VCC Update - October 8, 2021

Time to Add Layers

With brisk fall weather upon us, there’s still lots of riding if you dress right. Long-fingered gloves, legs covered, at least a windbreaker shell over your long sleeve jersey and probably a cap or beanie under your helmet. You may even want to cover your ears.

Even though it’s not warm, keeping hydrated during your ride is still important too. Hydration will serve you well in your post-ride recovery hours.

Saturday Club Ride

It’s back to the Olympiette Centre to start this week’s ride. I’ve planned a new route south and around New Serepta.

https://www.strava.com/routes/2881258746519405340

Save the link and/or download it to your GPS bike computer.

Pre-register by 8:30am Saturday morning for the ride >>>HERE<<<

L’Etape By Le Tour de France Club Discount Code

If you’re planning to ride next August’s L’Etape Canada event in Edmonton (yes, right here!) I’ve secured a 10% off discount code for Velocity members. Enter VELOCITY at check-out. Learn more >>>HERE<<<

You have both race and ride options. Make this one of your seasonal goals next year, and it will provide a key focus to all of your indoor training this winter. Stay committed and you will rise in the finishing ranks!

(Sorry, if you’ve already registered the organizer can’t refund you the discount.)

ReconciliACTION Ride

Next Sunday, October 17, I’m challenging myself to #DOSOMETHING and ride to reflect on our history with the First Nations people.

The ride will take place at the start of Secret Path Week (October 17 to 22). See The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund for more details about Secret Path Week and my inspiration to #DOSOMETHING – WALK FOR WENJACK. I will start in St. Albert and ride unsupported (carrying all my food and drink with me) west to Lac Ste. Anne and back. It will be a distance of about 160km (100 miles).

St. Albert was the site of a residential school. Lac Ste. Anne is a historical meeting place for indigenous peoples that was (perhaps/probably) co-opted by the Catholic Church as a healing site. Along the route, the ride will pass through the Alexander First Nation and the historical Michel First Nation.

The ride will be a reflection on the journeys of this distance (and more) that residential school children considered and some undertook as they tried to flee the residential school system. 12-year-old Chanie Wenjack died trying to walk 600km back to his home in Ontario. He tried by foot, whereas I’ll go by bike. My challenge will be nothing next to the challenge these children had to bear.

I invite all of you to join me. If you’re interested, please sign up on my ReconciliACTION Ride Form and I’ll send you the route details. I will be considering the weather and planning to start no later than 10am.

Those who wish to control their own lives and move beyond existence as mere clients and consumers — those people ride a bike.

Wolfgang Sachs