatments and tomorrow’s cancer cures. With multiple distance options via trail and road, this one-day cycling event is for riders of all abilities and experience levels. All you need is a bike, helmet and a drive to make a difference for those facing a cancer diagnosis. YOUR RIDE. YOUR IMPACT.

When you Ride for Cancer, you’re joining an epic movement of patients, survivors, family and friends; all riding towards a common goal: to make a big impact on cancer care in our region. In Atlantic Canada, 15,000 individuals are diagnosed with cancer each year. By riding with us on September 30 and committing to fundraise $1,000 – which can be raised per individual or based on an average per member on a team – you’re taking a stand and supporting these patients. In just two years, Ride for Cancer has raised more than $585,000 net –purchasing crucial equipment for cancer treatment at the QEII Health Sciences Centre, and funding blood cancer research and patient support programs through The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. …And in 2017, we’re going even BIGGER! Register today at

MEC Century Ride – Joe Howe with Velo Halifax

Date: Sunday, 09 July, 2017 Time: 8:00am to 05:00pm Organizer: MEC Halifax Price:  $25.00 For more information: – – – – – –  Bike Maintenance 101 – weekly on Mondays Bike Maintenance 201 – topics rotate (Brakes, Derailleurs, Drivetrain and Wheel Truing)



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