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Vol 9, #41 - Heartwarming!






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In this Edition

- Editorial

- Rides Captain Corner

- Heads Up!

- Addition to the List

- Ooooops!


Cycling is: Postponing Adulthood on Two Wheels





In reference to re-opening the file of the Get-Cycling Park to bring this important piece of infrastructure to some form of practical and functional asset, no, there's no change of mind at Sydney Tar Ponds Agency, however tremendous support to the request of re-opening the file is building up and this is heartwarming. All avenues have not been explored, all stones have not been upturned; there might be a solution somewhere to the deadlock.


Events such as the successful Tour of the Cabot Trail in four days (CT4D), contacts we made, excellent service we got from our hosts in Margaree Harbour, Pleasant Bay and Ingonish, the 200 of so cyclists we met or travel with on the Trail, the cooperation and respect demonstrated by motorized users of the roads towards cyclists was exemplary and have been uplifting.


"I just wanted to let you know that I arrived home safe and sound shortly after 10:00 tonight and to thank you again for putting together such a great tour of the Trail. We could not have asked for better organization, accommodations, meals and camaraderie. Even though it was challenging in places it was well worth it to be in such fine company throughout the four days and completing it together". ~ Susan Porskamp, Canning, NS


Except for one broken spoke, one flat tire, a broken chain, over the somewhat 9,000+ kilometres ridden, modern bicycles in good hands are very reliable machines. a couple of morning hangovers nothing major to declare.


The tour Cabot Trail in Four Days organized to promote cycling as a way to visit our world-wide icon close to nature, as well as supporting tourism operators provided the 30 participants from Canada, USA and Switzerland a taste of the Cape Breton hospitality.


Mission accomplished!






by: Micheline,


IMPROMPTU RIDE - Miles-For-Meals


WHEN: Saturday, August 11th, 9:00 am

WHAT: Send-Off of Roger Boutillier on his Tour from Sydney to Yarmouth to raise funds for Feed Nova Scotia.

WHERE: From the Coldwell Banker offices at 208 Charlotte Street in Sydney, Roger will ride the first leg to St. Peters guided/escorted by local cyclists. The first few kilometres going out of town to Route 104 will be under CBRM Police escort.


On the paved shoulders of Route 104 to as far as East Bay, the pace will slowly pick-up to reach a comfortable touring speed of approximately 23-25kph.


Membership of Velo Cape Breton, VCB Cycling Ambassadors, Cape Breton realtors, general cycling public are invited to join the ride to give Roger Boutillier, CEO of the Nova Scotia Association of Realtors a memorable first day on his two-week fundraising tour. Some will ride to only as far as Sydney River, others to Blackets lake turnoff, keener cyclists may decide to lead Roger for a much longer distance before returning back to Sydney.


More info at Miles-for-Meals:


To donate to Feed Nova Scotia Miles for Meals Campaign click here or here





Rides by the VCB Cheticamp Chapter for this weekend (Aug. 11/12) have been postponed to September. Stay tuned!





Century Around the Hill


When: Saturday, August 19th

Times: Century (Imperial & Metric) 9:30

Half-Century (50km) 10:30

Where: East Bay Market (junction of Rte 4 and Eskasoni Rd. #216)

What: The annual ride for all cyclists to get the body and bike out and ride something different.


Imperial Century (168- km) Roughly, from East Bay Market to Alder Point then taking the shore road along theBras D'Or Lake to Grand Narrows and returning via Eskasoni.

Metric Century (100+ km) Roughly from East bay Market to Sydney River, Keltic Drive to Grand Narrows Highway, returning via Eskasoni.

Half-Century (50km) To Eskasoni Supermarket for lunch and return.

Shorter ride possible for those wanting to meet the group ending their tour. Just leave from wherever you like and ride to the East Bay Market to meet the returning cyclists who will arrive between 3 and 4:30 pm.


It is anticipated that groups will meet at several points and ride somewhat together for part of their individual quests.


Get Ready!


ED: Some pieces of advice from RBR:








August is the month to ride beyond our local borders and explore the hidden corners of Cape Breton Island, the Number ONE island in North America and ranked #3 in the World.


Saturday 25th, Ride and Brunch by the Isle Madame Chapter


Sunday 26th, Metric Century by the Chéticamp Chapter


Monday to Friday 27th- 31st, Maritime Bike Club Rally (see expanded schedule attached)


(More information on VCB Website)







Ideal Bikes at 1678 Barrington Street in Halifax, is pleased to offer discounts to VCB Membership on presentation of your 2012 membership card.

Visit their website at:






One spelling mistake can make a difference....


An email from a husband to his wife, " Having a great time on the trip and met some great folks! Wish you were her.


and we wonder why we have to explain everything!





Jacques Cote

Editor, Velo Cape Breton eNewsletter

August 9th, 2012

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