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.

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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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!

Jessica

Volunteer Coordinator

Velocicross is Almost Here!

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It’s that time of year again and our Cross race, Velocicross p/b Velocity Cycling Club and United Cycle is here on October 8 and 9 at the Fulton Ravine.

Volunteers Needed: We have a great weekend of racing in store, but we need some volunteers to help make it happen. There are plenty of positions where you can sign to to volunteer and still race. Please see our volunteer signup sheet for all the positions and descriptions.

For more information about the race, please see the page on our website.

Velocity Track Day: Saturday, August 27

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You may have noticed that it was announced in the last Weekly Update or on our Calendar, but right here is where you’ll find all the details on our Club Track Day!
Maybe you don’t know this, but the Velocity Cycling Club has a fleet of beautiful Marinoni Track bikes (just like the one shown above) that are free for all of their members to use. Even if you never been on the track, this is a great opportunity to come out and see what it’s all about. Remember, we also have Learn to Ride Track Events every Monday throughout the summer if Track Day gets you hooked.

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Provincial TTT Championships

On August 28th, Juventus is hosting the Miquelon Lake Team Time Trial. There isn’t too much information out about the race just yet, but it’s never too early to start planning our TTT team(s). Are we going to win some swanky jersey’s? Pfff, I have no idea. But are we going to have a good time and show off those echelon skills we’ve been working on! Heck yes!

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Look at those front wheels! Bronze medal winning 1984 USA Olympic Team (Canada was 14th)

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