President's Welcome

Welcome to the CPEI Web Site - Message from the President
     August 13, 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.

August 13, 2014 -   The riding season for 2014 is fully engaged.    We have excellent attendance at our mountain bike training at Brookvale on Tuesday nights, our new Confederation Trail recreational rides have a lot of riders, road and mountain bike rides are at all-time highs for attendance, and our competitive events are seeing more people than usual.   We have an exciting program for 2014.  The  Red Isle Relay  and Don Harris Memorial Century Ride were huge successes.   Gran Fondo, and Tour de Cabot are yet to come, and we hope you are training for them.  A revised citizen series of races for road and mountain bikers is underway.  For 2014 we will have new mountain biking options at Brookvale, and look forward to seeing the new trails at the Brackley side of the National Park.  These trails will be more in the line of beginning and intermediate than expert, and will be family-oriented, meaning designed for hybrid bikes, moms, dads and young children.  Our hope is to conclude the 2014 season with mountain biking options in all three of PEI's counties, and a diversity of trail options.  This year we have introduced time trial events at both Brookvale (mountain biking) and on a roving basis for road riding.  These are proving to be big draws.  A lot of people enjoy competing against themselves, avoiding the mass beginnings and worrying about people passing on narrow single track.  Time trials are a great way to assess your improvement over the season.  Its strictly an option, and its proving popular.

We are into the final stages of preparing for the Gran Fondo coming up the weekend of August 22-24.  If you are a road rider, this is as good as it will get.  Two choices on Saturday, 80 and 150 km in length. 60 km rides on Friday and Sunday.   Great food along the way, the best of scenery, controlled intersections, lots of backup support, a jersey and a banquet.  Visit for details and to register.  This year we have two sweet road bikes up for lottery.  Each person who enrols in our gran fondo gets a chance to win one of them.  If you would like to see the bikes in advance, visit Outer limit Sports on University Avenue.

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

Labor Day weekend will be the Tour de Cabot.  This is hard work.  And a lot of fun.  I rate the Cabot Trail as one of the top ten rides in the world for spectactular beauty.  Add in full catering and ride support, what more could you ask for?

We would like to expand our influence in the Active Transportation venue.  If you would like to assist, please contact me.  PEI is slowly developing bike paths and lanes, but for CPEI to be more effective, we need to strike committees in Charlottetown, Summerside, Conrwall, Stratford, possibly Kensington.  In addition, we need to continue to dialogue with the provincial Ministry of Transporation and Infrastructure Renewal, to develop province-wide bike route options.  New bike routes are developed one at a time, and need local input.  In Charlottetown, its time to build a series of bike paths on streets that connect where people live with schools, so kids can safely ride to and from school.  At the same time, the routes should be designed so that commuting options are covered for adults.  Cities all over the world, including in Canada, are showing remarkable determination to build safe cycling options.  We need to show our policiticians that we expect the same on PEI.  

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 ( - 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


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