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Vol 9, #44 - Back Home!

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In this Edition

- Editorial

- Rides Captain Corner

- Heads Up!

- True Isle Madame Hospitality

- Newbies-No-More

- Velo Max Cycling - News Bike Store on Cape Breton Island

- Addition to the List

- Lori's Dream

- The Eternal Question Answered - Endurance Training and Sex Drive

- Put on Your Glasses

- Husbands are Husbands






Back home but feeling ecstatic about the wonderful experiences of the past month. It all started with the Cabot Trail in 4 Days, (see Shelley's story here and several pictures here). We then had the Century rides with Dino and friends which was not only a highlight of the cycling season for many but also a personal best for several of the challengers on the Imperial, Metric or Half-metric distances.


Thanks to Jackie, you'll read below the account (True Isle Madame Hospitality) of the Tour of Isle Madame put up by the local VCB Chapter. Even with all Jackie's prose, no words will make you taste the delicious lunch put up by Joan Clannon and friends of the Isle Madame Development, no words will make you feel the silky smooth roads, no words will replace the positive vibes flowing all around, the respect and courtesy of motorists and the friendship.


The 5-day Maritime Bike Clubs Rally in Whycocomagh was another of those blissful experiences close to home that VCB members shared with enthusiastic cyclists from the Ramblers Cycling Club, Hub Cycle and Centennial Cycling in the Valley. Loops around Lake Ainslie, Washabuck Island, Middle River Valley, Skye Glen to quaint Mabou, Whycocomagh Bay or the fun-filled happy-hour, slide show, BBQ, local music in the Park, people left regrettably on Friday with the promise to come back again soon to enjoy the fall colours.


Cheticamp Chapter mountain bike ride to Salmon Camp... Wow! Peter's enticing and humourous write-up is all for you to enjoy. Since last Saturday, Catherine and Peter are "Newbies-no-More" and I'm sure are very anxious to get back to cycle Cape Breton next year after the winter spent aboard their sailboat in the Caribbean Islands.


Thank you all for making August 2012 such glorious and unforgettable moments in each and everyone's lives. We're all really blessed!





by: Micheline,


Recovery Ride

Dr. Kent Cadegan of the VCB Glace Bay Chapter is organizing the ninth annual Recovery Ride which begins tomorrow, Friday Sept. 7.


This is a three-day bicycle ride around the Cabot Trail to raise awareness of childhood sexual abuse and to help further the education of an abuse survivor.


Study after study, year after year, country after country, shows childhood sexual abuse affects one in five women and one in 10-20 men. It is more of a public health issue which is being ignored by health care, education, social services and criminal justice.


Funds from the Recovery Ride go discreetly to a scholarship for a childhood sexual abuse survivor at Glace Bay High School to help further their education. More than $30,000 has been raised in the past six years.


Contact: Kent at: trancecadegan1(at)




Tuesday Morning Relaxed Rides


What a great way to extend the cycling season up to late October.


For September, road rides are all starting from the new Tim Horton in Membertou. Distance and speed are adjusted to the level of those showing up. No need to register. It's a "Sho'n Go!". Non-VCB members will be asked to sign a waiver and contribute a twony per ride. Joining VCB in September is valid for the rest of the year and the entire following year. Beat the crowd and probably an increase of price in Membership by joining online now, it's only $10.


Rides in October will be off-road, i.e. dirt road, forest roads, nothing really technical. Bicycles with wider tires are recommended, i.e. Touring, Commuting, Hybrid, All-around, Mountain bikes.


See you there!





Farmers Market's Incredible Picnic


Saturday, September 8th, 12:30 to 3:30


Bike Clinic outdoors (checking bikes, adjusting position, pumping tires, tips on safe riding, upcoming CAN-BIKE sessions, etc.)


Bike Ride around Point Edwards starting at 2pm.


Cycling Ambassadors Danielle, Micheline and Jimmie will be there.





Fiddler's Healthy Living Expo,


This Saturday, September 8th, 12:00 to 4:00 pm, Victoria Park, Sydney


Visit Velo Cape Breton booth and meet our specialists. Get a glimpse of the expanding world of non-competitive cycling. Learn about VCB's past and upcoming events, projects, promotion, education and advocacy work, commuting tips, CAN-BIKE, touring locally and abroad, equipment, etc.





Ingonish Area 4 Mountain Hiking-Biking Challenge


This Saturday, Sept. 8 Ingonish,


Two mountain climbs by bike + two mountain peak hikes in the same day.


Are you interested in a bit of an off-beat type physical challenge. I'm looking for a few people to join my on Saturday Sept 8 to bike two mountiians and hike two mountians on the same day. There's a big mountain and a small mountian in both endeavours. Here's the lowdown on the climbs up.


We leave Ingonish at nine in the morning and bike north to Little Smokey (20km return) then head to Smokey Mountian and back which is about 37 Km return. So we'll bike around 57 km total. Then it's a nice long lunch and rest by about noontime.


In the afternoon we hike Broad Cove Mountian trail to get warmed up. This is a short 20 minute hike to a beatiful view overlooking the Atlantic, Middle Head and Smokey Mountain. After this we'll be ready to climb Franey Mountian. Franey trail is just about two km from the Glenghorm resort in Ingonish Center. It's about a 3 hr return trip of appoximately 7 kms. It's an amazing climb up offering spectatcular views of the ocean and the Clyburn river valley. I'd estimate the day will end around 6 pm with refreshmentss in the local area. Smokey by the way is 902 ft up while Franey is about 1400 ft. Nice heights to scale.


So if the idea of biking and hiking your way at a reasonable pace to the top of four great summits in Ingonish for the simple pleasure of being able to say you did it appeals to you please let me know at 564-1066 or by email at I'd like to have at least 4 people committed to doing this with me.


Happy hiking and biking,









Sunday, September 16

Belle-Côte to Chimney Corner (Chéticamp Chapter)

50 or 75km ride starting at 9:30 from CB Highland Academy in Terre-Noire.




Sunday, September 16th

32nd Marathon of Hope Run in North Sydney

PLACE: Northern Yacht Club, Seaview Drive


5 and 10 km Run, Walk, Bike

FOR INFO: PHONE : Kay 794-3772




Saturday, September 22

Montée de la French #2.

Time Trial ride to compare your baseline of June 6th.

Meet at Corney Brook: 9:30 am.




Sunday, September 23

Kelly's Klimb #2

Time Trial ride to compare your baseline of early May.

Meet at New HarrisRoad by KOA Campground. 9:15 for registration, Start time 10:00 am.

Info. bighead(at)




Upcoming CAN-BIKE Sessions to hone your skills, ease your way in city traffic, develop and/or improve your confidence as a cyclist on a ride around the block or a tour around the world.


Introduction to CAN-BIKE Skills:

In Sydney, Sept. 29 or 30.

In Port Hawkesbury, October 6 or 7 or 8

In Baddeck, October 13 or 14

More info and registration here.


CAN-BIKE 2 Session

In Sydney only. Evening + 2 days. October 26 - 28th.

More info and registration here.






by: Jackie Devoe,


Saturday, August 25, was a beautiful sunny day to explore Isle Madame by bicycle. This is a part of Cape Breton Island where I have spent very little time so I was looking forward to seeing some new sights and meeting new people. The Isle Madame chapter of Velo Cape Breton hosted a group ride to be followed by seafood chowder and a BBQ.


Cyclists gathered at Dooley’s Pharmacy in Arichat from various parts of Nova Scotia, including Amherst, Truro, Antigonish, and Sydney, and could choose a 25km, 45km, or 60km ride. Choosing the 45km route took us to the charming island community of Petit-de-Grat where coloured fishing boats lined the harbour and the short, but steep hills ensured a good cardio workout! After a chat at the end of the road with a friendly local (who offered us a drive in her van if we wanted to cheat J), we headed back towards Arichat and turned towards D’Escousse. This route took us through Rocky Bay, a quaint community bordered by a rugged coastline with great ocean views. The scenery here was truly beautiful!


Upon our return to “The Forge” (a collection of historic buildings containing a museum and craft shop) on the Arichat waterfront, our now healthy appetites were wonderfully satisfied with delicious seafood chowder, mussels, hot dogs, and cake and squares for dessert. The food was excellent and the hospitality was even better! We were warmly welcomed by the volunteers and I am certain my fellow cyclists would join me in thanking the Isle Madame Development Group and the local businesses whose donations made this event possible. I did get to meet some great people during and after the ride. A great time was had by all and I would definitely look forward to this event if it is repeated next year!






by: Catherine Gallagher & Peter Zarzecki,


We joined Cape Breton Velo, Sydney Chapter, two years ago and this is the first Ride Report that we have felt (barely) qualified to submit. Due to life complications common to all of us it was only this summer that we accelerated our cycling to a level where we could participate in what two years ago seemed like amazingly looong rides organized by Jacques and Micheline.


Zero-to-Cycling. This summer with Cape Breton Velo we did 24 km of the Lobster Roll Relay, the Point Edward Loop, part of the cycle around St Ann's Bay (at the time of the Englishtown Mussel Festival), entire circuit around Lake Ainslie (part of theWhycocomagh Tour or Maritime Bike Clubs Rally), and, most recently, the tour to the Big Intervale Salmon Fishing Camp.


The Tour to the Big Intervale Salmon Fishing Camp.


This tour was part of the Annual Big Interval/Salmon Camp Off-Road Ride and Evening Beach BBQ . Participants were from the Cheticamp and Sydney Chapters. The beauty in the organization of this ride was that it included options in alternate routings to the lunch at the Salmon Camp.


There was an opportunity for the hard-arse-mud-seekers to test their ligaments, open all pulmonary alveoli, use all 27 gears, and bottom out their rock shocks while crossing the mountain via ATV trail from Grand Etang to Big Intervale. They said it was a lot of fun! We believe them, and are sure they will rhapsodize about their joys when given the opportunity.


