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Vol 9, #19 - Patience... Patience...

Velo Cape Breton is the Island wide voice of cyclists, working for better cycling in our great Island. We have made significant progress since our formation in 2004.  Visit our website that will introduce you to some of our activities.   If you have any questions, suggestions, or want to contribute to this eNewsletter,  please contact us at (902) 562-8137 or

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Help us make Cape Breton Island a better place to live!


In this Edition

  • Editorial
  • March is Membership Month
  • Rides Captain Corner
  • VCB Season's Opening Banquet
  • Lobster Roll Relay 100
  • Did You Know?
  • A Long Weekend of Touring
  • For Sale / Wanted
  • Dutch School Bus


I know you have several bikes, from cheap to expensive,  but what is your most important?

Really, it's the one that I'm riding right now....   André Gallant, ex-VCB Pres.


About midway up in the 20km x 10% average climb of the Tourmalet in the Pyrennées in September 2010 we were above the tree line and could not yet see the pass at the top.  It was hard.  Looking back though we had a gorgeous view of the valley below and the sight of the progress we had made refreshed our minds and legs for another stretch upward.  No, turning around was not an option...  no way, we had already done some 85 hilly kilometres and the hotel was only 30km away... including a 20km descent on the other side of the mountain.  

If we’ve made it there, another 75 minutes of grinding...  gears and teeth, will bring us to the pass.  We were confident to make it, stop for a while to take some pictures and enjoy that great feeling of deep satisfaction.  

Yes, we made it!  What great lessons these humongous mountain passes teach us mere urbanites used to the easy life with everything right there when we need it.   

No, we’re not superhumans.  You know, the three main ingredients to build a physical form after many month/years of relative physical inactivity is patience, determination and more patient workouts.    I agree, it's easier said than done...   but there is nothing to lose to give it a try...


Patience and diligence, like faith, remove mountains.  -  William Penn


Help us celebrate membership month by joining us for the First presentation of our Guest Speaker Series this March 22nd. 6:30 pm at the McConnell Library in Sydney.  

David Aldridge will entertain us about his peace and quiet 2-wk cycle tour in the southern Danish Island.  You might hear about bad bikes, okay youth hostles, great farm stays, big breakfast and his 1964 stay in Aarhus where he studied medicine for 3 months.  Great pictures in the slide show presentation.  

Be sure to mark the date!   McConnell Library, Thursday March 22.  Sydney,  6:30 pm

ps.  Also, an excellent opportunity to renew your VCB Membership and purchase your ticket for the Season's Opening Banquet at the Savoy in Glace Bay, April 14th.


If there's a social activity no one wants to miss, this is the one.  Meet cycling friends, new and returning members.  Enjoy good food and local talents during the entertainment period.  

The event takes place this year in the lobby of the Savoy Theatre in Glace Bay on April 14, two week earlier this year.

Get your ticket(s) early as the number of seats is limited.  Members of the VCB Executive have tickets for sale, Colette Smith in Glace Bay has several.  You can purchase yours at ACAP Cape Breton or online paying with your credit card.

Your ticket will be available at the door.  Easy, Fast and Convenient. 


by: Micheline, Rides Captain.

Thank you for your enthusiastic feedback on the 2012 Schedule.  It's very much appreciated.

I think that there's everything for everybody...  clinics, rides for families with young kids, short and long rides at relaxed and/or intense pace for adults, individual and team challenges, tours, instruction for novices as well as long time and/or returning riders, socials, etc.   

Again this year, VCB will support community organizations putting cycling in their program, i.e.  Going the Distance for Diabetes, Englishtown Mussel Fest.  

Get your copy of the schedule at the renovated VCB website   



The Lobster Roll Relay 100 is four legs of approximately 25km each from Mira Road to New Waterford, Glace Bay, Port Morien, Mira Gut and back to Mira Road firehall for a total distance of 100km.  

Ride one to three legs with friend(s) as a team, each riding one or more legs to cover 100 km.   You can ride the entire distance too if you want.  

Fully supported: food, refreshment, escort...   The event is framed as a fun, active and accessible ride really for everyone.  

Info and Lobster Roll Relay poster on the website.  

Make up your team.  Mark your calendars.  June 17th.  


April 5th - Thursday - Guest Speaker Series  #2

Cycling and Wildlife with Shelley Porter.

Shelley Porter is an enthusiastic recreational road and off-road cyclist with an MSc in Biology. Shelley has lived all over Nova Scotia and in Rocky Harbour Newfoundland. She will share her experiences encountering animals while cycling.  Topics will include carnivores, and herbivores both wild and domestic. Learn how to peacefully share the roads and trails with other species.

McConnell Library, Sydney,  6:30 pm


Taking registrations for CAN-BIKE 2 courses.

CAN-BIKE Courses are nationally set of courses recognized by the Canadian Cycling Association.  CB2 is an adult advanced 18-hr course in defensive cycling.  Traffic dynamics, life-saver riding skills, emergency maneuvers, bike mechanic, nutrition, tips on touring.

More info and registration here.

Weekend of April 20 - 22

Weekend of April 27 - 29

Weekend of June 1 - 3


CBRM City busses had their bike racks on all winter and they have been used.  

They are nice on the longer routes...  Sydney to Glace Bay,  North Sydney to Sydney.   

One can can bike to work and ride home or hop on the bus if it starts to rain. Bike rack on busses give options to those who want to get more active.


In Quebec, a cyclist who is ticketed for non respect of a stop sign will also get three points off his driving license record?


by:  Bob White,  NS Ramblers Tour Planner.

Hi all,

Spring is not far away!

Please see attached the notice for the Masstown May long weekend tour - May 19, 20 & 21.


I had owner George at the Masstown Motel, set aside all their rooms (18) for Ramblers and our bicycling Sister clubs - Velo Cape Breton, Hub City Moncton, Velo Halifax, Hub ( Truro) as well as Centennial Cycling - I also include my fellow CAN-BIKE Instructors. You are all welcome!

Room rates** are as follows

$100 for 1 room, double bed for two nights - that's only $50 a night, plus tax.

$120 for double room, two double beds for 2 nights - that's only $60 a night plus tax.

** discounted rates

Click open the attachment - go to Itinerary - book your rooms yourself and say you are on the Rambler Tour to get the above rates. Then email me at to both confirm your attendance as well as you want to attend the chicken dinner, as guests of the Ramblers (no charge). simple?

Check out these sweet tour offerings, amazing country, little traffic and lots to see / do! I picked Masstown so it would be close as possible doable by all clubs.

Personally, I am, like Sandy MacKinnon from Centennial would say "looking forward to cross-pollinating with my fellow bicyclists" - Yeah!!

Come joint the fun, make your own bookings and let me know - everyone from all clubs are most welcome. Rides will be  relaxed, very social, good food, great biking buds and yes, lots of laughs!

Book today!




Wanted:  Touring bike for a 5’ 9” gent.  Frame size M to L.  Call Doug:  270-5275


Check out this cool way to get kids jump out of the bed in the morning with a big smile and happy to go to school...

... and the dutch kits are very quick too!  

TEACHER:     Maria, go to the map and find North America

MARIA:         Here it is. 

TEACHER:   Correct.  Now class, who discovered America ?   

CLASS:         Maria. 


TEACHER:    John, why are you doing your math multiplication on the floor?   

JOHN:          You told me to do it without using tables.   


TEACHER:  Glenn,  how do you spell 'crocodile?' 

GLENN:       K-R-O-K-O-D-I-A-L' 

TEACHER:  No, that's wrong   

GLENN:       Maybe it is wrong, but you asked me how I spell it.   

(I Love this kid...)   


TEACHER:    Donald, what is the chemical formula for water? 




TEACHER:   What are you talking about? 

DONALD:    Yesterday you said it's H to O.     


TEACHER:   Winnie,  name one important thing we have today that we didn't have ten years ago.   

WINNIE:     Me!   


TEACHER:   Glen, why do you always get so dirty? 

GLEN:         Well, I'm a lot closer to the ground than you are.   


TEACHER:     Millie, give me a sentence starting  with '  I.  '   

MILLIE:         I  is..   

TEACHER:     No, Millie.....   Always say, 'I   am.' 

MILLIE:        All right...  'I am the ninth letter of the alphabet.'         


TEACHER:    George  Washington not only chopped down his father's cherry tree, but also admitted it. 

Now, Louie, do you know why his father didn't punish him?   

LOUIS:         Because George still had the axe in his hand.....       


TEACHER:    Now, Simon , tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating?   

SIMON:       No sir, I don't have to, my Mom is a good cook.     


TEACHER:       Clyde , your composition on 'My Dog' is exactly the same as your brother's..   Did you copy his? 

CLYDE:         No, sir. It's the same  dog.     

(I want to adopt this kid!!!)   


TEACHER:     Harold, what do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no longer interested? 

HAROLD:     A teacher 


TEACHER:    Why are you  late? 

STUDENT:    Class started before I got here. 


Jacques Cote

Editor, Velo Cape Breton eNewsletter

March 15th, 2012

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