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.

September Monthly Club Meeting

The September monthly club meeting will be held on Monday, September 11 at 7pm at #1, 10032 113 Street. The meetings typically last roughly 90 minutes, and all members are welcome.

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– AGM and Club Party
– Harvest Ride
– Award Nominations
– And more…

See you there!

Weekly Update: June 12 – 18

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Huge thanks to Tammy Brimner for the photos

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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!
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June Club Meeting Tonight!

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Our June Club meeting is tonight! 

The June monthly club meeting will be held on Monday, June 5 at 7pm at #1, 10032 113st. The meetings typically last roughly 90 minutes, and all members are welcome.

Come and contribute to these discussions:

– Velocity Stage Race Review
– RMCC Stage Race Club Event
– Harvest Ride 2017
– And more!

See you there!

 

Weekly Update: April 24-30

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The Velocity Stage Race is fast approaching!

I feel like these messages have been coming every week but once again we’ve been hit with some of the best (or worst) that Mother Nature has to offer. Oh well. One of these days it’ll be spring!

With that in mind, it seems unlikely that we’ll be able to have our Tuesday Hill Ride. The final call with be made tomorrow. However and much like last week, things seems to be looking up by the middle of the week for the Thursday evening Sweetspot/Tempo ride from Colchester School. For the time being, sit tight, become more well acquainted with your trainer, and considering letting some club members know if you plan on being on Zwift tonight!

Don’t forget that the Velocity Stage Race (May 13-14) is quickly approaching. The race webpage is up and registration should be open any day!

Of course, we also need over 60 volunteers to make this race happen, so please make sure that you consider signing up for a position – there are even number of positions that you can do even if you want to race on the weekend!

Finally, please note that Coach Michael will be gone this weekend to race Paris to Ancaster.

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Club Meeting TONIGHT

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It’s been on the calendar for a while, but we have a club meeting tonight! (our apologies for the late official announcement)

It should be a fairly short meeting mostly centred around the quickly approaching Velocity Stage Race.


Location: 9639 64th Ave

Date and Time: Monday April 3 @ 7:00pm


Agenda Items:

  • Velocity Stage Race
  • Velofix Proposal

You can see the full agenda here and minutes from the previous meeting here.

Year End Party and AGM

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Coming to you next week Friday (November 25)! Come celebrate our accomplishments from this season at the year-end party. There will be a catered dinner, a cash bar, and awards.

This year the event will be preceded by the Annual General Meeting. The AGM is great opportunity for you to become more involved in the club by voting for, nominating, or perhaps even becoming one of the Board Directors. On that note, please follow the link to learn how to nominate someone (or be nominated) for a position. Remember, you don’t need to attend the AGM to be nominated.

For all the details about both the AGM and Year End Party, follow the link! Please note that you must register on Zone4 by Wednesday, November 23 at Midnight.