And Just When You Thought The Season Was Over...

End of Year Party

Where: St. Regis Bar & Grill
When: Saturday, November 16, 7:30 p.m.

Just a quick reminder to RSVP to our annual End of Year Party. Mark your calendars. The event will be held on Saturday November 16 at our valued sponsor, St. Regis Bar & Grill. The event starts at 7:30 p.m.

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Jakroo Winter Kit Order

JAKROO store is open! Please note that from October 21st to November 11th, Jakroo offers a discounted bulk rate on GS Cycling kit. Jakroo has provided all members with an additional 20% off code. 

Please checkout using the code: GLOTMAN20 (Code will only be available from October 21st to November 11th) 

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


New Winter items

Jupiter long sleeve jersey
The Jupiter LS jersey is an impressive piece of wet weather kit. It’s warm, comfortable when wet, and water repellent. It also has a large “butt flap” to protect you from wheelspray in the rain. It’s race fit, and less stretchy than the summer jerseys so consider sizing up if you’re between sizes. 

Epic Pro wind vest
This vest has a windproof fabric on the front, reminiscent of a softshell but much lighter weight, with a breathable mesh fabric on the back. The two pockets offer some serious carrying capacity, and the fit offers room to layer underneath.

Vuelta Pro long sleeve jersey
A cozy warm layer for cool and cold days. The fabric is fleecy, stretchy and soft, and the taller collar will block out the breeze nicely. It’s not waterproof, but will keep you warm under a rain shell or on dry days.

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The Basics of Burnaby Mountain

An Intro to Gravel in Vancouver


Where: Lakewood and Adanac
When: Saturday, October 26, 2019
Time: 9:00 am

Join us and discover the most accessible (and steep) gravel loops in Vancouver. We will break down some essential gravel skills.

Get tips on how to handle steep, slippery terrain, technical descents, root-hopping, rock-garden-navigating and receive real time feedback on your walking technique, a key part of any successful gravel outing.

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Delta Gravel Grind

Where: South Side of Cambie Street Skytrain Bridge
When: Saturday, November 9, 2019
Time: 9:00 am

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

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GSC takes 3rd at Nationals

Glotman Simpson Cycling's very own, Amiel Flett-Brown, is starting to gather his thoughts and insights from the Canadian Track Cycling Championships. Click through to read about the twelve-month preparation culminating in four races. Read the full race report!

TaG Spin Packages

TaG would like to offer GS club members access to TaG Club spin packages for the season. Club members can purchase a TaG 13 class pack with 2 Bonus classes - 15 class total for $351 +gst ($23.40 per class with a 1 year expiry).

This package can be used for any TaG class.

GS Club members will also have access to seasonal promotions and rides offered to TaG Club members.

To access the Club Members package - GS members need to be logged into their TaG account and designated in their system as a GS club member.

New GS riders can email ride@tagcycling.com with their GS Membership information.

End of Year Social & GSX on the Podium

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End of Year Party

Where: St. Regis Bar & Grill
When: Saturday, November 16, 7:30 p.m.

Yes, GS members, its that time of year again when we get ready for the 2019 GS year-end festivities. Mark your calendars. This year our event will be held on Saturday November 16 at our valued sponsor, St. Regis Bar & Grill. The event starts at 7.30p.m. and as in year’s past there will be lots of food, drink and song.

For those driving from the ‘burbs consider staying the night at the St. Regis!

GSX Needs You!

Where: Aldergrove Regional Park
When: Saturday, October 5, 2019

GSX is co-hosting the Aldergrove CX race and we need volunteers. As you already know, volunteers are a crucial part of our sport. In collaboration with Vancouver Cyclocross Coalition, we are hosting the Aldergrove race, and many hands make light work. If you think you are able to help, please let us know!

If you are planning on racing, your race fees will be covered as a volunteer. Otherwise, you will have to settle with just being our hero.

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Winter Rides

Saturday, September 28th marks our last official club ride. It is a North Shore Group ride, so as always, meet at Bean Around the World at 8:30am.

Moving forward, the unofficial winter rides will start at 9:00am at 4th & Alma and follow the typical Richmond loop. NB: There is construction along Dyke Rd. and an alternate route should be planned. These rides are: 

  • No-drop

  • Will carry on without ride leaders

  • Require full length fenders!

The Board would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the Ride Leaders who volunteered their weekends to host club members. We had fantastic weather all summer long and could take full advantage because of the enthusiasm they bring each and every week.

Thank You!

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GSX Don’t Stop

The 2019-2020 CX season has started, and what a season it has been already! It was good to see all of the new faces at the kick off party, and familiar faces that came to make it the highest attended kick off event to date. Many thanks to our sponsor Westpoint Cycles for hosting another great event!

Speaking of record attendance, the CX clinic! Everyone learned a trick or two from our CX race ambassador, Wai-Ben Wong.

@vancxphotos made an appearance and immortalized the event in photos - and even captured a video! GSX Clinic gallery

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GSX at Donkey Cross

The first race is done and dusted and we kicked it off with a podium! The CX gods provided perfect weather and the donkey was great entertainment. The suds were flowing in the beer garden, and the fans were heckling, cheering, and giving out wild handups!

Mel Lee and Gowa Kong looked strong throughout the novice race, and it was with true grit and determination that they finished 2nd & 3rd in the Novice Women category.

Cross is Here!

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Cyclocros Season Kick Off Party

It is our pleasure to announce that West Point Cycles will be our host for the season kick off party. There will be refreshments, munchies, so come on down to meet your GSX ambassadors. Whether you are a seasoned off road rider, or curious to hear what the hype is all about, stop by and say hi.

Where: Westpoint Cycles, Main St. and 2nd Ave, Vancouver
When: Thursday, Aug. 29, 6:30PM

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GSX FREE Cyclocross Clinic

Hosted by none other than Wai-Ben Wong, BC Provincial Champion runner-up, you will learn essential skills such as dismounting, remounting, cornering, tire choice, etc. If you do not have a cyclocross bike, let us know, as most of our members tend to have spares. And since they are some of the nicest people around, they would love to lend you a bike. Mountain bikes are also OK to bring, and of course, gravel bikes. There will be donuts, refreshments, and random prizes.

Where: Queen Elizabeth Park, at W 37th Ave. and Kersland Dr., Vancouver
When: Sunday, Sept. 1, 9:30AM to 11:30AM

Not interested in racing? Volunteer!

All racing events would not be possible without the help of volunteers! Many hands make light work, so if you'd be willing to donate your time, we would certainly appreciate it! VCXC is a community powered organization. If you're interested in volunteering, please let us know!

Other Events

Wednesday Night CX Practice

From now until it gets too dark to ride after work, the Wednesday Night CX practice is a good opportunity for rookies and veterans alike to hone their cyclocross skills. It is a free event, organized by James C. Birkenbuel (Mighty Riders), who, as a lover of the sport, donates his time and knowledge to promote it, and welcome new riders.

Where: Queen Elizabeth Park, at W 37th Ave. and Kersland Dr., or W 32nd Ave. and Cambie St., Vancouver
When: Every Wednesday, 5:00PM to 7PM
Website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/448991965225917/

Want to learn from a Pro?

A full day of cyclocross instruction covering everything from proper remount and dismount technique, to starts, to cornering, to (functional) bunny hopping. The clinic will be led by current National Champion, Michael van den Ham. Michael has taught over a dozen clinics over the course of his career and shares the tips, tricks, and techniques gleaned for years of racing and training. Lunch included.

When: August 31st, 9:30am-4:30pm
Where: Glenridge Acres (https://www.google.com/maps/@49.141018,-122.4468788,3428m/data=!3m1!1e3)
Cost: $80 Early bird ($100 after Aug 22), $60 for Juniors

Cross is Coming

Cross is Coming!

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Here we are heading into the last weekend of the month of July with a couple of exciting announcements. For some of you, the season is nearing the end, for the rest, the season is just about to start! If you like dreary, wet weather, mud, getting dirty, beer, handups, and being downright silly, cyclocross is finally coming!

Official schedule for the cyclocross season has been announced today - you can find it here: https://www.vcxc.ca/vcxc-event-calendar

Of course, a new cyclocross season also means new kit! The GSX group is proud to announce the opening of the GSX store - effective now, and open until August 9, with orders being delivered starting August 23, just in time for the cyclocross clinic, and season kick off party a week later. New at Jakroo this year is a cyclocross 3/4 sleeve specific skin suit. If you are interested in purchasing one, a size sample will be available at their headquarters (222 - 2323 Quebec St, Vancouver) from Monday, July 29 to end of day Thursday, Aug 1.

Store link: http://shop.jakroo.ca/Glotman-Simpson-Cycling

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!