June Club News

Your kits are in the building!

The latest round of pre-ordered kits and free club jerseys for club members (that registered before April 28) are now available for pick-up at the GSC club office. Please check office dates and times listed below for pickup. For club members that registered after April 28, your free club jersey will be available later in August.

Need to stock up on accessories? Bring your cash and add some checkers and stripes to your life. Purchase a pair of our limited edition cycling socks, available for $20/pair, and stay hydrated with our GS water bottles (Specialized Purist for $10 or Specialized Little Big Mouth for $5). 

Upcoming office hours available for kit pickup:
Monday, June 22: 5.30 - 6 pm
Wednesday, June 24: 5.30 - 6 pm
Monday, June 29: 5:30 - 6 pm
Monday, July 6: 6 - 6.30 pm

The office will be closed on July 1st for Canada Day, but will continue to be open each Wednesday starting July 8 from 5:30 - 6 pm.

Mount Baker Ride Wednesday, July 1st

The annual Canada Day Mt. Baker ride will begin at the Sumas Canada / USA border at 8 AM. The ride is approximately 145km in length, split into 36km segments, and will head straight up to Artist Point. See route map. All club members are welcome to join. Pre-registration for this ride isnot required, just arrive on time and ready to ride!

Itinerary: Meet at 7:30 AM. Ride leaves at 8 AM from Canada at Huntington / Sumas Border. Parking is available on 2nd Ave & 3rd Ave. adjacent to the border. Do not park in the mall parking lots for risk of towing. Cost is $5.00 per rider – covers US National Park fee, gas, food for support vehicle.

What to bring: Passport, US dollars, insurance, and whatever you need to ride (clothing/ food/ equipment/extra kit). Each rider must bring their own bag across the border. Once across you can drop off in the support vehicle.

Morgan Cabot is the new BC Provincial Time Trial Champion

What seemed like a long time coming, the Glotman•Simpson Cycling racing squad had been eagerly anticipating the 2015 Cycling BC Provincial Championships. Three days of racing included a Time Trial, Road Race, and Criterium competitions, from May 29-31, hosted in the Abbotsford, Hatzic Valley and Maple Ridge regions.

With representation across most divisions, it was a great weekend of results for GS team in a competitively large and stacked race. Without a doubt, the high caliber of racing, and level of performance among the team was a direct reflection of all the hard work and dedication each and every team member put in all season. Read the complete race report and view the photo gallery on our website. Here are our top results:

Men's 1/2:
9th, Devon Moonie, Road Race
13th, Travis Streb, Road Race
14th, David Gillam, Road Race

Women's 1/2
1st, Morgan Cabot, Individual Time Trial
4th, Alysia Withers, Road Race

Men's Masters:
11th, Craig Holden, Criterium
12th, Ted Matson, Criterium
14th, Paul Krzywicki, Criterium

Men's 3/4
5th, Ian Hendry (Cat 3) Criterium
3rd, Alex Henry (Cat4) Road Race
3rd, Jim Desroches (Cat 4) Time Trial

*Photo courtesy of Cycling BC, by Scott Robarts 

Register your Cypress Challenge Team by June 26

The Cypress Challenge provides an opportunity for riders to reach a personal best, and team goals. Whether it's you and three friends, or your cycling colleagues at work, the Team Challenge offers four riders to tackle the Cypress Challenge together. Register your team by June 26 and receive a custom Cypress Challenge jersey with your team logo. Individual participants that raise$250 by June 26 will receive a free Cypress Challenge jersey too! 

Win an entry to Ryder Hesjedal's Tour de Victoria 2015 on August 23 and a round-trip ticket to Victoria, BC care of Harbour Air (valued at over $600). Help us spread the word by sharing our post on Facebook and re-tweeting on Twitter by June 26 and be automatically entered to win. Visit the Cypress Challenge website for complete contest details.

Exclusive club member offer from Different Bikes

Personal, responsive and friendly service is what makes Different Bikes a different kind of bicycle shop. Providing an excellent customer service experience for all types of cyclists is what these folks are all about. And if you didn't know already, Different Bikes offers exclusive discounts for registered club members:

  • Introduce yourself as a GSC Club Member to receive a 10% discount on bikes, and 15% discount on parts, clothing and accessories, and 20% off service packages.
  • Bring in a friend (not a club member), that purchases a bike for $500 or more, and you get a $100 in-store credit as thanks.

