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Vol 9, #36 - The Lazy Days of Summer...

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In this Edition

  • Editorial
  • Rides Captain Corner
  • Heads Up!
  • Velo Cape breton's Cycling Jerseys
  • 52-Week Bike Challenge
  • Letter to Driving Schools
  • Driver's License

"The bicycle is the vehicle of a new mentality. It quietly challenges a

system of values which condones dependency, waste, inequality of mobility,

and daily carnage. . . There is every reason why cycling should be helped

to enjoy another Golden Age." ~ James McGurn, Worldwatch Institute





If there's a season in the year where people are the most active, this is it.  For some, trying to mix a working life with entertainment, recreation, sports, hobby around the house, cycling, swimming, going to the beach, spending time with the family and friends socializing, 24 hours in a day in really not enough.  Summer is short in our neck of the woods but you all have the strength, the capacity and ingenuity needed to get everything done.  You are just amazing.  


The participation at both the Englishtown Musselfest 5km run and bike ride last Sunday was just amazing.  For its second presentation, the bike ride around St. Ann's Bay drew almost three times as many participants as last year.  Newcomers well supported by friends completed the tour with great fun and deserved these big plates of delicious mussels steamed to perfection by a little army of volunteers; volunteers who did not have a lazy day, and sorrily had to declare "sold out" not only on mussels, but on lobsters, fish chowder and other delicacies of the chefs.   Hats off to this super team of volunteers who put Englishtown on the map so to say and raised substantial funds for the life of their community hall. , 


Lazy days of summer?  Remember that 1962 hit of late Nat King Cole?  


Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer

Those days of soda and pretzels and beer

Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer

Youll wish that summer could always be here





We all want those 20°C+ temperatures and sunshine but our bodies are not all too well accustomed to extreme temperatures of 35°C+ eastern USA experienced just a few days ago.  Even at lower temperatures in the Maritimes, some people could suffer heat-related illness when their bodies are unable to compensate and properly cool themselves.


Plenty of good tips in this article.




Guy's Afternoon Ride and Poolside BBQ

Hey it's summer and time to get moving !!! On Sunday July 8th starting at 1:30 pm  we're having a poker run, followed by a pool party and bbq. The festivities begin at 10 Alderwood Drive, Coxheath , which is  just 3 streets past the walking track (off the  Coxheath Road).  Google Map. 


This is a leisurely ride suitable for all cyclists. We're going to do the loop from Coxheath, through Westmount, Point Edward, Leitches Creek and down Mountain Road back to 10 Alderwood Drive. Its about a 40 km ride with lots of stops along the way to play poker, take pictures and smell the roses. Following the poker run, you can relax in the pool and hot-tub or just sit around and enjoy the company and music. Be sure to bring your cooler and plan to bbq. We  look forward to seeing you at this summer cycling social. If you have any questions, call either Jacques at 562-8137 or Guy at 578-2280.


See Poker Ride Rules here.




Destination Ride and Garden Tour:  Wednesday July 11th 10:00 am  (note:   change of "Relaxed Rides" from Tuesdays to Wednesdays for July)


This week, ride from your place or from wherever you want and join the Time-Out Garden Tours for two tours:

1.  at 9:30 am, Margie Doary gardens at 100 Parkwood Drive in Sydney River.  

2.  at 11:00 am, Barb Boutilier, 110 Fatima Drive, Sydney River.  


Hope to see you there


Note:  Locations of other Garden Tours for July are available here.




Across the Highlands MTB Challenge - AHC '12,   9th Edition.

When:  July 14th,  

Time:  9:30 am  

Where:  Belle-Côte Community Hall

What:  A Unique MTB event for riders of all age groups.  Choice of 30 or 50km courses in the Highlands of Cape Breton.  AHC'12 is four to six hours of outdoor adventure on trails with incredible landscapes.  This year's AHC is action packed with lots of opportunities for personal highs.  The ride is followed by a sumptuous BBQ at the community hall.  In a nutshell, a full day of playing hard, topped off with a memorable social event.

More info & Registration: 


ED:  Deadline to Register, Sunday July 8th midnight.





The 2012 Heartland Tour IS ON!


The sixth annual HeartLand Tour will be kicking off with an Atlantic Cardiology Society meeting planned for Wolfville on July 7th! The core team of the HeartLand Tour will be cycling across Nova Scotia with all-day events planned for Wolfville, Yarmouth, Bridgewater, Truro, Pictou County, Antigonish, and Inverness County before wrapping up in Halifax on July 15th. 


More info here.





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by: Shelley Porter, 52WBC Coordinator


Good morning, B52ers! I know I have seen many of you out at public cycling events lately, and we've had a lot of opportunities to participate this month. I couldn't attend any of the Bike Week events except the one I put on myself at the Downtown Sydney Farmers Market. But I did make it to the Going the Distance for Diabetes ride and the Lobster Roll Relay and Englishtown Musselfest last week.   All were challenging, great fun, and well-attended.


I know at least one of our B52ers has recently completed a half Ironman triathlon - I will let him identify himself. That's a hard way to get in your weekly minimum 30 minute ride!! And we don't even give you time off in future weeks if you go over the 30 mins.


Does anyone have any cycling adventures/firsts to share? I must congratulate Velo Cape Breton and the Whitney Pier Youth Club for the fantastic job they did organizing the Lobster Roll Relay. There was also much-appreciated cooperation from the CBRM police at many tricky intersections. It was wonderful to see so many cyclists out, I know many were doing distance "first times", be it 25 km or 100 km. Many thanks to everyone who helped out with this.


Did anyone else stop and explore Black Brook cemetery? One of the things I've always loved about cycling is the opportunity to find things you might otherwise miss speeding past in a car. I actually knew about this cemetery before the Relay, but was delighted to have the chance to have a look around it again. It is quite old, 1842 I believe, and contains many interesting markers. I am sure it is full of romantic, sad, and exciting stories, if we only knew them.


Tailwinds everyone !







In it's effort to promote road safety, VCB recently sent a letter to Cape Breton Island's listed Driving Schools in an effort to educate new motorists in the presence of cyclists on the roads.  See text here.   As well, arrangements has been made to do a live presentation to a group of approximately 30 students in August.   


Road safety is a shared responsibility.  Rules of the road is for everyone to follow.  Easier said than done.  As cyclists, we all know how unsafe car driving can affect us when we ride our bicycles.  There are zillions of silly cyclists out there whose riding is affecting us in a way or another.  Fortunately there are other excellent cyclists out there who are real models.  Are we all one of them?  Do we ride according to the rules at all times?  Do we use all the tips and tricks to make ourselves visible on the roads?   Are we "driving" our bicycle in predictable manners at all times?  Are we alert enough to see conflicting situations developing and have tools in hand to run a Plan B, just in case?  


Do you know that riding on the sidewalks is more dangerous that merging with downtown traffic?  


Errors in choosing the right gears uphill has no major consequences.  Errors in bicycle driving due to negligence, ignorance and plain stupidity can have much major consequences.


Watch for CAN-BIKE courses in the coming months.  This is probably the most valuable gift on can give itself.







A friend of a friend of mine was sitting on a lawn sunning and reading, when he was startled by a fairly late model car crashing through a hedge and coming to rest on his lawn. He helped the elderly driver out and sat him on a lawn chair. "My goodness" he exclaimed, "you are quite old to be driving!"


"Yes" he replied, "I am old enough that I don't need a license anymore." "The last time I went to my doctor he examined me, and asked if I had a driving license.


I told him yes and handed it to him. He took scissors out of a drawer, cut the license into pieces and threw them in the wastebasket". "You won't be needing this anymore", he said.


"So I thanked him and left."




Jacques Cote

Editor, Velo Cape Breton eNewsletter

June 14th, 2012

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