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This week’s Club rides

Comments Off on This week’s Club rides 01 June 2015

Hey Everyone,

Thanks to everyone who came out to help and support Pedal Fest on Saturday. Those of you who didn’t come out, really missed an incredible day of racing, and some amazing local music. We’re already planning for next year’s event to make it bigger and better!

The weather looks good for all of our Club rides this week, starting with tonight’s ladies ride leaving from Johnson’s Beach at 630pm.
Tonight also kicks off our first MTB ride of the season. Departing from the SCDSB building in Midhurst at 7pm.

Our Morning Glory rides continue this week and every week now until September. 6am start from Memorial Square, except for Thursdays, which begin from Johnson’s Beach. These rides feature a structured ride and route each day of the week, check the calendar for full details. Expect a social pace, but once on the circuit for the day people will ride their own pace until it’s time to regroup and head back downtown for coffee at Local Foods Mart.

Our Tuesday evening rides are intended for experienced cyclists who have ridden in a group and are able to maintain about a 28kph pace downtown, and a 31kph pace out of Sunnidale. Please make sure you have a rear light on your bike for the ride back into town. Don’t forget that we’ll be meeting afterwards at Pie on the lakeshore for some social time, join us.

Our Wednesday evening intro ride is the place to come if you’re new to group cycling, or road biking in general. This ride will leave nobody behind and will last from 1.5-2 hours. We had the largest group ever for this ride last week, it’s so exciting watching it swell with awesome cyclists!

Thursday evening is our second crit training session of the year. This ride takes place on our south end Crit course (King & Reid St) and starts at 7pm running for an hour. We had a great group out two weeks ago and look forward to even more this week.

Saturday morning the Morning Glory ride leaving at 7am, and another ride departs at a more reasonable 9am from downtown Barrie.

Saturday is also Celebrate Barrie, and we’ll be on-site all day with trainer races and our Joyride Skills Course. Bring the family and join us for some pedal powered fun! Please email Brendan Matheson if you’re able to help us out.

Sunday brings our touring ride, join us for this 2-3 hour tour leaving from downtown’s Memorial Square at 9am.

Our full ride calendar is available online: 2015 BSCC Ride Calendar

Make sure to follow us on Twitter: @BarrieCycling and like us on facebook too: /BarrieCycling.

cheers,
robb

Announcement, Charitable Events, Club Events, Development & Racing, Group Rides, Ladies Rides, MTB Rides, Time Trial Series, Youth Race

Pedal Fest and this week’s Club rides

Comments Off on Pedal Fest and this week’s Club rides 25 May 2015

hey everyone,

I’ve gotten a lot of questions about what Pedal Fest is, so here’s a run down on it first and foremost.
Pedal Fest is the evolution of the Youth Cup race we’ve hosted for the past 6yrs. The youth portion is for kids aged 10-16 and includes a time trial and then a road race. Last year we added a women’s only road race, and this year we’ve added para-cycling races in three categories (handcycling, trikes and tandem bikes with blind riders), a community walk, roll & wheel around the race course lead by Graeme Murray an Olympic Gold Medallist! Afterwards, there are a men’s & ladies criterium races (road race around a short course, 1.6km in this case) that will finish underneath lights. We’ve got dj’s playing tunes all day, and live bands beginning around 3pm with Stonetrotter and Lost Cousins rounding out the evening. We’ve also got some food trucks that will be on-site to keep people fed. We’ve got a cash prize purse of $2000 for the Men’s and Ladies Criterium, with equal purses for both races. We’ve also just learned that five-time World Champion Shelley Gauthier will be attending from 8-10am on Saturday!

We are still in need of some volunteers to help throughout the day, please sign up and help support our event!

Our Morning Glory rides continue to be strongest on Thursday and Friday. Continuing this week the Thursday ride will begin from Johnson’s Beach. We need to hear from you about the Mon-Wed rides. If these rides are of interest to you, please respond to this email and let us know.

Tonight’s ladies ride will hopefully be rolling from Johnson’s Beach at 6:30pm. We’ll make the call by 4:30 using our Twitter account.

Tomorrow’s rides from Memorial Square downtown and Sunnidale Park will be departing at 6:30pm and the weather looks to be fantastic! Please bring a red light for the back of your bike, and join us at Pie Wood Pizza on the Lakeshore for some social time after the rides!

Our Wednesday evening intro ride has been growing every week which is great to see. Leaving from Johnson’s Beach at 6:30pm, this is the place to come if you’re new to group cycling, or road biking in general. This ride will leave nobody behind and will last around 2 hours.

Thursday night is the first 15k Time Trial of the season. We do need some help for registration and timing. These TTs are included with your Club membership, and are a great way to track your improvements over the course of a season. The Ingram Road course is glassy smooth and nearly flat. Come out and give it a shot. First rider off at 7pm, please register by 645.

Saturday morning’s rides have been taken off the calendar for this week, as we need the help for Pedal Fest. They will return next week!

Sunday brings our touring ride, join us for this 2-3 hour tour leaving from downtown’s Memorial Square at 9am.

Our full ride calendar is available online: 2015 BSCC Ride Calendar

Celebrate Barrie is coming up on Saturday June 6, and we’ll be offering a bike rodeo, some computrainer racing and our Joyride 150 skills course. If you can spare a couple of hours to help man the area, it would be appreciated. Please email Brendan Matheson if you’re able to help us out.

Make sure to follow us on Twitter: @BarrieCycling and like us on facebook too: /BarrieCycling.

cheers,
robb

Announcement, Club Events, Group Rides, Interclub Race Series, Ladies Rides, Time Trial Series

This week’s Club Rides

Comments Off on This week’s Club Rides 19 May 2015

Fellow Club Members,

I’m a day late in getting this out (again), I blame the long weekend. What a beauty of an evening it was for last night’s ladies ride!

Our Morning Glory rides continue this week and every week now until September. 6am start from Memorial Square. Structured ride and route each day of the week, check the calendar for full details. Expect a social pace, but once on the circuit for the day people will ride their own pace until it’s time to regroup and head back downtown for coffee at Local Foods Mart. We have not had much uptake on the Mon-Wed rides. If we don’t see more people coming out, we may remove some of these rides from the Calendar.

Our evening rides roll back to a start time of 6:30pm for the duration of the season beginning tonight!

Tonight we’ll be riding from both Memorial Square downtown and Sunnidale Park at 6:30. Downtown is a more social pace, around 28 kph or so, while Sunnidale rides typically average in the low 30s. Please bring a red light for the back of your bike, and join us at Pie Wood Pizza on the Lakeshore for some social time after the rides!

Our Wednesday evening intro ride is also moving back to a 6:30pm start time. Leaving from Johnson’s Beach. This is the place to come if you’re new to group cycling, or road biking in general. This ride will leave nobody behind and will last around 2 hours.

Saturday morning the Morning Glory ride leaves from Memorial Square at 7am, and another ride departs at a more reasonable 9am from downtown Barrie.

Sunday is the second interclub race of the season, this time on the vaunted Beeton course. Starting/Parking at the New Tecumseth South Central Public School at the corner of the 10th and 5th. Racing starts at 10am.

Sunday also brings our touring ride, join us for this 2-3 hour tour leaving from downtown’s Memorial Square at 9am.

Our full ride calendar is available online: 2015 BSCC Ride Calendar

A reminder that PedalFest is happening on Saturday May 30. The Provinces first fully-inclusive cycling event. We are in need of people to help throughout the day, please sign up.

Celebrate Barrie is coming up on Saturday June 6, and we’ll be offering a bike rodeo, some computrainer racing and our Joyride 150 skills course. If you can spare a couple of hours to help man the area, it would be appreciated. Please email Brendan Matheson if you’re able to help us out.

Make sure to follow us on Twitter: @BarrieCycling and like us on facebook too: /BarrieCycling.

cheers,
robb

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This Weeks Club Rides

Comments Off on This Weeks Club Rides 12 May 2015

Hey Everyone,

Thanks to all of you who came out for our first Club Social of the year last Thursday evening at Donaleighs. Was great to see so many people out, even if it was hard to recognize many of you without your bike helmet and bikes! We have a number of jerseys left to give out, and are just working out details of how to best do this. If there is an appetite for another social evening this week, we’re open to it, but need to have an idea of how many people this would work for first. Please reply back if this sounds good, otherwise stay tuned and we’ll announce alternate arrangements ASAP.

