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Thursday, July 27 2017 @ 04:30 PM
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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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Congratulations Jeff!

Congratulations to LCW member Jeff Schiller (To Wheels-Epic Sports Performance) who won his 6th Elite Men's title at the Springbank Road Races today. Jeff emerged victorious from a field of 44 riders, earning a clear sprint victory over Ed Veal (Real Deal Racing) and Michael Foley (La Bicicletta).

Other notable performances by LCW members include Ben Dobie (Integrity Tool & Mold), winner of the Men's M2 race; Bill Hellems (CoachChris.ca), 2nd in the Men's M3 race; and Amy White (To Wheels-Epic Sports Performance), 3rd in the Women's Master B race. 

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Ontario Individual Time Trial Series - First Event this Saturday

The OCA has asked us to announce that Racetiming.ca is mounting a  series of three time-trial events across the province over the next 3 months.  All of these events will run with traditional Regional categories (ability based) as well as U17 & Para but each event will have a Sportif category, open to any member of an OCA sanctioned club. You do not need a race licence to participate in the Sportif event.  Various distances will be offered, both for Men & Women, and will each have a podium ceremony and awards. Series points will be awarded to top finishers and a final series standing will tell us who the best club riders of 2017 are.

The three dates within the series are:

Ingersoll, ON - Saturday, May 6th, 2017

Fergus, ON - Sunday, June 11th, 2017

Dundalk, ON - Sunday July 23rd, 2017

Registration for the first event is now up on CCN Bikes: ccnbikes.com/#!/events/racetimingca-2017-ontario-cup-time-trial-1

Entry fee is $30 for club members racing Sportif.

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Saturday Tours start at 8am this Weekend

This is a reminder that Saturday Tours leave at 8am this weekend.  Also, the Short Tour begins Saturday.  The Short Tour is a quicker paced A/B group, designed to give people the option of getting home early every Saturday.  If you are interested in joining this group this weekend or for that matter on a more regular basis, just drop a line to the Group Leader Tim Hartley  to let him know.   thx

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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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Pre-registration Special: Grey County RR and TT

General News

Registration is now open for the Grey County Road Race and Grey County Time Trail, to take place out of Blue Mountain Village, near to Collingwood, Thursday June 15 and Saturday, June 17.  These are what the UCI calls "cycle for all" events.  Participants do not require a race license, and bikes do not need to pass a bike check or conform to the UCI definition of a bicycle.  (You would still be well advised to use a road bike.)  They are the sole Canadian qualifier events for the UCI Gran Fondo World Series.  Top 25% of riders in each age category (5-year increments) will qualify for the 2017 UCI amateur world championships to be held in France this August.  The organizer is offering a special discount to LCW members who register before March 29.  To obtain the discount use ccnbikes.com/#!/events/grey-county-road-race-2017 to register for the road race and/or ccnbikes.com/#!/events/grey-county-road-race-time-trial-2017 to register for the time trail.  Enter the promotion code GCRRPartner_Wheelers (no problem if you have a race licence with another club or have not taken out your membership yet -- the link for 2017 LCW membership will be up in the next couple of days.)  Discounted cost is $139, until March 29.  Blue Mountain village is a great place for a weekend family outing and the races are two of the best run and most challenging events on the provincial calendar -- a high point of the race season (in more sense than one).  More information about these events is available at greycountyroadrace.com/

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Lorne Sets National Record

General News

Congratulations to LCW President Lorne Falkenstein for setting a new national record in the Master D Men's 2000m Pursuit of 2:30.624 at the 2017 Ontario Track Cycling Championships last weekend!

The OCA press release can be read here.

Note:  Image courtesy Ivan Rupes Photography

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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