Women's Skills Clinic + West Point Specials

Women’s Learn to Ride Clinic!

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Is this your first season of group riding? Would you like to prepare for a Gran Fondo? Join us for a clinic that will help you gain confidence and develop your group riding skills, in a fun, safe and non-intimidating environment.

Date: June 6, 13, 20 & 27
Time: 6-8 pm
Location: Vancouver / Richmond / Burnaby

During these sessions we will cover:

  • Pacelines: Learn how to ride in a paceline and techniques for group riding scenarios.

  • Advanced pacelines, climbing and descending. Gain confidence and riding efficiency.

  • Sprinting and cornering. Get comfortable riding in the drops, out of the saddle, and leaning the bike through corners.

  • Bike maintenance and fit at West Point Cycles.

Open to club members and non-members, you should be comfortable riding your bike for two hours, at a moderate pace. Led by the Women's Race Ambassador Team with a combination of National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) accreditation, and extensive years of training, performance and competitive experience.

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West Point Cycles Victoria Day Supported Ride

West Point Cycles first supported ride of 2018 will take place on May 21st along the Washington coast through beautiful Whatcom County. Come ride with a great bunch of people and take advantage of a support vehicle, refreshment table, and pre-ordered lunches!

When: 9am May 21st, 2018
Where: Peace Arch Provincial Park

Important note: There is a ticket option for Glotman Simpson Club Members that is a no charge ticket option.  We do need everyone who attends to be registered. You can purchase the picnic lunch through the website at the same time as you register.

GS Sunshine Coast Ride

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You’re invited to join the GS Sunshine Coast Ride, Friday, June 1st. This fantastic ride begins and ends at the Langdale ferry terminal, travels north along the Sunshine Coast Hwy, dipping onto quiet roads, staying near the coast, past Sechelt, Halfmoon Bay and Secret Cove to the lunch spot and turn-a-round at Madeira Park. The ride is approximately 125km with 1300m of elevation gain throughout the day.  

We will meet at the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal for the 7:20am departure to Langdale. There are two return ferry departures from Langdale for Horseshoe Bay: 3:15pm or 5:25pm.

A pit stop at Persephone Brewing Company before returning on the Langdale ferry is a must.

Everyone is responsible for personal expenses for the ferry and food.

To sign up please fill out the signup sheet and email Paul Tinsley if you have any questions.

When: 7am June 1st, 2018
Where: Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal

Champsys Order

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The Summer GS store will be open from May 16th until midnight on May 26th. All the regular items are available in addition to base layers and new casual clothing.

Jerseys Pick Up

When: May 16, Wednesday
Where: West Point Cycles (2nd and Main)
Time: 6:30pm-7:00pm

And yes! We will have jerseys available for pick up during the event.

Valley Fondo Team Discount and Registration

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The organizers of The Prospera Valley Fondo have extended discounted entry fees to GS club members. Register now with the rest of the GS team until June 15 for $150 or $175 thereafter. Follow the link below and take advantage of the offer!

After the beautiful Valley ride with your teammates, relax, unwind and relive your day at the GS tent in the beer garden.

Date: July 22, 2018

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GS Goes Bloom in Wenatchee

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Women’s Race Report

Every year, the Tour de Bloom stage race in Wenatchee, Washington draws GS racers from across all categories. Janna Gillick and Jess Daniels represented our Cat 2, and Rebecca Cohen, Krista Matthews, Katie Fitzmaurice and myself (Sonia Taylor) in Cat 3. Our races were combined as Cat 1/2/3, but scored separately.

We felt confident going into the first stage on Friday. An undulating 80km road race with a 5 minute climb to the finish suited our well rounded squad. Unfortunately Janna, Rebecca, Katie and Krista were all caught up in crashes during the stage. While Krista was OK to continue racing, the other three were injured and we wish them all the speediest of recoveries.

Following Stage 1, I was in 2nd place in the Cat 3 GC sitting 6 seconds behind the leader. Our now reduced squad of Krista, Jess and myself went into the weekend with the goal of defending this position for the remaining 3 stages. Saturday saw a very windy 15km time trial in the morning, where Krista and Jess both put in strong efforts; Krista claimed 3rd place for the stage. Saturday evening was the downtown criterium, which, despite some major pre-race nerves turned out to be an unexpected success.

The final stage on Sunday was a very windy 55km road race where teamwork and perseverance were key. Krista put in a heroic effort during the final kilometers to keep me sheltered from the wind, allowing me to keep my legs fresh to outsprint the closest GC rival and protect our 2nd place for the weekend. Despite some bad luck and setbacks, the GS women displayed strong and smart racing throughout the race with Krista finishing 8th in the Cat 3 GC and Jess 11th in Cat 1/2.

Men’s Race Report

GS had good representation in Wenatchee and found their team mojo at The Tour De Bloom. Both the Cat 3 team and the Cat ½ team placed 4th in the exciting downtown, twilight crit.
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The race played out mostly as expected, and we all did what we needed to do for the first 30 minutes. Jeff went for a $100 Prime and nearly got it, but Florenz flew past him at the end to add to his mounting airfare-back-to-Europe fund.

