Adopt-a-Road, Advocacy, Announcement, Charitable Events, Clothing Update, Club News, Development & Racing, Group Rides, Interclub Race Series, Ladies Rides, Learn to Group Ride Program, MTB Rides, Social Night, Time Trial Series, Youth Race
Happy New Year, I hope that 2014 has started off happily, and successfully for each of you thus far. While we’ve been quieter than usual, the Club have been hard at work planning for the season ahead. We’ve taken some major steps to ensure our ride offerings continue to provide something for everything. We’re working with the City and the School Board to bring some bike skills training back into local Elementary Schools, with a goal of getting more kids healthy and active! (and riding more bikes!)
We recently formed several subcommittees within the Club, to help keep all of our ongoing activities coordinated, and successful. We’ve created the following four subcommittees: Rides, Events, Development & Racing and Finance & Fundraising. If you hadn’t heard of these before, or have decided now that you’d like to help out with any of the above, please shoot me back an email, and I’ll connect you with the Committee Chair.
Our Rides committee are on the look-out for Ride Leaders this season. If you have interest in helping by leading rides for the Club, please contact me, and I’ll connect you with the Ride Committee Chair. I strongly believe that we need a greater number of easy rides. Maybe some non-spandex road rides even. Definitely different than what we’ve focussed on in the past, but I continually am hearing of unmet demand for slower, shorter group rides, and this year we’re hoping to offer several.
Based on feedback we’ve gotten after talking with the local OPP, we will be introducing a new style of group riding, that will eliminate the need to ever be four cyclists wide in a lane of traffic. We are going to adopt the Collingwood Cycling Club’s ‘Social Paceline’ technique. There will be lots of communication about this to follow, and for each of our rides this season, we’ll very quickly go over the technique before heading out. There are many advantages to this style in addition to the safety benefits of not being four wide on the road. I’m excited to make this shift.
We continue to work with the County of Simcoe, and Township of Oro-Medonte, developing a cycling strategy which will eventually be rolled out County wide. You can keep up with progress on this by visting http://CycleSimcoe.ca regularly!
This year’s Youth Cup Race is being held on Saturday, May 18, so please mark that day in your calendars now, as we’ll need some volunteer support to ensure a safe event. An exciting potential development for this year, is the moving of the race from Oro-Medonte into the City of Barrie, and second is the possibility of hosting a Women’s Only, Road Relay race, using the same course, and starting in the mid-afternoon. We’ll keep you apprised, but we are very exciting to offer this first time event!
This year’s Big Bike Race for Heart and Stroke is taking place on Thursday, June 19. Please circle this date as well. We will be racing for revenge against the Barrie Baydogs Tri Club, after they beat us by about a second two years ago. This is a great opportunity to have fun, raise money, and kick some ass. Look forward to seeing you there!
Centurion Cycling returns this June with a longer, tougher event out of Horseshoe Resort. It’s back on June 21 and 22. For more details, please click here: http://centurioncycling.com/events/centurion-hv/
Many of you have already signed up for the Skylife Rewards program, but if you haven’t yet, I encourage you to check out the attached file. They have a contest ongoing right now that could win you overnight stays in any Skyline Resort. They also offer ‘best of the year’ pricing for Skiing, Golf and Cycling at Horseshoe. Definitely worth checking out.
Finally, I am SUPER EXCITED to let you all know that Registration for the 2014 BSCC season is now open! Pricing remains the same as last season, and youth under the age of 18 can register for only $1!
Please click this link now to register today: https://ccnbikes.com/2014-barriesimcoe-cycling-club-membership/
Also a note, that you are able to order a Sugoi RS Club jersey at the same time as registering. Everyone who registers, and orders a jersey before March 9 will be eligible to have their last name placed on the jersey side panel. Orders before March 9 will also be guaranteed to get their preferred size. Stragglers, we can’t make the same promise, so don’t wait, order your jersey today!
Again the link to register with is: https://ccnbikes.com/2014-barriesimcoe-cycling-club-membership/
See you on two wheels soon!
Announcement, Annual General Meeting, Clothing Update, Club Events, Club News, Group Rides, Interclub Race Series, Ladies Rides, Learn to Group Ride Program, Meeting, MTB Rides, Social Night, Time Trial Series, Youth Race
I hope this note finds you well, and enjoying winter sports with our recent weather!
