As you may or may not have noticed, our club coach, Michael van den Ham, has moved to other things and will no longer we coaching the club.
I want to thank all of the club members for making my time working with the Velocity Cycling Club a fantastic experience. As my wife and I move to Abbotsford and take on some new challenges, I’m sad to leave behind this community of cyclists. I’ve vastly enjoyed my nearly two years at the Velocity Cycling Club and will miss everyone involved!
With Michael gone, this means that we have some holes to fill in our ride programming with experienced volunteers from the club. If you think you would be interested in helping out, we’ve created a simple spreadsheet where you can sign up as a primary or alternate ride leader. Click here for more details.
If you have any questions about the role, please email Michael.
A reminder that we have been invited participate in the Velothon (and received a discount!). This years Edmonton Velothon will be held on September 4th in conjunction with the Tour of Alberta. For more information, see the message below and sign up using the discount code:
“The Velothon takes place on a 20 km circuit in downtown Edmonton on closed roads, with much of the route being the exact same as the Tour of Alberta professional route. This is a great chance to race on roads that generally could not be safely ridden on due to traffic. The Velothon has both 60 and 100 km distances available – the choice is yours.
We also encourage team registrations, and have some added perks to make it more lucrative. For local Alberta clubs and shops, we are happy to offer a discount code that gives each registrant $25 off the cost of registration. Your unique $25 discount code is: ABLBSDISCOUNT0032
Additionally, for teams entering, the 6th registration is free! If you’re team reaches 5 members, please email me and I will pass along the code for the free entry. A team can be created during the registration process online.”
Old Velocity Clothing
As many of you know, we’ve moved over to using Jakroo for our club clothing. While this means that the club no longer has to hold onto stock items, it also means that we have a number of Garneau items (current design) left over that we are looking to get rid of for a discounted price! If you are interested, contact Ed Heacock (780 437 2979, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org) to see what is available.
Monday, August 21: Track Skill Development
Start Time: 5:00-6:30pm
Ride Start Location: Argyll 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, August 21: Track Elite Training
Start Time: 6:30pm-9:00pm
Ride Start Location: Argyll 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, August 22: 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 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
Thursday, August 24: Cyclocross Ride
The MTB rides has transitioned to cyclocross rides. But still remember to bring a pump, tube, tool, and a bell!
Start Time: 6:15pm from Giant Edmonton
Ride Start Location: Giant Edmonton
Route Map: A series of Edmonton’s finest river valley trails
Saturday, August 26-Sunday August 27: Cycle-Smart Cross Camp
Another year of the Cycle-Smart Cross Camp is upon us! Remember that this qualifies as a race entry fee for club reimbursement.
You can Sign up here!
Saturday, August 26: 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).
Sunday, August 27: 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.