Celebrate 2017 at our annual year-end social event

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP so we may accommodate food orders.

Our annual year-end celebration is just around the corner. Come one, come all, bring your partner, friend, or significant other to celebrate another fantastic riding season. Join us on Saturday, Nov 18 for a full season round-up of goodies, including an evening filled with music, photos, food, drinks, and lots of laughs.

We'll be serving light appetizers. If you plan on extending your stay downtown, please contact the hotel directly to reserve a room for the night at 604-681-1135.

Event Details:
Date:
 Friday, November 18, 2016
Location: St. Regis Hotel Bar & Grill (608 Dunsmuir St., Vancouver)
Time: 7 PM - Closing
Cost: Free, includes some appies.  Drinks and full dinner menu available at your own debit.

Please RSVP (at this link) to attend this event, by November 10.

Race Report: Feeling Pro at BC Superweek

By GS Women’s Race Team Member Rebecca Cohen

Gs Women's Team

The GS Women’s Race team capped off a successful season by lining up against a field of professional riders night after night during BC Superweek. The events took place from July 7th to 16th and featured nine very high caliber races, including a UCI sanctioned race. This year’s team included Penticton-based climber extraordinaire, Emma Lujan; Vancouver Island’s fastest female (and, let’s face it, pretty much BC’s fastest female), Janna Gillick; our team’s most organized, diligent, and punctual rider, Sonia Taylor; and myself, Rebecca Cohen. Local powerhouses Haley Gill of Pender Racing and Jess Daniels of Steed Cycles also joined us as guest riders for the week. 

Start line

This year’s Superweek was bigger and faster than ever; teams traveled from all over Canada, the US, and even as far as New Zealand to compete. Not only were the GS women lining up against entire professional teams and Olympic medalists, we were joined by 80 other riders on the start line, roughly quadruple the number of cyclists we race against during our regular season.

However, with over $120,000 in prize money up for grabs throughout the week, who wouldn’t want to race? The $12,000 offered for first place in the Gastown Grand Prix is actually the biggest prize for any North American race.  

It was pretty intimidating to be lining up next to riders we knew of from watching the Olympics or by following their pro teams on social media. At one of the first races of the week team Canada parked their team car next to our Glotman vehicle and warmed up alongside us. This was all was pretty nerve racking, but when the nerves wore off I realized it was pretty impressive that we were able to line up and race with such incredible riders. In my 20 plus years of competing in other sports, I was never given the chance to play against Olympians or professionals.

Rebecca

The week kicked off with the MK Lands Delta Criterium. The following day was the fast and furious Ladner Criterium where, unfortunately, Jess was caught in a massive pile-up and fractured her ankle. We wish her all the best with her recovery. Sunday, July 9th was the UCI Delta Road Race, where we really were made to feel like a professional team. The sign in table was placed on stage, and we posed for an official team photo in front of the crowd. Police and media vehicles, motorcycles, and team cars complete with matching team bikes on the roof just like in the Tour de France led us through the winding course. With an average speed of 40 km per hour for two and a half hours, this race really gave me a sense of what it takes to compete at a top level event.

After that came the inaugural New Westminster race, but the Gastown Grand Prix was really what we were all waiting for. Being able to race in downtown Vancouver was an amazing feeling, this event is really one of a kind for our team. We had countless friends and family members come cheer us on, and this was by far the most well-spectated race we participated in this season. Pedaling at over 50 km per hour on the cobblestones and hearing so many people cheer me on was a huge adrenaline rush. I only completed a few laps, but it was one of the most thrilling races of the season.

Next up were the Giro di Burnaby and the Poco Grand Prix and last but not least was the Tour de White Rock. Emma really shone in the crit, breaking away from the pack and setting up Janna to win a prime (a prize for coming in first on a certain lap). The week ended with the White Rock road race, a course known for its grueling hills. Emma led the pack up every climb, and Janna and Haley used some team tactics to get Haley a top ten finish.

Although the week started off with some nerves and questions, it ended with Haley, Janna and Emma working together and executing some teamwork. Sonia and I took this year as a learning opportunity and I can definitely say that towards the end of the week I felt more confident on the start line, and had experienced a major change in attitude. I went from saying to myself "I am not good enough to be here, why am I doing this" to "this is an incredible learning opportunity and I am going to do the best I can." I had so much more fun trying. Not finishing any races was a bit disappointing, but more than anything I am inspired by my teammates for keeping up with the pros, and ready to keep learning and improving.   

