Weekly Update: June 12 – 18


Huge thanks to Tammy Brimner for the photos


Huge thanks to Tammy Brimner for the photos


Masters National Championships 

If you didn’t look to closely at the photo above, you better go back and check it out because Ed Heacock is looking pretty good on that podium in the Road Race!

Congrats to Ed (3rd in RR, 7th in TT), Brain Countryman (8th in TT, 14th in RR), Dave Watson (35th in RR, 13th in TT), and Kevin Coghlan on their performances at the 2017 Global Relay Masters National Championships this past weekend. You can see all the results by following this link. 

Classic of Highlandia Criterium 

The classic of Highlandia crit is quickly approaching and you still have time to register, volunteer, or, even better, do both! You can see the Tech Guide here. Remember that Early Bird pricing closes tonight (Monday) at 11:59pm! 

The race still needs 40 volunteers to run, so if you want to come hang out at one of the most fun criteriums out there, consider doing so while wearing an orange vest!

Rundle Mountain Stage Race

We have some club funding to do the Rundle Mountain Stage Race! For all the details, see the RMSR post from last week. Please remember to sign up!

Day by Day Schedule

Monday, June 12: 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, June 12:  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, June 3: Urban Hills

Come on out for Urban Hills night! Worried that you aren’t fit enough? Well don’t be! Urban Hills is perfect for all levels. After each set of hills (and you can choose to do as many or as few as you’d like) we regroup and ride a nice easy pace to the next climb. 

Start Time: 6:00pm at the Ritchie Market, 6:15 at Cloverdale Hill

Ride Start Location: Ritchie Market at 6:00, Cloverdale Hill at around 6:15. 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: On tap this week: Cloverdale Hill, and The Legislature Hill, and the Zoo Hill

Tuesday, June 3: Ladies Urban Ride

The first Ladies Urban ride! To be added to the ladies ride email list, please email Beth. 

Start Time: 6:30pm

Ride Start Location: Hawrelak Park at Picnic Shelter #1 (first picnic shelter on the right if you are driving in)

Ride Plan: See the Women’s Ride night description for more details.

Route Map: A ride through some of the nicest trails in Edmonton’s River Valley!

Thursday, June 15: Sweetspot/Tempo Workout

Come join us for a Sweetspot/Tempo workout that’s sure to get you ready for race season! This week will feature 3 x (approx.) 8-10’ Sweetspot intervals. We’ll regroup after each interval, so don’t worry about how fit (or unfit) you think you are.

Start Time: 6:00pm from Colchester School

Ride Start Location: Colchester School at 6:00pm

Ride Plan: 3×8-10’ (ish) Sweet Spot Workout. Interval #1 is from TWP 514 to TWP 510 on RR 232, Interval #2 is from Highway 21 to RR 220 on TWP 510, Interval #3 is from RR 221 to Highway 21. This week (just like last), bring the last mile of each effort up to your VO2 Max zone (the max you can sustain for 5’).

Intervals should be done as a TT effort. No Drafting tonight!

See the Tempo/Sweetspot Workout night description for more details.

Route Map: Available here. Route goes Counterclockwise. 

Thursday, June 15: MTB Ride

The first MTB ride of the season! Remember to bring a pump, tube, tool, and a bell. For more information, read all about our MTB rides here. 

Start Time: 6:15pm from Giant Edmonton

Ride Start Location: Giant Edmonton

Route Map: TBA

Saturday, June 17: Classic of Highlandia

No regular group ride today, so come on out and race or volunteer for the Classic of Highlandia! 

Tech Guide: Available Here

Registration: Available Here

Volunteer Signup: Available Here

Saturday, June 17: Velocity Casual Road Ride

A casual group ride. Please be prepared to ride 80-100km at 28-32km/h (in a group). 

Start Location: Starbucks Coffee (Ellerslie and 50th Street – 10:00am)

Start Time: 10am from Starbucks Coffee on Ellerslie and 50th.

Details: Road ride at a no-drop pace. If the weather requires, we’ll do some echelon training.

Route Map: TBA

Sunday, June 18: Edmonton West Road Ride

A slightly longer road ride (weather permitting) that will split into two different paced groups partway through plus, we’ll be hitting some road on the other end of the city for some variety!

Start Location: Second Cup in Reverend Square

Start Time: 10am

Details: Plan for 3-3.5 hours. 15-20km into the ride we will split in two groups – from there the “race team” group will head off at a quicker pace while that “fondo” group will follow at a slightly more casual pace.

Route Map: TBA

  • 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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