I’m a day late in getting this out, but last night’s ladies ride got off without a drop of rain!

It looks like we have a warm week ahead of us, great timing for the Morning Glory rides to kick-off this week!

Our Morning Glory rides continue this week and every week now until September. 6am start from Memorial Square. Structured ride and route each day of the week, check the calendar for full details. Expect a social pace, but once on the circuit for the day people will ride their own pace until it’s time to regroup and head back downtown for coffee at Local Foods Mart.

Our Tuesday evening rides are intended for experienced cyclists who have ridden in a group and are able to maintain about a 28kph pace downtown, and a 31kph pace out of Sunnidale. Please make sure you have a rear light on your bike for the ride back into town. Don’t forget that we’ll be meeting afterwards at Pie on the lakeshore for some social time, join us. Hoping for dry roads today, but please watch our Twitter for updates around 4pm.

Our Wednesday evening intro ride is the place to come if you’re new to group cycling, or road biking in general. This ride will leave nobody behind and will last from 1.5-2 hours. We had the largest group ever for this ride last week, it’s so exciting watching it swell with awesome cyclists!

Saturday morning the Morning Glory ride leaving at 7am, and another ride departs at a more reasonable 9am from downtown Barrie.

Sunday brings our touring ride, join us for this 2-3 hour tour leaving from downtown’s Memorial Square at 9am. Next Sunday marks the second Interclub of the season, hosted by the NECC on their storied Beeton race course. This route features a couple of decent climbs per lap and some of the most scenic views of all our races. Racing starts at 10am.

Our full ride calendar is available online: 2015 BSCC Ride Calendar

A reminder that PedalFest is happening on Saturday May 30. The Provinces first fully-inclusive cycling event. We are in need of people to help throughout the day, please sign up.

Celebrate Barrie is coming up on Saturday June 6, and we’ll be offering a bike rodeo, some computrainer racing and our Joyride 150 skills course. If you can spare a couple of hours to help man the area, it would be appreciated. Please email Brendan Matheson if you’re able to help us out.

Make sure to follow us on Twitter: @BarrieCycling and like us on facebook too: /BarrieCycling.

cheers,
robb

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This weeks Club Activities

Comments Off on This weeks Club Activities 03 May 2015

Sending out a huge thank-you all of our volunteers who came out today to help with the Oro Short Interclub race!

A further reminder that in order to participate on any of our group rides, you must be a Club member. Riding without membership jeopardizes everyone else’s insurance coverage. Everyone received their membership card along with the emailed receipt from CCN. Please print this out and bring it with you to every ride. Our ride coordinators will be asking to see them, and failure to show it will mean you’re not able to ride with the group.

It looks like we have a warm week ahead of us, great timing for the Morning Glory rides to kick-off this week!

Monday morning is the official start to this year’s morning rides, beginning at 6am from Fred Grant Square. The plan for Monday mornings is hills. These rides will be leaving from downtown each day of the work week, with a 7am departure on Saturday mornings. Check out our ride calendar for more details on these rides. Expect a social pace, but once on the circuit for the day people will ride their own pace until it’s time to regroup and head back downtown for coffee at Local Foods Mart.

Tomorrow night’s ladies ride is meant for cyclists who have group riding experience, and are comfortable maintaining a pace of 22-25kph. This ride departs from Johnson’s Beach parking lot at 6pm. There is parking available at NoFrills as well.

Our Tuesday evening rides are also intended for experienced cyclists who have ridden in a group and are able to maintain about a 28kph pace downtown, and a 31kph pace out of Sunnidale. Also please make sure you have a rear light on your bike for the ride back into town. Don’t forget that we’ll be meeting afterwards at Pie on the lakeshore for some social time, join us.

The Wednesday evening intro ride is the place to come if you’re new to group cycling, or road biking in general. This ride will leave nobody behind and will last from 1.5-2 hours. Last week we had a great group out, don’t wait to join, come on out this week!

Thursday night we’re going to host a Club social night at Donaleighs and hand out the jerseys which were pre-ordered with early season memberships. We may have a very small number of excess jerseys on hand, so if you missed out, come to the social to snag one!

Saturday morning we have the aforementioned Morning Glory ride leaving at 7am, and another ride leaving at a more reasonable 9am from downtown Barrie.

Sunday brings our touring ride back after a one-week hiatus. Join us for this 2-3 hour tour leaving from downtown’s Memorial Square at 9am.

Our full ride calendar is available online: 2015 BSCC Ride Calendar

A reminder that PedalFest is happening on Saturday May 30. The Provinces first fully-inclusive cycling event. We are in need of people to help throughout the day, please sign up.

Celebrate Barrie is coming up on Saturday June 6, and we’ll be offering a bike rodeo, some computrainer racing and our Joyride 150 skills course. If you can spare a couple of hours to help man the area, it would be appreciated. Please email Brendan Matheson if you’re able to help us out.

Make sure to follow us on Twitter: @BarrieCycling and like us on facebook too: /BarrieCycling.

cheers,
robb

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Your Club rides this week!

Comments Off on Your Club rides this week! 27 April 2015

Hi Fellow Club Members,

A big thank-you to everyone who came out this past Sunday to help with our adopted road clean-up along Ridge Road through Shanty Bay.

A reminder that in order to participate on any of our group rides, you must be a Club member. Riding without membership jeopardizes everyone else’s insurance coverage. Everyone received their membership card along with the emailed receipt from CCN. Please print this out and bring it with you to every ride. Our ride coordinators will be asking to see them, and failure to show it will mean you’re not able to ride with the group.

The weather is looking much better this week, I can’t believe we had to cancel every ride last week!

Tonight kicks off the ladies ride. This ladies only ride is intended for cyclists who have group riding experience, and are comfortable maintaining a pace of 22-25kph. They’ll be departing from Johnson’s Beach parking lot at 6pm. There is parking available at NoFrills as well.

Our Tuesday evening rides are also intended for experienced cyclists who have ridden in a group and are able to maintain about a 28kph pace downtown, and a 31kph pace out of Sunnidale. Also please make sure you have a rear light on your bike for the ride back into town.

The Wednesday evening intro ride is the place to come if you’re new to group cycling, or road biking in general. This ride will leave nobody behind and will last from 1.5-2 hours.

Sunday is the first interclub road race of the season. These races are run ‘australian pursuit’ style and feature separate categories for all abilities and fitness levels. It’s a great way to experience racing in a low pressure, supportive environment. We also need a few volunteers to assist on the day. If you’ve got a partner coming to watch you race, perhaps they can help with registration and at the finish. Please email me and let me know.

Our full ride calendar is available online: 2015 BSCC Ride Calendar

A reminder that PedalFest is happening on Saturday May 30. The Provinces first fully-inclusive cycling event. We are in need of people to help throughout the day, please sign up.

Celebrate Barrie is coming up on Saturday June 6, and we’ll be offering a bike rodeo, some computrainer racing and our Joyride 150 skills course. If you can spare a couple of hours to help man the area, it would be appreciated. Please email Brendan Matheson if you’re able to help us out.

Make sure to follow us on Twitter: @BarrieCycling and like us on facebook too: /BarrieCycling.

cheers,
robb

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This week’s Club Rides

Comments Off on This week’s Club Rides 21 April 2015

Hi Fellow Club Members,

A reminder that in order to participate on any of our group rides, you must be a Club member. Riding without membership jeopardizes everyone else’s insurance coverage. Everyone received their membership card along with the emailed receipt from CCN. Please print this out and bring it with you to every ride. Our ride coordinators will be asking to see them, and failure to show it will mean you’re not able to ride with the group.

The weather is looking dicey for tonight’s rides, please stay tuned to our Twitter account (@BarrieCycling) for the final word around 430pm. We had some great groups last week, and the Pie afterwards was awesome!
Our Tuesday evening rides are meant for experienced cyclists who have ridden in a group and are able to maintain about a 28kph pace downtown, and a 31kph pace out of Sunnidale. Also please make sure you have a rear light on your bike for the ride back into town.

