November Update

November Update

Hello VCC members,
 
While the weather turns and many of us head to the basement and the trainer we wanted to update you on a couple of matters of interest. But, on that note, Chain Reaction advises they have good inventory on trainers so give them a call if you are looking for one Chain Reaction trainers

 VCC Year End Social – Wednesday December 8th at 7pm
 
We haven’t forgotten about this great annual event that we were not permitted to do in 2020. Come along and catch up with your fellow riders, have a sip and a snack and celebrate the 2021 annual award winners.
 
More details to follow as we get closer to the date.
 
Milton Velodrome Update
 
The Milton Velodrome has been mostly closed for the last 18 months and now several VCC members are just getting back to doing those 250 meter loops.
 
Riding at the track is a great way to maintain your cycling fitness with that real feeling of speed through those cold winter months. You can find yourself, once you have found your comfort zone, in a pace line of 3-8 riders pedaling at 30-45kph.
 
From simple drop-in sessions to advanced structured training & racing there is something for every rider.
 
If you have any questions from experienced track cyclist, reach out to us and we can put you in contact get in touch with Bill Greene or Rich Williams.
 
You will need to get certified and the next certification dates are Nov. 20 & 27th. The Velodrome has bikes to rent so you can’t use that as an excuse.

 Velodrome certification link
 
Keep on peddling

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Tanya’s Ride 2021

Tanya's Ride - what a great day

Well who would of guessed the weather to be as beautiful as we were gifted for our last major ride of the season on Saturday. We had 50 riders participating and the money raised from the Brain Injury Society of Toronto is $25,500 and still counting. Absolutely amazing.

Melissa from BIST attended to express her thanks to all who participated.

The contributors to the success of the event is too long to mention but special mention goes to Luca of ViBo lore for his tasty preparations and Chain Reaction for the pre-ride mechanic and Skratch water supplements.

And to our ride Captain’s, Bill Greene, Joe Caputo, Rich Williams (plus the ride routes), Alex Boisseau and of course Keith.

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Less than a week to Tanya’s Ride

All Systems Go For Tanya's ride

This is the final club wide update for Tanya’s Ride happening Saturday October 2nd from Albion Hills Conservation park – Elmview #1 grounds. The remaining messaging in advance of the event will only go to those who have registered.

The event grounds look great, the forecast looks great, the menu looks great and of course the riding will be great.

Here’s what you need to know as we look in the details:

Ride start times moved back 30 minutes

  • Road (Peloton) – to 9:30am from 10am
  • All other rides – to 10:30am from 11am

due to the improved long range forecast.

Most will have a 45 minute drive to Albion Hills and the park opens at 9am so best to be there at or before 9am to get through the gate in time if you are doing the Peloton ride.

Food service

The menu has been finalized and we are super excited:

  • Non-vegetarian sandwich – in house made porchetta, served hot
  • Vegetarian sandwich – Luca is still finalizing his plans here
  • Soup – pureed vegetarian option from Vibo
  • Salad – 7 grain salad

What you need to bring (better take note or “No soup for you!”)

  • As we are not using an external caterering service, we ask that you bring your own reuseable dishes (plate, soup bowl and utensils). This will reduce the waste at the site and just makes sense to do.
  • Also, please come with your water bottles full. We will have fluids for the post ride gathering

There are lots of picnic tables on the site so there will be no issues with seating.

Late to this party? Sign up or donate here

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Tanya’s Ride details finalized

Tanya's Ride all set to go

Firstly, we wanted to advise the membership of the great success of the Steve Hancock Memorial Ride held on Saturday. We had three ride groups (Peloton, Tempo and Social) with almost 40 riders participating. All groups stopping at the Ghost Bike to share their thoughts so thanks to all for coming out.

Next Up – Tanya’s Ride Saturday October 2nd from Albion Hills Conservation Area



Tanya’s Ride has become a core funding raiser for the Brain Injury Society of Toronto, and we are looking to continue supporting this important organization. Last year we raised over $20,000 and are looking to reach this level again in 2021.

Whether you can ride (a minimum donation of $100 is required) or not, please support this event by clicking on the link below. We are also designating the ride as a “Try-A-Ride “event for potential new members so please feel free to invite a friend or two. They just have to complete the additional link on RaceRoster to fully register.

Sign up or donate here

We have now finalized all the plans and this year we are teaming up with master chef Luca at Vibo Restaurant to provide an alternative, and improved, approach to the post ride festivities. This, combined with the improved location at Albion Hills, should make for the best event ever.

