2022 Update

Greetings and welcome former SRCC club members!

Why former, you ask? 

In the last few years, the club has grown in many ways. We have added annual signature events; expanded our ride offerings; added Gravel rides; created a more welcoming entry for new club members; maintained our commitment to high level cycling athleticism; been a presence around the province at cycling events; and we have become a recognized voice within Guelph & at City Hall. The time has come to acknowledge our achievements and put on a fitting title. A title that captures all our activities, one that immediately lets people know who and what we are and where we’re from. Something with great simplicity that we can identify with, and be proud of. So after 18 good years as the Speed River Cycling Club, a resolution was passed at our December 2021 AGM to change our name to the Guelph Cycling Club. 

And to go with that, we have a brand-new website: guelphcyclingclub.ca Please remember to update your bookmarks!

It mostly looks like the old one, but way faster (finally)! We haven’t closed down the SRCC site yet, the old squirrel just won’t get out of the cage. Everything you need should be on the new one. If something is missing or needs updating, please let us know. And did we mention it’s way, way faster? Praise be to the Lasko! We’ll have all of our new board member email addresses sorted out soon, until then, you can reach us at the old SRCC ones.

Please click here to join GCC for 2022!

Hopefully 2022 will be a more ‘normal’ year. We are not making any predictions about the pandemic just yet, however, we do have our fingers crossed for a mid-April start to club rides. This depends on both provincial and OCA COVID regulations.  As soon as we hear something, we will let you know – you will receive a newsletter update as the season approaches. Announcements will also be on the new GCC website.

We are very excited to announce our 2022 weeknight ride schedule which has a few changes and some extra bonuses. The very popular Tuesday All Members (TAM) Ride will remain basically as it was in 2021, with speed groups for everyone with one new speed group near the top end for a little extra spice on your Taco Tuesday.

The Wednesday Intermediate A, B & C rides now move to Thursday and they will keep doing what they have always done, just with a day off after Tuesday. This will be great if you are an Intermediate club rider who wants to ride two nights a week with a break in between. This also increases ride chances in case of foul weather.

The Thursday Advanced A, B & C rides stay right where they were and keep doing what they’ve always done so well. 

This leaves Wednesday open for some new and flexible programming.  We’re already planning to offer two Wednesday evening gravel rides per month, as well as one or two monthly women’s rides.  We want to hear from you about new ideas. If we can find leaders and enough interest, we’ll offer them!  Want to lead a ‘Tech night’? Or maybe you have other ideas?  Get down on one knee, send us an email and make us a proposal!

And lastly but not least, we’re excitedly finalizing our 2022 riding kit. We will have both a club standard and a high-vis option for jerseys. New for this year will be a couple of really cool colour options for those members who like to mix it up a bit! We anticipate that this apparel will be available for purchase sometime in March through our new supplier, Jakroo. Full details will be sent out once the ordering window is open.

That’s it for now.  We’re looking forward to seeing you, hopefully sooner rather than later! In the meanwhile, please stay safe, happy and well.

Your GCC Board

2015 Club membership cards are ready for pick-up!

A note to those who have already purchased their 2015 Club memberships: your SRCC membership card is now available for pick-up at Speed River Bicycle in exchange for this signed waiver (or this one, if you’re under 18 years of age). Both a printed waiver and SRCC membership card are required in addition to any cards/waivers that you may have already submitted to or received from the Ontario Cycling Association, as they constitute membership in the Speed River Cycling Club specifically. It is your 2015 SRCC membership card that will grant you access to Club activities, not your OCA card.

So, to recap: Go to Speed River Bicycle*, give a waiver, get a card.

Questions? Click here to to contact James Stewart, club communications guy.

* Assuming you’ve purchased your 2015 membership. Not done that yet? [JOIN TODAY]

2015 Kit Pre-Order Window now closed – thank you for your orders!

The 2015 Club kit pre-order window is now closed – thanks to all members who pre-orderd and to our sponsors who made the great deals possible.

We’ll keep you updated via email and the Club Clothing page (tab above) on ETA, but the kit should be sorted and ready for pickup at Speed River Bicycle (with your membership card) around mid-April. 
If you have any questions in the meantime, drop me a line at bayden@guelphcyclingclub.ca.


Clothing Order 2015: Get your SRCC Kit Now!

The pre-order window for club kit is now open until Feb. 17th. Click here and head over to the Club Clothing page to get all the details and place your order.

We have a fit-kit at Speed River Bicycle to check out sizing (and sizing chart linked on Clothing page), but all orders must come through our online shop.

We expect clothing to land by early April, when we will send a follow up email to all that ordered. Kit will be available for pickup at Speed River Bicycle.

