Velo Cape Breton Since 2004

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Velo Cape Breton is the Island Wide Voice of Cyclists,

Working for Better Cycling on our Great Island

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Velo Cape Breton is the Island wide voice of cyclists, working for better cycling in our great Island. We have made significant progress since our formation in 2004.  Visit our website that will introduce you to some of our activities.   If you have any questions, suggestions, or want to contribute to this eNewsletter,  please contact us at (902) 562-8137 or info@velocapebreton.ca / http://www.velocapebreton.ca/

Joining VCB is a proof of support to the community development and advocacy work done by the hard working volunteers of this club.  Your $10 will go a long way.  It’s your 2013 legacy to the rising generation.  To join click  here. Check our Facebook page.

Annual General Meeting of Velo Cape Breton HELD

November 3, 2016 – ACAP Cape Breton. Meet & Greet at 5:30 pm and the business meeting at 6:00pm.  Light refreshments from No Quarter Deli will be served.

RideRight

A Program Available FREE to Velo Cape Breton Membership Only

During 3 x 3-hr outdoors sessions from easy to more advanced, you will enhance your cycling skills, your confidence and your fun to ride.

Sessions must be taken in succession.  Personalized learning environment with a minimum of 3 and maximum of 5 participants per instructor.  More information and registration at: 

http://velocapebreton.ca/node/1043

DRESSING FOR SPRING RIDES

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Come spring, a cyclist’ biggest shoulder-season enemy is the vagaries of the weather.  Too hot or too cold, you’re forever over- or underprepared for the whims of sun, wind, and cloud.

How do I dress for spring rides?  Master the art of Layering.

There is a ton of information on the internet you can find.  However, this website, although a commercial one, offers very good cycling clothing suggestions for you to select the clothens, I’m sure you have already, to face the vagaries of weather during the shoulder seasons.

Make sure your jacket is of visible colour(s).  Colour(s) that can strike the eyes in the surrounding landscape. Black, dark blue, brown, burgundy are NOT striking colours.  Yellow, fluorescent lime, red and  pink ARE striking and visible colours.   If you don’t want to be seen, it means trouble…  serious safety issues.  Remember:  SEE  –  BE SEEN  –  BE PREDICTABLE.

The importance to keep the body, legs and arms warm is to keep your energy to pedal and move the bike than spend it at fighting the cold/cool temperatures.

Covered legs and arms (cycling thighs and long sleeve jerseys, arm and leg warmers) are a must for temperatures below 20°C to protect from articulation injury (tendinitis)   That cut-off temperature was good 50 years ago and it still is.

Events & Tours 2016 HELD

Did you know that the Calendar of activities & events until October 2016 is also posted on their VCB website? Click here.

Full Schedule here.  Some of the highlights this year includes:

Main Events 2016 Schedule HELD:

Heartland Tour, Lobster Roll,  Ride Right program, WOW rides, Show-n-Go rides in June, Tour of Cabot Trail and Tour du Lac Bras d’Or,  CBRM Bike Week, Mussel Fest Ride,  Isle Madame Ride, SummerFit ChallengeCape Breton Challenge

Tour de l’Ile Cape Breton Challenge 2016

The Challenge is to ride the perimeter of Cape Breton Island during 2016. Open to Velo Cape Breton Membership, join here. The 813 km perimeter has been divided into 3 Sections for a total of 25 legs of between 20 to 45 km each, average 32.5km. Two legs include a short distance of unpaved road.

Rules: NO hard fast rule. Rules are as open to your imagination as it can possibly be. You can ride in the direction you like; ride more than one leg per outing; ride fast; ride slow; ride with friends or singlehanded. There is no police or supervisor to watch over your shoulder. As long as you ride the leg, you can record it on your honour.

Recording: The Challenge is on the honour. Record the date you have completed the leg(s) on your individual form on the website. You can ride one specific leg more than once but you cannot record it more than once or transfer the distance to another leg. The progress of each participant in the Challenge will appear on a private section of the website only available to the participants. From the list you will be able to team up with other participant/s and do the leg/s in good company.

Incentives: This challenge has been created for you to give a purpose to your bike rides, visit roads you have never done before. Bragging rights to have ridden around the Island in one year. There will be events on the 2016 Ride Schedule around the Tour de l’Ile Cape Breton Challenge. At the end of the year, each participant will have chances to win terrific prizes gratuities from our sponsors. Come on, It’s for fun!

Register now at: http://www.velocapebreton.ca/node/898

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Board of Directors – 2017

  • President:  Chantal Phillips
  • Vice-President:  Paul Babin
  • Treasurer:  Melissa Boutilier
  • Secretary:  Jenny Gallivan
  • Registrar:  Richard Wadden
  • Rides Captain:  left vacant after JP Martin 1-yr term expired.  No nomination from the floor.  The Board will recruit and appoint a volunteer at a later date
  • Members-at-Large:  Britney MacNeil (Communications),  (CBU Liaison); Andrée Crépeau (Former President) & Vince Forrestall (Community Engagement Developer)

Recipients of the 2015 Season’s Awards:

2015 Season’s AWARDS
 • “Commuter” Award
• “Participation” Award
• “President’s Choice” Award, Volunteer of the Year
• “M-3” Award, Most Motivating Member
Note: The “M3” Award if for the Most Motivating Member.
There is that person inside the club that is a model for you, that was inspiring you to get on your bike more often to help you discover the hidden joys of cycling. Maybe that person has been riding there with you on a longer than usual ride which you did not find so long after-all. Maybe you have another reason.
Well, it is time to honour or say Thank You to this secret person. Write up a little narrative on this person telling why he or she is, in your own words, the Most Motivating Member.
The M3 will be selected by the discriminate Jury from all the submissions received. Email: info@velocapebreton.ca
• “Cycling Family” Award
• “Cycling Community Supporter” Award
-Commuter of the Year Award
-Participation Award
-Volunteer of the Year Award – a.k.a President’s Choice Award
-Most Improved Cyclist Award
-The M3 Award – a.k.a. Most Motivating Member Award
More info about these awards at http://www.velocapebreton.ca/node/497
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VCB eNews, Vol 13, #42 – How Are You Doing?

EDITORIAL:  HOW ARE YOU DOING?

Yes, I’m asking and expecting some responses from you all subscribers of VCB eNews.  Besides Facebook and Twitter feeds, VCB eNews is the link that’s been there for all of us to exchange and share.  Drop us a note.  Keep VCB eNews alive.

Me?  Feeling great after taking some time off after the Tour du Lac Bras d’Or at the beginning of August.  My garden needed some tender loving care and my brain needed some rest.

Pretty hot and humid today but the weekend looks fabulous.  Hope our paths will cross.

FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT HELD

WHAT?:  Cape Breton Centre MLA David Wilton and Sydney-Whitney Pier MLA Derek Mombourquette on behalf of the Minister of Energy are pleased to invite you to a sustainable transportation community event  and grant announcement

WHEN?:  Friday, September 9, 2016  2:00 p.m.

WHERE?:  Cape Breton University,  Verschuren Centre, Room CS101 (Enter the front doors at the Shannon School of Business, and walk the hall to the Verschuren Centre. Room CS101 is located on the left side of the atrium)

ED:  Yes, it may sound “political” but let’s be realistic…  You and I cannot build these AT infrastructures with our own money.

Your presence is required at this announcement.  It is important to reassure politicians that they made the right decision to invest in AT at a time that grumblings are loud on social media about spending all that money on a bike path when our roads are in bad shape.   Also, it’s a municipal election year and we need all the candidates’ support.  So hope to see you on Friday, and bring a friend or two!!! ,

Remember, “squeaky wheels get the grease!”

