Club Kit 2024

2024 Apparel is now for sale!

GCC Club Kit ordering ends on June 9th
GCC-Royal City Racing ordering now ends on June 9th also!

The most popular GCC options are back, the NOVA PRO high-performance jersey along with the SOLAR PRO BIB shorts, as well as the more affordable and less race oriented FONDO Club Jersey and CADENCE Bib shorts. All items are available in men’s and women’s cuts. The Nova Pro jersey is offered in two different fits, regular fit (a “club fit” style) and slim fit (a “race fit” style) while the Fondo jersey comes in both Standard and Relaxed fit options.

We’ve also added a whole selection of cooler weather options: Classic Long Sleeve; Thermal Long Sleeve; Wind Jacket; Vest. To top it all off, we’ve got arm warmers, leg warmers and a return of our caps!

Year End Annual Meeting | Tuesday Nov 14 7:00PM

Fellow GCC members!

Our Year End Social and Annual Meeting will be held in person Tuesday, November 14th at 7:00 PM at the ‘Bad Luck Bar‘, at 59 Macdonell St, 2nd floor (above La Reina).

You must be a 2023 GCC member to attend.

The club is providing snacks and one drink per registered member. 

If you plan to attend, please register here no later than Sunday, November 12th. A link to the meeting, the agenda, the 2022 AM minutes and the 2023 financial statement will be emailed on November 13th to those who have registered.

The GCC Board of Directors is comprised of seven positions which stand a one-year term and are set each AM.  The following seven people have expressed interest in director’s positions for 2024: Andrew MacDougall, Christopher Lambert, Darren Mortimer, Kayla Seadon, Kevin Bodbyl, Lorenz Calcagno, Meg Thorburn.

If no further nominations are put forward, the above candidates will be acclaimed. If nominations in addition to the seven people listed above are received, an election for the positions will be held at the AM. If you wish to nominate yourself or someone else to a Board of Director’s position, please email your nomination to Meg by Monday November 6. Please make sure “Board Nomination” is in the subject line of your email. If you cannot attend the AM, but still wish to vote, you may request a proxy form here, instructions will be included.

A final reminder to all members – if you want to be involved in helping and developing the club, there are many opportunities.  Just reach out and let us know what your interests are.  If you can’t attend this meeting, but have ideas and thoughts you want to share about the club, let us know – you can email any of us anytime through the club website.

We hope to see you on November 14th!

Your 2023 GCC Board

GCC members only. 

Advance sign-up required. Reserve your spot by clicking HERE

Start Time: please be ready to pedal at 7:00 PM

Start Location: Bad Luck Bar, at 59 Macdonell St, 2nd floor (above La Reina)

Check here for weather cancellation posted no less than one hour before the ride begins

September Social | Sept 5th 8:15PM

GCC’s September Club Social after the final TAM Ride of 2023!

Date: Tuesday September 5th, 2023

Time: 8:15PM to close

Where: Outside on the front patio at the Fixed Gear Brewing Canteen at 5 Edinburgh Rd

NB: Club Socials are ‘member-pay’ events

GCC Riding Apparel 

The GCC kit store will be open for ordering until Monday July 17th.

On offer are our most popular options, the NOVA PRO high-performance jersey along with the SOLAR PRO BIB shorts and the more affordable and less race oriented FONDO Club Jersey and CADENCE BIB shorts. All items are available in men’s and women’s cuts with Youth sizes available in the Fondo. The Nova Pro jersey is available in Slim & Standard fit styles with a body forming fit for superior aerodynamics and a Mandarin Ergonomic Collar. While the Fondo jersey comes in both Standard and Relaxed fit options. Both bib shorts have chamois options as well.

The store closes at the end of the day on Monday July 17th (actually July 18th, 2:59 AM our time), so be sure to place your orders soon.

A note about Jakroo’s pricing structure:
Please know that Jakroo has a tiered pricing structure based on the quantity ordered. The more of an item that is ordered, the more the price drops. You will not be charged until the store closes and the price you pay will be the final discounted price based on the collective quantity ordered. Pricing drops significantly once 6 items are ordered.

