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Bike Shorts: 10 July 2017

Between the rain clouds... pictured here are Vince, Karen, Angela, Lianne, Frank and Jim on Saturday's ride to the Alymer marina.

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alymer marina


This week in Bike Shorts:

  1. The Rides

  2. Other Noteworthy Dates

  3. Safety Tip from Monna - Riding in the heat

  4. Croatia 3-20 Sept 2017

  5. Peterborough Tour: 04 - 07 August 2017

  6. Membership Directory

  7. Social: Escape for a Spy Adventure and Thai food

  8. FREE Women Cycling Shoes

  9. Revised Montreal Tour: Saturday August 19 - Monday August 21

  10. Watts Creek Pathway Closure

  11. CAN-BIKE Level 4 Course (formerly CAN-BIKE-2)

  12. Diversions


1. The Rides


Changes in the Tour Schedule may occur on short notice. When time permits, a Bike Shorts Extra will be issued. For the most up to date schedule, please consult the KNBC Calendar at and click on Tours and Events then Upcoming Events.

20-30 km Rides

If you are interested in having some shorter rides scheduled. Please contact Wayne Lumsden at Wayne will then follow up by sending you a few questions on the type of rides you would like to see.

Wednesday 12 July 2017

Ashton 53 km L1

10:00 am. start at KTC - Cycle to Ashton via Palladium, Huntmar, Iber, Abbott, Shea, Fernbank and Dywer Hill Rd. Return via Flewellyn Rd, Munster Rd, Lucus Lane and then back along the outbound route to Maple Grove. Then take Maple Grove, McCurdy and Castlefrank back to KTC


Tour Leader: Richard Lacy

Ashton 61 km L2

10:00 am. start at Kanata Town Centre. Take the pedestrian overpass and bare left to Maritime Way. Follow Maritime Way up the hill towards Campeau Dr. Follow Knudson, Kanata Ave, Terry Fox, then west along Richardson Side Rd and Old Almonte Rd then south along Upper Dwyer Hill Rd to Ashton for a picnic lunch or pub lunch. Return to KTC along Flewellyn, Munster, Lucas Lane, Fernbank, Shea, Iber and Palladium.


Tour Leader: Christine Walton

Ashton 75 km L3

10:00 am Start at KTC and cycle to Ashton via Richardson Side Rd., Oak Creek, McGee, Diamondview, Donald B Munro, Vaughan Side Rd. and Dwyer Hill Rd. Return to KTC along Flewellyn, Munster, Lucas Lane, Fernbank, Shea, Iber and Palladium.


Tour Leader: Werner Heiss

Wednesday Night Mystery Tour

Join us at 6:15pm at Centrepointe for impromptu tours of 90 to 120 minutes followed by socializing at a local pub. L1, L2, L3 and L4/L5 speed groups arranged at the start depending on turnout. Sunset 8:50 pm.

Saturday 15 July 2017

Richmond 41 km L1

09:30 am. start at KTC. - Cycle west on Katimavik and Palladium to Huntmar. Turn left on Huntmar and Iber to Abbott. Turn right on Abbott follow Abbott for 3.2 km and then turn left on West Ridge and follow West Ridge to Stittsville Main and turn right. Cycle along Stitsville Main and Huntley to Richmond. Turn left on Perth for a break at Tim Hortons. Return to KTC via Old Richmond Rd, Steeple Hill Cres, Hope Side Rd, Terry Fox and Castlefrank Rd.


Tour Leader: Tom Wiley

Carp 57 km L2

09:30 Start at KTC. - Cycle an indirect route to Carp via March Valley Rd, Riddell Dr, 6th Line Road, Thomas A. Dolan Pkwy (option to make a brief stop in Dunrobin), Diamondview Rd and Donald B. Munro for lunch at Alice's Village Café. Return to KTC along Donald B Munro Dr and Richardson Side Rd, Terry Fox Dr, Kanata Ave and Knudson Dr.


Tour Leader: Andrea Clarke

Winchester* 91 km L3

9:00am start at the Osgoode Community Centre on Osgoode Main St in Osgoode. Ride on mainly quiet back roads through many small communities for a picnic lunch in Winchester.


Tour Leader: Nel Ahmed, ph. 613-592-2891

*Remote start: Contact tour leader if you plan to go on this ride.

Winchester* 91 km L4

9:00am start at the Osgoode Community Centre on Osgoode Main St in Osgoode. Ride on mainly quiet back roads through many small communities for a picnic lunch in Winchester.


Tour Leader: Dave Audette email:

*Remote start: Contact tour leader if you plan to go on this ride.

Sunday 16 July 2017

Masson-Cumberland* 78 km L2

09:00 am. start at Bate Island. Cycle east through Gatineau mostly along bike paths then follow the north shore of the Ottawa River along Rte 148, a signed Route Verte, through Angers to Masson. Take the ferry to Cumberland on the Ontario side of the Ottawa River for a picnic lunch. Return to Moussette Park on the south shore of the Ottawa River along Old Montreal Road, bike paths, the Sir George-Étienne Cartier (Rockcliffe) Parkway, Sussex Dr and the Portage bridge.

Tour Leader: Barrie Kirk email:

*Remote start: Please contact tour leader if you plan to go on this ride.

Saturday, July 29th (with a rain date either Friday the 28th or Sunday the 30th)

Double Metric Century Ride

Heads up for those who like the challenge of a long distance.  There is a Double Metric Century ride in the calendar!!  It will take place on Saturday, July 29th (with a rain date either Friday the 28th or Sunday the 30th). Starting at 7:00 from KTC, the route will follow a loop through Ashton, Perth, Smith Falls, Merrickville, Kemptville, Osgoode, Manotick and Bells Corners. It is a fairly flat route with many opportunities to break for food, water and other necessities. Stops will be made every 25-35 km in several of the communities with a couple of meal stops along the way.  All L2, L3 and L4 riders are welcome!

2. Other Noteworthy Dates

CAN-BIKE Level 4: 17, 19 & 20 July 2017

Social: Escape for a Spy Adventure and Thai food: TBD Contact Marcus at

Revised Montreal Tour: Friday 19 August - Sunday 21 August 2017

KNBC 8th Annual Picnic: Sunday, 27 August 2017

KNBC Annual General Meeting (AGM): Tuesday, 07 November 2017

Consult the calendar ( for details.

3. Safety Tip from Monna - Riding in the heat

When riding in hot weather - steer clear of the 'repair areas' of cracks and paving seams. They are injected with hot tar or asphalt, which tends to soften considerable in the heat. This can actually 'grab and trap' your tires, much like railway tracks, and cause a very sudden nasty fall.

Also - to avoid 'bonking', don't forget to carry sufficient water and drink BEFORE you are thirsty and eat BEFORE you are hungry.

black snake

4. Croatia 3-20 Sept 2017

We have had some changes to the participants in the Croatia trip in September and now have space for three more riders. Anyone interested should contact either Tim Sparling ( or Barry Campbell ( as soon as possible and we will send you a package of info. We will finalize the list on 23 July so we can make the necessary hotel reservations etc.


5. Peterborough Tour: 04 - 07 August 2017

Video: Cycling Tour of 'One of the Best Cycling Destinations in the World',

A Waterloo-based cycling club, Great Canadian Bicycle Tours (CGBT), has an August long weekend (Aug. 4-7) tour of the Peterborough region.

It costs $20 to join the club, plus the cost of a room in the Trent university residence for 3 nights ($260 or $200 if you are sharing a room). Costs includes 3 breakfasts and 2 dinners.

Most members ride bikes described as "Road", "Touring", or "Hybrid". CGBT rides generally range in distance from 40 to 100 km, and each ride is organized by a club volunteer. They all start together, but you set your own pace, and you'll always find another club member to ride with. Ride maps are provided.

This is Geoffrey's brother's bike club (and Geoffrey is going). KNBC'ers are most welcome.


6. Membership Directory

Watch your mailbox later in the week when the 2017 Membership Directory will be shipped under a separate cover (or combined with a Bike Shorts Extra).

7. Social: Escape for a Spy Adventure and Thai food -- spots still available

The date is being finalized but there are still spots available.

Let's escape to the Diefenbiker. Yes, a night of close quarters mystery with a different kind of drafting. If we escape the Diefenbunker we can un-Thai our captives at the Chang Thai in Carp.

Space for 12 riders to save the world from disaster.


A door slams shut behind you, you’re locked in! Explore the room to discover clues. You have 45 minutes to work together to find the key to get out before... the world (and your biking career) ends.

KNBC riders are on the final guided tour of the day, when we duck into a room and hide so that you can spend a night at the museum.

You soon discover that it is not a museum at all. It is actually a cover for an enemy spy organization. You overhear some people talking behind closed doors of an imminent attack scheduled for tonight!

You must escape! But first, we must find the communications room, stop the launch sequence and phone-in the Red Alert transmission to the outside world before it is too late! 12 people, 60 minutes. Do we have what it takes to save the world?

Interested? Contact Marcus at


8. FREE Women Cycling Shoes

Check out the new ads. that have been posted at


9. Revised Montreal Tour: Saturday August 19 - Monday August 21 (repost with corrected dates)

3 day/2 Night Montreal trip

The Itinerary and routes:

Day 1 cycle back roads along the Ottawa River through L'Orignal, Hawkesbury, Hudson, and Dorion to Beaconsfield, on the Island Of Montreal.

- 3 start points;

L4 137 km start at Rockland

L3 119km start at Plantagenet

L3 85km Start at L'Orignal

Day 2 - cycle 90 km both groups cycle together to Old Montreal along Lakeshore drive and bicycle paths lunch via Nun's Island, the Escalade Ice Bridge onto Ile. St. Helene and along the formula 1 track, Habitat and have lunch at a patio in Old Montreal. We return via a different route on the bike paths along the Lachine Canal.

Day 3 - Cycle back to the start.

Accommodation - 2 nights Friday August 19 - Saturday August 20 at Chalet Beaconsfield -on the Island of Montreal in Beaconsfield , Que. is a modest, low cost motel (approx. $95-105 (plus tax) depending on room size) some rooms have a pullout bead as well as a queen ,some also have a kitchenette. You must act fast. We reserved 6 rooms but 2 rooms are already booked, only 4 rooms left. This would limit the trip to a max. of 12 people.

Meals - An optional group dinner will be organized within walking distance of the motel.

Unsupported/Supported - At this point, it would be an unsupported trip meaning you must carry your luggage to Beaconsfield and then ride luggage free on day 2 to downtown Montreal. There is a good possibility this would change if a volunteer or spouse wants to drive down. In that case, there would be a modest fee to transport your luggage and offset their expenses.

To register for the L3 portion, contact Eileen Sculnick,

To register for the L4 portion, contact Dave Audette at 613-601-2833,

10. Watts Creek Pathway Closure

As part of its Emerald Ash Borer Management Strategy, the National Capital Commission (NCC) will be removing ash trees affected by the emerald ash borer along Watts Creek Pathway, between Moodie Drive and the intersection of the Greenbelt Pathway West.

The work will begin on Monday, July 10, 2017, and will extend until Friday, July 14, 2017. Work will be undertaken between 7 am and 5 pm, weather permitting.

In order to ensure user safety, this portion of Watts Creek Pathway will be closed for the duration of the work. The full closure of the pathway is required due to the narrowness of the corridor and the type of equipment required to quickly and safely remove the high density of dead and dying ash trees. Signage will be installed at pathway access points to inform users of the detour.

If you have any questions, contact the NCC's client services at 613-239-5000 or For more details about the emerald ash borer management program, visit their website,, and see the traffic advisory,


11. CAN-BIKE Level 4 Course (formerly CAN-BIKE-2)

Due to some recent cancellations there is one seat left on each of the remaining two courses.

Do NOT be intimidated by the name change to 'Level 4'. This course is for new and experienced cyclists alike!

Regardless of your level of experience, you will become more confident and have increased awareness on all types of roads and conditions! You will learn what being a vehicle under the Highway Traffic Act looks like. This course is designed for cyclists, both new and experienced to increase their abilities and their knowledge of how to ride effectively through all forms of cycling infrastructure. Gain both confidence and competence on both urban and rural roadways. Learn the rules, but more importantly how to apply them defensively, to be safer in all situations. Be the example to emulate.

Dates: Here is this Season's Training Schedule:

17, 19 and 20 July

21, 23 and 24 August

NOTE - if none of these dates work for you - PLEASE let me know what dates in September would be more suitable, and I will add another course serial.

Course Duration: three evenings; 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. inclusive.

Course Location: NEW THIS YEAR: Causeway Work Centre; 22 O'Meara Street Ottawa ON, K1Y 4N6

Cost: Only $55, and $25 is refundable on completion of leading at least one KNBC ride.

To Register: Potential participants are to e-mail Monna-Leigh McElveny to register (or ask questions) at

12. Diversions

Toronto cycling advocate dies after being struck while riding

Read about it here:

2017 Membership Application Forms:

Peter Nabein
President, Kanata-Nepean Bicycle Club

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