VCC Update - February 2021

Inter-Club Zwift Stage Race

Juventus club masters coach Bruce Copeland (mostly) and I are organizing a 4-stage race inside Zwift this month!

From Thursday to Sunday, February 18 to 21, we’ll have one stage each day, beginning with a Time Trial. Results of that stage will be used to seed participants into about 3 power categories for the remaining 3 stages.

Please watch for more details coming in the next couple of weeks.

Club Monthly Meeting

Our next monthly update meeting will be Wednesday, February 17 at 7pm. All 2021 members will receive a Zoom Meeting invite via direct email.

Send agenda items you’d like to discuss to our President, Ed Heacock: president@velcocitycyclingclub.ca.

40x4x4 Zwift Century Challenge on February 27

On Saturday, February 27, for our Saturday Zwifters I’m going to host a massive day of riding!

40km of riding, every 4 hours, 4 times! I’ll bump the last ride up by 1km, so we’ll cover a full Century (100 miles/161 kms) by the end of the day.

Of course you don’t have to participate in every ride that day – but then you won’t complete the challenge either! I’d like to knock off a big day of riding mid-winter, but it’s not needed to be done in one full 161km session on the stationary bike. Breaking it into 4 rides across the day makes it a bit easier to digest.

Each riding session will have a Zoom link running for in-ride chatting and support. Start time for the first ride will be no later than 8am on the 27th.

If you haven’t signed up yet for our weekly ride invites, please put your name on this form:   >>>Zwift Signup HERE<<<

2022-2024 Road Nationals in Edmonton?

Now here’s some post-pandemic race planning to consider! The City of Edmonton, ABA and the World Triathlon Series Edmonton (WTSE) are putting together a bid for the 2022-2024 Cycling Road Nationals!

I believe the 2022 event will be for Elites, U23 and Paracyclists. The organizers are looking to host the Masters categories too in 2023 and 2024.

Whether you just want to watch (and volunteer!), or actually race, keep these dates in mind as you plan your training over these next couple of years.

Concussion Talk with Tara Whitten

Velocity club alumna, Olympic medalist and Commonwealth Games Champion Tara Whitten will be telling us about the concussion she suffered in the lead up to the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

We’ll be hosting her talk via Zoom in March, the date to be determined. If you’d like to get the email invite, you’ll need to hold a 2021 Velocity Club Membership.

So, hop on board for 2021 and sign up >>>Membership HERE<<<.

Holding Out Hope for the Spring Riding Camp

As mentioned last month, we’re hoping to hit the roads for a week of big riding this spring in Penticton, BC. COVID cancelled our plans last year, but perhaps we’ll be able to make a safe go of it this year? I expect some restrictions will still be in place. If case numbers don’t get any worse, we should be able to deal with them.

We’ve got a block of rooms available for members at the Penticton Tiki Shores Beach Motel for April 24 to May 2, 2021. Call the hotel direct to make your reservation, asking for the Velocity Cycling Club block of rooms: Phone (250) 492-8769.

Deliberate practice comes when the interest, habit, success, and motivation align. For the most part, we are compelled to practice. It’s not forced upon us by someone else. You have to choose to show up.

Steve Magness