Shipping:
Jakroo will ship the items directly to you, and their current turnaround is 3 weeks from the shop closing. Your new riding apparel should arrive by the end of July!

Sizing:
If you’re still unsure of your size, Jakroo offers a ‘Guaranteed Size Recommendation’ service. Prior to placing your order, fill out the Google Form found here and Jakroo will recommend a size to you. If they get it wrong, they will replace it for free!

The 29th Annual Paris to Ancaster Race Report

Photos and names have been fully used without permission. It’s also likely that some shout-outs were missed. Hate mail can be sent to Erik Holbik.

Although the day started with a beautiful sunrise, we could no longer run from the weather forecast. Overcast, rain, and 9° Celsius: a charming day for a bike ride through the mud.

Word on the trail is that Cento (109km) ride started – and continued – with a very large, very fast group. Of course time and sketchy conditions make fools of us all, and eventually there were crashes, mechanicals, and bonks to space the group out. Approaching a gruelling four hours of determination, the local heroes Maxine Oleka, Sarah Baert, Peter VanLeeuwen, Robert Nespolo, and Mike Dennis ascended the final climb and crossed the finish line to the cheers and cowbells of the encouraging spectators. Extra impressive finishes went to the deceivingly beastly duo of Vincent Halis and Mike Siemens, finishing 151st and 146th overall respectively. Ron Ferwerda finished a commanding 2nd in his age category. The man who questions the value of racing himself, James “Big Tuna” Fedosov, came in a mere 21 minutes after the legit cyclocross pro and overall winner Curtis White, despite spending part of his race rubber side up. A drenched and crusted chapeau to all of the Cento warriors who pushed themselves to new heights while probably traversing some powerful lows.

From the pits of Cambridge rose the largest group, to similarly smash, slide, and hike their way across their 65km of trials. Attacks were made, drivetrains were destroyed, and demeanours were hardened. When one is half way through the race only to find themselves ankle deep in dummy-thicc mud, the only option left is to embrace the absurdity of the circumstances you’ve placed yourself in (and paid for) and haul your now-forty-pound bike over that ridge so you can toboggan down the other side. Our fearless leader and president Kevin Bodbyl made sure that no soldier was left behind. Will Teron, Shane Danis, Jason Balzer, Emma Johnston, Robert McKenna, Matthew Christian, Rich Lyle, and Karl Maiterth crossed the finish line covered in mud and forever changed. The Gears Before Beers crew plunged their platoon through the trenches with Drew Edwards, Drew Stoltz, Chris Parker, Robin Collins, Brian Packer, and Christian Wassermann certainly earning some beverages to rinse the grit out of the molars. Elbowing and dry-heaving their way to the top 110 places or better were Jim Brogden, Erik Holbik (chanelling the spirit of Lorenz Calcagno), Christoper Lambert, and Bryan Atkinson. Coming in a mere nine minutes after the overall winner was Scott McDonald, proving that ironically despite being green, Bakfiets life cultivates diesel power. Flexing their prowess, Deanna Solomon ascended to the podium for her age group while Sara Frangos went all the way up to become the top female finisher!

Finally representing GCC in the Brève race was the Harv Dawg himself, David Harvey, coming in the top 6% of riders for the 42km slog.

Other friends of the club rode in solidarity, if not under different banners, across the various options of suffering. Representing Milton Revolution on that day, both Gord Drewitt and his son Sheldon came through with strong results. Local track goon Russ Watson proved that he is just as comfortable off of the planks. Matthew Scott strapped some knobby tires onto his road bike and hammered his way to the top 12% of his race. Our partner in crime from Peterborough, Alex Lefebvre, secured a handsome position for himself in the full cento (despite an early crash), as did former club member and KW neighbour Andrew Lambert. Speed River Bicycle proprietor and club sponsor Tim Plunkett had a good ride himself, and is eagerly waiting to supply the replacement parts you will need after running all that wet concrete through your brakes and drivetrains.

