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VCB eNews Vol 11, #30 - Cycling Spring


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In this Edition

-  Editorial: Cycling Spring

-  Rides Captain Corner

-  Heartland Tour 2014

-  SPAR Road Opening

-  Bike Week: Bike and Bean

-  Loose Chain Links

-  Bike Buy and Sell

-  About That Funny



"If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome" - Anne Bradstreet



EDITORIAL: Cycling Spring    

While I wasn't looking, Spring arrived. It came up with the grass that is now too long to mow with the electric mower. It emerged from under the snow with the garden, stained with the weedy and ragged-edged sins of last season. It reflects back the face of the sun in the daffodil and unfurls open-armed with the ferns, ready to embrace heat and light. The warm temperatures and long evenings are energizing and relaxing all at the same time. Spring, is a time to try new things, plant the seeds of change, celebrate what overwintered successfully, and rake away the detritus of old things that are no longer viable. We have been through some long winters as cyclists, shivering on the roadsides as motorists gleefully sped by, oblivious to our difficulties: no infrastructure, public misconceptions about cycling, lack of interest from leaders. But our founders sowed the seeds of difference, and as Gertrude Stein once said "A difference spreads". We have had a bike lane on Kings Road for a while now and we look forward to opening another on Spar Road this coming week. There is a bike education area in Open Hearth Park - the park itself an example of profound change in Sydney, the most toxic site in Canada transformed to a green space and venue for healthy activity. Therefore -- it is a good time to ride your bike. And, lo, Bike Week was created, to get you motivated to turn those pedals and get your knees in the breeze. See you on the roads.




by: Shelley Johnson,  Rides Captain, VCB Cycling Ambassador



A cool north breeze blew across the water creating a bit of a head wind as the group pedaled along the shore line of Pt. Edward.  This was the first night of Women on Wheels ( WOW ) program.  Despite the cool temperatures, 17 women showed up to learn about bike safety tips, riding safely in a groups and how to properly adjust one's helmet. Each week on Tuesday at 6:00 pm, WOW will feature a different topic to do with cycling.  This will be followed by a ride of varying lengths depending on level and an opportunity to socialize and make friends.  Got questions? We can answer them.  Come on out and join your fellow female cyclists.






"HOLY MACKEREL! "  12 days to go before the big LOBSTER ROLL RIDES!  If you haven't signed up online now is the time to do it!  Don't delay.   Cost: $25.00 as of June 8th.  $35.00 the day of.  Those under 19 years of age, $5.00. Registration online at  Only one more draw for a half a dozen lobsters!  Don't miss out.  Get your name entered by registering for this event.


Here's what you'll get: *  2 delicious lobster Rolls and cake

                                        * A chance to win door prizes

                                        * a beautiful scenic ride of 25K-100K. Your choice.

*  the chance to mingle with friends

*   and above all FUN! FUN! FUN!







BIKE WEEK IS COMING!  WE HAVE RIDES! What is Bike Week?  It's a local and provincial celebration of the bicycle as a mode of transportation and recreation. Various activities, rides and events will take place from:   Below is a list of rides that you can take part in:   Long live the bike!.....





You gotta come out and enjoy this one!  The Cycling Ambassadors will take to the streets of North Sydney, Sydney Mines and surrounding area for a relaxed ride.  These folks love to ride and are a friendly group of Velo Club members who volunteer their time and effort to promote cycling locally.  You don't have to be a Velo Club Ambassador to come out and enjoy this ride.  We want to see you come and take part.  Distance: will be approximately 25- 30 kms.  Meet: Sunday, June 8th at 1:00 for a 1:15 start at the Waterfront Parking lot behind the Royal Bank.  Velo members ride for free.  $2.00 non-members.





Weekly Tuesday night session.  Next session:  Tuesday, June 10th.  Meet: Noelle's Country Market, Keltic Drive, Balls Creek for 6:00 pm.  Easy to moderate rides.  Open to all women who enjoy cycling.  Everyone welcome to attend.  Pump up your tires and bring a friend.




