December Club News: Strava Challenge Winners, 2015 Membership Opens and Spin Classes Continue

GS Women Recap Successful 2014 Season

As the year comes to a close, the GS Women recap a very successful 2014 season: racing, riding, and some shenanigans. Among the many races across Canada and the US, the team collected a whopping 65 top 5 results and 47 podium results. For the GSC women, the successful teamwork comes from experience and communication, but mostly from selfless riding - valuing a team result above individual goals. READ THE FULL REPORT.

2014 GS Tour of Vancouver Strava Challenge Winners

From August through October, GSC riders ranked themselves against each other in four Strava challenges. The men, women, racer, and non-racer category winners were announced and awarded their coveted yellow socks at the Year End Celebration event. For the winners (listed below) who have not received their socks, you can pick them up at the GSC office during spin class or regular office hours. Complete results can be downloaded from the events page

Morgan Cabot
Alison MacCulloch
Angela Bleach
Aimie-Claire Lees
Isa Szeto
Lisa Salloum
Fabiola Arevalo
Alysia Withers
David Gillam
Jim DesRoches

James Anderson
Jason Cutbill
Ben Ford

Matthew Cooperwilliams
Ted Feenstra
Kendrick Wong
Michael Daerendinger
Osborne Taryde
Mike Jones
Ted Matson

Devon Moonie
Michael Parrish
Ken Phillips, 
Bob Landy
Travis Streb
Mark Rainer
Aaron Brown
Michael Goodman
Peter Cooperberg

Is Your Helmet Putting You At Risk?

We all like to buy the new kits, bikes, and glamorous parts and accessories, but often times, one of the most important items is overlooked. Bicycle helmets take an enormous amount of abuse over their lifetime and often is the most critical piece to protect you in an accident. Like any piece of safety gear, helmets should be inspected on a regular basis. Most people are not aware that helmets have a finite lifespan, and many situations can actually lessen its ability to protect your noggin'. Ask yourself the following questions, and if you answer yes to any of them, it is time to buy a new helmet:

  1. Is your helmet over 5 years old? A helmet that is 5 years old needs to be replaced no questions asked. Though after 3 years of use (or near 10,000km) it is probably time to replace it. The effects of the sun, bumps and drops will have significantly reduced its effectiveness in an accident.
  2. Have you dropped your helmet? Helmets are designed to cushion impacts by the crushing of foam. Even if there isn’t apparent damage, the helmet likely needs to be replaced.
  3. Are the colours significantly faded? Faded colours are a good indication that the sun has had enough of an effect to degrade the protective foam and cover. This makes the helmet more brittle and less effective at cushioning impacts.
  4. Are there dents, cracks or imperfections? If so, it's time for a new helmet.
  5. Any crash where the head hit the ground, your helmet needs to be replaced regardless if there is visible damage.

Your helmet can save your life. A little piece of mind goes a long way, as you never want to have doubts, or put your safety at risk. Use your head, and stay safe on the road!

Save Up To $30 On Your 2015 Club Membership

Don't forget, until December 31st, get your 2015 Club Membership at a discounted rate. Join us for 2015 and what is set to be another amazing year of cycling, and raising much needed funds for pancreatic cancer research. We've also added a few member extras, to help complete your kit next season which includes exclusive discounts on Lazer helmets and new GSC club waterbottles.

Cypress Challenge returns August 16, 2015

November marked a national campaign of awareness for Pancreatic Cancer where landmarks across Canada lit up in purple lights. It was a timely reminder of only a few months ago in which we saw 625 riders came together in the annual Cypress Challenge, to support the fight against pancreatic cancer. Mark your calendar, Cypress Challenge will return on August, 16, 2015. Take a look back at this year's event and remember that your participation is important and support is appreciated by many.  WATCH THE VIDEO

Spin Classes Are Still Rollin'

Spin classes are still running in full force. Phase two of our spin class sessions introduces strength training workouts, pumping your legs and biceps into gear. Sessions run MondayTuesdayThursdayand Saturday. Purchase 10 sessions for $150 or drop-in for $20.

Happy Holidays!

We wish you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season and the happiest of New Years! We truly look forward to riding full speed with you into the New Year and sharing all of the great things we have planned for 2015.