Bike Shorts, June 17, 2019

24 Jun 2019 4:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

1. Registration for Day Tours

2. The Rides (June 18-24)

3. Tour Planning Meeting - Friday June 28, 7-9 pm

4. Wednesday Evening Mystery Rides

5. Safety tip from Monna

6. Diversions


1. Registration for Day Tours

Registration for day tours is fast and easy. We ask that you RSVP for any ride you will be attending. It does not matter if the ride is remote or not. Those intending to attend any ride, regardless of the start location, will be asked to RSVP, using the "Register” button in the ride details. To avoid instances of people registering too far in advance and then forgetting about it, registration for each ride will only become available/active 2 weeks prior to the ride date. After you register for a ride, you will automatically receive an email giving you full details about the ride for which you registered. You may also receive notices by email from your tour leader, if there are any last minute changes, cancellations, special instruction etc. This has proven to be an excellent feature of the new website and has been extremely well received by participants and Tour Leaders alike.

2. The Rides (June 18-24)

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. 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. Additionally, if a ride gets cancelled or changed, you will be notified by email, providing you have registered on it using the “Register” button.

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

19 June 2019

L2 - Champlain Lookout - 51.5 km

L3 - Mill of Kintail - 82.5 km

L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride

22 June 2019

L3 - Perth - 78.5 km

L4 - Vankleek Hill-Hawkesbury - 108.5 km

L5 - Vankleek Hill-Hawkesbury - 108.5 km

23 June 2019

L1 - Morrisburg - 50.2 km

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

3. Tour Planning Meeting - Friday June 28

When: Friday June 28, 7-9pm

Where: Community room of "Brown's Your Independent Grocer", 1251 Stittsville Main St, Stittsville.

RSVP: This event is now on the KNBC calendar. If you are planning to attend, simply go to the event on the Club calendar and register by using the register button.

Who: This meeting is for all Tour Leaders, potential Tour Leaders and anyone else who may be tempted to lead an occasional ride this season.

Special instructions: If you have not already done so, now is the time to start thinking about when you are available and willing to lead rides in the Second half of the season (July-September). It’s also time to start thinking about what rides you would like to lead. Please review the ride library and your personal calendar, so you can come prepared to help fill up the KNBC ride calendar with wonderful rides.

Here is a link to the KNBC Library of Day Tours

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please send the KNBC Tour Director a list of dates you are available to lead rides, together with the following information:

  • Date;
  • Ride name and # as it appears in the Club Library;
  • Start location;
  • Start time;
  • Distance;
  • Level;

If you have any question about this, please do not hesitate to contact the KNBC Tour Director at

4. Wednesday Evening Mystery Rides

Please join us on Wednesday evenings at Centrepointe for impromptu tours of 90 to 120 minutes, followed by socializing at the Royal Oak pub. L1, L2, L3 L4 and L5 speed groups will be arranged at the start depending on turnout.

Registration not required. Simply show up and look for the fun loving group of KNBC cyclists.

Start = 6:15pm behind the Royal Oak Pub 117 Centrepointe Drive.

Please Note: These are impromptu rides. As such, they are not formally organised and have no pre-determined leader(s) or routes. That's all part of the "mystery" and what makes these rides such a fun hit. They are also weather dependent. Generally speaking, if the weather looks very questionable, there is a good chance there will be reduced numbers (if any) of the tour leaders showing up to volunteer to lead a group.

Since they are impromptu, they appear as a standing entry in the calendar -meaning they are never really formally cancelled, because they are never really formally organised. Members are expected to use their own judgement in deciding to attend or not.

If you get there and discover the weather is not good enough for cycling, you can always skip the ride and go straight to the social part at the Royal Oak ;-).

5. Safety tip from Monna – Straight Road Hazards

When riding on a straight country road – watch out for oncoming passing cars (two cars coming at you, now taking up both lanes). The passing motorist may not be able to accurately gauge your speed, and may not allow sufficient time to pass and get safely back in his lane. It may actually be necessary to leave the roadway and hit the ditch to avoid a head on, high speed collision.

6. Diversions

Monday, July 15, 7 pm Movie: Four by 3000, Landmark Cinemas, Kanata

Four by 3000 offers an unprecedented look into the interworking of the Race Across America, one of the most respected and longest running ultra-endurance events in the world following Team Working Nation. Racing from Oceanside, California to Annapolis, Maryland they must ride over 3089 miles with 175,000 feet of climbing in under six days to have a chance of victory. Once the starting gun goes off time does not stop until they cross the finish line. This year the team has lofty goals – as returning champions they not only want to defend their title but also set a world record for fastest time crossing the country on bike. Throughout the six days of racing they are forced to deal with vehicle breakdowns, crew conflicts, severe weather, and family tragedy all while trying to stay focused on their goals. Leading to the tension is the nonstop caravan of support vehicles and crew that must live out of vans for six days with little to no sleep. Follow their journey with never-before seen footage in a story about human spirit and the brotherhood/sisterhood all who take part in the event share. Narrated by Sean Astin.

The movie will be shown if enough tickets are purchased in next 25 days.

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Butter Tart tour (why we bike…): Peterborough, Kawarthas Northumberland

Multi-day tour: Friday-Sunday, Sept. 13-15, Hudson-Montreal

This ride was done in 2015 and 2016 as a 2 day ride. An additional day has been added in Montreal this year.

Departure time is 10 AM on Friday from Hudson. Our meeting is the municipal parking lot where cars may be left at no charge. Overnight bags will be transported to our hotel in Montreal and back to Hudson on Sunday.

Our route will cross the Ottawa River to Oka then travel via Laval, Ile Bizard, Ste Anne de Bellevue, Lakeshore Drive, and the Lachine Canal to our hotel in the centre of Montreal. This route uses portions of Quebec’s Route Verte and is primarily bike paths or quiet roads with bike lanes. The route is 99km long and will be suitable for L2+ riders who are comfortable doing this distance.

On Saturday we will be doing an urban route of 4-5 hours within Montreal which will include the Old Port area and Le Plateau. Part of this route is known as the ‘smoked meat and bagel’ route. This will be casual cycling using Montreal’s bike path and bike lane system.

On Sunday we return to Hudson using the same route we took on Friday. We will leave around 9:30 AM and expect to be in Hudson around 3 PM.

The sign-up deadline is July 31. Contact Steve Caron for additional details.


Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC