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Volume 13, #25  -  3... 2... 1... GO!




Editorial:   3... 2... 1... GO!

Try a Triathlon


Readers Write

For Sale / Wanted

Loose Chain Links

About That Funny



“You can’t buy happiness but you can buy a bike and that’s pretty close.” 

~ Anonymous



EDITORIAL:  3... 2... 1... GO!


This Saturday are the First events of the spring/summer Calendar of activities.  The Bike Clinic and the Start of the road cycling scheduled rides.  The weather forecast calls for normal spring temperatures around +10°C with slight chances of a few drops, nothing to really worry about.


Donny, Edwin and Jacques will be at the Farmers Market bright and early at 9am for the Bike Clinic & Basic Repairs.  Bring your bike to get it checked and tuned up for a head start of the season.  You will also get some tips to maintain you steed in good shape for enjoyable and safe rides.


Richard will be there to receive your VCB Membership renewals and take registrations for the NEW Ride Right Program for members.


Shelley, the founder of the Women-on-Wheels movement in Nova Scotia will be there as well to expand on this year’s program and lead a group on the relaxed 15-20km ride starting from the Market at 10:30am.


Our VCB President Andrée who is also Chair of the Lobster Roll Ride 5th Anniversary will update you all on the ongoing preparation for this year’s event in North Sydney on June 18th.


Elaine and Yolande, lead persons for the Heartland Tour for the area will be there to expose the awesome program they are preparing for the 10th Anniversary and last of Hearland Tour.


An assortment of Louis Garneau bicycle clothing at Velo Cape Breton and Women-on-Wheels colours will be available to VCB members at cost.


Coffee, breaky and all kinds of goodies to buy on site.


Hope to see you there!






by: Jen Maher


Where:  McConnell Memorial Library,  SydneyJen Maher (YMCA Instructor and Chiropractor in Sydney) will facilitate a talk on 'Trying a Triathlon'.  This short presentation will focus on encouraging involvement, evaluating your activity level and planning for a good outcome. 


Find out about the "Try a Triathalon for Diabetes" this September at the YMCA to raise funds for the Canadian Diabetes Association! 


Triathlons are not just for experienced athletes!!







Cycling the Normandy coast of France some 10 years we stopped to ask for directions to the Statue de la Paix in Grancamp.  The gentleman in his early 90‘ies graciously gave us the way and asked if we were from Quebec with our accent.  Ensued an interesting conversation about D-day, where he was then as a teenager, what he was doing etc. etc.  He said that the weather on D-day was not as shiny as it was on that beautiful day, to which we kind of complained about the past two days we rode in rain and mist.  He stopped for a moment and said:  “grey skies make us remember and appreciate the sacrifices of so many young men who liberated us and gave us that freedom we enjoy today.  Every grey day is a beautiful day! ”  It may cliché but on that day on the Coast of Normandy, it was really moving.

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by:  Vic Gouthro


Could not resist the urge to ride one of my favourite routes.  I took this photo at Blackett's Lake around 10:30am.  Sort of sums up the type of day it was here in sunny Cape Breton on Wednesday April 6th.









WANTED:  Jacques,  I exercise regularly and I want to bike on long rides with my young one.  I’m looking to purchase or rent a gently used Tag Along bike. Either a Trail-a-bike or other similar brand.  Contact Carla @ 562.8672







They put him on a bike and a miracle occured.




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Having a bad day?









A  lawyer had a wife and 12 children and needed to move as his rental agreement was coming to an end for the home where he lived; but he was having difficulty in finding a new home.


When he said he had 12 children, no one would rent a home to him because they thought that the children would destroy the home.


He could not say that he had no children; he could not lie, after all, lawyers cannot and do not lie.


So, he had an idea : he sent his wife for a walk to the cemetery with 11 children.


He took the remaining one with him to see homes with the Real Estate Agent.


He liked one of the homes and the agent asked:  "How many children do you have ?”

He answered:  "12 children”.


The agent asked

"Where are the others?

The lawyer answered, with a sad look:  "They are in the cemetery with their mother”.


And that's the way he was able to rent a home for his family without lying.


MORAL: It is not necessary to lie, one only has to choose the right words.



April 7th,  2016



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