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Quote of the week: “Cycling has encountered more enemies than any other form of exercise.” 19th-century author Louis Baudry de Saunier
1. The Rides (Aug 10-16)
Changes in the tour schedule may occur at short notice. Please check the Club Calendar on the website, as well as your email, prior to heading to a start location. Cancellations and additions will be reflected on the calendar, as soon as the Tour Director is notified. Additionally, if a ride gets cancelled or changed, you will be notified by email.
Tour leaders are reminded to contact the Tour Director at: firstname.lastname@example.org if any changes are required to their ride.
Full details on all rides can be found on the KNBC Club Calendar of rides and events on the KNBC website. The KNBC Calendar, containing the most up to date info on your rides, is located at https://knbc.ca/page-18460
Tuesday, August 10: L2 - Trillium Pathway - 52 km
Wednesday, August 11: L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride, L3 - Big Rideau Lake - 107 km
Thursday, August 12: L3 - Champlain via Fortune - 75 km
Saturday, August 14: L1 - Alymer-Gatineau Park - 55 km
2. Tour Director News – 9 Aug 2021
Last week we had two ride proposals that came in after Bike Shorts was distributed. These rides were posted in the event calendar as soon as they were received but registration numbers were low. If you are looking for an opportunity to ride be sure to check the event calendar for new short notice rides.
Request that Level-1 members, who did not complete the 30 July 2021 poll, to please complete it now. Your input will help the Club plan future L1 rides. Poll closes Sunday 15 August.
A recommendation for the club to not offer rides that require turning left off busy roads. Left turns can be dangerous, caution is essential. See Monna’s safety tip below.
The KNBC COVID-19 policies have been updated to reflect Ontario’s Stage 3 changes introduced 16 July 2021.
If anything happens during a ride that you consider unsafe or inappropriate, please let the tour leader know. However, if you are uncomfortable expressing your concern during the ride, you can contact the Tour Director at tour-director(at)knbc.ca, the Safety & Education Advisor at safety(at)knbc.ca or the Club President at president(at)knbc.ca.
3. Safety Tip from Monna – Left Hand Turns
Left hand turns can be a bit daunting when on a bike. Remember - you are a vehicle under the HTA, and you must position yourself accordingly. Always turn left from the centre or the left side of the lane. Shoulder check, signal, shoulder check again, and then move to the centre or left side of the lane. Yield to approaching traffic before turning.
When in a small group, the person at the end is in the best position to visually ascertain when it is safe to take the lane, and should call out accordingly. Size of group and speed and volume of traffic will determine how best to proceed, whether individually or in small groups. If you are NOT comfortable navigating a left turn on a busy multiple lane roadway dismount and walk (not ride) across the intersection as a pedestrian. Signal prior to entering the intersection to communicate your intentions. Make the turn with both hands on the handlebars for maximum control. See video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4fu7PSVs-0
4. Wanted – Volunteers for the KNBC Executive Nomination Committee
We are starting early to think about finding volunteers to fill four or five anticipated vacancies on our Executive for next year and are looking for club members interested in joining a small Nomination Committee. The role of the committee would be to suggest names for possible vacancies, and to contact individuals to assess interest and availability. The goal is to have a full slate of candidates for the AGM.
As per section 6(2) of the club’s bylaws: “Not later than one month prior to an annual general meeting, the executive shall appoint a member, or a committee of members, to nominate members for election to the executive.”
It is challenging for any one individual to think about and contact potential executive members, thus it is hoped that a committee of three or four members might be a better option.
The vacancies are as follows: President, Tour director, Treasurer, and Secretary
There are descriptions of the roles & responsibilities in the members’ only section of the website. https://knbc.ca/Executive-Contact-Info
Just as the club cannot operate without ride leaders, it is the same situation with having a full and committed executive. Could you please get back to me by August 22 to indicate your willingness to help the club find suitable candidates to fill the above positions. If you are interested in filling one of the open positions, that would be great. If you think you might be interested, please contact Geoffrey Gurd either at president(at)knbc.ca or at 613 721-7074.
5. KNBC shopping channel - KNBC Water Bottles
Under the Member Services menu, you’ll see KNBC SWAG https://knbc.ca/KNBC-Swag. There you will find these fabulous KNBC logo’d bottles from Polar. These are the 24 oz. version, insulated, easy to take apart and clean. Dishwasher safe and made in the USA, all for only $18. This is cheaper than you’ll find in stores, so there’s no reason to not outfit yourself with some more KNBC kit.
Purchases and payments are made online, though e-transfer of funds is available. You choose your pickup option at time of purchase. If you find these are too large for your bike, we have some 20 oz. versions on order which should be here by the end of the month.
Just a reminder to all of you, if you’ve been on a great club ride and want to share some pictures, feel free to post them on our Facebook page. All submissions are reviewed and may be edited for content before publishing, but you can all post. https://www.facebook.com/knbc.ca
Article: Biking in Ottawa, Eastern Ontario and the Outaouais: The complete guide.
Video: Hydrofoil e-bike (0:52). https://mashable.com/video/hydrofoil-e-bike
Video: Fursa / Opportunity (16:58). Fursa is the Swahili word for opportunity. Together with Amani Racing, Wahoo is supporting athletes from East Africa with the opportunity to race against the top gravel riders in the World. Four elite cyclists have been chosen to come to the US and race SBT GRVL, BWR Asheville & Vermont Overland developing new pathways for athletes from East Africa to show their full potential. https://youtu.be/rkmvnryGnf8
Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC