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Vol 9, #42 - Highlights...

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In this Edition

- Editorial

- Rides Captain Corner

- Heads Up!

- 52-WBC

- Cheers to the Cabot Trail

- Women Gets the Job Done



“To volunteer is to give of yourself and not expect anything in return. This is truly the mark of a caring and charitable person”. ~ Peter Korecki, President of Pierceys, Regional Director Merchandising RONA Atlantic who has sent twelve $25. RONA Gift Cards to be distributed among all volunteers of AHC ’12 in Belle-Côte whose contribution has made this year’s edition so unique.






Just one of ours making it to the Olympics is an achievement that makes locals very proud and cheering. When this athlete is bringing back anyone of the coveted big medals, then all the attention usually goes to the individual, the goal, the hours of training, the dedication, the personal and family sacrifices and compromises. On some occasion we hear about the background organizations, local, provincial and national supportive programs but rarely we hear about the zillions of hours put by unknown volunteers into the whole process of creating the dream, building and maintaining facilities, putting up competitive events, keeping the dream alive and what not...


I don’t know if you watched the 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremonies Sunday night but the ceremonious commendations made by the authorities, officials and athletes to the thousands of volunteers who made the Games so successful were very appropriate for this particular event. At a local levels we also have these tens of thousands of volunteers who are literally working in the dark to make things happen. It would be impossible to name each one of them individually but each of them, like the links of a long chain, have all an important role to pull things through the uphill battle of breaking the status quo, of developing new ways to make things, of getting out of the path of least resistance and mediocrity.


Highlight #1. Active Transportation NS is a monthly e-newsletter produced by the Ecology Action Centre with support from the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness. Its aim is to support the active transportation (AT) movement in Nova Scotia and share local walking and cycling news, events and resources with interested folks all over the province. Editor: Janet Barlow. A remarkable move in the right direction spearheaded by Janet Barlow with the contribution of thousands of unknown volunteers working at the local level in our local communities. Last issue here .


Highlight #2. CAN-BIKE Instructor's Workshop this weekend in Dartmouth given by Bob White, the newly appointed National Examiner for CAN-BIKE. Bob's initiative will regroup 10+ experienced CAN-BIKE II candidates from the four Atlantic provinces and Québec. As Bob once wrote: "I have often felt one of the greatest barriers to safe bicycling is education of all stake-holders". These new CAN-BIKE Instructors will be instrumental in advancing the bike culture for the bicycle to be used for recreation, touring/vacations as well as everyday utilitarian cycling.


Highlight #3. VCB Cycling Ambassadors. An amazing crew of 16 volunteer cyclists who have been trained to promote safe cycling and to increase the number of cyclists on the road. They have committed to spend three hours per week from May to October to the Program for the next three years. So far they have spent way more hours than that to educate cyclists and potential cyclists in the best practices of cycling, encourage cycling for transportation and support recreational cycling. This year, they have been found at fairs, public events, parks, work places, youth programs, residential neighbourhoods and wherever else people young and old were engaged in and by cycling.





by: Micheline,


Century Around the Hill this Sunday


When: Sunday, August 19th. THIS SUNDAY to correct last week's announcement...

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.


See you there!








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)







by: Shelley Porter, 52WBC Coordintor.


Good morning, B52s! Just wanted to check in, remind everyone of their weekly ride, and celebrate the latter part of summer. Last evening I made ratatouille for supper, with celery, cilantro, basil, and zucchini from my own garden. Tomatoes are not ready yet, but I see one has a red blush at last. Anticipating a good crop.


I got my weekly ride in last evening, a spin around Point Edward with my new husband, the weather heavy and still like a battlefield at dawn. Will it ever really rain? I am loving the hot weather, but I know many people (and animals) are uncomfortable. Our young rabbit is over in the 4H barn at the Ex, cuddled up to a frozen water bottle to try and cool down. The horses are sweating just standing in their stalls. It would be nice to have some clear air.


Tom and I went on our honeymoon to PEI a couple of weeks ago, and I must say I highly recommend it for cycling enthusiasts. We drove over and rented a cabin for 4 days. We rode on the Confederation Trail (I was told I couldn't ride on the trail with my road bike and slick tires, so I wish I had video of us cruising along the trail at 30 km/h - my pink tire was blazing! Tom had no problem with the trail surface, he rides a hybrid) and a bit on the roads around Murray River and Montague. No issues with traffic, the roads were in fairly good repair (one crossroad was badly broken up, but with no car traffic it was not a serious issue). We rode between 100 and 150 kms over the four days.


I also recommend the Highlyn View Chateau and cottages as a place to stay in eastern PEI. The cabin was affordable, fully equipped (even an air conditioner which I have found to be a rarity in PEI accommodations, at least the reasonably priced ones), close to the Confederation Trail (like, 250 m), and the proprietors would bend over backwards for you. Extra clean towels for no extra charge, access to their personal Wi-fi, and excellent service all round. When Tom asked if he could borrow some tools to remove the bike rack from the Tucson, the owner brought the tools up and then removed the rack himself while Tom was in the shower! Left the tools for us to use when we needed them again. Very accommodating and trusting.


I will leave you with a safety reminder: BE SEEN! On the Lobster Roll Relay, one of the support drivers mentioned that Tom was hard to see, and it was hard to gauge his speed also, because he was wearing dark clothing and riding a dark grey bike. This was in broad daylight. I think I need to buy my husband a VCB jersey!! We also picked up bright kfrog flashing lights for the bike at Smooth Cycle in Charlottetown. The wedding was stressful and expensive (and wonderful), but I certainly don't want to do it again any time soon - I have to keep this husband safe!!


Cheers and tailwinds all!







submitted by: Vince Forestall, Physical Activity Coordinator, Victoria Country


Cabot Trail Worth the Wait: Follow Alistair and John as they traverse Canada by bike. May-August 2012.







The FBI had an opening for an assassin. After all the background checks, interviews and testing were done, there were 3 finalists: two men and a woman.


For the final test, the FBI agents took one of the men to a large metal door and handed him a gun. 'We must know that you will follow your instructions no matter what the circumstances. inside the room you will find your wife sitting in a chair .. . . Kill her!!'


The man said, 'You can't be serious. I could never shoot my wife.'


The agent said, 'Then you're not the right man for this job. Take your wife and go home.'


The second man was given the same instructions. He took the gun and went into the room. All was quiet for about 5 minutes.


The man came out with tears in his eyes, 'I tried, but I can't kill my wife.'


The agent said, 'You don't have what it takes. Take your wife and go home.'


Finally, it was the woman's turn. She was given the same instructions, to kill her husband. She took the gun and went into the room. Shots were heard, one after another. They heard screaming, crashing, banging on the walls. After a few minutes, all was quiet. The door opened slowly and there stood the woman, wiping the sweat from her brow.


'This gun is loaded with blanks' she said. 'I had to beat him to death with the chair.'




Don't mess with women



Jacques Cote

Editor, Velo Cape Breton eNewsletter

August 16th, 2012

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