August 2 - 8 Update

Happy Heritage Day Long Weekend

Celebrate ye olde-tyme travel by getting out of the car and onto your bike this weekend! With a forecast finally looking rain-free, take advantage while you can. Just leave the woollen cycling shorts and leather chamois behind. No need to be that retro!

Ride on your own, with a few friends or join a club ride.

Taking advantage of the long-weekend Monday, I’ve posted a special long-loop ride starting on the south side, near Ellerslie Road and 50th Street. See below for a few more details. This replaces the usual Monday Hill Circuit, because the Heritage Festival will be all over our usual starting location in Hawrelak Park.

REMINDER: Cycling Coaching Camp

The Argyll Velodrome Association in co-operation with Cycling Canada is offering a coaching camp led by the Cycling Canada’s Pathway Development Manager and Master Coach Developer, Jesse Korf.

No prior coaching courses are required. If you are considering coaching at any level – road, track, cross, MTB, BMX – you’ll benefit from what the sessions will offer.

When: August 29 to September 1

Camp Focus:

–   Mastering Training Design to best develop Skills

–   Race Day Preparation

Registration Fee:  $100.00  ( Maximum 14 Coaches )   Certified  NCCP coaches can receive points by taking this session.

Payment :  By cheque to:  Argyll Velodrome Association

Feel free to email me for more details:

Club Weekday Ride Schedule

All rides are posted on the event calendar.

  • NO Monday night Hill Circuit. Besides being a holiday Monday, our usual staging location at Hawrelak Park will be filled with Heritage Festival activities.
  • Threshold TT intervals leave from the old Colchester School Site on Thursday at 6pm. Expect about 2hrs riding.

Weekend Rides

For riding up to 2hrs, take two water bottles and a banana or small snack in your pockets. That should fuel you.

Over 2hrs, and consider a 3rd water bottle or search out a country store to re-hydrate. A few calories in your bottles are ok, but more solid snacks will fuel you better: 2 or 3 bananas, a Cliff Bar (or similar) or small PB&J sandwiches.

The Saturday ride starts 10am at the Olympiette Centre. Clockwise loop up to HWY 16 before heading south to Cooking Lake. 60km Strava Route posted HERE:

The Sunday ride starts 10am at the Acheson PetroCan/Truck Stop area. 70km hilly Strava Route posted HERE:

The Monday ride start 10am from the PetroCan/RBC Centre near the intersection of Ellerslie Road and 50th Street. Easy to get to from 50th just south of the Henday. I’ve plotted a simple 82km route HERE: But feel free to make a few changes if you’ve got better ideas.

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