Weekly Update: July 25-August 1

UPDATE: Sat/Sun Route Maps are now posted


The “Nutter” or the “Brewery Hill”. Whatever it is, it’s out new and painful addition to Urban Hills.

It’s the last week of July and we are still seeing some great attendance at our rides! Thanks for coming out everyone. We also had a handful of our riders racing this past weekend in Bend, OR for the Cascade Cycling Classic. Congrats to Mark, Micah, and Terra for surviving a gruelling week of racing. Full results can be found here. We also had people racing at Track Provincials, but no results out from that just yet. Check here for results when they become available.

Pretty regular week rides, but start getting your cyclocross bikes ready because ‘Cross rides are going to be in the schedule soon! Starting on August 4th we’ll be replacing out Sweetspot/TT rides with … CYCLOCROSS THURSDAYS!!!!!!!!! (That’s how excited you should be). Cyclocross Thursdays will meet at Velocity Cycle and then treat you to a fun-filled skills and endurance ride in the River Valley. No previous CX experience required.

The Tour de Bowness is going on this weekend and we’ll have the tent there and set up during Monday’s Criterium for everyone who decides to make the trip out. It’s a great event so if you are on the fence, get off it and sign up already!

Day by Day Schedule

Monday, July 25: 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, July 25: 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, July 26:  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, July 26: Urban Hills Night 

Start Time: 6:00pm

Ride Start LocationVelocity Cycle. 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: Map! If you are running late we will be at Cloverdale Hill at around 6:15.

Thursday, July 28:  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, July 28: 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.

Route Map: Available Here (58km)

Thursday, July 28: 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.

Saturday, July 30: Road Endurance Ride

**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 MapRoute from Velocity Cycle (99km)

Sunday, July 30: Road Endurance Ride

**Please note that Michael will not be there since he’s off in Calgary**

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 Map: Longer Route (106km), Shorter Route (60km)

Sunday, July 30-August 1: Tour de Bowness

The Tour de Bowness is happening in Calgary. We’ll have the tent there and set up during Monday’s Criterium for everyone who decides to make the trip out. 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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