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VCB eNews Vol. 13, #32 - Voluptuous!





Volume 13, #32  -  Voluptuous!




Editorial:   Voluptuous!

Here’s Your Chance

WoW - Women-on-Wheels


Lobster Roll Ride

Starting Out Cycling?

About That Funny



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





What a relief to see the fog dissipating, the cloud cover retreating making room for blue skies, to feel the sun rays penetrating through my layers of clothing, to feel the caress of the soft gentle breeze on my face as I pedal my way along the Atlantic Coast on a nice spring morning.  


I steal the beauty of the day as it build up and I don't feel guilty.  Not a second.


What a feeling!  


Wanna come and play with me?





Leg 24 - North Sydney to Bras d'Or, 20.4 km


Meet at the parking lot behind Escape Outdoors, 299 Commercial St. North Sydney for a 10:00 am start.


Riding counterclockwise the 20.4km ride through Sydney Mines, Florence, to Alder Point Rd. and west along the Litlle Bras D’or channel to Jane’s Restaurant & Pizza for lunch.    Returning to the starting point on TCH 105 (7km).


An easy one on fairly flat terrain.   No one will be left behind.


Check the Cape Breton Challenge Info & Registration page here.

Event listed on







Women on Wheels starts Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 6:00 pm.  New location and change in rides!  Meet at the Coxheath Arena.  


Two groups- 


BEGINNER: Learn to ride right.  Get tips on shifting and safe riding techniques.  Short rides. 

So we ensure enough instructors please register at:


INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED-  Get together every Tuesday with other female cyclists and enjoy an evening of fun, friendship and riding.  Various routes each week.  Distance: 20-30 Kms.


Once a month weekend event rides will be posted on WOW Facebook site and Velo Cape Breton Website.


 Event listed on






Starting NEXT THURSDAY, June 2nd and for the next four Thursdays in June, (9, 16, 23, 30th) VCB is leading a group rides from Coxheath Arena at 6:00 p.m..


Every VCB members is welcome,  $2. for non-members


The rides will be 1-1.5 hour long.  Groups will be formed on site.  Route(s) and pace will be decided by the participants on the spot.


Come and enjoy a friendly bike ride with VCB







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:








My Recommendations

If you do not exercise, I recommend that you start an exercise program that may protect you from certain cancers and will also help to protect you from obesity, diabetes and heart attacks. Be aware that exercise can cause heart attacks in people who already have blocked arteries, so check with your doctor, particularly if you have any markers for arteriosclerosis: high blood pressure, cholesterol or blood sugar, or a lot of belly fat (more than three inches when you pinch the skin over your belly).


Start out Slowly

If you haven't exercised for a while, just go out every day and walk, jog or cycle for a short time, until your legs start to feel heavy or sore, and then quit for the day. Try to do this every day, but take days off when your legs feel sore. As you continue to move a little each day, you will gradually be able to increase the time you can spend exercising until you are able to exercise at low intensity every day for 30 minutes without feeling sore.


Now You Can Start to Pick Up the Pace

Fitness requires some degree of intensity. Whenever I see people reading while walking on a treadmill, I just shake my head. You have to damage muscles to make them larger and stronger, and you have to get short of breath to increase your ability to take in and use oxygen.


On the first day, warm up by walking, jogging or pedaling at a very slow rate for five to 10 minutes. Then gradually pick up the pace and when your legs start to burn, hurt or feel heavy, slow down. Do not use a clock, but when your legs feel recovered, pick up the pace again. Slow down at the least sign of discomfort. Do this until your legs start to feel heavy or tired and then quit for the day.


On the next day just go very slowly, or take the day off if your legs feel unusually sore.


Try to establish a training regimen in which on one day, you take a harder workout by alternating intervals of slow and fast movement, and on the next day, you go slow. Try to exercise for about half an hour each day. These alternating stress-and-recover workouts can make you very fit, help to prevent disease and prolong your life.


Preventing Injuries

* Most people need to allow 48 hours between intense workouts. Take more recovery days if you need them.

* Your legs should feel a little sore when you wake up each morning. They will usually feel sore when you start your workout also. If your legs still do not feel fresh after you warm up by exercising slowly for five to 10 minutes, take the day off.

* If you feel pain in one spot that increases with exercise, stop the workout immediately and take the rest of the day off. Your body is telling you that you are headed for an injury if you continue to exercise.







A big city lawyer went duck hunting in rural North Wairarapa. He shot and dropped a bird, but it fell into a farmer's field on the other side of a fence.

As the lawyer climbed over the fence, an elderly farmer drove up on his tractor and asked him what he was doing.

The litigator responded, "I shot a duck and it fell in this field, and now I'm going to retrieve it." 

The old farmer replied, "This is my property, and you are not coming over here."

The indignant lawyer said, "I am one of the best trial attorneys in New Zealand and, if you don't let me get that duck, I'll sue you and take everything you own." 

The old farmer smiled and said, "Apparently, you don't know how we settle disputes in North Wairarapa.  We settle small disagreements like this with the 'Three Kick Rule.'"

The lawyer asked, "What is the 'Three Kick Rule'?" 

The Farmer replied, "Well, because the dispute occurs on my land, I get to go first. I kick you three times and then you kick me three times and so on back and forth until someone gives up." 

The attorney quickly thought about the proposed contest and decided that he could easily take the old codger. He agreed to abide by the local custom. 

The old farmer slowly climbed down from the tractor and walked up to the attorney. His first kick planted the toe of his heavy steel toed work boot into the lawyer's groin and dropped him to his knees!

His second kick to the midriff sent the lawyer's last meal gushing from his mouth. The lawyer was on all fours when the farmer's third kick to his rear end, sent him face-first into a fresh cow pie.

The lawyer summoned every bit of his will and remaining strength and very slowly managed to get to his feet. Wiping his face with the arm of his jacket, he said, "Okay, you old fart. Now it's my turn." 

(I love this part) 

The old farmer smiled and said, "Nah, I give up. You can have the duck."




May 26th ,  2016



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