A few weeks ago, on November 19, we held the Club AGM, along with a great dinner. Big thanks to Michael & Marion’s, and Kent Smith for the terrific hospitality!
We had a great turn out, with nearly 30 members in the room for the duration. Lots was discussed, a few votes were taken, and we gave some acknowledgement to some stand out Club Volunteers, Team Athletes, and of course, our Sponsors.
Firstly, I want to give big thanks to our volunteer ride leaders, who helped all season to ensure that our rides remained orderly, safe, and fun for everyone. If you weren’t at the AGM, please contact me, and we’ll get our token of thanks to you ASAP.
Thanks to the following people for your help this season, we couldn’t have so many awesome rides without you!
For next season, we’ve struck a Rides subcommittee, the initial members are Ryan Tayler and Jeremy Simmons. If you’d like to help us coordinate our ride offerings, and corresponding ride leaders, please let me know, I am sure Ryan & Jeremy would love to work with you! We’ll have an intro meeting in early January to begin mapping the year ahead out. We’ll supply the food, you bring the ideas.
Next I want to offer special congratulations the following athletes from our Development Program for their outstanding, expert category results all season long, in nearly every discipline of bike racing. Amazing to witness, and we’re super excited for the year ahead!
Some other notable athletes this season were Jeff Sharp, Lori Davis, Nathan Jeffs, Cole and Adam Pugsley. Congratulations to all of you for a great season!
At the AGM we also struck a Rider Development Subcommittee. The initial members of this group, who will help to oversee, coordinate, and organize our Rider Development Programming for youth, and adults in years ahead are Andrew Watson, Brendan Matheson, Jeff Sharp and Lori Davis. If this sounds like something you would like to help grow, and have input on, please let me know. We’ll be having an initial meeting in the coming weeks, as training for next season has already begun for many! Food etc on us as well.
I want to also send out sincere Thanks to our Sponsors, and Partners in success this past year. Without their help, our development efforts wouldn’t have had the same level of success, nor would any of our organized Club events.
Centurion Cycling Inc. and Graham Fraser for his continued support of our Dev team, as well, for kicking off our first tuesday social at Pie, starting a great tradition that many enjoyed all season. One which we’ll surely continue doing in 2014.
Horseshoe Resort and Sean Billing for their support of our Development Program and its athletes.
Bikeland & Norco through Morgan Lemen. Their support had our athletes out ahead of the pack this season!
Trek Store Barrie, Jeremy Simmons and the crew, for always being there to support our Group rides, and Club events. The Trek Store have come through in a pinch for the more times than I can count!
We also formed an Events Committee, who will be responsible for Organizing, Promoting, and Growing our roster of Club Events like our Youth Cup Race, our Cyclocross race, Our Interclub Race Series, as well as our Club TT and Crit series. The initial members are Todd McDonald, Ben Ricetto, John Pugsley, Cliff Lilley and myself. If this is something you are able to help out on, please let me know, and we’ll treat you to a meal in the coming weeks to start planning for 2014.
One committee which I’d hope to see formed, was a Finance and Fundraising committee, responsible for providing additional oversight into our Club finances, as well as help us utilize our Club Resources to the best effect, while also working to bring in some new partnerships for the years ahead. If this is an area where you feel you could help the Club, please let me know, as we do have direction from the membership in attendance at the AGM that striking this committee does make a lot of sense.
The Club have voted to make our TT series cost free for BSCC Club Members in 2014, we hope this will help make it easier for everyone to just come out, and throw down their best effort. We will be taking donations for the development team at every TT, if you are able, please consider continuing to contribute in this fashion.
Additionally, we have voted to place a Club Kit order in the next three weeks. Just awaiting final pricing from Sugoi, and we’ll email that out separately. For those who commit, and place their order, (or 50% deposit), we’ll be able to place your last name on the side panel of the jersey’s we’re ordering! Stay tuned, and maybe you want to ask for a set for Christmas?
One final question for the year remains. How many of you would join us for a Club Social/Fun day at Joyride 150? The Club will cover entry, and buy pizza for lunch. How many of you would be interested, please let us know. We’ll use a doodle poll to find a date that works for as many as possible if there’s interest. Let us know!
As we head into the holiday season, I want to thank each, and every one of you for making our Club so great! It’s been a great year, and I am confident that 2014 will be even better, with even more people riding their bikes.
Keep Riding, Stay Smiling!
Welcome to the 2013 Barrie/Simcoe Cycling Club (BSCC) AGM. Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedules to join us, and share your ideas for the year ahead. It looks like another great turn out, and we really appreciate seeing, and hearing from each of you!
What a season it’s been. The Club has continued to grow, up again from last year. We’ve offered more group ride options than ever before. Our development program grew. With Centurion Cycling and Horseshoe Resorts sponsorship, the Club supported over 20 athletes, many of whom had some truly remarkable seasons. Andrew Watson will be providing everyone with a review of 2013, and share with you our plans to make sure 2014 is an even better year for developing cyclists of all ages! We continued our adoption of a section of Ridge Road, taking two hours to clean up litter in the spring. As thanks, the County paved the stretch from the 3rd to the 7th line. Next year if we keep up our efforts, they will pave through the village of Shanty Bay, so make sure you come and help out in the spring! The Club also contracted our first full time contract employee, thanks to the support of the Ontario Trillium foundation. Brendan Matheson was contracted this summer, and began his duties in August. He’ll provide an overview to all of you later this evening.
The year was not without challenges either. We had endeavoured to create a Mountain Biking subcommittee responsible for our Property Use agreements, trail development, and MTB Rides. After several meetings, it became clear that our vision of identifying, and promoting the great Simcoe County Singletrack to cyclists from all over, wasn’t in line with several other stakeholders interests. As a result our subcommittee dissolved. A question for next year, and you all, is do we wish to work on identifying, maintaining, potentially building new singletrack in Simcoe County, with the goal of sharing it with the greater cycling community. Please give this some thought and give us your feedback.
Touching back on some of the Club growth, I’ll quickly reflect on our membership, and some basic demographics. This year the Club totalled 207 members, up from 173 last year. Our members spanned an age range of 75 years! Our youngest member is 10, and our eldest this season is 85. As I’m sure you can imagine, this presents a very wide variety of abilities, desires, and needs when it comes to group rides. We know there is still more work to do, but feel we had the most inclusive ride offerings we’ve ever had. The average age of the Club climbed a bit this year, up from 39 last year, to 41. Our male/female split remained pretty similar, with 45 female members this year. Nearly all of whom made it out to a Monday ladies ride this year, maybe next year we look to add another weekly ladies only ride, as we hope to see even more women join the Club. We have 23 members who are 18 or younger, and really hope to see this number climb next season.
Here are some updated numbers relating to our Social Media Statistics this year:
Twitter: 1144 followers
FB: 235 likes
2000 visits/month, ~5000pageviews/month
Along with this Club growth, our Group rides and schedule continued to grow as well. Our ladies ride has become well established on Monday nights, and our MTB rides saw increased attendance this season as well. Thanks especially to Lesley Johnston and Paige Royal for leading the ladies rides, and to Sander Berghouwer, Mark and Jon Winfield for shepherding our MTB rides. Our Tuesday rides also continued to grow, especially with the addition of our Johnson’s Beach ride which I lead for the season. Orrin Bowser, Nigel Dewsbury, Andrew Watson, and Andrew Doble all helped to keep things organized at Sunnidale, while Gerry Maitland, and Brad Watts ensured our downtown riders were kept safe. Bob Ormerod, and later Dave Viney had people out enjoying our first daytime ride every Weds all season, while Craig Stevens, and Scott Campbell kicked off our Morning Glory rides this year. Thursday night’s Crit Rides were an absolute blast, thanks to direction from Andrew Doble, and later Brendan Matheson. Our Sunday rides took many people out on their longest rides of the season, if not ever. I was really proud to be witness so many of these events while leading the group. If you have an idea for a ride you’d like to see, or lead next season, let us hear about it!
The vaunted Interclub Road Race series with Newmarket, Owen Sound, and Mountainview continued it’s string of growth as well, with over 225 athletes coming out to the six races over the season. Our Club’s two races were well attended, and reviewed. Many thanks to our volunteers who helped keep everyone safe out on the road, especially Cliff & Karen Lilley, and Ben Ricetto. If you have yet to participate in one of these races, make sure next season is the year you try. There is no more enjoyable, and less intimidating way to experience road racing. The Australian pursuit style helps ensure you’re riding with people of similar fitness and ability. See you in May!
The Interclub TT happened again this season, for the third year we hosted it on our Ingram Road course. However this year, the results were much more in our favour, as we were victorious over the Newmarket Eagles. Changing the rules to allow road bikes only certainly provided us some benefit.
The Club TT Series finally saw some significant growth over previous years. We had races with over 20 people out. As my own personal favourite style of racing, I am really happy to see more people trying them out. I hope even more of you will give it a shot next season. You will not find a more friendly TT course in Ontario!! We could use help with dedicated volunteers to help the series run next season. If you have time on Thursday evenings, please let us know.
Our two major OCA races were racer favourites again this season. Our Youth Race required some last minute adjustments after a gravel pit operator was unable to call off his trucks for race day. He did work with us, and things still managed to go off safely. Thanks again to our volunteers for helping make this happen. Attendance was up again from last year, with about 130 young athletes out for the day. Our CX race was a great day, with some truly Belgian style (muddy!) conditions. We had a smaller turnout than last year’s Provincial Championships, but that’s to be expected. Big thanks go out to Todd McDonald, Ben Ricetto, Brendan Matheson, Shane Hollingshead and Gershom Morris for their help. Later tonight we will discuss having a flyover commissioned for next year’s race. One thing that has become abundantly clear, is that the Club need a dedicated Events Committee to ensure our events can continue to grow and be safe. We will be looking to you, the members to assist with this by joining the committee.
The Club continue to sit on the City of Barrie’s Active Transportation Working Group, and just last week we helped to facilitate the first ever Simcoe-Muskoka Active Transportation Symposium, held in Orillia. For the full day event, hosted by Eleanor McMahon from the Share the Road Coalition, there were over 80 people in attendance. The majority of whom are municipal engineers and planners, alongside people from the development community. The conversation around cycling, and the infrastructure necessary to support greater numbers of cyclists has definitely shifted in our area since we joined the AT Working Group. Closer to home, Barrie City Council will be voting this month, on a proposed Active Transportation Plan that will see over 100kms of bike lanes added across the city by 2016. Please consider emailing your councillor and voicing your support. The City also submitted a Bicycle Friendly Community application, and while not successful in achieving gold, or even bronze status, we did receive an honourable mention, along with some very direct, and helpful feedback for areas the City can focus on to improve their ranking. We look forward to helping this process along.
As previously noted, the Club have also contracted Brendan Matheson for two years, to develop a County wide cycling strategy. Along with representatives from the County of Simcoe, the Township of Oro-Medonte, Horseshoe Resort, hardwood Ski & Bike, and local community stakeholders, the Club have been meeting regularly to provide direction, and support towards Brendan’s objectives which he’ll elaborate on in more detail.
We didn’t do a Club Clothing order in 2013, but we will be offering our remaining inventory of Club Clothing at greatly reduced prices beginning this week, and we have a goal of ordering a new order by the middle of December. For those of you who commit to ordering by that time, we’ll be ordering jerseys with your name on the side panels. Hopefully this customization, and the assuredness kit will arrive before the season starts is appealing and lots of you do order. It would be great to see more riders wearing our kit on the roads, and races in Ontario and abroad!
Finally, I would like to take some time to offer thanks to our Sponsors, and dedicated ride leaders from this past season. If you could please join me when your name, or company is announced.
Centurion – Graham Fraser Dev team, our first tuesday social at pie, starting a great tradition.
Horseshoe Resort – Sean Billing
Bikeland & Norco – Morgan Lemen
Trek Store Barrie – Jeremy Simmons
Volunteer ride leaders:
Apologies for not getting this out to you last week. Our AGM is coming up next Tuesday, November 19th and I wanted to include some more details for everyone.
We are going to hold this year’s AGM at Michael & Marion’s, located at 89 Bayfield St here in Barrie. We’ll have a social hour beginning at 6pm, and then will eat dinner at 7. Kent is going to prepare a couple of different menu choices, and I’ll be sending them out in the next day or two. We are offering a subsidized cost for the AGM dinner of $16 which will include all food and coffee/tea options to drink. Alcohol will be members’ own responsibility. We look forward to enjoying a great meal with you!
At 8:15, we’ll begin our AGM. Through the course of the meeting, we look forward to updating everyone about the Club’s achievements, our members’ achievements, and some of our notable athlete’s achievements as well. We look forward to giving thanks to our ride leaders who help ensure safe, and enjoyable rides all season. We’ll also be giving thanks to our sponsors from the last season, their help has lead directly to the growth, and success of our development program. Speaking of which, we’ll be providing details about our 2014 development program on Tuesday evening too.
Finally, we’ll get an update from Brendan Matheson about the County Cycling Strategy which he’s been working on since August thanks to a successful Ontario Trillium Foundation grant we received.
We are looking to strike several subcommittees to help with our continued Club growth, while balancing the work load out among more people. The committees discussed include an Events Committee, responsible O-Cup/Youth Cup and Interclub Race organization/management, a Development Committee to help direct, and grow our development program, a Finance & Fundraising Committee to assist with management of the Club’s resources, while also bringing in new partners and sponsorships, and finally a Ride Committee to help with ride scheduling, ride leader management, and route selections. If any of these sound like they match your skillset or interest, please let us know at the AGM! If you’re not able to attend the AGM, but these are of interest to you, please reply back and let me know before the AGM.
The current Club executive are all willing to continue in their current roles, but if you have interest in also joining the Club board, please send us an email outlining your reasons and goals. We are looking to expand the board by a couple of seats, and move towards alternating groups of 2 year terms. This to help ensure consistency in the future as board members change and our program efforts have further increased.
I’m looking forward to seeing all of you next week, but please do note that we can only seat 45 people for dinner, so we’ve got to request that only Club members register via the following link: https://reg.ccnbikes.com/index.php/event/2013-barrie-cycling-club-membership/store
If you intend to come only for the AGM, please also use the above link to register for the meeting so we have an idea of numbers. Thank you!
Don’t forget Pre reg for our O-Cup CX Race closes at midnight tonight. $1500 in prize money this year for elite men and women. NEW this year will be a $50 first lap premium for the first Elite men and women to the top the Joyride150 Indoor Bike Park stairs. Plus great prizes for all other categories. Lets Make this another great race and no spiral of death this year, but expect a few new additions to keep you on your toes. See you Sunday www.BarrieCycling.com
Sorry for the non-email yesterday, I got caught up with work, and just never found the time.
Our Monday MTB rides have come to an end for the season, but our awesome ride leader Sander, has offered to lead MTB rides on Saturday, or Sunday upon his return from Vacation, after Oct 17. If you have interest in some great, group MTB rides on the weekends leading up to winter, please respond back and let us know. IF there’s no interest from you before the 17th, we’ll probably consider this an idea better suited for next season.
Our Tuesday road rides have ceased, but I have had some members express interest in doing some rail trail rides. These rides in previous years have met at the Line 1 parking lot after Thunder Bridge on Tuesdays for 6:30pm. A headlight is a necessity, as it does get dark quickly. We usually ride for about an hour and a half. These are great social rides, and actually a lot of fun. I am not able to participate tonight, but will make a point of charging up my light for next week. That being said, if you’re looking for a ride, chances are others feel the same, try the parking lot this evening, and have fun!
I’m not sure what the Weds ride plan is for today, but if you want to be connected with the nucleus of that group, respond back, and I’ll make sure you’re in touch with the crew who typically ride out of Cathedral Pines for 9 or 10am.
Our Sunday ride continues on unabated. Last week, the weather was rather damp, but Scott & Nigel were still there, ready to ride. We’ll continue with this ride again this coming Sunday. It’s Thanksgiving, so I’m sure lots of us could use a ride to either burn off excess calories, or to create extra room for all the great Turkey and stuffing we’re surely going to consume! We’ll see you at Memorial Square downtown for 9am.
With Monday being a holiday for many, I’m suggesting a group road ride seems like a good idea. I’m willing to lead a ride out of Memorial Square, leaving say for noon? I hope some of you will feel like joining. Maybe a 2, or 3 hour ride depending on how much we all ate and drank the night before. Please shoot an email back and give me some indication of who is interested in such a ride!
Finally, we’ve got our Annual Cyclocross race coming up on Sunday October 27, and we are still in NEED of additional volunteers to ensure the race goes off safely, and is kept to the standard we’ve set with our previous events. If you can please send an email to email@example.com letting him know your availability, he can set you up with a role, and ensure we’ve got a volunteer package all set to give you upon arrival. This is our last event of the year, and we’re hoping to host a National Championships in the years ahead, so please take some time to give back, and help us to make a great day of racing for all participants. Some help will also be required in the days leading up to the race, as we work on course preparation etc. If you’re not available Sunday, we can use your help Thursday, Friday or Saturday too.
Our ride calendar is getting shorter, just like the the amount of daylight has been recently. There are several special events taking place this weekend, and the weather looks good all week. Hopefully you’re able to find the time to get out on your bike a bit more before the snow starts to fly!
Our Monday MTB ride is still on for tonight, leaving from the Board of Ed building in Midhurst for 630. If you have a headlamp, it’s definitely a good idea to bring it out with you to extend the ride time!
Last week was our final Tuesday road ride, and we capped it off with an absolutely delicious meal at Tara afterwards. Was great to see everyone enjoying the food and company!
Our Weds morning ride, will very likely be leaving from the Cathedral Pines neighbourhood in Horseshoe Valley for 9am. If you’re interested in this ride, please shoot me an email and I’ll share the details as they are finalized.
Our Thursday morning glory ride has also ended for the season. The combination of dark and cold mornings has seen the attendance drop off. We look forward to this ride again in the spring.
Saturday is IMBA’s Take a kid Mountain Biking Day, this year is the 10th anniversary of this event. Our partners at Horseshoe Resort are offering some wicked deals for Club members and their families who want to get out and ride. They are offering free trail passes, and if needed, free rental bikes for any Club Member or their immediate family members who want to ride. The day kicks off with two hours of coached/instructional riding using the OCA/Joyride 150 Cross Country course from 10am until noon with the Horseshoe Multisport Academy. Riding will continue into the afternoon if you’re not able to get out until later. In order to qualify for the free riding and rentals, please ensure you’ve signed up for Horseshoe’s Skylife Rewards program, and then when you arrive, talk to the front desk, they’ll have a Club Memberlist to cross-reference, so no worries if you can’t find, or haven’t picked up a Club membership card yet. Here’s the link to sign up for Skylife Rewards: https://skyliferewards.com/bcc
Also on Saturday, Paige Royal, one of our Monday Ladies ride leaders is offering a fall road clinic and sports nutrition talk, starting at noon, based at St Vincent Park here in Barrie. If you own a road bike, can ride a road bike and want to get some tips to carry forward to next season all while enjoying the Fall colours AND you have an interest in learning about sports nutrition, then this clinic is for YOU!
This clinic is geared towards the cyclist who:
● is a novice to intermediate level ride
● is looking to improve his or her skills
● has a passion for cycling and nutrition
● is wanting to learn more about sports nutrition
LOCATION: Saint Vincent Square Park in Barrie, Ontario
DATE: Saturday, October 5, 2013
TIME: 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. approximately
For more info, check out the link here: http://puravidahealthandwellness.ca/cycling/cycling-clinics/fall-road-clinic-and-sports-nutrition-talk/
on Sunday, our friends at Vitess Bicycles are partnering with Alpine Canada to host a group ride, and raise funds for the upcoming season of ski competition. This event will be hosted at the Caledon Ski Club, and features two rides through the spectacular Caledon countryside; a 60km Road Ride and a family- friendly, 25km Trail Ride. It’s sure to be great fun for all who attend. The cost is very low, at $35. Sign in will begin at 8am and participants will enjoy a full day including a light breakfast, yoga/warm up & cool down sessions, a delicious lunch, a chance to ride with and meet some of Ontario’s fastest skiers, and fabulous prizes throughout the day.
To register for this ride, or to find more info, please click here: http://www.alpineontario.ca/Community/OntarioSkiTeam/OSTVitessRide
Our Sunday group ride will also be running out of Fred Grant Square. Last week we tried 10am, but received some feedback that 9am is still preferred, despite the cooler temps. As such, we’re reverting the start time back to 9am this week. If you feel strongly about this, please send us an email, and explain your preference. If there’s an overwhelming degree of support for one over the other, we will send an email out later in the week stating so.
I also want to remind everyone of our upcoming Ontario Cup Cyclocross race, taking place at the Barrie Sports Complex on Oct 27. If you haven’t let us know you’re able to help with the event, please send us an email and we’ll add you to our list, and start packing your race day support package now!
What a nice week we have in store for us weather wise! It’s a shame there is so little daylight left after work.
As noted last week, our ladies ride has wrapped up for the season, but it will definitely return next season as the feedback has been incredible!
A change from last week, it seems many of our MTB riding members are unable to make a 6pm ride, as a result, our ride leader Sander has suggested that we move the meeting time back to 6:30pm, and are suggesting that attendees bring a headlamp with them for the ride. If you haven’t riding in the dark before, it’s great fun, highly recommended!
Tomorrow evening brings the season closing Tuesday night ride event. Our yearly Tara Ride. This ride involves more eating than riding typically. We will only be having one group, for all riders, leaving from Memorial Square at 6pm. We’ll ride for about an hour, and then re-convene at Tara Indian food downtown on Dunlop St for yummy food! If you only come out to one ride all season, this is the one not to miss. See you there!!
Wednesday’s ride looks to be leaving the Horseshoe Valley area at 10am, and will likely be 3 to 4 hours in duration. It’s possible I will be leaving Barrie for this ride at 9am. Please let us know if you wish to join us!
Thursday’s morning glory riders have been hitting the pavement at 6:30am from Johnson’s beach due to the later sunrise.
Sunday we’ll be riding from Memorial Square at 10am, for a 2 or 3 our journey, and thus far, the weather looks fantastic!
Finally, a reminder that our Ontario Cup Cyclocross race is coming up on October 27, and we do still need volunteers to make it happen. Please let us know if you can.
What a weekend at the Centurion Canada Races! We had several of our Club Members compete in Ontario’s first u23 stage race, with some great performances by all of them! Already anticipating next year’s big event!
This week’s weather is thus far, looking promising!
Tonight, we are only offering a Club MTB ride, leaving from the Board of Ed building in Midhurst at 6pm. Our ladies ride leaders are unavailable this week, and based on the difficulty many ladies have with the 6pm start, we’ve made the decision to call it a season on this ride. It’s been a ride that has been well attended, and very positively reviewd all year. We certainly look forward to offering it again next season. If you have any feedback, ideas, or comments about the ladies ride, please don’t hesitate to send to me. We’re always listening for feedback from you!
Tomorrow our road rides will be departing at 6pm. Our racing/training style rides leaving from Sunnidale park, our social road ride leaves from Memorial Square downtown, and our casual recreational ride leaves from Johnson’s Beach at 6pm as well. Weather looks good, see you on the road, and of course, at Pie Wood Pizza on Victoria St afterwards!
Our Weds ride is up in the air for this week, but some talk of an 80-100km, flat-ish loop, perhaps around Base Borden has been overheard. Let me know if this is a ride that sounds appealing to you!
Last Thursday was our final TT of the season, and I’m proud to say that for the first time in three years, we are the Interclub TT champions. Our Eddy Merckx team handily beat defending champs Newmarket by about 5mins in total. Thanks to everyone who came out to race, and even more thanks to those who volunteered their time to ensure our race was a safe one!
This coming Sunday is the final interclub road race of the season, the venerable Oro Long Course. the race will begin from the Oro Fairgrounds at 10am, and if you’re able to come out and help ensure a safe race for everyone, please email me back, we need about four volunteers to make this event happen.
Our Sunday touring ride will be leaving from Memorial Square at 9am as well, but numbers may be low due to the interclub taking place.
We are hosting our 6th Ontario Cup Cyclocross race on October 27. If you’re able to assist us at this course, we can promise you a bag of goodies, and a great day of racing. Please let us know if you’re around that weekend, and able to lend a hand at the race.
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