Last week’s intro ride rode just over 1.5hours. It was a beauty night and we’re looking forward to another great ride tomorrow. Again please watch the twitter in case of poor weather.

Sunday is our annual adopted road clean-up. This typically takes about 2 hours. This year we’ll get started at 9, meeting at the corner of Range Road and Ridge. Please bring gloves and appropriate footwear! We will provide Coffee and snacks! There will be no group ride on Sunday.

Our Ride Leaders committee are still looking for some more people to help coordinate rides through the season. Please indicate your interest and availability HERE. Expect an email from Ryan or Jeremy this week if you’ve already signed up.

Next Sunday is the first interclub road race of the season. These races are run ‘australian pursuit’ style and feature separate categories for all abilities and fitness levels. It’s a great way to experience racing in a low pressure, supportive environment. We also need a few volunteers to assist on the day. If you’ve got a partner coming to watch you race, perhaps they can help with registration and at the finish. Please email me and let me know.

Our full ride calendar is available online: 2015 BSCC Ride Calendar

A reminder that PedalFest is happening on Saturday May 30. The Provinces first fully-inclusive cycling event. We are in need of people to help throughout the day, please sign up.

Celebrate Barrie is coming up on Saturday June 6, and we’ll be offering a bike rodeo, some computrainer racing and our Joyride 150 skills course. If you can spare a couple of hours to help man the area, it would be appreciated. Please email Brendan Matheson if you’re able to help us out.

Make sure to follow us on Twitter: @BarrieCycling and like us on facebook too: /BarrieCycling.

cheers,
robb

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From the Saddle of the Chair

Comments Off on From the Saddle of the Chair 20 April 2015

“FROM THE SADDLE OF THE CHAIR”

Welcome to the 2015 season!!!

I want to take this opportunity to welcome new and “experienced” Barrie Simcoe Cycling Club members to the 2015 season.

First a quick introduction…..I have lived in Barrie for over 10 years with my wife Angie and 2 super kids, Reece (6) and Will (2).  I am passionately involved in the community and love to ride my bike.  My current Community involvement includes:

  • Member – Georgian College Power of Education Campaign Cabinet
  • Rotarian – Rotary Club of Barrie
  • Director – Toronto Ski Club
  • Co-Founder – Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka Cycling Team
  • Past Chair – Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka

This past fall/winter has brought some changes to the BSCC with the announcement of a new board of directors.  Here we are:

Cliff Lilley – VP Research and Development, Wolf Steel Ltd.
clilley@napoeleanproducts.com

Jeanette Heywood – VP, Philanthropy & Brand Management, YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka
Jeanette_heywood@ymca.ca

Kathleen Trainor – Executive Director, Tourism Barrie
ktrainor@tourismbarrie.com

Craig Stevens – Managing Director, Downtown Barrie Business Association (BIA)
cstevens@downtownbarrie.ca

Please note, we are in the process of adding directors to our Board.  Notification will come out very soon on the process for application.

Collectively we have established a foundation to start a Strategic Plan for the club. This will allow us to better communicate what we are setting out to do, what the results have been and why and where we are heading ‘if the roads change’. More importantly, establish formalities around “who we are” and “how do we ensure an incredible member experience”.

The Board has recently adopted a Social Media and Reputation Management Policy that we expect all BSCC Directors and Members to adhere to.  This policy is in its final draft and will be posted to the BSCC website in the near future.

There are incredible opportunities in front of us, and some of these opportunities a ‘traditional bike club’ wouldn’t necessarily have.  Thanks to the momentum already generated from work previously done, and the generous support of our members, sponsors and grant applications, we have the opportunity, as a club, to advocate on behalf of cycling as a mode of active transportation including developing the supporting local infrastructure, cycling tourism development and youth development and involvement. All while promoting our great cycling region. We will endeavor to take this on in a pragmatic, organized and deliberate direction and there will be opportunity for those who want to get involved to get involved!

