It seems like only yesterday an invitation was sent out to join the Glotman•Simpson Cycling club in 2014, and now it's already June. I thought the mid-year mark would be an opportune time to once again say hello and update all club members on race results, Saturday club rides, special events and upcoming events.
As of today the club is 260 members strong! The 5th consecutive year of increased membership! I strongly believe our open and welcoming attitude, coupled with our support to every level of rider are the main reasons this club attracts and grows its ridership each year. I wanted to thank you for making the club a successful place to join, meet, ride and have fun.
To help us help you, we are always looking for more support. If you have some spare time and are interested please email David Gillam. We are looking for volunteers to help organize the following events:
Ride organizer and driver support for the July 1 Mt. Baker Ride
7th Annual Cypress Challenge
Support club office hours and availability
This year’s success is a result of many years’ hard work and efforts by everyone and 2014 is a year of many firsts:
New kit design and kit provider
Women’s only club rides
Women’s only skills clinic which sold out
Hill climbing clinic which sold out
Based on your feedback we tried something new in 2014. Each new club member was personally contacted by John Schwenk. This has been well received by the membership and I wanted to thank John for his successful leadership on this.
I would also like to thank David Gillam, executive director for his ongoing efforts to make this club a positive experience for riders of all levels. Whether it’s the Saturday club ride or the Spring Series races, David has been instrumental in creating and building a strategy to ensure the success of the club at events and at every rider level. As part of the race strategy for the 3rd year in a row GS is hosting and supporting junior racers. Both the men’s and women’s race teams continue to produce top place results locally and in the USA. Other clubs continue to marvel at our team camaraderie, our support and our organizational team work.
On the club side David helped create and organize a ride structure with a goal to ensure the safety and support of all riders. Accidents will happen, however I believe we created the necessary support and structure to mitigate them.
So what is coming up in the second half of 2014? In a word, lots!
The race season will come to a crescendo in July during BC SuperWeek July 4 - 13 (with the Tour de Delta, UBC Grand Prix, Gastown Grand Prix, Giro de Burnaby, and the Tour de White Rock)
July 13: Axel Merckx Okanagan GranFondo
July 19: Triple Crown for Heart
July 20: Prospera Valley GranFondo. All GS members receive a 50% entry fee discount. Register by July 1st to take advantage! Use codes: AMBCLUB2014-GRAN, AMBCLUB2014-MEDIO, AMBCLUB2014-PRESTO
August 24: Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour de Victoria
September 6: RBC Whistler GranFondo
GS day rides
Tuesday, July 1 Mt. Baker
Saturday, August 23 Mt. Baker (tentative – based on rider demand and support)
And yes we are open to other ride suggestions, contact us.
The local cyclocross season begins early September. The team is led by the Smith Cousins - Rob Smith and Ben Smith. If you are interested in learning more about cyclocross riding & racing and drinking beer while wearing a colourful GS CX kit please contact Rob Smith.
Finally, our biggest and most treasured event of the year is the Cypress Challenge. This year GS will be hosting the 7th annual challenge on Saturday August 16, in support of pancreatic cancer research and will be ridden in memory of Darren Latoski. Our goal is “600 for 600” – 600 participants to represent the 600 people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer annually in BC. Please mark your calendars, get ready for the ride, invite your friends, family, other clubs, etc. We need your support and commitment.
Of course the success this club has and continues to provide is not possible without the continued support of our sponsors. We are the biggest cycling club in the Lower Mainland, if not all of BC, so remember our sponsors, say thanks next time you see them and visit their premises every opportunity you have. They continue to provide fantastic support!
I look forward to riding with you at the next GS event or elsewhere around the lower mainland. Wear your kit proudly and remain friendly with all cyclists.