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Vol 9, #21 - Spring Cleaning!

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In this Edition

  • Editorial
  • Rides Captain Corner
  • Heads Up!
  • Newly Weds


."Those who wish to control their own lives and move beyond existence as mere clients and consumers - those people ride a bike."

~Wolfgang Sachs, of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy and the former Chairman of Greenpeace, Germany.


Easter, which is on the first Sunday following the New Moon of Spring is usually a landmark.  This year Easter is on April 8th, only 10 days to clean up the basement, the lockers, the garage, the yard and the garden.   Except maybe for a few spots up there in the Highlands, snow is all gone, crocuses and snowdrops bloom at the first rays of sunshine warming them up, tulips and garlic bulbs are cautiously showing their heads.  Nature is reviving.  

Time to get the bike ready for the season.  Dusting it off, inflating the tires, lubing the chain could only take a few minutes but to avoid surprises down the road, a more thorough A-B-C inspection of the bicycle is in order before hitting the road.  The internet is full of text and video to show you how.  CAN-BIKE II has a mechanical component in it that shows you how to check and do maintenance and small repairs on your bicycle; beside increasing your level of autonomy and independence, CAN-BIKE courses increases your riding abilities and skills that make bicycle riding a safe, fun and healthy activity.  By the way, there is still room for two to three participants on the upcoming spring courses.  See description and registration here.

Maybe you've decided to acquire a new bicycle.  Tips from Chris at under FAQ's.  Other tips online here...

Please don't put the old bike by the curb for heavy garbage pickup.  VCB is working on a project in collaboration with the Whitney Pier Girls and Boys Youth Club.  We need bicycles to put back on the road.  Handy volunteers are anxious to get going on this project. Please email back or call  562-8137. 



Last Thursday, following a super well prepared presentation and slide show of his solo bike ride in Denmark, David Aldridge and the audience exchanged on tips and tricks to extend their travel experiences in other countries by using the bicycle.  Touring by bicycle is the freedom to explore outside the beaten paths, a.k.a. tourists traps, meet local people, learn about their culture and customs at one's own rhythm.  A truly rewarding evening at the McConnell Library.  Thanks to Chris Thomson, thanks to David Aldridge for putting this together.  




Last presentation of the Guest Speaker Series is about Cycling and Wildlife with Shelley Porter next Thursday April 5th.

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



Season's Opening Banquet,  Saturday, April 14th, Savoy Theatre, Glace Bay.

This social is one of the most sought after event where new and old membership meet to learn more on each other cycling activities/abilities, make plans for the coming season and what not.  Don't miss out this golden opportunity.

Last weekend to get your  Banquet ticket at reduced price of $30.  Price will increase to $35. after April 1st.  No ticket sale after April 9th, to allow organizers plan for a high quality celebration.  All are welcome.  VCB members, non-members and friends.

Tickets are available through VCB Board Members, at ACAP Cape Breton (corner of Townsend and George in Sydney), or online with your credit card.



Registrations open for:

CAN-BIKE 2: Session #1 - April 20,  Session #2 - April 27,  Session #3 - June 1st

Learn-to-Ride in Baddeck - June 6,  see attachment below 

CAN-BIKE Introduction to Riding Skills, Chéticamp June 16, Call Michel Aucoin 224-3671

Across the Highlands MTB Challenge, July 14.  

Cabot Trail in 4 Days, August 3-6



An early heads-up on an exciting challenge for Canada Day.  Victoria County recreation is sponsoring a "Canada Day Fitness Challenge".  The challenge is to complete the Mussel Fest 5K on Saturday, the bikeride around St. Ann's Bay to follow that, and the Dan MacDonald 10K in Baddeck on July 1st Sunday.  There will be various prizes, and a finisher's awards to everyone who completes the challenge.  



A man met a beautiful lady and he decided he wanted to marry her right away.

She protested, "But we don't know anything about each other." 

He replied, "That's all right; we'll learn about each other as we go along." 

So she consented, and they were married, and went on a honeymoon to a very nice resort.

One morning, they were lying by the pool when he got up off his towel, climbed up to the 10 meter board and did a two and a half tuck gainer,entering the water perfectly, almost without a ripple.

This was followed by a three rotations in jackknife position before he again straightened out and cut the water like a knife.  After a few more demonstrations, he came back and lay down on his towel...  

She said, "That was incredible!"  

He said,  "I used to be an Olympic diving champion.  You see, I told you we'd learn more about each other as we went along." 

So she got up, jumped in the pool and started doing laps. She was moving so fast that the froth from her pushing off at one end of the pool would hardly be gone before she was already touching the other end.

She did laps in freestyle, breast-stroke, even butterfly!

After about thirty laps, completed in mere minutes, she climbed back out and lay down on her towel, barely breathing heavy.

He said, "That was incredible! Were you an Olympic endurance swimmer?" 

No, she said, "I was a hooker in St..John's and I worked both sides of the harbour!" 


Jacques Cote

Editor, Velo Cape Breton eNewsletter

March 22nd, 2012


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