Weekly Update: July 4-9

UPDATE: Saturday and Sunday Road Ride have been changed to a 9am Start time

Another race weekend and another big contingent out from Velocity at the Canada Day Crit. We had a number of strong showings in the club and even landed a couple top-10s! Congrats to Stewart Wyllie on his 7th in Cat 5 and Paul Tichelaar on 2nd in Cat 3.

This weekend brings some more great riding weather, the Suffer Like a Dog ITT, and the Road Race Provincial Championships. Since it’s early July that also means that Coach Michael is off to BC SuperWeek to test his crit skills. Don’t worry, the regular group rides will still go off as planned! You can also follow his results here or by following him on Instagram/Twitter (@mvdhcx).

Tuesday, July: 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


Wednesday, July 5: Urban ride

A nice ride on the paved trails down in the river valley, expecting to be back at the starting point by 8:30pm.

Start Time: 6:30pm

Ride Start Location: Hawrelak Park, picnic site #1 in the parking lot

Ride Plan: multi-use trail group ride westbound.


Thursday, July 6: 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’).

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

Route Map: Available here. Route goes Counterclockwise. 


Thursday, July 6: MTB Ride

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, July 8-9: Suffer Like a Dog ITT and Road Race Provincial Championships

There are two races this weekend in the Calgary area, for more details, follow the links below.

Suffer Like a Dog TT: Tech Guide (Available Here) and Registration (Available Here)

Stampede Road Race Provincial Championships : Tech Guide (Available Here) and Registration (Available Here)


Saturday, July 8: Edmonton East 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 9am

Details: Road ride at a no-drop pace. If the weather requires, we’ll do some echelon training. There will be a long ride group (108km) and a shorter ride group (56km).

Route Map: Long Route (SB3 Long), Short Route (SB3 Short)


Sunday, July 9: 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

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: 114km Route (Short Route turns back at Devon)


  • 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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