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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Kit Order Reminder and Women's Learn to Race

Jackroo Store Closes TONIGHT

Order your kit before midnight for the best rates of 2019!

You will be able to order kit again after this order, however, reorders will have a significantly higher price; this order window has a discounted bulk rate. If you order bibs at a later date, they will cost $225, so order now! 

Jakroo has provided all members with an additional, one time use 20% off code.
Please checkout using the code: Glotman20

If you would like to learn a bit more about the kit and fit options please check out the kit review below.

Kit review and fit guide

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Women’s Learn to Race Clinic

Either learn the basics or brush up on some skills on April 12-14.
Date: April 12-14th, 2019.
Time: April 12 6:30-8:30 PM, April 13&14 9am-12pm
Location: Vancouver/Richmond/Burnaby  (All meeting locations will be in Vancouver)

This clinic will start with an informational session, featuring everything you need to know to go into a race feeling prepared and confident. Saturday and Sunday will feature rides where we will focus on advanced group riding skills, race tactics, and getting to know some of the local race courses. This clinic is ideal for novice racers, riders interested in road racing, or advanced riders who want to improve 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 is the clinic for you!

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Helpforme at Cycling BC Ride Leader Training

This February saw the launch of the new NCCP Let’s Ride! Community On-going Participation: Ride Leader Training course. Cycling BC created this one-day workshop with the help of three BC cycle clubs: Glotman Simpson Cycling, Wowride Cycling and Whistler Cycling Club. The course covers the basic principles of coaching and leadership including ethical decision-making, planning and organizing a ride, cycling safety and risk management, and introducing disabled riders to the sport.

Our own Trevor Bastian attended the pilot course along with several members of the Helpforme Personal Legal Services team, including managing partner Joel Zanatta.  It was a fun and instructional day packed with valuable information about ride leadership and outdoor cycling skills.

“We are eager to put what we learned into practice throughout the upcoming riding season, and to add to the conversation on safe cycling.” – Joel Zanatta, Helpforme

Give helpforme a follow!

Janis Hofmanis, Joel Zanatta, Theresa Riedl and Helena Teteris at the NCCP Let's Ride workshop 

Janis Hofmanis, Joel Zanatta, Theresa Riedl and Helena Teteris at the NCCP Let's Ride workshop 

Save the Dates

Glotman Simpson Cycling Kickoff Party
Date:
Wednesday, April 3, 2019.
Time: 7:00 PM
Location:The 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.

First Official Club Ride
Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019.
Time: 8:30 AM
Location: 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: Saturday, April 6, 2019.
Time: 8:30 AM (Departing after the group ride)
Location: 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 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.

Jakroo Kit Store Opens & First Rides of the Year

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Online Store Open

Place your kit order by midnight March 12, 2019.


For 2019 we are partnering with Jakroo and launching an all new kit design! Place your Glotman•Simpson Cycling kit order before March 12 through our online store. Jakroo has provided all members with an additional one time use 20% off code.

Please checkout using the code: Glotman20

NB: This code is only valid until March 12, 2019.

Online order windows will be available on a regular basis from spring through summer in 2019. Processed orders take approximately two weeks once the store closes. Direct home shipping service will incur a standard shipping rate. 

If you would like to learn a bit more about the kit and fit options please check out the kit review below.

Kit review and fit guide

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Save the Dates

Glotman Simpson Cycling Kickoff Party

Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019.
Time: 7:00 PM
Where:The 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.

See you all there!

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.

Summer group ride time is 8:30 AM for all groups, and will follow the Richmond route. Riders may be divided within each group based on skill level and safety. The North Shore Ride is hosted on the last Saturday of each month and travels along the north shore route. Please note there is no Richmond ride on the last Saturday of each month when the North Shore Ride is hosted.

WPC Specials and a New Gold Sponsor Introduction

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Save the Dates

Glotman Simpson Cycling Kick-Off Party
When:
 Wednesday, April 3, 2019.

First Official Club Ride
When: Saturday, April 6, 2019.

The 12th Annual Cypress Challenge
When: Sunday, August 11, 2019.

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Beat the spring rush and save on the service you need to keep your bike running smooth! West Point Cycles winter service special is on through the end of February.

$50 OFF Standard & Deluxe Service Packages
$100 OFF Overhaul Service Packages


Call to schedule a service appointment:

West 10th 604-224-3536
Kerrisdale 604-263-7587
Main St.    604-559-9944

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Introducing New Gold Sponsor: Helpforme

Helpforme is excited to be the 2019 Official Legal Sponsor of Glotman Simpson Cycling. Helpforme is the Personal Legal Services group of Hammerberg Lawyers LLP.  Their legal dispute resolution services include Personal Injury and Estate Litigation.

Helpforme lawyers are passionate about cycling and are committed to educating cyclists and the public on cycling safety. Throughout the 2019 season, Helpforme will offer its expertise on topics surrounding your rights as a cyclist, safety tips, and the ways you can protect yourself when cycling.

Managing Partner Joel Zanatta says: “Our team at Helpforme are cycling enthusiasts with a growing involvement in the cycling community. We believe in cyclists helping cyclists. We want to make riding a bike safer and more fun for everyone. Call us with your legal questions, or just to talk about cycling!”

Last year Helpforme lawyers and staff participated in events including RBC GranFondo Whistler and the Cypress Challenge. You can look forward to seeing Helpforme at club social events and rides.
 
Web: helpforme.ca
Phone: 604-269-8500
Toll Free: 1-888-LAW-5544