July Cycling Events

Happy July!

There are a few upcoming cycling events and activities that you might be interested in. It is great that there are organizations and individuals who are providing opportunities for folks of all ages to get out on their bikes!

July 11, Bike Night in Minden

Spread the word to your friendly riders!! It’s Bike Night in Minden on Wed. July 11th. The program for the evening will be a parade of decorated bikes at 6 pm followed by an obstacle course on the main street. At 7:30 all that have registered for a Minden Rat Race through a course in the downtown will head off and there will be prizes for the winners.

If you can help with judging and timing or want more information, contact Linda Litwin lynda@lyndalitwin.ca

July 14, Bike at the Dahl Forest

9:30am-12pm Dahl Forest Nature Reserve, 1307 Geeza Road

The Haliburton Highlands Land Trust invites seniors (and others!) and their cycles to come discover Dahl Forest Trails and ask questions of the experts. AO Boatwerks will be on-hand with a basic bike maintenance clinic. There will then be the opportunity to participate in a group cycle with local guide Sean Pennylegion of the Cycling Coalition. An experienced guide and cyclist, Sean will be on-hand to provide cycling tips, proper cycling approaches for a variety of outdoor surfaces and pointers for beginners and intermediate cyclists. For more information contact admin@haliburtonlandtrust.ca

Tuesday Nights, 6:30 – 7:30 pm – Youth Development Mountain Bike Rides

Youth from grades 4 – 7 are invited to join Owen Flood from the Haliburton Highlands Mountain Bike Club for weekly mountain bike skill building and guided ride. Participants will need a working mountain bike and certified helmet. 20 Min on skills followed by 40 min trail ride. Contact Owen for details Owen_FLOOD3005@hotmail.ca

Also ongoing are weekly mountain bike rides, every Wed. night, 6 pm, meet at AO Boatwerks in Haliburton.

Other news from the world of cycling…

If you don’t have a new Share the Road car magnet, you can pick one up at Boatwerks Haliburton, Highlands Cyclery or the Health Unit. Limited supplies, so get one soon!

You may have heard that the Ontario Chief Coroner recently released a report on cycling deaths in Ontario. You can download the report, which makes several recommendations about how to improve cycling safety, at http://www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.ca/english/DeathInvestigations/office_coroner/PublicationsandReports/CyclingDeathReview/DI_Cycling_Death_Review.html

There’s been a fair bit of media coverage following the release of this report, and this is one of the more balanced pieces I’ve come across:

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/great+debate+over+bike+helmet+laws/6874947/story.html

And here, in case you need a bit of cycling inspiration, is a beautiful gallery of cycling photos from around the world http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2012/06/pedal_power.html

Go Ryder Go!

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/Victoria+Hesjedal+moves+eighth+overall+Tour+France/6877676/story.html

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