Weekly Update: May 23-29

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A group from last year’s climbing camp

With a smoky, drizzly, dreary week behind us, I’m looking forward to the couple days of sun that seem to be popping up in next weeks forecast. Only time will tell if will get to bask in that promised sun, but remind to check the Twitter account in the hours leading up to a ride if you aren’t sure that it’s going to happen.

Rain aside, we do have lots of rides going on this week! Check below for more details on each one. The only thing to note is that there WILL NOT be Track this Monday because of the long weekend – the Velodrome will be closed for the holiday. There also will not be any weekend rides this upcoming weekend because we’ll be heading to Juventus’ Alex Stieda Classic because, well, it has some gravel on course and gravel is cool. Seriously though, it looks like a great event, so I encourage everyone to check it out.

Lastly, signup for our world famous climbing camp is now up. All the details you need can be found on the Climbing Camp page on our website.


Tuesday, May 24:  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 24: Urban Hills Night 

Start Time: 5:45pm for coffee, 6:00pm for ride start.

Ride Start LocationDa Capo Caffe on Whyte. Come 15 minutes early if you want to enjoy a coffee or snack before we head out (and don’t forget, we get 10% off purchases for our club rides!). We will end the ride at Rosso Pizzeria and you are more than welcome to stick around for a pizza post-ride!

Ride Plan: See the Urban Hills night description for more details.

Route Map: Back to the old route! If you are running late we will be at Cloverdale Hill at around 6:15.


Wednesday, May 25: Learn to Ride Road Clinic 

Start Time: 6:30pm

Ride Start LocationGallagher 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, May 26: 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 26: 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 26: Road TT/Sweet Spot Workout 

Start Time: 6:00pm

Ride Start LocationColchester School

Ride Plan: 1.5-2 hour ride with 2-3 10-15′ threshold 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, this is a great effort to do on the road bike as well!.

Route Map: Available Here (58km)


Saturday, May 28-Sunday May 29: Alex Stieda Classic

Gravel, Gravel, Gravel! Do you know how long we’ve been waiting for a gravel road race in Edmonton? FOR EVER!

I have reports from Juventus that the gravel is in very good shape and they are woking with the county to make sure it stays that way. You won’t have any problem using your road bike for the event.

For all the details about Juventus’ Alex Steida Classic, see their website.

 


Sunday, May 29:  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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