May Club News

Team GSC is rallying at the races!

We're heading into the middle of spring and for many the season to ride your bike has just begun, but for the competitive spirits, the training and hard work started long ago. The race season is in full swing with back to back to back competitions locally and down south. The GSC contingent has been representing across all men's and women's fields, and racking up some great results. Check our latest race results and photo galleries:

Support our racers heading to Nationals. Join us on May 27!
Come on out for a fun evening of food and drinks on Wednesday, May 27. All club members, friends and cycling enthusiasts are invited. Hosted by members of the men's and women's racing team, funds raised will help support our racers heading to the Canadian Road Championships in Quebec this June. If you pre-ordered our limited edition race socks, they will be available for pickup on May 27 at the event (and at the GSC office afterward).

Date: May 27
Time: 7 pm
LocationCarlos O'Bryan's Neighborhood Pub (1774 W 7th Ave. at Burrard)
Support our teamEnjoy a burger/side/drink for $25. Purchase GS cycling socks for $20/pair
RSVP: Please RSVP here if you'd like to attend.

We'll also be hosting a raffle and giving away door prizes. Guests can pay at the door for food/ drink tickets. Bike parking is available on the patio. So no excuses, we'd love for you to join us!

Group ride on the sunshine coast May 29

Sunshine enthusiasts, get your sunscreen. Join us for a scenic one-day ride, spanning just over 120km with a total elevation gain of over 1600m. This is a “B” level ride with an average speed of 30km/hr. View the Strava route profile here.

Date: Friday, May 29
Time: 7:20 am
Departure: Leave Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal for Langdale – Sunshine Coast on the 7:20 am ferry. (Buy your ticket and be ready to board by 7:10am).

Riders will depart Langdale terminal and ride the coast highway to Madeira Park, approximately 60km one-way. The group will stop for lunch which will be available to purchase. Riders will return to the Langdale Ferry Terminal via the coast highway.

Please ensure you bring everything you need for the ride – spare tubes, air cartridges, appropriate clothing, food, and water. All riders interested in participating in this ride, must contact Andrew Funamoto to confirm their attendance. Any changes to the ride due to inclement weather will be communicated directly.

Stay hydrated with Alete. 2 for 1 offer extended to May 25

Training is a must for any cyclist, whether you’re preparing for a big race or trying to complete your first gran fondo. In one hour of intense training a cyclist may expend 30% of their daily energy output, so thinking about both energy (carbohydrates) and water replacement is critical. This means more than just throwing some blue Gatorade powder into your water bottle!

What’s needed is real hydration and carbohydrate replacement to keep your body going during long rides. One of our newest club partners for 2015, Alete, has a solution (and a deal) for you! Alete® Natural Hydration helps prevent de-hydration, helps restore muscle glycogen, and quickly replaces important electrolytes lost in sweat during cycling. Best of all they’re offering GS club members 2 for 1 pricing until May 25. You must be registered as a GS Cycling Club member to qualify for this offer.

Not a member? Become one now. Orders are expected to arrive in June, and you'll receive notice when your order is ready for pick-up at the GSC Office. If you would like to learn more about ALETE, visit or like them on Facebook.

Performance Skills Series begins in June

Register now for a new four part series clinic, set to benefit cyclists of all abilities - whether you are new to cycling or a competitive racer. The clinic will cover topics of injury prevention through stretching and training essentials. We'll also examine strategies to improve your diet and fuel your body for optimal performance, and include hill climb training with coached workouts both in and outdoors.

Led by members of the men's racing team, sessions will also include presentations by Matt Powell, club sponsor and Physiotherapist at West 4th Physio, and Dave Vukets, former Trek Red Truck racer, club sponsor and owner of Prima Nutrition.

Dates: June 3, 10, 17, 24, 2015
Cost: $100 (club members only)
DetailsView complete details for each weekly session
Only 24 spots available  

Coordinating this season's Gran Fondos underway

Planning is well underway for this year's gran fondo events. Accommodation suggestions and carpooling discussions have already begun for the Prospera GranFondo Axel Merckx in Penticton on July 12. A reminder for people interested in participating in one of our four supported Gran Fondo events to visit the club’s online forum.

Interested in a glass of wine with your bicycle ride? For people looking to attend the four-day, three night weekend package for Levi’s GranFondo in Sonoma on October 3, you are encouraged to contact Lindsay Carswell for more details.

Are you planning to ride in the Prospera Valley GranFondo July 19? 
Club members have the opportunity to participate in this event at a reduced rate with a special registration promo code. Ride the full gran fondo route for $100! That's $65 of savings! In order to take advantage of this special offer, you must complete the form (click the button below) to confirm your participation, and let us know if you're interested in competing in the team event. All individuals that complete the form will receive a promo code for registering. 

Love your bike? Make sure it's properly protected

Whether it is when serving the community or our clients, Buntain Insurance Group of Companies are all about putting people first. We have been proudly serving BC communities since 1967. Recognizing Insurance matters can often be complex and confusing, our goal is to provide you with simplified cost effective solutions. We invite you to talk to our insurance professionals as to how we can assist you and your family protect your contents, home and/or business from potential losses. Our team looks forward to answering your questions, while taking the time to ensure we understand your needs so the best possible coverage can be put in place.

Giving back to the Community has always been a priority to the Buntain family and its staff. We have been actively involved and sponsors of the Glotman Simpson Cycling Team and the Cypress Challenge since 2010. Look for us when we are handing out coffee and cinnamon buns to all of the riders at the finish line at this year’s Cypress Challenge event or come visit us at any of four Vancouver locations – Point Grey, South Granville, Oak Street, Dunbar Street and soon to be Main Street!

We look forward to seeing you out on the road! Visit to understand all of the services we can offer to you and your family.

Tour of Vancouver Strava Challenge returns this summer

Introducing a whole new way of challenging yourself and your club mates this season! The Tour of Vancouver Strava Challenge will feature a series of Strava segments to take aim at each month. Each challenge will feature distinctive age, male/female, and racer/ recreational categories, with winners of each category receiving a prize. Participants must be a registered Glotman Simpson Club member on Strava.

To start, we've created four stages to ride and record on Strava this summer, with more challenges to come each month. Check the website for complete details and stage profiles.

Registration for the 8th Annual Cypress Challenge now open

The most anticipated event we look forward to each season! The 8th Annual Glotman•Simpson Cypress Challenge is now open for registrations! Join us on Sunday, August 16 as we climb Cypress Mountain, benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation, in support of life-saving pancreatic cancer research at the BC Cancer Agency. Welcoming participants of all ages and cycling abilities, the climb is for anyone with the will power to keep pedaling.

Every dollar we can raise counts to help future outcomes. 100% of the funds raised at the Cypress Challenge go toward pancreatic cancer research. In 2014, more than 625 riders helped raise an amazing $415,000. Over the past seven years, this incredible event has built a strong momentum to propel research initiatives to improve the lives of those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in British Columbia. We can't wait for you to be a part of this event, and to see you riding on August 16th!

Visit the all new to learn more about the history of the Annual Cypress Challenge and this year's complete event details.