Ped­alling phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity

Bike to Bite event set for Vic­to­ria County Saturday

Cape Breton Post - - News | Northside/Cape Breton - BY JEREMY FRASER

An event to pro­mote phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity to co­in­cide with the Vic­to­ria County Fall Har­vest Ac­tive­fest will take place this week­end.

Bik­ers from across the mu­nic­i­pal­ity will gather in the Bad­deck area on Saturday to par­tic­i­pate in the first-ever Bike to Bite event.

The event will feature a 10-kilo­me­tre bike ride through the coun­try­side, with stops sched­uled along the way, which will in­clude a guided hike with his­tor­i­cal in­for­ma­tion about the pi­o­neer ceme­tery.

“It’s go­ing to be a beau­ti­ful day and a great day to be out­doors and en­joy­ing nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment on the cy­cle,” said Vince For­re­stall, phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity strat­egy co-or­di­na­tor for Vic­to­ria County.

Bike to Bite is a part­ner­ship between the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Vic­to­ria County and Pedallers by the Bay, a new lo­cal busi­ness in Bad­deck.

The event will be­gin on Big Bad­deck Road near the Bad­deck Forks Golf Course, trav­el­ling north stop­ping for a short guided walk to the Weaver Pi­o­neer Ceme­tery, con­tin­u­ing north to west­side Big Bad­deck Road, trav­el­ling west to­ward the golf course.

“We picked out a loop that’s less trav­elled (by ve­hi­cles), but it’s more easy to pedal for begin­ners,” said Iris Kedmi, owner of Pedallers by the Bay. “It’s not only a bike event, it has other com­po­nents that are in­ter­est­ing in the her­itage of the area as well.”

Bike to Bite was orig­i­nally sched­uled to take place in early June as part of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s bike week. How­ever due to weather con­di­tions, it was post­poned un­til October as part of the sixth an­nual Vic­to­ria County Fall Har­vest Ac­tive­fest, run­ning Oct. 6-31.

“We hope to in­clude this ac­tiv­ity as part of the fes­ti­val an­nu­ally and we would like to build on it for years to come,” said For­re­stall. “It’s not a race, it’s a so­cial event and it’s part of cul­ture and her­itage.”

For­re­stall said he has re­ceived many in­quires about the event.

“It’s been on the Bi­cy­cle Nova Sco­tia news­let­ter that they put out monthly and they just re­cently put out their October one,” he said. “We’d like to have as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble at­tend this event.”

The cost of the event is $15 per per­son, which in­cludes a bike, if needed (and still avail­able), a hel­met, wa­ter bot­tle and a lunch at the Bad­deck Forks Golf Course.

Reg­is­tra­tion will take place at 8:30 a.m. with the ride be­gin­ning at 9 a.m. Saturday.

To pre-reg­is­ter or for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Nat­u­rally Ac­tive for Life Vic­to­ria County by email at nat­u­rally­ac­tive­for­life@coun­tyvic­to­ria.ns.ca.

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