Alternatively, there was the softies' option of beginning at the Dancing Goat, where, before the ride we enjoyed tea, scones, and other lovely breakfast treats in a civilized manner. Well-fuelled, we cycled from the Goat on the lightly traveled paved road toward the fish hatchery. Enroute, one could have dallied at the Salmon Museum, but we whizzed right by this time. The pavement ends at the turn off toward another worthwhile stop, the Fish Hatchery. We found that the gravelled road had only modest inclines, but, on that day, we fought strong headwinds in the few wind-exposed sections. We passed several now abandoned pioneer homesteads with their remnant apple orchards, pioneer cemeteries, and a still active small church from 1828. For us, the most scenic segment of the ride begins just after crossing the bridge over the branch of the Margaree River. From there to the salmon camp, the gravel road is close by the Margaree with steep mountain slopes on each side of the intervale. Wonderful opportunities for a swim! Or fly fishing if so inclined. Kingross Quilts and Fibre Art is located along this segment of the ride and is yet another worthwhile stop.


The Big Intervale Fishing Lodge was the common destination of the hard-arse-mud-seekers and the softies. It is 22 km along the softies' route from the goat to the lodge. You will learn the interesting history of this lodge beginning with the draft dodgers who built the first structure, how the building was enlarged, and the outlying cabins developed. The lunch was delightful (do try the cream of garlic soup) and the staff most pleasant.


The lunch conversation was diverse, delightfully splashing back and forth between French and English. We learned about wild mushroom harvesting (even sampled some found along the way), bush-whacking hikes into Meat Cove, and discussed the merits of various mountain bikes.


After lunch, the hard-arse-mud-seekers went back over the mountain and us softies retraced our path (downwind now) 22 km back to the Dancing Goat, where we enjoyed tea and peanut butter chocolate-chip cookies (yum) before the drive back to our home in Barrachois and a well-deserved nap.


We will most assuredly sign up for more days like that one! Don't miss out!







André Brison has set up his shop at 15359 Cabot Trail (Main Street in Cheticamp). Watch for the street sign, entrance is by the boardwalk at the back of that big building on the waterside.


Vélo Max Cycling offers bicycle rental, bicycle repair, cycling clothing, bicycle parts and accessories.


Besides being a fierce road cyclist, André is also and competent bicycle mechanic and has a degree in business administration. He's been already pretty busy with the birth of his son a couple of week ago and this week supporting three couples cycling the Cabot Trail on their honeymoon.


Website is under construction but should be expanded soon..






Escape Outdoors is Cape Breton's newest lifestyle retailer focused on helping you get out into the great outdoors, because quite simply, life is better when you do.


Located at 299 Commercial Street, North Sydney, North Sydney, owner Paul Finney is pleased to offer benefits to VCB membership upon presentation of their membership card. "Please let everyone know that we would be happy to offer a 10% discount off all Sugoi cycling product. Currently, we have in stock Sugoi cycling shorts, full and 1/4 zips, jackets, and long and short-sleeve shirts."


Visit their website and/or subscribe to their email Newsletter.






As you read this, Lori is riding her bike in Newfoundland to complete her Trans-Canada bike tour. She spent a few days in Main-à-Dieu last weekend before taking the ferry on Tuesday Sept. 4th for Port Aux Basques to finish it off with an 890km last leg to St. Johns. Fall weather has definitely made its way in the Maritimes with the heavy rainfall of last night in Cape Breton. That weather system is now south of Newfoundland and should not affect much Lori's riding in Cornerbrook/Dear Lake area today; It's sunny, 18°C but easterly winds of 20 to 40 km/h (headwinds). However, the approaching Hurricane Leslie, whose track is pretty much unpredictable may affect the Maritimes early in the coming week.


You're almost there Lori. We all envy your determination and stubborness.... (your word)


Visit Lori's blog to virtually take part in the tour and see the nice pictures:






internet article submitted by: Leo Smit...


It’s time to dive into the relationship between endurance training and sex drive – and for those of you who may be shy about this subject, I will pre-warn you that this article acknowledges the existence of sex.


Let’s begin with the good news. For anyone who has jumped from a sedentary lifestyle into an exercise program or workout plan, the dividends in sexual drive, sexual activity, and sexual satisfaction are significant. Studies have shown that…


More here.







Check the picture below and identify these two people who met on the Trans-Canada Highway 105 last month.


A draw for a pair of official Velo Cape Breton cycling socks will be made among the correct answers this Monday Sept 10th at the VCB regular monthly meeting.







A man was sitting reading his papers when his wife hit him round the head with a frying pan.


'What was that for?' the man asked.


The wife replied , 'That was for the piece of paper with the name Jenny on it that I found in your pants pocket'.


The man then said 'When I was at the races last week , Jenny was the name of the horse I bet on.'


The wife apologized and went on with the housework.


Three days later the man is watching TV when his wife bashes him on the head with an even bigger frying pan, knocking him unconscious. Upon re-gaining consciousness the man asked why she had hit again.


Wife replied. 'Your horse phoned'



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