Bike Shorts, Aug. 26, 2019

2 Sep 2019 2:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The annual KNBC picnic was very well attended this year (66 people registered). Excellent weather, lots of food (well maybe a bit short of butter tarts…). Big thanks to Janet and her volunteer crew of cooks and all around helpers. Some photos will likely appear on the club’s Facebook page in the next week or so.

1. The Rides (Aug 27 – Sept 2)

2. Safety tip from Monna

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

4. Upcoming vacancies on club executive

5. Diversions

6. KNBC Photo contest


Tour Director news

1. The Rides (Aug 27 – Sept 2)

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 28 L3 - Morris Island Conservation Area - 91.5 km

Aug 28 L4 - Morris Island Conservation Area - 91.5 km

Aug 28 L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride

Aug 31 L1 - Ottawa-Gatineau Loop - 41.5 km

Aug 31 L3 - Winchester - 82.5 km

Sep 01 L3 - Merrickville - 91 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.

New Tour Director needed for 2020 season

It has been a very rewarding 2 years as KNBC Tour Director. Unfortunately, my schedule at work next year, combined with some other personal commitments, will make it too difficult for me to continue as Tour Director for the 2020 cycling season. I am therefore stepping down as Tour Director at the end of this cycling season. This means KNBC will need a new Tour Director. If you think you would like to step up and take on this role, please let me know at

And if you know of anyone who may make a good Tour Director, please take a moment or two to encourage them along.

Ideally we would like to have the new Tour Director identified by September. Presently, we have zero volunteers to take on this position.

2. Safety tip from Monna – Shoulder Check and SIGNAL Your Intentions ALWAYS

Further to last week's tip: "SIGNAL Your Intentions at Intersections", I had wrongly assumed that a recent accident occurred at an intersection - it was actually in the middle of a straight road!

It is critical when riding in a group, to ALWAYS shoulder check (to ensure no one is directly behind you), and that it is safe to stop. Shoulder check, signal and shout out your intentions to slow or stop - then get safely off the road.

3. CAN-BIKE Level 4 Training - Not just for experts!

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.

You will learn how to cycle safer both individually and as part of a group.

Course Date: 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.

Questions?: contact Monna-Leigh McElveny at

4. Wanted - Members of the KNBC Executive Committee

We are starting early to fill four anticipated vacancies on our Executive for the next year and are looking for anyone who might be interested in joining the group, without which the Club cannot function. The vacancies are for Tour Director, Public Relations Director, Secretary, and Membership Director. The most critical position is Tour Director. See Peter’s comments above.

The four people leaving the executive have done a great job and have been great colleagues.

There are descriptions of the roles & responsibilities in the members’ only section of the website under executive contact info. The Membership Director position will probably change as the current website helps the club manage memberships very effectively.

If you think you might be interested, please contact the President, Geoffrey Gurd either at or at 613 721-7074 and/or contact the individuals currently in these positions.

Peter Macdowall

Virginia Markovich

Murray Gordon

Zita Gervais

Just as the club cannot operate without ride leaders, it is the same situation with having a full, supportive and committed executive.

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.

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6. KNBC Photo Contest

Please email your photos taken during the 2019 cycling season that could spruce up our new KNBC website.

We would enjoy seeing your pictures from the Prince Edward County cycling trips and the KNBC picnic held at Britannia Beach recently.

Email them to:


Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC