Bike Shorts, April 1, 2019

2 Apr 2019 11:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

This week in Bike Shorts:

Tour Director News

1. The Rides (Apr 2-8)

2. Diversions

3. Super keen KNBC cyclists

4. Multi-day tours

5. Looking to buy

Tour Director News

The official kick off to the KNBC cycling season is just around the corner. Given the slow start to spring, the intent is to have the official season kick-off ride the weekend of Apr 13.

Prior to the official kick-off, there may be a few pre-season rides offered by some of our very keen and dedicated Tour Leaders. Those rides will be posted in the calendar as they are offered. Please make sure to regularly check the calendar of rides and events on the club website.

Also, due to the fickleness of spring weather, all rides in the months of Apr, May (and perhaps June) will be treated with the same RSVP requirements as remote starts. This means you will need to RSVP to the Tour Leader, if you plan to attend. This worked rather well last season.

LATE BREAKING NEWS: There is already one pre-season ride posted in the club calendar of events and rides. Check it out here:

1. The Rides (Apr 2-8)

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

Changes in the tour schedule may occur at short notice, particularly during periods of fickle weather.  Please check the Club Calendar on the website, prior to heading to a start location. Typically, Bike Shorts Extras will not be sent out for cancellations or short notice ride additions. Instead, cancellations and additions will be reflected on the calendar, as soon as the Tour Director or Assistant Tour Director is notified.

Should you have any questions or require more information, contact the KNBC Tour Director at:

Tour leaders are reminded to contact the Tour Director ASAP, if any changes are required to their ride.

Sunday, 7 April

11:00 - L2 / L3 - Pre-season Quitters for Coffee - 45 km

2. Diversions

Saturday, May 4th, Diefenbooker Run, Walk or Cycle Race

Come join Carole Laflamme and many more enthusiasts for the 23rd Diefenbooker Race.

When:  Saturday, May 4th 2019

Where:  Carp Fairgrounds, Diefenbunker Cold War Museum and routes through rural West Carleton Township

What:  A race with distances of 5, 18 and 33 km.

Who:  For runners, walkers and cyclists of all ages

Why:  To support organizations in West Carleton that promote literacy, encourage physical activity or personal wellness

Secure on-line registration is available using until Monday, April 29th at midnight.

March 24th to April 13th: $32. (for age 19 and over), April 14th to Race Day May 4th :  $37.

*** Year after year, a little army of dedicated volunteers make it happen, so the funds raised all go to where it’s needed.

Consider joining Carole as it will give you a “feel-good” vibe for supporting DIEFENBOOKER.

After checking their site, don’t hesitate to email if you have any questions.

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3. Super keen cyclists

Two people showed up for what may be the first unofficial ride of year for KNBC members. Dave Audette and Michael McGoldrick rode from Centrepointe to Alice's Cafe in Carp and back on March 27.  It was a nice sunny day with a high of plus 5. They used their old clunkers out of fear that they would be riding on wet dirty roads. However, the roads were surprisingly dry all the way to Carp, but there were a few wet stretches on the return route.

4. Multi-day tours in 2019

Prince Edward County multi-day rides
Two multi-day rides around Prince Edward County (aka the Isle of Quinte) are planned for this summer. Some but not all parts of the rides will be similar, but they will have different tour leaders and one will be L2 and other L3.




Tour leader

Barrie Kirk

Monna-Leigh McElveny


12-15 Aug, 2019

24-27 Jun, 2019

Basic Itinerary

Mon Aug 12: drive down

Tues Aug 13: full day rides

Wed Aug 14: full day rides

Thurs Aug 15: half-day ride, lunch, and then drive home

Mon June 24 drive down and half-day ride.

Tues Jun 25: full day rides

Wed Jun 26: full day rides

Thurs Jun 27: half-day ride, lunch, and then drive home


Approx. 180 km total biking distance over 2½ days

Yet to be finalized - however, the aim for short rides is 50-60km and 80-100km for the longer rides.

Other details

Stay in Picton (great B&Bs) *

All rides are hub-and-spoke.

This ride will be very similar to the ride that Barrie led in PEC in 2013, i.e. a relaxed pace. We will stop to see the sights and sample the beer / wine / cider / etc.

Maximum 16 riders.

Ride start/meeting place: War Memorial on Main Street (across the street from Tim Horton’s)

Stay in Picton (great B&Bs) *

All rides are hub-and-spoke.

This ride will be very similar to the rides that Monna has led in both Kingston and the Picton area. We will stop for local highlights and sample the beer / wine / cider / etc.

Maximum 16 riders

Ride start/meeting place: War Memorial on Main Street (across the street from Tim Horton’s)

Action items

1. Register with Barrie Kirk if you are interested

2. Book your accommodation asap -- this is peak season.

1. Register with Monna McElveny if you are interested

2. Book your accommodation asap -- this is peak season.

* Suggestions for accommodation close to the ride start point at the War Memorial on Main Street:

One Main Street B&B;  Sleepy Hallowell B&B;  Cindy's B&B; Bee and Bee Guest House B&B; Kathleen's Radical Kreations B&B;  Ministers House B&B;  Brown's Manor B&B; Little Brick House B&B; The English Rose B&B; Edgewater B&B; The Nest B&B; Bay's End B&B; The Loft at Nine Gables B&B

Note: the geographic area known as Picton includes the rural area, so we suggest you ensure the B&B is in the town itself

5. Looking to buy

My daughter, Karen, is looking for a used road bike with a 51 or 52 cm frame for her 10 year old son.

He is 5’ 1’’ tall. She wants to spend under $500. If you can help, please contact her directly at


Paul Hough


Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC