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VCB eNews, Volume 12, #25 - Future Path


Volume 12, #25: Future Path

Shelley Porter, Editor



Editorial: Building the Future

Rides Captain’s Report: Bicycle Songs to Start the Cycling Season

Velo Cape Breton’s 2015 Season Begins!

AHC ’15 - Open for Registrations

Trail Riding Changes Lives

Notices of Rides and Events

Loose Chain Links

Bike Buy and Sell

About That Funny


“It’s the way you ride the trail that counts.”

  • Dale Evans





The province of Nova Scotia is in the process of developing a trails strategy.  Sessions are being held around the province to talk to Nova Scotians about what they want in the way of trail development in the future. This could mean building multi-use trails, promoting trail-related tourism, and encouraging small businesses in rural communities to serve the needs of trail users. They are asking questions like, “How do we plan, develop, and manage our trails system so it meets the diverse needs of all stakeholders?”, and “How do we ensure that trails are designed,  constructed, and managed to maximize use?” The input given by the people who attend the sessions (which end April 23, 2015) and make submissions by email (or mail) will be what is used to decide how trails will be developed across Nova Scotia. 


I’ve been a trail user for a very long time. I’ve lived in three national parks in two provinces. I cycle, I snowshoe, I cross-country ski, I run, I ride a horse, and I hike. I can drive a motorcycle (street or dirt), a snowmobile, and an ATV. I can drive a tractor, too, and a fire pumper with a ruxle but I’m not doing that on any trails. You’re probably rolling your eyes and thinking next I am going to claim to be able to fly an airplane, but I can’t: I only steered one for a bit while the pilot took some photos.


The point is, I’ve been many kinds of trail user. The way a trail is constructed will usually (though not always) dictate how it is used. Single track mountain bike trails won’t likely be used by wheelchair users, though they may be used by hikers or snowshoers. I will say the most pleasant trail experiences I’ve had were where the other users of the trail used transportation modes similar to my own, and the most unpleasant experiences I’ve had involved modes of transportation of very disparate types. 


Study after study of bike-friendly infrastructure has shown that if safe, practical routes for cycling transportation are built and maintained, they will be used. One western Canadian city councillor used to love to video the empty bike lanes on his morning commute, claiming that bike lane construction was a waste of taxpayers’ money. What he wasn’t considering was the lack of coherence in the bike route system (lanes that abruptly ended or didn’t go to practical destinations) or the inconsistent snow-clearing effort by the city that kept cyclists off. If infrastructure truly encourages active transportation, that is what it will be used for, and the number of users choosing active transportation will increase. The data proves it, over and over again. 


Nova Scotia has a serious problem with obesity and poor health outcomes related to inactivity. The province also has a struggling tourism industry, even though we have some of the most diverse, clean, and beautiful landscape in the world. And here we are developing a trail strategy. A coherent trail network can encourage people to choose active transportation to go from place to place. Safe, beautiful, accessible trails encourage people to choose active leisure – a hike to a spectacular viewpoint with the children makes for a healthy and enjoyable outing on a holiday or weekend. Beautiful, well maintained trails with amenities draw tourists to rural communities. 


Even if you missed attending a trail strategy session, you can still become involved through the Nova Scotia Trails Federation or a local trail development group. Will trails be developed that encourage improved health for citizens, a clean environment, and a healthy, sustainable rural economy? It’s up to you.


A very inviting trail at East Bay. (S. Porter, photo)






 Over the past several weeks I have found myself on the internet, mainly looking for jokes and funnies, and have come to the conclusion that it pretty much gives you instant gratification for whatever it is that you are looking for. I get annoyed if I have to wait more than 10 seconds when as a younger person ,going to the library and looking things up could take hours. Times have changed and however much I might regret their passing, there is very little I can do about it.
 I got started on this philosophical bent because of a quote I came across by Albert Einstein , a man I very much admire. Life is about balance and moving forward and when those random acts of life knock you off your bike and your path, the only thing you can do is get up, dust yourself off and keep going.
 On another note, the Velo season opener is just about here. Go for the ride or just the BBQ at the Mira Boat Club, but keep May 2nd open and clear. Bring your friends. It is always a good time.  Good riding everyone and before I finish, one of the other things I looked for were songs about bicycles. It is amazing just how many there are, but this one is appropriate for our geography and my nostalgic mood. The bike shown in the video may have been Jacques' first. :)      Bicycle song by David Rovics






In 2005 or maybe it was 2006 I entered the AHC when it was starting at Creignish. I entered it as motivation to lose weight. I kept up the mountain biking until 2010 then I moved back to the UK. I then switched to road biking and then last year started time trialing and this year I have now been invited to join a cycle race team to concentrate on TT'ing and also do road races.

In total I lost around 90lbs in weight as a result of the cycling.

I would love to come back to Cape Breton to do the AHC and one year I will do that.

The AHC was a massive turning point in my life and I wish you all the best and hope that it continues into the future because who knows, maybe other people are motivated to do something similar to myself!


The cycle team I joined is called Team VO2 Bikes.


Yours in cycling....


David Procter





Due to logistical issues, last year’s banquet was cancelled. This year we have a brand new schedule, a delicious meal, and a beautiful venue for our opening event. Please don’t delay purchasing your tickets, as food will be ordered according to the number of registrations. 


River Ride and BBQ: Your VCB executive is pleased to announce our Season’s Opening Ride!


Saturday, May 2nd, 2015, 2 pm to 8 pm (approx.)


As a change-up from previous years, in place of our “Opening Banquet” we have decided instead to invite you to enjoy an early season bike ride followed by a BBQ. This event will be held at the Mira Boat Club, 545 Hillside Rd., where we can enjoy a 30 km ride along the river followed by a BBQ. Come on out, enjoy some cycling socialization, and get a look at our 2015 Rides Schedule. Bring some friends - we are always hoping for new members for our club. Membership forms will be available for those who have not yet renewed or joined for the 2015 season. Not interested in riding this early? No problem, just join us for the food and festivities!

We will be cooking up steak and several sides, as well as dessert. Cost will be $18 per person for adults and $10 for children under age 10. No need to worry about bringing food. We’ll even cook up some Portobello mushrooms for the vegetarians! (We aim to please). There will be a cash bar. 


Tickets are available here.


Arrive by 2:30pm or so to set-up; ride starts at 3:00; social hour from 5-6 pm; and meal served at 6pm.


So get your bikes out, pump up the tires, and get out your warm-weather cycling clothes! We’re ready to ditch the snowshoes and skis!






The 12th Edition of this well attended event will be held this year in Mabou.  Organized by the newly formed club Na Beinn Trails and run by dedicated cyclists who have been regulars at the past AHCs, participants will find another challenge up to their expectations.  

Find information and registrations for this year's AHC in Mabou at:

Thank you very much for your patience and looking forward to add your name on the list of participants and ride with you all shortly.

Reserve your spot on the starting line now !  





SUMMERFIT CHALLENGE 2015 (Note: We have about 10 participants signed up so far!)


Velo Cape Breton’s second annual SummerFit Challenge begins May 2, 2015. We dare you to cycle one continuous hour, outside, twice per week from May to October. If you complete all 20 weeks, you will receive a carbon-fibre certificate! You don’t have to be a member of Velo Cape Breton to participate (although membership in this club is the bargain of the century, and we do encourage you to join!). Just send an email to to be added to the list. Online registration and more details are at:









On May 6th, during the provincial Hackmatack Children's Choice Awards, the Cape Breton Regional Library is hosting a children's author from BC, Michelle Mulder, whose book "Pedal It!  How Bicycles are Changing the World" is nominated.  Michelle will be speaking in the afternoon about her book, biking, and writing at a school, most likely Mount Carmel in New Waterford. Then in the evening she will speak at McConnell Library to a public audience.  Watch for more about this event in upcoming newsletters!



 GIVE TO LIVE is reaching out to you for help in publicizing the BIG RIDE 2015. The one day fully supported ride will take place Saturday, July 18 around the gorgeous Cabot Trail in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. The route will run counter clockwise from Baddeck to Baddeck and will cover 300 km’s. Cyclists can ride solo and conquer the full 300km themselves or in a 3 person Relay Team of 100km per leg. 50 riders will have the opportunity to join the 2015 BIG RIDE. The BIG RIDE is a charity event and will raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. ( If anyone is looking for additional information and details on the event, please contact

The BIG RIDE is online at:







New wheel design is pretty loopy:


Celebrities ride bicycles in vintage photos:


Parking to cycling:


Model A bicycle:


C’mon, get mappy:


This is a group to keep your eye on:






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I have maintenance and upgrade records form FRAMEWORK along with owner's manual. Original price was $999.99 plus tax. Myselling price is $600.00. Give me a call if interested in seeing this bike or if you would like to take it for a spin. 902-561-1965


FOR SALE: Crank Brothers premium eggbeater style cleats, never used, still in the box. $10. Contact


FOR SALE: Two mountain bikes, one Giant Rincon 6061 aluxx, frame size 14 in., $300; one Norco XFR, frame size 15, $300. Both about 4 years old, rarely used, stored inside. Will sell together for $500. Contact Heather at






A Dozen True Complaints Received by Forest Rangers pastedGraphic_1.pdf

  1. A small deer came into my camp and stole my bag of pickles.  Is there a way I can get reimbursed?
  2. Escalators would help on steep uphill sections.
  3. Trails need to be wider so people can walk while holding hands.
  4. Found a smouldering cigarette left by a horse.
  5. Trails need to be reconstructed. Please avoid building trails that go uphill.
  6. Too many bugs and leeches and spiders and spider webs. Please spray the wilderness to rid the area of these pests.
  7. Chairlifts need to be in some places so that we can get to wonderful views without having to hike to them.
  8. The coyotes made too much noise last night and kept me awake. Please eradicate these annoying animals.
  9. Need more signs to keep area pristine.
  10. A McDonald's would be nice at the trailhead.
  11. Too many rocks in the mountains.
  12. The places where trails do not exist are not well marked.


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