Our CT Volunteers

The following are CT Volunteers who donate their time to make Cycle Transitions a reality.   Scroll down to see pictures of some of our volunteers and read how they got into cycling and how they support Cycle Transitions.

If you are a volunteer with CT and would like to be included in our Volunteer-Bio page please email your picture and information to info@cycletransitions.org

Volunteer: Bruce Bellaire

How did you get interested in cycling?
I cycled a lot as a pre-teen and teenager. I got interested as an adult first as part of fitness training for paddling and then the founding of the NHCC and the opportunity to ride with a group re-kindled my interest.
Your favourite ride:
My favourite ride is to Wicklow Beach if I want a flat ride and to Harwood and Gore’s Landing if I feel like hills.
Your role at CT as a volunteer:
I am co-manager of Cycle Transitions, as well as volunteering as a mechanic and CAN-BIKE instructor.

Volunteer: Sue Throop

How did you get interested in cycling?
My son, Brett, convinced me to start riding my bike to work 4 years ago, it was a 6 km ride that I never imagined I could do. The more I rode, the better I felt, the better I feel, the more I ride, so on & so on…
Your favourite ride:
My favourite ride so far is a ride I did 2 yrs ago to celebrate my 50th birthday, the idea came from my friend Jamie Barnes, I rode 96 k+(or 50 +miles)that day, it was a huge accomplishment for me. This year my goal is to ride around Lake Ontario, a distance of 940 km, didn’t think I should wait until I’m 94 to do this one.
Your role at CT as a volunteer:
I am an admin. volunteer, hoping to learn some of the mechanic side.

Volunteer: Roy Martin

How did you get into cycling?
When I was growing up if you didn’t cycle or walk you didn’t get very far.
Your favourite ride:
To date my favourite ride was Cobourg to Montreal.
Your role at CT as a volunteer:
I was one of 3 people who volunteered to get CT up and running. The others were Rick Nonnekes who was the driving force behind it and Paul Mills.

Volunteer: Gord Catton

How did you get into cycling?
While I am not a cyclist, I became interested through your add in the
Northumberland news some time ago as a way to learn more about bikes
in general and their maintenance.  I am a retired airline mechanic.
Your favourite ride:
I don’t have a favourite ride…yet.
Your role at CT as a volunteer:
I am assigned to a rotating schedule as a junior mechanic and have met
and worked with quite a few members and I am enjoying it very much.

Volunteer: Winston Emery

How did you get into cycling?
I’ve been cycling since my youth in Montreal. I rode everywhere in the city in the 1950’s – even had a telegram delivery job! I’m a great fan of the Reseau Vert which I used regularly, and would love to have a network like that around here.
Your favourite ride:
My favourite ride is St. Theodore de Chertsey (in the Laurentians 80 Km) to Montreal – six hours downhill – with five of my friends when I was thirteen.
Your role at CT as a volunteer:
My role is with Admin and in the shop upgrading my mechanic’s skills.

Volunteer: Dave Singfield

How did you get into cycling?
I have been interested in cycling all my life. I have been riding since the mid 1950’s. I rode my first race in 1958.
Your favourite ride:
I just like to ride. I usually ride east from Cobourg along the lakeshore, at Wicklow beach go north and east to the Big Apple and return along the Lakeshore. 50Km and a little climbing.
Your role at CT as a volunteer:
Mechanic

Volunteer: George Hussey

How did you get into cycling?
Bicycles have always been part of my daily life. I started out using my bicycle to train and condition for motocross and hockey. Injuries caught up with me and I turned my focus completely to cycling and began to race bicycles in both road and mountain bike disciplines. I’m 100% committed to cycling—less so with racing, but providing support to others interested in the pursuit of cycling. It’s a healthy lifestyle activity that we can participate in until we are very, very grey 🙂
Your favourite ride:
Although not a great climber, I do enjoy the opportunity that the hills of Northumberland County present. I have many favourite riding areas, but what I’ve enjoyed the most was riding up the famous mountain climbs in France and Italy.
Your role at CT as a volunteer:
I help out at Cycle Transtions as a mechanic. I am very happy to support CT because it is an economical way to get people cycling. The more people on bikes the better! One less car on the road helps the environment too! I am a member of the Northumberland Hills Cycling Club, a member of the Bicycle Action Committee, a Level 1 Cycling coach and owner of Port Hope Bicycle.

Volunteer: James Bransfield

How did you get into cycling?
I got interested in cycling when I caught a few hours of the 1985 Tour de France on TV. Been hooked ever since…and Greg Lemond is still my favorite cyclist.
Your favourite ride:
My favorite ride would have to be riding in the Northumberland Hills area. Just north of Cobourg. Close second is Shelter Valley area.
Your role at CT as a volunteer:
My role at CT is as a Mechanic.

Volunteer: Maria Garrett

How did you get interested in cycling?
I have been cycling for recreation and pleasure all of my life but it is only since moving to Cobourg several years ago that I considered riding with a club. It’s provided a wonderful opportunity to improve my riding skills and meet many like-minded friends.
Your favourite ride:
Every ride is a great ride.
Your role at CT as a volunteer:
At CT my roles are: administration, mechanic trainee, Can Bike instructor, and I help organize the Women’s Workshops.

Volunteer: Rick Nonnekes

Volunteer: Rick Nonnekes

How did you get interested in cycling?
I’ve always been interested in cycling. My bike was my “wheels” growing up; it meant freedom! I learned how to tear down my bike each year, paint it a new colour and get it in good working order. Now, in addition to the pleasure of cycling, I’m convinced it’s necessary for us to get out of our carbon-emitting vehicles and onto the clean one!
Your favourite ride:
My favourite ride is any one that starts or finishes through Cornish Hollow — it’s such beautiful stretch of country road!
Your role at CT as a volunteer:
I’m the manager of CT, meaning “head gopher”. I’m amazed at the dedication and enthusiasm of our 25+ volunteers!