Cross is Here!

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Cyclocros Season Kick Off Party

It is our pleasure to announce that West Point Cycles will be our host for the season kick off party. There will be refreshments, munchies, so come on down to meet your GSX ambassadors. Whether you are a seasoned off road rider, or curious to hear what the hype is all about, stop by and say hi.

Where: Westpoint Cycles, Main St. and 2nd Ave, Vancouver
When: Thursday, Aug. 29, 6:30PM

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GSX FREE Cyclocross Clinic

Hosted by none other than Wai-Ben Wong, BC Provincial Champion runner-up, you will learn essential skills such as dismounting, remounting, cornering, tire choice, etc. If you do not have a cyclocross bike, let us know, as most of our members tend to have spares. And since they are some of the nicest people around, they would love to lend you a bike. Mountain bikes are also OK to bring, and of course, gravel bikes. There will be donuts, refreshments, and random prizes.

Where: Queen Elizabeth Park, at W 37th Ave. and Kersland Dr., Vancouver
When: Sunday, Sept. 1, 9:30AM to 11:30AM

Not interested in racing? Volunteer!

All racing events would not be possible without the help of volunteers! Many hands make light work, so if you'd be willing to donate your time, we would certainly appreciate it! VCXC is a community powered organization. If you're interested in volunteering, please let us know!

Other Events

Wednesday Night CX Practice

From now until it gets too dark to ride after work, the Wednesday Night CX practice is a good opportunity for rookies and veterans alike to hone their cyclocross skills. It is a free event, organized by James C. Birkenbuel (Mighty Riders), who, as a lover of the sport, donates his time and knowledge to promote it, and welcome new riders.

Where: Queen Elizabeth Park, at W 37th Ave. and Kersland Dr., or W 32nd Ave. and Cambie St., Vancouver
When: Every Wednesday, 5:00PM to 7PM
Website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/448991965225917/

Want to learn from a Pro?

A full day of cyclocross instruction covering everything from proper remount and dismount technique, to starts, to cornering, to (functional) bunny hopping. The clinic will be led by current National Champion, Michael van den Ham. Michael has taught over a dozen clinics over the course of his career and shares the tips, tricks, and techniques gleaned for years of racing and training. Lunch included.

When: August 31st, 9:30am-4:30pm
Where: Glenridge Acres (https://www.google.com/maps/@49.141018,-122.4468788,3428m/data=!3m1!1e3)
Cost: $80 Early bird ($100 after Aug 22), $60 for Juniors

Cross is Coming

Cross is Coming!

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Here we are heading into the last weekend of the month of July with a couple of exciting announcements. For some of you, the season is nearing the end, for the rest, the season is just about to start! If you like dreary, wet weather, mud, getting dirty, beer, handups, and being downright silly, cyclocross is finally coming!

Official schedule for the cyclocross season has been announced today - you can find it here: https://www.vcxc.ca/vcxc-event-calendar

Of course, a new cyclocross season also means new kit! The GSX group is proud to announce the opening of the GSX store - effective now, and open until August 9, with orders being delivered starting August 23, just in time for the cyclocross clinic, and season kick off party a week later. New at Jakroo this year is a cyclocross 3/4 sleeve specific skin suit. If you are interested in purchasing one, a size sample will be available at their headquarters (222 - 2323 Quebec St, Vancouver) from Monday, July 29 to end of day Thursday, Aug 1.

Store link: http://shop.jakroo.ca/Glotman-Simpson-Cycling

Your Club Needs You

Early Bird Registration for Cypress Challenge Ends July 1

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It’s that time again. This is the big one. Our club's biggest event of the year. The one we're known for. The Cypress Challenge is right around the corner. Early bird registration ends soon! Register before Monday, July 1 to receive 50% off your entry fee.

We need your support to help make this the biggest year yet for the event and help to fund vital pancreatic cancer research here in BC. Register, fundraise and convince a friend or family member to join. We need every single club member to act as an advocate for the cause, to help us continue to smash fundraising records. 100% of the funds raised will support pancreatic cancer research and care at BC Cancer, giving hope to over 800 British Columbians who will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year.

When: Sunday, August 11 at 8:30 am
Where: Mulgrave School, West Vancouver, on Cypress Bowl Lane

Cypress Challenge Facts

  • In 12 years, the Cypress Challenge has raised close to $4M.

  • Pancreatic cancer has a very low survival rate, at just 9%.

  • There is still no easy way to detect or treat the disease.

  • Funds raised at the event have helped launch the EPPIC (Enhanced Pancreatic Cancer Profiling for Individualized Care) program which will study new personalized treatments.

  • Doctors from the EPPIC program have credited the Cypress Challenge not only with very successful fundraising but with raising much-needed awareness. And they join us for the ride each year!

As a member of the club, we are hoping you’ll get involved, so we’ve listed five ways that you can support the event.

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1. Register and Ride

This one’s obvious. Have you registered yet? Do it now. Do it. If you’re not there on August 11, you’re conspicuously absent. We want this to be the year we get 1000 riders out, and we can’t do it without you.

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2. Bring a Friend. Or Three

Tell your other cycling friends, other clubs, and your family members. As a member of GS, you’re an ambassador for the event. When you consider that your participation and that of your friends can literally save lives, it should be easy to convince them.

It’s a timed event, with excellent support, terrific sponsors and a great group of people. It's one of the easiest ways to pin a number on and test yourself as a cyclist on our local roads.

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3. Raise Funds

Every little bit counts. Hit your friends and family up for donations.

One trip up Cypress too easy for you? Commit to riding for a PR and suffer your way to a personal goal. Tell your family you're willing to suffer for their donations and then leave it all on the mountain on August 11.

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4. Volunteer

From package pickup to registration and check-in, to helping to set-up and take-down, it takes a lot of people to make an event like the Cypress Challenge happen. If you want to get involved, sign up at BC Cancer's volunteer portal and select Cypress Challenge.

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5. Donate a Silent Auction Item

Know someone who would like to sponsor an event like Cypress Challenge, that brings together both cycling enthusiasts and the team from BC Cancer? Reply to this email and we will get in touch.

The auction is one of the highlights of the party that takes place at Nordic at the top of the mountain on race day. It’s always good for some last minute donations and has helped put us over the top of our annual fundraising goals in the past. If you want to donate, email Jennifer Northrup from BC Cancer.

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Can’t wait to see you there on August 11. You’re coming, right? RIGHT? See you on the start line!

Mount Baker Registration

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Registration Required! Mt. Baker

Date: Monday July 1st
Time: 8:00 a.m. departure
Location: Sumas Canada / USA border

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
Please get in touch with us if you are able to help support this annual ride. Contact Edwin for details.

The annual GS Canada Day Mt. Baker ride will begin at the Sumas Canada / USA border at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 1st. The ride is approximately 145km in length, split into 36km segments.

Pre-registration is required to attend this ride. All individuals that register will receive follow-up communications confirming ride details. If you have any questions about this ride, or would be willing to volunteer vehicle support, please email Edwin.

Itinerary

* Monday, July 1: Arrive at 7:30 AM. Ride leaves at 8:00 a.m. from Canada at Huntington / Sumas Border.
* Parking is available on 2nd Ave and 3rd Ave. adjacent to the border. Do not park in the mall parking lots for risk of towing.
* Cost: $20USD or $25CDN/person.
Requirements
* Passport and US dollars.
* Insurance coverage

Each rider must bring their own bag across the border. Riders should bring their own clothing, food and equipment for the ride. Support vehicles will carry bags to and from Mt. Baker.

As always the ride end at Bob’s Burger at the Sumas border so make sure you bring some USD.

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Cascades Cycling Classic Race Report

The final week of May saw the Cascade Cycling Classic in Bend, Oregon return to the US race calendar after a one year hiatus. This was a focus for the GS Cat 2 women’s team from the start of the season. Unfortunately Krista Matthews and Janna Gillick were unable to race as originally planned due to injury, but myself (Sonia Taylor) and guest rider Holly Henry from Broad Street Cycles lined up to represent GS in the pro women’s field. This kind of event with point-to-point races and long stages is nearly impossible to race without support, so we were very happy and grateful to have teammates Krista, Lora Genaille, and Andrew Funamoto there as our incredible support crew for the week.

The newly reformatted 5 day stage race featured some incredibly tough, technical and scenic courses with loads of elevation gain. Stages 1 and 3 both had gravel sections which tested the peloton’s legs as well as handling skills and definitely caused a bit of chaos at times. Stages 4 and 5 were fast and technical. The women’s field was relatively small with just under 40 starters, but also very strong with a number of riders from some of the top US pro teams showing up ready to do some damage on the climbs.

Holly and I were in our element as we both like to climb and have solid mountain bike and cyclocross experience that kept us safe through the gravel. The highlight for me was stage 2, a 124km road race with 5 categorized climbs totalling over 2000m of elevation gain. I surprised myself on this stage and managed to maintain contact with the lead group of climbers until 12km to go, surviving the two largest climbs of the day. Consistent riding through the week landed us 14th and 15th in the General Classification, as well as 3rd in the Best Young Rider competition for Holly. It was without a doubt the toughest stage race I’ve ever done, and I’m already looking forward to going back next year!

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Cypress Challenge

Registration is now open for the Cypress Challenge! Time to rally all of your friends and take on the Cypress Challenge.

Club Jersey Pickup & June Joy Rides

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Club Jersey Pickup & BC Crit Provincials

Where: John Rogers Park
When: June 15, 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

The next opportunity for club jersey pickup will be at the Awesome Grand Prix criterium race in Jonathan Rogers Park, Saturday, June 15th from 12-3 p.m. If you have not yet picked up your jersey, please come and during this time, or ask a teammate to pick up your jersey for you. The next chance to pick up your club jersey will be at the Cypress Challenge packet pickup August 9th.

While you’re there, take the opportunity to cheer on our race team as they compete for the title of BC criterium provincial champion! The race takes place on an exciting, spectator friendly course, and we expect to have GS represented in all categories.

As a bonus, there will be a beer garden and food trucks on site to make the most of your day, with a kids mini grass race for the little ones at 3pm. Racing starts at 11am with the cat 3 men, with the final race starting at 6:30pm. Find all the details at https://awesomegrandprix.com/

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Gravel Crushers

If you are looking for some interesting gravel rides this summer, there are 2 events left in the Triple Crown of Gravel series in BC. First up is the Cowichan Crusher in Duncan on June 23 with a 50K / 500M course and a 105K / 1800M course. Last year the course included a nice combination of wooded trails, gravel roads and pavement.

Last is the Kettle Mettle starting in Penticton and finishing in Kelowna on September 21 with 50K, 100K, and 138K courses. The ride goes on the Kettle Valley Rail Trail so the grades are not too steep and the scenery is beautiful.

Gravel fondos have a low-key atmosphere and tend to break into smaller groups quickly. We have a $10 off discount code “GLOTMANSIMPSON” for both events.

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Prospera Valley GranFondo

The Prospera Valley GranFondo p/b PwC would like to extend a 10% discount for all members of the Glotman Simpson Cycling Club. 

The objective of the ride is to raise funds to help support Cycling BC’s iRide and Youth Cycling programs across the Province. Your participation in the event will help contribute to this success.

Code is to be entered upon checkout. It will only work for one registration at a time. The code is valued until registration closes. Code: GlotmanSimpsonVGF2019*10

The Valley GranFondo consists of three scenic routes - 50/100/160km - They all start and end at Parks Canada Fort Langley Historic National Site where the proclamation of British Columbia was signed in 1858. More information on the event and access to the registration link can be found below.

2019 TC Cycling Annual Invitational Ride

Where: Yellow Dog Brewery
When: 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 22

TCC invites you and your cycling friends to join them on Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 for a guided ride that will showcase some of the best road riding on the flats in Pitt Meadows, up into the hills, lakes and inlets of Port Moody and Anmore.

Stick around to enjoy some well-deserved refreshments and great socializing with the club after the ride.

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Annual Mt. Baker Ride

Date: Monday July 1st
Time: 8:00 a.m. departure
Location: Sumas Canada / USA border

The annual GS Canada Day Mt. Baker ride will begin at the Sumas Canada / USA border at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 1st. The ride is approximately 145km in length, split into 36km segments.

Pre-registration is required to attend this ride. All individuals that register will receive follow-up communications confirming ride details. If you have any questions about this ride, or would be willing to volunteer vehicle support, please complete the registration form.

Itinerary

*   Monday, July 1: Arrive at 7:30 AM. Ride leaves at 8:00 a.m. from Canada at Huntington / Sumas Border.
*   Parking is available on 2nd Ave and 3rd Ave. adjacent to the border. Do not park in the mall parking lots for risk of towing.
*   Cost: $20USD or $25CDN/person.
Requirements
*   Passport and US dollars.
*   Insurance coverage

Each rider must bring their own bag across the border. Riders should bring their own clothing, food and equipment for the ride. Support vehicles will carry bags to and from Mt. Baker.

As always the ride end at Bob’s Burger at the Sumas border so make sure you bring some USD.

Taking on the Pyrenees

One of our own, Alex Hutchinson, ventured to the Pyrenees and took down some legendary rides. Read through for his account of the Pyrenees.

I've been lucky enough to spend the last week playing bikes in the Pyrenees mountains with Mike Tucker, owner and founder of Zero Neuf Cycling. The clubhouse, the centre of the cycling, cuisine, and accommodation, is attached to Mike's family home and guest-house. My bedroom overlooked an infinity swimming pool and the ever-changing landscape of the Pyrenees mountains. The view each morning was breathtaking; I found it hard to contain my excitement each morning as Mike prepared our morning espressos.

The riding was amazing - we rode over 500km throughout the week, and every ride was different. We went into the mountains, rode past lakes, rode through quaint little French villages, through old religious relics, through wineries; I've never said "wow" so much on a bike.

In addition to Mike's amazing guiding, his wife, Joss, ensured we were refuelled every night. Sitting either at the family dining table, or in the cafe, we had 5-star dinners waiting for us every evening, including freshly made main courses and amazing baked goods, made daily by Joss as well. The dinners served as a great chance to catch up on the day's riding and to plan for the following day, and to enjoy the locally brewed wine and beer. It was great being out on the bikes giving it everything each day knowing that an amazing meal would be waiting to replenish us on our return.

The Zero Neuf Cafe is truly unique; you become part of the family and settle into in a very relaxed environment, but with the best food, bikes, routes, and guiding you could ask for. I went solo this time, but I hope to go over with some GSC'ers on my next visit (of which there will be many!).


Check out Alex's rides on Strava

Day 1

Day 4  

www.zeroneufcycling.cc

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Cypress Challenge

Registration is now open for the Cypress Challenge! Time to rally all of your friends and take on the Cypress Challenge.