October 2023 Newsbrief


The Cross Canada Cycle Tour Society       October 2023,  Volume 40, Issue #9

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

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

Our National Capital Region has just completed another successful hub and spoke under the capable leadership of Nel Ahmed and Geoff Kennedy. The group spent a week cycling on quiet rural roads in the Napanee area under blue skies with perfect fall cycling temperatures. Routes varied from 50-93 km and highlights included cycling past golden fields, a ferry ride to Amherst Island and many coffee shops, ice cream stops, picnic lunches and a group pizza dinner. Trip report and pictures will be posted soon.


Getting ready to ride on a glorious fall day in Napanee

Exploring Amherst Island – our leader Nel is in front


An Irish dry stone wall built by wallers from Ireland, Scotland, Canada and the US

Our 2023 season will come to a close shortly with one more hub and spoke in St. Augustine Florida – a wonderful way to extend the biking season as things get colder here in the north. This will be our second consecutive “Florida in November” hub and spoke…with many of the 2022 group returning…and hoping to avoid a recurrence of last year’s tropical storm which launched an otherwise sunny and pleasant trip in 2022.

Going forward, we have an ambitious plan to hold large chapter hub and spokes over the next few years, starting with Ottawa in 2024. The Ottawa H&S will take place around the time of the tulip festival in May 2024, and will be followed by a pannier trip following the Rideau Canal from Ottawa to Kingston. We hope that many of our BC and other Canadian and US friends will head east (or north!) to join us.

We’ve got a few other interesting H&S ideas in the hopper for 2024 and beyond, including another instalment of the popular BC Interior Gravel rides. There is room for more, so let me know if you have any ideas!

Linda Graupner

Director, Hub and Spokes


Trip Reports

  • 2023 Columbia River Loop Tour

    Blowin’ up to Bickleton by Chris Hodgson Bickleton is a village on the Columbia River Loop tour which meandered through Washington and Oregon, an eight-day jaunt led by Robin Howe and Dan Carey in early September. Here’s the bare facts: 19 experienced cyclists; six days of cycling over a distance of give-or-take 500 kms; all … Continue reading 2023 Columbia River Loop Tour

  • Georgian Bay Pannier Tour Trip Report

    Georgian Bay Pannier Tour Trip Report May 28th – June 4th, 2023 Prepared by Bonnie Evoy and Bill Bourne Over hill, over dale, As we hit the dusty trail And those bikers go rolling along In and out, hear them shout Truckers back and car about And those bikers go rolling along Thirty lucky cyclists … Continue reading Georgian Bay Pannier Tour Trip Report

  • Okanagan Tour 2023

    What’s not to love about the Okanagan? Our eight rides led us through tranquil and verdant rolling countryside from Vernon to Penticton to Oliver. Scenery included beautiful lakes, vineyards, and orchards, and vehicle traffic was minimal on many sections of the routes.

  • CCCTS 2023 Portugal Algarve and Alentejo Bike Tour

    CCCTS 2023 Portugal Algarve and Alentejo Bike Tour April 17- May 3 2024 Our group of 16 riders, plus our leaders met in Evora Portugal to begin a 16-day bike ride through Alentejo and the Algarve regions of Portugal. Some arrived early, some came from other bike tours or sightseeing adventures. After picking up our … Continue reading CCCTS 2023 Portugal Algarve and Alentejo Bike Tour

  • Mallorca 2023

    Weary from a long winter in Canada and the USA, fifteen riders took off for the warmer climes of Mallorca, Spain in March 2023.  They were rewarded with two weeks of perfect cycling conditions – cool mornings for the inevitable first climb of the day which seemed to always give way to warm sunny afternoons … Continue reading Mallorca 2023

Hub and Spokes

Upcoming Tours

  • 2023 Columbia River Loop
    Status: Completed

    Cycle in beautiful inland Washington and Oregon – through mountain, desert, and high-plateau farmland areas. Ride along the mighty Columbia River and through Washington wine country. Stay in the scenic towns of Hood River and The Dalles, Oregon. Weather is normally sunny and warm this time of year.

  • 2024 Ireland Mizen to Malin
    Status: Ride is full, wait list only.
    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!

  • Central Europe 2023
    Status: Completed

    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: Ride is full, wait list only.
    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.

  • 2023 Croatia Tour – Adriatic As It Used To Be
    Status: Registration closed
    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.

Upcoming Hub and Spokes

  • St. Augustine, Florida 2023 Hub and Spoke
    Status: 2 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.


Our Japan tour leaves in a week.  Boy are they going to have fun!!

Chapter News

Eighty year old Ottawa member, Richard Hatherill, is currently in the UK to cycle the epic End to End, aka LEJOG, aka Land’s End to John O’Groats.

The most direct route by bike is close to 1000 miles ( 1600 km).  Quite a challenge, to be sure, and not for the faint-of-heart!

You can follow is progress on his Facebook blog at  https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61550962254063

We wish him the very best for a safe and rewarding cycle through England and Scotland

Market place

Kona Marin Bobcat trail bike

Size small, purchased 2011 from Lynn Valley Bikes. Excellent bill of health and brakes were checked by Lynn Valley Bikes in July. Comfortable, durable saddle. Well maintained and has always been stored inside.

Aluminum frame. 26” wheels. Puncture resistant tires with Mr Tuffy liners.

Electrified Mar 2019 with Grin Technologies components including throttle. Original 36V 23Ah 828Wh battery, range on full charge is 100+km of moderate up and down. Tons of power to climb almost anything. The battery has been kept charged and it remains in great health. It can be removed to charge separately. Original charger included. 

Motor BAFANG, BF RM C310.250.DC 36V250W-6
20 amp Ginfineon Sinewave controller.
Analyst is a Grin Technologies V3.

Bike is about 31 lb without battery. Battery weight is 8.5 lb.

The bike is registered with Project529 and ownership will be transferred when sold.

Included: Bell, mirror, triangular pouch, 2 extra tubes, 3 battery keys, front and back USB lights. 




New Me2015 Brodie “Argus” Touring Bike
  Steel frame. Asking $400.

Seller: Annlee Grimson
algrimson@ gmail.com

Seeking A Strada Mount In Victoria


“Seeking a mounting bracket to attach Cateye Strada Wireless cyclocomputer CC-RD300W.

Please contact Jim Grayson at jasute@shaw.ca “


New Members

Nancy Dyer Greater Victoria Greater Victoria
Brian Money Victoria Greater Victoria
Carol Anklan ROCHESTER United States
Rod Edwards Saanichton Greater Victoria



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