London Centennial Wheelers

Vision

The LCW strives to create an inclusive and respected community of cyclists developed through various disciplines of the sport.

Mission:

The LCW through its members fosters an inclusive sporting community of cyclists. Through its events focusses on the growth and development of athletes. Through its activities promotes the benefits of cycling and as a sport for all.

June 17 TT results below/on The facebook

You can see them below in the FB preview. Ill have the results page updated this weekend. I broke my old spreadsheet and the new one needs some finishing touches. Good times.

It was great to see lots out and hope to see more out next week. Would love to fill all 30 slots.

Please ensure you sign up by 8pm the night before. We have limits on groups AND we have to compile and email start lists.

TT's are a go Starting June 17

We will be able to run the TT's starting June 17th. Similar to the start of last year, we will be in 3 groups. The registrations are set on Cycle Cub app.

Max 10 per group. Wil be awesome to get back to suffering.

Some details will come via email once registered. Reg closes 8pm night before

COVID Update

In the spirit of transparency and planning, your executive wanted to ensure we have clear guidelines and direction that is in line with the provincial color coded system for club events. This will reduce ambiguity and provide us with clear guidelines. We may make small adjustments based on OCA or Health policy updates/recommendations. As we see vaccine roll outs progress, we will also revisit restrictions.

Effective April 1st the following will be the structure that we use and will be based on the status of the MLHU. That status can be found here at the top banner.

https://www.healthunit.com/covid-19-cases-middlesex-london

Stay at Home Order - Events to be cancelled until this status is lifted within the province or regional health unit


White - No Group road or Gravel. Time Trials (gravel and road) 5 per wave. 5 min group separation. Mountain Bike 5 per group. Must be spaced by 5 min.


Grey – No group road or gravel riding. Time Trials (gravel and road) 10 per wave. 5 min group separation. Mountain Bike 10 per group. Must be spaced by 5 min.


Red – Events with reduced capacity. Road Rides 6/group 3 groups max per start location. Gravel 8/group max 2 groups per start location. Time Trial 25 per wave. 15 min group separation. Mountain bike 25/group. Must be spaced by 15 min.


Orange - Events with reduced capacity. Road Rides 6/group 4 groups max per start location. Gravel 8/group max 3 groups per start location. Time Trial 25 per wave with 15 min group separation. Mountain bike 25/group. Must start at distinct locations more than 50m apart.


Yellow - Events with reduced capacity. Road Rides 6/group 4 groups max per start location. Gravel 8/group max 3 groups per start location. Time Trial 25 per wave with 15 min group separation. Mountain bike 25/group. Must start at distinct locations more than 50m apart.


Green - Road Rides 10/group with 100 max per start location. Gravel 20/group max 100 max per start location. Time Trial no wave limits. Mountain bike 25/group with 100 max.


Back to normal – All events resume Business As Usual.

We are also working with the OCA on some flexible concepts to keep you on the bike if we hit grey (strava tours, scavenger hunts, poker runs etc.). As always, we value your feedback and your safety is our main priority.

If you have questions, please reach out to Chris or any of the executive.

April Ride updates

Please check out the calendar on the Cycle Club App for ride details

TT's are posted starting the 15th

Moutain Bike starting the 14th

Road starting the 3rd

Gravel continuing the Sunday


With all this starting up, we will start to need leaders for Road and Gravel to lead varying rides. COVID reduced numbers makes groups smaller and we can also use some added pace options. Please contact Leif to help us out. Without leaders, rides cannot happen.

Road Rides resume April

We have some good news for members. Starting April we will be restarting road rides with some COVID protocols to ensure safe riding and that we are able to maintain the parameters as directed by the OCA. We will be limiting group sizes to 5+leader (6 total)

  • All riders must have a mask to be used at all stops

  • You must be self sufficient (it able to do repairs etc)

  • Ride leaders will have sanitizer on hand if there is support needed

  • Tell us the pace and if you want to, the route/distance, you would like.


So to do this we will need a few more leaders to ensure we can accommodate rides.

What does it mean to lead a ride?

  • Know the route, ideally have it loaded on a head unit

  • Ensure everyone rides and is safe (including COVID protocols)

  • Take attendance and ensure only LCW active members attend

  • Ensure that the spirit o the ride is maintained (pace, stops, etc)

  • Report incidents to the tour director

It is pretty simple and it would be great to have some new people take this opportunity to help lead rides. We are looking at starting initially with Saturday mornings.

If you can help, please message us on FB, message Leif or email Leif.


OCA Membership Types

OCA Membership/Licenses...What you need to know

There was a question today and if one asks...well I know there are more wanting details.

Cheat Sheet.

