Weekly Update: May 30 – June 5

 

It was great to see so many of you out at the Alex Stieda Classic this past weekend – We had over a dozen riders ripping it up over the two races! The results from those can all be found right here. We also had a number of riders racing MTB this weekend at the River Valley Rumble. I haven’t seen any results for that one yet, but I will post them when I see them.

This week is shaping up nicely and it looks like we should have some great weather ahead of us. I (Michael) will be gone this weekend, but we will still have rides running on both Saturday and Sunday. Remember Saturday’s ride now has an option to leave at either Velocity Cycle OR Colchester Hall ! We also a have a new ride start for Sunday’s ride and will now be leaving from the Second Cup at Riverbend Square.

Lastly, signup for our world famous still up. All the details you need can be found on the Climbing Camp page on our website. Please remember that signup closes next Monday at midnight.


Day by Day Schedule 

 


 

Monday, May 30: 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 30: 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.


Tuesday, May 31:  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 31: 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: You know the route! If you are running late we will be at Cloverdale Hill at around 6:15.


Wednesday, June 1: 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, June 2: 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).


Thursday, June 2: 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, June 2: 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′ Sweet Spot efforts. I would like to go back and spend a little more time talking about echelons and crosswinds this week after they blew the race apart this past weekend, so please leave your TT bike at home this time around.

Route Map: Available Here (58km)


 

Saturday, June 4: Road Endurance Ride

**Now that the weather is nice, it seems silly to drive out so that we can ride! With that, our longer route summer endurance rides will start and finish at Velocity Cycle. If those distances look like too much, meet us at Colchester Hall (Not the school!)**

Start Time: 9:00am from Velocity Cycle; 10:00am from Colchester Hall (Not the school!)

Ride Plan: 3-3.5 (90-110km) hours steady with a shorter (50-60km, 2-2.5 hour) option available (Starting from Colchester Hall).

Route Map: Long Route (99km from Velocity Cycle); Short Route (64km) Same route, but from Colchester Hall


Sunday, June 5: Road Endurance Ride

Start Time: 10:00am

Ride Start Location: Second Cup at Riverbend Square

Ride Plan: 3-3.5 (105km) hours steady with a shorter (62km, 2-2.5 hour) option available. While we will keep the pace steady on most of the route, there will be a couple opportunities to stretch your legs (or go for some KOM’s!) at designated points throughout the ride.

Route Maps: Longer Route (105km) Shorter Route (62km)


Sunday, June 5:  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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