Food

We plan on serving a hot vegetarian soup, a hot non-vegetarian sandwich, a vegetarian sandwich option, and a bean salad for the post ride meal. Luca will provide the oversight, and some of the components of the meal, while VCC will assume some of the preparation and responsibility for serving our riders and volunteers.

Please continue to use the Race Roster food choices for vegetarian or non-vegetarian (ignore the descriptions) so we can ensure everyone gets their preferred food choice.

Rides

We continue to offer four great ride choices, and if warranted, will split the Tempo group into two to accommodate a wider range of rider speeds. Therefore, we should be able to accommodate all rider distances and speeds.

Road (Peloton) – +/- 100 km starting at 10am (mid ride VCC supported stop to be included)
Road (Tempo) – +/- 80 km starting at 11am
Road (Social) – +/- 50 km starting at 11am
Gravel – +/- 70 km starting at 11am (gravel paced)
 
Please note that if the weather co-operates, and the temperatures are warmer than normal, we may move the ride start times back 30 minutes so that we can get you home a little sooner. More on that to follow.

Sign up soon to ensure we can provide you with your meal choice.

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SHMR update

Steve Hancock Memorial Ride Update

Just a reminder to all to sign up for the Steve Hancock Memorial Ride this coming Saturday. The three ride options will be displacing our regular DPH Saturday morning ride. 

And the weather forecast looks like rain at the moment which is great. Cause they are always wrong!! 

Steve Hancock Memorial Ride – Saturday, September 18th                      

  • Peloton Group – +100km departing at 8:30am
  • Tempo Group- approx. 80km departing at 8:30am
  • Social Group – approx. 50km departing at 9am

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Signature rides left on the calendar

Additional ride options left on the calendar

It is great to see the increasing participation we are getting for regular scheduled group rides and our new members getting settled in.

We wanted to remind you of some upcoming great events so you can get them into your calendar.

Steve Hancock Memorial Ride – Saturday, September 18th

        

                  

The calendar is all set-up for sign ups and September 18th looks to be our largest SHMR with the offering of three ride choices:

  • Peloton Group – +100km departing at 8:30am
  • Tempo Group- approx. 80km departing at 8:30am
  • Social Group – approx. 50km departing at 9am

All rides will pass through the airport and stop at the Ghost Bike so we can all pay our respects. The SHMR will displace our regular DPH Saturday morning ride.
 
Tanya’s Ride – Saturday October 2nd, 2021   
                         
We are working through the final plans for this great event which is lead by the Luder Family in memory of Tanya. The location has been booked and will once again be held from Albion Hills Conservation, but we have switched to Elmview 1 which is an upgrade from last year. Albion Hills site map

  • Road (Peloton) – +/- 100 km starting at 10am
  • Road (Tempo) – +/- 80 km starting at 11am
  • Road (Social) – +/- 50 km starting at 11am
  • Gravel – +/- 70 km starting at 11am (gravel paced)

We will once again require that each rider donate a minimum of $100 with 100% of those proceeds going to the Brian Injury Society of Toronto. The club will cover all the operating costs including food service after the rides.

Sign up will once again be completed through Race Roster which can be located here: Race Roster sign up.

We will be designating this ride as a Try-A-Ride event with the OCA so please feel free to encourage some non-VCC members to come out. They simply have to complete an addition form in Race Roster. We will engage with them to assess their riding capabilities (or have then reach to info@velocitycyclingclub.com before signing up).

This should be a great season ending event covering off all aspects of what Velocity represents.
  
Looking some additional variety? Why not Cycle 4 St. Joe’s on Sunday September 26th?

             
Why not sign up to support St Joseph Hospital and join the Chain Reaction team led by Bill Greene.

Join the Chain Reaction team.

This ride is raising money for our local hospital and offers rides from 25km to 100km. The event begins at the Velodrome in Milton making for a beautiful ride through the countryside, including rest stops for refuelling along the way.

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Signature Rides, ECC Explorer of the Century

Club Ride Update, ECC Explorer of the Century

Signature Ride Updates

The second annual Tour D’Abernethy from Beaver Valley Ski Club was once again a great success. We had over 30 riders participating, and the event raised $17,500 for Camp Ooch. Jim’s wife Cathy and his daughter Nicole who rode, attended. Thanks to all who participated.

