2019 Early Bird Memberships Available Now

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To get in on early bird pricing for your GS Cycling membership, sign up now (deadline January 15th).

2018 A Year End Review

Looking back on 2018 there have been many points of pride. New rides and routes tested in 2017 are now a mainstay for the club, lead by an outstanding group of ride leaders and ambassadors.

Great weather meant we had intrepid club members attending the group rides from the onset of the season, while in typical fashion, our racing members were laying the founding for what would be one of our best seasons to date.

Once April hit, the season was already in full swing both on and off the bike. West Point hosted a number of social events for new and returning members, allowing everyone to spend some time with club mates while not in spandex. There was no shortage of quality chamois time with clinics, group rides, fondos and events near and far. 

GSC had an amazing weekend at The BC Provincial Championships, with the team walking away with the Elite and U23 Provincial Championship jersey; Alex Amiri took to the top set of the podium. Alex’s support of the team as an ambassador, coach and service to the BC cycling community were rewarded at the end of the season being named Cycling BC 2018 Sportsman of the year.

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Other notable results at The BC Provincial Road Championships include:

  • 1st and 5th in the Elite Men’s BC Road Race

  • 4th Elite Women TT

  • 1st Masters 30-39 TT

  • 1st Cat 3 women's BC Road & TT

  • 1st Cat 4 women's BC Road Race

  • 3rd Masters 50-59 BC Road Race

  • 3rd Masters 30-39 women BC Road Race

  • 4th Cat 3 men BC Road Championships

These results were just a small sample from a team that were able to produce outstanding individual and team performances all season long.

For GSC, the defining moment of the season again took place on Cypress mountain where 800 riders came together to raise a transformative $429K for pancreatic cancer research, bringing our total to just under $3M! The event was also recognized by Cycling BC as the event of the year for 2018!

It’s important to thank all of our wonderful sponsors and partners; Glotman Simpson, Buntain Insurance, RC Dental group, West 4th Physio, ZLC Financial, Feenstra Architecture, The St. Regis, Westpoint Cycles, Trek and Giro; without them none of this would be possible.

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Changes in 2019

For 2019, you can expect a few things to change. Rider feedback will continue to drive the addition of new routes for the club rides (Congratulations to Matias for filling out the survey and winning the free membership draw). One-day events like gran fondos and social rides will have more team support from dedicated ride leaders and ambassadors. For those looking for an adventure free of vehicles, gravel rides will become part of our club ride season.

We are also pleased to announce Jakroo will be our clothing supplier for 2019, and in addition to some fresh kit the club will also be getting a fresh design. We’ll be holding a fit night in January with an official unveiling. Here’s just a teaser to hold you over for now:

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New Sponsors

We are also very please to welcome 4 new sponsors for 2019:

  • Convergent Manufacturing Technologies

  • Durante Kreuk Ltd.

  • Canada ICI – St. Jacques Group

  • Hammerberg Law

Over the next few months we will look to feature each of them in newsletters so you can get to know them better.

One major change for 2019 that everyone should be aware of:

New members: We will be closing registration as of April 30. This change is to ensure we are able to provide a streamlined onboarding of new members. This includes jerseys, skills clinics and a social evening. If you have any friends who are considering joining please feel free to forward this email to their attention.

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  

Gravel Adventure Date Change, and Year End Party

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Date Change! Gravel Grind Remembrance Day Long

Date: SATURDAY November 10, 2018

Time: 9am
Where: South side of the Cambie St. bridge

Join us for a big day of riding and exploring some of the local gravel routes! We’ll be heading through Richmond, over to Delta to explore some beautiful trails and waterfront dykes. Check out the map below for our route.

If you ride from Vancouver, expect a 110-120km ride, and 4h30-5h ride time. The route is flat, but the combination of gravel and wind make for a long day out on the bike. You can expect a B2 level ride, but longer than our typical Richmond loop. 

The paths are not technical, making it the perfect intro to gravel route for roadies curious about getting off road. Off Road tyres are recommended!

