A Group for Every Skill Level

May 11, 2014 Club News

This week:
  1. Tip of the Week: Incidents on Group Rides
  2. Pace Lines
  3. 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:
  • Stay Calm
  • Try to identify the mechanism of injury (road hazard, collision, mechanical failure, exhaustion, etc.) and then act to minimize danger of further injury.
  • Ensure that traffic is stopped or redirected to prevent further injury.
  • Don't move the injured person. Consider the possibility of a cerebrospinal injury. Ask the injured person for his or her permission to help. Do not provide help if the injured person refuses your offer - remain nearby and offer again after a minute or two; he/she will likely consent if the injuries are severe. Note that if the injured person is or becomes unconscious this permission is deemed to have been given.
  • Sending for help is often a judgment call. Is there profuse blood loss? Are they in obvious pain? Did they lose consciousness, even briefly? Are they having trouble breathing? If in doubt call 911. 
  • Administer first aid to the extent of your ability.
  • Even if the injured person pops up off the road and insists there is nothing wrong, look for signs of confusion and disorientation. They may have sustained a head injury
  • While waiting for help to arrive get the injured person's personal information (name, address, emergency contact, telephone) and medical history (allergies, medic alert, recent illnesses & operations) and write it down. Make sure a copy of this information finds its way onto the ambulance. 
  • Comfort the injured person. -When you get home notify the Recreational Ride Chair or President with details of the incident and the injured person's name(s).
  • There is paperwork that will need to be filled in and submitted to the Ontario Cycling Association.  The president will provide the form to any witnesses.  It is important to get this document filled in and sent back to the club in a timely fashion.

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.

Pace Lines
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.
Please visit the following link to familiarize yourself with the concept:  http://www.oakvillecc.com/index.php/member-resources/group-ride-etiquette
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.
Cost is $20 if you sign up by June 2nd.  You can sign up here:  http://www.cambridgetourdegrand.com/
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. 

May 4, 2014 Club News

Given that there are many new people in the club this year, and writing new material week in and week out can be quite difficult, I’m going to rehash many tips of the week from last year.  Apologies to those of you that may be seeing them for the second (or third) year in a row.
This week:
  1. Tip of the Week: Choosing a Ride Group
  2. 2014 Road Construction
  3. Burlington & Oakville Road Reporting
  4. Club Clothing

Tip of the Week: Choosing a Ride Group
As mentioned previously, we are seeing a lot of new members join the OCC in 2014.  Many have said that they have not been part of a club or participated in group riding before.  
If you're new and not sure which group to choose, here is the advice that I always give.
First and foremost, we want you to have fun out there and enjoy the rides.  It's not fun if people are being left behind because skill and/or endurance isn't up to the level of the group.  The best bit of advice I can give you for picking a group is to look at the speeds of the various groups (listed in the Road Rides section of our web page).  Pick the pace that you think best suits your level and, for one ride, go in the level below.

For example, group 3 averages 25-28 kph.  If you think you can do this, go into group 2 (23-25 kph) for a single ride and see how the pace works for you.  That way, if it's too slow for you, you can move into group 3 for the next ride.  If the pace is right, then spend some time in there until you feel you can move up into the next speed category.

Reminder: If you have any tips of your own that you would like to share (nutrition, safety, technique, maintenance) please send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2014 Road Construction
As in previous years, we’re going to try and keep track of the road construction that’s happening in our riding area.  Given the winter we had, and the condition of some of our roads, I’m anticipating a lot of work that’s going to affect our riding this summer.
If you see of any road closures, repaving, chip & tar, etc. please let me know and I’ll add it to the map.
I’ve already added the proposed Kilbride reconstruction/resurfacing and the bridge replacement that’s happening on Snake Road.

Burlington & Oakville Road Reporting
Jon C. passed this along last week.  To report potholes or road cleanup in Burlington and Oakville, you can visit the following pages:
Jon mentioned that they were pretty quick to get back to him when he reported issues in Oakville.

Club Clothing
The first order for club clothing has gone in for this year.  We do have some clothing in inventory.  
Please visit the following page to see what we have: http://www.oakvillecc.com/index.php/member-resources/club-clothing
I’ll try to keep this as up to date as possible.
Please send me a note if you’re interested in a particular item.  I’ll provide you with the details on how to pay for the item.
There are a few members that reserved jerseys at the end of last year.  I have not included those in the available counts.  If you would still like your jersey(s), please let me know.

That’s it for this week.

First Ride of 2014

Great turnout tonight for our first ride of the season! Lots of new members and returning ones in all six groups - well over 50 riders, including an huge amount in Group 2!

April 27, 2014 Club News

For those of you that are new to the club, throughout the spring and summer months I try and do a weekly announcement on Sunday evenings.  I usually start it with something called “Tip of the Week”, followed by any relevant information to the club and members.
This week:
  1. Tip of the Week:  Group Ride Guidelines and Etiquette
  2. Club Clothing Order
  3. June Special Ride:  Tour de Grand
  4. Ride Cancellations

Read more: April 27, 2014 Club News

April 12, 2014 Club News

  1. Start Date for Club Rides
  2. Official vs. Unofficial Rides
  3. Membership
  4. Distribution List Cleanup
  5. Club Clothing Order
  6. Milton Velodrome Seat
Start Date for Club Rides
Club rides are scheduled to start on Tuesday April 22nd.  Please make sure to visit the Oakville Cycling Club website (www.oakvillecc.com) for the most up to date information with respect to rides, start times, locations, etc.
The ride leader schedules are just about finalized, and we’re all itching to get out there to do some riding.
For those that are new and, as a reminder to past members, the various groups paces are as follows:
  • Recreational & Introductory (pilot until mid-June depending on interest):  less than 20 kph
  • Group 1: 20-22 kph
  • Group 2: 23-25 kph
  • Group 3: 25-27 kph
  • Group 4: 27-30 kph
  • Group 5: 30-32 kph
  • Group 6: 32+ kph on flats
Again, all the details can be found on our website (ride distances, meeting locations, group notes, etc.).
Official vs. Unofficial Rides
Just so that everyone is aware, the only rides that are covered by OCA insurance are official club rides.  An official club ride is one that is listed in the ride calendar on our web page and has an official ride leader.
Unofficial club rides are rides that are not recognized by either the OCC or the OCA and do not have any insurance coverage.  
As a general rule, club clothing should not be worn on unofficial group rides.
As of right now, we are sitting at just over 200 members signed up for 2014. Please note that, if you are not an official member, you will not be allowed on our group rides unless it is officially a “Try and Buy” ride and you have signed a waiver.  According to OCA rules, a person can only do a Try and Buy ride once in any given year.
Please visit our website for a link to the membership registration site.  (www.oakvillecc.com)
Distribution List Cleanup
Over the coming days, we will be cleaning up the announcements and discussion lists of any e-mail addresses that do not belong to official club members.
If you want to stay in the know, please make sure to renew your membership for 2014.
Club Clothing Order
If you placed an order in stage 1 for an article of clothing, rest assured you have not missed any sort of e-mail indicating how to pay for the clothing.
I have been chasing our Garneau rep on a regular basis to open up the next stage of ordering.  I realize that this is Garneau’s busy season and they may not be able to give us all the attention we want.  I will keep chasing to get the order finally pushed through.
For your information, the following clothing items made it to their minimum quantities.
  • Women’s Fondo Classico Jersey
  • Men’s Fondo Classico Jersey
  • Men’s Fondo Vuelta Jersey – Carbon Ion
  • Men’s Fondo Tour Jersey – Long Sleeve
  • Men’s Performance Prolight Jacket
  • Performance Superlight Vest (unisex)
  • Men’s Performance Vuelta Bib
  • Men’s Performance Vuelta Short
Items that did not make the cut:
  • Women’s Fondo Tour Jersey – Sleeveless
  • Women’s Fondo Vuelta Jersey – Carbon Ion
  • Men’s Fondo Tour Jersey – Sleeveless
  • Women’s Performance Prolight Jacket
  • Men’s Performance Prolight Vest
  • Women’s Performance Vuelta Bib
  • Women’s Performance Vuelta Short
Where we had reached 5 items in stage 1, the club has purchased extra in order to meet minimum quantities.  If you’re interested in a particular item, you can e-mail me and see if there are any extras in stock for any given items.
Milton Velodrome Seat
Section 15, Row 1, Seat 1 — this seat is going to have a plaque with the Oakville Cycling Club name on it.
If you’d like to etch your name on a seat (they’re $250 each) you can visit www.make-it-happen.ca 
You can also purchase a plank of the track for $25.

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