Weekly Update: July 17-23

Update: The Thursday Road Ride has been cancelled due to poor air quality that is forecasted for this evening. 

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Another week of riding and racing is upon us! We have our regular weekly schedule planned, but please keep an eye on our Twitter account (@velocitybikeAB) for updates. Environment Canada has issued a warning about smoke drifting in from the BC Wildfires, so we may decide to cancel rides is the air quality proves to be too poor. As a general rule of thumb, the ride will be cancelled if the AQHI (Link opens to AQHI Forecast) is 7 or above.

On a different note, it’s Mountain Bike Nationals weekend! We have a couple riders competing, so if don’t have plans for this weekends, consider coming down to Canmore to watch our nations best!

Finally, mark your calendars because we have a club meeting coming up on July 30 at 7pm in the Downtown MEC Community Room.

Monday, July 17: Track Skill Development 

Start Time: 5:00-6:30pm

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, July 17:  Track Elite Training 

Start Time: 6:30pm-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 18: 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 19: Women’s 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 20: Sweetspot/Tempo Workout

UPDATE: Cancelled due to a High AQHI Index that is forecasted for Thursday evening. 

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 13: 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: A series of Edmonton’s finest single-track!


Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24: MTB Nationals and Canmore ABA Cup

It’s MTB Nationals time! And only a few hours away! We are not the biggest MTB club out there, but we’ll have at least a Velocity riders (including your club coach, Michael, and MTB rider leader, Jason!) out there representing the club.

You can see the Tech Guide here, and Register here.

Sunday, July 23: PedalHead TT

The Pedalhead TT put on by the Calgary Crankmasters Cycling Club is also happening this weekend. You can Register here and see the Tech Guide here.


Saturday, July 22: 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)

Start Time: 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 (99km) and a shorter ride group (56km).

Route Map: TBA


Sunday, July 23: 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 Time: 9am

Start Location: Second Cup in Riverbend 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: 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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