A Group for Every Skill Level

In this announcement:

  1. Good News Story
  2. Cambridge Tour de Grand
  3. Safe Cycling
  4. Club Clothing
  5. Arizona

Good News Story

For those of you that might not be aware, a few months back we dedicated the 2015 riding year to one of our ride leaders - Donna Hart.  She was diagnosed with a serious medical condition late last year/earlier this year that required her to be on a transplant list.

I am happy to report that Donna received the transplant that she desperately needed, and is currently on the mend.  It's a slow process, but a major hurdle has been overcome.

In order to encourage others to sign up as organ donors, she sent along a link to her page on the Be A Donor website: https://beadonor.ca/donna-hart

Cambridge Tour de Grand

Next week (June 14) is the annual Cambridge Tour de Grand.  The roads out in that area are great for riding, the event is well organized, and the OCC has had a big presence there over the last several years.

While this isn't an "official" OCC ride, there will be several familiar faces out there doing the various distances.  If you'd like to join your fellow OCC members out there, keep an eye out for these people and, remember, wear your OCC kit out there if you have it:

  • 50 km
    • Joan W.
  • 72 km
    • Rick S.
  • 100 km
    • Dave B.
    • Paul I.
    • Joe R.
    • Ed D.
    • Pedro C.
  • 160 km
    • Jeremy H.
    • Barry P.
    • Pieter
    • Bob S.
    • Colin M.

Currently, we do not have a scheduled ride leader for groups 3 and 4 next Sunday.  If we cannot find someone to fill these spots, those two groups will be cancelled. If you would be willing to lead group 3 or group 4 next Sunday, please let Jeremy know.

Safe Cycling

Now that we've been out on the road for a little over a month, I'd like to bring up some safety points that I've had a chance to observe from my time at both the front and the back of the pack.

The main point that I'd like to stress is that everyone is an active participant in the group ride.  What this means:

  • Calling out "car back" when a car is about to overtake the group.  Don't count on the people at the front hearing that a car is passing.
  • Calling out "on your left" when passing riders.  Do not surprise people with your presence beside them.
  • Pointing/calling out obstacles like holes, road kill, or various animal waste products that may be littering the road.
  • Staying in the right lane, especially when climbing a hill.  We all climb at our own pace.  If you're stuck behind someone who isn't as strong a climber, unless it's safe to pass without going into the oncoming lane, stay behind them and slow your climbing pace down.  If you do pass them, don't forget to tell them that you're passing them.
  • Keep the front of the pack aware of what's going on at the back.  If the group has split, or riders are starting to get left behind, it's important to get this information up to the ride leader.
  • If you haven't seen your ride leader anywhere in the group (front or back) for a little while, soft pedal for a little while and stop at the next safe spot to do so.  Wait for him or her to catch up.

It's going to be a constant learning process out there.  One of our main reasons for closing membership early was so that we could get everyone used to riding with everyone else and not having new and inexperienced people coming into a group that has learned each others habits and style.

Club Clothing

For those of you that ordered Louis Garneau clothing - we're expecting it in another 4 weeks or so.

A few of you ordered clothing that we already had in inventory.  I reached out to you to indicate you could grab it from me at the Rec-G4 rides on Tuesday/Thursday/Sundays.  I'm still carrying the items around so, come and find me at the rides and I'll give you your clothing.

And, as usual, we still have some items in inventory.  They can be purchased here: https://ccnbikes.com/#!/events/2015-oakville-cycling-club-membership/store

Arizona

On a bit of a personal note, back at the end of April/beginning of May we were down in Arizona on a 4 day organized cycling tour.  We rode around Scottsdale, Sedona, Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon.  It was a beautiful part of the country, the weather was fantastic, and we met some great people.

The following photo gallery shows just some of the experiences we had and scenery that we saw while on the tour: https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B01Grq0zwGFHZYv

If you're interested in hearing more about the tour, feel free to reach out.  I'd be happy to pass along information and details about the experience.

That's it for this weekend.

Thanks,

--db

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