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Vol 9, #43 - Cycling Here - A Local Update

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In this Edition

- Editorial

- Rides Captain Corner

- Heads Up!

- Inaugural Ingonish Area Mtn Biking-Hiking Challenge

- Ten New CAN-BIKE Instructors

- Paceline Riding

- A Quick-Fix Guide



One will never have the enjoyment of the descent ride without the exhausting ascend.





Sydney's native Adam Burns now a CBC reporter working in Toronto has been dispatched at the local CBC radio station for the summer. Here's one of his story that was broadcast on Information Morning on August 14th. An eight minute audio to listen on CBC's website here.





by: Micheline,



ARICHAT – The Isle Madame chapter of Velo Cape Breton will be hosting a “Ride and Brunch” on Saturday, August 25, 2012.

Starting at 10:00 A.M. at the parking lot of Dooley’s Pharmacy, riders may choose to ride 25, 45, or 60 kilometres. At 12:30, riders and their families can enjoy seafood chowder and a Barbecue, hosted by Joan Clannon of the Isle Madame Development Group.

There is plenty to do for non-riders as well: La Forge Lenoir will be hosting a Farmer`s Market from 8:00 to 12:00 with local entertainment, and it is Lighthouse Day on Isle Madame!

Why not bring the whole family and enjoy the fun while you ride Isle Madame?




Whycocomagh Tour or Maritime Bike Clubs Rally


A brainchild of prodigious Bob White, first presented in Yarmouth last year will regroup cyclists from all over the Maritimes provinces. There will be rides for all level of cyclists, hikes, visits and social events. A fun get-together of good friendly people wanting to share their love of bicycle touring.


Headquarters will be at the Whycocomagh Provincial Park.


Thanks to Gordon Kyle, one of the participants, here's a sample of the rides...


Route Name

Distance (km.)

Ele. Gain (m.)




Whycocomagh Tour 1.1





Whycocomagh Tour 1.2





Whycocomagh Tour 1.3





Whycocomagh Tour 2.1





Whycocomagh Tour 2.2





Whycocomagh Tour 2.3





Whycocomagh Tour 3





Whycocomagh Tour 4.1





Whycocomagh Tour 4.2





Whycocomagh Tour 5






A sample of the post-ride socials...

Monday, Happy Hour at site #27's kitchen shelter (NSLC is few meters away at the CO-OP)

Tuesday, sharing delicacies of the local bakery

Wednesday, Multicultural style BBQ

Thursday, supper at Alice restaurant.


Come for a day, or come for the week. Anyone can participate to the Maritime Bike Clubs Rally, beginning this Monday August 27th ending Friday August 31st.





Annual Big Interval/Salmon Camp Off-Road Ride and Evening Beach BBQ


When: Samedi/Saturday September 1st


What: Off-road rides of 30, 40 or 45 km


Meeting/Starting times:

9 am Université Ste-Anne via Pembrooke Lake. 45km for keen riders.

10:30 am, Dancing Goat on Cabot Trail at Margaree , 40 km for relaxed riders.

11 am, Intersection of Crowdis Bridge Road/East Big Interval gravel road, 30km for more relaxed riders.


Tous les groupes se rencontrent à la Salmon Camp pour dîner./All groups meet for lunch at the Salmon Camp.


6:30 pm : BBQ plage à Shelley/Shelley’s Beach, Chemin de la Petite Prairie , Chéticamp, for swimming, snorkeling, bonfire, …


Anyone joining us from other communities are welcome to camp either at Shelley’s Beach or on Michel’s property in Grand Etang.


For more information contact :

Michel Aucoin (224-3671 or 224-0069)

Réné Aucoin (224-5854)








Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25, Return of the Tuesday Morning "Relaxed Rides".

Meeting at Tim Horton's Membertou, 10:00 am.


Sept. 7 - 9, Recovery Ride around the Cabot Trail.

More info and to register: Kent Cadegan: trancecadegan1(at)


Sept. 8 Ingonish, Area 4 Mountain Hiking-Biking Challenge

Two mountain climbs by bike + two mountain peak hikes in the same day. (See details below)


Sept. 8 Bicycle event around the Cape Breton Farmers Market "Incredible Picnic"

Demonstration, clinic, rides. More info coming soon.


