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2018 A Year End Review
Looking back on 2018 there have been many points of pride. New rides and routes tested in 2017 are now a mainstay for the club, lead by an outstanding group of ride leaders and ambassadors.
Great weather meant we had intrepid club members attending the group rides from the onset of the season, while in typical fashion, our racing members were laying the founding for what would be one of our best seasons to date.
Once April hit, the season was already in full swing both on and off the bike. West Point hosted a number of social events for new and returning members, allowing everyone to spend some time with club mates while not in spandex. There was no shortage of quality chamois time with clinics, group rides, fondos and events near and far.
GSC had an amazing weekend at The BC Provincial Championships, with the team walking away with the Elite and U23 Provincial Championship jersey; Alex Amiri took to the top set of the podium. Alex’s support of the team as an ambassador, coach and service to the BC cycling community were rewarded at the end of the season being named Cycling BC 2018 Sportsman of the year.
Other notable results at The BC Provincial Road Championships include:
1st and 5th in the Elite Men’s BC Road Race
4th Elite Women TT
1st Masters 30-39 TT
1st Cat 3 women's BC Road & TT
1st Cat 4 women's BC Road Race
3rd Masters 50-59 BC Road Race
3rd Masters 30-39 women BC Road Race
4th Cat 3 men BC Road Championships
These results were just a small sample from a team that were able to produce outstanding individual and team performances all season long.
For GSC, the defining moment of the season again took place on Cypress mountain where 800 riders came together to raise a transformative $429K for pancreatic cancer research, bringing our total to just under $3M! The event was also recognized by Cycling BC as the event of the year for 2018!
It’s important to thank all of our wonderful sponsors and partners; Glotman Simpson, Buntain Insurance, RC Dental group, West 4th Physio, ZLC Financial, Feenstra Architecture, The St. Regis, Westpoint Cycles, Trek and Giro; without them none of this would be possible.
Changes in 2019
For 2019, you can expect a few things to change. Rider feedback will continue to drive the addition of new routes for the club rides (Congratulations to Matias for filling out the survey and winning the free membership draw). One-day events like gran fondos and social rides will have more team support from dedicated ride leaders and ambassadors. For those looking for an adventure free of vehicles, gravel rides will become part of our club ride season.
We are also pleased to announce Jakroo will be our clothing supplier for 2019, and in addition to some fresh kit the club will also be getting a fresh design. We’ll be holding a fit night in January with an official unveiling. Here’s just a teaser to hold you over for now:
We are also very please to welcome 4 new sponsors for 2019:
Convergent Manufacturing Technologies
Durante Kreuk Ltd.
Canada ICI – St. Jacques Group
Over the next few months we will look to feature each of them in newsletters so you can get to know them better.
One major change for 2019 that everyone should be aware of:
New members: We will be closing registration as of April 30. This change is to ensure we are able to provide a streamlined onboarding of new members. This includes jerseys, skills clinics and a social evening. If you have any friends who are considering joining please feel free to forward this email to their attention.
Let’s make 2018 another year to remember, together. In a few weeks time, we'll send a list of member benefits for 2018 that go beyond the club jersey that comes with your membership, and camaraderie of belonging to the biggest and best cycling club in Vancouver