President's Welcome


Welcome to the CPEI Web Site - Message from the President
     November 3, 2014 — David Sims

Dear Cycling Enthusiast:

Welcome to the Cycling PEI web site.   The volunteers and staff who comprise CPEI  are skilled, enthusiastic and friendly.  If you are looking for PEI cycling information, you will either find it here, or we'll help you to get it.  Cycling PEI programs include beginner, intermediate and advanced road rides, mountain bike training, bicycle rodeos and safe riding courses, promotion of active transporation infrastructure, training of instructors, coaches and race officials, and high level competitive events.  For people who are not so interested in competitive riding, prefering recreational riding, please ask about our Monday night road rides, Confederation Trail ride options, and the Adult Casual Brigade for moutnain bike riding at Brookvale Provincial Park.

November 3, 2014 -   In case you have not heard, Cyclo Cross is big and still growing.  Also, it has come to PEI.  Take a look at the Fall Guy events at Brookvale.  This video compilation was filmed, edited and produced by CPEI board member Chris Wilkinson.  After, if you visit You Tube you'll see how big Cyclo Cross has become, particularly in Europe, but also in Atlantic Canada.  Cyclo cross bikes are increasingly being selected as Confederation Trail rides, as well, since they are able to handle gravel.  The Cyclocross season is not over; check our calendar for the final event of the year.  Our overall season is coming to an end.  There will probably be fat bikes and a few mountain bikes on the trails throughout the winter.  Hardy commuters have put studded tires on their bikes, and will persist.  Cycling PEI, however, is coming to the end of its fiscal year.  The board of directors will be renewed this month.  I am nearing the completion of four years as president.  While Cycling PEI continues to move forward in so many good ways, I am now concentrating on the little unfinished bits that have accumulated, so a new leadership team can take over smoothly.  Our second annual Volunteer Recognition Night took place last week.  It was good to see about 30 of our contributors enjoying an evening of BBQ and cameraderie, celebrating a successful year.  November 18 is the date for our annual general meeting and awards night.  Please plan to attend.  Your presence helps to recognize and reward the hard work of so many talented athletes.  While Cycling PEI is blessed with many volunteers, we can always accommodate more.  Volunteers create and manage events, serve on the board of directors, coach, officiate, fund raise, and maintain the fine trails at Brookvale and elsewhere on PEI.  Some volunteers show for one event each year, such as the Red Isle Relay in June or the Gran Fondo in August. Others donate several days each year to help with road, mountain or cyclo cross events.  All non-profit organizations benefit from the administrative and management skills that volunteers bring to the board of directors.  If you would like to give back to your community, please ask about opportunities within Cycling PEI.

If you are resident of Charlottetown or Summerside, please visit www.fixmystreet.ca when you encounter bad riding surfaces.  Does the bike lane need to be cleaned?  Pot hole problems?  These are fair game.

If you drive your child to school, you decrease your child's ability to learn for the rest of the school day. On the flip side, when children walk or bike to school, instead of being driven in a bus or car, they concentrate much better and the effects last. These are the conclusions of a study (http://www.foodoflife.dk/opus.aspx: - in Danish) of 19,527 school children ages 5 to 19 published by Niels Egelund, a professor at Aarhus University in Denmark.  The results were made public by the research center OPUS, at the University of Copenhagen. The study investigated the connections between diet, exercise and the ability to concentrate for school students of all ages. Among its many results, one really stood out: Children have less concentration if they do not exercise on the way to school.

This web site contains many viewing options.  On the home page there is the calendar of events.  You can purchase CPEI clothing, or contact me or the Executive Director, Mike Connolly, should you have questions. Mike's phone number is 368-4985. 

David Sims
sims@cpei.ca

 



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