- 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.
- Tip of the Week: Incidents on Group Rides
- Pace Lines
- June Special Ride – Cambridge Tour de Grand
Tip of the Week: Incidents on Group Rides
I was hoping not to have to post this tip of the week for a little while yet but, given the events of this past week, I think now is as good a time as any.
I can't stress this enough and
anyone who has spoken to me knows that I have
said this many times previously - what we are doing out there is inherently dangerous. Even travelling at some of the "slower" speeds, injuries can happen if something goes wrong out there.
The tips that follow come from the 2014 OCC Ride Leader Handbook. If something happens on a group ride, it is important to:
None of us want to be in this situation, but things can on occasion go wrong very quickly out there. Even when everybody is riding safely and doing everything right, unavoidable things can and do happen.
Over the coming weeks, we’re going to be trying something new in some of our groups – pace lines on some of our Sunday rides.
Now, we’re not talking a Giro D’Italia or Tour de France caliber pace line here. Don’t worry about that.
There are some really great resources on the OCC web page that explain how to do single file and rotating pace lines. On some of the quieter Sunday roads, we’re going to start experimenting with a pace line. This does not mean that we are going to be pushing the speed faster than what’s advertised for the group.
That said, if you’re still not comfortable participating in the rotating pace line, you are more than welcome to hang off the back at a safe distance.
We’re still working out which in which groups we will be trying the pace line and on which roads. It’s not something we should be doing on some of our busier roads – Derry, Britannia, Appleby, etc.
June Special Ride – Cambridge Tour de Grand
Quick reminder that the June special ride happens on June 8th for the Cabridge Tour de Grand.
Again, there are no real set groups and ride leaders for the event. It’s more of an event where OCC members find each other and ride as a group.
I’ll be doing the 100 km route again this year and hope to finish with around a 28 kph average speed for the day. If you think this is something you can do, then find me on the day of and join my group. Otherwise, ask around your various Tuesday/Thursday/Sunday groups and see if anyone else is interested in doing a distance/speed that you’d like to do.
That’s it for this week.