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Vol 9, #27 - Smelling BBQ's

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In this Edition

  • Editorial
  • Rides Captain Corner
  • Heads Up!
  • Ride of Silence
  • Lobster Roll Relay
  • CAN-BIKE 2 Graduates
  • Learn to Ride Sessions
  • Quote of the Day
  • Life is Too Short

‎"As a kid I had a dream - I wanted to own my own bicycle. When I got the bike I must have been the happiest boy in Liverpool, maybe the world. I lived for that bike. Most kids left their bike in the backyard at night. Not me. I insisted on taking mine indoors and the first night I even kept it in my bed." ~ John Lennon



Time flies.  We're already in May, tulips and daffodils blooms and the smells of BBQ smoke in late afternoon are sure signs of summer around the corner.

On our ride in town today on a promotion tour for the upcoming First edition of the Lobster Roll Relay, we met enthused people who were proud to say they've been out a couple of times already.  That's quite something because maximum temperature today never got higher than 7-8°C and the previous days were even way colder than that.  

May is the "Dust-off-your-bike" rides, preludes to the Learn-to-ride Sunday sessions on the 13th, 20th and 27th.  It's also the Bike Clinic Swap & Sale at the Farmers Market in Coxheath, as well as the Ride of Silence on Wednesday 16th in Glace Bay.  

Tons of opportunities to ride including the Kelly's Klimb event that was postponed to May 13 due to stormy and rather very cold temperatures last Sunday.

Just get up and go! 



"Dust-off-your-Bike"  Relaxed rides  -  May 5 - 6

For you all to connect or re-connect with your fellow riders on a 1.5-hr guided relaxed ride.  Daniel Roy - CAN-BIKE II Grad. will be your Ride Leader.   


Saturday May 5,  Meet at the Coxheath Arena.  Ride leaves at:  10:30 am


Sunday May 6,  Meet at Tim Hortons, Highway 105, Big Bras D'Or.  Ride leaves at:  10:30 am



Bike Clinic, Swap and Sale - Farmers Market,  Coxheath,  May 12,  8:30 to 12:00

Minor maintenance/repairs by our volunteer mechanics.  Sell/buy bike, parts, accessories.  Demonstrations.  Coffee and Breaky on site.



Kelly’s Klimb #1 -  Sunday May 13th - 10:00 am



WHERE:  YMCA Enterprise Centre, Glace Bay, 

WHEN: Wednesday May 16th, 

TIME: 6:30 p.m.  


This year's ride will take us 9.4 km, from the YMCA Enterprise Centre to Phalen's Road, Main Street, Commercial Street, Brookside Street, Park Street, Union Street, and back to the Centre. (see picture below).   It should take approximately 35 - 45 minutes. This ride is free to everyone, regardless of age, or riding skill. There are no fees, no prizes, and no sponsors. The only requirement is a bicycle in good working order and a helmet. 

* Ride silently in solidarity with others in honour of those who have been injured or killed by motorists.

* Ride slowly. (maximum speed 20 km/hr)

* Ride safely; single file, using proper hand signals.

* Ride strong, knowing infrastructure and laws are changing to accommodate the needs of cyclists.

For more information call 577-9275 or email


Facebook page.



WHEN:  Sunday, June 17, 2012

WHERE:  From Mira Road Firehall, Louisbourg Highway.

TIME:  9:00 a.m.  


The Lobster Roll Relay is four legs of approximately 25km each along the scenic Atlantic coast of Cape Breton Island.  


Ride one to three legs with friend(s) as a team, each riding one or more legs to cover 100 km.   You can ride the entire 100km solo if you want.  The Lobster Roll Relay is an annual participation event for cyclists of all ages.  This year, as a start, challenge yourself to ride at least one leg with friends, office colleagues, family members or on your own; next year go for two or more legs.  Just a good opportunity to stay active and improve one's physical condition. 


The Lobster Roll Relay is a fully supported ride with food & refreshment stations along the way, police escort through urban areas, sweep vehicles...   The event is framed as a fun, active and accessible ride really for everyone.  


Info and Lobster Roll Relay poster on the website.  


Make up your team.  Register online.  


Like the NEW Facebook page... that will be used for up-to-the second information.



All haVE been through parking lot bike handling skills exercises, life-saver techniques and group riding with flying colours. The on-road rides on urban streets put their theory into practice and empowered all of them to use their bicycle with more confidence and assurance.

CAN-BIKE 2 also covers basic bike maintenance and repair, nutrition, training and touring.

Next CB2 session is June 1 - 3 in Sydney.  Online registration.  Upon registration participants will receive course documentation and study material. Personalized sessions with a minimum of 3, maximum of 5 participants per Instructor.  CB2 grads are allowed to take any further CB2 sessions at no cost when space is available.



New this year are three introductory cycling classes especially designed for novices and future bicycle commuters.  These classes will include the following topics:

  • Rules of the Road: Knowing is half the battle! Did you know that you have to adhere to the same rules of the road as a car or truck does? Did you know that you have the same rights that the operator of a car or truck does? Well its true - you do! Our course offers some great tips and tricks for safely and legally use and share the roads.
  • Avoiding the Common Causes of Crashes: Believe it or not, most crashes are avoidable. Learn what to do if a car turns suddenly in front of you, if you have to stop suddenly, what to do to avoid the dreaded car door and much more!
  • Lane Positioning: Do you ever feel like cars are passing you too closely or running you into the gutter? Learn proper lane positioning to encourage drivers to pass you at a safe distance. Also learn how to safely cross lanes of traffic in order to made turns or avoid obstacles in the road.
  • Improving Pedaling Efficiency: Bicycling shouldn’t be backbreaking work! The bicycle is one of the most efficient inventions of all time- make the most of it! Learn how to shift gears in anticipation of a hill, achieve a good cadence, and minimize the wear and tear on your knees.
  • Useful Accessory Equipment: We all know you need a helmet, but learn some other helpful and handy equipment to make your ride more enjoyable.
  • Basic Bike Maintenance and Repair: Everyone who rides a bike should know some basic repair and maintenance skills. Learn how to change a flat tire and other emergency repair tips.



I swear taking Buckley's is like drinking a pine tree that's been peed on by a bear. - Adèle Poirier



I was in the six item express lane at the store quietly fuming. Completely ignoring the sign, the woman ahead of me had slipped into the check-out line pushing a cart piled high with groceries. Imagine my delight when the cashier beckoned the woman to come forward looked into the cart and asked sweetly, 'So which six items would you like to buy?'

Wouldn't it be great if that happened more often?



Because they had no reservations at a busy restaurant, my elderly neighbour and his wife were told there would be a 45-minute wait for a table. 'Young man, we're both 90 years old,' the husband said .'We may not have 45 minutes.' They were seated immediately.



Jacques Cote

Editor, Velo Cape Breton eNewsletter

May 3rd, 2012

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