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VCB eNews, Vol 11, #34 - In The Heat of the Night

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In this Edition

-  Editorial: 

-  Rides Captain Corner, Shelley Johnson

- Velo Cape Breton Progress Report, 2013

- Greenways Needs New Board Members

- Bay Days Parade: Call for Cyclists!

-  Loose Chain Links

-  Bike Buy and Sell

-  About That Funny



I would suggest, for longevity, for a cyclist to rebel in Byron's "pathless woods" rather than on a busy highway.” – Ken Kifor





Like the poppies in my garden, which were one day a coarse, non-descript green lump and the next a grand fiery blossom, Summer has arrived. Fiery indeed, with temperatures and humidity like a greenhouse. Today I dared do the morning newspaper deliveries in shorts! What a relief to just get on your bike and go for a spin, without having to don multiple layers of clothing, wool helmet liner, gloves, and electric socks. Although one still must take care to have lots of water along for the ride, and to apply sunscreen, it’s just simpler to go ride your bike in the Summer. Now, lots of other people are being more active in one way or another in the Summer, so you may be negotiating your way around more cars, runners, strollers pushed by damp mums or powdery grandmas, or motorcyclists (many of whom, I have to add, must never have taken the motorcycle safety course offered at a very reasonable price by the province. It’s way cheaper than a funeral). 


But if whenever you go out the sun seems to be violating your personal space with its hot breath like a wanna-be Romeo in a Caribbean resort bar, I have a solution. It requires planning and skill, preparation and savvy: ride at night. Put on something light-coloured, make sure your bike lights are working (and turn them on!), maybe sport some reflective bling on your arms and ankles, do your shoulder checks extra carefully, and spin off into the dark. It’s cooler, it’s surprisingly solitary and private, and it feels like getting away with something. I went for a ride late in the evening this week, just taking it easy along the waterfront, admiring the lights on the water and feeling drawn along by traffic on the opposite shore. There is something intimate and stealthy about observing your neighbourhood from your bicycle at night. Slammed screen doors, harsh words or soft, TV voices, air conditioner hums – all seem louder, closer. If you take care – adhere strictly to the rules of the road as you know them, and assume you are invisible to motorists and yield to everybody – you can enjoy the special experience of a relaxed bike ride on a warm Summer night. Turn the lights on and go.



by: Shelley Johnson,  Rides Captain, VCB Cycling Ambassador




THE MINER’S PICK RIDE was held this past Sunday afternoon under sunny skies and balmy temperatures.  What a lovely day for a historical ride under the knowledgeable guidance of Cycling Ambassadors, Stan and Charlene Wadden.  A big thank you to you guys for a wonderful and memorable ride. Below:  Stan Wadden outlines the routes to be taken and the historical background to some of the participants of the Miner’s Pick Ride.





Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 10:00am

Meet at Kenny's Pizza in Sydney River on Hwy 4 for a 2-hour relaxed ride. including a garden visit on Coxheath Rd., and return by noon to Kenny's Pizza.   Everyone welcome ($2. for non-members)

See you there.  

Subscribe to the VCB eNews for up-to-date information on next Garden Tours, July 16th.  10:00 am. Location TBA.



The Heartland Tour returns to Sydney on Wednesday July 9th starting at the Open Hearth Park at 8:30 am. Rides around the trails at the Open Hearth park for children and those wanting shorter rides will be lead by some of the HT core group members. Various activities, prize giveaways, etc. are planned for there in the morning, including some heart health information. The main ride will take place from Open Hearth park out Mira Road to Louisbourg, with various start and stop off spots along the way. We encourage anyone interested (bring the children) to come down to the bike park area at Open Hearth park at 8:30am on July 9th. More details and the ride route places to join in can be found on the Heartland Trail website. As well on the Velo Cape Breton Website. We hope many Velo riders can join in. All people are welcome. See Below or link to:


Here’s also a quick reference:


Meet the Heartland Tour core team at the Open Hearth Harbourside Commercial Park Sydney at 8:30 am Wednesday, July 9th, 2014.


