The 2017 season of Oakville Cycling Club will be underway in a few weeks; we would like to welcome back returning members for another season, and also offer a warm welcome to our new members – we hope you will enjoy your first season with the OCC!
We will be starting our official rides on the weekend of April 22nd which will be our ‘Kick Off’ weekend with a number of events running:
Friday April 21: Start of Season Social
We will be holding a pub night at the Kings Arm’s Pub in downtown Oakville (our usual hangout of O’Finns was not available this night unfortunately). This will be a great opportunity for existing members to re-connect with members after winter hibernation, and for new members to get to know some names and faces before riding season starts.
We have the private room on the top level of the pub booked for our use - if you are planning to join us, please RSVP using the following form so that we can give the pub an idea of numbers.
Saturday April 22: New Group Rider Training Course
Some of our new members who identified they are new to group rides will have already received a direct email invitation to join us for New Group Rider Training course to work on developing the critical skills required to safely join our group rides.
We are also opening this session up to returning members who may have missed this training last year, or to those who would like a refresher. If you would like to attend, please sign up using the following link. Space is limited to be sure to sign up quickly if you are interested:
Saturday April 22 and Sunday April 23: Road Rides Begin!
- Saturday April 22nd: our Group 5 / 6 combined ride will begin at 8:30am(please note, this is the only ride scheduled on Saturday’s with our club). Our Saturday rides typically rotate start location (either Appleby / 407 carpool lot or Munn’s Church, located at 6th Line and Dundas); start location for this day will be communicated closer to ride day.
- Sunday April 23rd: our Rec, Group 1, Group 2, Group 3 and Group 4 rides will begin at 8:30am. Start location for the first few Sunday’s will be the Appleby / 407 Carpool lot as we will need to collect required parking waivers to use the Halton Operations Centre. Waivers will be sent out in advance for you to print, sign and bring to the rides.
Weeknight rides will start the following Tuesday (April 25th) and Thursday (April 27th):
Group 5 (aka Munns) will start at 6:00pm from Munns Church
All other groups will start at 6:30pm from the Appleby and 407 Carpool lot
In past seasons, we would email routes out to this distribution list. This year we will be posting routes to the website for members to check; emails will only be issued when we are cancelling rides due to poor weather (rain, thunderstorms, unusually strong winds, snow? etc.). The webpage link and posting times will be communicated in a later announcement.
Ride Marshall (formerly known as Ride Leaders) Help Needed!
After some good discussion among the team at our Ride Leader Meeting, a suggestion was made to change the name to ‘Ride Marshall’ to better reflect the role performed by this group. As we are building the Ride Marshall calendar for the season, we are seeing gaps in schedule which could result in some ride cancellations during the season – we don’t like to cancel our rides, but per our club Risk Management Plan we are required to have a designated Ride Marshall for each group.
We need your help to fill the critical role which entails:
Assisting with route selection for the ride
Confirming all participants are OCC members prior to ride departure
Ensuring all riders are riding in a safe and predictable manner; if there are cases when a rider is putting themselves or the group at risk, it may require pointing this out to the rider (often some people are not aware of their actions)
ensure group remains together throughout ride through periodic headcount and calling out places to regroup (e.g. after a tough hill)
act as group spokesperson on the ride (e.g. the group is pulled
report any in-ride incidents that occur (e.g. a crash) to the club executive and assist with documenting the event (e.g. OCA injury report)
It may sound like a lot, or you may think you aren’t strong enough or suited to the role, but don’t worry, we are here to help coach you and equip you with the tools you need to help with this function.
To existing Ride Marshall's for our Rec and Groups 1 - 4, please contact Ed asap with the dates you are able to assist if you haven’t done so already.
That’s all for this week!