Club Affiliate $45 - You are only going to ride with clubs or race in things like our weekly race series (out Thursday TT included)

Citizen Permit $65 - Hey you want to ride with the club PLUS want to race the Ontario races. This is what you need. A bit different this year in that a CP allows you to do all the regular events. Exceptions are nationals and if a provincials is held (not likely except cyclocross).

UCI License >$120 and too lazy to look - You want to Race the one the CP gets me plus I might race provincials/nationals. Also, you may want to race a UCI event or internationally. It also makes racing in the US easier but not needed unless a UCI event. Usually US races if you don't have the UCI you pay $10/race.

BEST PART - if you get the club affiliate membership and want to race, you can contact the OCA and pay the difference. Ensure you decide a week in advance and there might be a CCN component.

That is my plan for this year. I did get the Citizen Permit and intend on upgrading if CX season happens and things open up to race a bit in the US. CX there are a couple UCI events I would like to attend if they happen in the US and I will race provincials.

Hope this helps


Cycle Club App and First Ride - Mar 14

So first ride this weekend and also we are asking members to use the Cycle Club app (you can use the desktop version too).

A bit more about the app and why. The club is covering the user costs associated so you downloading and using is free to you.

Why? There is a lot of administration behind the scenes for riding and racing. A lot of that was increased with COVID but it really just reinforced things we had to do before.

A big part of why we like it is your privacy. It was always a balance to ensure ride leaders had the information they need but also ensuring we protect your personal information. This app does this very well and also integrates with CCN so a lot less manual import of data.

This app was started by OCA members for their club. It fits the needs of the clubs and is easier to use than other methods (FYI I have 4 years of race attendance in paper here...).

I am asking that you take the 2-3 min to register. Use the same email as you use on CCN and it will connect you. An FYI that we are sorting out the family members for shared accounts as they share the email ID.

First event of the season is this weekend. Chris (me) is leading a grave ride where social distancing will be possible and safe on the roads.

Hope to see you all on the (g)roads soon.

https://web.cycleclubapp.com


2021 Update

Easy way....well here is a link to the update.

Reminder to register ASAP so you do not show up to a ride and are not able to join.

2021 Memberships are live

Great news.

The 2021 LCW Memberships are live as of yesterday!

Please also review the update license requirements for racing in Ontario if you are going to race at all. The OCA has made some significant changes based on feedback. Details here.

The hope is to lower the barrier to to trying racing and require UCI license only when needed (National level or International Racing).

If you have no intention on racing at all, the Club Affiliate OCA membership is what you need. Once you have that, it covers you for all OCA clubs in Ontario (you still need the club membership but NOT the OCA again).

Further details are Here and as always, just ask if you have further questions.

Your 2021 Executive and Directors

Thank you to all that attended the 2020 AGM. Happy to announce the new 2021 club leadership

President: Chris Pollett

Vice-president: Reg Ash

Treasurer: Mike Long

Mountain Bike Lead: Aaron Karr

Racing Director: Chris Pollett

Touring Director: Leif Maitland

Race Director: Amy White

Secretary: Mike Naus

TT's and more about TT's

Congrats to the Champions at this weekend's TT! It was a beauty day filled with PR's and Sun.

Thank you to Ben Hill and Mike Long for volunteering

Thank you to all that came out and had fun racing!

September - Back to Belmont

Shifting back to the old course for the rest of the season.

4 chances for a PR!

Event details and registration Live

Please go to the Calendar/Events page for updated details, registration link to google sheets and the calendar for dates.

Excited to see people out and slowly return to hosting events.

Note: TT's will be timed using strava to maximize participant numbers. Please join the LCW group on Strava to simplify result collection. If you do not have a GPS, we will get a time from you onsite from your head unit.

Club TT and Mountain Bike Rides

We have some great news to share. We have been asked to pilot some TT events using the updated COVID requirements. This is to iron out the details for the OCA to support expansion to other clubs.

First event is looking to be July 2nd at Belmont course. Further details to be posted. I will need 1-2 volunteers. Please get up on Strava and a member of LCW group. We may need to use that for timing depending on Volunteers...

We also will be holding at least a weekly MTB ride. Details to follow as well as I work out dates. I am looking at tentative July 8 at Fanshawe lake. I’ll need 1-2 volunteers to lead a recreational level ride.

For both:

Pre-registration is required as we need 1:9 lead to participants. Sorting how and will post ASAP.

You must me a member of the club, have your OCA set up (club member or race ) and signed digitally the COVID waiver from the OCA. Once signed you need to email it to the club. This is critical as we need it before the event. Please send to

c.pollett@me.com

18 and older

https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/5ed1003b165fe/web/

Under 18

https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/5ed0f9b3dcefb/web/

Questions, please email Chris Pollett

Who is excited?

