Club Jersey Pickup & BC Crit Provincials
Where: John Rogers Park
When: June 15, 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
The next opportunity for club jersey pickup will be at the Awesome Grand Prix criterium race in Jonathan Rogers Park, Saturday, June 15th from 12-3 p.m. If you have not yet picked up your jersey, please come and during this time, or ask a teammate to pick up your jersey for you. The next chance to pick up your club jersey will be at the Cypress Challenge packet pickup August 9th.
While you’re there, take the opportunity to cheer on our race team as they compete for the title of BC criterium provincial champion! The race takes place on an exciting, spectator friendly course, and we expect to have GS represented in all categories.
As a bonus, there will be a beer garden and food trucks on site to make the most of your day, with a kids mini grass race for the little ones at 3pm. Racing starts at 11am with the cat 3 men, with the final race starting at 6:30pm. Find all the details at https://awesomegrandprix.com/
If you are looking for some interesting gravel rides this summer, there are 2 events left in the Triple Crown of Gravel series in BC. First up is the Cowichan Crusher in Duncan on June 23 with a 50K / 500M course and a 105K / 1800M course. Last year the course included a nice combination of wooded trails, gravel roads and pavement.
Last is the Kettle Mettle starting in Penticton and finishing in Kelowna on September 21 with 50K, 100K, and 138K courses. The ride goes on the Kettle Valley Rail Trail so the grades are not too steep and the scenery is beautiful.
Gravel fondos have a low-key atmosphere and tend to break into smaller groups quickly. We have a $10 off discount code “GLOTMANSIMPSON” for both events.
Prospera Valley GranFondo
The Prospera Valley GranFondo p/b PwC would like to extend a 10% discount for all members of the Glotman Simpson Cycling Club.
The objective of the ride is to raise funds to help support Cycling BC’s iRide and Youth Cycling programs across the Province. Your participation in the event will help contribute to this success.
Code is to be entered upon checkout. It will only work for one registration at a time. The code is valued until registration closes. Code: GlotmanSimpsonVGF2019*10
The Valley GranFondo consists of three scenic routes - 50/100/160km - They all start and end at Parks Canada Fort Langley Historic National Site where the proclamation of British Columbia was signed in 1858. More information on the event and access to the registration link can be found below.
2019 TC Cycling Annual Invitational Ride
Where: Yellow Dog Brewery
When: 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 22
TCC invites you and your cycling friends to join them on Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 for a guided ride that will showcase some of the best road riding on the flats in Pitt Meadows, up into the hills, lakes and inlets of Port Moody and Anmore.
Stick around to enjoy some well-deserved refreshments and great socializing with the club after the ride.
Annual Mt. Baker Ride
Date: Monday July 1st
Time: 8:00 a.m. departure
Location: Sumas Canada / USA border
The annual GS Canada Day Mt. Baker ride will begin at the Sumas Canada / USA border at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 1st. The ride is approximately 145km in length, split into 36km segments.
Pre-registration is required to attend this ride. All individuals that register will receive follow-up communications confirming ride details. If you have any questions about this ride, or would be willing to volunteer vehicle support, please complete the registration form.
* Monday, July 1: Arrive at 7:30 AM. Ride leaves at 8:00 a.m. from Canada at Huntington / Sumas Border.
* Parking is available on 2nd Ave and 3rd Ave. adjacent to the border. Do not park in the mall parking lots for risk of towing.
* Cost: $20USD or $25CDN/person.
* Passport and US dollars.
* Insurance coverage
Each rider must bring their own bag across the border. Riders should bring their own clothing, food and equipment for the ride. Support vehicles will carry bags to and from Mt. Baker.
As always the ride end at Bob’s Burger at the Sumas border so make sure you bring some USD.
Taking on the Pyrenees
One of our own, Alex Hutchinson, ventured to the Pyrenees and took down some legendary rides. Read through for his account of the Pyrenees.
I've been lucky enough to spend the last week playing bikes in the Pyrenees mountains with Mike Tucker, owner and founder of Zero Neuf Cycling. The clubhouse, the centre of the cycling, cuisine, and accommodation, is attached to Mike's family home and guest-house. My bedroom overlooked an infinity swimming pool and the ever-changing landscape of the Pyrenees mountains. The view each morning was breathtaking; I found it hard to contain my excitement each morning as Mike prepared our morning espressos.
The riding was amazing - we rode over 500km throughout the week, and every ride was different. We went into the mountains, rode past lakes, rode through quaint little French villages, through old religious relics, through wineries; I've never said "wow" so much on a bike.
In addition to Mike's amazing guiding, his wife, Joss, ensured we were refuelled every night. Sitting either at the family dining table, or in the cafe, we had 5-star dinners waiting for us every evening, including freshly made main courses and amazing baked goods, made daily by Joss as well. The dinners served as a great chance to catch up on the day's riding and to plan for the following day, and to enjoy the locally brewed wine and beer. It was great being out on the bikes giving it everything each day knowing that an amazing meal would be waiting to replenish us on our return.
The Zero Neuf Cafe is truly unique; you become part of the family and settle into in a very relaxed environment, but with the best food, bikes, routes, and guiding you could ask for. I went solo this time, but I hope to go over with some GSC'ers on my next visit (of which there will be many!).
Check out Alex's rides on Strava
Registration is now open for the Cypress Challenge! Time to rally all of your friends and take on the Cypress Challenge.