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September 7th,   2016

Velo Cape Breton is the island-wide voice of cyclists, working for better cycling in our great island. Visit our website that will introduce you to some of our activities.   If you have any question(s) or suggestion(s), please contact us info@velocapebreton.ca

VCB eNews is e-mailed without cost or obligation to bicycle advocates around the world.  We hope you enjoy receiving these periodic emails from us. Opinions expressed in the VCB eNewsletter are those of the editor and contributor(s) and are not necessarily shared by the Velo Cape Breton Bicycle Association.  Everyone is invited to submit content for the VCB eNews, forward to editor@velocapebreton.ca  Please forward this eNewsletter to cyclists who may not know about Velo Cape Breton. They too can sign up and receive the VCB eNewsletter.

Joining VCB is a proof of support to the community development and advocacy work done by the hard working volunteers of this club. Your $10 will go a long way.   It’s your legacy to the rising generation. Check our Facebook page.

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VCB eNews, Vol 13, #41 – Short And Sweet

EDITORIAL:  SHORT AND SWEET

Knowing that most, if not all of you, are not armchair cyclists and don’t want to spend time reading about other people’s adventure in the summer, here’s a short slide show presented by Paul MacDougall who just finished the Cabot Trail in 4 Days ride yesterday along with 38 other cyclists.

View “Cabot Trail Tour 2016

VCB eNews, Vol 13, #39 – Hearland Tour is in Town (Jul 14, 2016)

EDITORIAL:  HEARTLAND TOUR IS IN TOWN

Heartland Tour, the brainchild of Whiney Pier native Dr. Nicholas Giacomantonio, is aimed at promoting a fun, healthy lifestyle for individuals and families in Nova Scotia.

This is the 10th Anniversary of this provincial awareness campaign promoting a healthy cardiovascular lifestyle through long and short bike rides as well as many other fun activities.  The tour started in Halifax on July 9th and will end in Sydney’s Wentworth Park this Saturday July 16th.

Since they left Halifax, cyclists of all ages and abilities in the hundreds joined the organized rides.  Check the pictures, you might see tens of familiar faces inviting you to join either one of the three rides on the schedule in Sydney this Saturday.

  1. Experienced cyclers a 69 km route around the Mira Leaving at 8 am
  2. 40 km Intermediate route around the Mira leaving at 9:30 am
  3. New to bicycling, 7.5 km route to Membertou leaving at 11:30 am

Promoting a physically active lifestyle to reap the numerous and huge benefits of a healthy body is an humongous task that will only succeed with your participation.  Developing and maintaining a good health is a constant uphill battle that helps to keep participants away from debilitating diseases and hospital beds at a much too early age.

Just thinking that 25,000 people attended the first RibFest in Sydney last year attracted makes me sick, really sick…  And you?

WOMEN-ON-WHEELS UPDATE

Hey Women on Wheels,  don your pink jerseys or pink shirts and join the 43km ride of the Heartland Tour at 9:30 am.  from Wentworth Park.

This is a supported ride at a relaxed pace with several pits stops along the way to refuel, socialize, whatever.

FREE Registration….FREE T-shirt when you arrive.   Register online or at the tent in the morning of the event. See you there.

July 17th

The 2016 BIG RIDE

300 km around the Cabot Trail in one day.

For more information and registation go to:  http://givetolive.ca/the-big-ride/about-the-big-ride/

July 21st

Great Tartan Bicycle Ramble

This ride will be a one of a kind family-friendly cycling event in North Sydney!

Check recent posts on the Facebook page for details and all kinds of interesting stuff.

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July 24th – 27th

Cabot Trail in 4 Days

This is a fully supported ride organized by VCB for its members and guests.  It is fully booked with 40 participants.  The itinerary is in the clockwise direction leaving the Gaelic College in St. Ann’s Bay on Sunday July 24th.  Day 1,  To Margaree Harbour,  85km. Day 2,  to Pleasant Bay, 70km. Day 3,  …. to Ingonish, 71km Day 4, to Gaelic College, 71km.

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July 29 – August 1st

Tour du Lac Bras d’Or

This is a fully supporter tour where everyone cycle the 340km flat to rolling terrain at their own pace and style.  It is bully booked with 40 participants. Clockwise direction, Day 1:  87km  Sydney to St. Peter’s;    Day 2:  82km to Port Hawkesbury with a short detour to Isle Madame for lunch;    Day 3: 77km to Whycocomagh via Marble Mtn.;    Day 4: 97km to Sydney via Little Narrows ferry, Iona, Grand Narrows along the St. Andrews Channel, Barrachois and Keltic Drive.

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August 10 – 14

4-Day Self Supported Tour – CB Challenge Legs 11 to 14.

This Self Supported tour which was postponed earlier due to bad weather is scheduled to tentatively start August 10th in Port Hawkesbury.

Day 1 – Port Hawkesbury to Mabou – 55km

Day 2 – … to Margaree Forks via Margaree Harbour – 70km

Day 3 – … to Whycocomagh via Lake Ainslie – 50km

Day 4 – … to Port Hawkesbury  – 56km

The above is the full course meal.  Should you want just a slice of the pizza, or just a couple of bites, your are more than invited to join us any day you want for any distance you’d like to ride.

Camping or solid roof accommodation at your choice.  You make your own reservation.

No registration required.  For more information contact tour leader Micheline at 902 562-8137 or email 

WHAT IS THE BEST SUGAR?

source:  drmirkin.com

ED: After all we hear about salt and sugar, is there a good sugar?  Read on…

Muscles use carbohydrates and fat (and a very small amount of protein) stored in the body as fuel during exercise. You have enough fat stored in your body to keep you moving for days. However, you will start to run out of stored sugar in your body when you exercise all-out for more than 70 minutes. The more intensely you exercise, the greater the percentage of sugar that your muscles use for energy. When you are moving slowly, your muscles get almost all of their energy from fat. When you exercise as hard as you can, your muscles get almost 100 percent of their energy from sugar.

How Much Carbohydrate (Sugar) Do You Need?

You need to take in extra carbohydrates to compete at your best in events lasting longer than 70 minutes (Sports Med, 2013 Nov;43(11):1139-55). The very best world-class athletes, who can store the most sugar in their bodies, still need to take in sugar when they compete in events lasting longer than two hours. For prolonged exercise lasting two to three hours, athletes are advised to ingest carbohydrates at a rate of 60 grams per hour (1.0 to 1.1 g/min) and the more sugar that their muscles can use, the faster they will go. Well-trained endurance athletes competing longer than 2.5 hours can use up sugar at 90 grams per hour, provided that they are taking in that much sugar.

You can race faster in events lasting 45 to 60 minutes by taking in extra sugar during your race, even though you have not used up all of the sugar stored in your body. Taking sugar during competition also improves strength, speed and endurance in athletes competing in intermittent-speed team sports such as basketball, football, hockey and soccer (Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd, 2015;159:A7465). Taking carbohydrates immediately after athletes finish a competition hastens recovery, so athletes competing in sports with multiple events within 24 hours should eat a carbohydrate-rich meal as soon as they finish their first competition (Sports Medicine, 2003;33(2):117-144).

Which Sugars are Best for Competition?

The limiting factor to how fast you can move during a race is the amount of oxygen that you can take in and use. Since sugar requires less oxygen than fat to power your muscles, you want to get as much sugar into your muscles as quickly as possible. Anything that increases the amount of sugar that can be absorbed from your intestines into your bloodstream will help you ride or run faster and longer.

Sugars are carried across your intestinal tract into your bloodstream and then into your muscles by special protein transporter molecules (Sports Sci, 2011;29 Suppl 1:S17-27). Glucose has its own specific transporter protein and so does another sugar, fructose. Your muscles can have 75 percent more sugar available when you take in both glucose and fructose, compared to taking in only glucose, because both types of transporter proteins can be used at the same time. When you take in drinks that contain only glucose, you can absorb and use only one gram of sugar per minute, compared to 1.75 grams per minute when you take a drink that contains both glucose and fructose (Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care, July 2010).

Caffeine Increases Sugar Absorption

Adding caffeine to a drink can increase absorption of sugar into the bloodstream by as much as 26 percent (Journal of Applied Physiology, June 2006). Therefore, the most effective drinks for endurance competition may be those that contain glucose, fructose and caffeine, such as are found in many carbonated drinks, sugared coffee or fruit juice plus coffee. These drinks are safe during exercise because contracting muscles can prevent a high rise in blood sugar levels by drawing sugar from the bloodstream without needing insulin. However, when you are not exercising, sugared drinks can cause very high rises in blood sugar, increasing risk for obesity, diabetes and heart attacks.

DID YOU KNOW…

… that lactic acid is good for you?

Lactic acid buildup in muscles does not make muscles tired and may even make muscle contract more efficiently, which may increase your endurance. This concept contradicts what most instructors teach in their exercise classes.

The old theory was that lactic acid makes the muscles more acidic which causes them to hurt and burn and interferes with their ability to contract, so you feel tired. Now researchers have shown that muscles contact more efficiently when lactic acid accumulates in them.

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THE WISDOM OF GHANDI

This is a lovely little anecdote, about one of life’s more interesting characters….  When Mahatma Gandhi was studying law at the University College of London, a professor whose last name was Peters, disliked him intensely and always displayed animosity towards him. Also, because Gandhi never lowered his head when addressing him as Peters expected, there were always confrontations.

One day, Mr. Peters was having lunch at the dining room of the University and Gandhi came along with his tray and sat next to the professor. The professor said, “Mr Gandhi, you do not understand. A pig and a bird do not sit together to eat.”

Gandhi looked at him as a parent would a rude child and calmly replied, “You do not worry, professor, I’ll fly away,” and he went and sat at another table.

Mr. Peters, reddened with rage, decided to take revenge on the next test paper, but Gandhi had responded brilliantly to all questions. Mr. Peters, unhappy and frustrated, asked him the following question:

“Mr Gandhi, if you were walking down the street and found a package and within was a bag of wisdom and another bag with a lot of money, which one would you take?”

Without hesitating, Gandhi responded, “The one with the money, of course.”

Mr. Peters, smiling sarcastically said, “I, in your place, would have taken the wisdom.”

Gandhi shrugged indifferently and responded, “Each one takes what he doesn’t have.”

Mr. Peters, by this time, was fit to be tied. So great was his anger that he wrote on Gandhi’s exam sheet the word “idiot” and gave it to Gandhi.

Gandhi took the exam sheet and sat down at his desk, trying very hard to remain calm while he contemplated his next move. A few minutes later, Gandhi got up, went to the professor and said to him in a dignified but sarcastically polite tone, “Mr. Peters, you autographed the sheet, but you did not give me a grade.”

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July 14th,  2016

Velo Cape Breton is the island-wide voice of cyclists, working for better cycling in our great island. Visit our website that will introduce you to some of our activities.   If you have any question(s) or suggestion(s), please contact us info@velocapebreton.ca

VCB eNews is e-mailed without cost or obligation to bicycle advocates around the world.  We hope you enjoy receiving these periodic emails from us. Opinions expressed in the VCB eNewsletter are those of the editor and contributor(s) and are not necessarily shared by the Velo Cape Breton Bicycle Association.  Everyone is invited to submit content for the VCB eNews, forward to editor@velocapebreton.ca  Please forward this eNewsletter to cyclists who may not know about Velo Cape Breton. They too can sign up and receive the VCB eNewsletter.

Joining VCB is a proof of support to the community development and advocacy work done by the hard working volunteers of this club. Your $10 will go a long way.   It’s your legacy to the rising generation. Check our Facebook page.

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VCB eNews, Vol 13, #40 – Inspiring

EDITORIAL:  INSPIRING

ED:  VCB has been left, right, front and center over the past weekend organizing and participating in various events in the community.  Read this one from Tim Brooks.  

Big Ride Ridden! 

Wow what a day! We were SO relieved that Sunday did not turn out like the day before (31 degrees in the shade!) and in fact was an absolutely perfect day for us to attempt to ride the Cabot Trail in a single day. Temperatures ranged from 18 to 24 degrees, and the wind was negligible and almost always behind us – a constant tailwind in a loop ride is a special and rare thing for a bike ride! Just like the Big Swim last year, we got really, really lucky with the weather.

My good friend Dan and I left Baddeck at 5:15 am, along with 13 others who were attempting the whole shebang (many others were picking up later, doing 200 and 100 km rides.)

Heading up the coast towards Cheticamp: 

We rode with a group of five through the sunrise and early light to Cheticamp, arriving before the aid station was set up. As many of you know I eat a little funny, and my special protein-and-veggie meal that I’d prepared was not there, and that and some other confusion caused Dan and me to seperate from the group. That wasn’t ideal for speed and efficiency but it was a good thing for our chemistry – we were better off by ourselves.  We passed 100 k, plugging along up French Mountain, across the gravel plateau (big construction project) to MacKenzie, and rocketed down to Pleasant Bay.

From French Mountain looking back towards Cheticamp

MacKenzie Mountain, overlooking Pleasant Bay

The sun really came out then, just in time for our ascent of North Mountain, the steepest and hardest climb on the Trail. I’ve never had a more difficult ascent of North, but we made ‘er okay – it was just really really hot and slow. (It was only 24 degrees – had it been yesterday we would have been destroyed.) Things started to go a bit weird for my legs at the top of North. I had stood up for the entire climb – something I’d never done before but I thought why not get off the seat since I’ll be on it for most of the day. But when I sat down and started riding across the top of North, the muscles on the inside of my quads cramped so badly I couldn’t push. It was a disconcerting moment but there’s really nothing to the top of North so we were soon on the fastest descent of the Trail, and I really wound it out, hitting 79 kmh near the bottom. I felt amazing in almost every way, but when I started riding again my calves cramped up! I stood and coasted and stretched in earnest, and tried to push and had several false starts before finally got back in a little ten-minute groove. But before I got to Cape North my hamstrings cramped up so bad I had to stop quickly and get off the bike to stretch them, and for the whole slow section up into Cape North, whenever I’d put the slightest effort into pedaling, something would cramp up – my calves, my inner quads, my hamstrings, even the toes on my left foot. We’d ridden 150 km, we were at the top of Cape Breton, and only half way through the ride. I was screwed… or would have been if not for a strange idea that I’d heard about last year and had been joking with a friend about for a while – I stopped at the Cape North General Store and bought a big jar of dill pickles. I filled one of my water bottles with the juice from the pickles, and left the jar at the next aid station. For the next five hours, whenever I felt a cramp coming on, I’d take a wee sip of the pickle juice, and immediately the cramp would dissolve. It changed everything! (and the pickles were a hit amongst the subsequent riders to come through that aid station!)

