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VCB eNews, Vol 13, #31 - Sooner Than You Think!





Volume 13, #31  -  Sooner Than You Think




Editorial:   Sooner Than You Think

Ride Right

Bike-It List - CB Challenge

Upcoming Long Weekend

Lobster Roll Ride

Ride With The Ramblers

A Partnership

One Metre is Longer Than You Think

About That Funny



“ If you spend too much time thinking about a thing,
you’ll never get it done!”
~ Bruce Lee





Sooner than you think you will leave your training wheels behind.


Sooner than you think you will discover countries, cultures, and the planet beyond your own backyard.


Sooner than you think your cycling experiences will have transformed your whole life.    


Sooner than you think the summer days will be over, the weight of years will slow you down.


Yes,  sooner than you think …


Carpe Diem.  Put aside your fears and worries, just go for it… NOW!








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.


The first three groups will finish the program this week.  An experienced crew of Cycling Instructors are eager to share their knowledge with you.  More information and registration here.  


Sooner than you think, Sessions will be over and you will be a better cyclist all around.   


Register now.  







The Challenge is to ride your bicycle to draw the lobster claw or the shape of Cape Breton Island.  


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 in your log.  


The 814km perimeter of the Island has been divided in 25 legs, regrouped in three regions. Taken one leg at a time, it is shorter than you think.  Definitely something to add to your Bike-It List.


More information and registration here.  







Saturday - Sunday, May 21 - 22

Ride Right Program

More information here.



Monday - May 23rd

Cape Breton Challenge, Leg #1.  Sydney to Dominion.  35.8km

Come one, come all to ride Leg 1.  Get answer to all you questions.  Meet members in the CB Challenge who are at your level and with whom you can ride.


Meet at the Big Fiddle on Government wharf in Sydney for a 10:00 pm start.



Did you know that the VCB Calendar of activities and events for until October is posted on the VCB website? Click here







Have you always wanted to experience a bike ride where everything is taken care of and all you have to do is ride? Where a SAG wagon follows ready to pick you up if you need help or to fix your tire?  Where pit stops appear loaded with snacks and drinks for the taking?  Where you can stop and have a ready made lunch that includes lobster and chocolate brownies?  Where police escort the ride through the tricky bits of heavy traffic?


Well, you can have all of that plus a ride through some spectacular scenery along the ocean and the Bras d’Or Lakes.  All you have to do is sign up for the Lobster Roll Ride held on  Sunday June 19th, 2016 at the North Sydney Firefighter’s Club.   And the price is only  $25.00 before June 19th and $35.00 on June 19th! For those aged 12 and under: $5 and includes lunch.


And it gets better!  We’ve designed a ride that is made up of four routes.   You can tailor your ride to suit you.  You can ride from as much as 100km to as little as 20 kilometers and really everything in between.  By mixing and matching the routes 40, 60, 80 and 100 kilometer rides are available.


We’re also offering a kids & family ride of 3 kilometers.  Riders under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


To get more information and to register, visit:







The NS Ramblers from Dartmouth has become the largest cycling club in the Maritimes thanks to the commitment and leadership of an enthusiastic memberships.  


NS Ramblers is sending a special invitation to VCB Membership to join them on their rides during this weekend in Antigonish and the western part of Cape Breton Island. 


See their program here






Sydco Fuel / Scotia Propane, leading providers of home and industrial heating and energy products on Cape Breton Island, and Velo Cape Breton  Bicycle Association, today announced the delivery of Getting around CBRM bicycle safety handbook to their selected Cape Breton Island’s customers. 


There is a direct connection between Velo Cape Breton’s mission to promote the use of the bicycle as a safe and enjoyable mode of transportation and recreation and Sydco Fuel/Scotia Propane truck delivery drivers tasked to move around tons of dangerous substances through the public road network to homes and businesses in safe and efficient manners.


Because of the dimensions and maneuverability characteristics of all the vehicles transiting on our roads, drivers of cars, vans, SUVs, truck, pedestrians and, people cycling must comply to the articles of the Nova Scotia Motor Vehicle Act (MVA) or in short, the Rules of the Roads for a safe, coordinated and respectful environment.  As the summer season approaches, traffic increases and potential risks also increase in parallel.  Last fall Velo Cape Breton in collaboration with CBRM published, Getting Around CBRM - A Cyclist’s Handbook to encourage more residents of CBRM to ride their bicycles and to encourage those who currently ride to ride more often and farther; to encourage all CBRM’s users of the road to drive their vehicles more safely.


At the announcement today, Michael Pace, general manager of Sydco Fuel/Scotia Propane said: “I read the Cyclist’s Handbook from cover to cover.  It is packed full of information for all road users.  We are excited to partner with Velo Cape Breton for the distribution of the excellent Cyclist’s Handbook to our motorized and non-motorized customers alike to expand their knowledge for a safe and cooperative road environment.”


L to R:  Jacques Côté, Ali Mac Intyre,  Glen Hopper,   Michelle Cormier





photo submitted by JP Landry, Sherbrooke, QC


The Quebec governement has amended the Highway Safety Code to include stiffer fines for “dooring” (from $30 to $2-$300.  up to $1000. in Ontario) and at the same time announced the re-inforcement of the cycling 1-metre passing safety zone.  CBC  News article










One day a father, on his way home from work suddenly remembers that it's his daughter's birthday.


He stops at a toy store and goes in and asks the sales person, "How much for one of those Barbie's in the display window?"


The salesperson answers, "Which one do you mean?"


"We have, work out Barbie for $19.95, shopping Barbie for $19.95, beach Barbie for $19.95, disco Barbie for $19.95, astronaut Barbie for $19.95, skater Barbie for $19.95, and divorced Barbie for $265.95".


The amazed father asks: "Why is the Divorced Barbie $265.95 and the others only $19.95?"


The slightly miffed salesgirl rolls her eyes, sighs, and answers:


"Sir, Divorced Barbie comes with: Ken's truck, Ken's house, Ken's fishing boat, Ken's furniture, Ken's dog, Ken's computer, one of Ken's friends, and a key chain made from Ken's testicles."




May 19th ,  2016



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