Pre-orders get a huge discount thanks to our generous sponsors, and there will only be limited over-stock once the order is placed, so don’t miss out!

  • short sleeve jersey  $25 (regularly $65)
  • long sleeve jersey   $35 (regularly $73)
  • vest                          $25 (regularly $63)
  • bib shorts                 $35 (regularly $85)
  • arm warmers           $10 (regularly $20)
  • leg warmers            $15 (regularly $25)
  • cycling cap             $20 (made by Walz) NEW for 2015!

Send any questions to bayden at speedrivercyclingclub.org

Please note that the Club kit pre-order is a members-only offer. Pick-up of kit in April will require proof of 2015 SRCC membership.

Indoor Training Starts This Wednesday, Jan. 28!

The SRCC indoor winter training series is a go! Sessions will begin this Wednesday, January 28th at 7:00 p.m., and continue as such each week (i.e. Wednesdays, 7 pm) through to March 25, inclusive.


The location is new for this year… all sessions will be held at the Mill Street Lofts located at 26 Ontario Street, Guelph. Onsite visitor parking is limited, but on-street parking is also available. As you approach the main building/chimney from the lot you will see a smaller building on your left (you can’t miss it), which is where the group will be. Bring your bike, trainer, water and a towel for 1 – 1.5 hours of pure, sweat-stained enjoyment.


This series is free to all SRCC members, as costs are being covered by the club… with thanks to our generous sponsors, of course!

Hope to see you there! Any questions, please contact Gabhan Chalmers at gabhan@guelphcyclingclub.ca.

Milton Velodrome – Try the Track Update

Those of you wanting to try riding the boards are encouraged to register for a Try the Track session.

The sessions at the Milton Velodrome are quite full so getting a dedicated session just for the SRCC will be difficult. I was out there watching the Canadian Track Championships the track looks fantastic. The website seems to be in much better shape now so if you were not able to register in Nov/Dec then try again now and you will hopefully have some better success.

The track will be open to the public the week of Jan 26 to certified riders.

Those of you who want to see the track there is another event the weekend of Jan 9-11. The Milton International Track Challenge has races running all weekend. Tickets are 10$ I believe. Click here for more information: http://www.mattamynationalcyclingcentre.ca/en/events/Milton-International-Track-Challenge.asp

New Year, New SRCC Executive

The Speed River Cycling Club held its Annual General Meeting on December 8th, 2014 at the Guelph Public Library. Thanks to all who attended, as the member turnout and representation was quite good relative to previous years.

In addition to reviewing the past year’s activities and current club status, we elected a new volunteer executive to oversee the Club for the upcoming season. Your 2015 SRCC board of directors is as follows:

  • Gabhan Chalmers – president and ride coordinator
  • Bayden Pritchard – vice president
  • Steve Head – secretary and treasurer
  • Rob Nespolo – sponsorship director
  • James Stewart – communications director
  • Cory Darling – director at large
  • Adam Woods – director at large
  • Michael Dennis – director at large
  • Curtis Donnahee – director at large
  • Andy Mill – director at large

The club executive typically meets on the second Monday of each month, with the first meeting of 2015 scheduled for January 12th. Feel free to contact James Stewart (jstewart@guelphcyclingclub.ca or any of the SRCC board members with any issues that you’d care to see raised, or with your interest in attending a meeting. Otherwise, please reach any of us at any time with your thoughts, questions or concerns regarding your Speed River Cycling Club… we’re here to serve!

2015 Club Membership Gift Certificates Now Available

Looking for a last minute gift idea for that cycling enthusiast in your life?

How about a membership in the Speed River Cycling Club?

2015 Club Membership Gift Certificates are available for $32, which covers the Club Dues portion of the membership fee*.

Gift Certificates can be purchased via our online membership system here: 2015 CLUB MEMBERSHIP GIFT CERTIFICATE

You will need to login to your CCN account (or create a new one) and make payment.

The Gift Certificate will be emailed to you, and can then be printed. The Gift Certificate contains a unique coupon code that can be entered by the recipient to obtain a $32 discount when joining the club.

*Please note the recipient WILL be required to purchase the mandatory OCA insurance coverage ($39), or have a UCI Race Licence or OCA Citizen Permit, when they join the club..

If you experience any issues during the purchase process, please contact CCN at 1-866-534-2453.

Thank you for your support!

2015 Club Memberships Now Available

We’re happy to announce that the Club’s 2015 online membership system (hosted by CCNBikes) is up and running. 