How about we talk about ‘biking’!!!!…

The winter seemed to take forever and some of us have been warriors battling the cool, wet weather just to say we are outside on our bikes!  The first Tuesday night ride went over a week ago and what a beauty day it was for the Annual Pancake ride last Sunday. We have some great beginner groups getting together to learn about our great sport. We are beefing up our Morning Group rides to hopefully create a full spectrum of structured workouts for those early risers! Let us know if you are one of those ‘early birds’ who can’t wait to hit the road. These rides start the beginning of May.  Be sure to check out our website for all of our ride opportunities and the supporting details.  And….look out!!….we have also struck a member engagement and culture committee (long winded way of saying Social Committee).

Over the next four weeks I plan on sending a weekly email that will give our members some insight to the accomplishments, challenges, headwinds and tailwinds we are all riding with. This will lead up to a Town Hall for the end of May in order for us to get together before the season gets into full swing! We will confirm the date in the next issue.

On a final note…Let’s be clear….we join the club, we get involved, we encourage each other….all because we like to ride bikes.  We are a cycling club….and it is our intention to ensure we provide an incredible experience for all of our members.

Next to watch for…Issue #2 of “From the Saddle of the Chair” we will dive into all of the great things we are doing as a “traditional bike club”.  Issue #3 we will cover all of the opportunities that our grant applications have afforded us. Issue #4 we will bring it all together in order to present how we are moving forward with the encouragement of all to get involved!

In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly at any time.

Regards,

Graydon Oldfield – BSCC Chair
Associate Director, Senior Wealth Advisor, ScotiaMcLeod
graydon.oldfield@scotiamcleod.com

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This week’s Club Rides

Comments Off on This week’s Club Rides 14 April 2015

Hi Fellow Club Members,

Wow, one week into Group Ride season, and our Club is already 150 members strong. Thank you so much for choosing to join and ride with the BSCC!

Last week saw some great rides out of Sunnidale Park and Memorial Square, and it looks like tonight will build upon that with even better weather! Both rides depart at 6pm, and will likely return into Barrie around sundown, minutes before eight. Tonight let’s all get together for some socializing after the rides. Meet at Pie 2 on the Lakeshore at 8pm for some tasty beverages and pizza.
A reminder that the Tuesday evening rides are meant for experienced cyclists who have ridden in a group and are able to maintain about a 28kph pace downtown, and a 31kph pace out of Sunnidale. Also please make sure you have a rear light on your bike for the ride back into town.

Tomorrow evening kicks off our Introductory Group Ride. This is THE ride for you if you’re new to group riding, though we hope you’ve got some solo riding experience before coming out. The pace is casual, and we aim to leave nobody behind. We have a lot of fun and some great conversations. Join us leaving from Johnson’s Beach at 6pm for about 1.5hours.

Our annual Pancake ride out to Shaw’s was a huge success with a great group. Thanks to all who helped kick off riding season.

With the onset of warm, almost summer like weather we are going to add a Sunday Club ride out of Fred Grant Square for this week at 9am. Expect a social pace around 28-30kph and experienced group riders for this one.

Next Sunday is our annual adopted road clean-up. This typically takes about 2 hours. This year we’ll get started at 9, meeting at the corner of Range Road and Ridge. Please bring gloves and appropriate footwear! There will be no group ride.

Our Ride Leaders committee are still looking for some more people to help coordinate rides through the season. Please indicate your interest and availability HERE. Apologies if you tried this link last week and it didn’t work, my bad.

Our full ride calendar is available online: 2015 BSCC Ride Calendar

A reminder that PedalFest is happening on Saturday May 30. The Provinces first fully-inclusive cycling event. We are in need of people to help throughout the day, please sign up.

We would like to help more 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 and let us know your interest!

Club Jerseys are expected to ship on April 27, and the Club would like to invite everyone to a Club Social at Donaleighs Irish Pub on Thursday May 7 to pick up their jersey and to meet your fellow Club mates with their clothes on for a change.

Make sure to follow us on Twitter: @BarrieCycling and like us on facebook too: /BarrieCycling.

cheers,
robb

Announcement, Clothing Update, Club Events, Group Rides, Social Night

2015 Club Registration is now LIVE –>

Comments Off on 2015 Club Registration is now LIVE –> 17 February 2015

Hi Everyone,

Happy New Year, and welcome to the first Barrie/Simcoe Cycling Club update email of 2015!

