by Alyce MacLean, Velo Cape Breton
On Sunday, June 17, Cape Bretoners will have the chance to get out and experience the beautiful Atlantic coast line of the Island in a unique way: on two wheels.
The first annual Lobster Roll is a cycling relay organized by Velo Cape Breton. The course is four legs of 25km each, for a total of 100 km, and it offers all levels of participants the opportunity to cycle a loop that begins at the Mira Road Fire Hall, and follows through New Waterford and Glace Bay. Cyclists can choose to register as a team, completing the course as a relay, or can register as an individual riding one, two, three or all four legs. Either way, there will be a lobster roll waiting for you at the end of the day at the Mira Road Fire Hall.
This is the first event of its kind in the CBRM, and co-organizer and Velo Cape Breton co-founder Jacques Cote speaks of its far reaching benefits.
“This event supports Cape Breton Fisherman by doing our part to help them make a decent living, it promotes safe cycling and physical activity, and it also serves as a fundraiser to purchase a small fleet of bicycles for the kids at the Whitney Pier Youth Club.”
Cote also expresses the need to raise the profile of cycling as a means of commuting and completing daily errands, while also saving big money on transportation.
The event begins at 9am, rain or shine. Registration for the first annual Lobster
Roll relay can be completed online at velocapebreton.ca at a cost of $15 for Velo members, and $20 for non-members.