December 2023 Newsbrief

The Cross Canada Cycle Tour Society       December 2023,  Volume 40, Issue #11

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From the Hub and Spoke Director’s Desk – December 2023

We’ve had a good year in the Hub and Spoke department, with events completed in Victoria, BC Interior, Napanee and Saint Augustine Florida. Hub and Spokes remain popular as we can accommodate larger groups of people and offer a flexible experience where people have choices about what they want to do each day e.g. short ride, long ride…or maybe even no ride (a day on the beach anyone?).

Our final event of the year took place in November in sunny Florida in the historical city of Saint Augustine, a beautiful city first established in the 1500’s by Spanish settlers. The event was coordinated by Linda Graupner with co-leads Chris Hayes and Marg Hurley. We enjoyed 8 days of warm and mostly sunny weather with a variety of rides – some long and fast, and some more leisurely with stops at all the famous sites of Saint Augustine. Seafood lunches, alligator viewings, a mini-golf tournament and riding on the hard-packed sand were just some of the many highlights.

Quiet bike paths shaded by palms and Spanish moss (which is actually NOT Spanish and NOT moss)

Enjoying a nature walk

A few brave cyclists tested out their tires on the hard-packed sand

Our 2024 calendar is starting to develop and we welcome additional Hub and Spoke opportunities. Let me know if you have an idea!

Lastly, our Board has reviewed the feedback you provided in our Fee survey earlier this year. As a result, we have approved a few changes in our registration fees and leader compensation. These will be shared with our members at the AGM on Dec. 11. Make sure to put this date on your calendar!

Linda Graupner

Director, Hub and Spokes


  • 2024 Trail of the Coeur D’Alene’s including Route of the Hiawatha
    Status: Registration opens Tue, 2 Jan 2024 5:00 PM
    Dates: Tue, 3 Sep 2024 ‐‐ Thu, 12 Sep 2024

    This tour involves three cycling segments. It begins in Harrison Idaho with two days of cycling, then moves on to Wallace, Idaho for two more day rides, including the Hiawatha trail, and ends in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho with a two-night pannier ride on the Centennial trail to Spokane, Washington. The scenery will be lovely all along the way.

  • 2024 Portugal – Alentejo and the Algarve
    Status: Ride is full, wait list only.
    Dates: Wed, 17 Apr 2024 ‐‐ Thu, 2 May 2024
  • Dolomites cross-country ski tour 2024
    Status: Registration closed
    Dates: Wed, 24 Jan 2024 ‐‐ Thu, 1 Feb 2024

    Swap out your cycling gear for cross-country skis and join us for our first CCCTS cross-country ski trip – in the Dolomites region of Italy! We will ski through the gorgeous valleys of the Dolomites, on well-groomed trails, with the mountains as our backdrop, staying 2 nights in each pretty Tyrolean ski village. Come for the beauty of the area and the Tyrolean culture…and a chance to ski with your cycling friends.

  • 2024 Cycling South Korea – Seoul to Jeju
    Status: 8 slots are available.
    Dates: Mon, 22 Apr 2024 ‐‐ Mon, 6 May 2024

    This 15 day cycling tour is the ultimate exploration of South Korea – discovering both the old and the new – as we traverse 615 km of varied terrain from the vibrant capital, Seoul, to peaceful Jeju Island.

  • 2024 Sri Lanka Tour – Negombo to Columbo
    Status: Registration opens Mon, 11 Dec 2023 5:00 PM
    Dates: Tue, 15 Oct 2024 ‐‐ Wed, 6 Nov 2024

    This adventure is the final word in Sri Lanka cycling tours! Over the course of 23 exhilarating days we explore the island’s pristine beaches, ancient rock fortresses, temple-studded cities, lush national parks, and tea field-covered mountains. We leave no stone unturned as we delve deep into Sri Lanka’s rich heritage and natural beauty. We will also spend 1-2 days dedicated to a service project for a local Sri Lankan community.

  • 2024 Ireland Mizen to Malin
    Status: Registration closed
    Dates: Fri, 6 Sep 2024 ‐‐ Fri, 20 Sep 2024

    The west coast of Ireland is rich in awe-inspiring landscapes, fascinating characters, and foot-tapping music. Cycling Ireland End to End from the most southerly point to the most northerly will leave you with rich memories, new friends, and a thirst for more!

No Upcoming Hub and Spokes for 2024 Yet

Anybody got any ideas?

Trip Reports


Still 8 spaces left on next years South Korea Tour.

It looks like pretty amazing cycling.


New members.

24 of em!!  Word must be getting out about our amazing club.






Brenda Lightfoot Surrey Fraser Valley
kappa peddy Lynchburg United States
Sanborn Hodgkins Camaiore  
Pam Morton Bremerton  
Edward Wayland Lynchburg  
cathy ohalloran toronto  
Sean DeWolfe Central Saanich Greater Victoria
Jane Saxton Nanaimo Comox Valley
Chris Hartman Surrey Fraser Valley
Susan Sommer Surrey Fraser Valley
Sandra de Best Surrey Fraser Valley
Bonnie Blundon South River  
jean louis dorego gatineau The National Capital Region
Blanche Drapeau gatineau The National Capital Region
Jacquie Glanz Lynchburg  
Dave Charles Sidney Greater Victoria
Ann Marie Liggat White Rock Fraser Valley
David Liggat White Rock Fraser Valley
Ray Laflamme Maple Ridge  
John Hudgin Comox Comox Valley

Malik Salamatian Vancouver  
Karim Salamatian Vancouver  
Anne-Marie Adachi Edmonton, AB  
Irene Warner Ottawa The National Capital Region

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