Bike Shorts, April 9, 2018

This week in Bike Shorts:

1. The Rides (10-16 April 2018)

2. KNBC Custom Clothing Orders Being Taken NOW

3. April 17, 7-9 pm KNBC Social event with OK Cycle & Adventure Tours

4. RideWithGPS Club Account

5. April 14, 12:30 – 4 pm Spring.Bike.Ottawa - Jean Pigott Place, Ottawa City Hall

6. Multi-day tours

                July 9-11 - Possible 3 day/2 night trip at Mont –Tremblant

                August 12-17 Niagara Region cycling trip.  Room for 1 female and 1 male

                August 24 - Sept 8 Italy cycling trip– Dolomites

7. Welcome to new members

8. Diversions

9. Brooklyn Roads NYC in Spring & the Five Boro Bike Tour

IMPORTANT: The KNBC Membership Application and Waiver forms for 2018 are now available on the club’s website.

1. The Rides (10-16 April 2018)

Notes:  Changes in the tour schedule may occur at short notice, particularly during periods of fickle weather (such as April).  Please check the Club Calendar on the website, prior to heading to a start location.  The KNBC Calendar, containing the most up to date info on your rides, is located at .  Once there, simply click on “Tours and Events" then "Upcoming Events”, from the menu on the left hand side of the page.

Should you have any questions or require more information, contact the KNBC Tour Director at:

Tour leaders are reminded to contact the Tour Director ASAP, if any changes are required to their ride. The tour director can be reached at

Saturday, 14 April

L1 - 2 Rivers and a Canal - 43.5km

10:00 am Start at Centrepointe.  Cycle along Pinecrest Creek bike path then along the Ottawa River to Champlain Bridge. Cross the bridge over the river and continue past the Canadian Museum of History to the Alexandra Bridge. Cross the bridge back over the river to Sussex Dr. Follow the Rideau River to Vincent Massey Park. Cycle back to Centrepointe along the Rideau Canal, over Hartwell's Lockstation and along the Central Experimental Farm pathway.


Tour Leader: Susan Monaghan,

Please contact Tour Leader if you plan to go on this ride

L2 - Pakenham - 56km

10:00 am start at West Carleton W Erskine Johnston Arena, 3882 Carp Rd, Carp, ON.

Cycle North along Donald B Munro Dr, and Kinburn Side Rd to Pakenham. Return to Carp along Blakeney Rd, Panmure Rd, Donald B Munro Dr. Lunch options in Pakenham include: Picnic lunch at Five Span Bridge Park by the river, or a pub lunch at Bridges Bar and Grill. Drinks and fresh-baked goods are available a short distance from the park at the Pakenham General Store.


Tour Leader: Paul Hughes  613-829-1538,

*Remote start: Please contact leader if you plan to go on this ride

L4 - Ashton - 52.5km

10:00 am Start at Kanata Town Centre. Cycle west along Fernbank Rd to Ashton.  Stop for lunch at Ashton Brew Pub.  Return to KTC along Flewellyn Rd.


Tour Leader: Tim Sparling,

Please contact Tour Leader if you plan to go on this ride

2. KNBC Custom Clothing Orders Being Taken NOW

If you'd like to wear KNBC club colours when you ride, NOW is the time to order! If you are not sure what size you would require, there is a "Fit Kit" (set of samples for sizing) available now until April 15th.

The last day orders will be accepted is April 20th, so the order can be placed for delivery at the end of May - start of June.

Please contact Linda Kennedy (e-mail or telephone 9am - 5pm weekdays 613-739-9424 extension 233) to arrange for a fitting or to place an order. Descriptions of the club jerseys, shorts, gloves, caps, jackets and vests can be found on the club website - Go to "Member Services" and click on "Clothing".

3. April 17 (Tuesday), 7-9 pm KNBC Social event OK Cycle & Adventure Tours

The Club is having a social event at which someone from OK Cycling & Adventure Tours will make a 45 minute presentation about their various cycling and hiking tours.  http://

This is a good location and time to socialize with other members.  

Location: 3 Brewers in Kanata, 2nd level.

When: 7 pm, but feel free to come earlier for dinner.

Please RSVP by April 15 to:  so we can have a sense of numbers

4. RideWithGPS Club Account

The KNBC RideWithGPS Club Account is ready for Club members to use.  To gain access to the club account simply use the following link.

As a reminder, if you want to take advantage of the Club Account, you will first need to have a free basic personal account.  If you do not have one, clicking on the above link will take you through that process. An information video and basic tutorial showing how to use the features can be found by clicking on the following link.

The video is very clear and thorough. If after watching the video you have questions on gaining access to the account, please contact KNBC Tour Director at:

5. April 14, 2018  12:30 – 4 pm Spring.Bike.Ottawa - Jean Pigott Place, Ottawa City Hall

6. Multi-day tours in 2018

July 9-11 - Possible 3 day/2 night trip at Mont –Tremblant

This will be a hub and spoke from the village of Saint-Jovite. Planning is underway, if interested please contact Steve Caron: T. 613 286 3598

August 12-17 Niagara Region tour

The tour is full. Room for 1 male and 1 female cyclist. If interested contact Geoffrey Gurd

Aug. 24 – Sept. 8 - Italy cycling trip– Dolomites 

The new dates are Friday, August 24th to Saturday, September 8th, 2018. There is an option to stay an extra day and return on Monday, September 9th PLUS there is now the opportunity to arrive one day earlier on Thursday, August 23rd. Airfares for August-September are similar to June. The connections are still Montreal-Venice non-stop on AirTransat with overnight flights east-bound and mid-day flights west-bound.

New hotel reservations for this trip have been made in all the same towns/areas and many of the same hotels as for June. As before, there is space for 14 people, including the SAG driver, spread over two double rooms (for couples) and five twin rooms (for singles in shared accommodation). The new cost estimates for accommodations are slightly higher than for June, about €660 to €725 per person. As before, all rooms have been reserved with the option for free cancellation up until shortly before the trip dates. Also, we will explore options for bringing these costs down a bit but for now we have a workable plan.

For the June version of this trip, there were about five serious commitments plus a bunch of tire-kickers and one-off reasons for people who couldn’t go in June but might at another time. We are optimistic that by making this change, we will get at least eight which will be enough for this trip to proceed. We made our first trip to France in 2011 with eight, and that worked out well enough.

All other plan details remain the same (itinerary, routes). Please contact Don Gregoire at and Tom Seniuk at if you are seriously interested in coming on this trip.

7. Welcome to latest new members

David Sparling

8. Diversions

Cycling across Europe

Wednesday, May 23 7 pm On Demand cycling movie – All for you

- Cineplex Odeon South Keys Cinemas Ottawa

A Cyclist’s Guide to Ottawa’s Culinary Scene

9.  Brooklyn Roads NYC in Spring & the Five Boro Bike Tour

Susan Monaghan is on her way to New York at the start of May for “Brooklyn Roads NYC in Spring & the Five Boro Bike Tour”. She reports that 2 spaces have just opened up.  The itinerary sounds fun and the price is reasonable. If anyone is interested you can check out the tour at: or give Sue a call at: 613-271-1777.


Geoffrey Gurd

President, KNBC