Weekly Update: May 9-15

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The start of the Alberta Road Cup is upon us and we are hosting the Velocity Stage Race this weekend (May 14-15)! However, to make this event a success we still need your help! The race is still looking for Volunteers on Saturday (mainly as Road Race Course Marshall’s). Interested in lending a hand to make this race happen? Check out the full position descriptions and sign up here.

As always, we have a full calendar of weekly rides that you can read more about below. And don’t forget that a number of those rides cater to new cyclists. If that sounds like you, the Learn to Ride Clinics and Casual Saturday Rides are where you want to be!

Lastly, Bikes on Broadway is fast approaching (May 21-23). If you are interested in sharing travel and accommodation for this race, see the BoB Blog Post.


Monday, May 9: Beginner Track Night

Start Time: 5:30pm

Ride Start LocationArgyll Velodrome

Ride Plan: The perfect opportunity to try riding the track, no matter how inexperienced you are! Velocity Track Coach, Randy Murchison is second to none at helping new track riders get comfortable on the velodrome. Don’t have a track bike? No problem! Velocity has plenty of beautiful Marinoni track bikes for their members to borrow, just remember to bring your shoes, pedals, and helmet.


Monday, May 9: Track Skill Development 

Start Time: 6:30pm

Ride Start LocationArgyll Velodrome

Ride Plan: Monday’s beginner session will be followed by this later session where intermediate riders will be led through a skills and fitness workout. Whether you are a long time road racer or a complete beginner this nightsession not only provides great training, but in an absolute must for anyone hoping to race on the track. Please note that this session is run by the Argyll Velodrome Association and, while we will try our best to keep you updated, the Velocity Cycling Club is not responsible for the cancellations of AVA events.


Monday, May 9: Monthly Meeting

Start Time: 7:00pm

Ride Start LocationArgyll Velodrome

Details: This month’s meeting will be focused on our club’s largest event of the season, Velocity Stage Race, happening this weekend. The meetings typically last roughly 90 minutes, and all members are welcome. Please feel free to join in on the discussion!


Tuesday, May 10:  Track Elite Training 

Start Time: 7:30pm-9:00pm

Ride Start LocationArgyll Velodrome

Ride Plan: This training session is open to Velocity members. Riders should have some experience on the track to participate (if you don’t, try Monday’s beginner track night!). As the event is not run by the Velocity Cycling club, please refer to the Argyll Velodrome Association for updates and more information.


Tuesday, May 10: Urban Hills Night 

Start Time: 6:00pm

Ride Start LocationDa 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 45 second to 1 minute 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 and the pace between hills will be comfortable for riders of all levels.

Route Map: = TBA – if you are running late we will be at Cloverdale Hill at around 6:15.


Wednesday, May 11: Learn to Ride Road Clinic 

Start Time: 6:30pm

Ride Start LocationColchester School

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, May 12: MTB Group Ride

Start Time: 6:30pm

Ride Start LocationVelocity Cycle

Ride Plan: (1.5-2 hours) MTB Ride geared toward intermediate riders (check here for more information) through Edmonton’s beautiful River Valley. It is always a good idea to bring a card or some cash for the unexpected and remember, you’ll need to be have enough food, your flat repair kit, a bell (it’s the law in Edmonton!), and a helmet.

Route Map: TBA


Thursday, May 12: Track League 

Start Time: 6:00pm

LocationArgyll Velodrome

Ride Plan: Track League! Please note that this is NOT a Velocity Cycling Club event. Please refer to The Argyll Velodrome Association website for all the details. Please note that cancellations for Track events are typically decided decided 5 minutes before the event and events are occasionally postponed rather than cancelled to avoid inclement weather conditions. While we will try our best, the Velocity Cycling Club is not responsible for posting cancellations for AVA events.

 


Thursday, May 12: River Valley Casual Cruise

Start Time: 6:00pm (coffee), 6:15 (ride)

Ride Start LocationDa Capo Caffe

Ride Plan: With the Stage Race in only two days, chances are you don’t want to be doing any hard TT intervals! With that in mind, we’ve replaced our regular TT night with a casual cruise in the River Valley. The ride will be about an hour long and open to riders of all levels. Come at 6:00 for coffee or 6:15 for the start of the ride!

Route Map: TBA


Saturday, May 14-15: Velocity Stage Race!

It’s our flagship event! For all the details please see the Velocity Stage Race page or, if you or someone you know wants to volunteer to make the event a success, check out the Volunteer page.


Sunday, May 15:  Track Elite Training 

Start Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Ride Start LocationArgyll Velodrome

Ride Plan: This training session is open to Velocity members. Riders should have some experience on the track to participate (if you don’t, try Monday’s beginner track night!). As the event is not run by the Velocity Cycling club, please refer to the Argyll Velodrome Association for updates and more information.


Notes

  • 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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