Bike Shorts, Oct. 7, 2019

14 Oct 2019 3:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

1. The Rides (Oct. 8 - 14)

2. Notice of a small change to the KNBC By-laws

3. Safety tip from Monna

4. Diversions


Tour Director news

1. The Rides (Oct. 8 - 14)

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.

Oct 9 L2 – Perkins - 53 km

Oct 9 L3 – Wakefield - 100 km

Oct 10 L2 - Carleton Place - 76 km

Oct 12 L3 - Wheelers - 72 km

Oct 12 L2 - Wheelers - 72 km

Oct 13 L2 - Buckingham - 63 km

Oct 14 L1 - Rapids-Falls-Beaches - 46 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 before the AGM in November. Presently, we have zero volunteers to take on this position. It might be possible to split this position into two sections: An early summer and a late summer tour director.

2. Notice of a small change to the KNBC By-laws

It will be proposed at the club’s Annual General Meeting that the first two sentences of Section 3 of the By-laws of the Kanata-Nepean Bicycle Club, 2018, be amended to align with the revised mission statement.

3. Safety tip from Monna - Pedal Position

Have you ever thought about your pedal position when crossing railway tracks, jumping curbs, or executing fast turns? When your pedal is down - there is not a lot of clearance to the asphalt. It is therefore imperative to keep the inside foot and pedal up when leaning into a turn, or in a neutral position when crossing railway tracks. If your foot and pedal are down, and touch the asphalt, or protruding tracks - you will immediately go down. Given the speeds we often descend from Champlain Look-out, this could be very nasty. It is a tough way to learn a hard lesson. Always maintain a neutral position (both feet at same level), when crossing railway tracks, jumping curbs, etc. to be safe.

4. Diversions

Ride with a professional cyclist

When: October 30 at 3 pm

Where: Mill Road Community Space, 8 Rue Mill, Chelsea, QC

Ride for 20 km with Michael Woods, Canada's premier road cyclist and a new Chelsea resident. Join Mike in riding through Chelsea followed by refreshments, snacks and a talk and Q&A about his experiences as a Canadian cycling phenomenon and athlete at the Mill Road Community Space.

Mike is standing up as a trail Champion and sponsor for the Chelsea Community Trail along the Gatineau River. All funds raised will go to the development of the trail. A tax receipt will be issued by Voie Verte Chelsea ( for each ticket sold. You can get tickets at:

Born and bred in Canada, Michael “Rusty” Woods is a professional cyclist for the American World Tour team EF Education First. The 2018 World Championship bronze medalist, and 2016 Olympian began as a professional runner, and is the only person to have broken the 4 minute barrier for the mile and completed the Tour de France.

Store opening: Décathlon, a French sporting goods store

1055 St Laurent Blvd., Ottawa

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Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC