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Monday, July 25 2016 @ 12:14 AM
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Volunteering--UPDATE #2

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I am still looking for volunteers for August 23 (Scotland Rd.) and August 30 (Sovereign). PLEASE consider volunteering for one (or more) of these races to help out the club and your fellow racers -- you can email me directly to let me know which event(s) you are willing to help out with. If no volunteer(s) step forward we will have to cancel those two races. Thanks.

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Notice to all Touring riders

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There has been some issues regarding Touring and route selection that has been brought to our attention and needs to be addressed.  Currently,  touring routes are predetermined for the corresponding dates which is seen on the LCW Calender.  These routes have been carefully selected, utilizing the safest, quietest roads possible.  All our routes have been given to the Ontario Cycling Association as part of our Risk Management protocol.  However, as stated on under "General Information" the LCW reserves the right to change the route, for the sake of safety or to help ensure all riders make it back.  This may be because of weather, significant undesirable wind direction or road construction, to name a few.   In light of this, it is not only important that riders sign-in at the start of each ride to avoid missing a change in tour direction but also because it is required by the OCA to prove you were part of the ride for insurance purposes. 

Furthermore, we have had some riders who have been arbitraly leaving the planned tour mid ride and continuing on with an unapproved route of their own.  In this case it's important to let the Group Leader know of your departure and if possible who else is leaving.  To avoid confusion and therefore to not cause a crash, it is important that you first move to the back of the group before you decide to depart.  Note:  All riders who leave a designated LCW route will no longer be considered part of the approved LCW tour and therefore not covered by the OCA insurance.

 

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Adjustments to Club Racing Schedule

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As a result of a very helpful Race Advisory Committee meeting earlier this week, I have made some tweaks to the upcoming race schedule. 

(1) We will do a Youth Invitational Criterium on Tuesday, July 19, at the Exeter Rd. course. Youth racers are invited to ride with the A group at 7:10pm and to compete in a 20 minute criterium, with its own, separate, finish. Riders in the A group will offer support and advice during the Youth race. After a brief (2 to 3 laps) regrouping, interested Youth racers can then compete in the A group race. At the conclusion of the A race we will do a quick debrief. 

(2) We will do an Australian Pursuit on Tuesday, July 26, at the Scotland Rd. course. Riders will be divided into four groups: Women, Youth, B's and A's, and riders can select which group they would like to join. The Women's group will start first, followed (at appropriate intervals) by the Youth, B, and A groups. Riders will work together to stay ahead of chasing groups. If a group is caught, members of that group can then work with members of the catching group to catch any groups in front. First rider across the line wins. 

(3) I have scheduled a Women Only Race on Tuesday, August 23, for the Scotland Rd. course, with a tentative start time of 7:00pm. Please encourage interested racers to attend. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. 

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The Life of a Bike

There is currently an exhibition of former LCW member/president Greg Curnoe's work at the Gibson Gallery.  Worth checking out.

gibsongallery.com/exhibitions/roy-heenan-collection/

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Jocelyn Lovell passes away at age 65

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Some sad cycling news: Jocelyn Lovell passed away on Friday, June 3, 2016. He was 65. You can find out more about his remarkable career here. You should also be able to see some video of him in action at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in the NFB documentary "Cyling: Still the Greatest". (Thanks to Paul Poppy for the pointer.)

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Points

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I would like to propose revising how points are awarded in the overall club competition.  Some options are to separate points earned in TT's from points earned in mass start events; to base points only on mass start events; to have a limited number of "competition" events that are pre-designated as counting for points; or to place a cap on the number of points that can be earned in TT's.  The aim is to manage things so that the overall points competition remains competitive.  This could be discussed at the race committee meeting Andrew has proposed or feel free to reply to this message.

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Leaf Blower

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LCW has acquired a leaf blower for use in sweeping corners prior to our events.  It is currently in my possession.  We need someone with a safe place to store it and the gas it runs on.  That person needs to be willing to maintain it and ensure it is taken to Tuesday night events well enough ahead of time to blow the corners.  It does take up some space in a vehicle.  In return for your trouble you would get to use the blower for your own purposes.  In the meantime, if you are running an LCW event that could use it, I can lend it to you. 

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Springbank Road Races -- Thank you

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The 48th annual Springbank Road Races have come and gone, and I'd like to extend my thanks to all those people -- racers, officials, spectators, and volunteers alike -- who made this year's race possible. It wasn't the warmest of days, but at the least the roads were dry -- well, mostly -- and we were treated to some terrific racing.

 

In addition, and in no particular order, I'd like to single out Andrea Shurtleff and Paul Poppy for overseeing the volunteer assignments; Cathy Williams, Beth Orphan, and Amy White for handling registration; Manny Martins, Brad Nicol, and Malcolm Eade for driving the race motorbikes; Vicki Edgar and Peter Hathaway for providing us with straw bales; Chris Helwig and Rob Good for announcing; Lorne Falkenstein and Brigitte Sassen for doing lap cards; Chris Helwig (Coachchris.ca) and Paul Dean (Cycles London) for sponsoring the Kids' Race; and Bifana Bros for providing spectators with delicious sandwiches and fries. In addition, I'd like to thank all of our sponsors for their very generous support: the London Centennial Wheelers; Cycles London; To Wheels; Outspokin' Cycles; Village Cycle; Mountain Equipment Co-Op; Speedpro Imaging; and Cohen Highley LLP. I'd also like to thank the City of London for their continued support of the Springbank Road Races -- without their contributions the race would simply not be possible.

 

Finally, I'd like to extend my thanks to the organizing committee: Manny Martins, Brad Nicol, Mike Nuttall, Andrea Shurtleff, Lee Orphan, and Chris Vlemmix, each of whom worked tirelessly to make this year's race happen. 

 

If you have any comments or suggestions about how to make the race better, or if you would like to be involved in helping to organize next year's event, please feel free to get in touch with me. In the meantime, I'll look forward to seeing everybody at next year's race, tentatively scheduled for Sunday, May 7, 2017.

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Midweek Tours

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Our popular Wednesday eve Midweek tours will be starting this week.  As usual there will be a B and C paced groups.  The B group will be a moderate tempoed ride that focuses on perfecting the group ride - 40-70 km.   Alternatively there will be a C group, which will be going shorter distances with a slow-medium pace.  Starting locations and route selection will be posted on the LCW calender the day of the ride to take advantage of the prevailing winds.  Sign in starts at 5:50 pm and ride leave at 6 pm sharp.

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Sovereign Criterium

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Since this is our first criterium being held at the Sovereign course this year we would like to remind everyone that, due to the small course, the protocol differs slightly from other locations.  Riders are reminded that:

  • "A" riders may not warm up on the course while the "B" race is occurring.  "A" riders may ride on course prior to the "B" race starting, and, during the "B" race, to access parked vehicles and off course warm-up areas.
  • Any rider participating in the "B" race may not subsequently ride in the "A" race
  • Parking is not allowed in the Paton Brothers Ltd parking lot.  Also, please don't block their driveway.

Additionally, all riders are reminded to arrive in sufficient time to sign in prior to your race.  See the volunteer at the start/finish line.

New for this year, non-members may ride in our races so long as they can demonstrate OCA membership (must SHOW current UCI license, citizen permit, or membership card from another OCA affiliated club) and pay the $10 entry fee.

This evenings races will be held at 6:30PM and 7:10PM for the "B", and "A" races, respectively.

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