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VCB eNews, Volume 12, #26 - Thank You for Being a Friend

Volume 12, #26: Thank You for Being a Friend

Shelley Porter, Editor



Editorial: Thank You for Being a Friend

Rides Captain’s Report: 

OPENING EVENT: Ride and Dinner at Mira Boat Club

Notices of Rides and Events – NEW!

Loose Chain Links

Bike Buy and Sell

About That Funny


“It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.”

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson





I remember the first Velo Cape Breton ride I ever went on. The route was a “Tour of the Farms” in the vicinity of Millville. I love farms, and I thought I was a pretty fit cyclist (having cycled alone for a few years in my neighbourhood and occasionally beyond), so I was very keen to do this. The ride was about 30 km, as I recall. There were about 40 people assembled for the outing, and we had a great time. The ride was well-organized, with ride leaders, scheduled stops for rest and water, and guides at intersections. There was also, as on all VCB rides, a “sweeper”.  A sweeper is an experienced rider who rides at the back of the group, making sure everyone is OK, helping with technical issues, and keeping the ride on track. The ride leader leads from the front, setting the pace and maintaining the direction. The sweeper leads from the back, keeping the riders together, and adjusting the pace so that the ride stays enjoyable for everyone.


I had a great time on the ride, and back at home I had a nice soothing bath. I had to, because my legs were killing me! Sure, I was pretty fit, but the incentive of cycling with a group had made me unconsciously push myself harder than I ever would have on my own. This is the magic of exercising with a group. Many studies have shown that people will train harder and enjoy better fitness outcomes if they work out with a group. For most people, it’s not the competition that inspires them to run faster, walk further, cycle higher. It’s friendship – fellow athletes encourage each other, and together they achieve more. You feel supported, you are safer, and you have more fun when you exercise with friends.


This Saturday, we are inviting everyone to attend Velo Cape Breton’s season opening event, a fun bike ride (distance options available) and meal at the Mira Boat Club. If you are already a friend of Velo Cape Breton, we would love to see you again, and if you are not yet, we look forward to meeting you. Tickets for the meal are available at:




The Editor and her friend, Bernadette Maclellan, a few years ago at the Going the Distance for Diabetes fundraiser ride. (S. Porter, photo)







It is Friday the 24th of April. A cold, cloudy,and damp day. At this time next week, I, your Ride Captain for the year, will be on my way to Moncton to attend a bridge tournament so I will be missing the first "official" ride of the year. This trip was planned long before a date was 
picked for Velo's opening ride/banquet and came up very quickly. But the ride will have very able ride leaders. This year's ride schedule is on its way to the printers and will be available at the supper.

There are a lot of familiar rides planned and a few new ones added. But that does not mean there will be no other rides this year. If you have an idea for a ride, let me know and we can get it out to the membership. As the weather warms up and people get out and about on their 
bikes I am sure it will spark ideas. One of this year’s new rides is a "Ride and ‘Rite". There will be a ride interspersed with stops where you can exercise your writing muscles while you rest your cycling ones, inspired by the natural beauty and cultural features of Point Edward and the sea. Think of your hobbies and see if they could be matched up with a ride. In fact, as I was writing this, an idea popped into my head: put together a ride with a variety of photo opportunities. Cape Breton is a beautiful island and there are many places to photograph. Think outside the box and don't be shy about your ideas. Cycling does not have to be about just distance covered or elapsed time. Doing some things differently is how we will keep Velo active and growing in the coming years.
I hope you all enjoy the May 2/3 weekend's activities.

 Good riding everyone,


PS: If at the time of reading this you haven't purchased your ticket for the opening event, DO IT NOW! To be vibrant and growing a club needs the ACTIVE participation of its members.





Come out and join us: we have a brand new schedule, a delicious meal planned, and a beautiful venue for our opening event. Don’t delay purchasing your tickets: 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.)


 Enjoy an early season bike ride followed by a BBQ at the charming Mira Boat Club, 545 Hillside Rd. A 30 km ride along the river will be followed by a BBQ. Come on out, enjoy some cycling socialization, and get a look at our 2015 Rides Schedule. Bring some friends - we love new members! Membership forms will be available - renew or join 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 Portobello mushrooms, several sides, and of course, dessert. 


Tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for children under age 10. 


There will be a cash bar. Tickets available at:


Registration starts at 2:30pm; ride starts at 3:00; social hour from 5-6 pm; and meal served at 6pm.


Get your bikes out, pump up the tires, and get out your warm-weather cycling clothes! The cycling season, it has begun!!





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:







BE EMMAZING 5&10k walk (or bike), May 3rd, 2015

In May 2013, Emma van Nostrand traveled with her family to Toronto to run her first marathon. The 18 year-old from Nova Scotia didn’t finish the race, succumbing to a rare and undiagnosed heart abnormality before she could reach the finish line. Emma’s passing was a student at Riverview Rural High School in Sydney, a soccer player, and a runner. Her loss was felt across the Cape Breton community.

In her memory, Emma’s parents Kathy and Steven organized the “Be Emmazing ” memorial 5k and 10k run, which raises money for the the Riverview Scholarship Fund in Emma’s memory. To date, the run has seen over 1000 people participating, and raised close to$70,000. All money raised goes to the fund with absolutely no raised funds being used to cover expenses (a GoFundMe campaign has been started to help with this).


For information about the GoFundMe effort, see

For information about the cycling component of this event, contact Vic Gouthro




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!


RIDE OF SILENCEThis year’s Ride of Silence in memory of cyclists killed in collisions with motor vehicles will be held in Sydney on May 20th. More details will be provided in future 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:







This kind of infrastructure absolutely looks like the way of the future:

Bicycle movies!:


I could use one of these:


Oh, Canada!:


Do you suppose they are “built Ford tough”?:


Useful locking advice for a new summer cycling season:


Live and ride through our bodies (about eating disorders):





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 Well,'s something I never knew before, and now that I know it, I feel compelled to send it on to my more intelligent friends in the hope that they, too, will feel edified.  Isn't history more fun when you know something about it? 


Before the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the French, anticipating victory over the English, proposed to cut off the middle finger of all captured English soldiers. Without the middle finger it would be impossible to draw the renowned English longbow and therefore they would be incapable of fighting in the future. This famous English longbow was made of the native English Yew tree, and the act of drawing the longbow was known as 'plucking the yew' (or 'pluck yew').


Much to the bewilderment of the French, the English won a major upset and began mocking the French by waving their middle fingers at the defeated French, saying, See, we can still pluck yew!  Since 'pluck yew' is rather difficult to say, the difficult consonant cluster at the beginning has gradually changed to a labiodentals fricative F', and thus the words often used in conjunction with the one-finger-salute!  It is also because of the pheasant feathers on the arrows used with the longbow that the symbolic gesture is known as 'giving the bird.'



Shelley Porter,  

Editor, Velo Cape Breton eNewsletter

VCB Cycling Ambassador.

February 12th, 2015



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