July Club News: Introducing a new group ride to Sea To Sky Gondola

Iliotibial band syndrome…the other “biker’s knee”
by Matt Powell, West Fourth Physiotherapy Clinic

We tend to see iliotibial band problems with early season riders who don’t yet have their conditioning right and when hill climbing training is in full force. Cypress, Seymour and Baker here we come! It presents as pain on the outside of the knee and is the result of too much friction at the point the band crosses over at the outside bottom of the thigh bone (femur) with each of our 5400 pedal strokes per hour (at a cadence of 90). READ MORE.


If you haven't already heard, the Glotman Simpson Cycling Women's race team had quite the showing at BC Superweek! A huge CONGRATULATIONS to the entire team for a hard fought week of racing! Get the full BC Superweek race report here from team member Erin Redl.



The next date in our series of GS Training Time Trials is July 23 with the Iona Out & Back course. Complete details can be found here. This series of six GS Training Individual Time Trials will be scheduled to start at 6:30 PM on the third Wednesday of each month starting in May. Drop In Fee of $5 for all participants.

A Strava segment has also been created for each course so you can see your times on Strava or practice on the courses on your own time. The third GS Training TT Course will also serve as Stage #4  for the 2014 GS Tour of Vancouver.

These time trials are open to all GS Club Members. If you wish to participate - please email Jim Desroches or arrive at 6 PM and get your name on the start list. You must be a registered GS Club member to participate.


Have you registered for the 7th Annual Cypress Challenge on August 16th yet?  What are you waiting for!? This is the premier Glotman Simpson Cycling event of the year! Since the Cypress Challenge began we have raised over $700,000. With your help we can break the $1,000,000 mark with every single penny going to pancreatic cancer research.

Pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest forms of cancer with a 5 year survival rate of 8%, will take the lives of 600 British Columbians this year.

Be one of 600 riders who will climb Cypress Mountain to fuel pancreatic cancer research at the BC Cancer Agency. #600for600. REGISTER NOW!


I know, I know, it's 30C outside and I am bringing up cyclocross but believe it or not it's only 6 weeks away so it's time to start getting serious about training! Without quality training you won't be able to answer important questions like:

  1. What beer tastes best with bacon hand-ups?
  2. What colour socks look best with GSX digi-camo?
  3. Is it embro before chamois cream or chamois cream before embro?

These burning questions (#3 for sure if you go in the wrong order) will be answered and more through our world famous Bob Welbourn skills sessions and group training rides. Keep an eye on your inbox near the end of July for session dates and other important info to get your season underway. In the meantime stay extra informed by joining the GSX forum.


A unique group ride is being organized by GranFondo Canada for members of Glotman Simpson Cycling Club and Gastown Cycling Club. Slated for Sunday, July 27th, the ride will start at Stanley Park and then head along Marine Drive to Highway 99 then on to the new Sea to Sky Gondola south of Squamish. Complimentary valet bike parking and gear check will be provided to allow you to ride up the gondola in a change of shoes.

Date: Sunday, July 27
Start time and location: 7 AM at Stanley Park Snack Shop
Distance: Approximately 120 km round trip
Cost: We will collect $30 cash on the morning of the ride
Expected time: If we allow two hours for sight seeing and lunch, you can expect the entire day to take between 7 - 7.5 hours. This means back to Stanley Park between 2 - 2:30 PM.

What to bring:

  • $30 cash for gondola ticket
  • Cash or credit card for lunch at the top or bottom of the lift
  • Gear bag with change of footwear
  • Dress for the weather

To confirm your interest, please RSVP here.