Supporting cyclists and our community
Glotman•Simpson Cycling was created by a group of friendly riders who wanted to promote a positive image for the sport. As a cycling team and club, our goal is to create a safe and supportive environment, for riding, racing, and welcoming members of all abilities while presenting a positive image for cyclists and supporting the community.
Supporting a search to find a cure for Pancreatic Cancer
In addition to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for riders, Glotman•Simpson Cycling is dedicated to supporting the search to find a cure for Pancreatic Cancer.
"Pancreatic Cancer is the second most common gastrointestinal malignancy and the fourth leading cause of cancer death in North America. It affects both men and women. According to statistics from the National Cancer Institute of Canada, approximately 3,400 Canadians are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer yearly. In British Columbia, approximately 480 new cases are diagnosed each year. The mortality rate is virtually identical to the incidence rate. Only 1-4% of pancreatic cancer patients survive at five years after diagnosis." (bcpcrnet.ca)
The Cypress Challenge is an annually hosted event for cyclists to challenge themselves on Vancouver's premier hill climb while supporting a good cause. 100% of the money we raise goes to the BC Cancer Foundation. Read more about the Cypress Challenge event.
The Beginning of Glotman•Simpson Cycling and Founding Members
Geoff Glotman was looking for a way to give something back to the community while at the same time supporting a cause dear to his family - Pancreatic Cancer Research. As it would happen, John Perkins, Dan Schmit and Allan “Big Al” Prazsky approached Geoff to gauge his interest in sponsorship and support for a new elite racing team. Geoff agreed and the Glotman Simpson Race Team was born. The team posted immmediate dividends with several Top 10 results, including Big Al’s victory in the Yaletown Grand Prix.
Today the club has risen to almost 400 enthusiastic riders, and racers in every men’s and women’s category, with a comprehensive skills coaching, mentorship and development program. None of this would have been possible without the time, energy and drive of the founding members.
Bjoern Ossenbrink started racing with the Glotman•Simpson Cycling Team and quickly shifted his focus to managing the race team and expanding the club to include non-racers, establish the club office, indoor cycling program and coaching skill sessions. With Bjoern's involvement, the race team achieved several successes including winning Provincial Championships in the Master’s Category.
Bjoern worked very hard to build membership from 20 members to 200 by 2011. In 2008, he worked to develop a partnership with the BC Cancer Foundation to raise money for pancreatic cancer research. Bjoern was also a key member of the Board of Directors during its formative years. Bjoern has competed in World Cup Cycling events, Ironmans and many other competitions. On a personal side, Bjoern has been coaching endurance sports athletes for over 15 years. He has developed his own successful business, MultiSPORTScience which provides athletes with testing and other services.
Stephanie Ossenbrink started racing with the Glotman•Simpson Cycling Team in 2007. She was the first female racer in the club and accomplished a number of podium finishes. Stephanie promoted women’s cycling within the cycling community and helped develop the women’s race team from 2007 until 2011.
Stephanie was the founder of the popular Thursday night skills sessions and she was very instrumental with helping the club grow. Stephanie also served on the Board of Directors. Personally, Stephanie has coached athletes around the world for more than 10 years. She has worked with athletes who have qualified for the World Championships. Her personal achievements include 7 US National Collegiate Championships, the All-American Award, multiple Canadian National podium finishes, a Canadian Junior World Championship, several professional bike race victories and racing the Ironman triathlon series as a professional.
Allan Prazsky is one of the founding members of the Glotman•Simpson Cycling Race Team (2007). Allan started mountain bike racing in the late ‘80’s and followed his father’s footsteps into road racing in the early ‘90’s. Allan’s long career in cycling includes National Team stints in the UK, Belgium, France, Holland and throughout the US and Canada.
For the past several years, Allan has been the Technical Director for the Cypress Challenge, Glotman•Simpson Cycling’s premier event for raising money for pancreatic cancer research. From its inception, where a mere 20 cyclists rode up Cypress, the Cypress Challenge has grown to hundreds of riders. Allan has served on the Glotman Simpson Board of Directors and now currently works as Executive Director at Triathlon BC, where he oversees sport development.
Wendell Challenger joined Glotman•Simpson Cycling in 2009 as part of the Masters race team. A Category 2 road racer, with a long history of competitive mountain biking, he has had success transferring his cycling skill set to asphalt. His several successes road racing with the Glotman Simpson team are highlighted by his winning the 2009 Masters A Provincial Road Championship on a solo breakaway.
Soon after joining the club, Wendell devoted much of his personal time to developing the club website, making it an incredibly successful communication tool for new and existing club members. Never one to sit still, Wendell has also served on the Board of Directors for several years and has helped with coaching Thursday night skill sessions and the Iona time trial sessions.
John Perkins was one of the original three racers who started the Glotman•Simpson Race Team in 2007. As a co-founder of the club, John also managed the club’s finances and bookkeeeping records until 2010. For the first few years, John also served on the Board of Directors.
John was a very active racer for the team until 2011. He is a Category 1 racer and has raced mostly in British Columbia. John’s sprinting prowness has helped him win several races including numerous Coastal Series races. In 2006, John was the Provincial Points race champion. In 2007, he was the Vancouver TT series winner. In 2008 and 2009, John was the Coastal Series champion and in 2010 John won 5 Coastal Series races. His racing success has also included a podium in the BC Cup as well as Top 5 and 10 finishes in Yaletown and Superweek.
In 2007, Dan Schmit was one of the co-founders of the Glotman•Simpson Cycling Race Team. Dan raced for several years and was part of the team that won several Master’s victories at the Yaletown Grand Prix and numerous other races. Dan also served on the Glotman Simpson Board of Directors for the first few years of the club’s existence.
Dan currently owns and runs Pure Performance Massage Therapy which specializes in enhancing the training and performance of athletes while treating and preventing injury.
Ted Feenstra - Lifetime Member
As an accomplished hockey player and determined all around athlete, Ted purchased a brand new road bike and was encouraged to join the Glotman Simpson Cycling Club by a friend and fellow club member in 2007. By 2010, Ted's club interest evolved to signing on as a Bronze sponsor, as well as volunteering his time as a board member, club treasurer and club ride ambassador.
His involvement continued to grow each year; setting up and managing the spin studio, interior design and renovation of the club office, managing the club clothing orders, arranging a GSC riding trip through the Okanagan, a GSC riding camp in San Diego, and in 2013 a GSC trip to the 100th edition of the Tour de France.
Ted is an established and experienced architect in Vancouver and currently is the owner of Feenstra Architecture, specializing in really cool buildings, custom houses, renovations and interior design. He was honoured as a lifetime member of the club in 2013.