Whether searching for the glory of the National Championships, or simply out for silly Sunday ride with like-minded people, there was a plethora of both mud and smiles to be found. A hearty round of applause to all participants for not only supporting each other and creating a grand unforgettable day, but also to help illustrate that when life gives you dirty cold lemons, you squish them as hard as you can in between your filthy mud-caked fingers to drain every bit of sweet electrolytes you can muster from them… or something like that.

Celebrity interviews

Ron Ferwerda: “BRUTAL ride…glad I got beat by 10min and not 10sec. Happy to finish 2nd in the +65 AC of the Gravel Championship!”😎

Kevin Bodbyl: “The race is a lot more fun riding with family in the lower waves, however it’s even more muddy.”

Alex Lefebvre: “Made the front but they caught me red handed, trying to hide away from the cold. Picture this I was full butt sliding, all along the damn wet road. How could I forget that I had file treads when it’s muddy?  For about 2 hours, I could only do my best TT.”

Emma Johnston: “Chocolate cheesecake, peanut butter, melted soft-serve, chewed pumpernickel, black forest gâteau, oreo crumbs, tiramisù. All very scrumptious, and are excellent terrains for riding a bike.”

Rich Lyle: “Most definitely the worst conditions I’ve ever experienced for P2A, but somehow it was probably the most fun I’ve had doing this race. More mud than I ever thought was possible, but I somehow made it through with both myself and my bike in one piece!”

Max Oleka: “P2A was literally one giant slip ‘n slide”

Deanna Solomon: “Epic day and a half on the bike. The low point was when I almost had a bike throw in the field of muddy clay but my bike weighed too much to be able to pick it up. The high point was showing perseverance (or stupidity, not really sure which) to get through all of those elements. Overall a great day; can’t believe I was third in my age group again!”

Matthew Christian: “I learned to love mud. Beginning and end. Mud is going to be my +1 from here on out…”

James Fedosov: “Once the 40k road race had concluded, I really enjoyed the 70 remaining kilometers of muddy trail and farmer’s fields. After creating more ventilation in my clothing using some of the aforementioned pavement, I had a blast trying to chase as far up into the field as I could. The misty final climb was incredible. I can’t wait to talk about tire choice for months again next spring!”

Shane Danis: “My bike handled the conditions beautifully, just wish I could have seen it considering how muddy my glasses were the whole time.”

Sarah Baert: “Dropped my snacks so ate dirt instead. To my mini peloton: it was an honour to polish my teeth with the mud off your wheels.”

Drew Stoltz: “An old phrase often told is that “The anticipation is greater than the realization”. Getting wet and dirty are part of the P2A equation (I’m a 2-year veteran now after all), so that was anticipated.  The reality was beyond actual comprehension, and yet it was a fun, challenging day that won’t soon be forgotten.”

Peter Vanleeuwen: “My race started with a bang. My favourite part was when someone in the middle of the peloton just yelled out “I’m stopping”. After that I decided to “enjoy” the rest of the race, which included losing a toe cover while hauling 50lbs of mud through a farm field and pace lining down the rail trail wondering if I’d ever recover my vision. Can’t wait for next year.”

Wilfred Ferwerda:  “I didn’t participate in P2A this year but went as a spectator to cheer on fellow GCC members—especially my brother Ron, who raced the Canadian Gravel Championships in the 65+ category. It was exciting to see so many club members perform well – that’s if I could recognize them covered in mud!”

Anonymous: “I pee’d my pants to keep myself warm”

CLOSED: GCC Riding Apparel 

The GCC kit store will be open for ordering until Sunday April 30th.

On offer are our most popular options, the NOVA PRO high-performance jersey along with the SOLAR PRO BIB shorts and the more affordable and less race oriented FONDO Club Jersey and CADENCE BIB shorts. All items are available in men’s and women’s cuts with Youth sizes available in the Fondo. The Nova Pro jersey is available in Slim & Standard fit styles with a body forming fit for superior aerodynamics and a Mandarin Ergonomic Collar. While the Fondo jersey comes in both Standard and Relaxed fit options. Both bib shorts have chamois options as well.

The store closes at the end of the day on April 30th (actually May 1st, 2:59 AM our time), so be sure to place your orders soon.

