February Club News: Order your club kit now until February 16

One week remains to order your summer club kit!

Grab yourself an extra jersey, bibs, and even a set of gloves! The online store to order your GSC cycling kit and accessories closes next Monday, February 16. Orders take approximately 6 weeks to arrive, and are expected to be available for pick up at the GSC season kick-off event in April. Please note, the next opportunity to order and receive your kit will be late May. So get a head start on the season and click here place your order now.

Have you registered to become a 2015 member yet? Don't forget, that membership is required to take part in our cycling events and activities, but most importantly, provides you with insurance coverage while participating in group rides. Become a 2015 club member now.


 

Club member exclusive offer: Buy 1 Get 1 Free Alete Hydration and Recovery Drinks until March 1st


Alete® is all about premium ingredients that work to improve performance. If you're working to improve your health so should the supplements you ingest. From their protein recovery drink, made with whey protein isolate and the added benefit of Glucosamine, to the natural hydration drink, providing carbohydrate replacement during hard exercise, Alete products can help strengthen and maintain a healthy response to daily challenges and vigorous training.
 
You must be registered as a GS Cycling Club member to qualify for this offer. Not a member? Become one now. Orders will be delivered to the GSC Office, and you'll receive notice when your order is ready for pick-up. If you would like to learn more about ALETE, visit alete.ca or like them on Facebook.


Calling all women interested in racing!

Are you thinking about racing? Thinking about thinking about racing? Whichever the case may be, road racing doesn't have to be that intimidating. In fact, it's a lot of fun, especially when you have teammates!

For any women thinking to try racing, and looking to find out what it's all about, please join the GS women’s race team for their season kick-off social. We’ll bring the snacks and you’ll have a chance to:

  • Meet current, new and prospective women racers (and future teammates).
  • Learn a bit more about what racing is like.
  • Find out how to prepare for your first race.
  • Look at the local race calendar and see which races might appeal to you.
  • Ask any other questions you might have (bikes, nutrition, pace lines, hugs, anything!)

No experience is necessary, and everyone is welcome. Open to club members, and non-club members who are curious about racing with GS. Whatever your bike-related goals are, we would love to meet you! 

DateFriday March 6, 6 - 8 pm
LocationGSC Club Office (1637 W 5th Ave, Vancouver)
RSVP: Please e-mail Morgan Cabot to attend, or for more information
 


Riding in winter: There's no such thing as bad weather.

Winter in Vancouver unfortunately means a lot of rain, but cycling must go on! Here are few tips on how to get you through these winter months staying warm and (relatively) dry.

Fenders: A long front fender will protect your feet, while a rear fender close to your seat tube keeps the wheel from dousing your legs. A popular road fender is the SKS Raceblade Long that offers full coverage, attached to your quick release skewers and fits the snazziest bikes. Fender extensions can be purchased or even crafted at home with an old water bottle. We like to call these "frienders", because most importantly, you protect your fellow group riders from water spray and gritty faces. 

Cold feet: GoreTex or waterproof booties accompanied by wool socks will help you stay warm even in the wettest conditions. Prone to particularly cold extremities? Try plastic bags under booties, or over socks. Alternatively, double up with two sets of booties. 

Cold hands: Neoprene material is popular, as they keep your hands warm once wet. Lobster mittens or lightweight cross-country ski gloves can also be a good option (just make sure they’re not too bulky). Wearing latex or vinyl gloves under your regular gloves will help insulate your hands and keep them warm in the coldest, and wettest conditions. For long rides, pack a spare pair of gloves in a plastic bag, and swap them on your ride.

Layering: Ever find yourself shivering at the start of the ride and sweating 30 minutes later? Merino wool base layers are exceptional in damp, cold conditions. Layer two lighter jackets instead of wearing a bulky one, to easily shed along your ride. A light rain shell, like the Champion Systems Repel Jacket is also a good addition to stuff in your pocket for unexpected showers or strong winds. 

Stay hydrated and fueled: Sounds simple, but it's easy to forget, especially on longer rides. Proper food and hydration are important to maintain in cold weather, as your body is working twice as hard to maintain its core temperature. A tasty favourite is the orange-flavoured Alete Hydration, accompanied with a Prima bar. Cold water on a cold day can feel miserable, so top your bottle up with boiled water before heading out the door. 

Avoid flat tires: It's time to throw out those summer tires. Winter roads see extra debris and grit, so it's important to invest in durable rubber with hardshell, gator, hardcase, or durano materials. Regularly check your tires for gashes and replace them before the potential of getting a flat. Carrying two tubes in the winter is always a good idea, and so is having a CO2 inflator instead of a small pump, to make your flat repair as quick as possible in cold and rainy weather.

Sign up for a spin class: Great workouts don't have to be long ones, and adding some intensity into your winter regime can help you keep your fitness up through the spring. Best of all, no mittens required. Register for a GSC spin class.