2015 Club Membership Fees are a total of $71, which includes Club Dues ($32) and the mandatory Ontario Cycling Association (OCA) insurance fee ($39)*

The online membership system can be accessed here: 2015 CLUB MEMBERSHIP – JOIN HERE

The registration process is similar to last year. You will need to login to your CCN account (or create a new one), follow the registration process, agree to the waiver, and make payment. A confirmation email will be sent to you.

*Please note that during the registration process you will be taken to the OCA Membership Registration page to obtain the mandatory insurance coverage. Select “OCA Affiliate Club Membership” to obtain the $39 insurance coverage. You may also opt to purchase a UCI Racing License or an OCA Citizen Permit, both of which include the mandatory insurance coverage.

If you experience any issues during the registration process, please contact CCN at 1-866-534-2453.

Thank you for your interest in joining us for the 2015 season!

SALE, SALE, SALE !!!

Just in time for the Holidays, 2014 Club Kit is now on SALE!!
All remaining in-stock items are now 50% off !
Whether as a gift for someone else, or for just for yourself, now is the opportunity to take advantage of some terrific savings on some quality cycling wear.  
To make a purchase go to our Online Shop. Login using your CCN account information. Then simply select the items you wish to purchase, and during the checkout process enter the coupon code BLOWOUT50 to receive the 50% discount.

Finally, print your receipt and head over to the Speed River Bicycle shop in downtown Guelph to pick up your items.
Short-Sleeve Jerseys, Long-Sleeve Jerseys, Vests, Bib Shorts, and Leg Warmers are still available, although quantities and sizing is limited. Everything sold on a first-come, first-served basis. All sales are final.

Annual General Meeting

Our AGM is scheduled for December 8th at 7pm, at the Guelph Public Library (Main Board Room). The meeting is basically to elect members to the various positions within the board of directors.

Positions that are up for nomination are: President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, Communications Director, Sponsorship Director, Ride Coordinator, and Directors at Large. If you would like to nominate an individual before the AGM, please email gabhan@guelphcyclingclub.ca

There will also be nominations at the AGM. Nominations must be accepted by the nominee either in writing, prior to the AGM, or in person, at the AGM. If the nominee is not able to attend the AGM, they should send a proxy to represent their interests and witness the election process. All voting will be done by ballot.

Hope to see some new faces out there. We'll have an update soon about indoor training beginning in January.

Update – Try the Track, Milton Velodrome

The Milton velodrome opening has been postponed, and we will have to cancel our existing Dec. 13th booking. Please find further details at their website. If you've registered already, they should be contacting you shortly.

Further update: It appears that the time slot has been moved to Saturday January 24th (1-3pm), and hopefully anybody who has registered has been automatically re-booked. Tentatively, we'll continue with this date/time.

Try the Track – Milton Velodrome

UPDATE:

Wow, great response!  We have filled all the spots for the Dec 13 Try-the-Track session.  However, if you would still like to Try-the-Track they have opened up a new session on Monday Dec 15 from 5 – 7 pm.  You will need to go to the registration website, get a Milton Code (usually takes less than a day) and then register for the Try-the-Track session.  Here is the link:

https://eservices.milton.ca/Activities/ActivitiesDetails.asp?aid=1526

We have reserved 12 spots at the Mattamy National Cycling Center in Milton for SRCC members who want to give track riding a try.  This is a 2 hour time slot which includes a bike rental, introduction to track riding, and then about an hour of riding on the track.

The date is Saturday December 13 from 1-3 pm.  You will need your cycling kits, helmets, shoes AND pedals.

If you are interested please send an email to nespolo@labware.com to reserve your spot!  We expect that the 12 spots will go quickly so dont wait to long.

More details below:

Try the TRACK (Adult) – 129052
Ages: 19 Yrs. and over
Fees:
– Try the Track-Adult 2hr Res $25.00 – Try the Track-Adult 2hr NonRes $27.50
Description:
This program is geared to: Absolute beginners with no track cycling experience Prerequisite: Must be able to ride a bike Equipment: Bike rental is included in fee; helmet and shoes are available for rent Next program to take: Track Certification A or Intro to Track Cycling Are you an absolute beginner in track cycling and ready to give it a spin? Try it out with this 2-hour session which will get you acquainted with the Mattamy National Cycling Centre, followed by an exhilarating experience on the track! Explore the basic principles of track bikes and track cycling, including safety skills, track cycling etiquette and how to ride the track. Learn the techniques for mounting/dismounting, balance, starting/stopping, rider control and how to get on and off the track. Get ready, get up and ride!
Spots Available:
12

Meets:
Saturday Dec-13-2014 1:00PM – 2:00PM Community Room 2 – Mattamy National Cycling Centre
Saturday Dec-13-2014 2:00PM – 3:00PM Cycling Track – Mattamy National Cycling Centre