Coal miner, William Davis was shot and killed around the 11th hour of June 11, 1925 during a miner's strike.  Over 300 shots were fired by company police that day and many were injured.  Davis Day is a commemoration of Davis' sacrifice.  Join Ride Leaders Stan and Charlene Wadden for Davis Day Memorial ride on June 11th.  Meet at  Sobey's parking lot in Glace Bay for 9:30 am and leaving at 9:45 am riding to Miners Memorial Park on Plummer Avenue in New Waterford.  There will be time for a coffee/tea at Tim Hortons. This is a relaxed ride with a distance of approximately 16 kms.  Come out and show your support.





Set aside Sunday, June 15th.  Come one come all!  Fun day!  See ad above.  Online registration.

 Have a great week and stay active.


Shelley Johnson, 

Rides Captain and Cycling Ambassador







Break out the Champagne!!!!!

Mayor Clark will formally open the new bike lanes on the SPAR on  Thursday June 12 at 11am.  The ribbon cutting will be held at the  railway crossing near the intersection of Spar Road and Lingan Road.

The bike lanes were installed as part of the CBRM Active  Transportation Plan and link the community of Whitney Pier and the  Open Hearth park to the commercial area of Grand Lake Road.  The lanes  
include a loop that allows cyclists to cross the rail tracks at a safe  angle.  This rail crossing has been the been the location of a number  of serious cycling accidents in the past.  Velo Cape Breton advocated  for the lanes, gathered information on the safety issues and consulted  on the design.  And now we want to help celebrate the opening.    We  need cyclists to attend the event and ride the lanes.  So if you're  free on Thursday June 12 at 11am join us on the Spar and celebrate the  new cycling infrastructure.





The following hot beverage and food outlets have special discounts for cyclists during Bike Week (June 7-14): Doktor Luke's, Downtown Nutrition, Cup of Joy, Ugly Mug. Get on your bike and support a local business!



HEARTLAND TOUR 2014: July 9th at Open Hearth Park

The annual Heartland Tour is a public awareness campaign that uses the bicycle as a vehicle to educate and draw attention to a topic that is of vital importance -- the reduction of cardiac and health risk factors in the health of Nova Scotians. The Tour's priority is to increase awareness and grow family participation, understanding that obesity and high blood pressure trends are a threat to our children, families and health care system. A strong emphasis is placed on creating events that are family friendly. Plans are in place for this year's tour, and the main ride in Cape Breton  is Sydney to Louisbourg. Everyone is invited to come along on Wednesday, July 9th starting at Open Hearth Park. For more information:






French cyclists get paid to commute:


Don't forget about the Across the Highlands Mountain Bike challenge coming up July 12. Signs are appearing in the Cheticamp area! (see attached). For more info, see the Velo Cape Breton website.

A little advice: Your goals are probably not those of the professional cyclists.  However, most do ride their bikes to burn the extra calories.  Here are some tips that can be applied to any level of cyclists, whether you ride two to three times a week, commute to work, or only on the weekend.  Every one of these tips works.  Try them.





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 Shimano SPD SH­M036 cycling shoes: $15. Very good condition. Men's size 10.5. Tan / black colouring. Contact


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About That Funny

Q: How do you make a small fortune in the horse industry?

A: Start with a large fortune . . . .

Q: What do you get when you cross a bicycle with a flower?

A: Bicycle petals


What the cyclist says: "I'm on my beater bike"

What the cyclist means: I had this baby custom-made in Tuscany using Carbon Fibre blessed by the Pope. I took it to a wind tunnel and it disappeared. It weighs less than a fart and costs more than a divorce.





Shelley Porter, 

Editor, Velo Cape Breton eNewsletter

VCB Cycling Ambassador.

June 5th, 2014


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