Bike Shorts, Oct. 5, 2020

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1. The Rides (Oct 6 - 12)

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. 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. 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

NOTE: If a ride is full, please join the waitlist. An overflow ride will be created if numbers warrant it.

Saturday, Oct. 10 - L2 – Alymer – 60 km

Sunday Oct. 11 - L3 – Carleton Place – 76 km

Monday, Oct. 12 - L2 – Old Gatineau – 57 km

2. Tour Director news

Steep Hills Anyone?

Recently, Geoff Kennedy of CCCTS was looking for an alternative to Chemin Fogarty in a ride to Buckingham. Fogarty is long overdue for new pavement. He came up with this dandy alternative:

On Saint Amour, Vigneault and Paiement, there are numerous steep spots so that, by the time you get to Buckingham, you have done about ten grades of 10% or more. How much steeper are they? The highest reading I got was 16%, but Marg Hurley reported 18%. I was experiencing technical difficulties. My new Garmin only shows the grade when it is in the mood, and that is not very often. Many of the steep grades it just didn’t report. I also have an older Garmin that reports the grade all of the time, but, as the grade gets steeper and steeper, I lean further and further forward which blocks the satellites and produces a grade reading of 0%.

The good news is that none of these grades are particularly long and the pavement is in good shape. The only place where the pavement is seriously in need of repair is near the end of the ride on Rue Notre Dame in Gatineau. Notre Dame is not hilly, so you just have to take your time. Another nice thing about this route is that it stays off highway 148 entirely.

3. Safety tip from Monna - Be Mindful of Fallen Leaves

As the barometer drops - and leaves fall - be mindful as you approach fallen leaves on roads, trails and pathways. They may be hiding black ice, puddles, mud, soft gravel or other hazards which could be very dangerous when suddenly met with skinny road bike tires. I encountered leaves hiding soft mud on the weekend - and my 23mm tires stopped, as if I had hit sand or soft gravel. Fortunately - I was unclipped, and going slow - so was able to put a foot down.

Look ahead, adjust your speed, SLOW DOWN, leave more space (if in a group), unclip, and be aware of potential seasonal hazards. Like on sand or gravel, do not make any sudden or sharp manoeuvres, like stopping or turning. Stay safe and ENJOY the beautiful Fall colours - they truly are magnificent with all the deep reds this year!

4. Safety and education blog

There have been a number of incidents this year of riders falling at low speed, especially as a result of having issues when unclipping. This week's Safety and Education Blog How not to Fall (at Low Speed) discusses a number of things you can do to prevent this all too common type of accident.

5. Diversions

How to cancel a registration

1 - Go to and log in. You'll know you're logged in if you see your name at the top left. Your name Change password Log out

2 - Under Rides & Events, click on the Ride Calendar that shows the event you want to cancel. e.g. RIDE CALENDAR - MONTHLY VIEW, UPCOMING RIDES & EVENTS, etc.

3 - Find your event and click on it. You'll be taken to the details page where you'll see some text in the left column that says, Already Registered. Click on that, it's a link to your registration.

4 - Your registration information will pop up and there will be a Big Green Button on the right hand side that says, Cancel registration. Click that, confirm, and you're done.

This procedure works on computers, tablets, and smartphones, though on the smaller devices, you may need to scroll up/down or left/right to find the “Big Green Button”. Using the IOS or Android app is even simpler. Simply bring up your “Ticket”, and you’ll see the Cancel button, though it won’t be green.

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Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC