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VCB eNews, Vol 13, #26 - Collaboration




Volume 13, #26  -  Collaboration




Editorial:   Collaboration

Spring Is In The Air

Dressing For Spring Rides

A Partnership

Readers Write

Ride Right

For Sale / Wanted

Loose Chain Links

About That Funny



“Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits.” 

~ Jerry Dunn





Wikipedia defines collaboration as the process of two or more people or organizations working together to realize shared goals.  Collaboration is very similar to cooperation, and both are an opposite of competition.  Most collaboration requires leadership, although the form of leadership can be social within a decentralized and egalitarian group.  Teams that work collaboratively can obtain greater resources, recognition and reward when facing competition for finite resources.


Through the years since inception in 2003, the support to Velo Cape Breton provided by the membership and other organizations has advanced VCB’s goals and mission.  Either as member of the Board, organizing events, making available expertise and services, volunteering and numerous other ways, collaboration has made this community organization one of the most pro-active in the Maritimes.


Societal changes that have taken place over the past decade have resulted in the transformation of how people meet, communicate and play.  For example, people do not meet face to face as often as in the past, they rather communicate through social media, leave text or spoken messages, email pictures of their activities, watch others play instead of being players.  We are observing a steady decrease in collectivism and a rise of individualist behaviour.  This is sad.


Thanks to the slowly changing lifestyles observed in our small communities, collaboration and cooperation values are alive and hope this will continue for a long time.  


This week’s edition highlights several actions of collaboration that require your cooperation to build a better world.  






by: Colette Smith


With longer days and some warmer temperatures our calendars are filling up with wonderful outdoor spring and summer adventures.  


Last year we introduced a new format for our cycling season opener and it was a great success.  So much so we are repeating it this year. 


On May 7/2016 we will have our 2nd Annual Velo Cape Breton Mira River Ride Season Opener and BBQ. 


There will be a longer ride of 30km and a shorter ride of approximately 15 to 20 km.  We will start at the Mira Boat Club at 3pm, returning to the club for a social and BBQ.   If non-members would like to join us for the ride, the fee is $2. 


If you are not feeling like a ride, join us for the social hour from 5-6pm, with the BBQ at 6pm.  There is a bar on site. 


This is a lovely evening with our cycling friends, some of whom we haven't seen since last season.


We will launch our 2016/2017 Ride Schedule and you can grab your 2016 membership as well.


We will be cooking steaks on the barbecue with delicious side salads and a dessert. Portabello Mushroom Burgers will be available for our vegetarian friends.


Cost is  $18 per person/adults, $10 for children age 10 or under.


Please register and pay through our website by following this link 

Those members who would like to just do the ride need not purchase a ticket.


We will only sell tickets up to Thursday May 5, no tickets will be available on site/day of.


Check the Facebook Page 


If you have any questions, please call Colette at 574 5598.








Come spring, a cyclist’ biggest shoulder-season enemy is the vagaries of the weather.  Too hot or too cold, you’re forever over- or underprepared for the whims of sun, wind, and cloud.


How do I dress for spring rides?  Master the art of Layering.  


There is a ton of information on the internet you can find.  However, this website, although a commercial one, offers very good cycling clothing suggestions for you to select the clothens, I’m sure you have already, to face the vagaries of weather during the shoulder seasons.


Make sure your jacket is of visible colour(s).  Colour(s) that can strike the eyes in the surrounding landscape. Black, dark blue, brown, burgundy are NOT striking colours.  Yellow, fluorescent lime, red and  pink ARE striking and visible colours.   If you don’t want to be seen, it means trouble…  serious safety issues.  Remember:  SEE  -  BE SEEN  -  BE PREDICTABLE.


The importance to keep the body, legs and arms warm is to keep your energy to pedal and move the bike than spend it at fighting the cold/cool temperatures. 


Covered legs and arms (cycling thighs and long sleeve jerseys, arm and leg warmers) are a must for temperatures below 20°C to protect from articulation injury (tendinitis)   That cut-off temperature was good 50 years ago and it still is.









Last week Rod MacDonald grabbed a copy of the Cyclist’s Handbook that we left at the offices of Service Nova Scotia.  He was impressed by the content and surprised for not having seen it before.  


He went back to his boss Michael Pace at Sydco Fuel with the idea of distributing the Cyclist’s Handbook to their customers.  Rod called me with the idea and a short meeting later the plan was set to distribute close to 1000 copies of the Cyclist’s Handbook within CBRM.  


Especially selected drivers of Sydco Fuel and Scotia Propane delivery trucks will be given copies of the Cyclist’s Handbook to deliver to homes in CBRM occupied by young families and/or active people.  


We also discussed several more ideas, especially events to raise truck drivers/cyclists issues to improve the safety of all.







by:  Shelley Porter


Good afternoon, B52s. WELL. You may recognize the subject line as the opening line of Robert Browning's Home Thoughts from Abroad. Those of us abroad today, be it in the travel or simply "outside" sense, might wish we were in England or perhaps Spain or Florida (maybe some of you ARE) or anywhere but snowy Nova Scotia. 


I apologize for being so late writing my monthly missive. I may have been waiting for Spring to truly arrive! In reality, it's just been a busy few weeks. Since I wrote last, I have changed jobs, made small steps toward taking over the editorship of the Blomidon Naturalists' Society newsletter, gone to my first monthly meeting of the Editors' Association of Canada (which I have recently joined), registered at the local employment office, gone on two rides with the Centennial Cycling Club, ran 28 km in 7 km increments, volunteered as bouncer/usher at a fundraiser for Chrysalis House, gone to several 4H meetings . . . OK, I'll just mention one more thing: I started a Women on Wheels program in Kentville! This is definitely the highlight!


So far, our WoW is small in number but mighty in enthusiasm. I've held two intro sessions and this Monday will be our first ride. Lynne Pascoe, WoW coordinator for Bicycle Nova Scotia, has saved my saddle-seat by volunteering to travel to Kentville to help us out on our first outing. I am very much looking forward to this, and to the weeks ahead. 


Last evening, I attended a potluck put on by the Centennial Cycling Club [CCC]. This group is much like VCB, though less formally organized, and - ahem - rather less stringent about the niceties of roadside cycling. However, like every cycling group I've ever encountered, they are generous, progressive, tough, good-humoured, kind, discerning in their selection of beverages, and among them are some excellent cooks. I had the privilege of chatting at length with Derek Watts, an accomplished Nova Scotia cyclist and long-time supporter, etc. of Bicycle Nova Scotia. He is also husband of Heather Watts, author of Silent Steeds, a history of cycling in Nova Scotia. This little book is about 30 years old now, but still one of my go-to references for facts about bicycling in our region. Derek remarked that cyclists always seem to be the "best people", and I agree whole-heartedly. I have attached a pic of the group at an intersection, waiting for some slower riders to catch up. 


This is way too long, so I will stop rambling and leave you with the beautiful words of Robert Browning's poem:


Home Thoughts from Abroad

Robert Browning (1812 - 89)




OH, to be in England now that April ’s there

And whoever wakes in England sees, some morning, unaware,

That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf

Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf,

While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough

In England—now!



And after April, when May follows

And the white-throat builds, and all the swallows!

Hark, where my blossom’d pear-tree in the hedge

Leans to the field and scatters on the clover

Blossoms and dewdrops—at the bent spray’s edge—

That ’s the wise thrush: he sings each song twice over

Lest you should think he never could re-capture

The first fine careless rapture!

And, though the fields look rough with hoary dew,

All will be gay when noontide wakes anew

The buttercups, the little children’s dower,

Far brighter than this gaudy melon-flower!



Remember: you are the best people!


-Shelley P. 







Instructors will meet this Sunday to review the Curriculum and finalize minute details.


The Ride Right  program is new this year.  It is available FREE to Velo Cape Breton Membership only.


During three sessions of 3 hours progressing from easy to more advanced practical and knowledge, you will enhance your cycling skills, your confidence and your fun to ride.


Sessions starting during the weekend of April 30 - May 1st and continue until mid-June.  Sessions must be taken in succession.  Personalized learning environment with a minimum of 3 and maximum of 5 participants per instructor.


Basic requirement:  a bicycle in good working order, a bicycle helmet.


More information and registration here.  Don't wait till the last minutes, all seats may be taken.







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







Having a bad day?











TEACHER: How old is your father?

KID: He is 6 years.

TEACHER: What? How is this possible?

KID: He became father only when I was born.

(Logic!! Children are quick and always speak their minds.)



TEACHER:  Maria, go to the map and find North America.

MARIA:  Here it is.

TEACHER:  Correct. Now, Class, who discovered America?

CLASS:  Maria.



TEACHER: Glenn, how do you spell 'crocodile?'


TEACHER :  No, that's wrong 

GLENN:  Maybe it is wrong, but you asked me how I spell it

(I love this child.)



TEACHER: Donald, what is the chemical formula for water?


TEACHER: What are you talking about?

DONALD: Yesterday you said it's H to O.



TEACHER: Clyde, your composition on 'My Dog' is exactly the same as your brother‘s. Did you copy his?

CLYDE: No, sir; lt's the same dog.

(I want to adopt this kid!!!)



TEACHER: Harold, what do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no longer interested?

HAROLD:  A teacher-



TEACHER: There is no way that a man can be swallowed by a whale, spit out, and live. 

KID: Yes it's true. 

TEACHER: How can you prove this?

KID: I'll ask him when I get to heaven. 

TEACHER: What if Jonah is not in heaven?

KID: Then you can ask him! 




April 14th,  2016



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