Bike Shorts, July 5, 2021

12 Jul 2021 4:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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Quote of the week: "Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race." H.G. Wells

1. The Rides (July 6-12)

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

Tuesday, July 6: L3 - Galetta-Pakenham - 87 km

Wednesday, July 7: L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride

Thursday, July 8: L2 - Champlain via Fortune - 75 km, L3 - Portage-du-Fort - 104 km

Saturday, July 10: L2 - Aylmer Parc Champlain - 60 km

2. Tour Director News - 5 July 2021

We now have a number of club rides completed and participation is increasing. For some of us it has been a long time since we have taken part in or led club rides. In my own case there were a number of things that I forgot to include in the pre-ride briefing. If a tour leader forgets to mention something that you feel is important, please speak up. If anything happens during a ride that you consider unsafe or inappropriate, please let the tour leader know. However, if you are uncomfortable bringing your concern forward during the ride, you can contact the Tour Director at tour-director(at)knbc.ca or the Club President at president(at)knbc.ca .

It is extremely important that riders who decide to leave the ride advise the tour leader of their intention. It can be quite frustrating for tour leaders to try and account for those who leave the ride unexpectedly. All members are requested to spend a couple minutes refreshing themselves on tour etiquette https://knbc.ca/Tour-Etiquette .

It is suggested that all members also review the Accident Protocol at https://knbc.ca/Safety#KNBCSafetyHandbook. It contains good information for tour leaders as well as those of us who are just out and about on our bikes. There is also a lot of useful information under the “Safety & Education” tab on the club website.

All members are requested to consider leading rides when their comfort level permits. If you are interested in becoming a Tour Leader please contact Wayne at tour-director@knbc.ca . As restrictions ease, we will assess whether or not we will be able to resume our regular in person Tour Leaders training sessions. All new leaders will be provided course material and mentoring.

3. Safety Tip from Monna - Signal your intentions at intersections

Always slow down, signal your intentions and proceed with caution when moving through an intersection. Additionally, yell out "stopping" or "slowing" when others are in close proximity, and may not see your signal and be able to respond in time. When in a group - anticipate stopping or slowing down and leave sufficient space between bikes. When approaching another cyclist - announce that you are "coming on your left", to avoid a 'startle factor' and possible fall. Don't rely on the leader's "all clear". Look for yourself and only cross when safe to do so. Be aware, however, of motorists who might wave the entire group through. Watch for this, and thank the motorists accordingly. As a reminder of how to respond to flashing lights - please check the following link: https://www.ontario.ca/document/official-mto-drivers-handbook/traffic-lights#section-9

4. Diversions

Article: Canadian woman makes history winning gruelling 4,800-km bike race

https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/canadian-woman-makes-history-winning-gruelling-4-800-km-bike-race-1.5494565

Article for coffee fanatics

https://www.turnipseedtravel.com/blog/ottawa-coffee-roasters

Video: How to make your pedalling technique smoother than ever | GCN's Pro Cycling Tips (7:30)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAHRvcOCSU4

Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC