Bike Shorts, August 19, 2019

27 Aug 2019 8:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

1. The Rides (August 20 - 26)

2. Safety tip from Monna

3. Can-Bike 4 training – Sept. 9, 11-12

4. Diversions

5. KNBC Photo contest


Tour Director news

1. The Rides (August 20 - 26)

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

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

Please do not sign up for a ride if you do not intend to respect the speed level at which it is being offered.

Aug 21 L2 - Perkins - 68.6 km

Aug 21 L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride (6pm Start)

Aug 24 L2 - MacKenzie King Estate - 82.7 km

Aug 24 L3 - Portage du Fort - 118 km

Aug 24 L4/L5 - St. Albert's Cheese Factory- 110 km

Aug 25 L1 - Swan at Carp - 42.5 km

Aug 25 L3 - Manotick - 64.5 km

Participants in a ride are asked to arrive 10 to 15 minutes before the ride departure time, slightly earlier if you need time to take your bike off your car. It takes time to distribute the directions and sign in for the ride, which is necessary so the tour leader knows who is on the tour. The tour leader will also make some introductory remarks concerning the route and safety tips. Members will introduce themselves, and then you'll be on your way.

Tour leaders are reminded to contact the Tour Director at: if any changes are required to their ride.

2. Safety tip from Monna – Signal your intentions at intersections

ALWAYS slow down, signal your intentions and proceed with caution when moving through an intersection. Additionally, yell out "stopping" or "slowing" when others are in close proximity, and may not see your signal and be able to respond in time. When in a group - anticipate stopping, or slowing down and leave sufficient space between bikes. When approaching another cyclist - announce that you are "coming on your left", to avoid a 'startle factor' and possible fall.

Don't rely on the leader's "all clear". Look for yourself and only cross when safe to do so. Be aware however; of motorists who might wave the entire group through. Watch for this, and thank the motorists accordingly.

As a reminder of how to respond to flashing lights - please check the following link:

3. CAN-BIKE Level 4 Training

What is CANBIKE and who is it for?

CANBIKE is designed for cyclists to increase their abilities and their knowledge of how to ride effectively through all forms of traffic infrastructure. Participants will gain confidence and competence on both urban and rural roadways. You will learn the rules of the road, and what being a vehicle under the Highway Traffic Act actually means as a cyclist.

CANBIKE is for new and experienced cyclists alike! Everyone comes away with increased awareness on the road! The course is conducted and tested both in the classroom and on the road.

Course Dates:

Mon 09 Sep, Wed 11 Sep & Thurs 12 Sep

Course Duration: Three evenings; 5:45 pm to 10:00 pm inclusive.

Course Location: Causeway Work Centre; 22 O’Meara Street Ottawa ON, K1Y 4N6

Cost: Only $55.

Please note, $55 will be refunded on completion of leading one KNBC ride.

Please bring:

Bicycle in good working condition with a bell or horn and a front light;

Bike is not required Day 1, but, on Day 2 and 3 please come ready to ride;

Approved bicycle helmet;

Snacks and a water bottle.


If there are any questions, contact Monna-Leigh McElveny at

5. Diversions

Grassroot Grannies’ 10th annual Ride to Turn the Tide:

In 2010, KNBC member Nancy Hough organized the first Ride to Turn the Tide, to raise money for grandmothers in Sub-Saharan Africa and the grandchildren in their care orphaned by the HIV-AIDS pandemic. Since then we have raised just over $665 000 in total with an average of 26 participants each year. Once again on September 4th, we'll be setting off to cycle about 260 km over two and a half days, supported by grandmother groups along the way. Please consider supporting one of the cyclists by clicking on the website where you'll see a list of team members. Just click on any of them to support them or support the team as a whole. You will get a tax receipt immediately, and the grandmothers and children will benefit from support to improve many aspects of their lives including education, housing and economic independence. We are happy to see the grandmothers advocating for their rights and taking a leadership role in over 11 African countries.

Sunday, Sept. 8, 13th Annual Limestone Century Bicycle Tour

The Limestone Century Tour Bicycle (LCBT) is an annual non-competitive cycling event for cyclists of all types and styles of riding. There are three distances choices - 100 mi, 100 km, or 50 km. The ride is fully supported, meaning rest stops and a SAG (support and gear) vehicle. A "classic century" tour is not a race, but rather an opportunity for riders to "ride the distance!" All routes start and end in historic Portsmouth Village, Kingston, ON.

Sunday, Sept. 22, The Harvester ride

The Harvester is a fully supported road cycling tour showcasing the pastoral agricultural landscape of the Adirondacks and surrounding region.

The 2019 ride, set for beautiful St. Lawrence County, features multiple distances with interactive route stops allowing cyclists to learn about the rich agricultural story of the landscape. Fall sites, fall color, fall smells and fall food – it’s all a part of the Harvester. Which is exactly why this ride will be hosted at Fobare’s Fruits, a family owned orchard in Rensselaer Falls.

The event, which is being run in conjunction with the annual Fight Hunger 5K, will benefit GardenShare, a locally led nonprofit seeking to end hunger and strengthen food security in northern New York. Road cycling tour with fully supported routes of 48, 72, 96.5 kms.

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6. KNBC Photo Contest

Please keep the photos coming for our third round of the photo contest.

We are a good looking group of cyclists that travel in many beautiful communities on our club rides. I am sure you have many cool photos you have on our phones that have been taken during club rides. There is nothing more beautiful than the sight of smiling cyclist commuting on two wheels; share them and let us see! You could win a prize and have your photo placed on the front of our new jazzy website.

Themes for third round of our club photo contest. Deadline for submission is August 25.

Portraits of you and your bicycle overcoming obstacles and shots of groups wearing the KNBC cycling jersey.

Maximum size either by dimensions (8 X 10 inches) or file size (max. 6 mb)

Format: jpeg

Colour or Black & White

In your submission: include your last name in title of photo file and indicate where you took the photo.

Photos must have been taken in 2019.

Please remember that KNBC strives to achieve high standards of safety and courtesy among its members; please take this into consideration when taking your photos.

Please Email photos to:


Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC