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Cross Series

The Nordic Cats 'Cross Club is running a series of cyclocross races on Wednesday evenings.  Racing starts at 7pm until daylight requires an earlier start.  More information can be obtained by calling or texting Mike Jaffray at 226 231-1371.  Registration and details at www.damcross.com/weekly-series.html

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OCA Inter-Club Tour by Railway City Cycling Club

On Sunday Sept 24th Railway City Cycling Club will be hosting the Ride Across County of Elgin.  It is an OCA inter-club event and is open to all RC3, LCW and LCC members this year.  Along with cycling the great countryside of Elgin, this tour is also an opportunity to help raise funds for the local United Way. 

Date: Sunday Sept 24th

Location: Elgin County Administrative Building, 450 Sunset Drive, St Thomas  (Start and Finish will be located near rear of building)

Cost: $10

Registration: (will be supplied as more details become available - you will be able to register day of with no penalty cost)

Routes/ start times: 126 km, 4 water stops - starts at 8am,    88 km, 3 water stops - starts at 8:30am,     63km, 2 water stops - starts at 9am,    50km, 1 water stop - start at 9am

Fundraising:  Should anyone wish to engage in fundraising there will be forms available for download.  There is a custom yellow jersey award for most monies raised

There will be water , energy drink and bananas at the rest stops.  A barbeque is planned for the finish - free burger and drink for participants.

For more information contact Sue Gazda.

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Rides Elsewhere

1.  This year's edtion of the 3 Port Tour, leaving from Aylmer and travelling through Port Burwell, Port Bruce, and Port Stanley is secheduled for Saturday, August 19.  Reigistration is capped at 500 and closes Thursday, August 17.  More information is avialable at www.threeporttour.com/


2.  There will be a GranFondo out of Kingston on Sept. 10.  Choice of three routes - 90, 120, and 160km that are virtually traffic free with a police escort for the first 40km. Food post ride. Support vehicles for different rider paces. Two aid stations along the way with food and drinks, washroom access, support. Fee includes a jersey and water bottle. Registration at: http://www.tigranfondo.com/register/


3.  Centurion Cycling is mounting a 3 day, multi event ride out of Blue Mountain Village near Collingwood from September 15-17.  Events include a dirt road ride, a team time trial, a 25K family ride and road rides of various distances that can be done either competitively or recreationally.  More information is available at www.centurioncycling.com


4.  The Railway City CC in St. Thomas is doing a United Way fundraiser ride on Sunday, September 24 in Western Elgin County.  Start and finish at Elgin County Administrative Building, 450 Sunset Dr. in St. Thomas.  Registration is $10 on the day.  More details about advance registration forthcoming.  There will be 4 routes 126/88/63/50K with 4,3,2,1 rest stops respectively.  Water, energy drinks, and banannas at rest stops.  Finish area barbecue.  Fundraising forms will be made available for download shortly.  Top fundraiser gets a custom yellow jersey.

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Points to date

This year's points tracker is up and running.  Go to Training/Results and click on the link to download the spreadsheet.  Please verify that your reported results have been correctly transferred to the spreadsheet.  Make sure to check the crit, rr, and tt tabs as well as the overall tab.

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Race Reminders -- For Racers and Others

With the racing season now under way, here are some reminders for racers and spectators concerning racing and parking.

Please do not park on the course at Scotland Road, in the Hanwah lot at Innovation, or in the Paton Bros. lot at Sovereign.  Hanwah and Paton Bros. do not want our vehicles on their property.  On Scotland there is limited visibility for traffic cresting the hill and often a pack by the finish line, which makes it undesirable to have a line of parked vehicles making a wall along the opposite side of the course.  The vehicles also draw more attention to our operation than we would like.  Only the lap counter should be parked anywhere in the vicinity of the finish line.  On Scotland there is parking available on the shoulders of Scotland east of White Oak.

Joe and I have received complaints about yellow line violations at the race on Tuesday, April 18.  There were strong cross winds on all parts of the course and on more than one occasion a rider attacked over the yellow line to get to the front of the group.  Guttering the field in a side wind is a legitimate race tactic.  If those who are guttering the field see others sneak around them on the left, they will gutter the field against the left gutter rather than the yellow line, stringing the pack out along the wrong side of the road.  There will always be a left side of the road, whether it is the yellow line or the left gutter.  Better that it be the yellow line than the left gutter.  Let's all abide by that understanding.  Crossing the yellow line is dangerous, and it is a form of cheating.

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2017 Kick Off Party and Open House

General News

This is our first annual Kick Off Party and Open House.  Join us for a great time of meet, greet and "FREE" eats, as we catch up and look forward to another awesome season!  All LCW members and their partners are welcome.  We are also inviting all who may be interested in joining the LCW this year.  If you are inquiring or interested, our executive team will be on hand to answer your questions as well as help you sign up. 

Date: Monday March 27th, 2017

Where: Palasad South, 141 Pine Valley Blvd, London

Time: 6:30pm till 10:00pm


Mark you calendars so you don't miss out!

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LCW 2017 Racing/Touring Season -- Membership Now Open

General News

2017 LCW club membership is now available under the "Join" tab.  When you join, please have a look at the "Springbank" article above.  This is a crucial year for the future of this project.  Whether it continues will depend on you.  Please consider this when completing your membership and answer the Springbank question accordingly.

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Dam Cross 2016

Racing at Pittock Park Conservation Area, Woodstock.

Saturday - #maDCX Citizen Cyclocross Race - racing starts at 9:30 with beginner, advanced and kids races.

Sunday - O-Cup #7 - To Wheel Dam Cross '16 p/b United Lumber - The final O-Cup of the Cyclocross season. Racing begins at 9:30am with the last race starting at 1:55pm. Vendors such as Giant, Focus, BeaverTails and To Wheels will be on site! Come out and race or spectate!

www.damcross.com for more details

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Forest City Velodrome

General News

Just a reminder that the Forest City Velodrome (FCV) is open for business, and remains a great place to maintain and/or build fitness over the winter months. Information about racing at the FCV, together with a FAQ about track racing, can be found at https://forestcityvelodrome.ca/index.php/racing/racing-faqs. Information about FCV training and racing schedules is available at http://racing.forestcityvelodrome.com.


It remains very easy to get started riding, training, and racing at the FCV (especially compared to the Milton velodrome) and the costs for participants is significantly lower than the costs at Milton, since there is no need for a UCI licence, and there is no track surcharge. 

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South"Wind" Challenge a Success

General News

The 2016 Southwest Challenge, last weekend, sure lived up to it's name.  With some rain in the morning, the day cleared and left all of us with extremely heavy winds to battle for most of the ride.  That didn't deter our riders though as we all tried to work together, to get home in one piece.  In the end, all was worth the effort as we enjoyed an excellent meal and the prizes giveaway.  Despite the lower turnout due to the weather, we collectively raised over $24,000!  Absolutely amazing!  It is just great that cyclist came come together to make a difference in a sick child's life?  I want to firstly thank our sponsors who financially supported us and believed in the cause, as well as all the volunteers who gave of their time to assist us on this trying day.  But I must thank too, all the riders who raised the funds and graciously came on such an inclement day, some even from afar, to put in an extraordinary effort for such a worthy cause.  You guys/ gals rock! 

As part of some follow up, there are some of the SWC kits left available for sale.  We are selling a full kit for only $120.  We will be placing an order very soon so please let me know asap.  Also, we have Defeet SWC socks left over that we are selling off - only $10 each.  Don't miss out; once they're gone, they're gone.