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VCB eNews Vol 11, #37

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In this Edition

-  Editorial: What Not to Wear

-  Rides Captain Corner, Shelley Johnson

- The Grandmother Campaign

- Bicycle Maps Now Available (Bicycle Nova Scotia)

-  Loose Chain Links

-  Bike Buy and Sell

-  About That Funny



“You should feel beautiful and you should feel safe” 

Stacy London





In cycling courses, ride instructions, and in this newsletter, we talk a lot about the connection between what you wear while cycling and how safe you are. Visibility is a top priority. Brightly coloured jerseys and shorts, lights attached to or integral to your cycling outfit, even safety vests – all are recommended for cycling. You should feel safe. You should also feel beautiful. A few people I have talked to about cycling have protested that they cannot cycle because they are not comfortable wearing the clothes, i.e. tight jerseys and padded shorts. One of our “Loose Chain Links” this week is a Momentum magazine article about cycling style. I encourage you to view it, as it may open up a whole new world to you with regard to what you wear while riding a bicycle.


When I was young, my cycling outfit usually consisted of whatever I happened to have on that day. On one occasion, this had disastrous results. I was cycling to a friend’s house when the bottom of my wide-legged corduroy pants got caught in the chain. The derailleur never recovered. So I certainly don’t advise wearing wide-legged cords for cycling. But I would encourage you to wear “whatever you have on”. Or whatever you are comfortable in. As long as it fits a few criteria (high visibility, comfortable, flexible), you should be able to get on your bike and feel beautiful no matter what you are wearing. Don’t let the threat of mandatory Spandex keep you from enjoying your bike. Last week I went cycling at Deleskie Park in jeans, a light shirt, and flat black leather dress shoes. For the bike I was using and the distance I was traveling, this outfit was perfectly suitable. The other evening, I wore a cycling jersey and a neon orange running skort. Trust me, I was highly visible and now you know why I write about cycling and not about fashion. As in all things, the most important thing to wear while cycling is a smile, an accessory that goes with everything and always improves one’s looks. If you want to cycle wearing nothing BUT a smile, check out The Naked Bike Ride, I think I’ll take my chances with the jersey and skort . . .  .




by: Shelley Johnson,  Rides Captain, VCB Cycling Ambassador



“We’re going to be late”, Jackie said.  We arrived just as the 60 k group was pulling out of the parking lot, soon followed by the 40 k  and the 20 k groups.  We had arrived late due to road construction and a gate issue with the St. Peter’s Bridge.  So my companions and I were behind the large group (50) riders, who left under sunny skies and light winds.  No matter, it was a beautiful  Sunday morning. Why rush? 

As we rode along the #206 roadway, I waved at a lady sitting out on her deck in the morning sun and I commented to her that she had a beautiful property.  She waved back and with a big smile replied an appreciative, “Thank you! Enjoy your ride.”  People are so friendly here. 

“Absolutely gorgeous!” crossed my mind as we rode toward Port Royal, turning left and heading toward Janvrin Island.

The turn to Janvrin Island.

If you’ve never ridden here before, you are missing out on a lot that Isle Madame has to offer.  Relatively quiet roads, spectacular coastal scenery and quaint, Acadian charm like none other.  I stopped many times along the way to take pictures of boats slipping through the blue water of the Atlantic Ocean.  I enjoyed the smell of wild roses and clover lining the roadways.  I was constantly reminded that these truly are the wonderful days of summer, fleeting though they may be.

It didn’t matter that we left well behind everyone else.  We eventually all caught up and rejoined at LeNoir in Arichat for seafood chowder, hamburgers, hot dogs, and choice of pop or water and of course, conversation with friends and those folks we had yet to meet.  It was really such fun!  Everyone had a wonderful time and all commented on how good the food was.

