Bike Shorts, June 11, 2018

This week in Bike Shorts:

1. The Rides (June 12-18)

2. Safety Tip from Monna - How to report aggressive drivers

3. Welcome to new member

4. Diversions

5. CAN-BIKE Level 4 Course

6. Multi-day tours - still room on 1 tour

7. RidewithGPS Club Account

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

Please Note: During the week of June 17, the club will move the Bike Shorts distribution list to the 2018 list of members.  If you have not renewed your membership by then, you will no longer receive Bike Shorts in your mailbox.

1. The Rides (June 12-18)

Full details on all rides can be found on the KNBC Club Calendar on the KNBC website. 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.

Changes in the tour schedule may occur at short notice, particularly during periods of fickle weather.  Please check the Club Calendar on the website prior to heading to a start location.

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.

Wednesday June 13

10:00 am - L2 – Manotick - 59.5 km

10:00 am - L3 - Champlain Lookout - 71km

10:00 am - L4 - Champlain Lookout - 71km

6:15 pm - L1-L5 Special social ride. Season kick-off and new member welcome (see below)

Saturday June 16

10:00 am – L2 – Crysler/St. Albert - 65km

10:00 am - L1 - 2 Rivers and 1 Canal - 67km / 43.5km

10:00 am - L3 – Pakenham – 88km

Sunday June 17

9:00 am - L3 – Champlain Lookout - 65km

9:30 am – L2 – Monuments Tour – Approx. 40km

WEDNESDAY June 13, 2018   Special KNBC Evening Ride - New Member Welcome  6:15 pm start, Royal Oak Pub 117 Centrepointe Drive and 8pm approx. Après Ride

Calling all members “new” and “not new” to join in on a KNBC special evening ride out of Centrepointe. Rides of approximately 90 minutes duration have been organized. The intention is to welcome new riders to the club. We have also made special arrangements with The Royal Oak to accommodate a large group of KNBCers after the ride, and they will be offering us free nachos as usual.  If you are not able to make it in time for the ride, you can still join us at the Pub around 8pm. If you have any questions - please contact Janet Clark OR Peter McDowall

2. Safety Tip from Monna - How to report aggressive drivers

When encountering an aggressive driver on the road: Take note of the vehicle make, model, colour, licence, driver, including date, time, location and details of the incident;

Call the Police or 911 esp. if you think the driver is going to hurt someone or is possibly impaired and say you wish to make a report of road rage; In either case, say you want a report taken and ask for the report number;

If police say they will not take a report; ask for their name and ID, and their supervisor’s name; Ask to speak to a supervisor, ask the supervisor to make a report; if they refuse, write a letter of complaint to the Chief of Police; If you haven’t heard back from the police in 2-3 weeks, call them and ask to speak to the investigator of your incident; and

If the aggressive driver is driving a commercial vehicle - 'google' the company name and report the incident to the company management.

3. Welcome/Bienvenue/Bienvenido to latest new member

Patrick  Wieczorek

4. Diversions (chronological order)

June 18: KNBC Dinner/movie night

New this season - a Kanata Dinner/Movie Social; the third Monday of each month. The plan is to meet at The 3 Brewers in Kanata (565 Kanata Ave, in front of the Landmark Theatre) at 5:30. They have a dinner and movie 'special' (albeit limited). 
The movie planned for 18 June is 'Adrift', showing at 7:10 (TBC when listings come out on Friday). So that reservations can be made at The 3 Brewers, Please confirm if you are interested in participating:

June 2018: Mississippi Mills Bicycle Month

July 21: Desjardins GranFondo Ottawa – Discounted rates expire June 30

Article: 10 weird and wonderful derailleurs – and how they changed cycling

Article: Cyclist quotes every rider should know

Article: How to tell if you need a new bike chain

Video: The final 3 climbs for stage 19 of the Tour de France (12 minutes)

5. CAN-BIKE Level 4 Course

CAN-BIKE Level 4 Course – ONLY spaces left for July and August 
This course is for new and experienced cyclists alike. You will become more confident and have increased awareness on the road! You will learn what being a vehicle under the Highway Traffic Act looks like. This course 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, but more importantly how to apply them defensively, to be safer in all situations. Ideally – you will become the example to emulate. 

• Mon 25 June, Wed 27 June & Thurs 28 June Full
• Mon 23 July, Wed 25 July & Thurs 26 July; and
• Mon 27 August, Wed 29 August & Thurs 30 August

Course Duration: Three evenings; 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. inclusive.
Course Location: Causeway Work Centre; 22 O’Meara Street Ottawa ON, K1Y 4N6
Cost: Only $55 and 100% is refundable on completion of leading at least one KNBC ride.
To Register: Potential participants are to e-mail Monna-Leigh McElveny to register (or ask questions) at

6. Multi-day tours in 2018

July 9-11 - 1, 2 or 3 Day Options at Mont Tremblant

Join us for any (or all) of the days we will be riding in this area. You don’t have to commit for all 3 days!

Rides are suitable for L2 to L5. [Most of the L2/L3 routes are 54-73 km and flat or gently rolling terrain NOT monster climbs]

For more details contact Steve Caron: T. 613 286 3598,

Aug. 24 - Sept. 8 - Italy cycling trip– Dolomites – CANCELLED, but more likely postponed

 It will happen one day—just not today.

7. 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:


Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC