Bike Shorts, June 21, 2021

29 Jun 2021 10:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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Quote of the week: “There is beauty in silence and there is silence in beauty and you can find both on a bicycle!” — Mehmet Murat Ildan

1. The Rides (June 22-28)

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: tour-director@knbc.ca 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

Wednesday, June 23: L2 - Aylmer - 45 km

Thursday, June 24: L3 - Champlain via Fortune - 75 km

Friday, June 25: L2 Gravel - Carleton-Almonte Short Promenade - 47 km

Saturday, June 26: L1 Gravel - Carleton Place to Almonte - 35 km

2. Tour Director 21 June 2021

Good news - the number of club rides being offered is slowly increasing. I expect they will increase as the number of fully vaccinated club members climbs and COVID restrictions are reduced.

Bill Bourne is prepared to offer a KNBC Riding Skills Clinic when the province removes most of restrictions and the Club feels it is safe to do so. This clinic has been very popular in the past and members are encouraged to consider registering for it when it becomes available. For more info on course content see: https://knbc.ca/Courses-and-Clinics

We have 19 Tour Leaders who have indicated that they are ready to lead a ride now which is about 40% of those currently on the KNBC Tour Leaders list. Most leaders have indicated that they plan to lead rides when the pandemic is over. All members are requested to consider leading rides when their comfort level permits. Anyone interested in becoming a Tour Leader please contact Wayne at tour-director(at)knbc.ca . Although we can’t have our regular in person Tour Leaders training session this year, all new leaders will be provided course material and mentoring.

Tim Sparling did an assessment of Malakoff Rd between Century and Donnelly Roads. Although a 5.5 km section is newly paved and another 4.5 km is considered good, the remaining 7 km of the total 17 km stretch is rough and not recommended.

3. Safety Tip from Monna - Stay Safe, Stay Back

All the "safety infrastructure green paint" in the world will NOT protect a cyclist who is unaware of the enormity of 'large vehicle blind spots', and rides beside them both at, and through intersections. The area beside a truck (between the truck and the curb), is aptly called the 'death zone'. Cyclists need to be aware of this extraordinary danger and stay out of it. If arriving first - stay in front, if not - stay well back and OUT of the driver's blind spot, and NEVER beside. Be especially mindful of the wheels (which may start turning right, WITHOUT WARNING TURN SIGNALS).

TAKE SPECIAL CARE with garbage trucks as they can be operated from both right and left sides - further increasing their blind spots. NEVER pass them on the inside, and be absolutely sure you have both sufficient time and space to pass them on the outside.

Please refer to this Share the Road video:

https://vimeo.com/128887805"https://vimeo.com/128887805

4. Diversions

Article: Women will race in their own Tour de France next summer

https://www.npr.org/2021/06/17/1007770257/women-tour-de-france-next-summer-2022

Video: Camp Fortune Mountain Pipe Coaster (1:20)

https://campfortune.com/mountain-coaster/

https://www.facebook.com/skicampfortune/videos/321216812836026

Video: Des vélos artisanaux en bamboo (1:47)

https://www.facebook.com/bicloun/videos/1015333492337602

Video: Danish Road Safety Council on why even the Vikings were wearing helmets (2:20)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0m-c4GixUpg

Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC