Your Club Needs You

Early Bird Registration for Cypress Challenge Ends July 1

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It’s that time again. This is the big one. Our club's biggest event of the year. The one we're known for. The Cypress Challenge is right around the corner. Early bird registration ends soon! Register before Monday, July 1 to receive 50% off your entry fee.

We need your support to help make this the biggest year yet for the event and help to fund vital pancreatic cancer research here in BC. Register, fundraise and convince a friend or family member to join. We need every single club member to act as an advocate for the cause, to help us continue to smash fundraising records. 100% of the funds raised will support pancreatic cancer research and care at BC Cancer, giving hope to over 800 British Columbians who will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year.

When: Sunday, August 11 at 8:30 am
Where: Mulgrave School, West Vancouver, on Cypress Bowl Lane

Cypress Challenge Facts

  • In 12 years, the Cypress Challenge has raised close to $4M.

  • Pancreatic cancer has a very low survival rate, at just 9%.

  • There is still no easy way to detect or treat the disease.

  • Funds raised at the event have helped launch the EPPIC (Enhanced Pancreatic Cancer Profiling for Individualized Care) program which will study new personalized treatments.

  • Doctors from the EPPIC program have credited the Cypress Challenge not only with very successful fundraising but with raising much-needed awareness. And they join us for the ride each year!

As a member of the club, we are hoping you’ll get involved, so we’ve listed five ways that you can support the event.

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1. Register and Ride

This one’s obvious. Have you registered yet? Do it now. Do it. If you’re not there on August 11, you’re conspicuously absent. We want this to be the year we get 1000 riders out, and we can’t do it without you.

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2. Bring a Friend. Or Three

Tell your other cycling friends, other clubs, and your family members. As a member of GS, you’re an ambassador for the event. When you consider that your participation and that of your friends can literally save lives, it should be easy to convince them.

It’s a timed event, with excellent support, terrific sponsors and a great group of people. It's one of the easiest ways to pin a number on and test yourself as a cyclist on our local roads.

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3. Raise Funds

Every little bit counts. Hit your friends and family up for donations.

One trip up Cypress too easy for you? Commit to riding for a PR and suffer your way to a personal goal. Tell your family you're willing to suffer for their donations and then leave it all on the mountain on August 11.

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4. Volunteer

From package pickup to registration and check-in, to helping to set-up and take-down, it takes a lot of people to make an event like the Cypress Challenge happen. If you want to get involved, sign up at BC Cancer's volunteer portal and select Cypress Challenge.

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5. Donate a Silent Auction Item

Know someone who would like to sponsor an event like Cypress Challenge, that brings together both cycling enthusiasts and the team from BC Cancer? Reply to this email and we will get in touch.

The auction is one of the highlights of the party that takes place at Nordic at the top of the mountain on race day. It’s always good for some last minute donations and has helped put us over the top of our annual fundraising goals in the past. If you want to donate, email Jennifer Northrup from BC Cancer.

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Can’t wait to see you there on August 11. You’re coming, right? RIGHT? See you on the start line!

Mount Baker Registration

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Registration Required! Mt. Baker

Date: Monday July 1st
Time: 8:00 a.m. departure
Location: Sumas Canada / USA border

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
Please get in touch with us if you are able to help support this annual ride. Contact Edwin for details.

The annual GS Canada Day Mt. Baker ride will begin at the Sumas Canada / USA border at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 1st. The ride is approximately 145km in length, split into 36km segments.

Pre-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 email Edwin.

Itinerary

* Monday, July 1: Arrive at 7:30 AM. Ride leaves at 8:00 a.m. 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.
* 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 will carry bags to and from Mt. Baker.

As always the ride end at Bob’s Burger at the Sumas border so make sure you bring some USD.

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Cascades Cycling Classic Race Report

The final week of May saw the Cascade Cycling Classic in Bend, Oregon return to the US race calendar after a one year hiatus. This was a focus for the GS Cat 2 women’s team from the start of the season. Unfortunately Krista Matthews and Janna Gillick were unable to race as originally planned due to injury, but myself (Sonia Taylor) and guest rider Holly Henry from Broad Street Cycles lined up to represent GS in the pro women’s field. This kind of event with point-to-point races and long stages is nearly impossible to race without support, so we were very happy and grateful to have teammates Krista, Lora Genaille, and Andrew Funamoto there as our incredible support crew for the week.

The newly reformatted 5 day stage race featured some incredibly tough, technical and scenic courses with loads of elevation gain. Stages 1 and 3 both had gravel sections which tested the peloton’s legs as well as handling skills and definitely caused a bit of chaos at times. Stages 4 and 5 were fast and technical. The women’s field was relatively small with just under 40 starters, but also very strong with a number of riders from some of the top US pro teams showing up ready to do some damage on the climbs.

Holly and I were in our element as we both like to climb and have solid mountain bike and cyclocross experience that kept us safe through the gravel. The highlight for me was stage 2, a 124km road race with 5 categorized climbs totalling over 2000m of elevation gain. I surprised myself on this stage and managed to maintain contact with the lead group of climbers until 12km to go, surviving the two largest climbs of the day. Consistent riding through the week landed us 14th and 15th in the General Classification, as well as 3rd in the Best Young Rider competition for Holly. It was without a doubt the toughest stage race I’ve ever done, and I’m already looking forward to going back next year!

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Cypress Challenge

Registration is now open for the Cypress Challenge! Time to rally all of your friends and take on the Cypress Challenge.

Club Jersey Pickup & June Joy Rides

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Club Jersey Pickup & BC Crit Provincials

Where: John Rogers Park
When: June 15, 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

The next opportunity for club jersey pickup will be at the Awesome Grand Prix criterium race in Jonathan Rogers Park, Saturday, June 15th from 12-3 p.m. If you have not yet picked up your jersey, please come and during this time, or ask a teammate to pick up your jersey for you. The next chance to pick up your club jersey will be at the Cypress Challenge packet pickup August 9th.

While you’re there, take the opportunity to cheer on our race team as they compete for the title of BC criterium provincial champion! The race takes place on an exciting, spectator friendly course, and we expect to have GS represented in all categories.

As a bonus, there will be a beer garden and food trucks on site to make the most of your day, with a kids mini grass race for the little ones at 3pm. Racing starts at 11am with the cat 3 men, with the final race starting at 6:30pm. Find all the details at https://awesomegrandprix.com/

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Gravel Crushers

If you are looking for some interesting gravel rides this summer, there are 2 events left in the Triple Crown of Gravel series in BC. First up is the Cowichan Crusher in Duncan on June 23 with a 50K / 500M course and a 105K / 1800M course. Last year the course included a nice combination of wooded trails, gravel roads and pavement.

Last is the Kettle Mettle starting in Penticton and finishing in Kelowna on September 21 with 50K, 100K, and 138K courses. The ride goes on the Kettle Valley Rail Trail so the grades are not too steep and the scenery is beautiful.

Gravel fondos have a low-key atmosphere and tend to break into smaller groups quickly. We have a $10 off discount code “GLOTMANSIMPSON” for both events.

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Prospera Valley GranFondo

The Prospera Valley GranFondo p/b PwC would like to extend a 10% discount for all members of the Glotman Simpson Cycling Club. 

The objective of the ride is to raise funds to help support Cycling BC’s iRide and Youth Cycling programs across the Province. Your participation in the event will help contribute to this success.

Code is to be entered upon checkout. It will only work for one registration at a time. The code is valued until registration closes. Code: GlotmanSimpsonVGF2019*10

The Valley GranFondo consists of three scenic routes - 50/100/160km - They all start and end at Parks Canada Fort Langley Historic National Site where the proclamation of British Columbia was signed in 1858. More information on the event and access to the registration link can be found below.

2019 TC Cycling Annual Invitational Ride

Where: Yellow Dog Brewery
When: 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 22

TCC invites you and your cycling friends to join them on Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 for a guided ride that will showcase some of the best road riding on the flats in Pitt Meadows, up into the hills, lakes and inlets of Port Moody and Anmore.

Stick around to enjoy some well-deserved refreshments and great socializing with the club after the ride.

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Annual Mt. Baker Ride

Date: Monday July 1st
Time: 8:00 a.m. departure
Location: Sumas Canada / USA border

The annual GS Canada Day Mt. Baker ride will begin at the Sumas Canada / USA border at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 1st. The ride is approximately 145km in length, split into 36km segments.

Pre-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 registration form.

Itinerary

*   Monday, July 1: Arrive at 7:30 AM. Ride leaves at 8:00 a.m. 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.
*   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 will carry bags to and from Mt. Baker.

As always the ride end at Bob’s Burger at the Sumas border so make sure you bring some USD.

Taking on the Pyrenees

One of our own, Alex Hutchinson, ventured to the Pyrenees and took down some legendary rides. Read through for his account of the Pyrenees.

I've been lucky enough to spend the last week playing bikes in the Pyrenees mountains with Mike Tucker, owner and founder of Zero Neuf Cycling. The clubhouse, the centre of the cycling, cuisine, and accommodation, is attached to Mike's family home and guest-house. My bedroom overlooked an infinity swimming pool and the ever-changing landscape of the Pyrenees mountains. The view each morning was breathtaking; I found it hard to contain my excitement each morning as Mike prepared our morning espressos.

The riding was amazing - we rode over 500km throughout the week, and every ride was different. We went into the mountains, rode past lakes, rode through quaint little French villages, through old religious relics, through wineries; I've never said "wow" so much on a bike.

In addition to Mike's amazing guiding, his wife, Joss, ensured we were refuelled every night. Sitting either at the family dining table, or in the cafe, we had 5-star dinners waiting for us every evening, including freshly made main courses and amazing baked goods, made daily by Joss as well. The dinners served as a great chance to catch up on the day's riding and to plan for the following day, and to enjoy the locally brewed wine and beer. It was great being out on the bikes giving it everything each day knowing that an amazing meal would be waiting to replenish us on our return.

The Zero Neuf Cafe is truly unique; you become part of the family and settle into in a very relaxed environment, but with the best food, bikes, routes, and guiding you could ask for. I went solo this time, but I hope to go over with some GSC'ers on my next visit (of which there will be many!).


Check out Alex's rides on Strava

Day 1

Day 4  

www.zeroneufcycling.cc

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Cypress Challenge

Registration is now open for the Cypress Challenge! Time to rally all of your friends and take on the Cypress Challenge. 

May Rides

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Type 2.5 Fun

Come and experience the best gravel riding that the Fraser Valley has to offer on May 4th. Ride for Water was established to raise awareness and funds for people in the developing world who lack one of life's basic necessities - clean water. All of the funds raised go towards clean water projects in some of the most remote and marginalized areas of Ethiopia.


There are three different distance offerings at this years event:
- 130km Epic Route (2200m of climbing through the pristine Chilliwack  River Valley).
- 85km Medio Route
- 27km Intro to Gravel Route.

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Fun Rides with GS

If you are wondering what events you might ride this year, here are a few local and regional rides that have been popular with club members in the past. For a full list check the calendar on the website

Sat May 11 - Skagit Spring Classic
https://www.skagitbicycleclub.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=587323&module_id=277678&sl=1150749111

Fri May 31 - GS Sunshine Coast
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29429069

Sat Jun 8 - Rotary Ride for Rescue (early bird registration closes May 23)
https://www.rotaryrideforrescue.org/

Sun Jun 23 - Ride Don’t Hide
http://ridedonthide.com/home-en/

Mon July 1 - GS Mount Baker
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/14768077

Sun Jul 14 - Axel Merckx
http://www.granfondoaxelmerckx.com/register/

Sat Jul 20 - Valley Fondo
https://www.valleygranfondo.com/

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Sponsor Profile: CONVERGENT

Convergent was founded by two UBC engineering professors with an ambitious vision: They wanted to change the way composites aircraft are manufactured, by using large scale multi-physics computer models. Twenty years later the company employs 35 people in Vancouver and Seattle, and many of the world's largest aerospace companies are their customers.

Convergent is pleased to be a new corporate sponsor of Glotman Simpson Cycling. A number of the company’s employees are avid cyclists, and perhaps one day, their knowledge of advanced composite materials will be put to use towards creating some snazzy and innovative road bikes.

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Cypress Challenge

Registration is now open for the Cypress Challenge! Time to rally all of your friends and take on the Cypress Challenge. 

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Bike Accidents

Glotman Simpson Cycling's sponsor, Helpforme Personal Legal Services, has provided steps to remember right after a bike accident.

You are riding your bike on the way to a group ride when you get hit by a car. What do you do next? You are most likely in shock and it’s easy to forget the important steps you should take. Although we hope you never need it, we have compiled a useful list of what to do after you’ve been in an accident on your bike.

Ensure Safety

  • Move away from hazards if possible.

  • Try to get off the roadway.

Are you injured?

  • Call 911.

  • Stay calm and take note of what hurts.

  • Ask the driver to stay at the scene and collect his/her name, phone number, licence plate number, and driver’s licence number.

  • Take pictures of the scene.

  • Take pictures of any damage to your bicycle or the vehicle.

  • Collect contact info from witnesses and ask them to stay at the scene.

  • Get medical treatment, even if unsure if it is needed.

Are police at the scene?

  • Collect the police officers name and badge number.

At the hospital?

  • Make sure to mention all symptoms.

  • Ask if X-rays, CT scans, or other diagnostic imaging is needed.

Don’t need to go to the hospital?

  • If no police are at the scene, file a police accident report asap.

  • Call ICBC at 604-520-8222 to report the collision and make sure to note the claim number.

Next few days/weeks

  • Monitor how you feel, not all injuries are immediately apparent.

If you are injured in an accident, Helpforme lawyers offer a complimentary initial consultation either over the phone or in person.  Please feel free to contact us anytime. One of our injury lawyers specializing in cycling accidents will be pleased to assist you. www.helpforme.ca

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GSC Season Kickoff Party

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GSC Kickoff Party Reminder

GS Kickoff Party

Date: Wednesday April 3, 2019.
Time:7:00PM
Location: St. Regis Hotel

The Glotman Simpson Cycling kick off party and jersey pick up will be Wednesday, April 3rd, at the St. Regis Hotel. Food and drinks will be served. Let’s kick off the year in style!

Are you a new member? See below:

GS New Members Night
Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019.
Time: 6:00 PM
Where: St. Regis Hotel (lower level)

The new members pre-party is a GO. We will meet at the St. Regis Hotel Bar and Grille, lower level before the official kickoff party!

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#Sockdoping

Love your new kit? Pair it up with some matching socks

Glotman Simpson Socks
Available at the GS kick off party to help complete that fresh new kit look. 

Cost: $15 for 1 pair, $30 for 2 pairs, $40 for 3 pairs.
Sizes available: S/M and M/L, made by Endur (https://www.endurapparel.com/pages/size-chart)

Cheques made out to "Glotman Simpson Cycling" or exact change ONLY, we won't have a float to provide change, and cannot accept cards or e-transfers.

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Gravel Rides with GSC

Date: Every Sunday beginning April 21, 2019.
Time: 8:30 AM
Where: Alternating between North Shore / Burnaby and Richmond / Delta

For 2019 we are kicking off group rides on gravel every Sunday. What is gravel riding? Taking a drop-bar bike off road to experience new trails, less cars and just having fun (power meters not required).

The Richmond / Delta rides can be ridden with a regular road bike with sturdy tires (28c or 25c, not racing tires). The North Shore / Burnaby rides require a cyclocross or gravel bike with 32c+ tires. Richmond / Delta rides will meet at the Richmond end of the Canada Line Bridge at 8:30. North Shore / Burnaby rides will meet at JJ Bean on Powell and Victoria at 8:30. Weekly rides will be announced on the CX email group, email Brian Anderson and I will put you on the list.

Also, there are a growing number of gravel rides in the Pacific Northwest, here are few near term rides to put on your calendar:

April 26-28 in Bend OR: https://www.oregongravelgrinder.com/cascade-gravel-grinder/

May 4th in Chilliwack BC: https://runforwater.ca/ride/ ($1000 for first place in the 130K!)

May 19 in Leavenworth WA: http://rideviciouscycle.com/events/gran-fondo-leavenworth/

May 25 in Pitt Meadows BC: http://www.goldenearsfondo.com

June 23 in Duncan BC: http://cowichancrusher.com

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First Official Club Ride

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019.
Time: 8:30 AM
Where: 4th & Alma

Remove the fenders! Rides will be led by a club ambassador each week throughout the spring and summer months. We encourage you to visit our website and familiarize yourself with meet-up times, locations, and routes for each ride, and our tips for group riding and safety etiquette.

New Rider Essential Skills Clinic
Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019.
Time: 6:00pm
Where: 4th & Alma

In our continuing effort to help club members improve their cycling skill set,  the essential skills sessions aim to give you a helping hand if you are new to road riding, or want to further refine your skills as a cyclist. Clinics cover a broad array of essential road cycling skills to improve both the safety and quality of a group rides. Completing one session is mandatory for any new riders and returning riders are also welcome to participate.

New members will be notified directly with a link to sign up.

The Dutch Reach

Have you heard of the Dutch Reach?  Do you know how to help prevent the risk of dooring?

Helpforme – Personal Legal Services is committed to cycling safety.  We know that it takes both drivers and cyclists being aware of each other to keep everyone safe.  We’ve compiled some tips to help us all reduce the risk of dooring.

What is the Dutch Reach?
According to ICBC, one in 14 car crashes involving cyclists in BC is the result of dooring. The Dutch Reach is a simple yet important skill that can become a very effective habit to prevent dooring. In the Netherlands it is taught at an early age and is second nature for most drivers.

Using the Dutch Reach, the driver gets ready to step out of their car by opening the door with their right hand (far hand) instead of their left. This procedure forces the driver to look back for oncoming cyclists as they reach to open their car door and gives them time to wait if an unexpected cyclist is approaching from behind.

Cyclists need to scan & be aware

A driver is legally responsible for making sure it is safe to open their car door. However, as cyclists, it is still in our best interest to do all we can to be aware of the possibility of a sudden opening car door.  We can protect ourselves from significant injury and damage to our bikes by being vigilant and aware of the following when riding past parked cars:

  • Ride no closer than 1 meter from parked cars.

  • Look for the turning of the wheels of a parked car.

  • Look for people in the car check the side mirror and look through the back window.

  • Listen for the sound of the engine.

  • Keep your head up and continually scan the area.

The City of Vancouver has added a useful Dooring Caution Zone Map listing high risk areas for dooring.

Got more cycling related legal questions? Contact a Helpforme Lawyer today.

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