March Club News: Join our season kick off event April 8

Join our season kick-off social event on April 8, 2015

The flowers are blooming and the birds are chirping. It's that time again to officially kick-off the season with our annual social event and AGM. We have a lot planned with Glotman Simpson Cycling this year and encourage all club members, and those interested in joining or learning more about the club to attend. 

All pre-ordered kit and free club jerseys for club members (that registered before February 16) will be available for pick-up at the event after our kick-off presentation. We'll also have a few more goodies for sale such as limited edition socks, water bottles and items from our supporting sponsors, so remember to bring cash or your checkbook. If you missed the window to order your kit, the online store will be open again in late April. For club members that registered after February 16, your free club jersey will be available later in May.

WHERESt. Regis Hotel
WHENWednesday April 8, 2015
TIME7 - 9 pm

Our Annual General Meeting will be presented for any interested club members (prior to the official kick-off event) at 6:30 PMFood and drinks will be available to purchase.

Connect with club members on our new forum

Connect with Glotman•Simpson Cycling members about general information, bike knowledge, cycling tips, coordinate rides, or buy and sell bike gear, on our new Google Forum. You can access the forum in the following ways:

  1. Directly on our website:
  2. On Google Groups using your e-mail:!forum/gs_cycling

All registered club members have access to the forum. There's no better way to touch base with your club mates than posting and sharing on this forum! If you're new to Google Groups, familiarize yourself with how it works with these helpful tips. The best part is, you can customize your settings on how often, and when, you receive notifications about new posts directly through e-mail. 

Exclusive club member offer from RC Dental Group

Ken Phillips is not just one of Vancouver's fastest 50-year-old cyclists and a long-time Glotman•Simpson Cycling club member and sponsor, he's also one of Vancouver's finest dentists. Exclusive to registered club members, Ken is offering a 20% discount on dental services. Has anyone ever heard of a dentist giving discounts? Didn't think so. 

To cap it all off, for members that already have insurance coverage and and go to RC Dental Group, Ken will still make a donation (20% of your dental fee) to support Pancreatic Cancer Research at the BC Cancer Foundation. I'm sure you can see why you should book your next cleaning with Ken Phillips at Royal Centre Dental Group. To book your appointment give Ken's office a call or drop by in person:

Dr. Ken Phillips, Owner and Principle Dentist
Royal Centre Dental Group
210-1055 W Georgia St., Vancouver
604-683-8100  |

Let's fondo together in 2015!

Gran fondos provide a great opportunity to test your fitness, achieve a set goal and have a lot of fun. For many, these are the best rides of the year and a great time to bond with fellow club mates. New for this year, we'll be focusing on a select number of mass participation rides to help you get the most out of your fondo.

Our gran fondo coordinators will provide pre-event coordination with team registration, group get-togethers and support. For some, this might mean strategizing about pacelines and feed stations. For others, it could just include a reserved area at the start line. Most definitely, it will include post-event libations to celebrate the successes of the day.

If you plan to participate in any of these events, contact the designated coordinator noted below. You can also stay up to date, and connect with other club riders in our Club Member Forum.

July 12Prospera GranFondo Axel Merckx, Penticton, BC
Saturday night team meal in Penticton. Recreational and competitive team management.
Coordinator: Ben Johnson

July 19Prospera Valley GranFondo, Langley, BC
Recreational and competitive team management.
Coordinator: Ben Johnson

September 12RBC GranFondo Whistler
Recreational and competitive team management, event day breakfast and post event celebratory meal. Note: Teams in the Giro race will be coordinated by the Race Ambassadors.
Coordinator: Lindsay Carswell

October 3Levi’s King Ridge GranFondo, Santa Rosa, CA
Block of reserved hotel rooms, fully supported pre and post event rides in Sonoma and post event wine pairing dinner.
Coordinator: Lindsay Carswell

Check out Buntain Insurance on Main Street!

Check it out, GSC and the Annual Cypress Challenge are represented in full force! Buntain Insurance Group of Companies proudly continues its dedication to supporting our club and most importantly, the Cypress Challenge in support of pancreatic cancer research. 

Buntain's newest location is scheduled to open this fall, at 4226 Main Street (between 26th and 27th). Just because a building is under construction, doesn't mean it can't look pretty. If you are in the area, we invite you to drive by and check out the new temporary signage.

Newport Beach, CA Riding Camp: March 22 - 28

As announced earlier this year, club members are invited to join our riding camp in sunny Newport Beach, California. Group rides will follow designated daily routes from March 22 through to 28. This will be our first year in Newport but reports are the riding is supposed to be awesome in this area!

All you need to do is get to Newport Beach, arrange a place to stay and a bike to ride. Fly direct from Vancouver to LAX (short drive to Newport) or to John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana. This is not a training camp - other than planning to ride together, no other arrangements are being made. Bike rentals are available at Aroadbike4U in Irvine, and  Bike Religion in Dana Point. 

Please email Jim Desroches if you are interested and or view the complete ride routes and information.

Spin classes roll to an end in March

March spin classes are now available! You can still purchase 10 sessions for $150 or drop-in for $20. This will be the last month before our official outdoor riding begins in April. Now that you've got all that base under your belt, sessions will focus on intervals. If you would like to join us the schedule is as follows:

MondayTuesday, and Thursday6 - 7:30 PM
Saturday8:30 - 10 AM