President's Welcome


Welcome to the CPEI Web Site - Message from the President
     December 1, 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 mountain bike riding at Brookvale Provincial Park.

December 1, 2014 -    Cycling PEI had its Annual General Meeting recently, and celebrated with a wonderful awards night, recognizing many athletes in various stages of growth as cyclists.  At the AGM, we welcomed Chris Wilkinson as the new president, Shannon Burt as VP, and
Bonnie Hayden as secretary.  Nora Scales remains our treasurer and I slide into the past-president position.  This is a good team, and I hope you will assist them to make cycling on PEI even better in the future.  As soon as Chris can get to it, he will replace my photo and text with his own.

 In case you have not heard, Cyclo Cross riding and racing is big and still growing.  And, 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 president Chris Wilkinson.  After, if you visit You Tube and dial in cyclocross events you'll see how big Cyclo Cross has become, particularly in Europe, but also in Atlantic Canada.  Cyclo cross bikes are increasingly being selected for light touring and for Confederation Trail rides, since they are able to handle gravel.   All three of the Charlottetown regional bike shops have them in stock just now.  If you are thinking about investing in a commuter bike, a general purpose bike or a non-competition road bike, talk to someone about cyclocross bikes.   They are better, in my opinion, than the hybrids and so-called comfort bikes.

 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, has come to the end of its riding season.  This does not in any way imply that work is not going on.  We are planning a full season of mountain, CX, road and recreational riding for 2015, and compete with many other groups to establish choice dates on the calendar for our events.  Planning for the 2015 Gran Fondo is seriously underway, with meetings being held twice per month.  CPEI's board of directors will meet monthly throughout the winter. 

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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