KWCX Race Report Oct 24, 2021

It has been quite some time since most of us have participated in mass start bicycle events. Fortunately for a group of our club members, they didn’t have to go far to try it out again. Waterloo Cycling Club put on a stellar cyclocross event this past weekend and the weather cooperated nicely. The KWCX wrapped up Sunday afternoon with a good contingent of SRCC racers having tested themselves and their bikes against a classic cyclocross course and some hearty challengers from across the province.

On a scale of zero to ten, the day’s temperatures progressed… in that order. The morning began under thick fog with frost on the ground as the Men’s M3 category hit the course (on occasion and unintentionally) to beat the grass into a slippery ribbon the rest of the day’s racers would follow.

First up, under frosty conditions, Lorenz Calcagno started back of the grid in M3 (masters – read olde) Men’s race to finish middle of the pack and third in his aged category. Pedal harder next time buddy!

By half past noon, the track was fully exposed to blue sky and sunshine when SRCC rider Erik Holbik took to the course placing 23rd in a competitive field of young men. Track conditions turned muddier as his race progressed, making for some increasingly challenging sections. Sand in the drivetrain was problematic all ‘round. I hope he has a good connection for parts!

Next up was the women’s race where SRCC was well represented with five competitors, two of them brand new to the club this year. In a stunning accomplishment, natural talent Sarah Baert topped the Women’s E3 podium winning her first cyclocross ever… EVER – unheard of! New member Riley Claire Sato found her rev limiter at the end of the race and placed eighth on a hybrid bike, whoa!! She was directly followed by another new member, Maxine Oleka, who finished well on file treads putting her awesome bike handling skills to the test in the mucky conditions (talk to your local bike shop owners for a tire sponsorship Max!). A strong effort in master’s Women B category was delivered by famed and longtime SRCC racer Heather (so many trophies) Lylyk as she took third place in her group. And finally, board member, recent birthday girl and SRCC ride lead coordinator Meg (sand bagger) Thorburn took 14th and won the 67+ age category. I mean seriously.

The clouds rolled in for the afternoon and conditions cooled over a well muddied course for the grueling 60 minute Men’s Elite race. Club president James (rainbow jersey) Fedosov put in a solid effort. His hill sprints were something to behold as his massive frame bore down on lesser opponents.  James took 11th (7th Elite 1&2 Men) in the highly competitive event… also on file treads(?) (apply same editor’s note for Max here)

And the hard luck trophy goes out to SRCC member, Alex (teflon) Lefebvre (wearing a Peterborough Cycling Club jersey – ptui!) for riding the wheels off his bike in 5th place for most of the race… until he actually rode a tire right off the rim. He ran half the course carrying his unshod bicycle to switch for a spare (recumbent) bike in pit lane. Alex finished a respectable (and fittingly unlucky) 13th (8th Elite 1&2 Men) at the end of the race. But in a surprising turn of events, he did top the podium in the 5K run. In a post-race press conference he stated he will be cutting ties with sponsor ‘Elmer’s Glue’.

Kudos to WCC for putting on an excellent event and to all the SRCC members who competed. And a special thanks to other SRCC members, friends and family who came out to cheer on our stalwart competitors.

Until next time!

Rusty Knutts

 

BIG 100 Century Rides Sunday September 26th, 2021 160K & 100K

The SRCC road ride of the year with beer and wood oven pizza to top it off!

It’s time to see how your fitness has progressed throughout the season or come along for just another Sunday ride, you decide.

The Essentials:

Sunday September 26th, 2021

Start Times

160 KM
8:00 am – Recreational 
8:15 am – Moderate 
8:30 am – Fast
 
100 KM
10:00 am – Recreational 
10:15 am – Moderate 
10:30 am – Fast
 

Start and finish is at Fixed Gear Brewing on Alma Street (the original location).

Pre-registration is mandatory and available here

The Details:

  • The rides start and end at Fixed Gear Brewing, with a free beer at the end for participants. Water & soft drinks also available
  • Rain or shine (unless weather warning issued by EC)
  • Free parking, gear storage on site, arrive early to stow some gear
  • Three pace groups: Fast, Moderate and Recreational for both distances
  • Staggered start to finish at a similar time
  • There are rest stops along the way
  • The BIG 100 is open to SRCC Club Members only
  • Post ride food provided by SRCC with more available to purchase
  • Bring cash or card for additional post ride bevies or food
  • Masks are mandatory when passing through the Fixed Gear Brewing building
  • Participants must pre-register
  • No other club rides will run on this date
  • Exact departure times for each pace group coming soon
  • Pace group adjustments may occur subject to popularity

Don’t forget… winter is long and September is beautiful.

Hope to see you there!

Your SRCC Board

Yoga for cyclists

I have been doing a lot of yoga for the past couple of years, practising at home almost every morning. In chatting with a friend of mine, I learned that he has created a series of yoga for cyclist videos with Canadian Cycling Magazine. I say “yoga friend” because I know him originally from going to his studio 14 years ago…he has become a cycling friend too. He is both a wonderful instructor and a crazy strong cyclist.
Anyhow, thought I would share this with the club as it is actually one of the better videos I have used, especially since he focuses on our cycling needs: hips, back, quads, hamstrings, and shoulders.

Enjoy.

https://youtu.be/xiBVCjxL5nI

Library Meetup – Where to

You may have noticed the surge in riders participating in our regular rides this year. With so many riders now coming out for each ride, the group can easily spill out into the path of library patrons trying to enter and exit the building if we’re not paying attention.

So please group up to the right of the entrance, on the sidewalk where there are usually vacant parking spaces as well. Anywhere that’s not blatantly in the way once 50 riders show up, will do.

Thanks for your cooperation in reducing the impact we have on our meeting spot hosts.

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

Club Social

The club's annual social event is is set for Wednesday, November 12th at 7 p.m., upstairs at the Albion!

Come out and enjoy a selection of free food, a cash bar, and conversation. There will also be club awards, as well as random draw prizes for some great merchandise.

There's no cost but we'd like you to RSVP. Send an email to rsvp@guelphcyclingclub.ca if you plan to attend.

One of the club's traditions is the dishing out of some hardware. This season, we're asking our members for nominations in five categories – email them to drew@guelphcyclingclub.ca – and then we'll allow club members to vote for the nominees on the club website.
We're looking for nominees for:
1) Best male rider
2) Best female rider
3) Most improved rider
4) Community Spirit and Team Player Award
5) Rider Most Likely to Offer Roadside Assistance

Submit your nominations by Thursday, October 30. Voting will commence on November 1 and close on Nov. 11th. And just a note: winners must attend social, otherwise we give it to next placed finisher.