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Volume 13, #19  -  Just Keep Moving - Make It Fun !




Editorial: Just Keep Moving - Make It Fun!

Getting The Most Out Of Your Bicycle?

Be Smart - Team Up or Success

tom’s Birthday Challenge

Loose Chain Links

About That Funny



“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.” 

~ Conrad Hilton





Looking for a way to inject a sense of purpose into your ride,  a way to disguise exercise as island exploration and discovery, a way to make exercise fun? 


Now lets be brutally honest about exercise for a minute.  I know a lot of people out there who love swimming, running, and so on but getting fit and staying fit is tedious, it’s repetitive, it’s uninspiring.  I love cycling. Cycling can be exhilarating but I’ll be the first to admit that it can be mind numbing, dull, especially when you ride the same route, the same roads, day in and day out.  


This year, the Cape Breton Challenge is changing everything.

The Challenge is to ride the roads around the perimeter of Cape Breton Island. The 813 km perimeter has been divided into 3 Sections for a total of 25 legs of between 20 to 45 km each - average 32.5km. Two legs include a short distance of unpaved road. 


NO hard fast rule.  You can ride in the direction you like; ride more than one leg per outing; ride fast; ride slow;  ride with friends or singlehanded. There is no police or supervisor to watch over your shoulder.  As long as you ride the leg, you can record it, this is on your honour.  


The progress of each participant in the Challenge will appear on a private section of the website only available to the participants.  From the list you will be able to:

  • see who else is in the Challenge,  
  • team up with other participant/s and do the leg/s in good company,
  • find motivation,
  • share your experience,
  • have fun discovering secret corners of the Island on two wheels,
  • emulate Victoria Cyclist Stephen Lund and draw a giant lobster claw... 


Register now!  We only need your name.


Come on, It's gonna be fun!  








Thursday March 3rd  7:00-9:00 pm

McConnell Library, 50 Falmouth St, Sydney


As spring approaches, fulfil your commitment to get more exercise by planning your 2016 cycling season with the help of Velo Cape Breton. 


Come meet some of the cycling community and get advice from local physician and experienced cyclist, Chris Milburn, who will discuss


1) how significant exercise is to health in general

2) what the optimal amount and speed of cycling are for health benefits 

3) how you can set up your bike to improve comfort and speed, and

4) some common cycling injuries and how to deal with them


Everyone Welcome!  No registration required.







Does this yo-yo weather makes you crazy?  I know spring is coming and the transition between each season is always accompanied by bouts of unpredictable weather systems, nevertheless, it’s hard to get accustomed to that pattern.  This will pass.  Although Environment Canada do not predict this yet but there are some freak storms coming for March.  Stay on course,  this should not be a reason to deviate from the goals you have set for yourself earlier for the coming summer.


Rest assured, don't panic, summer will be here soon and riding outside will be the norm, you will start believing seriously in reaching these goals that you thought, with good reasons, were really really ambitious just a few months earlier.


The Turtle and the Hare, you remember the story?   Yep, the Turtle won the first race, and you all know why...  confident at the start, focused to the goal, sticked to the game plan, steady, never wandered, patience.


The Turtle also won the second race because it was smarter than the Hare.


The Turtle and the Hare, by this time, had become pretty good friends and they did some thinking together. Both realized that the last race could have been run much better.  So they decided to do the last race again, but to run as a team this time. They started off, and this time the Hare carried the Turtle till the riverbank. There, the Turtle took over and swam across with the Hare on his back.  On the opposite bank, the Hare again carried the Turtle and they reached the finishing line together. They both felt a greater sense of satisfaction than they'd felt earlier


Be smart.  Reaching a goal is not about speed, consistency or a combination of the two – it’s about vision, ability and passion.  Team-up with friends, with people that share the same vision, the same passion and you will never look back.  Never ever!







Since I was about 38, only a very few years ago, I have challenged myself to bicycle ride my age in miles on or within a week of my birthday.


On March 31, I will turn a young 63 and now plan to ride my age in kilometers starting this year on my birthday.  I changed to Km knowing that I have to live until 110 to get my 4 young children ( 10 and under) through school.  The idea of riding 100 miles at age 100 was a little daunting but 100 Km seems doable.


I challenge all of you to challenge yourself and share your experience with others to keep us all alive, fit, and having a goal we can smile about.


 Let me hear from you.


 Just keep pedaling !!


     May the wind be at your back and the sun on your shoulders,


     Tom Nixa







Complete Streets…  what is that?!info-videos/cas0



What first began as exercise soon became an exercise in creativity - and ignited a passion for cycling for Stephen Lund that has grown to become a world phenomenon: GPS doodling.



Julia Roberts is Mother Nature.  She has a message for us:

Mother Nature is speaking.







Presently, I’m trying to make friends outside of Facebook while applying their same principles.

Therefore every day, I go down on the street and tell the paserby what I’ve eaten; how I feel; what I’ve done the night before and what I will do after.

I give them pictures of my wife, my daughter, my dog and me gardening and spending time in my pool. 

I also listen to their conversations and I tell them I love them.

And it works:  I already have three persons following me:

Two police officers and a psychiatrist.



February 25th,  2016



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