Bike shorts Feb. 11, 2019

11 Feb 2019 7:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Bike Shorts will now be published every 2 weeks over the winter.  Next issue will be Feb. 25. You can expect to receive some emails in the next few weeks.  Some are Bike Shorts and some are membership renewal notices.  Please keep an eye out for these emails.  Please respond where requested.

This week in Bike Shorts:

1. KNBC business

2. Diversions

3. Cycling tours

1. KNBC Business

2019 KNBC budget finalized

KNBC directors have approved the budget for 2019.  We continue to be in good shape financially, allowing the club to keep membership fees low again this year.  For those interested in the details, the approved budget will be posted on the members’ only section of the KNBC web site, under “Member Services”.

2. Diversions

Tuesday Feb. 12 – OK Cycle and Adventures Tours presentation on France

Ottawa City Hall. Richmond room. Doors open at 6:30. Session starts at 7:00. There will be a special presentation from  Harry Wilson, editor of Canadian Geographic Travel and deputy editor of Canadian Geographic.  Rsvp with

Monday March 4 - Movie: The Bikes of Wrath, 7 pm Odeon Cineplex South Keys Cinema

Screening will go ahead as enough tickets were bought.

Theatre March 28 – Kanata Theatre

Join club members for a social outing to see a play directed by our own Susan Monaghan.

Note there are still a couple of the discount $17 tickets available.

What: See a play called “A Man For All Seasons” directed by Susan Monaghan.  

Time and Date: Thursday March 28 Curtain time is 8:00 pm. Optional dinner at 6PM

Where: Kanata Theatre is located off Terry Fox Drive at 1 Ron Maslin Way, Kanata, ON, K2V 1A7

Price: Group discount price of only $17 (non-refundable- but you can exchange ticket for another play). There are 10 seats reserved at this price on a first come, first served basis. Afterwards the price is $23. There are few seats remaining and the limit is 18 so act fast. There is on optional pay your own dinner at a nearby restaurant before the play.

Après Show: After the play, join Susan and the cast for an après show party backstage where you will meet the actors and enjoy light refreshments.

Reservations: Make your reservation now by emailing or phone 613-601-2833.

The Plot: How can one speak truth to a tyrant and survive? The year is 1534 and nobles and commoners alike are turning their backs on ancient, even sacred beliefs and bowing to the wishes of King Henry VIII in his quest to break with the Catholic Church and marry Anne Boleyn. Many will sign the “Oath of Supremacy” in order to court the favour of a red headed bully. Sir Thomas Moore cannot in good conscience comply.

More Information

Article: The 12 emotional stages of winter cycling

Article: Why Strength Training is Important for Cyclists

Article: An Italian city will pay residents to ride bikes

Article: What happened when Oslo decided to make its downtown basically car-free?

Article: The 15 types of cyclists we all hate

Video: Wrapping your feet like a jacket potato for winter cycling

2. Cycling tours

KNBC does NOT show any preferences for any touring companies. There are too many of them.

Grand Tour Desjardins, Vélo Québec  - Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean, August 3-9, 2019

Cycling Cabot Trial, Velo Cape Breton : July 26-29, 2019

France 2019 May 20 - June 6 - trip cancellation

The organizers very much regret to advise you that we have decided not to proceed with this trip at this time. We have not been able to meet the minimum number to qualify for the Air Transat group rate, which means that we cannot guarantee space for our bikes on both legs of the flight, and at least one of the flights only has space for 15 bikes.

If anyone wishes to proceed on their own, Tom has done all the route planning and Tim can give you the list of hotels which had been booked.  If you book using you can cancel up to a few days before.

Tom and Steve are prepared to try to put on this trip in the August/Sept time period.  If you would be interested please send them a message at either or


For more ideas, go to KNBC website - member services – links. See LOCAL GRANFONDOS & OTHER CYCLE TOURS as well as COMMERCIAL BIKE TOUR COMPANIES.

Multi-day tours in 2019

If you are planning a multi-day tour in 2019, please let me know ( so we can start to put tentative dates of events in the calendar and in Bike Shorts.  I will not be organizing a trip to Niagara, but most of the work has already been done so someone (moderately brave) could take it on.

The club has done trips to Ottawa Valley (Barry’s Bay, Pembroke), Kingston, Mt. Tremblant, Niagara, Hudson to Montreal, Le P'tit Train du Nord, Prince Edward County (Picton), Lake Placid and other locations. Peterborough is close by.  Just look at a map ;)


Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC