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Quote of the week: "It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle." Ernest Hemingway
1. The Rides (Sept 14-20)
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(at)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, Sept. 14: L3 - Portage-du-Fort - 108 km
Wednesday, Sept. 15: L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride
Saturday, Sept. 18: L1 – Rockcliffe Ottawa South – 43 km; L2 - Burritts Rapids - 70 km
2. Tour Director News
Starting September 25, the Gatineau Park Parkways will be open for active use daily until noon, and then shared with motor vehicles from noon until 30 minutes after sunset.
Starting at 8 pm on September 6, 2021, until October 11, 2021, Colonel By Drive will be open for active use on weekends only (including Labour Day and Thanksgiving), 8 am to 4 pm, from Daly Avenue to Canal Woods Terrace.
3. Safety Tip from Monna – Safe Cycling in the Rain
While we don't often plan to cycle in the rain, we often get caught. Here are a few tips to help us stay safe and in control.
- Wear glasses to protect your eyes from flying water, mud and road grit. Yellow or orange lenses will increase contrast and help with depth perception to make out lumps and bumps in the road more easily; and
- Avoid puddles, as they may be hiding a deep rut or pothole
- Drop your tire pressure by about 15 – 20 psi to get more grip on the road;
- Watch out for slippery patches. Avoid and do not brake or suddenly turn on painted lines, oil slicks, gravel, sand and grass clippings;
- Control your speed and avoid hard braking. Anticipate where you might need to stop or slow down, and do it slowly and well in advance, gradually decelerating;
- Take care when cornering; anticipate and reduce your speed before entering the turn; and
- Ride consistently and predictably to prevent riders around you having to brake suddenly, skid out or crash.
Ride to Turn the Tide – Corrected link to make a donation
Thirteen KNBC members are cycling on Wednesday to raise money for the Grandmother to Grandmother Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which raises money for grannies in Sub-Saharan Africa who are raising grandchildren orphaned by the HIV-AIDS pandemic. These brave and resilient women have been negatively impacted by the Covid-19 Pandemic and need our support more than ever. Participants had the choice of three routes of 50 km, 75 km or 100 km. Click on Ride to Turn the Tide to make a donation, either on the TEAM page or on that of one of our members. You will also be able to see how much money we have raised already.
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Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC