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VCB eNews, Vol 13, #35 - Why Riding Makes You Happy ?





Volume 13, #35  -  Why Riding Makes You Happy?



Editorial:   Why Riding Makes You Happy ! ! !

Lobster Roll Ride - NEW Info…

Show-n-Go Rides

This Weekend

Two Wheel’n Sydney Style

For Sale/Wanted

Loose Chain Links

About That Funny



"Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling." 

~ James E Starrs





It’s the feeling that pulls you out of bed to saddle up before the anyone else is awake. It’s what beckons you to strap on your shoes and go for a ride when the day is done. It’s that happy, relaxed state of mind we seek when we roll out of our neighborhoods and tick off miles any chance we get.

Runners call it the “runner’s high.” Cyclists feel it, too. And now, researchers are one step closer to understanding why. Like so many of our biological urges, the urge to ride is likely a function of our survival instincts—a primitive signal inside your brain to seek sustenance .

It comes down to two key brain chemicals: leptin, a metabolic hormone, and dopamine, a neurotransmitter. Leptin, which is derived from fat cells, tells our brain when the body has enough energy. When leptin levels are low—as research has shown happens frequently in people who do lots of endurance exercise like cycling—you get the urge to perform physical activity. When we get off the bike and have our post-ride snack, the brain shoots out the pleasure chemical dopamine to reward us. It turns into a self-perpetuating cycle of happiness that keeps us coming back for more.

Researchers at the University of Montreal recently discovered this neural feedback mechanism in a study on mice. Simply, mice that lacked a leptin-sensitive protein ran on their wheels twice as much as mice that didn’t. “We think that a fall in leptin levels increases motivation for physical activity as a means to enhance exploration and the pursuit of food,” says lead author Dr. Stephanie Fulton.

Whatever the motivation, we like the satisfaction cycling brings—especially the reward from post-ride beers or brunch.

sourceSelene Yeager Bicycling Magazine.



Sunday June 19th



Register four (4) people online and get 20% off the regular price of $25.  Act fast, Online registration ends at noon this Saturday.  Registration on site is $35.

More information and registration here.


Congrats to the organizers for setting up the stage for such an incredible popular cycling event for the whole family; in fact, the only one on Cape Breton Island.  


Highlight this year is the participation of Mother Nature coming with the Blueskies family and degrees.    There are 29 of them coming which will be quite a blast.  


To get more information and to register, visit:





Show-n-Go Rides continue tonight at 6:00 p.m. from Coxheath Arena on Keltic Drive.  This is ride #3 or five in June.


All VCB members are welcome,  $2. for non-members


The ride(s) will be 1-1.5 hour long.  Route(s) and pace will be decided on the spot.


Come and enjoy a friendly bike ride with VCB


Ride Leader:  Micheline & Jacques

Distance (km):  20 - 40

Level:  Easy & Moderate







Thank you all for coming out to Women on Wheels.  Your support is truly appreciated.  It was really good to see those of you who came out last Tuesday, as it was a tad on the cool side.  Nevertheless your smiles at the end of the ride said it all.  You guys were having fun! 


Just a reminder that Women on Wheels is held every Tuesday evening at 6:00 pm at the Coxheath Arena. Come and join us!







Saturday, June 18th,  10:00am


Meet General Kelly - Impromptu Ride.

From: Seal Island bridge,  KOA Campround


Did you know that Gen. Kelly  and Gen. Cabot Trail  never fought against each other to get more hills?  As the story goes, the reason was that they could not find a flat piece of land on Cape Breton Island for their armies to engage in a battle... and, up to today, they are living a long and happy life.

Leave from the base of Kelly's Mtn at 10:00 and meet Gen. Kelly at the top of the hill for a drink then ride to Baddeck for lunch and return to base.  Total ride 65km.
or for a shorter ride,
stop at Lobster Galley for lunch and return to base for a total ride of 30km.

Weather forecast calls for sun and 20°C.  Purrrrrfekt cycling tempertures.


Ride Leader: Micheline

Distance (km): 30 or 65 km

Level:  Moderate


“Don’t buy upgrades, ride up grades.” Eddy Merckx                                           




Sunday, June 19th,  

Lobster Roll Ride







Velo Cape Breton has been asked by Destination Cape Breton to organize a 3-4 hr bike Fam Tour in the area, during the Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC)Conference in Sydney from June 22 to 26th.


The TMAC conference brings together more than 200 highly recognized travel professionals from across Canada and the US. Media members represent the country's leading talent in print, radio, television and web (from blogging to social media). Industry members are the destinations, tour operators and service providers of the travel industry.


Here’s promo of the Two Wheel’n Sydney Style fam tour

Thursday, June 23, 2016 12:30 – 4:30 PM

The Sydney Harbour has had many lives. First Nationals navigated round the long sand bar and coal seams being mined to its present view of a beautiful boardwalk, cruise ships and tourists admiring the world’s largest playable fiddle.  See this and much more when you join us on a bicycle ride around the eastern perimeter of the Sydney Harbour. As you ride along the ocean’s side there will be stops at historic locations and a quaint small fishing harbour where you’ll learn how to break lobster shells. The final leg ends at Low Point, one of the easternmost point of Cape Breton Island.


There are 23 cyclists registered for the Fam Tour. 


Huge Thank Yous to the volunteers who came forward to help on this ride that will highlight some of the hidden jewels of Cape Breton and of course the friendship of our VCB members.






My name is Elise and my bicycle has become too small for me.   I want to sell it to get a larger one.  

This is a 20” Bike – Norco “Daisy”, single gear. It is in excellent condition.   I used it for only one season and took good care of it.   

Some of my money and mom’s money bought it for NEW for $230 + tax.   I want to get $100. for it.  I will consider your best offer.  


I live in West Mabou but my parents travels often to Sydney and Halifax, they said that arrangements could be made for drop off anywhere in between.    


Contact my mom Shauna at 902-258-7536 or email:








Did you see this story from the Chronicle Herald ?






A priest dies and is waiting in line at the Pearly Gates.

Ahead of him is a guy who's dressed in sunglasses, a loud shirt, leather jacket, and jeans.


Saint Peter addresses this cool guy, 'Who are you, so that I may know whether or not to admit you to the Kingdom of Heaven ? '


The guy replies, 'I'm Jim, retired Southwest Airline pilot from Houston ..'


Saint Peter consults his list. He smiles and says to the pilot,

'Take this silken robe and golden staff and enter the Kingdom.'

So Captain Jim goes into Heaven with his robe and staff.


Next, it's the priest's turn. He stands erect and booms out,

'I am Father Bob, pastor of Saint Mary's for the last 43 years.'


Saint Peter consults his list. He says to the priest,

'Take this cotton robe and wooden staff and enter the Kingdom.


'Just a minute,' says the good father.

'That man was a pilot and he gets a silken robe and golden staff

and I get only cotton and wood. How can this be?


'Up here - we go by results,' says Saint Peter.

'When you preached - people slept. When he flew, people prayed...'





June 16th,  2016



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