A note about Jakroo’s pricing structure:
Please know that Jakroo has a tiered pricing structure based on the quantity ordered. The more of an item that is ordered, the more the price drops. You will not be charged until the store closes and the price you pay will be the final discounted price based on the collective quantity ordered. Pricing drops significantly once 6 items are ordered.

Shipping:
Jakroo will ship the items directly to you, and their current turnaround is 3 weeks from the shop closing. Your new riding apparel should arrive by the end of July!

Sizing:
If you’re still unsure of your size, Jakroo offers a ‘Guaranteed Size Recommendation’ service. Prior to placing your order, fill out the Google Form found here and Jakroo will recommend a size to you. If they get it wrong, they will replace it for free!

Know Your Rights Workshop | Sunday April 23rd 3PM

The Biking Lawyer (Dave Shellnutt) is hosting a workshop for GCC members at Fixed Gear Brewing’s Canteen Location this Sunday April 23rd at 3pm, with a Club Social to follow!

Dave is Managing Partner of the Biking Lawyer LLP, lawyers for injured cyclists, but are also dedicated road safety advocates and cycling community champions. Fun fact: Dave grew up in Guelph.

The workshop will focus on cyclist rights and entitlements should the unfortunate occur, and you’re involved in a collision with a motorist. The 20-30min Workshop will be followed by a Q&A session to give you an opportunity to ask questions, share and discuss. Topics covered will be bike cameras, road rage, police, rules of the road, cycling insurance and more.

After the workshop we encourage everyone to stick around for more chatter and a Sunday social with your fellow club mates. Interested in attending but cant make it this weekend? Let us know and we may be able to organize another event in the future.

Spring Social! Monday March 20th, 7PM

We’re getting together on the Spring Equinox, Monday March 20th, 7:00 pm for tasty brews and wood oven pizza at our sponsor Fixed Gear Brewing Canteen at 5 Edinburgh Rd. South.

This is a new date from the original mentioned in the last newsletter. And don’t forget to join GCC in March to have a chance at winning a new GCC kit!

Great News! Non-Racing Members no longer pay Ontario Cycling fees!

For the past number of years, the Guelph Cycling Club board of directors have been working to reduce the escalation of external fees on its membership.

After much investigation and deliberation, changes have been made that no longer require our non-racing members (more than three quarters of the club) to pay an affiliation fee to Ontario Cycling (formerly the OCA). This work and decision were undertaken with the best interest of the greater membership in mind. It is worth noting that Ontario Cycling will not accept GCC affiliation without full membership affiliation. We believe this may change in the near future.

As a board of directors, we are guided by principles set forth by both the Canada & Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Acts. They require that Boards of Directors act and make decisions in the best interest of their members.

Guelph Cycling Club board members have attended seminars by Ontario Cycling and asked its representatives about the benefits it provides our non-racing members. Based on available information, we conclude the only component of affiliation beneficial to our non-racing members is the insurance.

It should be noted that Ontario Cycling is not an insurance provider. They arrange insurance for their affiliate members through a company called Gallaghers. A breakdown of fees had been requested, but none received.

After comparing fees from other sports organization insurers in Canada, the Gallaghers insurance component is estimated to be slightly more than one third of the OC member affiliation fee. The remaining portion of the fee funds the salaries, overhead, events and operations of Ontario Cycling. Consequently, it is estimated that GCC non-racing members were paying approximately thirty-three dollars each to Ontario Cycling above the cost of insurance, for which they received little or no benefit.

We have since secured a company that provides insurance to other cycling clubs in Ontario (more than 250 cycling clubs across Canada). Discussions with several Ontario clubs were undertaken to gauge their satisfaction with the company. Contact was also made with the new insurance provider directly – this was never afforded to us in the previous relationship.

A key character difference with this new insurer is 365-day coverage, which was not the case with Ontario Cycling.

This new arrangement in no way hampers, nor limits our club’s racers and race license holders (or any club member) from gaining access to, and becoming members of, Ontario Cycling. Provincial and UCI race licenses can be obtained through all the usual procedures and channels, including during the sign-up process for GCC memberships.

There are additional operational benefits to not being affiliated with Ontario Cycling that free up significant time and resources at the volunteer and administrative levels. This results in greater flexibility with scheduling. It also allows us to keep costs under control and keep the club fees working for our members as locally and efficiently as possible.

These changes result in a new fee structure where the majority of our club members will see a decrease in their annual fee by eleven dollars over what the cost would have been had we stayed with Ontario Cycling for 2023. This results in more of the member’s fees staying inside the club which will be used for an increased level of benefits and activities for all club members. We have managed to lower the cost to the most members while adding greater value for all members. Check out these other 2023 Ontario cycling club fees for comparison.

We have also committed to evaluate this new arrangement at the end of the 2023 season. If results show that it does not serve our membership well, we can re-assess the situation and reconsider affiliation with Ontario Cycling among other options.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Sincerely,

The 2023 GCC Board of Directors

Ride Leaders Receive First Aid Training!

This past Sunday March 5th, 2023, thirteen Ride Leaders from the Guelph Cycling Club volunteered most of their day to receive training and certification in Emergency First Aid & CPR/AED level A (CSA Std. Z1210-17 – Basic). It was an informative and fun day together with old friends. There were riders from all disciplines and speed groups present. It is great to know that we have such committed individuals in GCC that want to keep our rides as safe as they are fun. We will offer this training again next year.

Mission, Vision, Values & Guiding Principles

Folks, we have just put the finishing touches on the Mission, Vision, Values & Guiding Principles for the GCC. We have been chipping away at this for at least a year. Below is the fruit of our labour. Please know that all this is living and breathing and can be altered – it’s not cast in stone. If you are a GCC member and think we have overlooked something that needs to be added, modified or updated, by all means, please reach out to a board member and let us know. This is your club and your input is valued.

MISSION – What We Do

Organize and promote safe, athletic cycling in the greater Guelph area.

VISION – Why We Do It

To foster, inspire and improve athletic cycling within the community.

VALUES – What’s Important To Us

  • Dignity and respect for all
  • High ethical standards
  • Social, financial and environmental responsibility
  • Openness and transparency
  • Excellence in all we do

GUIDING PRINCIPLES – How We Do It

  • Promote value for membership.
  • Create a safe, inclusive, high quality experience for members, equitably.
  • Nurture a positive presence in the community.
  • Support collaborative community leadership on and off the bicycle.
  • Provide opportunities for social interaction between members.
  • Encourage participation and GCC representation in competition.
  • Continually learn, improve and be ready to evolve. 
  • Embrace innovation and positive change.
  • Ensure organizational sustainability.
  • Regularly assess and adjust organizational practices.

As a registered non-profit organization, our first responsibility is to our membership, and these statements will help guide and measure our decisions in the operation of the club.

We hope to see you on your bike soon!

2023 GCC Board of Directors

The GCC board of directors for the 2023 season was set at our Annual Meeting on Thursday
December 1st, 2022. At the subsequent board meeting, Monday December 5th, the board elected the four officers of the non profit corporation.

Here are the 2023 GCC board members and their office positions:

Kevin BodbylPresident

Lorenz CalcagnoTreasurer

Ken Lasko

Andrew MacDougal

Chris OstrowskiVice President

Kayla Seadon

Meg ThorburnSecretary

We wish to thank all those that joined in virtually with the Annual Meeting making it the most attended meeting in our ‘virtual’ history!

A special thanks to Gord Drewitt, Rich Lyle and Steve Head for their dedication and years of service as board members helping guide our club into the thriving and wonderful organization we know it as today. Please thank them all personally when next you see them.

All the best to our members this Holiday Season and for the coming New Year. We’re looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Fond Farewell

Gord Drewitt and Steve Head, two of our current board members, are stepping down. Both
have made significant contributions and given a lot of themselves to expertly guide GCC into
the great state it is currently in. It should also be noted that Steve Head was an original founder
of the club and has been with it ever since 2004 – what an incredible commitment! His contributions over the years are too numerous to count and his hard work has shaped the foundation of the club, a very extra special thanks to Steve! We will miss working with both Gord and Steve dearly.

RK