an introduction to racing for women: April
Are you thinking about racing? Or is this your first season of committing to take the plunge? It’s not as intimidating as it seems. In fact, it can be a lot of fun especially when you have teammates. For any women interested to try racing, or are looking for more information on preparing for the season ahead, please join the Glotman•Simpson Women’s Race Team for our season kick-off social.
Time: Friday evening info session, Saturday and Sunday rides
Location: Vancouver (details will be provided to registrants)
No previous racing experience is necessary, and everyone is welcome. Open to club members, and non-club members who are curious about racing with Glotman•Simpson Cycling. You’ll have a chance to:
Meet current, new and prospective women racers (and future teammates).
Learn a bit more about what racing is like.
Find out how to prepare for your first race.
Look at the local race calendar and see which races might appeal to you.
Ask any other questions you might have (bikes, nutrition, pace lines – anything!)
Work on race specific drills and skills on the local Tuesday nighter courses
Whatever your bike-related goals are, the team would love to meet you! If you have questions about this event, please contact Morgan.
SEASON KICK-OFF EVENT: April 3, 2019
We're officially kicking off the season with our annual social event and AGM. We have a lot planned with Glotman•Simpson Cycling this year and encourage all club members, and those interested in joining or learning more about the club to attend.
Time: 7 - 9 pm
Location: St. Regis Hotel Bar & Grill (608 Dunsmuir Street)
Cost: FREE to attend! Food and drinks available for purchase
Our Annual General Meeting will be presented for any interested club members (prior to the official kick-off event) at 6:30 PM. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
first official group ride: APRIL 6, 2019
Release the fenders! It's the first official group ride of the season. See Rides, to familiarize yourself with meet-up time, location, route, and our tips for group riding etiquette.
Rides will follow the summer schedule, and Saturday group rides will begin at 8:30 am. Women's group rides, Wednesday, and Sunday group rides will also begin and follow the summer schedule.
SUNSHINE COAST, 1-DAY RIDE: june TBD
Sunshine enthusiasts, get ready to head to the Sunshine Coast. Join us in June for a scenic one-day ride, that will be approximately 120km in distance, and see a total elevation gain of over 1600m. We recommend riders are prepared with their own food, layers for riding, and clothing between ferry rides.
Leave Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal for Langdale – Sunshine Coast on the 7:20 AM ferry. Arrive early to purchase your ticket and board.
Riders will depart Langdale terminal and ride the coast highway to Madeira Park, approximately 60km one-way.
The group will stop for lunch which will be available to purchase. Riders will return to the Langdale Ferry Terminal via the coast highway.
This is a “B” level ride with an average speed of 30km/hr
Riders should bring their own spare tubes, air cartridges, appropriate clothing, food, and water
View the Strava route profile here.
MOUNT BAKER, 1-DAY RIDE: july 1, 2019
The annual Canada Day Mt. Baker ride will begin at the Sumas Canada / USA border at 8 AM on Saturday, July 1. The ride is approximately 145km in length, split into 36km segments. See route map. Pre-registration is required to attend this ride.
If you have any questions about this ride, or would be willing to volunteer vehicle support, please contact us.
Arrive at 7:30am. Ride leaves at 8AM from Canada at Huntington / Sumas Border.
Parking: Available on 2nd Ave & 3rd Ave. adjacent to the border. Do not park in the mall parking lots for risk of towing.
Whatever you need to ride - clothing/food/equipment/extra kit. Each rider must bring their own bag across the border. Once across you can drop off in the support vehicle.
CYPRESS CHALLENGE: August 11, 2019
On Sunday, August 11, the 11th Annual Glotman•Simpson Cypress Challenge, benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation, will harness the determination of hundreds of cyclists as they climb Cypress Mountain in support of life-saving pancreatic cancer research at the BC Cancer Agency.
Learn more about the Annual Cypress Challenge and join us for this great cause. Visit www.cypresschallenge.com.
cyclocross season kick-off event: august
Feel like getting muddy? If you're interested in racing cyclocross (CX) this year, or want to learn what riding a road bike in dirt is all about, come say hello. This is when we all get to meet one another, go over the supported race calendar, pick up pre-ordered kit and answer any questions you have.
Location: Vancouver (details will be provided to registrants)
2019 Gran Fondo Events With GS Cycling
Gran fondos provide a great opportunity to test your fitness, achieve a set goal and have a lot of fun. You can count on seeing many GSC jerseys at these popular weekend events. We'll focus on a select number of mass participation rides, with our gran fondo coordinators to provide pre-event communication, coordination with team registration, group get-togethers and support. For some, this might mean strategizing about pacelines and feed stations. For others, it could just include a reserved area at the start line. It will most definitely include a plan for post event libations. Supported gran fondo events:
Prospera GranFondo Axel Merckx, Penticton, BC
Saturday night team meal in Penticton. Recreational and competitive team management. For information about the event, including planning for accommodations and carpooling, as well as how to register as part of a male, female or mixed team with your GS teammates, visit the Member Forum.
Prospera Valley GranFondo, Langley, BC
Recreational and competitive team management. Registered GSC club members receive preferred team pricing and can save up to $130. For complete details on how to receive the special rate, view details on our Member Forum.
Ryder Hesjedal's Tour de Victoria, Victoria, BC
Saturday night team meal in Victoria. Recreational and competitive team management. Registered GSC club members receive preferred team pricing and can save up to 20% off the regular registration rate. A special promo code is required. For more information on how to receive the special rate, view details on our Member Forum.
RBC GranFondo Whistler
Registered club members can save $20 off registration. A special promo code is required. For more information on how to receive the special rate, view details on our Member Forum. Teams in the Giro race will be coordinated by the Race Ambassadors. More information on the Giro is expected mid-summer.
Levi’s King Ridge GranFondo, Santa Rosa, CA
Block of reserved hotel rooms, fully supported pre and post event rides in Sonoma and post event wine pairing dinner.
Are you a club member riding in any of these fondo events? Connect with our gran fondo coordinators and other club riders in our Member Forum (under the Gran Fondo discussion category).
ANNUAL YEAR-END CELEBRATION: november, 2019
Celebrate the end to the cycling season, in our typical fashion, of an evening filled with music, photos, food, drinks and lots of laughs. Come one, come all, bring your partner, friend, or significant other. We'll be serving appetizers and a la carte menu items, something to meet everyone’s appetite.
Location: The St. Regis Bar & Grill (608 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver)
Time: 7 PM - Closing
Browse through the calendar below, which includes club-related rides and activities, as well as local special events and races.