The short slow ride around Whitney Pier Ride leaves at 9:00 am and returns to Open Hearth. Approximately 8.5 kms



Cyclists leave Open Hearth at 9:45 am riding on Ferry Street, George Street with next stop at the Mira Road Fire Hall Approximately 6 kms



Ride leaves Mira Road Fire Hall at 10:30 am and heads south on Louisbourg Highway with a stop at Mullins Rite Stop in Albert Bridge. Approximately 18 kms



Ride leaves Mullins Rite Stop at 11:30 am and heads south to Louisbourg riding up to the end of Wolfe Street, town of Louisbourg and will then proceed to the Joseph Trimm Community Center for lunch. Approximate 16 kms



Ride leaves Joseph Trimm Community Center at 1:30 am and heads north on t Approximate 16 kms he Louisbourg Highway with next stop at Mullins Rite Stop in Albert Bridge. 



Ride leaves Mullins Rite Stop at 2:15 am and heads north on Louisbourg Highway with next stop at the Mira Road Fire Hall Approximately 18 kms



Ride leaves Mira Road Fire Hall at 3:15am to proceed down George Street, Ferry Street and Staple Drive to Open Hearth. 



Ladies!  Mark Tuesday, July 8th at 6:00 pm on your calendar.  This will be the final formal WOW session of the season, where instruction will be given.  We’ve given you some of the basics of safe cycling and to build confidence and enjoyment out of riding your bike.  After that it will be RIDE! RIDE! RIDE!  Okay, so we will still be around to give out tips and advice because we will be on these rides.  How can you take part in the fun?  Well, On Sunday, July 27th at 1:15 and meeting  in the Sobey’s parking lot  will be our exclusively WOW ride called “RIDE THE BAY BYE”.   I’m hoping to see many of you there!  We will ride the streets of Glace Bay and stop for a social along the way. You are guaranteed to have a wonderful time with friends over coffee and a little something else.



After a very successful ride last month through North Sydney and surrounding area, Sydney, it’s your turn!  Come and join the Ambassadors as they turn those pedals once again through the streets of Sydney and out toward New Waterford for a 30 km relaxed spin.  You are extended a warm invite to come along and enjoy the ride. Our goal is to provide every participant with a fun experience. These rides will fit the group that shows up to cycle and no one gets dropped.  What better way to spend a summer Sunday afternoon with friends.  When:  Sunday, July 13th at 1:00 pm for a 1:15 pm start. Meet: Deleski Bike Park Sydney. Come and have some fun!  See you there! 




by: Michel Aucoin, Organizer AHC '14


The routes we've chosen will have more than enough to fill everyone's expectations. The 25km and 60km challengers will depart from the church parking lot to ride the same routes downtown Cheticamp and the back roads on the way to the second plateau where they will split. The 60km route is a technical and physical testing ground with two major climbs to the Highlands Plateau and... also exhilarating and wild descents. The cherry on the cake is the optional 2 km climb up the Radio Canada Tower Road.


The 25km route has a few short climbs to the second plateau; a stretch on the old Acadian Trail, a scenic route along the Cheticamp River with stunning river vistas and ocean seascapes.inspection ride on June 5th here..


Finish is at the church parking lot where riders started. Relish the cheers, refreshments and a hot shower in the school gymnasium washrooms nearby. At 3 pm all the participants and family members can enjoy the post ride meal with choices of fresh local crab, BBQ steak or vegetarian delights. Each rider will have plenty to brag about at the celebration at the Senior Citizen's Hall (behind the church) at the end of the day.


As Cheticampers are known for their exceptional hospitality, AHC '14 will be no exception. In the evening, all AHC participants, their friends and family are invited to Réné and Shelley's Beach for a beach party. All are invited to stay for the weekend and join the leisurely guided ride on Sunday to discover the best freshwater swimming secret spot in Cheticamp at the former Mine de plâtre, the beautiful Salmon Pool Trail in the Park and much more.


We recommend riders to be on site the day before the ride, or at least one hour before on ride day to pick up their ride kit (map, cue sheeet, bike plaque, etc.).


Several hotels, motels, B&Bs and campgrounds are available within short riding/driving distance. If you cannot find accommodations in Cheticamp, you can camp for free on the school grounds on both the Friday and Saturday night, and have access to gymnasium washrooms and showers. You can also access the school WiFi.



The course will be all signed and all riders must follow the marked course for their own safety. A number of patrollers will be on the course and also at strategic locations to direct the participants and to provide emergency assistance if required. Pit Stops at regular intervals along the road will provide food and refreshments.



We are gearing up to get everything ready. At the rate registrations are coming in, and with less than 20 spots left, remaining places will be taken up within the next few days. We can only accept 100 participants, so anyone still planning on registering for the event should do so as soon as possible.


AHC '14 is open to all capable cyclists and limited to 100 registrations. If you haven't yet had the "AHC Experience" there's never been a better time to give it a go. Registrations until July 6: $75. No registration after July 6th.

To Register



Michel: (902) 224-3671, cell : (902) 224-0069



Thursday, July 17th.  Come out and ride the parade on your bike. Extra from Stan and Charlene Wadden, Cycling Ambassadors: “An invitation has been extended to VELO to participate in the Bay Days Parade, to be held in Glace Bay, Wed., July 17th, forming up at Sobey's parking lot on Reserve St. with departure at 6 PM. This would be great exposure for VELO and its members.

As you can imagine, the speed is slow and there will be a lot of waving from big-eyed children and smiling, curious adults” – Stan & Charlene




HEADS UP!!!!......




The INGONISH HIKE AND BIKE is back for year 2. Saturday Sept 6, 2014.You can do it!

Bike Smokey Mtn. Hike Franey Mtn.

No charge. Just exercise and a really good time!


Or go to







This week you would have received an email from Velo Cape Breton with our 2013 Progress Report “enclosed”. This report, crafted by a small team from the Board under the skilled direction of Board member, Britney MacPhee, details the activities of the Association over the past year. You can see the Board and many individual members are working very hard to make progress on our mandate. If you have not received the report, you can read it here:


Remember to renew your membership and stay up to date with our activities and events! Better yet, volunteer to help out with one of the events! 






At our last Directors’ meeting we decided that this would be a good opportunity to invite anyone interested in applying for a position on our Board to do so. We would welcome new ideas in this ongoing struggle for healthier, greener, quieter community trails in Nova Scotia.  It does not get easier.

Our requirements are simple:

-          Endorse and support the Greenways vision as found on our website,

-          Be a member of a like-minded group ( it does not have to be a formal or incorporated group, though most of our memberships are)

-          Send us a brief resume

-          Meet with us for a friendly interview

We know there are many of you with skills and abilities to help the cause. We’d love to have you on board. 

Our next newsletter should be coming out in early fall. We’ll give an update then on how things stand on our community trails.  

Have a great weekend.

Barbara Bishop


For Greenways Nova Scotia






I [editor] once changed a flat without taking the tire or the wheel off the bike, but for those of you not so wizardly, there’s this:


Quick Study clothing is about a lifestyle, not what age you are, and is designed for women who want to get fit and healthy:


 Nine million bicycles in Beijing:


Stylish clothes you can cycle in, for commuters and everyone else who doesn’t always want to show up in Spandex just because you rode your bike:


For those who sometimes or always eschew clipless pedals:


Very well written article about how cyclists shape the behaviour of motorists, “we are being passed by many more people who admire us and wish they were brave enough to join us”





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For Sale: Supercycle SC1800 mountain bike, ladies frame size 17 in. Never used, still has the tags on it. Red. $120. Contact Siobhan at 902-578-5754



About That Funny


Instructions for your new bicycle:


Congratulations on purchasing your new bicycle! We are pleased that you bought our product, even if you did get it at a discount. As your product was not purchased at a bicycle shop, however, it will be your responsibility to ensure that it is safely and properly assembled, not ours. 


Do not place any of the enclosed plastic bags over your head and then tightly wrap duct tape around your neck to shut out the air. Do not do this to your wife, girlfriend, mother, husband, boyfriend, father, son, daughter, cousin, nephew, niece, uncle, aunt, neighbor, stranger, salesman, bike mechanic, minister, priest, rabbi, or any other person, cat, dog, or any other pet or animal. Using a plastic bag in this fashion may cause suffocation and will void the warranty. Also, do not fill the bags with water, poisonous gasses, liquid cement, solvents, gasoline, etc. to use for the same purpose. Also, do not place a heavy object in the bag and use it to strike any of the above people. Such behavior will void your warranty, and we will not be responsible for damages to you or to them.


Do not attempt to ride on the following days of the week, as statistics have proven a higher accident rate: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Do not ride on Sundays while people are driving to and from church. Do not ride in the mornings before ten o'clock or in the afternoons at all. (NOTE: This is not intended as a recommendation for Christians to skip church. Only ride during church hours if you belong to another faith or if you are willing to burn in Hell, in which case, we are not liable. NOTE: The previous note is not intended to be an endorsement of or a criticism of any faith or religion.) Do not ride on any holidays. Do not ride at night.


For more instructions, go to:




Shelley Porter,  

Editor, Velo Cape Breton eNewsletter

VCB Cycling Ambassador.

July 3rd, 2014

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