Delta

It was a great week of racing and learning for all of us. Superweek introduced me to a whole new level of fast that I am already excited to partake in next year (after a much needed off season, of course). Racing against Olympians, who have access to the best equipment and intimidating support crews is tough, all while juggling full-time work and other commitments. Superweek is hard both physically and mentally, but it’s also incredibly exhilarating and motivating. Goals for next year's Superweek will keep us going as we train through the cold, wet days next winter.

This much racing takes a serious amount of work “behind the scenes”, and the women’s race team could not have raced this week without tireless support, organization, and dedication from Dave Gillam and Morgan Cabot. They were at nearly every race helping set up and take down tents and trainers, pin numbers, feed us both on and off the course, and give us race strategies and tips. We appreciate the support of our club sponsors, and, lastly, we are extremely grateful for all the other club members as well as our family and friends who came to feed us, cheer us on, and offer moral support when our hearts were pounding with nervousness before a race. Thanks for a great season and see you all next spring!  

June Club News: Mt. Baker Ride, July clinic

Mount Baker 1-Day Ride: Saturday, July 1

The annual Canada Day Mt. Baker ride will begin at the Sumas Canada / USA border at 8 AM on Saturday, July 1st. The ride is approximately 145km in length, split into 36km segments. See route mapPre-registration is required to attend this ride. All individuals that register will receive follow-up communications confirming ride details. If you have any questions about this ride, or would be willing to volunteer vehicle support, please complete the form to contact us.

Itinerary

  • Saturday, July 1: Arrive at 7:30 AM. Ride leaves at 8 AM from Canada at Huntington / Sumas Border.
  • Parking is available on 2nd Ave and 3rd Ave. adjacent to the border. Do not park in the mall parking lots for risk of towing.
  • Cost: $20USD or $25CDN/person.

Requirements:

  • Passport and US dollars.
  • Travel medical insurance coverage.
  • Each rider must bring their own bag across the border. Riders should bring their own clothing, food and equipment for the ride. Support vehicles can carry bags to and from Mt. Baker. 

Volunteers Needed

We are in search of 2-3 driver volunteers to help drive the support vehicles. Fill out the form to let us know if you can help. 

Advanced Skills Clinic Registration Now Open

Performance Skills Series: Advanced Skill Sessions
with David Gillam and Morgan Cabot 

Dates: July 5, 12, 19 2017
Cost: $75
Time: 6 - 8PM
Location: Spanish Banks, Burnaby, Jericho
Capacity: 30
Register here.

For men and women that want to develop advanced cycling skills and ride strategies. This clinic will introduce advanced group riding skills, in 3 two hour group sessions led by two coaches with National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) accreditation, as well as extensive years of training, performance and competitive experience. This clinic is ideal for novice racers, riders interested in road racing, or advanced riders that want to accelerate their group riding skills.  Participants should be comfortable riding in groups at a moderate to fast pace.  

Whether you've just started racing, are thinking about racing, or just want to gain advanced skills of butt-kicking on the road, this clinic will help you achieve the knowledge and confidence to ride smarter and better.

Session 1

Advanced bike handling - bump, hop, push, crawl, dip, corner.

Session 2

Climbing: The tips and tricks to climbing faster and better.

Session 3

Sprinting and attacking: tips for racing and fondos

REGISTER TO ATTEND THIS CLINIC

Register a Cypress Challenge team to receive a custom jersey 

The 10th Annual Glotman•Simpson Cypress Challenge will be hosted on Sunday, August 13, 2017, in support of life-saving pancreatic cancer research at the BC Cancer Agency. The 2017 event is dedicated to the memory of Gary Heppell.

Register as an individual, or as a team of four in the Team Challenge by July 5 for $500, and each team member will receive a custom Cypress Challenge jersey with their team logo. Logo submission deadline is July 5. Visit cypresschallenge.com for complete event details.

Cypress Challenge has gone social! Follow our newest social media feeds to stay up to date on Twitter @CypChallenge and on Facebook/CypressChallenge.

REGISTER FOR THE CYPRESS CHALLENGE