Watch for updates for the Steve Hancock Memorial Ride scheduled for Saturday September 18th. We should be offering at least two ride options. Steve’s Ghost bike has not weathered well and we are funding, and working with the organization, to bring it back to an appropriate condition in advance of the ride.

ECC Explorer Dr Event – Saturday August 28th

Our friends at ECC have been holding their club competition this month which culminates in the all-out bash “Explorer of the Century”. A 100 kilometre (25 laps) or 100 mile (40 laps) of Explorer Drive this Saturday starting at 8:45 am from Max Ward Park. Max Ward Park location

ECC has kindly extended the invite to VCC members. If you are a joint member, you already know this so you can sign up here. https://etobicokecycling.com/signup/?sheet_id=53.

If not, you can join ECC for just $10 and double your riding options. Or, just come out and check out the festivities which includes a hotdog vendor at noon time. Yum!!

If riding, aim to get there between 8 and 8:30 as the riding kicks off at 8:45am.

Need more information? Contact me at galfred@velocitycyclingclub.com or Chris Kirkpatrick at ECC at chris@twinpro.ca.

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Tour D’Abernethy – Plans Firming Up

Tour D'Abernethy - Plans Firming Up

We are now one week away from the 2nd Annual Tour D’Abernethy and we are getting all our ducks in a row so that the event flows smoothly. The top of Beaver Valley Ski Club on the morning of August 21, 2021 awaits your arrival and we keep our fingers crossed for some great weather.

We are looking for a few more 80km participants. If you remain interested, please sign up for either ride on our club calendar found on the Home Page of the website. We would like to lock down numbers by Monday so that we can have the food service finalized.

Food service will be supplied by the Flying Chestnut and Boshkung Brewing Co https://boshkungbrewing.com/ is providing some of their finest selections for your efforts. We will have additional fluids and coffee for the start.

Those who have already signed up will receive a final details e-mail a few days before the event.

Can’t participate? Why not make a donation (we’ll take any amount).  https://support.ooch.org/diy-2021/rideforjimabernethy

Looking forward to an amazing and safe event. Rich Williams will have the routes perfected and we are sure all participating will enjoy either the 120km or the 80km.

Greg

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Tour D’Abernethy Update – August 21, 2021

Tour D'Abernethy Update

The Tour D’Abernethy planning continues as we draw closer to the ride date starting from the top of Beaver Valley Ski Club on the morning of August 21, 2021.

For those interested please, sign up for either ride on our club calendar found on the Home Page of the website.

Also, whether you are riding or not, please contribute to this important cause. The target for the 2nd Annual Ride has been been set at $25,000. Donate here : https://support.ooch.org/diy-2021/rideforjimabernethy


The day’s events
We are continuing to offer two road rides

  • Approx. 120 km ride for the more ambitious riders. Plan for some hills
  • Approx 80 km ride which also should have some hills to climb

The ride start times will be finalized this weekend and have been tentatively set at 7:30am (ooh that is early) and 9:30am which should enable most to finish together.

Looking forward to a great event.

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2nd Annual Tour D’Abernethy

2nd Annual Tour D'Abernethy - August 21st from Beaver Valley Ski Club

As the calendar has turned to August it means we are now less than three weeks away from the 2nd Annual Tour D’Abernethy ride hosted by VCC from the top of Beaver Valley Ski Club in Collingwood. 

Once again we are looking to raise funds for Jim’s favourite cause, Camp Ooch for kids and families affected by childhood cancer. Last year the group, including Jim’s friends and VCC members, raised almost $50,000 for Camp Ooch and the funds have been put to very good use by expanding the reach of wheel access across the property.

Camp Ooch is also naming one of the main pathways on the property in Jim’s memory.  

So, let’s continue on with the success of the inaugural ride and sign up to ride, then enjoy the post ride on-site catering and of course lots of beverage for rehydrating.

We ask that all riders make a donation as part of Ride.Give.Live. Even if you can’t attend, donations are welcome. We will send out the link for donating in the coming days.

The day’s events
We are offering two road rides to start (rumblings of a potential gravel ride remains under discussion):

  • Approx. 120 km ride for the more ambitious riders. Plan for some hills
  • Approx 80 km ride which also should have some hills to climb

The ride calendar is set up on the home page of the club website so please sign up. The ride start times will be finalized in the next week but have been tentatively set at 7:30am and 9:30am which should enable most to finish together.

Looking forward to a great event.

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