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RSVP for our Year-End Social Event on November 23

Date: Friday November 23, 2018
Time: 7:00pm
Where: St. Regis Hotel

Our annual year end celebration is just around the corner. Save the date and celebrate another great season with our social event on Saturday, November 23, 2018. Please take a moment to RSVP and stay tuned for more details.

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Feedback Survey

Was there a specific event that rocked your world this season? Is there some valuable feedback that you would like to provide for the upcoming season? Is there something you would like to see next year? Take five minutes and complete the following survey and enter into a draw to win a 2019 Glotman Simpson Cycling club membership! 

End of Year Party, Winter Group Ride Schedule, and Gravel Adventures

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Save the Date: Year-End Social Event on November 23

Date: Friday November 23, 2018
Time: 7:00pm
Where: St. Regis Hotel

Our annual year end celebration is just around the corner. Save the date and celebrate another great season with our social event on Saturday, November 23, 2018. Please take a moment to RSVP and stay tuned for more details.

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Group Rides Moved to Winter Schedule Starting October 1

Date: October 1, 2018 
Time: 9:00 AM
Where: Upper Parking Level above No Frills and Cuppa Joy Coffee on West 4th Ave. at Alma St.

While we cringe at the thought of cloudy skies and rain drops, the fender season is quickly approaching. As of Saturday, October 1, club rides move to the winter riding schedule. 

  • Winter group ride time is 9 AM, and will follow the Richmond route.

  • During the winter there are no scheduled ride leaders. There are no designated women's group rides.

  • Rides should be no-drop and full length fenders + extensions are mandatory.

  • Rides meet at the upper parking level above No Frills and Breka Bakery on West 4th Ave at Alma St.

Queens Cross - November 11 in New Westminster is organized by VCXC with the help of Glotman Simpson Cyclocross

Queens Cross - November 11 in New Westminster is organized by VCXC with the help of Glotman Simpson Cyclocross

VCXC Season Finale

Blink, and you will have missed it. That is how fast cyclocross season flies by. Glotman Simpson Cyclocross is proud to cohost the season finale, at Queens Park in New Westminster, on November 11.

If you are still interested in experiencing the thrill of cyclocross racing, or the pleasure of heckling the racers while they suffer in the knee deep mud, come by to show your support. We have extra bikes you can try if you want to ride, and we have treats for you to hand up if you wish to spectate only.

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Gravel Grind Remembrance Day Long Weekend

Date: November 12, 2018
Time: 9:00am
Where: South side of the Cambie St. bridge

Join us for a big day of riding and exploring some of the local gravel routes! We’ll be heading through Richmond, over to Delta to explore some beautiful trails and waterfront dykes. Check out the map below for our route.

If you ride from Vancouver, expect a 110-120km ride, and 4h30-5h ride time. The route is flat, but the combination of gravel and wind make for a long day out on the bike. You can expect a B2 level ride, but longer than our typical Richmond loop. 

The paths are not technical, making it the perfect intro to gravel route for roadies curious about getting off road. Off Road tyres are recommended!

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Tag Spin Classes

Date: November 12, 2018
Where: 130 West Broadway (Entrance from the rear lane)

GS Cycling Club TaG promotion - October 2018 - August 2019 

Our friends at TaG are putting together a winter promotion for all Glotman Simpson club members. Keep your summer fitness all winter long. Check out the full schedule and attend classes lead by:

GSC’s very own Amiel Flett: Wednesday mornings and weekends
John Tolkamp: Cycling Canada (starts leading classes in November)
Ben Chaddock: of iRide (Tuesday nights)
Maggie Coles Lyster: Continues to coach around a demanding National Track Program
Steve Van Knotsenberg: (Tuesday & Thursday mornings and weekends)
Leah Guloien (Thursday nights)
Lesley T Partner TaG Cycling: Continues to coach in the Vancouver studio

The TaGCycle 8 pack - can be used for any 60min TaGCycle or 90min Endurance class $24/ class +gst
 
Purchase TaG cycle 8 pack in the TaG online store  - enter promo code - GSTaG8 - (not case sensitive

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Feedback Survey

Was there a specific event that rocked your world this season? Is there some valuable feedback that you would like to provide for the upcoming season? Is there something you would like to see next year? Take five minutes and complete the following survey and enter into a draw to win a 2019 Glotman Simpson Cycling club membership! 