At the 45min mark, Amiel got into position on the outside, following me (Jem Arnold), lurking near the front and out of the danger. Jeff had legs to spare and came up to do a ton of chasing work in the final 10 laps. Amiel and I were in perfect position with 2 laps to go. Then, on Corner 1 going into the uphill with 2-to-go there was a crash behind us.

The crash had been worse than we thought and the race was neutralized. As we rolled to sit on the start gate and wait for the restart, we had mixed emotions: Not being able to finish on our hard work was frustrating but was secondary to the satisfaction of successfully executing the plan and the process. Whatever happened after this, we had already achieved our primary process goals.

We sat on the start line for over 15 minutes. Lungs tightening, legs getting cold. Adrenaline and caffeine wearing off. Then it came time to restart the final 5 laps.

5-lap Sprint-off

Starting back up, the Trek Red Truck (TRT) guy on the front took the first lap then pulled off. Langlois Brown took us through the second lap then pulled off.. More TRT guys came forward to lead out their sprinter and GS was securely on the outside at the back of their train, fighting off Kyle, Al, and Florenz. We were rubbing shoulders and elbows, but nothing felt unsafe. They had their leadout, we had ours…

Through Bell Lap we hit the climb. You know that last interval when you go to stand up, take two pedal strokes and have to sit back down?... My legs utterly gave out up on the climb… I shouted at Amiel to: “Go go go!”

Amiel launched and got on the wheels of Florenz and Zach, the two most threatening sprinters. He made up a few positions along the back straight, before diving into the last downhill corner. He dodged a couple TRT leadout men as they pulled off and nearly chased down Zach the US Track Champ.

Amiel sprinted to cross the line in 4th place. By far our best result at this Crit.

Info About Gravel Rides and Cyclocross

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*A Quick Note About Jersey Pickups*

The next opportunity to pick up your club jerseys will be as follows:
Tuesday, April 24 from 5:00-5:45 pm at West Point Cycles (215 E 2nd Ave, Vancouver)

Note: Jerseys will only be available during this time. A second opportunity will be during an upcoming 4iiii and Giro event May 9th at West Point (watch this space). If you are unable to pick up feel free to arrange for a friend to swing by for you.

GS Gravel and Cyclocross Rides 

Are you curious about taking your bike away from paved surfaces - and cars? With the recent explosion of cyclocross and gravel cycling, these disciplines are no longer considered fringe or niche. With a multitude of bikes, routes, and events to choose from, there has been a lot of interest and enthusiasm from GS members to take their bikes to the trails. If this piques your interest as well - read on!

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GSX Email Forum

We’ve created a new Google forum, to connect all GS riders interested in cyclocross or gravel. If you’re interested in gravel rides, cyclocross skills practice, cyclocross racing, or just learning more - please contact Morgan (mcabot@glotmansimpsoncycling.ca) to be added to the Google groups forum. If you’ve been invited to the group (by Carmen Marin) then you’re already set!

Gravel Rides and Fondos

For our inaugural year of organized gravel rides, we will not have a set schedule in pace. Keep an eye on the GSX forum (see above) and the club ride calendar for rides. On many Saturdays there is a gravel ride leaving 4th and Alma at 7:35 AM—check the calendar to confirm. Or better yet organize a ride and invite the rest of the crew to join! We know there are lots of fantastic routes nearby - let’s pool our knowledge of all the great local trails. 

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There is no shortage of gravel fondos being organized a stone’s throw from Vancouver. Keep an eye out on our racing calendar (you can find it on the website here) to stay up to date on events to participate in. Here are a couple highlights where we’re anticipating a solid GS turn out:

Ride for Water, Chilliwack, May 5th

Cyclocross

Judging by the hoots and hollers at the kick-off party, cyclocross (CX) is clearly the most fun you can have racing your bike. Whether you’re totally new, looking to improve, or are a CX guru—join us for training rides, skill practice, racing and of course heckling. The core CX season happens in the fall, so keep an eye out for CX clinics and training kicking off at the end of summer.

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Gear

For the most part, the adventures described above are not suitable for road bikes with slick tires. Cyclocross or gravel-specific bikes are best, you can also make a touring bike or drop bar commuter work if it has clearance for 33mm or wider knobby tires.

If you’re unsure whether or not your bike is suitable - jump on the forum and let our bike geeks chime in!

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Join Trek Travel and West Point Cycles on Wednesday, April 18 at 7:00 PM to learn about Trek Travel cycling vacations of a lifetime. There will be wine, beer, appetizers, and a presentation highlighting why a Trek Travel vacation is unlike any getaway you've experienced!

Season Kickoff Event - April 5, 7-9 PM and Key Ride Dates for 2018

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Our official kick-off social event and Annual General Meeting is happening April 5. We've got a lot of news to share, including updates on this year's rides, clinics, special events and more. It's also your best chance to meet your fellow club members without helmets and sunglasses! Please RSVP below so we know how many to expect. 