Your new Club executive have been meeting regularly since the AGM, and plans for the upcoming season are really coming along very well. We’ve started work on a strategic plan for the Club, based off the epic Mt Ventoux climb. Our plan features 21 switchbacks, which each represent an area of focus for the Club. It’s our hope that this new plan will help guide the Club over the next five years, while also providing a solid framework for future growth and endeavours.

Some of the areas we’re focussing on include CycleSimcoe, our cycling strategy development project which is being lead by Brendan Matheson. Last year we were excited to work with Oro-Medonte to create some official, signed and mapped road riding routes through the Municipality. Since that time, interest has exploded and CycleSimcoe is printing three printed maps this year with new ones coming for the Heart of Georgian Bay and another for the Huronia region of Simcoe County. CycleSimcoe will be at the Toronto Bike show next week, make sure to stop in and say hi! If CycleSimcoe is something you’ve not heard of before, please click here and keep reading: CycleSimcoe

Another project we’re excited to be involved with came out of our participation in the City of Barrie’s Active Transportation Working Group, and is a School Travel Planning Pilot project. We’ve partnered with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, The City of Barrie and both the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board and the Simcoe County District School Board to help understand the travel patterns at select Barrie schools. Once the patterns and barriers are understood, our team of STP coaches will help develop ‘custom fit’ solutions for those schools to enable more children to walk or wheel to school. We believe that this project has the potential to help create healthier kids and a better community for everyone. If you’d like some more info, you can check out the Walk or Wheel website.

We are partnering with the Elmvale Bears’ ASAP (All Sports, All People) program to offer an 8 week para-cycling course this summer. A first for the region and our Club. If you’re interested in learning more details or you’d like to help out, please let me know!

Obviously our group rides are an important part of the Club experience and we’re excited to be offering the largest number of weekly rides that we ever have! We’ve done our best to ensure there are rides available for people of every fitness or ability level. We’ve already scheduled our first Essential Skills of Group Riding course for the 9th and 10th of May. If this is something that you’re interested in, please let us know as space will be limited. This course will be complementary with your Club membership for 2015. During the peak of riding season, your cycling Club is offering 18 different ride opportunities each week! You can check out our ride calendar. If you’re interested in helping out being a ride leader this year, please contact ryan@barriecycling.com or jeremy@barriecycling.com to let them know. We’ve got some great incentives this year for our ride leaders so don’t wait!

Our Annual Youth Cup Race is being held on Saturday, May 30 this year. A week later than in years past. We are also adding some new racing to this day. A para-cycling race will take place after the Youth Cup, and then in the late afternoon and evening we’ll be hosting an Ontario Cup Crit race for men & women all using our course in the south end of Barrie on King & Reid St. We’ve very excited to offer a full day of racing for all ages and abilities. We hope that you’re excited too, we’ll need your help to make this a fun, safe and successful day for everyone.

Hopefully everyone has been able to take advantage of the indoor training facilities that are now open for business in town. I have seen many Club members at both the Rad Room and at Real Deal Performance. Personally, I’m not tough enough to ride inside, but I have been able to get out and do some rides outside this winter. I sure am ready for some warm weather though!

We are currently working on arranging some additional benefits for your membership. Discounts around town, information sessions on things like training with power and nutrition and a series of regular Club social activities. Big thanks to Connie White for her help with this!

Additionally we’re going to put together a surveymonkey so that we can hear from you about the Club and what you’d like to get out of it. This should be ready to go in a few weeks. Some other things we’re cooking up are a Club trip to Joyride 150, and some Club visits to the Milton velodrome. If you have interest in either of these ideas, please let us know as well.

In the meantime, Club registration for 2015 is now open, and for a limited time (until March 5), you can get a FREE Club Jersey with your standard Club Registration. Don’t hesitate and miss this great opportunity. I for one would love to see a group ride this summer where every single participant is wearing our Club colours. How cool would that be??! Make sure you aren’t the odd one out, Register TODAY!

Here’s hoping we see you on the road sooner rather than later!

cheers,
robb

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