More Great News!

More Great News!

A quick email to share some great news.

Firstly, VCC has been awarded $10 000 in funding from the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries and the OCA. The funding is part of the Ministry’s goal of rebuilding cycling in Ontario. Your club’s goal for 2022 will be to use the funding to rebuild Community Programming, Marketing & Social Media, Community Events and Equipment/Marketing Investment. This is a tremendous windfall, and we look forward to bringing greater visibility to your cycling club.
 
Building on this positive note on May 2nd, 2022 Rob Givens and Keith Luder presented a $5000 donation to the Brain Injury Society of Toronto (BIST). Arbor Memorial, with whom Rob works, has an employee-funded charity called the Arbor Memorial Foundation. Every year employees nominate a charity, and this year they chose Rob’s request to support BIST. Many of you know that Tanya’s Ride supports BIST, and it is through Velocity CC Rob was introduced to BIST and the valuable work they do.


Thirdly, VCC member Warren Cooney has been involved with Cycle for Sight (CFS) for a few years as a tandem bike captain/pilot for various blind stokers. He was introduced to the ride at a promotional event held at Chain Reaction in November 2018. Warren had never ridden a tandem before and certainly not with a blind partner, but assures me it is a fairly easy skill to acquire, and the experience was fantastic. The event didn’t run the last 2 years for obvious reasons, but it is back this year. Now, they have a shortage of riders to act as captains. Club exec. Keith Luder has already agreed to sign on. If you are interested or would like more information visit https://fightingblindness.akaraisin.com/ui/cycleforsight or contact Warren at wpcooney@sympatico.ca or mobile: (416) 835-7101.
 
The final piece of good news is that your 2022 kit has arrived. Please e-mail at pmartin@velocitycyclingclub.com to arrange pick up.
 
Thank you,
Greg.

 

More Great News!

A quick email to share some great news.

Firstly, VCC has been awarded $10 000 in funding from the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries and the OCA. The funding is part of the Ministry’s goal of rebuilding cycling in Ontario. Your club’s goal for 2022 will be to use the funding to rebuild Community Programming, Marketing & Social Media, Community Events and Equipment/Marketing Investment. This is a tremendous windfall, and we look forward to bringing greater visibility to your cycling club.
 
Building on this positive note on May 2nd, 2022 Rob Givens and Keith Luder presented a $5000 donation to the Brain Injury Society of Toronto (BIST). Arbor Memorial, with whom Rob works, has an employee-funded charity called the Arbor Memorial Foundation. Every year employees nominate a charity, and this year they chose Rob’s request to support BIST. Many of you know that Tanya’s Ride supports BIST, and it is through Velocity CC Rob was introduced to BIST and the valuable work they do.


Thirdly, VCC member Warren Cooney has been involved with Cycle for Sight (CFS) for a few years as a tandem bike captain/pilot for various blind stokers. He was introduced to the ride at a promotional event held at Chain Reaction in November 2018. Warren had never ridden a tandem before and certainly not with a blind partner, but assures me it is a fairly easy skill to acquire, and the experience was fantastic. The event didn’t run the last 2 years for obvious reasons, but it is back this year. Now, they have a shortage of riders to act as captains. Club exec. Keith Luder has already agreed to sign on. If you are interested or would like more information visit https://fightingblindness.akaraisin.com/ui/cycleforsight or contact Warren at wpcooney@sympatico.ca or mobile: (416) 835-7101.
 
The final piece of good news is that your 2022 kit has arrived. Please e-mail at pmartin@velocitycyclingclub.com to arrange pick up.
 
Thank you,
Greg.

 

May Ride Update

Ride Updates

Just a couple of regular ride details to update on and some gravel updates in this message.

  1. With the weather now clearly into normal temperature range, please be advised that we are moving the start time for the Saturday morning coffee ride to 8:00am. Sign up on the calendar for these rides.

 

  1. Please note that Clips and Tips returns this coming Monday. If you are interested, please register on the website calendar.

 

  1. Gravel Goats rides are starting this coming Thursday. Contact kvluder@gmail.com to join the WhatsApp chat group to receive location and times for ride starts.

 
Scrappy Badger Gravel Ride
 
On Saturday May 7th VCC members Rob Givens, Chris Medved, Matt Nowak, Pedro Caraballo, Alex Boisseau and Keith Luder had a blast at the Scrappy Badger gravel event set in the scenic hills of Northumberland County near Cobourg, Ontario. Badgers are known for their tenacity and power and our VCC riders had plenty of that on display as they rode over 80 kilometres of challenging terrain. As if the numerous steep hilly gravel roads were not enough there were lots of ATV trails to connect them together. These trails were made from every material nature can challenge a gravel bike with including stones and rocks of various shapes and sizes, deep sand and slippery mud. Check out the video below:
 
VCC Scrappy Badger video
 
If you’re thinking of joining the Screaming Squirrel gravel ride (SS Ride details here)
on June 11th our former prez Rob Givens has the following advice:

  • Leave your ego at home, the course will humble you.
  • Make sure your bike is tuned up so that you don’t drop your chain 6 times
  • And most importantly, gravel events are fun, don’t forget to enjoy it.

Sign up to VCC here

If you have questions about the article above, send us an email.

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Sign up change

Change for Ride Sign-Up

Well, it didn’t take HQ very long to re-introduce the use of the calendar for signing up for certain rides. While WhatsApp works great in certain circumstances, particularly where there is a regular committed group of participants (Tues/Thurs, Gravel Goats and Get Outta Town Rides) going “blind” so to speak for Mon, Wed and Sat morning is not making sense.

Why? These three rides have a wider dispersion of ride participants making a WhatsApp chat group ineffective. 

Additionally, this helps the Ride Captains plan, participants to see who is coming and the club to understand the participation rates. In the case of Tips and Clips, we want to restrict the number of riders early in the season until this group finds its groove.

So, starting this Wednesday, May 4th, the calendar will be back in use for:

Monday – Clips and Tips (first ride scheduled for Monday May 16th)
Wednesday – Tempo Ride
Saturday – Danish Pastry Ride (Social paced)


Find the Calendar here

The calendar is active now for these rides and those who used it last year will find it just as easy. 

Sign up for 2022 here

If you have questions about the article above, send us an email.

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