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Quote of the week
"The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart." Iris Murdoch, author
1. The Rides (July 26 – Aug 2)
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: email@example.com 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, July 28
L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride
Thursday, July 29
L3 - Champlain via Fortune - 75 km
L4 - Champlain via Fortune - 75 km
Saturday, July 31
L2 - Rockcliffe Ottawa South - 53 km
Sunday, August 1
L1 - Constance Lake - 53 km
L3 - Portage-du-Fort - 117 km
Monday, August 2
L2 – Constance Bay – 73 km
2. Tour Director News – 26 July 2021
I would like to thank Dave B. for filling in for me during the past two weeks; as well as all the time he has spent guiding me through the process of posting rides on the KNBC event calendar. It is more complex than I expected but superior to our previous system.
The number of tour leaders actively leading rides so far this year is significantly less than previous years. It is easy to understand why given the pandemic restrictions that were placed on us. Things are improving, the City of Ottawa is reporting that 83% of residents 18 and over have received at least one dose and 69% are fully vaccinated. Given these numbers and we outside. I would encourage non active tour leaders to consider offering rides again.
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 or the Club President at president(at)knbc.ca.
Another reminder that when rides are put in the event calendar more than two weeks ahead of time, they are flagged to automatically open registration 14 days in advance of the ride date. Prior to the auto opening of registration, the ride is annotated “Registration is closed”.
If for any reason you cannot make a ride you have registered for, please use the cancellation feature. Simply go to the event on the KNBC website, click on “Already registered” and then click on “Cancel registration”. The system then sends an email notice to the Tour Leader. This will help prevent starting time delays.
Suggestions on ways to improve our ride offering would be greatly appreciated.
3. Safety Tip from Monna – Speeds and group riding
As we once again get back to group riding - it might be a good idea to clarify our speed ratings: "Difficulty Levels", as noted on our web page, "Rides & Events, General Information".
It is important to note that the speeds given are NOT the overall average (as indicated on your odometer at the end of the ride), but rather the general riding speed when NOT climbing nor descending hills, fighting wind or riding in extreme heat.
Think of consistent effort (with appropriate gear changing), rather than consistent speed. You will go faster downhill and slower uphill. Don't kill yourself on the climbs to try to maintain the posted speed, nor break on the descents (unless you need to). Speed adjustments also need to be made for wind (treat like a hill), and extreme heat.
Until you get used to group riding - it is also wise to maintain a greater distance between riders, and, try to ride as straight as possible.
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Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC