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Welcome to the 2014 BSCC Season

Comments Off 18 April 2014

Hello Club Members,

Welcome to the 2014 season with the Barrie/Simcoe Cycling Club. BSCC. We’re so glad that you’ve chosen to join, and ride with us this year. We have so many great people, fantastic rides, and some pretty cool events for you! The Club was formed in 2005, and have promoted road, and off-road riding since inception. Today we find ourselves hosting Provincial Race events, including a first of it’s kind, ladies only road race on May 17! We host more than 7 rides each week for you to enjoy, in addition to our Interclub Race series, Big Bike race, and community events like Bike to School/Work day coming up on May 26.

We encourage people of all ages and ability to get out, and ride their bikes. Be it off-road on trails, on the road, going downhill with chairlift rides back-up, or cranking off supermans & 360s at parks like Joyride. We may not have a ride for every occasion (yet), but we love to hear about more people getting on, and falling in love with bikes!

Over the winter, our newly struck subcommittees have been hard at work, getting things lined up to make sure that this season is the best one for the Club yet.

The Rides Committee have been working with Ride Leaders, and have determined an amazing schedule of rides for this season. Please check out the 2014 Events calendar for a listing of rides and events we have planned for the season ahead. There are a couple more additions not added, namely a Saturday road ride, and a Saturday MTB ride. Details are just being finalized for each those, and we’ll update accordingly.
Monday: Ladies Road Ride, MTB Group Ride
Tuesday: Intro, Social, Touring, Training, and Race Road Rides all finishing at Pie Wood Pizza for Social night!
Weds: Midweek Wheelers Daytime Ride, Weds Night Pre-Ride @ Hardwood
Thurs: Morning Glory Ride, Pursuit/Crit Training Ride, Alternate Weeks 15k TT
Saturday: Road & MTB rides TBA.
Sunday: Road Touring Ride with a finish at Kenzington Burger Bar for post-ride lunch!
Check the full calendar and ride descriptions here:

The Development Committee have been working on three fronts at once. Our ongoing high performance development program which we started last year. As well they’ve been hard at work putting together a comprehensive Master’s program. Aimed towards both MTB, and Road racing folks looking for a team to ride and train with. If you have interest in this, please let us know, and we can get you the details.
Finally, and perhaps most excitingly, the Dev Committee have been working with some local Elementary Schools, and it looks like we’ll soon be offering some bike skills training to School students this year. On an afterschool basis for the time being, but we certainly hope to see this type of training added back into the curriculum at some point soon.

The Events Committee have been putting together an incredible season of exciting stuff! The first event of the year, is our annual Adopt-a-Road clean up day, which will be held on Sunday April 27, coinciding with Earth Day weekend. We’ll be meeting at Range Road, and Ridge road for 10am. It won’t take more than 2hours. Please come out and give some of your time. Many hands make light work!

Our second event for the season is the classic Oro Short Interclub, and it’s being held on Sunday, May 4 this year. If you are able to volunteer at this event, please let us know. We need about 4 people to ensure things go smoothly.

Our third event for this season is the Big Bike Race for Heart and Stroke. We’ll be racing against the Barrie Tri Club to reclaim our dignity after they beat us by 1 second, 2 years ago at the same race. Please sign up to fundraise for Heart & Stroke, and to help us kick some butt! The Race is Thursday, May 8 at 630pm, and it’s being held at Innisfil Downs. Please sign up to join us here:

Our Fourth, and largest event of the season, is this year’s Youth Cup Race, traditionally held out of WR Best in Oro. This year, we’ve been given a full road closure to use our Crit course in the south end of Barrie. This is very exciting, as it provides an incredibly safe course. After the Youth Cup wraps up, we are SO excited to be hosting Ontario’s first Ladies only Road Race using the same course, with the same closed roads. This is meant to provide an open, and inviting atmosphere for women of all experience levels to try a race. If you’ve never tried racing, or even if you have, please consider coming out for our race! In addition to the above races, we are hoping to host a family fun ride, for 1 lap of the race course, with finisher medals for anyone who wishes to give it a shot. We’re just working out timing to ensure this will fit. If you’d like to volunteer, or know of others who may, please spread the word, and let us know!

Following up on the Youth Cup/Women’s race will be Barrie’s 5th Annual Bike Week from May 26-June 1. This year, the Club are participating with two events. In partnership with the SCDSB and the City, we are hosting a City-wide Bike to School/Work day, so please mark that day on your calendar, and leave the car at home, if it’s at all possible! On Sunday May 31st, we’ll be hosting a community ride and bike rodeo downtown at Memorial Square. More details will be forthcoming soon!

Our next major events take place later in the year, and you’ll hear lots about them then!

For those who are new to riding, or group riding, Marc Brouillette has once again offered to lead an intro to group riding seminar. This typically runs 4 Saturday mornings for 2-3hours, beginning in May. If you are interested in this type of a program, please let us know ASAP, and we will get some dates and times pinned down.

Later in the season, the Dev committee will be working to offer some Learn to race programming as well. Let us know if you’re interested in this, and we’ll ensure you’re kept in the loop.

As part of our ongoing Ontario Trillium Foundation funding we will be able to help Club members become certified as NCCP/CS4L coaches, become certified Ontario Cycling Race Commissaires, and gain valuable First Aid training this season. If you have any interest in learning new skills, getting new certifications, and giving back to the Club, please email us right away and let us know your interest please!

Hopefully you purchased a jersey with your membership, but if not, you’re still able to, by visiting our registration portal, located here:

Finally, Hardwood Ski & Bike would like to offer a 25% discount on summer trail passes and summer season passes to BSCC members (discount is on regular pricing only). As well, they would like to offer 10% off of summer merchandise in the retail store (once again off regular prices). You will need your 2014 BSCC Membership Card in order to take advantage of this discount, please contact me to get your card.

Again, welcome to, or back to the Barrie/Simcoe Cycling Club. Looking forward to getting out for a ride with each one of you at some point this season. Starting next week!


Could it be, riding season soon?

Advocacy, Announcement, Clothing Update, Club Events, Youth Race

Could it be, riding season soon?

Comments Off 31 March 2014

Hello Fellow Cyclists!

Could it be, that Spring has finally arrived for us in Simcoe County? It certainly feels like it these last few days. With some luck, we’ll be able to celebrate with our annual Pancake ride out to Shaw’s Pancake house soon. Typically this ride takes place on the first Sunday the temp is forecast for double digits. It may even happen this week. I know there was a group of Club members who went out for a ride yesterday to take advantage of the weather!

This email is going to all members from last season, as well as all who have registered for this season already. I want to thank and welcome all of our new members, and remind those of you who have yet to register, that riding season is here soon!

We have 2 more days to accept Jersey orders at our pre-order pricing, please don’t wait if you want one, we will not be able to guarantee sizes if you haven’t pre-ordered. This can be done through our registration provider’s website.

We have an incredible season of rides, events, and races coming up. Our subcommittees have been hard at work, and we look forward to sharing the details of this season’s rides with you in the coming week. Likewise for our 2014 event schedule, as well as our rider development plans for the season ahead. Lots of growth and progress from last year’s efforts.

One very exciting detail to share, is that our Youth Cup race is moving. This year, working with the City of Barrie, and some local businesses, we have managed to secure a full road closure for this year’s race, being held on May 17. This has opened up a few different opportunities. Not only can we provide one of the safest, and most accessible courses on the Youth Cup Calendar, but we are also offering an opportunity for parents to bring their kids who our younger than 10yrs old out, to do a lap of the race course (1.7km) after the Youth Race wraps up. Following that, we will be hosting Ontario’s first ever, Women’s only road race. An Australian Pursuit style race, on a crit course. This should be super exciting, and we’re really pumped to offer the opportunity!

In advance of our formal committee announcements, we have put together a little mind map, that covers the majority of the Club’s ongoing activities for the season ahead. Please feel free to comment, or add to it. Also, if you see an activity that you feel you could help with, please let us know, volunteers are always appreciated! I can announce that we’ll be racing the Barrie Tri Club again on the Big Bikes at Georgian Downs to benefit the Heart & Stroke Foundation. We’ll be racing on May 8, and need 30 people to join our team! Register here:

Stay tuned to this space for announcements about our rides and events for the year ahead, as well as a timeline for our Club Clothing to arrive. Get your orders in today. Keep in touch with us on Twitter @BarrieCycling, and on Facebook /BarrieCycling as well.

A quick note that there is a bike swap ongoing at Hardwood Ski & Bike this Sunday, from 9am-4pm. If you’re in the market, or have something to unload, definitely worth checking this out!

Finally, this will be the last email those members from last year will receive from us, please ensure you register with us for this season to be kept on the email loop moving forward. Thanks for an awesome season last year, let’s make this one even better!


Barrie Cycling Club

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Spring is Coming!

Comments Off 19 February 2014

Hello Everyone,

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 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:

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:
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:

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

Club Update

Comments Off 09 December 2013

Hello Everyone,

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!
Andrew Doble
Andrew Watson
Bob Ormerod
Brad Watts
Dave Viney
Gerrie Maitland
Jon Winfield
Lesley Johnston
Marc Brouillette
Mark Winfield
Nigel Dewsbury
Orrin Bowser
Paige Royal
Robb Meier
Sander Berghouwer
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!
Elliot Galbraith
Eric Johnston
Gill Hague
Graydon Staples
Peter Disera
Richie Elliott
Trevor O’Donnell
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!

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Comments Off 25 November 2013

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Your 2013 BSCC President’s Report

Comments Off 21 November 2013

Hello Everyone,

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:

Gerrie Maitland

Andrew Watson

Jon Winfield

Lesley Johnston

Mark Winfield

Orrin Bowser

Paige Royal

Sander Berghouwer

Andrew Doble

Brad Watts

Bob Ormerod

Craig Stephens

Dave Viney

Marc Brouillette

Nigel Dewsbury

Robb Meier

Scott Campbell

Karen Lilley

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AGM Details & Information. Nov 19 @ Michael & Marion’s

Comments Off 11 November 2013

Hello Members,

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:
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!


Announcement, Club Events, Cross Race

Baseball Cross Registration closes at Midnight!

Comments Off 24 October 2013

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

Club Events, Cross Race, Group Rides, MTB Rides

Our Weekly Ride Updates

Comments Off 08 October 2013

Hey Everyone,

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 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.


Charitable Events, Club Events, Cross Race, Group Rides, Learn to Group Ride Program, MTB Rides

This week’s Club Rides and Special Events

Comments Off 30 September 2013

Hey Everyone,

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:

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:

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:

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!



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