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Southwest Challenge 2016

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There is only a few more weeks from the LCW's very own and completely not for profit, Southwest Challenge cycling tour.   There is still time to register and or raise money and receive FREE registration.  All proceeds will be going to the Children's Health Foundation.  The tour again starts from the old Komoka community centre on Queen St.  The date is Saturday September 10th and as we have in the past, there will not be a Saturday LCW tour that day.  For the more experienced, seasoned cyclist or for those who just want a large challenge,  there is the Epic 180 km tour and the 110 km tour.   Also here's your chance to introduce cycling to a friend or family member who just haven't put in the miles.  They can try the 60 km Challenge ride or the new 25 km Family ride.  The SWC is fully supported and there is plenty of food and drink plus a prizes giveaway at the end.  A great time had by all.  We will again be offering a prizes for the KOM and QOM for the best of 2 SWC STRAVA  segments, which will be revealed on ride day.  So don't forget your GPS!   Tell others of this great opportunity to help the community and join us for this classic ride.  See you there!

 

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Martin Wraith

Martin Wraith, a member of LCW in the '80's and '90's, passed away yesterday.  Obituary and arrangements here:

canadaobits.ca/wraith-martin-martymate-lucan/

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Oct. 2, 2016 MTB race at Fanshawe in support of the Lung Association

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On Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 the Ontario Lung Association will be hosting a mountain bike race at the Fanshawe Conservation Area. There will be categories for Open riders (Male/Female), Recreational riders (Male/Female), Fat Bike, Teams, and Kids, and early bird registration closes on August 30, 2016. More information can be found at www.exhalemtb.ca; you can also download an event poster at: www.lcw.ca/images/library/File/Exhale 2016 Poster.pdf

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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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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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