Cyclocross is finally here

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Cross is here.

And you can tell: as soon as the autumn leaves hit the ground, cyclocrossers come out of the walls, with talk of handups, bunny hops, and tire pressure. Although the official season has not started yet, some of us have started racing already. It was a full weekend, with no less than 3 races to choose from, MFG Cyclocross in the US, Cross on the Rock with Topaz Park on the island, and SORCE Toonie CX with Watershed Race in Delta.

We need your support, GS! Come to the races, volunteer or bring your best heckle game!

Here's where you can catch us:

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Donkey Cross

Where: Castle Park, Port Coquitlam
When: September 15, 9AM - 2PM

If you're wondering why the name, yes, this race features a donkey! Intended as a charity race for youth development, all proceeds to the race go to the Devo Youth Squad. Located in Castle Park, it features long, fast and flat sections, sand, snow (!), and the famous Heckler Hill, where all the spectators congregate and shout insults (err, encouragement) at the racers.

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Vanier Park

Where: Vanier Park, Vancouver
When: September 29, 9AM - 2PM

Located in the heart of Vancouver, Vanier Park is without a doubt one of the largest cyclocross races in the Lower Mainland. Although mostly flat, this is a very fast course, favouring riders who can ride at the limit, and "dig deep in the suitcase of pain". Come by for a waffle. Or, if that doesn't entice you, Vancouver's beautiful skyline, or even the whales! (Yes, they visited the bay a couple of times).

Acadia Park

Where: Acadia Park, UBC
When: October 6, 9AM - 2PM

UBC joins the ranks of cyclocross racing hosts with a new venue for the 2018-2019 season. We couldn't tell you much about the course, other than that it's probably going to be great. Really great.

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Cultus Lake

Where: Cultus Lake
When: October 7, 9AM - 2PM

Part of the Lower Mainland Series, and despite being far from home, this race happens on the Cultus Lake camping grand, right on the lake. And if you think lake, you must think sand. Lots, and lots, and lots of sand. It will chew up the bikes, and it will make your legs burn. But this is where the sand experts shine. 

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Aldergrove Lake

Where: Aldergrove Lake Regional Park
When: October 7-8, 9AM - 2PM

Yes, you saw this right - October 7 and October 8 doubleheader! This race features gravel, fast gravel sections, a sand pit, potentially a mud pit (depending on the weather), and what the seasoned veterans call "The Beast"! "The Beast" of a climb will chew you up, and spit you out - and as your legs get heavier and more tired with every lap, the struggle gets real. So is the suffering - and you can see that on the riders' faces. But sometimes they're greeted with cookies at the top, so it's all worth it!

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Junkyard Dog

Where: South Surrey Bike Park
When: October 21, 9AM - 2PM

This is a race for the off camber and single track experts. Also, one of the few races to feature an uphill tarmac start, it will start fast and furious, then slows down as riders bottleneck at the barriers. The fast single track is what will separate the technical experts from the raw power riders, and the off camber experts will rule all.

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Pumpkin Cross

Where: Maple Ridge
When: October 28, 9AM - 2PM

If you are still reading, congratulations, and stay with us. This is where things get nuts! How nuts? Inflatable minion costume on a bicycle nuts. Or all the GSX with bee wings and antennae swarming the entire field nuts. Don't miss this one. The crazy Halloween costumes are worth it.

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Queens Cross

Where: Queens Park, New Westminster
When: November 11, 9AM - 2PM

The crown jewel of cyclocross racing in the Lower Mainland. If you can only attend one race - make it the best one. Usually wet, rainy, and cold, this race is not anything less than a mud fest. This race requires a lot of strength, not only physical, but mental too. Taxing on the body, and taxing on your mind, as your brain will work overtime to find at least a sliver of traction.

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BC Cyclocross Provincials

Where: TBA
When: November 25 (TBC)

We will keep you posted once Cycling BC announces officially the date and venue. Cyclocross Master Wai-Ben Wong finished 2nd in 2017, can he win it in 2018? We sure hope so. Come find out, and witness the moment LIVE!