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Vol 9, #33 -Opportunities...

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In this Edition

  • Editorial
  • Rides Captain Corner
  • Heads Up!
  • YMCA Strong Kinds Campaign
  • Pedal Power
  • Kreb's Cycle - What's that?
  • Just off the Press
  • A Woman's Prayer on Father's Day


Dream big, embrace being different, and go after your goals with all the passion you can muster. That’s what bicycle touring has taught me.

Mervin Ferguson, Nova Scotia Ramblers Bicycle Club



William de Witt Hyde* once wrote: "An opportunity is a conjunction of circumstances by which one may improve his condition of life or his equipment for life". 

The Lobster Roll Relay that VCB will present this weekend is one of these opportunities that has been put out for "people" to grab.  By "people", I mean novices, returning cyclists, keen generous cyclists who want to share their passion with relatives and friends.  This opportunity is also for YOU.... see above... i.e. circumstances by which one may improve his condition of life or his equipment for life

Riding with a group of people beside being a great social interactive way to be active, is a way to go beyond, reach objectives that you never thought possible for you.  The weatherman is promising a fabulous day for Sunday.  If you've never ridden that scenic part of the Atlantic Coast you will discover, I mean DISCOVER, the shear beauty of this little corner of our world, the smell of the ocean, the unlimited views, the ragged coastlines that welcomed the first settlers.  

Registrations have literally surged over the last couple of days.  Midnight today (June 14th) is the deadline for registration.  Those two days will give the volunteers just enough time to complete the final preparations for a high quality event for everyone to enjoy.   More information will be shared with the registered participants tomorrow morning.


* president of Bowdoin College (USA), and also holding the chair of mental and moral philosophy.   He is also the author of several books



Tuesday Morning Relaxed rides...

When:  Tuesday 12th, the 2nd of four rides in June.  

Where:  Tim Horton in Membertou 

Time:  Leaving at 10:00 am.  

What:  Depending of group size and levels, one to two groups will be formed to ride a mix of urban and rural environments on paved and nice selected gravel roads at a speed suitable for most relaxed cyclists.  


Note:  Ensure that your bicycle is in good working order, i.e.  proper inflation of the tires, both brakes working, chain lubed.





Cheticamp Chapter - MacGarry Road by MTB.


When:  Saturday, June 23rd.

Where:  meet at Café des pêcheurs, LeMoine Harbour

Time:  9:30 am   

What:  Michel Aucoin will lead you on an easy introductory ride by mountain bike on a friendly road.





Ingonish Triathlon Englishtown Mussel Fest.


When: Sunday, June 24th

Where: Ingonish Beach,

Time:  8:00 am

What:  Individual or Team triathlon on Sprint and Olympic courses.

Registrations: click here





50% off Annual Passes

Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada


Early Bird Special Offer available until June 30, 2012!


Parks Canada is pleased to offer 50% off all Cape Breton Highlands National Park annual passes until June 30, 2012.




submitted by: André Gallant, ex-VCB Prez...


This summer, Don Patterson, a volunteer with the YMCA of Greater Toronto, will ride his bicycle across the country in support of the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign.  Don has previously ridden from Victoria to Thunder Bay, so he has a really good idea of what he's in for.


Don's ride will take him through Nova Scotia, from the ferry at Pictou to the ferry at North Sydney, at the end of July or early August.  I'm hopeful that we will be able to organize an escort for Don to help shelter him from the wind.  I'm sure we can find a number of Velo Cape Breton members, Barbarians, Frameworks Racing Team members and others to pick a stretch of highway of 5 km or more.  


I will provide further details as we get closer, but in the mean time, readers may be interested in Don's blog.






submitted by Sue Shikaze, Health Promoter, Haliburton ON.


For well over a hundred years, people have hopped on bicycles for transportation, recreation, competition, and more.  In many parts of the world, spinning pedals moves goods and generates electricity. While usually attached to two wheels, pedal power takes many forms, adapting to a wide range of needs. Globally, over 100 million bicycles are produced every year - over 60% of them in China - easily doubling world production of automobiles. Efficient, clean, and cheap, pedal power in all its forms can solve modern problems with basic technology, and offers a health benefit to those cranking away. And it's hard to beat the simple joy of riding a bike. Gathered here are images of people around the world as we pedal for a reason, or just because. -- Lane Turner





A new type of bicycle or what?  No, this is Paul MacDougall's / Katie Boutilier name of their team on the Lobster Roll Relay...


Also, it is he biological process (or cycle since it's always ongoing) in the body that makes energy (ATP) for use by all other bodily functions including energy to go biking of course.  Named after it's founder.  


BTW:  Louise Marchand of Sydney is the winner of the last half dozen of Cape Breton Lobsters at the draw at 8:30 on CBC Information Morning.  Lobsters that will be put into the Kreb's Cycle with great delight very soon I guess ! ! !





Take a look at the attached picture.  This is the actual painting of the George's Street bike lanes that a number of our volunteers worked a countless number of hours to see them become reality.  Kudos goes to our President Andrée who certainly need that picture to believe it.  




“Dear Lord,

I pray for wisdom to understand a man; to love and to forgive him; and for patience, for his moods.

Because Lord, if I pray for strength I'll just beat him to death!!”




A couple having trouble with their relationship go to a counselor.  After listening to them for a while the counselor gets up and hugs the woman and says to the man this is what your wife needs every day. The husband says. "Good, I'll bring her around the same time tomorrow".



Jacques Cote

Editor, Velo Cape Breton eNewsletter

June 14th, 2012

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