It takes a lot of planning and preparation to put on these events and therefore, a special thank you must go out to Jessica Boudreau, Isle Madame Chapter of Velo Cape Breton, and Joan Clannon of DIMA.  Both of these ladies were instrumental in making this event happen.  Jessica mentioned to me that this event is growing every year with participation and no wonder.  It’s extremely well organized.  Great job ladies!  Thank you to all volunteers who took part and made the day so special.  Can’t wait to do it next year!


Cyclists start to arrive back at Le Noir for seafood chowder and lots of laughter and smiles!

Joan Clannon of “Grow Isle Madame” had this to say about the ride:

Development Isle Madame would like to express our sincere thanks to all who assisted us in hosting the Velo Cape Breton cyclist tour on Sunday, July 20th.  It is always a sincere pleasure to promote our beautiful pristine Island to others and this could not be possible without your continued assistance.  A sincere thanks to Jessica Boudreau for organizing the route, to Edgar Samson for providing the seafood, to Victor David for the delicious seafood chowder, to Donald Goyetche for the tasty barbeque, to the Island Municipal Councillors for their monetary contribution and to the numerous volunteers who assisted. 


The Ride and Brunch group at Le Noir.


Joan Clannon

CED Administrator

Development Isle Madame

Tel:  902-226-1918

Fax: 902-226-1919



Thursday, July 24th,  Open Hearth Park Sydney.

Meet the Ambassadors at Deleski Bike Park at the Open Hearth Park for a relaxed ride through the park and the surrounding area.  Bring your friends and enjoy the summer evening ride.   The weather has been wonderful.  Maybe you are in the Summer Fit Challenge and would like to ride with other cyclists.  This is your chance to get a ride in.

The role of the Ambassadors is to be visible and to promote cycling in our community.  Why not help us out? We’d love to have you join us.  15- 20 K.  Meet for 6:15 pm. for a 6:30 start. Velo members ride for free, $2.00 non-members.




Hey gals, join your other sisters in pink as we ride through Glace Bay.  Now if we are “talkin Cape Breton ”, a  typical warm greeting in Cape Breton is, “So what’s goin on b’y?”.  Which also could or could not be followed with “eh!”, but who’s getting that technical with the vernacular?  WOW ladies this is our first ride and social of the summer and you’re invited to take part in Ride the Bay B’Y.  Come and enjoy the charm and the friendliness that Glace Bay has to offer . . . “yes b’y, you won’t be disappointed”.

The ride will leave the Sobey’s Parking lot on Reserve St. in Glace Bay.  Please park at the front of the lot facing the road.

This is a relaxed ride with a distance of approximately 20-25 kms.   There will be time for a coffee or tea and a chance to mix and mingle. 

When:  Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Where:   Sobey’s parking lot.  

Time: 1:15 for a 1:30 pm start 

Approximate distance:   25K;   RLs: Charlene Wadden & Shelley Johnson



Sunday, July 27 – Celtic Trail – from Inverness to Mabou

Leaving from the Old Train Station Museum at 10 am, you can either do a one way 22 km ride to Mabou (need to have a vehicle in Mabou) or a 44 km return ride. There is the possibility of sharing a mid-ride meal in Mabou or in Inverness at the end. Details will be communicated to you the week prior to the activity (a mountain, cyclocross, or hybrid bike is recommended for this ride)

I encourage you to enjoy your bike and I hope to see you at any of these rides.  Have a great week.

Shelley Johnson

Rides Captain and Cycling Ambassador





VCB member Lori Henley is participating in a 260 km cycling challenge, the 5th Annual Ride to Turn the Tide, to raise funds for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. From Lori: “Lately I have been wondering if there is some way I could make my cycling “career” benefit others.  I have started leading rides with my local bike club (I like being in the mother-hen mode) and was considering planning and organizing some cycling tours when I was asked if I would be interested in joining up to cycle in the 5th annual Ride to Turn the Tide.  It is a 260 km cycling challenge organized by the Grassroot Grannies, one of over 250 granny groups in Canada, who raise funds for the Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF) Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.   It is a perfect fit to have my cycling make a difference and I am delighted to let you know that I will be cycling with this wonderful group in early September”. For more information and to sponsor Lori, go to:






Thank you! And Nova Scotia Bicycle Maps now available at the VICs

Hello All, 

This is a long overdue message to thank you for your incredibly valuable input to our bicycle route mapping project. We were under a very tight timeline to get them completed and out to the Visitor Information Centres (VICs) for early July and then we had a bit of tweaking to do with the website. 

You can view the final product here: or get copies of the maps at VICs. We are also sending out copies to local bicycle shops. 

We chose 5 initial routes, partly based on key areas that are being promoted by the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency, and based on popular bicycle touring routes. We identified that there is a need for 4-5 more and we hope we can build on this initiative next year. 

We received an incredible amount of feedback and input from the cycling community in Nova Scotia and we have done our best to reflect that in our maps. We also are planning on having detailed route notes available 

We will be doing some publicity about the maps in the coming week - please spread the word that they are available. We hope that these maps build on the maps available from municipalities and are just the beginning of the information available on cycling in Nova Scotia. 

All the best, Susanna and Ben (Bicycle Nova Scotia and Blue Route Initiative)





They just make it look so easy (but I wish they would wear helmets!)


Better than a rear-view mirror:


A sobering article on cycling safety, on a very intriguing website.


A different kind of bike shop opens in Montreal:





To Give Away: Mountain bike in excellent condition. Contact Bob Walker at 564-6815 for more details.


STOLEN: From Blues Fest, Ottawa on July 13th, Giant ATX 890 aluminum frame,  yellow Xtra-Small (XS) size with a sticker from Mike's Bike Shop, in Dieppe; the frame has Velo Cape Breton stickers on both sides, where the down-tube joins the head-tube.  The dark blue and red lettering on the yellow frame has abrasion scratches in a number of places. The handlebar and stem are black Easton aluminum parts with yellow and white "Easton EA50" logos. The bike was fitted with a red Rock Shox Judy front suspension fork.  The wheels are built on Shimano XT silver hubs (not grey or black) with very conspicuous rims - Mavic X517 rims in the limited-edition, "citron" lemon-yellow colour and brown/black Michelin Wildgripper tires.

The bike is mainly outfitted with Shimano Deore LX dark blue/black parts; shifters, brake levers, brake calipers and front derailleur all from the Shimano M570 series of mountain-bike parts - relevant years for parts: 1999 to 2003.  The rear derailleur is from a different group of parts, the Shimano Deore XT group, but as the LX and XT parts were all "Mega-9" designated, still work well together as a Shimano 3 X 9-speed drivetrain. If you have information about this bike, please contact Lori Henley,




About That Funny


Did you hear about the cyclist who used Viagra eye drops? They made him look hard!


Three cyclists went for a meal. The first cyclist said, “The meal’s on me, lads, I’ll pay”. Newspaper headlines the next day read “Cycling ventriloquist found dead in ditch . . .”


Top Ten Reasons To Race Bicycles:

10. Haven't thrown up in a while
9. Read somewhere that sweat is an aphrodisiac
8, Got no life, so why not?
7. Waiting for someone to crash and see some blood
6. Like being humiliated on a regular basis
5. Lactic acid makes me loopy
4. Shaved legs make cross-dressing easier
3. Good excuse to drink beer at Deluxe
2. Cheap way to fuel PowerBar addiction
1. Pain-just can't get enough of it





Regular articles, including Loose Chain Links:

Word document or compatible, 12 pt Times New Roman. Please have submissions for the current edition submitted by the Monday prior.


Ads for Bike Buy & Sell: Word document or compatible, 12 pt, Times New Roman, submitted by the Monday prior. Ads will run for 3 weeks. Please inform the editor if the item is sold before that term is up. If the item doesn’t sell, you may re-submit your ad.  


Photos: high resolution (photos taken with a phone are usually too low, but there may be exceptions); please name all the people in the photo, and give the event, date, and location.







Shelley Porter,  

Editor, Velo Cape Breton eNewsletter

VCB Cycling Ambassador.

July 24th, 2014


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