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VCB eNews, Vol 11, #46 - Rehab...

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In this Edition

-  Editorial: Rehab

-  The SummerFit Challenge, and Beyond, Bob Groves

-  Rides Captain Corner, Shelley Johnson

-  Cycling Gender Gap “Rant”, Andree Crepeau

-  You Are Invited: Cycling Summit Oct. 17-19, 2014

-  Bike Buy and Sell

-  About That Funny

 

 

“Bicycling is good for the brain, and not bad for the ass, either.”
— Citizen Chain Cyclery

 

 

 

EDITORIAL: REHAB

 

Dora Rinehart of Denver, Colorado, USA took up cycling in 1895 as part of her recovery from a bout of scarlet fever. She cycled daily, starting out with short rides of up to 3 miles. Within a year, she was riding 100 miles (162km) per day on regular basis. Rinehart went on to become one of the most famous women cyclists of all time, setting many records for endurance cycling, including riding 20 “Centuries” [100 mile rides] in 20 days. And she did on a heavy, fixed-gear bicycle. 

 

Rinehart’s rehabilitation program is a bit extreme, but it’s not unusual for people to take to their bicycles to help recover from an illness. Later in this newsletter, you will find Bob Groves’ account of how participating in the Velo Cape Breton SummerFit Challenge helped him recover from an accident and make improvements in his health and cycling endurance. Cycling is often recommended as an exercise for recovering from injuries suffered doing other types of exercise, because cycling is a non-weight-bearing activity. It’s a little easier on the joints than running, though good technique still needs to be practiced to prevent overuse injuries.

 

I know of one cyclist who discovered cycling when recovering from a serious, potentially life-threatening illness. Like Bob, she started out with short distances and built up to longer ones. Now she does multi-day tours, cycles all winter, and teaches other people the joys of cycling. 

 

One of my favourite paintings depicts the stages of bud, blossom, and seedhead of a flower, the slender stalk twining across the canvas, the life stages rising and falling. Behind the plant is the shadow of a bicycle wheel. The painting is called Life Cycle. I first saw it hanging in the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, and I remember I looked at it for a long, long time. We know the cycle of life: the stages of growth, maturation, and decline. But what’s that bicycle wheel doing there? It can take you forward to your goals; it can bring you back to your former self. It goes around. It is full of potential, and hope. Time is passing. Take some of it, and ride a bike. You never know where you’ll come back to on that wheel.

 

 

THE SUMMERFIT CHALLENGE, AND BEYOND

[Editor’s Note: As Coordinator of the club’s Challenges, it is heartening and inspiring to receive messages like this in response to the question, “Did you complete the rides this month?”]

 

The summer is coming to an end and I am very pleased to say I accomplished every week of minimal riding, except last week where I only got out for one day. Getting in the garden and some fall building projects. Back on schedule this week. With the kms from MapMyFitness I have somewhere around 2000 km dedicated to the SummerFit Challenge including one four day tour and a fall tour I have yet to do. Was fortunate to get out on the Lobster Roll with VCB. Using this program to motivate me to get back into shape after an accident last winter. First time out I was only able to go a few hundred meters. Now I am able to get 80 km and feel energized.

With this challenge wrapping up I am rebuilding an old mountain bike for the inevitable snowy days ahead. Please add my name to the B52 Challenge.

Thanks

Bob Groves

 

 

RIDES CAPTAIN’S CORNER: 

by: Shelley Johnson, Rides Captain

 

UPDATE:

Women on Wheels:  “Tour dah Tarten” blows’ off course . . . lands in Baddeck in front of Highwheeler Café! Story at 11:00.

 

Left to right:  Cheryl Berube, Shelley Johnson, Carol ? and Micheline Guillot. 

 

Okay, well, maybe we didn’t make the late evening news.  That’s okay.  One of the things that I have learned cycling is to be very flexible.  Plans may change at the drop of a hat.  There are just some things in life that we humans have no sway over, the weather being one and construction being the other.

 

Saturday was a whole lot of both:

 

A little smidgeon of this . . .


 

and a whole lot of that . . .  .

Not to mention the dash of high winds that put a damper on riding to the Clucking Hen, as a final season ride for the Women on Wheels Program.  So what are you going to do faced with this sort  of thing?  Ride a headwind to Baddeck, have lunch, and take a very fast tailwind back, of course.  Although we were small in number we were mighty in spirit and we had FUN, FOOD and FRIENDSHIP!  At the end of the day that is really all that matters isn’t it?

 

I want to thank all the women who participated in Women on Wheels this season.  Your interest, participation and fellowship is really the heart of its success.  The 2015 WoW riding season is in the works for next May.  I hope to see you join us and bring a friend.

 

Over the fall and winter season I hope to have upcoming events for WoW that you may also enjoy.  So stay tuned to the newsletter and Velo Cape Breton Website for more details as they become available.

 

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Wishful thinking.  Some Velo Cape Breton members check out the construction of  the new Sydney River Bridge.  These members were participating in a Poker Run around Westmount and Pt Edward this past Sunday.

 

 

HERE’S WHAT’S UP AND COMING:

 

AMBASSADORS IN THE HOOD

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH

 

The Ambassadors take to the streets on their final ride of the season and this could be one of the most unique rides yet....a night time ride!   Well perhaps part of that ride will be in the twilight.  Advanced forecast is calling for a nice day and so the evening should be good as well.  Come join the Ambassadors for a spin into the night.  A front and rear light, however,  is mandatory.  

 

MEET:  Deleski Park

TIME:  6:00 pm for a 6:15 start

 

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END OF SUMMER FIT IS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH

YOU DID IT!!!!!  HURRAY!!!!.....

 

I WOULD INVITE YOU TO SEND IN THE RESULTS ( NUMBER OF WEEKS FULLY COMPLETED) TO: editor@velocapebreton.ca 

 

Each participants will receive a “Certificate of Participation”

 

20 weeks - Carbon-fiber framed Certificate

19 weeks - Aluminum framed Certificate

18 weeks -  Steel framed Certificate

All the others who have participated, but for various reason were forced to retire will also receive a Certificate (Frame with a sand design)

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RIDE INTO THE PAST FORTRESS OF LOUISBOURG

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11TH

 

Take a guided tour to Kennington Cove and return to the Fortress.  Revel in days past Enjoy on of our National Historic sites and take note of past sieges between the French and the English.  There are 7 interpretive stops, discussions on the Royal Battery, fishing village and NEW findings, Kennington Cove and more.  Learn about our cultural past.

 

MEET:  Registration at the Large Tent Royal Battery  

TIME:  10:00 am

COST:  $10.00 cash only

DISTANCE:  25 K

RL:  ELIOT FROSST & JIMMIE CAMPBELL

 

IF YOU HAVE AN IDEA FOR A FALL RIDE AND WOULD LIKE TO SUGGEST IT OR LEAD IT, PLEASE CONTACT ME AND I WILL POST IT FOR YOU at sjmarie31@gmail.com

 

Have a great time riding your bike!

Shelley Johnson

Rides Captain and Cycling Ambassador

 

 

 

YOU ARE INVITED:  NS CYCLING SUMMIT  Oct. 17-19, 2014

 

 

 

CYCLING GENDER GAP RANT

 

IS THERE A GENDER GAP AMONG COMMUTING CYCLISTS?  THE NUMBERS ARE STARK

Source:  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/relationships/is-there-a-gender-gap-among-commuting-cyclists-the-numbers-are-stark/article20677701/#dashboard/follows/

Comments by Andrée Crépeau, President Velo Cape Breton, 2009-13

A few years ago I attended a Nova Scotia Bike Summit and took in a presentation on women and cycling. The presenter noted that cycling clubs in Nova Scotia had memberships that were predominantly male. The exception was Velo Cape Breton. At the time our ratio was 45% women and 55% men. I was surprised that we weren't the same as the rest. As of September 2014 Velo's membership (244 strong) is 55% women and 45% men. And while I don't know for sure why we are different I do know we do a few things that encourage women. We have always had a strong interest in making the new or novice cyclist feel at home. We have always had strong female cyclists mentoring others. And, finally, over the last two years we've had a program called WOW (women on wheels) which is an all female cycling program that provides a supportive, safe, and social environment to cycle. While WOW is geared more to recreational cycling a number of the participants do commute by bike. 

CBRM has huge potential for cycling as the transportation method of choice. Those of us who live in the urban sections of the municipality are likely living less than 10 kilometers from our work or areas of interest. In Sydney that's approximately 80%. And the municipality is putting in place a system of infrastructure that will make that choice much more appealing. Check out the Active Transportation Plan on the CBRM website. As a person who has for a number of years advocated for active transportation it's a lonely battle . . . our numbers are few. We live in a car culture and we're asking people to make what seem like maverick decisions. In fact, active transportation (walking, cycling etc.) is so simply the easy way- easy on our pocket both as individuals and as governments, easy on our health, and easy on our head.

That's my Sunday morning AT rant for this week!  - Andree

 

LOOSE CHAIN LINKS

 

More on bike lanes (it never ends, by the way) http://www.vox.com/2014/9/19/6404829/vehicular-cycling-bike-lanes

 

There are many gear guides out there, this is just one! http://www.wired.com/2014/09/commuting-bike-gear/?utm_content=buffer753cf&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer#slide-id-1571079

 

What will they think of next??  http://www.latimes.com/local/great-reads/la-me-c1-feminist-library-20140924-story.html#page=1

 

Weird bike seats, and I mean, really: http://www.thebikecollective.com/weirdest-bike-seats/?utm_source=Outbrain&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Outbrain

 

What does a cyclist look like?  http://mic.com/articles/98972/21-photos-of-women-who-shatter-the-stereotype-of-what-a-real-biker-looks-like

 

 

 

BIKE BUY AND SELL

 

For Sale: Bike trailer, sized to carry an adult. $450.00 An example can be viewed here: http://www.wicycle.com/index.php/family/special-needs-trailers/  Contact John at gelfling@syd.eastlink.ca

 

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For Sale at very reasonable price:  2 pair of cycling shoes with clips peddles included.

 

1st pair:  Ladies, size 9, black, Jaqwa with BOA closure system in very good condition, $25

 

2nd pair:  Ladies, size 6 (but fits large), black, Bodyglove in very good condition, $25

 

Contact Info:  (902) 539-2734

 

 

 

ABOUT THAT FUNNY

 

At the end of the term, a high school science chemistry teacher asked her students to tell her the most important lesson they had learned from the course. A student promptly raised his hand and declared, “Never lick the spoon”.

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Comment overheard in a university biology department: “We just hired a molecular biologist. Man, is he small!”
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Did you hear about the famous microbiologist who traveled in thirty different countries and learned to speak six languages? 

He was a man of many cultures.

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SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR THE VELO CAPE BRETON eNEWS

 

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.

 

Thanks!

 

 

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Shelley Porter,  

Editor, Velo Cape Breton eNewsletter

VCB Cycling Ambassador.

September 25th, 2014

 

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