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Tuesday, May 24 2016 @ 05:24 PM
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This week's racing

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Tuesday we are racing at the Exeter Rd. crit course. Please consider arriving early with a broom to help sweep the corners. 

Thursday we will be doing a 15K TT on the Bryanston course. The Start/Finish will be in the usual place just to the east of Highbury Ave. on Plover Mills Rd. The turnaround will be at the intersection of Plover Mills and Nissouri Rd., just past crest of the hill. It would be good if we had a volunteer there to keep riders honest -- let me know if you are able to help out. 

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Race Advisory Committee Meeting

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It's been a while since we've had a Race Advisory Committee Meeting. The Committee is designed to advise the LCW Race Director on issues related to club racing including, but not limited to, venues, categories, volunteers, course prep, safety, racing etiquette, and so on. If you would like to be involved in the Advisory Committee this year please send me a quick email and I will add you to my list. Once I have a list of interested participants I'll arrange a time for all of us to get together and talk about club racing. Thanks.

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TT's and irregular sprints in races

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Please note that at time trials the turn-around is normally at an intersection.  There is no turn-around marshall.  Riders are individually responsible for ensuring that they can make the turn safely.  On the approach to the intersection, shoulder check and merge to the left when safe to do so.  Before making the turn, check for traffic from all three oncoming directions and yield as mandated under the HTA.  The exact turn around point is at the terminus of the center line, if there is one, or at the point marked by a perpendicular from the stop sign to the centre line of the road.

 

In Tuesday night races, all racers in the lead group or the top five racers, whichever is the greater number, are asked to report to the finish line after each race.  Please do this whether you care about being recorded for points or not.  There have been a number of problems with irregular sprints and yellow line violations in races to date.  These are matters that are best discussed at the finish line immediately after the race.

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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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Disc Brakes Not Permitted

As many of you may be aware, UCI has suspended their disc brake testing in pro races.  In response, CCA forwarded the memo below to all provincial associations.  OCA forwarded it on to us.

This is a reminder the UCI/CCA/OCA bike regulations apply to our activities, and as such disc brakes are not permitted in our events.  Any rider arriving with a disc-brake-equipped bike will not be allowed to participate.

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Saturday Touring

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So Saturday is really looking stellar, finally.  With the nice weather comes having lots of riders coming out.  This weekend we will have 3 main groups going the distance to St Marys.  Along with the usual A and B groups, we will have a definite C group this time round.  Unfortunately, due to lack of Leaders available, there will probably not be any groups for the A/B and C Short tours this time.  

Another note, since it was an issue recently, we'd like to remind riders to always abide by the Group Riding Skills and Etiquette document at all times.   Specifically, no rider must cross the yellow line at any time during a tour, either for a sprint, casually or otherwise.   This is a grave error and could cost you your life and has the potential to jeopardize the rest of the group's safety as well.  This year we are asking riders or the group, to not ride even near the yellow line as this is also a potential hazard.  Our trained Group Leaders are there to ensure we have a safe tour so please yield to their direction.  See you Saturday!

 

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Kitchener Twilight Grand Prix Cancelled

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FYI: the 2016 edition of the Kitchener Twilight Grand Prix, scheduled for Friday, July 22, 2016, has been cancelled due to LRT construction in the Kitchener downtown area. See http://www.ontariocycling.org/2016-kitchener-twilight-grand-prix-cancelled/ for more information. 

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Tentative Club Racing Schedule Posted

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A tentative racing schedule for March-June, 2016, has been posted to the Calendar section of the website. Please have a look and let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I will post the July-August schedule when I have it in place. Most of the venues should be familiar; some good news is that Scotland Rd. appears to be usable again. 

Volunteers are needed for many events; if you are willing to volunteer to officiate at a mass start event or a TT please email me and let me know which dates work for you. This year I will revert back to simply asking people to volunteer, with the proviso that if no volunteers step forward for a given race that race will be cancelled. That said, and in addition, however, to be eligible for club championships members (or a designate) must volunteer for at least one training event this year. 

I'm looking forward to seeing everybody out on the roads again. 

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