Weekly Update: April 11-17


We’re almost back to racing – The first Spring Series Race will be held this Sunday (photo by Bob Holtsman)

It’s the first week of the Learn to Ride Clinics! If you are a new cyclist or in need of a brush up on your group riding skills, these Wednesday clinics are the place for you.

Beyond that, we are settling nicely into our summer routine. Tuesday is Urban Hills night meeting at Da Capo Caffe on Whyte, Thursday is TT/tempo practice leaving from Colchester School, and we will leave from Colchester again fro Saturday’s ride. The first Spring Series Race on Sunday means that we will not have a club ride on the 17th.

Lastly, the City of Edmonton is recruiting people to do a focus group on cycling on April 21st from 6:00-8:00pm. If you are available, this is a great opportunity to represent our cycling community.

Tuesday, April 12: Urban Hills Night 

Start Time: 6:00pm

Ride Start Location: Da Capo Caffe on Whyte. Come 10 minutes early if you want to enjoy a coffee or snack before we head out!

Ride Plan: 1.5-2 hour ride with a numerous 0:45-1 miniature intervals up some of Edmonton’s most gruelling hills. Urban Hills night is the perfect ride for cyclists of all levels – the number of intervals we do is completely up to you!

Route Map: Available Here (44km) – if you are running late we will be at Cloverdale Hill at around 6:15.

Wednesday, April 13: Learn to Ride Road Clinic 

Start Time: 6:00pm

Ride Start LocationWilliam Hawrelak Park. The ride will meet Picnic Shelter 1 (1st Picnic Shelter on the right, 200m into the park)

Ride Plan: This ride is the perfect opportunity for riders of all levels to become more comfortable on their road bikes! In this skills clinic, coach Bernie Fagnan will teach basic bike handling skills and terminologies, rider etiquette, types of pacelines, and some tips and tricks on how to ride safely. If you are a member of the club, but don’t have a road bike, don’t despair! Velocity Cycling Club has bikes to use! Check with our equipment manager, Oliver Walls, to book yours.

Thursday, April 14: Road TT Workout 

Start Time: 6:00pm

Ride Start LocationColchester School

Ride Plan: 1.5-2 hour ride with two 10km tempo efforts. If you have one, bring your time trial bike! Every second week we will do individual threshold/tempo efforts that will be perfect for logging some miles on your time trial bike. Don’t have a TT bike? Don’t worry, you can join coach Michael van den Ham as he does the efforts on his road bike.

Route Map: Available Here (57km)

Saturday, April 16: Road Endurance Ride

Start Time: 10:00am

Ride Start Location: Colchester School

Ride Plan: 3-3.5 (99km) hours steady with a shorter (56km, 2-2.5 hour) option available.  This is our social endurance ride, so the pace will be steady and comfortable for most riders. Please see club rides to see if this is the ride for you.

Route MapLong Route (99km), Short Route (56km)

Sunday, April 17: Spring Series Race #1

It’s the first Spring Series Race! The Spring Series races are a great opportunity to test out your fitness, give racing a try, and have fun. For all the details please see the race flyer.

Please note that this means that we will not be having our Sunday Group rides for the next few weeks. However, you are strongly encouraged to ride out to the race. Coach Michael will not be there, but if you want to volunteer to lead a group out email him and he will post the ride details on the webpage/calendar.

Not interested in racing? The Spring Series is still looking for volunteers. While not hosted by our club, it’s still a great chance to give back to the cycling community.  Remember, no volunteers, no races! You can sign up here.


  • Our Calendar is always up to date, however changing conditions may require a last minute update or cancellation which will be announced on Twitter. Watch the @VelocityBikeAB Twitter feed for any last minute changes or cancellations. This feed is also shown on the main page of the website.
  • We are insured by the the Alberta Bicycle Association who requires all riders on any scheduled club group ride be a member of the club. Please check out our Membership page for details and to learn about our trial membership.

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