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We would like to remind everyone about our upcoming BNS June 2017 Newsletter. If you have anything to share that you would like to pass on to others in the cycling community, please be in touch. We would ideally like to have all submissions by May 30th. Ideas for submissions: 

  • Upcoming events
  • Advocacy issues
  • Success stories
  • Volunteer opportunties
  • New biking discoveries
  • Initiatives that are starting up

Let us know! Thanks!


Upcoming Events

150 for 150 – the Heartland Tour Salutes Canada

2017 – Canada celebrates 150 years of nationhood. That number, 150, has another significance. It is the number of minutes of physical activity needed each week to promote good health.

So this year the Heartland Tour will be promoting 150 for 150 – minutes of movement for years of life.

Readers of this Newsletter will not need any encouragement to get active, you are already getting your 150 minutes and more (150 is good, more is better). The challenge is for folks like you to join us to spread the message – whether it is cycling, swimming, dancing or letting the dog take you for a walk – we need to get our families, friends and neighbours away from the screens and moving their bodies more each day.

In addition to all of the benefits to society of more people cycling more often, cycling is an excellent way to get our regular dose of physical activity. As confidence is gained and ability improved we can easily vary the intensity to raise the heart rate and give our bodies a good, and healthy, workout.

The Heartland Tour events are free to all registrants, the rides are fully supported and we have upgraded the giveaway t-shirt which, appropriately enough, will be red this year and includes the official Canada 150 logo – a real collector’s item! There will be prize draws and plenty of fun and camaraderie.

This year we are pleased a to announce we have added Annapolis Royal to our lineup. What better location to celebrate Canada’s 150th.

We start in Halifax on Saturday, July 8 and end in New Glasgow the following Saturday (July 15). Other locations are Yarmouth, Annapolis Royal, Bridgewater, Truro, Antigonish, and Sydney.

Each day will feature a ride that is at least 50 km in length. At an average speed of 20 kph a 50 km ride amounts to about 150 minutes or a week’s worth of physical activity in one ride! We will also have walking options for those who don’t ride.

We welcome all cyclists to come out for one or more of our events to celebrate our country, our communities and our commitment to a life of health and well-being.

Event details and registration will be available soon on our website –

Fear of the Gorge DH Race Race day is Sunday May 28 2017.   Our annual DH race at The Gorge features one of the most fun race courses you will find anywhere! What we may lack in elevation we more than make up in awesome trail features, with rock gardens, step downs, drops, kickers, berms and more – this course is as technical as it is fun.    Saturday: Guided rides, course practice FREE! Get in some practice laps or join in a guided ride of the great trails at The Gorge. Guided ride times TBA.   Sunday: Downhill Race (Pricing/ Online Registration TBA) Two timed runs, full face helmets required, armour recommended. Ages 15 and up (*with select U15 pre-runners). Free rental helmets available on site. Race license required – one event memberships to BNS available for $25 extra.   Registration and practice starts at 9:00. Race runs start at noon. *Interested U15 pre-runners should contact us prior to race day for approval.   For details email: or check us out on Facebook at


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

Paramedic Ride East

2017 Women’s Ride Day, Sunday, May 27th, 10am – 12pm

Gather your friends, family and fellow female riders to kick-off the spring with a relaxing 17.5km loop from Mahone Bay, along the Bay to Bay Segment of the Rum Runners Trail, through Prince’s Inlet, Sunnybrook and back to Mahone Bay through Mader’s Cove. A hybrid or mountain bike are perfect for this multi-surface ride. This is a Free Event for female riders of all ages (12 years+). Contact for more information. No pre-registration required.

Women’s Saturday Morning Rides, June 3-25, 2017, 8am-9:30am

Meet like-minded riders and enjoy a social ride along scenic roadways and rail-trail in Mahone Bay and the surrounding communities. Women’s Saturday rides will be hosted by Sweet Ride Cycling in the month of June and will then continue as an ad-hoc group throughout the summer and early autumn. Leaving from the public parking lot behind the Pharmasave in Mahone Bay. No pre registration required for ride but Rental bikes are available by booking in advance.

Ride the Cabot Trail in style and in 4 days Looking for a way to get the Cabot Trail off your Bucket List?  Registration is now open for our ride on Saturday August 5th to Tuesday August 8th, 2017. 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.  A mere $50.00 will hold your position and is fully refundable before June 1st.  The tour fills up fast and we always have a lengthy waiting list.  Check it out! – – – – – –  Ride of Silence – 2017 Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 – 6:30pm Meeting: Sydney Shopping Center, Prince Street The “Ride of Silence”” is a slow-paced bicycle ride held worldwide in honour of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways. Ride of Silence is to raise awareness that cyclists belong on the road and that all citizens need to share the road. Velo Cape Breton invites all cyclists and supporters to join the local Ride of Silence. Participants will ride in silence at a slow pace (18 km/h maximum) under police escort. There is no registration fee, however bicycle helmets are required.  For more information on the International Organization, please see this link.

Cycling Conference and Gear Swap at La Bikery, May 7th   La Bikery, a bike co-op based in Moncton, is hosting a conference and gear swap this spring for the broader Atlantic Cycling Community on May 7th, 2017. The conversation will be very much based on building a bigger and more diverse cycling community in each of our respective provinces and across the Atlantic provinces, acknowledging that we all have a lot to share with other. In addition to La Bikery, several people have recently formed an advocacy group in New Brunswick, not unlike the Halifax Cycling Coalition, as a response to the need for legislation like Ellen’s Law (the 1m law). Some of us from the Halifax cycling community have already begun to connect with our fellow cycling champions in New Brunswick and are looking forward to building on these connections. This conference is the perfect opportunity to meet with others working on similar initiatives in other provinces and for us all to begin working toward a stronger Atlantic cycling community.   If you are interested in participating as a speaker or conducting a workshop, please contact Cory at as soon as possible, as spots are filling up. Otherwise, I hope you’ll join us on the day of! If you are interested in registering, please shoot me an email. We are looking into how we can best and most sustainably transport people and I can provide more information closer to the date for travel options.

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

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