Cypress Challenge + Other News

Cypress Challenge

Date: Sunday August 12, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM start
Where: Cypress Bowl Road

With only two weeks to go, make sure you register for the 2018 Cypress Challenge today! 

Champion Systems Canada have provided the Cypress Challenge with a fundraiser. $10 from each hat sale will be donated to the Cypress Challenge. Stay cool with the Technical Trucker GS cap.

Store Link:


Jersey Pickup Dates

Date: August 10, 2018
Time: 4:00-6:00pm
Where: Glotman Simpson Engineering Office (1661 W 5th Ave) 

The next opportunity to pick up your club jerseys will be at the Cypress Challenge Pre-Registration. The final opportunity will be during the GSC Year End Party (in November). If you are unable to pick up your jersey in person feel free to ask a club member to grab it for you. 


Awesome Grand Prix (BC Provincial Crit Champs)

Date: July 28, 2018
Time: 12PM-8PM
Where: John Rogers Park (110 West 7th Avenue)
Registration & Info:

Come cheer on the GS race team at the last big race of the year! The BC Provincial Crit Championships is being hosted in our backyard. Bicicletta is putting on Awesome Grand Prix; a great event full of food trucks, beer gardens and bike racing.

Coming off of a strong Superweek campaign, the men’s elite race will see Alex Amiri, Jeff Wallace, Lee Isaman and Jem Arnold support Amiel Flett-Brown’s bid for the coveted BC Crit Champs jersey.

Get your engines started by watching Amiel’s perspective at the 2018 Gastown Grand Prix.


Seymour Challenge

Date: Sunday August 19, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM start
Where: 3625 Banff Ct

So you don’t think that setting a personal best at the Cypress Challenge is enough? See where you stack up on Seymour! The amazing organizers at Escape Velocity are hosting the Seymour Challenge on August 19.

Can anyone best Travis’ blistering time of 38:11? 


Champsys Personal Fit Session

Date: By Appointment
Where: 208-1080 Mainland St.

Champion System would like to invite all GS Cycling members the opportunity for a personal Champsys Fit. Members can try on the full range of items and learn the differences between them at the Champsys Yaletown office. 
Are you between sizes or unsure if you can squeeze into that race cut jersey? Set up a meeting with Natalia by email to dial in your fit.

Sea to Sky Nutrition Discount Code Correction

In case you forgot:

Sea to Sky Nutrition will be donating 5% (first time) and 10% (all orders after 1st purchase) of EVERYTHING we buy to the Cypress Challenge.

Here's how it works:

  1. Go to the Sea2Sky Nutrition website
  2. Pick your products (All flavours GUARANTEED!!!!)
  3. First time buyers please Enter code GLOTMAN1 for 20% off and FREESHIP at checkout. After your first purchase please use GLOTMAN
  4. Free Shipping to all members - Your supplies show up at your door in 2-3 days (which is the same as Amazon Prime by the way)
  5. Be sure to sign up to the S2S newsletter to be informed about new products and deals.



Hey GS! It’s that time. The Cypress Challenge is right around the corner. It’s the biggest event of the year for the club and a primary reason for the club’s existence. 

When: Sunday, August 12 at 8:30 am
Where: Mulgrave School, West Vancouver, on Cypress Bowl Lane

Did you Know?

  • In 11 years, the Cypress Challenge has raised over $2.7M. 
  • 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.  

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. 


1. Register and Ride

This one’s a given. Have you registered yet? Do it now. Do it. If you’re not there on August 12, you’re conspicuously absent. Your organizing committee has set a goal of getting 1000 riders participating in the event, and we can’t do it without you.


2. Bring a Friend. Or Three

Tell your other cycling friends, other clubs, and your family members. As a member of GS, you’re empowered to be 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 really shouldn’t take that much convincing. 


3. Raise Funds

Every little bit counts. Although the event is always well-attended, the bulk of the funds raised always come the few, not the many. Hit your friends and family up on Facebook for donations, just to see what you can come up with.

One trip up Cypress too easy for you? Commit to riding for a PR and suffer your way to a personal goal. It will be easy to achieve on event day, with so many wheels to follow, and the “race day” mentality of such a big, fun event. Tell your family you're willing to suffer for their donations and then leave it all on the mountain on August 12.


4. Volunteer

If you’re not capable of riding, or you have a family member who would prefer not to ride, have them volunteer. It takes a village to raise this child, and we could use all the help we can get. 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.


5. Encourage Sponsors to Get Involved, or Donate an 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? Put them in touch with the committee, and have them donate cash, services or goods to the event. 

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.


For it to work though, we need some desirable items that participants will bid on. Any item, big or small would be appreciated. Smaller items get bundled into prize packages, and big items can stand alone. Get in touch if you have an item or an idea that you think could work.


Can’t wait to see you there on August 12. You’re coming, right? RIGHT? See you on the start line! 

Ride Safety & Annual Mount Baker Registration

President's Message

Hello Club Members,

It’s wonderful to see so many new and returning club riders participating on our regular Saturday club rides. Our club rides are a great opportunity for members, new and old, to reconnect and enjoy a ride through the Lower Mainland.

As spring turns to summer, it remains important to maintain the safety of all our rides; use hand signals, pay attention, communicate, and announce your presence (i.e “group passing on your left”) as you pass others in your group or other groups (and not on the right or inside).

Over the past month there have been several minor incidents and as such, we would like to remind all riders that it remains their responsibility to ensure the overall safety of each ride.

  • Make sure you self-seed yourself in the correct group ride (Don’t feel the need to exceed your capabilities. Remember the goal of each ride is to have fun and ride safe);  
  • Speak to a ride leader if you have any questions about the route, pacelines, or ride etiquette;
  • Know and understand GS ride policy and essential group riding skills and signals. Click here for a quick review;
  • Listen to your Ride Leader. They are there to provide advice and support;

GS takes rider safety seriously and as a leading club in the lower mainland it remains vital that all GS riders lead by example, whether on a club ride, alone or guest riding with other clubs. So remember to arrive early, engage with the ride ambassadors, ride safe and have fun!

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Annual GS Mount Baker Canada Day Ride

Date: July 1st, 2018
Time: 8:00AM departure
Where: Sumas Canada / USA border

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

See route. 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 form to contact us.


Sunday, July 1: Arrive at 7:30 AM. Ride leaves at 8 AM 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.


  • 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.
There will be ride support to carry your extra food, clothing, etc. 

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

If you have any questions, please email Edwin Cho at

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Jersey Pickup Dates

Date: June 27
Time: 5:00-5:45 PM
Where: West Point Cycles (215 E 2nd Ave., Vancouver)

The next opportunity to pick up your club jerseys will be:
Wednesday, June 27 from 5:00-5:45 pm at West Point Cycles (215 E 2nd Ave, Vancouver).

Note: Jerseys are only available during this time. The next pick up will be at Cypress Challenge Pre Registration (Aug 10th). The final opportunity will be during the GSC Year End Party (Nov). If you are unable to pick up your jersey in person feel free to ask a club member to grab it for you.

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New Coffee Stop: Sanctuary Café

Where: 13020 No. 2 Road

Steveston’s first bike-friendly community coffee shop featuring local coffee roasters and artisan baked goods. On the edge of Steveston Village in Richmond, Sanctuary is your place to find your peace and refuge from your busy day.  This is a great location to start, finish or stop along the way for a drink or refreshment.

All club members receive 10% off all food & drink menu items. The only condition, is that members must wear their club kit to receive the discount. Wear it proud and get a deal!


Registration now LIVE! Cypress Challenge!

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BC Provincial Road Championships Update

We are proud to let you know that GSC had an amazing weekend at provincial championships walking away with the Men’s Elite and U23 Provincial Championship jersey!

Other notable results include 1st and 5th Elite Men road championships, 4th Elite Women TT championships, 1st Masters 30-39 TT championships, 1st Cat 3 women's road champion, 1st Cat 4 women's road champion, 3rd Masters 50-59 men road, 3rd Masters 30-39 women road, 4th Cat 3 men road.

For a club team GSC has a illustrious history at this race having held the women's Elite Provincial Championship jersey for the previous 3 years, we also previously held the Elite Men's jersey in 2015. Include all of our success in the masters and individual categories over the last 3 years and it would be a very long list indeed.

These types of results don't occur without sponsors, supporters, teammates so I wanted to thank each of you for your ongoing support for this team and this program. In terms of sheer volume of results this year has been among the most impressive in the history of GSC and these results could not have been achieved without each of you providing support.

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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.
Stage 3 Cat 1 - Downtown Twilight Crit

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


*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!


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 ( 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. 


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


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.



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!