Velo Cape Breton update for cycling enthusiasts.

"Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that feeling."

~ Henry Van Dyke

Volume 15, #1 - Thanksgiving


  • Editorial: Thanksgiving

  • WOW Update

  • Upcoming:

  • Ride on the Mira

  • Annual General Meeting

  • Note from Shelley Porter to B52's

  • CT4D 2017 Teaser

  • Loose Chain Links

  • About That Funny

EDITORIAL: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving, a.k.a. turkey day, is here, the autumn season is upon us. Outside the air is getting cooler, the wind is blowing and the leaves are starting to change colour. The Velo Cape Breton ride schedule has run its course, with only Vic Gouthro's Ride on the Mira remaining, coming up this weekend. I am thankful for the opportunities I've had this past year to get on my bike and ride, and thankful for being healthy enough to do so. September 30th marks the end of the fiscal year for the VCB Bicycle Association, and preparations are under way for the Annual General Meeting on November 2. This year it will be held at the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion instead of our traditional location over the past few years, the Round Room in the CBRM Civic Centre. The Round Room has now been converted into a Craft Store. While posing a slight inconvenience for us, it is great to see new developments in the downtown core. The end of the fiscal year brings to a close a rather tumultuous year, at least from my perspective as fledgling VCB webmaster. Early in my tenure at this post, the e-mail function stopped working, making it difficult for the Membership Registrar to gather membership data, registration for the CT4D Tour difficult, and making eNewsletter mail outs impossible. Many hours were spent trying to get the e-mail working again, to no avail. Eventually, VCB's President, Chantal Phillips, initiated a new mailChimp paradigm for VCB newsletters and several newsletters were sent out over the past few months. Unfortunately Chantal has, quite unexpectedly, had to move off of the island, so we are doing our best to pick up where she left off. As this is a Thanksgiving article, I would like to say thank you to Chantal for getting us started back into the eNewsletter business, and also for her efforts and leadership on the VCB Board over the past few years. So, we are into a new fiscal year, our 14th year of incorporation, and Volume 15 of our newsletter. The upcoming year is ahead of us and the possibilities are endless. We are only restricted by our imagination and energy. These we need from you, the Cycling community. What do you want to do, where do you want to go in 2017-18? Let us know, and perhaps together, this time next year, we will have even more to be thankful for... keep cycling. Note: This newsletter has always been published at the whim of the editor....over the years we’ve had editors retire and editors who have moved away. And we’ve discovered editors are hard to come by so we’ve come up with a family of editors, and if any of you have material you’d like to see in the newsletter please send it along and you too can join the family of editors. This edition is brought to you by Paul Babin, Andreé Crepeau, Cathy MacAuly-Spencer and Shelley Porter

This photo of the Mira was taken by Cathy MacAuly-Spencer October 5th, imagine the colours by the 15th!


  • Vic Gouthro's "Ride on the Mira" bicycle ride around the Mira River is coming up on Sunday, October 15, 2017. This is an easy to moderate ride along the Mira at the height of fall colours on some very smooth pavement. Distance approx. 30km. Start time is 1:00pm at Mullin’s Store in Albert Bridge.

  • The Annual General Meeting will be held on November 2, 2017 in the Kavanagh Room upstairs at the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion. There will be a Meet & Greet at 5:30, light refreshments and snacks will be served, and the meeting will commence at 6:30. If you’re interested in getting more involved or have projects, rides or events you’d like to see, this is the opportunity to get them out there. We’re a volunteer organization and we need your support and ideas.

Notes from Shelley Porter to the Bike 52 Weeks of the Year group(B52's)

If the reddening of tomatoes is like the boiling of water, my tomatoes will never be ripe. I check them first thing in the morning, every time I come home from work, and last thing at night. I planted a number of “new to me” heritage varieties this year and I don’t have a good idea of what degree of colour indicates their ripeness. I like colour, and the tomatoes I chose become dark red or bright yellow. I peer at their skins daily, trying to evaluate change.

Autumn changes are greeted by some with joy (ripe produce, colourful hardwood leaves, the promise and potential of a new school year) and others with dread (chilly nights heralding the cold winter to come, the cessation of summer sports, CHRISTMAS IS WAY TOO CLOSE). Change can be wonderful or horrible, and it’s always at least a little stressful. Lots of people have serious problems with change. They are comfortable, or they are cautious (not wanting to open their hand to let go the one bird for the two in the shrubbery).

Have you changed since you started the 52 Week Bike Challenge? Have you increased your fitness, buoyed your confidence, learned a lesson, boosted your annual mileage, become that weirdo cyclist in your workplace??

Is cycling the thing in your life that kept you anchored while other things in your life changed?

Here in the Annapolis Valley, the change of seasons means long golden shadows, short evenings, and lots of traffic at roadside farm markets. Remember to be seen - high viz and reflective clothing, lights fore and aft, and consistent, predictable riding and signaling.

Find your wool socks and full-finger gloves. Winter is coming.



Photo by Andree Crepeau of some tomatoes from her own garden. Shelley, can you compete with this?

Cabot Trail in 4 Days 2017 Teaser...more to come.

This summer’s Cabot Trail in 4 Days bike tour included Laurel-Lee Shannon from Ottawa. She edits a very interesting site for all things cycling for women. Check it out at She’s second from the left with the rest of the cyclists from Ottawa that joined our tour.

Loose Chain Links Interesting articles which we thought you, as a cyclist, may be interested.

If you have something you would like to share with the cycling community that is not an advertisement or blatant self promotion, please send it in. We reserve the right to publish only those links we are sure that our readers may be interested in.


Two nerds are riding along on a tandem bicycle when, suddenly, the one on the front slams on the brakes, gets off, and starts letting air out of the tires.

The one on the back says: "HEY! What are you doing that for?!"

The first nerd says, "My seat was too high and was hurting my butt. I wanted to lower it a bit."

So the one in the back has had enough. He jumps off, loosens his own seat and spins it round to face the other direction.

Now it's the first guy's turn to wonder what's going on. "What are you doing?" he asks his friend.

"Look, mate," says the rider in the back, "if you're going to do stupid stuff like that, I'm going home!!"


October 11th, 2017

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