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Vol 9, #28 - Halfway to Cape Breton

Velo Cape Breton is the Island wide voice of cyclists, working for better cycling in our great Island. We have made significant progress since our formation in 2004.  Visit our website that will introduce you to some of our activities.   If you have any questions, suggestions, or want to contribute to this eNewsletter,  please contact us at (902) 562-8137 or

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Help us make Cape Breton Island a better place to live!

In this Edition

  • Editorial
  • Rides Captain Corner
  • Heads Up!
  • Special Announcement
  • Lobster Roll Relay
  • Stolen Bike Recovered
  • Prayer for Grandpa


“When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.”

- Arthur Conan Doyle, Sr.








Dear Jacques,


  Thank you for your newsletter. It is always enjoyable and insightful.  We have been living in California and recently moved to Iowa in the U.S. where I grew up.    We are now halfway to Cape Breton our future home and my wife Tricia Little's former home and birthplace.  We own property in Port Hood and plan to build our home there someday soon.  I personally look forward to being able to go on the rides there and having our growing children ride with us.  



We our expecting another son in June.  We currently have a 6 year old daughter, 3 year old son, and a 1 year old son.  All children will be having birthdays in the next two months and love to ride either in the bike trailer or on the tagalong.  James, our 3 year old just got his first bike last week when Grandma was here visiting from Cape Breton.  We were also married and honeymooned in Cape Breton in October of 2004.  



I rode across the United States in 1998 on a fundraiser for the American and Canadian Lung Association as a tribute to my mother who died early at age 50 of lung cancer.  I met some lifelong friends many from Canada on that ride and ultimately met my wife through those associations.

On your left" with Warm Regards,


Tom Nixa, Tricia Little and family





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


Want to get in great shape this summer, avoid 1.40 per litre gas, and always get the best parking spot?  Then it's time to dust off your bike!



This Saturday, March 12th is the annual Velo Cape Breton spring bike check and swap and sale.  This popular yearly event takes place at the Cape Breton Farmer's Market on Keltic Drive from 8:30AM-1PM.



Bring in any bike gear that you have for sale and browse the sale table.



Bring in your bike for a spring inspection from our mechanics who can do minor repairs, tune-ups, and minor lubrication and cleaning.  They can also advise on more major mechanical issues and help with helmet fitting.



Demonstrations & Workshops

9:00 ABC Quick Check - Chain Maintenance

9:30 A break on brakes

10:00 Cycle efficiently - Use all your Gears - Cadence

10:30 Adjustment of rear derailleur

11:00 ABC Quick Check - Chain Maintenance

11:30 On-road flat repair



There will be registration forms for Velo Cape Breton, and more information about the Association,  upcoming events and the Lobster Roll Relay in June.



An assortment of Louis Garneau bicycle clothing of Velo Cape Breton colours will be available to VCB members at cost.



Coffee and Breaky on site.



Hope to see you there!



NOTE:  Join the Relaxed guided ride starting from the Farmers Market at noon. 





Kelly’s Klimb #1 -  Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Kelly's Klimb #1 event which could not be presented on the scheduled dates has been cancelled.  Kelly's Klimb scheduled for September 23 remains.





Learn to Ride (Intro to CAN-BIKE) - Sunday,  May 13, 9:00 am



Meet:  Boston Pizza, Parking Lot,  Sydney



This 3-hr introductory cycling class especially designed for novices and future bicycle commuters classes includes 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.

$5. for VCB membership.  $15. for non-members.



Two other sessions:  

May 20, Atlantic Super Store, Glace Bay.

May 27, Clansman Motel,  North Sydney.



Note:   Join the Relaxed guided ride starting from the Boston Pizza at 1:00 pm. 





RIDE OF SILENCE,  Wednesday, May 16, 2012



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.






BIKE WEEK - June 3 - 9 

Commuter Breakfasts, Relaxed road rides, Workshops, Clinics, Events at schools, Kids Bike Expo, Demos, MTB outing, Bike race.

Stay tuned!






VCB's CYCLING AMBASSADORS - Inaugural Rides, May 21



After serious training sessions in CAN-BIKE, First Aid, Bike mechanic and Hospitality the team of 17 VCB Cycling Ambassadors started to hit the road on May 1st with the goals of:

  • encouraging safe cycling;
  • demonstrating safe riding principles and responsible bicycle use;
  • providing cycling safety information to the community, information on bike routes and events;
  • teaching cycling skills; 
  • reaching new groups and educating riders who are not currently being reached by other segments of the Association.

Cycling Ambassadors will be found commuting, on errands, at fairs, at outdoors public events, parks, residential neighbourhoods and wherever else bike questions can be answered.  



Get ready to join the Inaugural Rides and Info Sessions in the communities of North Sydney,  Sydney and Glace Bay.   Stay tuned for start locations, times and routes.






Going the Distance for Diabetes  -  Sunday, June 10th, 2012.



9th Annual Bicycling, Walking and Jogging event.  Northside Community Center

Start planning for Going the Distance for Diabetes - enjoy a day with family, friends and co-workers - soak up the sun and fresh air - be physically active - support diabetes research!!!!!!!!! Get a group together for June 10th.

Cycling, your choice:  17km, 32km and 40km.

Guided Walks and Jogging:  5km and 10km.

More info on:

Facebook page.






CAN-BIKE 2 Course - June 1 - 3



Adult Advanced course in defensive cycling.  More info and registration at



SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT by federal government 10 am Friday, May 11th  



We have been informed that there will be a funding announcement by the federal government on Friday, May 11 at 10 am at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre. 




I was asked by Rick McCready, CBRM AT Planner,  to extend an invitation to all VCB members and supporters to attend the announcement.


Many AT projects on the table awaiting funding :

Grand Lake Road multi-use trail,

Multi-use trail from downtown Sydney to Sydney River,

Greenlink Multi-use Trail, 

Sydney River AT bridge, 

Get-Cycling Park on remediated lands of Sydney Steel,

George Street Bike Lanes,

Completion (surfacing) of the Heritage Trail, Whitney Pier.



No matter what the announcement will be like, it's always good to demonstrate your interest and take opportunities to provide feedback.



See you there...






Registrations started to come in:   



First to register:  Dianne Wadden,

First team:  The Baby Boomers,  Mabel & Errol Jamieson

First solo:  Diabetes,  Vic Gouthro



Lobster Roll has now its Facebook page...  Go and "LIKE" the Lobster Roll Relay page...



Coastal Community Radio in Glace Bay will promote Lobster Roll Relay and do Live broadcast on the day of the event.






Sherry Huybers Withers made a very interesting presentation on the participation of women in cycling at the NS Cycling Summit last Saturday in Mahone Bay... 



Generally, statistic shows that the proportion of women to men is in average of 1 in 3 in NS.  The VCB Ambassadors surpass these numbers very much with 9 women and 8 men. 

VCB membership also is "high" in women with 65/157 or 41%, which is higher than average. 

New members so far in 2012 are 50/50,  Women/Men,  16/16.

VCB reps at the NS Cycling Summit:  2 women vs 1 man



And these links, I'm sure will make the point that numbers will be re-visited soon: (last item)



Let me tell you what I think of bicycling.  I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.  It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance.  I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel….the picture of free untrammeled womanhood.

SUFFRAGETTE,  Susan B. Anthony, 1896




VCB eNews, Vol 9  #26



Great news the police have recovered our bike - brand new TREK HiFi Deluxe 17.5" mountain bike - and it is back in our possession. This occurred with the help of local bike enthusiasts.



Karen Wawer






“Dear God,  Please send clothes to all those poor ladies on grandpa’s computer.   Amen”






“When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realised that the Lord doesn't work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me.”

- Emo Philips






Jacques Cote

Editor, Velo Cape Breton eNewsletter

May 10th, 2012

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