Different Bikes are conveniently located in Vancouver, North Vancouver, and West Vancouver. Visit differentbikes.ca to learn more.

Get geared up for the cyclocross season

Cyclocross season is fast approaching and from what we keep hearing, a lot of you are just as excited as we are. If you are interested in racing CX this year, we invite you to get in touch so we can keep you posted with the upcoming season, which will include hosting a kick-off meeting to review the race calendar, training sessions, and the highly anticipated new skinsuit design. Whether you're a seasoned veteran, or wondering, "what's this I hear about riding bikes in mud?", please click the button below to confirm your interest. 

GSX is for all Glotman Simpson Cycling members, men and women, that want to train and race during CX season. We don't pretend to be an elite group of CX ninja masters, we just like dirt, beer, bacon and laughs! As such, consider GSX your second home and we want you to have as much fun as we do.

GranFondo season is here!

With club members ready to head to Penticton for the Prospera GranFondo Axel Merckx (July 12) and to Langley for the Prospera Valley GranFondo (July 19), the planning stages for our next two major fondos are underway. 

RBC GranFondo Whistler (September 12): GS Cycling club members can take advantage and save $15 on registration! Contact us for discount code. Fees are set to increase on July 1. Stay tuned for more event weekend details.

Levi’s GranFondo (October 3): Join us from October 1 - 4 for a four day and three night Northern California experience, tailor made for the avid cyclist and wine lover. Itinerary:

  • Meet in San Francisco on Thursday, October 1 for a fully supported and incredibly scenic 125 km group ride from Golden Gate Park to Santa Rosa. It will be an enjoyable no-drop ride that includes a stop for a light breakfast and picnic lunch along the way.
  • Friday is a free day to explore Santa Rosa and take in the Expo. There will be an optional light afternoon group ride to a local winery for a tasting.
  • Saturday is event day with no fewer than eight distance options to choose from. After the ride, we will celebrate with an optional group dinner.
  • Sunday provides another opportunity for a light group ride in the morning before taking a shuttle back to SFO airport to catch your afternoon flight.

Space is limited. For more info, contact Lindsay Carswell.

Join the KOM Strava Challenge this month

The Tour of Vancouver Strava Challenge continues with a new segment to tackle this month. Each challenge will feature distinctive age, male/female, and racer/ recreational categories, and covers different segments over a specific time period – you must enter each challenge separately. Participants must be a registered Glotman Simpson Club member on Strava.

SPRINT CHALLENGE (MAY 15 - JULY 15): Challenge your mates to some sprints and efforts on four common Strava segments in Vancouver. Each Strava ride segment is part of a common GS ride route where you can safely challenge yourself or friends. Winners get green socks.

THE MOUNTAINS CHALLENGE (JUNE 15 - AUGUST 16): Hill climbers rejoice! Not making this easy (why would we want to do that?), here's your chance to tackle the biggest climbs around including Mount Baker and Sumas Mountain. Points will be awarded for each climb so attempt as many as you can and collect as many points as possible. Winners get polka dot socks.

GS TOUR OF VANCOUVER (MAY 15 - OCTOBER 31): Ride, complete, and record four stages in this challenge for your chance to win yellow socks.


How can I stay up to date on the club member forum?

If you're looking for a midweek ride, have some interesting bike info to share, or are interested in buying or selling bike gear, don't be a stranger. Here are some quick tips on how you and your 300 closest bicycle compadres can connect with each other.

Access the forum directly on our website, or on Google Groups using your e-mail or web browser.

Reading and responding to posts through the web is easy (see complete instructions here). But even better, you can receive notifications of posts directly to your inbox, just by changing your emailing settings.

Access the forum online, and go to My Settings (found on the upper right corner). SelectMembership and Email Settings, then choose your email delivery preference. You can receive daily summaries, or be notified for every new message posted. Respond to posts using email with a quick email reply to the poster, or the whole group. Voila!