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 to purchase at the event. Jerseys will be available for pickup as well. 

Date: Thursday, April 5, 2018, 7-9pm
Location: St. Regis Hotel Bar and Grill (608 Dunsmuir St., Vancouver)

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Some key 2018 ride and event dates

Here are a select number of special event rides happening in 2018, to help you plan your season. The first date to note is our first official club ride, on April 7. That's the day we lift the fender rule, and the meeting time changes to 8:30 am, at 4th and Alma. Until then, the fender (end fender extension) rule is in effect, and rides meet at 4th and Alma at 9 every Saturday. 

Important GS Event dates (watch this space for more info)

Saturday, April 7 - First official club ride
Friday, June 1- Sunshine Coast Ride
Sunday, July 1 - Mt. Baker Ride
Sunday, August 12 – the 11th Annual Cypress Challenge!

Some Road Fondo dates:

June 23 Gibsons Gring Gran Fondo http://www.gibsonsgrindgranfondo.com/ 
July 8 Axel Merckx Okanagan Fondo http://www.granfondoaxelmerckx.com/register/
July 22 Valley GranFondo http://www.valleygranfondo.com/
August 18 Tour de Victoria https://tourdevictoria.com/
August 19 - Hurricane Ridge
Sept 8 RBC Whistler GranFondo https://www.rbcgranfondo.com/whistler/
 

Some Gravel Fondo dates:

May 26 Golden Ears Gravel Fondo www.goldenearsfondo.com
June 16 The Dirty Phil www.dirtyphil.com
June 24 Cowichan Crusher  www.cowichancrusher.com

2018 Memberships Now Available, Early Bird Pricing Until Dec 31

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2017 was quite a year

It was a year that saw the first several months under a blanket of ice and snow. It was a year with record number of unique club rides, new routes, more ride leaders than ever, and as always, spectacular trips and one-day rides. It was a year in which the women’s race team was a dominant force. Here are just some season highlights for the race teams:

1st and 2nd - Elite Women’s Time Trial Provincial Championships
2nd - Elite Women’s Road Race Provincial Championships
3rd - Elite Men’s Road Race Provincial Championships
2nd - Master Men (30-39) Road Race Provincial Championships
1st - Master Men (50-59) National Road Race Championships
2nd - Men’s Masters 30-39 Cyclocross Provincial Championships
3rd - Men’s Masters 60+ Cyclocross Provincial Championships
1st - Race the Ridge Elite Women’s (Road Race, Hill Climb, and GC)
1st - Women’s Elite BC Premier Series
1st - Master Men (40-49) BC Premier Series
2nd - Master Men (30-39) BC Premier Series
3rd - Cat 1/2 Men WTNC Overall
4th - Cat 3 Men WTNC Overall
4th - Cat 4 Men WTNC Overall
3rd - Cat 4 Women WTNC Overall
4th - Cat 5 Men WTNC Overall

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More records at the Cypress Challenge

The Cypress Challenge earned a record amount of funds raised, despite the rain, putting the all-time totals over $2.5M.

Perhaps most auspiciously of all, 2017 saw the paving of SW Marine Drive — a day we thought would never come.

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2018 will be our best year yet

For 2018, you can expect a few things to change for the better within the club. Rider feedback will continue to drive the addition of new routes for the club rides. One-day events like gran fondos and social rides will have more team support from dedicated ride leaders and ambassadors. Gravel rides have become so popular that they will become part of our club ride season, for those folks looking for an adventure free of vehicle traffic.

Register now

To get in on early bird pricing for your GS Cycling membership, sign up now (or before Dec 31st). Let’s make 2018 another year to remember, together. In a few weeks time, we'll send a list of member benefits for 2018 that go beyond the club jersey that comes with your membership, and camaraderie of belonging to the biggest and best cycling club in Vancouver . 

Follow us on Instagram, and tag your pics #gscycling to go on the Wall of Fame
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On Slack? Email news@glotmansimpsoncycling.ca to request an invite to the club channel

All the links to Travis Streb's one million feet challenge

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Photo by Paul McGrath, North Shore News

Here are all the links to Travis Streb's one million feet challenge. Including the most important one, the one where you can donate to support pancreatic cancer research.

In case you missed it, Travis Streb, member of the GS race team and father of two from North Vancouver, crossed a significant milestone this week. In the dense fog atop Mt. Seymour Saturday morning, Travis crested over one million feet of vertical climbing for the year. And the media took notice. 

The first media outlet to run the story was the North Shore News. Their piece which included an interview with Travis would kick off a firestorm of coverage. 

Cycling BC ran a version of the interview that we wrote for the Cypress Challenge site in one of their newsletters. 

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And then the TV stations got on board. CTV news ran not one but two full stories, one before and one on the day of the event

Even the Globe and Mail published a story about the feat (feet?). Canadian Cycling Magazine also picked up the story and ran their own online version. 

And then the piece de resistance, a mention on the GCN show- at the 12:40 mark: 

Have you donated yet? There's still time