We passed 200 km and rolled into Ingonish Beach around 1:30. Jane and Eli and Jude were there playing on the beach and they had some good loving support for us, and the rest stop was a really nice rejuvenating scene. (My second food bag was there, for which I was very thankful – I’d had more than enough bananas and bars – but somehow they had managed to RUN IT OVER in the parking lot! I ate some salmon and veggie stir-fry out of a crushed container)

We flew out of Ingonish very refreshed, and cruised up Smokey without much trouble. At the top of Smokey we met Dan’s wife and daughter, so he was likewise encouraged by his loved-ones. While we were visiting, a solo rider, Wally, caught up to us, and we finished the ride as three.

From Smokey Mountain

There was one last thrilling descent down Smokey and then the slog of the homestretch. The final 75 km was harder – every little uphill seemed like a vertical wall, and if I didn’t prepare for it by standing up and pedaling really hard, it would almost stop me. Quite wonderfully though, Dan – who prepared for this ride by commuting to work a whopping 17 km every day – was strong as an ox and suffering no ill-effects whatsoever from just riding 225 km in the mountains of Northern Cape Breton, and he pulled for most of the St. Ann’s Loop and when we hit the highway he parked it in front of me and we pinned it at 35 kmh the whole way back to the Baddeck exit. I took the glory lead back home along the Bay Road, and at exactly 6 o’clock we rolled into the rink parking lot to finish our Big Ride. It was a pretty euphoric feeling and we were totally thrilled to coast home to the cheering finish, with our families and supporters, beer, barbecue and a band, and lots of good vibes.

We did it!  

Final stats: 298 km in 10 hours 59 minutes, 27.1 km/h avg. with 2480 m of climbing. Big Ride!

(10:59 was over an hour faster than I had anticipated, which speaks to the strong companionship and the perfect weather.  Both really couldn’t have been better 🙂

So we are able to do these awesome things, these Big Swims and Big Rides, but we do them to help people who can’t. Thanks to Give To Live, we with extra time and energy are inspired to get involved and put in the effort to raise money for others whose lives are dominated by very real, very life-changing issues. Thank you all for your donations supporting the Canadian Cancer Society. With your help I was able to raise over $1400 for Halifax’s “Lodge That Gives,” a very noble enterprise which provides room and board free of charge for patients who must find a place to stay in Halifax while undergoing their daily cancer treatment. We were told yesterday that collectively we had raised almost $55000 for the Lodge that Gives! The fundraiser is open for another two weeks, so if you are interested in donating you can do so here:

http://convio.cancer.ca/site/TR/Thirdpartyevent/IFE_NS_General_?px=6577824&pg=personal&fr_id=21411#.V2lbyK7fhRl

Thanks for reading.

Yours in health and happiness,

XOOXOOX

Tim

WOMEN-ON-WHEELS UPDATE

Tuesday evening rides resume with Shelley Johnson returning from a tour in the USA.  She will have certainly tons to talk to you about.

Meet at 6:00pm at the Coxheath Arena.

Sign up on FB Women on Wheels – link –  for updates and latest information such as impromptu rides.

UPCOMING

TONIGHT  –  Thursday, July 21st

Great Tartan Bicycle Ramble

This ride will be a one of a kind family-friendly cycling event in North Sydney!

Check recent posts on the Facebook page for details and all kinds of interesting stuff.

July 24th – 27th

Cabot Trail in 4 Days

This is a fully supported ride organized by VCB for its members and guests.  It is fully booked with 40 participants.  The itinerary is in the clockwise direction leaving the Gaelic College in St. Ann’s Bay on Sunday July 24th.  Day 1,  To Margaree Harbour,  85km. Day 2,  to Pleasant Bay, 70km. Day 3,  …. to Ingonish, 71km Day 4, to Gaelic College, 71km.

July 29 – August 1st

Tour du Lac Bras d’Or

This is a fully supporter tour where everyone cycle the 340km flat to rolling terrain at their own pace and style.  It is bully booked with 40 participants. Clockwise direction, Day 1:  87km  Sydney to St. Peter’s;    Day 2:  82km to Port Hawkesbury with a short detour to Isle Madame for lunch;    Day 3: 77km to Whycocomagh via Marble Mtn.;    Day 4: 97km to Sydney via Little Narrows ferry, Iona, Grand Narrows along the St. Andrews Channel, Barrachois and Keltic Drive.

August 10 – 14

4-Day Self Supported Tour – CB Challenge Legs 11 to 14.

This Self Supported tour which was postponed earlier due to bad weather is scheduled to tentatively start August 10th in Port Hawkesbury.

  • Day 1 – Port Hawkesbury to Mabou – 55km
  • Day 2 – … to Margaree Forks via Margaree Harbour – 70km
  • Day 3 – … to Whycocomagh via Lake Ainslie – 50km
  • Day 4 – … to Port Hawkesbury  – 56km

The above is the full course meal.  Should you want just a slice of the pizza, or just a couple of bites, your are more than invited to join us any day you want for any distance you’d like to ride.

Camping or solid roof accommodation at your choice.  You make your own reservation.

No registration required.  For more information contact tour leader Micheline at 902 562-8137 or email 

VCB eNews, Vol 13, #38 – A Tap On The Shoulder (Jul 7, 2016)

EDITORIAL:  A TAP ON THE SHOULDER

A Twitter post from Bicycle Nova Scotia on July 3rd.

Nova Scotia would not be building a bicycle culture without the amazing work of @Velo_CB. twitter.com/velo_cb/status…

Thank You BNS.   VCB does  Like – Like – Like !

WOMEN-ON-WHEELS UPDATE

by:  Shelley Johnson

Women on Wheels Tuesday night rides is continuing throughout the summer. Ride meets at the County Arena for 6:00 pm. Come on out and enjoy a fun ride with some really great folks.

On another note, the  2016 Heartland Tour is coming to Sydney July 16th.  Women on Wheels has been invited to don our pink jerseys or pink shirts and be a presence of support on the Tour.

The ride we will take is the 43km one leaving at 9:30 am.  (see below)

Please refer to the Heartland Tour Website for further details.

HEARTLAND TOUR – 10TH ANNIVERSARY IN SYDNEY

Heartland Tour is a free public awareness campaign that uses the bicycle as a vehicle to educate and draw attention to reduction of cardiac illness and health risk in Nova Scotia.

This year is very significant as it is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Velo CB is partnering with Heartland Tour on July 16th, Saturday at Wentworth Park in Sydney.

Heartland Tour July 16th, Wentworth Park Sydney. Cyclists leave at 8:00am, 9:30am, and 11:30am depending on the chosen route.

Three bicycle routes for you to choose from will be available.

  1. Experienced cyclers a 69 km route around the Mira Leaving at 8 am
  2. 40 km Intermediate route around the Mira leaving at 9:30 am
  3. New to bicycling, 7.5 km route to Membertou leaving at 11:30 am

See route maps here:  http://heartlandtour.ca/communities/sydney-july-16th/

The 10 anniversary celebrations will begin. Snacks and prizes will be given away.

Participants in Wentworth Park such as YMCA, Special Olympians, NS Heart and Stroke Foundation, Frameworks Cycle and Fitness, Belmac, Lawton’s pharmacy and BMO will be celebrating this event as well by donating prizes.

The CB Family YMCA in conjunction with the VeloCB have donated 10 family one month passes to the YMCA.

There will be a draw for a beautiful bike, scooters, helmets, and many smaller prizes.

FREE Registration….FREE T-shirt when you arrive. You may register to cycle or walk…your choice, go to www.Heartlandtour.ca

UPCOMING

Note:

In view of the wet forecast for the weekend the Self Supported tour of CB Challenge Legs #11 to 14 has been postponed.

Lots of better cycling days ahead.   Stay tuned!

Tuesday, July 12th

Women-on-Wheels

Rides held every Tuesday evening at 6:00 pm at the Coxheath Arena. Come and join us!

Saturday July 16th

Across the Highlands MTB Challenge

Veloclub Cheticamp now being the owners of AHC, a brochette of volunteers are preparing one of a kind AHC.

Info and Registration at: velocheticamp.ca

Registration closes July 10.

Hi – If you’ve not yet registered for AHC-2016 in Cheticamp, it’s not too late to do so. You can register online at : www.velocheticamp.ca/home/node/1

Free camping is available on school playground.

We offer an all you can eat post ride crab feast, plus steak or vegan for those who don’t eat crab. And, of courser, scrumptious salads and deserts

If you register for any one of the three routes options, you will be treated to the challenges and spectacular vistas that the sea, the Highlands, and the rivers have to offer in Cheticamp. Michel Aucoin, Chair AHC 16

for information, phone, text or email : 902-224-0069, aucoinmichel1@gmail.com

Sunday July 17th

Joe Howe Century

One, if not the oldest continuous cycling event in Nova Scotia is happening July 17.  Super well organized.

50/100/160K options for just $35!

http://events.mec.ca/event/102351/mec-century-ride

Sunday July 17th

The 2016 BIG RIDE

300 km around the Cabot Trail in one day.

For more information and registation go to:  http://givetolive.ca/the-big-ride/about-the-big-ride/

Thursday, July 21st

Great Tartan Bicycle Ramble

This ride will be a one of a kind family-friendly cycling event in North Sydney!

Check recent posts on the Facebook page for details and all kinds of interesting stuff.

CBRM BIKE CAMPS

DID YOU KNOW?

The first Open Streets in Sydney was held on Victoria Day 2005 in Sydney.  The downtown perimeter formed by Charlotte, Townsend, George and Dorchester streets have been closed from motorized traffic from 10am to noon for the event.  Great fun was had.  See collection of pictures here.

The 2016 International Open Streets Summit, to be held August 18-21 in Portland, Oregon. This fourth annual event will feature sessions and networking opportunities for both novice and experienced open streets organizers. Participants will hear from inspiring keynote speakers and have the opportunity to take part in Portland’s very own open streets initiative, Portland Sunday Parkways. Learn more and register at the link below.

http://openst16.bpt.me

MUSCLE LOSS FROM INACTIVITY

source:  Dr. Mirkin’s free FITNESS & HEALTH NEWSLETTER

A study from the University of Copenhagen shows that wearing an immobilizing knee brace for just two weeks caused men in their 20s to lose 22 to 34 percent of their leg muscle strength, while men in their 60s lost 20 to 26 percent (Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, June 26, 2015).

It took them six weeks of exercising on a bicycle 3-4 times a week to restore the leg muscle size and ability to exercise, but even that did not fully restore the leg muscle strength.

This study shows that:

* When muscles of young men are immobilized for two weeks, they lose strength equivalent to aging 40 or 50 years.

* As soon as you stop moving, your muscles start to weaken.

* The larger your muscles, the more muscle you have to lose.

  • Younger and stronger people lose strength even faster than older people.

Other studies show that it takes three times the amount of time you were inactive to regain the muscle size that you have lost, probably because you were immobilized 24 hours a day and you exercise for only a short time each day.

FOR ALL YOU GOLFERS

A foursome is waiting on the men’s tee, while another foursome of ladies is hitting from the ladies tee.  The ladies are taking their time, when finally the last lady is ready to hit the ball.  She hacks the ball 10 feet, goes over and hacks it another 10 feet, then hacks it another 10 feet.    She looks up the men, who are watching impatiently and says apologetically: “I guess all those f*#%g lessons I took this winter didn’t help”.   One of the men immediately replies: “Well, you know, that appears to be your problem.  You should have taken golf lessons instead”.   To this day, a memorial marker for him stands next to that tee.

VCB eNews, Vol 13, #37 – A Game Plan (June 30th,  2016)

EDITORIAL:  A GAME PLAN 

Have you ever had to choose one good thing between an whole assortment of good things?  The answer is certainly: yes.  At the end you certainly make a choice and moved on with it unlike so many people all stressed out looking at the assortment of activities offered to them, cannot make their mind and let opportunities pass.

The secret to make good use of your time and reaps all the benefit of summer is to make your own schedule prioritizing those activities that involves active participation as opposed to simply watching the parade go by.  Making the right choices to grow intellectually, physically, mentally, socially is a question of balance and is at everyones’ reach.  Planning your summer ahead and sticking to your plan give control over your life.  Waiting for thing to happen is much like playing at the lotto, only others win at this game.

In July the pace in the VCB Schedule is somewhat changing from short rides, instructions, clinics, to participatory outdoor activities put up by a lineup of dedicated volunteers.  Volunteers are the most important collective resource.  Each and everyone of us must have an “obligation” to support the contribution of volunteers by engaging early in activities they put up for our benefit and the betterment of our community.  Give support to the work of volunteers in your game plan.  Engage in the activities they promote.  It will be greatly appreciated.

HEARTLAND TOUR – 10TH ANNIVERSARY IN SYDNEY

Heartland Tour is a free public awareness campaign that uses the bicycle as a vehicle to educate and draw attention to reduction of cardiac illness and health risk in Nova Scotia.

This year is very significant as it is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Velo CB is partnering with Heartland Tour on July 16th, Saturday at Wentworth Park in Sydney.

Heartland Tour July 16th, Wentworth Park Sydney. Cyclists leave at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:30 depending on the chosen route.

Three bicycle routes for you to choose from will be available.

  1. Experienced cyclers a 69 km route around the Mira Leaving at 8 am
  2. 40 km Intermediate route around the Mira leaving at 9:30 am
  3. New to bicycling, 7.5 km route to Membertou leaving at 11:30 am

The three routes join together in Membertou and will be police escorted to the WENTWORTH PARK band shell at noon.

The 10 anniversary celebrations will begin. Snacks and prizes will be given away.

Participants in Wentworth Park such as YMCA, Special Olympians, NS Heart and Stroke Foundation, Frameworks Cycle and Fitness, Belmac, Lawton’s pharmacy and BMO will be celebrating this event as well by donating prizes.

The CB Family YMCA in conjunction with the VeloCB have donated 10 family one month passes to the YMCA.

There will be a draw for a beautiful bike, scooters, helmets, and many smaller prizes.

FREE Registration….FREE T-shirt when you arrive. You may register to cycle or walk…your choice, go to www.Heartlandtour.ca

UPCOMING

Women-on-Wheels

Rides held every Tuesday evening at 6:00 pm at the Coxheath Arena. Come and join us!

___________

Friday, July 8th

Cape Breton Challenge Ride

Four-day, self-supported tour from Port Hawkesbury to Sydney.  Camping or solid roof accommodation, you do your own reservations.

Day 1 – Bus from Sydney 9:00am arriving in Port Hawkesbury at noon or, meet at the Port Hawkesbury bus stop downtown. Ride Port Hawkesbury to Mabou in the afternoon. 70km. Legs #11 & 12

Day 2 – Mabou to Margaree Harbour. 60 km.  Legs 13 & 14.

Day 3 – Margaree Harbour to Baddeck.  62km

Day 4 – Baddeck to Sydney.  80 km.

Not ready for the 4-day?  Join us on one, two or three days as you wish.  Interested parties should contact Ride Leader Micheline or phone 562-8137

Saturday July 16th

Across the Highlands MTB Challenge

Veloclub Cheticamp now being the owners of AHC, a brochette of volunteers are preparing one of a kind AHC.

Info and Registration at: velocheticamp.ca

Only 10 days left to register

Sunday July 17th

Joe Howe Century

One, if not the oldest continuous cycling event in Nova Scotia is happening July 17.  Super well organized.

50/100/160K options for just $35!

http://events.mec.ca/event/102351/mec-century-ride

Thursday, July 21st

Great Tartan Bicycle Ramble

This ride will be a one of a kind family-friendly cycling event in North Sydney!

Check recent posts on the Facebook page for details and all kinds of interesting stuff.

CBRM BIKE CAMPS

FOR SALE/WANTED

My name is Elise and my bicycle has become too small for me.   I want to sell it to get a larger one.

This is a 20” Bike – Norco “Daisy”, single gear. It is in excellent condition.   I used it for only one season and took good care of it.

Some of my money and mom’s money bought it for NEW for $230 + tax.   I want to get $100. for it.  I will consider your best offer.

I live in West Mabou but my parents travels often to Sydney and Halifax, they said that arrangements could be made for drop off anywhere in between.

Contact my mom Shauna at 902-258-7536 or email: sbarring@dal.ca

ON BEING RETIRED

Question: How many days in a week? Answer: 6 Saturdays, 1 Sunday   Question: When is a retiree’s bedtime? Answer: Three hours after he falls asleep on the couch.   Question: How many retirees to change a light bulb? Answer: Only one, but it might take all day.   Question: What’s the biggest gripe of retirees? Answer: There is not enough time to get everything done.   Question: Why don’t retirees mind being called Seniors? Answer: The term comes with a 10% percent discount.   Question: Among retirees what is considered formal attire? Answer: Tied shoes.   Question: Why do retirees count pennies? Answer: They are the only ones who have the time.   Question: What is the common term for someone who enjoys work and refuses to retire? Answer: NUTS!   Question: Why are retirees so slow to clean out the basement, attic or garage? Answer: They know that as soon as they do, one of their adult kids will want to store stuff there.   Question: What do retirees call a long lunch? Answer: Normal.   Question: What is the best way to describe retirement? Answers: The never-ending Coffee Break.   Question: What’s the biggest advantage of going back to school as a retiree? Answer: If you cut classes, no one calls your parents.   Question: Why does a retiree often say he doesn’t miss work, but misses the people he used to work with? Answer: He is too polite to tell the whole truth.

Velo Cape Breton is the island-wide voice of cyclists, working for better cycling in our great island. Visit our website that will introduce you to some of our activities.   If you have any question(s) or suggestion(s), please contact us info@velocapebreton.ca

VCB eNews is e-mailed without cost or obligation to bicycle advocates around the world.  We hope you enjoy receiving these periodic emails from us. Opinions expressed in the VCB eNewsletter are those of the editor and contributor(s) and are not necessarily shared by the Velo Cape Breton Bicycle Association.  Everyone is invited to submit content for the VCB eNews, forward to editor@velocapebreton.ca  Please forward this eNewsletter to cyclists who may not know about Velo Cape Breton. They too can sign up and receive the VCB eNewsletter.

Joining VCB is a proof of support to the community development and advocacy work done by the hard working volunteers of this club. Your $10 will go a long way.   It’s your legacy to the rising generation. Check our Facebook page.A Game Plan

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VCB eNews, Vol 13, #31 – Sooner Than You Think!

EDITORIAL:  SOONER THAN YOU THINK

Sooner than you think you will leave your training wheels behind.

Sooner than you think you will discover countries, cultures, and the planet beyond your own backyard.

Sooner than you think your cycling experiences will have transformed your whole life.

Sooner than you think the summer days will be over, the weight of years will slow you down.

Yes,  sooner than you think …

Carpe Diem.  Put aside your fears and worries, just go for it… NOW!

RIDE RIGHT

NEW this year.  It is available FREE to Velo Cape Breton Membership only.

During three sessions of 3 hours progressing from easy to more advanced practical and knowledge, you will enhance your cycling skills, your confidence and your fun to ride.

Sessions starting during the weekend of April 30 – May 1st and continue until mid-June.  Sessions must be taken in succession.  Personalized learning environment with a minimum of 3 and maximum of 5 participants per instructor.

Basic requirement:  a bicycle in good working order, a bicycle helmet.

The first three groups will finish the program this week.  An experienced crew of Cycling Instructors are eager to share their knowledge with you.  More information and registration here.

Sooner than you think, Sessions will be over and you will be a better cyclist all around.

Register now.

BIKE IT LIST  –  CAPE BRETON CHALLENGE

The Challenge is to ride your bicycle to draw the lobster claw or the shape of Cape Breton Island.

NO hard fast rule.    You can ride in the direction you like; ride more than one leg per outing; ride fast; ride slow;  ride with friends or singlehanded. There is no police or supervisor to watch over your shoulder.  As long as you ride the leg, you can record it in your log.

The 814km perimeter of the Island has been divided in 25 legs, regrouped in three regions. Taken one leg at a time, it is shorter than you think.  Definitely something to add to your Bike-It List.

More information and registration here.

UPCOMING – LONG WEEKEND

Saturday – Sunday, May 21 – 22

Ride Right Program

More information here.

Monday – May 23rd

Cape Breton Challenge, Leg #1.  Sydney to Dominion.  35.8km

Come one, come all to ride Leg 1.  Get answer to all you questions.  Meet members in the CB Challenge who are at your level and with whom you can ride.

Meet at the Big Fiddle on Government wharf in Sydney for a 10:00 pm start.

Did you know that the VCB Calendar of activities and events for until October is posted on the VCB website? Click here.

SOONER THAN YOU THINK …

LOBSTER ROLL RIDE 

Have you always wanted to experience a bike ride where everything is taken care of and all you have to do is ride? Where a SAG wagon follows ready to pick you up if you need help or to fix your tire?  Where pit stops appear loaded with snacks and drinks for the taking?  Where you can stop and have a ready made lunch that includes lobster and chocolate brownies?  Where police escort the ride through the tricky bits of heavy traffic?

Well, you can have all of that plus a ride through some spectacular scenery along the ocean and the Bras d’Or Lakes.  All you have to do is sign up for the Lobster Roll Ride held on  Sunday June 19th, 2016 at the North Sydney Firefighter’s Club.   And the price is only  $25.00 before June 19th and $35.00 on June 19th! For those aged 12 and under: $5 and includes lunch.

And it gets better!  We’ve designed a ride that is made up of four routes.   You can tailor your ride to suit you.  You can ride from as much as 100km to as little as 20 kilometers and really everything in between.  By mixing and matching the routes 40, 60, 80 and 100 kilometer rides are available.

We’re also offering a kids & family ride of 3 kilometers.  Riders under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

To get more information and to register, visit: http://velocapebreton.ca/node/94

RIDE WITH THE RAMBLERS

The NS Ramblers from Dartmouth has become the largest cycling club in the Maritimes thanks to the commitment and leadership of an enthusiastic memberships.

NS Ramblers is sending a special invitation to VCB Membership to join them on their rides during this weekend in Antigonish and the western part of Cape Breton Island.

See their program here.

A PARTNERSHIP

Sydco Fuel / Scotia Propane, leading providers of home and industrial heating and energy products on Cape Breton Island, and Velo Cape Breton  Bicycle Association, today announced the delivery of Getting around CBRM bicycle safety handbook to their selected Cape Breton Island’s customers.

There is a direct connection between Velo Cape Breton’s mission to promote the use of the bicycle as a safe and enjoyable mode of transportation and recreation and Sydco Fuel/Scotia Propane truck delivery drivers tasked to move around tons of dangerous substances through the public road network to homes and businesses in safe and efficient manners.

Because of the dimensions and maneuverability characteristics of all the vehicles transiting on our roads, drivers of cars, vans, SUVs, truck, pedestrians and, people cycling must comply to the articles of the Nova Scotia Motor Vehicle Act (MVA) or in short, the Rules of the Roads for a safe, coordinated and respectful environment.  As the summer season approaches, traffic increases and potential risks also increase in parallel.  Last fall Velo Cape Breton in collaboration with CBRM published, Getting Around CBRM – A Cyclist’s Handbook to encourage more residents of CBRM to ride their bicycles and to encourage those who currently ride to ride more often and farther; to encourage all CBRM’s users of the road to drive their vehicles more safely.

At the announcement today, Michael Pace, general manager of Sydco Fuel/Scotia Propane said: “I read the Cyclist’s Handbook from cover to cover.  It is packed full of information for all road users.  We are excited to partner with Velo Cape Breton for the distribution of the excellent Cyclist’s Handbook to our motorized and non-motorized customers alike to expand their knowledge for a safe and cooperative road environment.”

L to R:  Jacques Côté, Ali Mac Intyre,  Glen Hopper,   Michelle Cormier

ONE METER IS LONGER THAN YOU THINK

photo submitted by JP Landry, Sherbrooke, QC

The Quebec governement has amended the Highway Safety Code to include stiffer fines for “dooring” (from $30 to $2-$300.  up to $1000. in Ontario) and at the same time announced the re-inforcement of the cycling 1-metre passing safety zone.  CBC  News article

DAUGHTER’S PRESENT – UPDATED

One day a father, on his way home from work suddenly remembers that it’s his daughter’s birthday.

He stops at a toy store and goes in and asks the sales person, “How much for one of those Barbie’s in the display window?”

The salesperson answers, “Which one do you mean?”

“We have, work out Barbie for $19.95, shopping Barbie for $19.95, beach Barbie for $19.95, disco Barbie for $19.95, astronaut Barbie for $19.95, skater Barbie for $19.95, and divorced Barbie for $265.95”.

The amazed father asks: “Why is the Divorced Barbie $265.95 and the others only $19.95?”

The slightly miffed salesgirl rolls her eyes, sighs, and answers:

“Sir, Divorced Barbie comes with: Ken’s truck, Ken’s house, Ken’s fishing boat, Ken’s furniture, Ken’s dog, Ken’s computer, one of Ken’s friends, and a key chain made from Ken’s testicles.”

May 19th ,  2016

Velo Cape Breton is the island-wide voice of cyclists, working for better cycling in our great island. Visit our website that will introduce you to some of our activities.   If you have any question(s) or suggestion(s), please contact us info@velocapebreton.ca

VCB eNews is e-mailed without cost or obligation to bicycle advocates around the world.  We hope you enjoy receiving these periodic emails from us. Opinions expressed in the VCB eNewsletter are those of the editor and contributor(s) and are not necessarily shared by the

Velo Cape Breton Bicycle Association.  Everyone is invited to submit content for the VCB eNews, forward to editor@velocapebreton.ca  Please forward this eNewsletter to cyclists who may not know about Velo Cape Breton. They too can sign up and receive the VCB eNewsletter.

Joining VCB is a proof of support to the community development and advocacy work done by the hard working volunteers of this club. Your $10 will go a long way.   It’s your legacy to the rising generation. Check our Facebook page.

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VCB eNews, Vol 13, #30 – Ride of Silence!

IN THIS EDITION: 

Editorial:   Ride of Silence

Upcoming

Next Weekend

Women On Wheels

Loose Chain Links

About That Funny

“Let’s have a moment of silence for all those who are stuck in traffic on their way to the gym to ride stationary bicycles”   ~  Anonymous

EDITORIAL:  RIDE OF SILENCE

Sydney Shopping Centre (ex-Target store),   Wednesday, May 18th. 6:30 pm

In our car-centered communities, cyclists are usually the first to ‘blame’ for many of the collisions they are involved in, this simply reflects the perverse attitude that all road users share ‘equal’ responsibility for road safety.

Motor vehicle users, who are in charge of a potentially lethal piece of high-speed machinery, should be expected to drive in a manner that takes full account of the vulnerability of other road users.; moderating their speed to a less fatal level is one thing, being alert at analyzing rapidly developing traffic patterns to adopt proper defensive measures is another aspect that is too often neglected.  The roads are only ‘dangerous’ in the first place because they are filled with high-speed motor vehicles that are often driven at inappropriately high speeds and with scant regards for the safety of others.

Considering the rapid societal change that our developed societies are going through, injury prevention and safety promotion need to be strengthened further.

Velo Cape Breton is organizing the CBRM’s 6th Ride of Silence on Wednesday May 18th. The ride is held around the world to remember those who have been killed or injured while cycling.

Riding in silence, we are each able to reflect on the beauty of the evening, recognize the camaraderie of our fellow participants, and pause to remember friends, colleagues, and acquaintances.

The riders will gather at the Sydney Shopping Centre parking lot Wednesday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m.  This event will echo around the world as groups in other towns and cities ride to commemorate injured and fallen cyclists.

This will be gentle, non-competitive 11 kilometre ride for all ages and abilities.  All cyclists are welcome to participate. We will ride single file at no more than 18 kmh, obeying all the rules of the road, CBRM police officers riding police bicycles will escort the ride.

This commemorative ride was first organized seven years ago in Dallas after a cyclist was killed on a quiet country road, struck by the mirror of a passing school bus. Friends and community members got together after the funeral, and in ten days, one thousand people showed up for the first Ride of Silence. Their goal, in addition to honouring their friend’s memory, was to raise awareness of the fact that cyclists share the road with other users. Streets are our community builders,they are the public spaces that connect our homes and shops, our places of work, recreation and worship. Communities that share streets, giving space to vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians are healthier, more attractive and safer.

For more information about the Ride of Silence you can visit the Ride of Silence website for lots of information about rides all over the world.

http://www.rideofsilence.org/main.php

As the main point of the Ride of Silence is a dedication to those who have been hurt or killed while bicycling.  It is believed that a large group of cyclists riding in silence will send a “loud” message to all road users – including motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, truck/bus drivers – to do all they can to Share the Road in sensible manners.

Authorities also have an important role to play but first it’s you and I who have to make this message clear by participating to the Ride of Silence this coming Wednesday.

Thank You

Did you know that the VCB Calendar of activities and events for until October is posted on the VCB website? Click here.

WOMEN ON WHEELS IS BACK!

Women on Wheels starts Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 6:00 pm.  New location and change in rides!  Meet at the Coxheath Arena.

Two groups-

BEGINNER: Learn to ride right.  Get tips on shifting and safe riding techniques.  Short rides.

So we ensure enough instructors please register at: sjmarie31@gmail.com

INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED–  Get together every Tuesday with other female cyclists and enjoy an evening of fun, friendship and riding.  Various routes each week.  Distance: 20-30 Kms.

Once a month weekend event rides will be posted on WOW Facebook site and Velo Cape Breton Website.

LOOSE CHAIN LINKS

Riding can be a great excuse to get away from the kids and the other half, but it’s also a great way of spending some quality time with your nearest and dearest. Here we look at the best ways to get children onto two wheels and riding safely and confidently.

http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/article/beginners-guide-to-cycling-with-ki…

TEN (10) THINGS I KNOW ABOUT YOU

1) You are reading this.

2) You are human.

3) You can’t say the letter ”P” without separating your lips.

4) You just attempted to do it.

6) You are laughing at yourself.

7) You have a smile on your face and you skipped No. 5.

8) You just checked to see if there is a No. 5.

9) You laugh at this because you are a fun loving person & everyone does it too.

10) You are probably going to send this to see who else falls for it.

Velo Cape Breton is the island-wide voice of cyclists, working for better cycling in our great island. Visit our website that will introduce you to some of our activities.   If you have any question(s) or suggestion(s), please contact us info@velocapebreton.ca

VCB eNews is e-mailed without cost or obligation to bicycle advocates around the world.  We hope you enjoy receiving these periodic emails from us. Opinions expressed in the VCB eNewsletter are those of the editor and contributor(s) and are not necessarily shared by the

Velo Cape Breton Bicycle Association.  Everyone is invited to submit content for the VCB eNews, forward to editor@velocapebreton.ca  Please forward this eNewsletter to cyclists who may not know about Velo Cape Breton. They too can sign up and receive the VCB eNewsletter.

Joining VCB is a proof of support to the community development and advocacy work done by the hard working volunteers of this club. Your $10 will go a long way.   It’s your legacy to the rising generation. Check our Facebook page.

Special Presentation HELD – Ride the Wave!

GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR BICYCLE 

(March 3, 2016, McConnell Library, 50 Falmouth St, Sydney)

Fulfill your commitment to get more exercise by planning cycling with the help of Velo Cape Breton. Met some of the cycling community and advice from local physician & experienced cyclist, Chris Milburn, who discussed:

1) how significant exercise is to health in general

2) what the optimal amount and speed of cycling are for health benefits

3) how you can set up your bike to improve comfort and speed, and

4) some common cycling injuries and how to deal with them

Extra! Extra!

Joining VCB is a proof of support to the community development and advocacy work done by the hard working volunteers of this club. Your $10 will go a long way.   It’s your legacy to the rising generation. Check our Facebook page.

Velo Cape Breton is the island-wide voice of cyclists, working for better cycling in our great island. Visit our website that will introduce you to some of our activities.   If you have any question(s) or suggestion(s), please contact us info@velocapebreton.ca

VCB eNews is e-mailed without cost or obligation to bicycle advocates around the world.  We hope you enjoy receiving these periodic emails from us. Opinions expressed in the VCB eNewsletter are those of the editor and contributor(s) and are not necessarily shared by the

Velo Cape Breton Bicycle Association.  Everyone is invited to submit content for the VCB eNews, forward to editor@velocapebreton.ca  Please forward this eNewsletter to cyclists who may not know about Velo Cape Breton. They too can sign up and receive the VCB eNewsletter.

To view a map of cycling routes in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, please visit the CBRM website at www.cbrm.ns.ca/activetransportation

Velo Cape Breton History

VCB was started in the fall of 2003 by a handful of individuals who got together to influence decision makers in taking measures to improve cycling conditions during the reconstruction of Kings Road.  The then public campaign got support from quite a number of citizens and organizations which eventually led to the official formation of the society Velo Cape Breton Bicycle Club.  Through advocacy efforts, education programs and the run of yearly schedules of rides and events focused toward the promotion of the use of the bicycle as a safe and enjoyable mode of transportation and recreation, CBRM adopted the CBRM Active Transportation Plan that is in its 8th years of implementation.

Today, we see some major additions to the transportation infrastructure network as well as the coordination of programs inviting more and more individuals to participate into cycling.  This is all good but this is not the end, it is rather a “shy” beginning of what an integrated active transportation system and cycling culture should look like,  To me, there is no question that VCB is the main and only citizens’ voice supporting the action and pressuring CBRM and Provincial Government decision makers for a faster implementation and further development of the CBRM AT Plan and provincial initiatives

Looking back at why Velo Cape Breton was started some 10 years ago, namely:

  1. To engage in recreational cycling
  2. To promote the rights of bicyclists
  3. To further understanding and recognition of the need for safer bicycling conditions among participants and the general public
  4. To aid in the development of educational materials and programs on bicycling
  5. To cooperate with governmental authorities in the education and enforcement of traffic safety regulations applicable to bicycling
  6. To advance the bicycle as an economical, healthful and pleasurable means of transportation.

and looking at the results of the Strategic Planning Sessions held in 2010 by CBU’s Mary Jane Morrison – http://www.velocapebreton.ca/node/928 –  (full report below)

 Strategic Planning Session – Report

Velo Cape Breton Priorities

On June 14th 2010, a strategic planning session was held with Velo Cape Breton to determine in which direction the organization is moving, and where efforts should be focused to allow the organization to continue to grow and flourish in the long term.  Prior to developing a strategic direction, the meeting focused on developing a SWOT analysis for the organization.  SWOT looks at internal (strengths and weaknesses) and external (opportunities and threats).  The development of this schematic, as any strategic direction or solution to a problem should draw on strengths and opportunities, while minimizing the effects of the weaknesses and threats.  After much discussion, the SWOT is presented as follows:

Strengths

Weaknesses

Good reputation (brand recognition) Lack of Volunteers with a level of commitment
Reason to exist Hard to sell ideas
Passion within the organization Nature of organization (no regular meetings, contacts)
Able to view decisions critically Demonstrated results are long-term, which leads to volunteer burnout
Experienced Loss of executive members
Variety of background and skill sets Spread too thin
Level of commitment to the cause – healthy, environmental quality of life Communication with members is weak (up and down)
Engaged fully in society Loss of members, lack of retention

 

Opportunities Threats
Cycle lanes on George St. Accidents on the road
Multi-trail to Glace Bay Us VS Them – Mentality
Well positioned in Province in terms of active transportation Success may create complacency

 

Positive relationship with police Motorized VS Non-Motorized – on trails
Cycle culture is growing and positive Process VS Results – Political
CBRM active transportation plan
Cabot Trail recognition of cycling destination

A lengthy discussion ensued and the club felt that there were many strategic directions that could be pursued, but felt that the organization would best served by working towards the strategic objectives listed below.   They are in no specific order, only that in which they were discussed at the meeting.

 Strategy

  1.   Stay involved and continue to advocate for active transportation implementation.
  2.  Create a gathering place for cyclists – virtual, then physical (beginners)
  3.  Continue to increase bikers in society
  4.  Create business opportunities to allow economic return to club
  5.  Work towards the idea that cycling to become a norm in society
  6.  Changing perception/myths
  7.  Increasing the level of knowledge, skill and responsibility for motorists and     cyclists
  8.  Increase volunteerism in Velo Cape Breton.
  9.  Create an event to galvanize the cycling society
  10.  Work towards the goal of working with other biking organizations, both those that     are located in Sydney and have a different mandate, and the other Velo clubs     that exist in close geographical proximity.
  11.  Introduce more bicycle education, tourism, special events and advocacy

When these directions have been accepted, the next stage in the process is to create a priority of action.  That is, which of these strategic goals will be given the highest priority, and to determine what is short vs. long term.  When that process is complete, action plans must be developed to accomplish the goals.  The action plans will include time lines, resources and measurements of success.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Jane Morrison

Velo Cape Breton Priorities

Higher

    • Continue to advocate for active transportation.
    • Increase volunteerism in Velo Cape Breton
    • Continue to increase the number of cyclists in society.

 

 

Medium

    • Create a gathering places for cyclists – virtual and physical.
    • Create opportunities to allow economic return to club.
    • Increase the level of knowledge, skill and responsibility for motorists and cyclists.
    • Partner with other cycling organizations in the region.

 

 

Lower

    • Support initiatives which highlight the economic advantages of cycling to Cape Breton.
    • Advance the concept of cycling as a normal everyday activity.
    • Create an event(s) to galvanize the cycling society.

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