- Tip of the Week: Bicycle Control
- Niagara Falls Special Ride
- Sunday Rides Next Weekend
- Club Clothing
Tip of the Week: Bicycle Control
This week's tip of the week concerns bicycle control.
It's important to have good control of your bike at all times - no weaving, being able to maintain a straight line while riding, being able to avoid road imperfections with a small bunny hop if necessary, etc.
This all boils down to predictability. Our bikes don't have brake lights and the majority of us don't have mirrors to see what's behind us (although, a mirror is a good thing to invest in). We need to be predictable out there for our fellow riders and to the motorists with which we share the road. Proper bike control is the first line of defense and something that should be practiced in an area with no traffic.
Please see the Group Ride Guidelines and Etiquette page on our website for more information: http://www.oakvillecc.com/index.php/member-resources/group-ride-etiquette
Niagara Falls Special Ride
There is one more week until the Niagara Falls special ride.
You should have seen some notes from Pieter and Jeremy over the last week. Pieter will be leading the ride out of Oakville (~220 km) and Jeremy will be leading the ride out of Hamilton (~160 km). If you'd like to join either of those groups, please e-mail Pieter or Jeremy directly to let them know you're interested. In order to join the Hamilton ride it is recommended that you are a strong G4 and up rider, while anyone considering Oakville should be a very strong G5 rider.
There are still two spots left in group 2 on the GO Train.
Those of you that have signed up for the GO Train will get more details in the coming days on where we meet, when, etc.
Sunday Rides Next Weekend
Jeremy and I are still hammering out the details for next Sunday's rides out of Halton Region Centre. Right now Recreational and groups 1 to 3 are a go. Several group 4 members have indicated their interest in joining the Hamilton ride, including the scheduled ride leader.
We'll get things sorted over the coming days and let you know what's going on with group 4 for next Sunday.
I have distributed the majority of club clothing to its rightful owners.
For the remainder, I will be reaching out to you directly to see when we can arrange a time for you to get your clothing.
That's it for this week.
- Tip of the Week: Moving Over
- Special Presentation: Tour the Divide
- Discussion Mailing List
- Club Clothing
- July Special Ride
Tip of the Week: Moving Over
In group riding, it's very important to move over as far to the right when you hear someone yell out "car back". On some of my rides in the past, I have noticed that this turns into an opportunity for some people to pass while others are getting out of the way of the car.
If you want to pass and somebody has yelled "car back", wait until the car or cars have passed before attempting any sort of passing manoeuvre, At the same time, make sure to tell people that you are coming up on the side -- usually by saying "on your left". If you hear this, don't look back or zig and zag -- keep your bike in a straight line and thank the person for letting you know that they are there.
Special Presentation: Tour the Divide
OCC member Greg Andre-Barrett will be doing a presentation this coming Monday, 7 PM, at Cyclepath Oakville on his Tour the Divide last year. From Greg:
WHAT: My “Brutal but Beautiful” Tour Divide race…
WHO: Greg Andre-Barrett
WHEN: Monday June 9, 2014, 7pm
WHERE: Cyclepath Oakville, 500 Speers Rd
Greg will provide a slide show presentation and explain how “Brutal but Beautiful” became his mantra for surviving and indeed enjoying the 2013 Tour Divide race.
The Tour Divide is the world’s longest toughest totally self-supported mountain bike race – 4,600 kms from the start in Banff Alberta through the states of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico, to the USA-Mexico border. What makes the Tour Divide so brutal on body and mind is that the route follows and criss-crosses the Rocky Mountains continental divide 34 times, resulting in 61,000 metres of climbing, the equivalent of climbing from sea level to the top of Mt Everest seven and half times!
Discussion Mailing List
A quick reminder that we have an optional discussion mailing list available for everyone to use for cycling related topics. Dave Harris posts community related information to that list.
Club clothing should be arriving in the next week or two, based on the last e-mail I’ve seen from Garneau.
For those of you that ordered clothing, I will contact you when it arrives.
I will also update the inventory page on our website with actual quantities of the various items in stock.
July Special Ride
With June’s special ride behind us, it’s time to start planning for the July special ride.
As has been the case for the last two years, the July ride will be Niagara Falls back to Oakville. We will take the train down to Niagara Falls and ride back to the Oakville GO station.
This ride has a very limited number of spots - 20-25 (still to be determined) - as we are at the mercy of what GO transit can accommodate on their bicycle trains.
We’re still working out the logistics and will send out a link to sign up in the coming weeks, which will include more information such as the date and how we plan on running the groups.
That’s it for this week.