Upcoming CAN-BIKE Sessions to hone your skills, ease you 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.






by: Paul MacDougall, organizer.


Are you interested in a bit of an off-beat type physical challenge. I'm looking for a few people to join me on Saturday Sept 8 to bike two mountains and hike two mountains on the same day. There's a big mountain and a small mountain 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 Mountain 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 Mountain 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 by Sept 3 so if interested please let me know ASAP.


Happy hiking and biking,






by: Bob White, CAN-BIKE CAN-BIKE Instructor/National Examiner, Member of the Cycle Canada Cyclisme Advisory Group.


On behalf of Master Instructor Steve Saunders and my fellow CAN-BIKE Instructor / National Examiner Jacques Cote, I am very pleased to announce the graduation of the below noted from the Findley Center, Dartmouth (Atlantic Center of Bicycling Excellence), this past weekend:


Gwen Mader, Truro, NS - will also teach women - BNS member

Lonnie Jones , Donkin, NS - member of Velo CB

Tim Peach, Halifax, NS - member of BNS through Velo Halifax

Sandra Bennett, Windsor NS - member of BNS through NS Ramblers - will teach women as well

Jenna Molenaar, Dartmouth, NS - independent (bike mechanic as well)

Sean Saunders, Waverley NS, independent

Jason Whitehead, Truro NS - BNS member through Hub Cycle, Truro

Scott Walters, Ottawa - BNS member through NS Ramblers

David Sims, Charlottetown, PEI - President of Cycle PEI

Michel Martin, Moncton, NB, member Velo NB


I also had the pleasure of the company of CAN-BIKE Instructor Wade Eide, from Montreal Quebec, who we will be now presenting as a candidate for National Examiner and promote the expansion of the wonderful CAN-BIKE program (safe cycling and more) throughout all of Quebec.


I would also like to thank John Forester of Lemon Grove California (founder of Effective Cycling - the US version / father of CAN-BIKE) for his wonderful letter of instruction, direction and encouragement he prepared especially for this class of 2012.


I am sure you will join me in congratulating all of theses new CAN-BIKE Instructors - they will soon commence teaching a host of courses to folks of all ages and abilities as well as will be promoting the safe everyday use of the bicycle. I truly believe the greatest barrier to safe cycling is the education of all stakeholders, simple as that.


These new CAN-BIKE Instructors will make a positive difference in the communities they live and because of this enrich our lives for all the right reasons. It was my honour to provide the instruction as well as to nationally certify each as a CAN-BIKE Instructor. FYI - I attach the process of becoming a CAN-BIKE Instructor.


Well done team!


Best wishes and many tailwinds. Thank you all!







At the Century Ride last weekend, several participants were new to this type of distance in one day. They were also new to riding in a paceline to share the work of pushing through the wind. Paceline riding is a technique that can be developed to ride single file in unison, for everyone to ride at a speed a little over average, save energy on the long run and have lots of fun in doing so. It requires discipline, good riding skills and collaborative attitude.


See VCB website Riding in a Paceline here.


Follow these paceline rules to keep your group together and in good formation, Bicycling website.








25 solutions to vexing problems of brakes, derailleurs, squealing noise, lube, chain, cleats that you can do and save the day and money. Here.




A QUICK-FIX GUIDE - Version 1.2


A man and a woman were sitting beside each other in the first class section of an airplane..


The woman sneezed, took out a tissue, gently wiped her nose, then visibly shuddered for ten to fifteen seconds.


The man went back to his reading.


A few minutes later, the woman sneezed again, took a tissue, wiped her nose, then shuddered violently once more.


Assuming that the woman might have a cold, the man was still curious about the shuddering. A few more minutes passed when the woman sneezed yet again. As before, she took a tissue, wiped her nose, her body shaking even more than before.


Unable to restrain his curiosity, the man turned to the woman and said, "I couldn't help but notice that you've sneezed three times, wiped your nose and then shuddered violently. Are you OK?"


"I am sorry if I disturbed you, I have a very rare medical condition; whenever I sneeze I have an orgasm."


The man, more than a bit embarrassed, was still curious. "I have never heard of that condition before" he said. "Are you taking anything for it?"


The woman nodded, "Pepper."





Jacques Cote

Editor, Velo Cape Breton eNewsletter

June 23rd, 2012

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