February 2023 Newsbrief


The Cross Canada Cycle Tour Society       February 2023 ,  Volume 40 Issue #2

A Message from the Director of Hub and Spokes Linda Graupner

As your new Hub and Spoke director, I am happy to report that our first 2023 hub and spokes now “rolling” in…

We have two rides already posted to the CCCTS website:

Victoria BC – May 1 to 5 – explore beautiful Victoria in the spring, with up to 50 riders and supported by a group of Victoria chapter volunteers

St. Augustine, Florida – November 7 to 15 – check out this historical city and enjoy ocean breezes and palm trees

The following rides are still in the planning stage – watch your CCCTS e-mails and the website for future postings:

Fraser River Canyons and Grasslands, BC  – May or June – a gravel ride with tent camping and group meal preparation in the Fraser River valley, similar to the 2022 Fraser River trip but with a new and exciting route

Napanee, Ontario – 3rd week of September

I welcome your ideas for additional hub and spokes for 2023 and beyond, and am happy to work with you to turn your ideas into reality.  I am looking forward to working with Robin, who has been a great mentor to me in organizing and supporting the development of hub and spokes and tours over the past year.  I had the pleasure of riding with Robin and Dan in November on the Florida hub and spoke and I recognize how fortunate we are to have someone with her skills and knowledge developing exciting tours for all of us! 


Robin Howe and Linda Graupner.


Linda Graupner, CCCTS Hub and Spoke Director



Trip Reports


Upcoming Tours

Wow!  Have our Event Directors been busy or what!!   Many thanks to all the people that are making these great Tours and H&S’s possible.

  • 2023 Georgian Bay Pannier Tour
    Status: Lottery running now
    Dates: Sun, 28 May 2023 ‐‐ Sun, 4 Jun 2023

    Self-supported tour that will take us through that section of Ontario south of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. We will explore several interesting regions; the western shore of Lake Simcoe and the city of Orillia, the historic Huronia region around Midland and Penetanguishene, the Georgian Bay/Wasaga Beach coastline, the Blue Mountain escarpment near Collingwood, and the Big Bay coastline near Owen Sound.

  • Central Europe 2023
    Status: Ride is full, wait list only.
    Dates: Mon, 21 Aug 2023 ‐‐ Mon, 4 Sep 2023

    Cycle through the heart of Europe through parts of the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. Our route meanders by castles, through rustic villages, and along waterways as we enjoy the former territories of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

  • 2023 Japan Tour – Kyoto and Noto Peninsula
    Status: Registration opens Mon, 6 Feb 2023 5:00 PM
    Dates: Sun, 8 Oct 2023 ‐‐ Mon, 23 Oct 2023

    This tour is about enjoying cycling, Japanese culture and heritage, stunning fall color, and Japanese cuisine! You surely will not want to miss it.

  • POSTPONED TO 2024 – Going to the Sun Tour – Glacier and Waterton Parks
    Status: 11 slots are available.
    Dates: Wed, 6 Sep 2023 ‐‐ Sat, 16 Sep 2023

    Cycle through some of the most fabulous mountain scenery on the planet. Tour visits both Glacier and Waterton National Parks. Self-supported tour.

  • 2023 Portugal – Algarve and Alentejo
    Status: Ride is full, wait list only.
    Dates: Mon, 17 Apr 2023 ‐‐ Wed, 3 May 2023

    With its mild climate, 3000 hours of sunshine per year and 850 kms of splendid beaches bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal is the perfect holiday destination all year round.

  • 2023 Arizona Tour
    Status: Ride is full, wait list only.
    Dates: Wed, 22 Mar 2023 ‐‐ Fri, 31 Mar 2023

    Enjoy Spring Break in the high range country of eastern Arizona.  Sunshine is guaranteed. Cycle through Tucson, Tombstone, Bisbee, and more. You cannot miss with this tour!

  • 2023 Croatia Tour – Adriatic As It Used To Be
    Status: Ride is full, wait list only.
    Dates: Mon, 18 Sep 2023 ‐‐ Wed, 4 Oct 2023

    Come and cycle one of the most dramatic coastlines of the Mediterranean region. Enjoy the mountain vistas, coastal views, and medieval towns. This trip promises to be one you won’t want to miss.

  • 2023 Mallorca Tour
    Status: 3 slots are available.
    Dates: Fri, 24 Mar 2023 ‐‐ Tue, 4 Apr 2023

    Join us for a tour of one of the world’s best spring cycling destinations! Mallorca is well-known in the cycling world for iconic climbs to spectacular views, including the famous Sa Colabra and Cap Formentor rides. In addition to its stunning coastal roads, it boasts an endless network of peaceful and smooth secondary country roads. Best of all, you are never more than 10 km from the next charming little village with cafes, bars and bike-friendly restaurants. This fully-supported luxury tour will allow us to experience the hilly west coast of the island…with an included e-bike option for those who want a little boost up the hills.

  • 2023 Okanagan Tour
    Status: Ride is full, wait list only.
    Dates: Sat, 3 Jun 2023 ‐‐ Mon, 12 Jun 2023

    Experience the Okanagan with 3 days in each of Vernon, Penticton and Oliver.  Quiet roads, scenic vistas, small town charm and Okanagan sunshine (hopefully!) 

  • 2023 – Thailand Tour – Bangkok to Phuket
    Status: Completed

    Escape winter to cycle for two weeks in the sunshine along the southern peninsula of Thailand from Bangkok to Phuket. Enjoy fabulous Thai cuisine all along the way.

Upcoming Hub and Spokes

  • Victoria Hub and Spoke 2023 VOLUNTEERS
    Status: No registration limit
    Dates: Mon, 1 May 2023 ‐‐ Fri, 5 May 2023

    Come and enjoy Canada’s most beautiful city during spring blossom time. Victoria has something for everyone: a network of walking and cycling trails, many on former railroad routes; history galore; gorgeous seascapes everywhere, magnificent gardens, and quaint old English charm (think double-decker buses and tea at The Empress Hotel).


  • St. Augustine, Florida 2023 Hub and Spoke
    Status: 3 slots are available.
    Dates: Tue, 7 Nov 2023 ‐‐ Wed, 15 Nov 2023

    St. Augustine ranks as the oldest city in the US, and has plenty to offer the history buff and recreational cyclist, including Spanish architecture, sandy beaches and seafood feasts. Our 8-day hub and spoke will enable us to explore iconic landmarks such as Flagler College and the St. Augustine Lighthouse, and to take in sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean from our bicycle saddles.

  • Victoria Hub and Spoke 2023
    Status: Registration opens Mon, 6 Mar 2023 5:00 PM
    Dates: Mon, 1 May 2023 ‐‐ Fri, 5 May 2023

    Come and enjoy Canada’s most beautiful city during spring blossom time. Victoria has something for everyone: a network of walking and cycling trails, many on former railroad routes; history galore; gorgeous seascapes everywhere, magnificent gardens, and quaint old English charm (think double-decker buses and tea at The Empress Hotel).


We’ve never had a tour in Poland so I wondered  “why not?”

Hungary is on the Upcoming Central Europe Tour.


New Members.

Wow!  That’s a lot of new members.  Welcome all to the Cross Canada Bicycle Touring Society.

John Edworthy Surrey B.C. Fraser Valley
Tommy Lee Delta  B.C. Fraser Valley
Don Sutherland Bear River Ont. No Chapter Selected
Anita Petkovic Victoria B.C. Greater Victoria
Jean Dunning Lanark Ont. NCR
Jim Reign Lanark Ont. NCR
John Luster Surrey B.C. Fraser Valley
Pauline Doucet Manotick Ont. NCR
Tom Sooke Langley B.C. Fraser Valley
Kathy Leko Port Moody B.C. Metro Vancuver
Johanna Tul Vernon B.C. B.C. Interior
Benno Bucher Delta B.C. Fraser Valley
Johanna de Leeuw North Saanich B.C. Greater Victoria
Lenore Davis Victoria B.C. Greater Victoria
Cammy Pieper Armstrong B.C. B.C. Interior
Laura de la Salle Victoria Greater Victoria


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