Bike Shorts, Sept. 16, 2019

23 Sep 2019 9:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

14 days to the Fall Equinox. Are you ready?

1. The Rides (Sept 17-23)

2. Upcoming vacancies on club executive

3. Safety tip from Monna

4. Diversions

5. KNBC Photo contest


Tour Director news

1. The Rides (Sept 17 - 23)

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.

Sep 18 L4 - Wakefield - 117 km

Sep 18 L3 - Morris Island Conservation Area - 91.5 km

Sep 18 L1 - L5 Final Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride of the season

Sep 21 L3 - Fitzroy Harbour - 103.5 km

Sep 21 L4 - Kemptville - 103 km

Sep 21 L2 - Perkins - 68.5 km

Sep 21 L1 - Quitters - 50 km

Sep 22 L2 - Wakefield-Mont Cascade - 65 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. Wanted - Members of the KNBC Executive Committee

We are starting early to fill three 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, and Secretary. 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. 

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




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

3. Safety tip from Monna - Destination positioning at intersections

Where you position yourself on the road and at intersections tells other road users (especially those behind you), what your intentions are.

Just as you would in a vehicle - position yourself so as to actually be lined up to where you want to be on the other side of the intersection:

  • if you pull into the curb position, it actually indicates to drivers that you intend to turn right;
  • if there are vehicles parked before and after the intersection - stay 1 metre away from the car before the intersection, and continue in a straight line through the intersection in order to maintain 1 metre distance from the car beyond the intersection;
  • travel in the right most lane position that will take you to your destination; and
  • never compromise your safety for the convenience of the vehicle.

4. Diversions

Article: A study tour of Ottawa’s cycling network

Article: Tips for Cycling at Night

Book: Epic Bike Rides of the Americas: Explore the Americas' Most Thrilling Cycling Routes on Road, Gravel and Trails (2019) Lonely Planet

“This definitive companion for cycling enthusiasts showcases 200 of North, Central and South America's best and most celebrated routes, from epic adventures off the beaten path to shorter urban rides. Go bikepacking in Baja, road riding in Colombia, mountain biking in Canada and gravel riding in Pennsylvania. Each ride is accompanied by stunning photos and a map and toolkit of practical details - where to start and finish, how to get there, where to stay and more - to help you plan the perfect trip. Suggestions for similar rides around the world are also included."

Available through Ottawa Public Library, Call number: 917 EPIC


Please continue to send in your photos taken during the 2019 cycling season. We could possibly use them on our new KNBC website.

We would enjoy seeing your pictures from any of the multi day KNBC cycling events, the KNBC picnic held at Britannia Beach recently, any of the bike rides (Hudson-Montreal) or events. We all love to see the smiles of our members.

Email them to:


Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC