You are here

Velo Cape Breton eNewsletter


Velo Cape Breton eNewsletter


Vol 10, #11 - 31/01/13 -  One Month Later...

E-mailed without cost or obligation to more than 1500 bicycle advocates around the world.


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


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.


Help us make Cape Breton Island a better place to live!


In this Edition

-  Editorial

-  Rides Captain Corner

-  Heads Up!

-  2013 Fill Your Dreams

-  Website of the Day - NutriStrategy

-  The Winter Boots




"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honourable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing"  -  George Bernard Shaw.







How are you doing with your New Year's Resolutions?


A study found that while about 75% of people stick to their goals for at least a week, less than half (46%) are still on target six months later.


Why so many people have thrown in the towel only after a week and keep doing it as the year progresses?  There are zillions of reasons, personal, societal, environmental but does that mean that one has to give up on every goals after a little set back? 


If January 1st is the beginning of a New Year,  every morning is the beginning of a new day.  A day to take back control of that New Year Resolution that meant so much for you then. 


 "The person interested in success has to learn to view failure as a healthy, inevitable part of the process of getting to the top." -- Dr. Joyce Brothers


Believe in your ability to get there.  Stay focused on WHY you set this resolution.  Possibly modify the original strategy.  Concentrate on results.  


You'll get there.  One day at a time.





by: Micheline,


People who know me also know that I love being outdoors in all seasons of the year and especially in winter.  We don't have the winters we used to have when I was young; today, on January 31st, at +11°C outdoors is an example.   It's been a real challenge for outdoor activities, some days we're overdressed and sweat like in a steam bath, some other days, it's the opposite.


One thing I learned is that "comfortable" and "fashion" clothing are two completely different worlds and most times you cannot have both at the same time.


Luckily, the clothing industry have developed synthetic fabrics that do wonders to fight the cold and to fight the heat.  They are somewhat expensive and also last a long time, way passed their short live fashion trend of the day they were purchased.  I like my old gear, it's like an old pair of comfy slippers.


To be outside and comfortably dressed up year round is a matter of experience.  An experience that is acquired through trials and errors.  We're all bound to make mistakes but it's all part of the learning process.  Developing that experience is also a confidence builder, that confidence one needs to get across the door sill and enjoy the great outdoors anytime of the year, either cycling, snowshoeing, running, cross-country skiing, skating, kayaking, iceboating, kite sailing, camping, and what not.  






source:  The Davis Enterprise


If you drive your child to school, you decrease your child’s ability to learn the rest of the school day.


On the flip side, when children walk or bike to school, instead of being driven in a car, they concentrate much better and the effects last for a while.


This is one of the main conclusions of a study ( in Danish) of 19,527 school children ages 5 to 19 just published by Niels Egelund, a professor at Aarhus University in Denmark. The results were made public recently by the research center OPUS, at the University of Copenhagen.


The study investigated the connections between diet, exercise and the ability to concentrate for school students of all ages. Among its many results, one really stood out: Children have less concentration if they do not exercise on the way to school.







How about taking your holidays on a bicycle for a change.  Riding at your own pace not worrying about where you will sleep, what the next day will be like.  


Whether a holiday means a weekend bicycle/camping tour or an extended cycling weekend on a fully supported tour, there is both for you on this year's Velo Cape Breton Program of rides on the most beautiful Island in the world.


Maybe you've always wanted to participate to an off-road event?  This year's AHC '13 in Victoria County, starting from the Gaelic College in St. Ann's Bay is bound to be memorable.  Since the beginning of registrations last week, without hesitation tens of past participants knowing the exceptional quality of the event sent their applications right away.  More info and registration here.


Same goes for the NEW Tour du Lac Bras D'or which is over 50% filled as we speak.  Reserve your spot today.  You won't be disappointed.  









Track diet and exercise progress with NutriStrategy Nutrition and Fitness. For weight loss, cardiovascular fitness or weight training workouts, NutriStrategy helps you improve your health. You'll learn how to reduce body fat, build stronger muscles and increase calorie burning activities. NutriStrategy provides nutrition, fitness and health information to help you reach your goals. Learn the importance of diet and exercise in overall wellness, weight loss and disease prevention, so you can take control and make healthier choices. Your strategy for health starts here!






THE WINTER BOOTS (Anyone who has ever dressed a child will love this)


Did you hear about the teacher who was helping one of her reception class pupils put on his boots?


He asked for help and she could see why. Even with her pulling and him pushing, the little boots still didn't want to go on. By the time they got the second boot on, she had worked up a sweat.


She almost cried when the little boy said, 'Teacher, they're on he wrong feet.'

She looked, and sure enough, they were.  It wasn't any easier pulling the boots off than it was putting them on.


She managed to keep her cool as, together, they worked to get the boots back on, this time on the correct feet.  He then announced, 'These aren't my boots.' She bit her tongue, rather than get right in his face and scream, 'Why didn't you say so? '  like she wanted to.


Once again she struggled to help him pull the ill-fitting boots off his little feet. No sooner had they got the boots off when he said, 'They're my brother's boots.My Mum made me wear 'em.'


Now she didn't know if she should laugh or cry. But she mustered up what grace and courage she had left to wrestle the boots on his feet again.


Helping him into his coat, she asked, 'Now, where are your mittens?'  He said, 'I stuffed 'em in the toes of my boots.'  


She will be eligible for parole in three years.



Theme by Danetsoft and Danang Probo Sayekti inspired by Maksimer