On August 28th, Juventus is hosting the Miquelon Lake Team Time Trial. There isn’t too much information out about the race just yet, but it’s never too early to start planning our TTT team(s). Are we going to win some swanky jersey’s? Pfff, I have no idea. But are we going to have a good time and show off those echelon skills we’ve been working on! Heck yes!
Fall is here? It’s still August, but it’s feeling very much like summer is coming to a close. That might sounds sad, but it’s actually pretty great news. Not only is ‘cross nearly upon us, we also have a number of great events including Roger’s Harvest Ride, the Tour of Alberta Velothon, and the DV100. If you sign up for the Velothon, be sure to use team code ‘MVDH’ be a part of the Velocity Cycling Club team!
On top of that, we’re forgoing our regular Saturday ride to spend some time playing on the track! We’ve booked the Argyll Velodrome from 11-3 and have plenty of track bikes for everyone to use. This will be open to riders of all experience levels, so mark you’re calendars! Full announcement to follow.
It looks like we’ll be able to field a couple of great Velocity Team’s for the Team Time Trial Provincial Championships on August 28! Just a reminder that we have a TTT practice session for August 25th (Thursday) at 6:30pm from the Strathcona Olympiette Centre. It’s not mandatory, but it’ll give us a great opportunity to practice together and go those few seconds faster.
Lastly, don’t forget about our Wednesday and Saturday women’s rides! Check below for all the details.
It’s the return of the Airport Fondo!
The idea is to circumnavigate Edmonton and touch on or pass by several local airstrips. These include Cooking Lake, Twin Island Lake, Josephburg, Namao, Villeneuve and Parkland airports. The entire ride is around 230 km if you choose to do the whole thing, but if you want to do less take a look at our Rendezvous Table below to modify your ride as you see fit. The ride is generally unsupported however we make regular stops along the way to replenish water and food.
The Alberta Bicycle Association is having a casino fundraiser on August 18 and 19 (that’s Thu/Fri this week!) and is still in need of volunteers. A large portion of their funding comes from this event, so if there was a time to help out and show your appreciation, it’s probably now.
Learn more about the available positions here: https://www.volunteersignup.org/7PJM9
Cycle-Smart ‘Cross Camp is quickly approaching on August 20-21 and there are still a few spots left! For Velocity Members (must be a member as of August 9,2016), this event will be eligible under their race entry fee refund (spending limit still applies).
There is still time to sign up for the Velocity Team for the Team Time Trial Provincial Championships on August 28. Please do so by tomorrow (Tuesday, August 15). We have 7 people signed up to race, who wants to be that 8th so we can field two full teams?! The TTT practice session have been moved to August 17 (Wednesday) and 25th (Thursday) at 6:30pm from the Strathcona Olympiette Centre. Why are the rides when they are? In an attempt to cater to people doing EMCC Wednesday Racing or Track League, this was the best solution for people who are racing those events make at least one of the training sessions.
Lastly, we had our first women’s group ride this Wednesday and Saturday and there are plenty more to follow. Check below for all the details.
Wow, and just like that the Fall is nearly upon us! Besides the eminent arrival of Cyclocross season, for those of your skinny tire lovers, it also means some great road rides are nearly upon us that aren’t a part of the ABA Calendar. Whether you want to treat them as a race or just a ride, these are some great events to take part in as a part of the club!
Each of these rides will also be posted in our Weekly Update, but isn’t it nice to have them all in one place?
September 5, 2016 – Velothon Edmonton
Velothon Edmonton is in conduction with the Tour of Alberta and takes you across some of the exact same route that the pro take on! Full details can be found here. Registration cost increases on August 15th, so don’t delay!
Use code “MVDH” on registration to register as a part of the Velocity Cycling Club Team!
September 10, 2016 – DV100
14,000 in prize money, a pretty great route, and a whole bunch of different route options. See all the details here, but don’t forget to register before August 15th because the price increases after that!
September 25, 2016 – Roger’s Harvest Ride
On of the events we host, Roger’s Harvest Ride has been part of the VCC schedule for a long time and is a great opportunity to raise money for Alberta Cancer Foundation. For full details, click here.
To follow up on our announcement one week ago, we are pleased to welcome a Women’s Ride into our weekly schedule! The ride will be lead by Bethany McMillan and will meet twice per week on Saturday and Wednesday. As usual, please make sure you check our Weekly Update for all the details. This first ride will be this Saturday at 10am at the Strathcona Olympiette Centre. Hope to see you there! Anyways, that’s enough from me, please read Beth’s open letter to learn more about the ride and don’t hesitate to contact her by clicking here.
Earlier this year I decided to make road cycling a big part of my summer. I joined Velocity, was set up with a bike and attended all the beginner rides in the spring on Wednesday evenings as well as Saturday road rides.
At first, I really couldn’t keep up with these riders. Let’s be real, these cyclists are training, year round, to gain a competitive edge over their opponents and I respect their efforts and admire their commitment.
So, I don’t want to be the one in the group that is holding them back. I appreciate the ‘no drop’ policy but at a certain point the levels of fitness are so different that it doesn’t seem fair, everyone comes out to get the training and exercise their body needs that day.
This is all to say that my plan is to start a ladies road ride. The rides will begin at the Strathcona Olympiette Centre (52029 Range Rd 224, Sherwood Park) at 10am Saturday mornings. They will be 40-60km in length, this being dependent on who attends and how everyone feels that day. There will also be a meet up on Wednesday nights in the city for those of you that either haven’t ridden with a group before or that want to spend sometime getting a little more comfortable on their bike.
These rides will be no pressure, I would like them to be for fitness, fun and I am holding on to the ‘no drop’ policy where we will pull someone back to the starting point if we have to. I am trying to fill the between being a cyclist and high octane competitive riders. We will still practice good road ride ettiquette and I hope to convince one of the coaches to come out to a few rides to help. This is my way a filling a gap in the cycling community.
Finally, I would like to open a dialogue for anyone that wants to carpool out to the rides, there is no point in everyone showing up in their own vehicles. If you have any questions about what you might need or if you aren’t sure if this is a good fit for you please just send me a message.
Hope you’re great!
UPDATE: Women’s Ride Details now up and Route Maps for Sat/Sun are updated!
Just like last week #CrossisComing!!! This time around, and in addition to Cyclocross Thursday’s, we’re happy to announce that another Cycle-Smart ‘Cross Camp is quickly approaching on August 20-21.
In case you didn’t notice, we are also putting a team or two together for the Team Time Trial Provincial Championships on August 28. We already have enough people signed up for one full team, but wouldn’t it be great if we could do two!? We’ll be having a couple of TTT sessions to practice our skills on August 17th and 24th at 6:30pm. Stay posted for more details. On that note, there is also another TTT and ITT weekend fast approaching in Crossfield on August 13th and 14th. We don’t currently have a team for this one, but if you are interested send me an email (vandenham.michael (at) gmail.com) and I’ll do my best to put one together.
I (Michael) am gone all week to Massachusetts for the Cycle-Smart ‘Cross Camp, but we will do our very best to arrange other ride leaders and keep the twitter ride updates coming in regularly.
Lastly, women’s group! I’m hugely excited to announce that our first women’s group ride will be happening this weekend. All the details aren’t confirmed just get, but they will go out in a separate announcement and be updated here as well!