Bike Shorts, September 27, 2021

11 Oct 2021 3:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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Quote of the week: “Riding bicycles will not only benefit the individual doing it, but the world at large.”Udo E. Simonis, Emeritus Professor of Environmental Policy at the Science Centre, Berlin, January 2010

1. The Rides (Sept 28 – Oct. 4)

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: 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

Tuesday, Sept. 28

L2 - Carleton Place - 78 km

L3 - Carleton Place - 70 km

Wednesday, Sept. 29

L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride

L3 - Spencerville - 102 km

Thursday, Sept. 30

L1 - Richmond - 36 km

L3 - Champlain via Fortune - 75 km

Saturday, Oct. 2

L1 - Wheelers Pancake House - 48 km

L2 - Mont Cascade - 65 km

Sunday, Oct. 3

L2 - Arnprior-Renfrew-Burnstown - 95 km

L3 - Wheeler's Pancake House- 91 km

2. Tour Director News


Cooler weather and great cycling conditions have arrived. Check out the event calendar and find a ride to join and enjoy. If there is nothing that suits your interest or level, send me either a ride proposal or a request for a specific ride and level and I will try my best to schedule it. I can be reached at tour-director(at)

I urge current, past and potential new tour leaders to consider submitting ride proposals. The immediate goal is to get as many rides scheduled for next week as possible. Ride proposals for the upcoming week that are received by Sunday will be included in Bike Shorts. Suggestions on ways to improve our ride offering would also be greatly appreciated.

Given the COVID situation, we have managed to offer a good variety of rides this year but the load has been carried by a relatively small number of dedicated tour leaders. In order to offer more rides and a better variety, we need more active tour leaders. If you are interested in becoming a tour leader either for the remainder of this season or next year, please contact me at the email noted above. The club will provide tour leader training as well as course material and mentoring.

Some confusion has been caused by a calendar ride being annotated “Registration is closed”. This simply means that registration is not yet open.

NCC update

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 – Pack Antihistamines and 'After-Bite'

For whatever reason - it is a bad year for insect bites and wasp stings - and, reactions seem to be more severe. I experienced this personally last week.

I recommend carrying 'After-Bite' to minimize the sting and an antihistamine to reduce the reaction. Failing that - applying ice can help.

4. Diversions

COVID-19 update: expanded capacity limits

Article: Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy on bikes and strengthening bonds in the music community

Book: The midlife cyclist: The road map for the +40 rider who wants to train hard, ride fast and stay healthy by Phil Cavell (2021)

Video: How to download the QR code for your proof of vaccination (1:45)

Video: Cute idea for kids to bike at home (0:18)

Video: The amazing way bicycles change you (TED talk) (17:17)

Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC