Polar Vortex Got You Down?

Alberta April Polar VortexIt looks great outside! The sun is shining. Winds not too bad. A little snow, but the roads are actually quite dry. Because, you know, it’s a dry cold!

With no real end to this Polar Vortex in sight, our club rides remain on hold. The Spring Road Series that was supposed to launch this Sunday, April 8, has been cancelled.

Lance Adamson will try again with the Spring Series next weekend, April 15. We may have a small respite in the temperatures to help make it a go … but the forecast is still quite weak.

Nonetheless, the Spring Series can only be a success when we have enough volunteers to keep it safe for all of us. If you aren’t ready to race, please help our cycling community and volunteer for one of the April series dates. You can sign up at this link right here: www.volunteersignup.org/B8KDT

Alt-Spring Series on Zwift

In the meantime, for all of the Zwifters out there, club member Dayton Danielson has kicked the Polar Vortex to the curb. He’s organized the YEG Canada Spring Race EH? Zwift event this Sunday at 12pm (official start of 12:20). It will be a handicapped event, complete with Group A, B and C categories. Spread the word to your Zwift riding friends. You can find all the event details here: zwift.com/events/view/53854

Or Plan to Attend the Club’s Penticton Training Camp

The annual Penticton Training Camp will be running April 28 to May 7. At least the Polar Vortex isn’t crashing their temperatures like ours. So if you can get the time off, it promises to be a fantastic week of getting a good dose of riding and climbing volume achieved.

I encourage anyone with racing ambitions this year to make the trip. I’ve been making the annual trip there myself for at least 10 years. The temperatures are always better than Edmonton. The roads are clear and much more interesting to ride than around here. And there’s always the post-ride wine tours to explore!

Here’s the link to the post with all the details: Annual Penticton Training Camp

And Join Coach Kevin Later This Sunday on Twitter …

I’m open to trying a few different methods to deliver my training and racing knowledge. This Sunday, April 8, I’m going to try an “Ask Me Anything” style session on Twitter.

At 5pm for about an hour I’ll be on my Twitter account, @BicyclingBloggr, where you can follow my discussion, reply to my posts, mention me in your questions. So grab your favourite beverage (coffee/beer/wine) and on Sunday afternoon we’ll see where the discussion takes us.

Chat soon!

Kevin Rokosh

“Happiness is a good bike and a good pair of legs.” – seen on a greeting card during my recent trip to Amsterdam.

Annual Penticton Training Camp



The Velocity Cycling Club Annual Penticton Camp is planned from April 28, 2018 – May 7, 2018. These dates have been coordinated with the Edmonton Masters Club, so members of both clubs could potentially do both camps.


As usual, Velocity members attending the camp are responsible for their own transportation, food and lodging. To assist with this, the club has booked at block of rooms at the Tiki Shores (info below).


Penticton Training Camp April 28, 2018 – May 7, 2018

Tiki Shores 914 Lakeshore Dr.,
Penticton, BC V2A 1C1
Phone: 250 492 8769

Club Support at Rundle Mountain Stage Race

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Once again, the Rundle Mountain Stage Race (RMSR) on June 24-25 will be a semi-supported club event! This means that want to encourage everyone to travel down together for the event and have some funding available for club accommodation (and, of course, race entries reimbursement at the end of the year).

The RMSR is a two day, three stage race right in the heart of Canmore. Stage 1 a criterium just out of downtown Canmore, Stage 2 is a steep 1.96 km hill climb up Silvertip Hill, and Stage 3 a tough road race that finishes at the Canmore Nordic Centre.

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Climbing Camp Update


The 2017 Climbing Camp is just around the corner but you still have time to sign up!

This is just and update to let you know that all five campsites have now been booked and paid for. If you’d like to share a site with someone, please let Stewart Wyllie know to make sure there’s room for everyone as there are only two tents allowed per site. You can make arrangements to split the cost of the site with the person who originally paid for it on Zone 4.

For more about Climbing Camp, make sure you have a look at the Climbing Camp Page.

Weekly Update: May 24-28

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Lot’s on the list this week, so I’ve separated it into headings to make things easier to navigate. Just looking for the daily schedules? Right to the bottom!

New Club Clothing 

The big news of the week is that our long awaited club clothing online store is up and running! We’ve made a switch to Jakroo which has allowed the club to do the entire order process online. What this means is that when you login and order something, it will show up at your doorstep. For more information, have a look at the Club Clothing Page.

Climbing Camp

In other news, registration is up and running for our Climbing Camp in Jasper, AB on June 2-4. Please have a look at the Climbing Camp page for all the details.

2017 Drayton Valley 100 

We are also in the process of putting together a team for this year’s DV100. Last year we won and there is 2000 of prize money on the line, can we repeat this time around? Early bird team registration closes on May 31, so please fill out the form ASAP if you are interested in being on the 8 rider team!


Learn to Group Ride Clinics

If you missed it last week, make sure you make this week’s Learn to Group Ride Clinic! If you are new to the sport of cycling, want learn some road riding etiquette, and become more comfortable riding in a group, these are the perfect rides for you! They will start at 6:30pm in Hawrelak Park, at the first major picnic area on the right (Site #1) at 6:30. The sessions will cover some basic bike handling skills, Tips and Tricks, and Group Riding Expectations for the first two weeks, and then work on more advanced skills out on the Road later if anyone is interested.  Expect the pace to be relaxed, consistent, and predictable every week. Please check the twitter (@VelocityBikeAB) for updates and cancellations.

Learn to Ride Track Nights

And, finally, please note the the Learn to Ride Track Nights have also started. Bernie Fagnan will be instructing the new riders group from 5:00pm to 6:30pm while the track training session starts at 6:30pm. New riders who want to try track are encouraged to join at 5:00pm. Remember that the Velocity Cycling Club has a number of beautiful Marinoni Track Bikes for their members to use! If you have any questions, please contact BernieContinue reading

Volunteer for the Velocity Stage Race, 2017

As you may have heard, the Velocity Stage Race is coming up soon, May 13 & 14 to be exact, and we are looking for about 60 volunteers to ensure that the race runs smoothly and safely. The location for the crit on Sunday is still to be determined, but we’d love to get people signed up early for both days. You can find descriptions for all the roles here and sign up here .

This race would not be possible without everyone’s help and we appreciate everyone taking the time out of their busy schedules to support the club and ensure the race is a success. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at jessica.wyllie@ualberta.ca

Looking forward to seeing you there!


Volunteer Coordinator