Old News

2020 LCW Plans

Good day LCW members, future members, past members and lurkers

First, there is no TL;DR...estimated reading time... =(Wordcount/200) = 6 minutes. #worthit

2020 is shaping up to be an exciting year with some changes and I wanted to take the time to share some updates.

First and foremost (or someone might think I am burying it), is that there will be an increase in the membership costs for 2020. This is driven by the fact that we have had small operating losses and we did not feel it is good planning to continue to do so and rely on the race revenue to offset such losses. We also struggle to add value to your membership if we are already in a negative cash flow position.

For 2020 the membership costs for Adults will increase to $40 and youth to $15. $5/adult member will be directed to a budget for the race series and the same $5/adult member will be directed to a budget for the touring program. A report of spending will be submitted at the end of 2020 to ensure alignment and effective use. We will review this at the 2020 AGM to ensure members see the value.

Vision and Mission:

The executive reviewed club’s mandate and has updated it to allow more alignment and flexibility to what our members want. We are hoping to deliver the below and we are always open to feedback, compliments and criticism on how we are doing to deliver. I hope that this resonates with our membership.

Vision: The LCW strives to create an inclusive and respected community of cyclists developed through various disciplines of the sport.

Mission: The LCW through its members fosters an inclusive sporting community of cyclists. Through its events focusses on the growth and development of athletes. Through its activities promotes the benefits of cycling and as a sport for all.

Racing:

2019 brought an increase in numbers of participants for the Tuesday series and the Thursday TT’s. This was amazing and was driven by new people trying racing in our C’s and a significant increase in youth participants. We saw a lot of personal growth in both series.

For 2020 I am hoping to continue that trend with more learn to race, continued C races and will be adding some skills sessions. Youth and new members are critical to our Clubs continued success. I am looking for new criterium and road race courses. Please share ideas with me, Chris Pollett.

For the value add, in the past there have been off and on prizing at events. Primes and Prizes came out of members’ pockets and volunteer pockets. Small things add up and sometimes that small prize creates some excitement. We also will be having another race week with an overall winner. Lastly, last year we were lucky to have a donation by Craig L to sweep the Meg Drive course by a professional road sweeper. This saved A LOT of hours as it was a disaster (and a few flats I am sure) and I would like to leverage this company again for a sweep for 2020. I also did some course maintenance that had us racing on the Innovation course safely. Who knew I was pretty good at tamping pavement!

Touring:

For 2020 the, “If you want to lead it - we’ll schedule it” will be in effect. The plan is to support those already leading and to bring new people to the touring side through events.

The plan is to develop one-a-month “fondo-style” rides featuring a destination and season- appropriate theme. Think Sugar-bush season opener; an ice-cream ride in July, and a pie-ride. Also looking to have distance and gravel options to ensure everyone can participate. The aim is to provide an event for club member and a social atmosphere to bring some new people to the touring events. Also looking at scavenger hunts, if there is interest.

For the classic weekly Saturday rides in 2020 I’ve already started the process to get group rides posted further in advance by co-ordinating with those who regularly lead rides. Any additional funds will be used to support in the form of coffee-stop funds for those who host rides week-in-week-out.

Social:

As there were no nominations for the role of Social Chair we have eliminated the role for 2020. We have asked that the Racing director, Touring director and President create and host a social opportunity in 2020. I would ask, if you have an idea, please email me, Chris Pollett.

Riding:

If there is interest, we will be able in 2020 to offer MTB rides, CX clinics and gravel rides.

Your 2020 membership registration will be asking some key questions to shape what YOU value in the club and what types of riding you do. If there is interest, and we have someone who can lead, we will facilitate these opportunities, even if it is for weekend adventures.

Celebration:

We have some amazing news to share about an AWESOME partnership with Forest City Velodrome. In the past we have our banquet and celebrated club members with the awards and trophies. We pulled the trophies out, awarded, and then packed them up. We have been working with FCV and are happy to announce we will be setting up a display of the Awards at FCV in a cabinet for all to see. This will be a place that we can all see the amazing history and legacy of our club in our key hub of cycling in the area. More details to follow and we will share when it is ready!

Kits and Racing:

In 2019 Bill Hellems was awesome and rallied the troops and ensured there was a kit available for purchase. This was amazing to see and helped highlight LCW at several races and also, let’s be honest, it is amazing to see the Jersey out there. We will work to facilitate this again in 2020. Also, we have lots of independent racers in the area, did you know if you have a kit, and register as affiliated with LCW you can race under the LCW club? Email Chris Pollett for details.

Website:

In the coming months we will be updating the website. The version of the site has reached a point where updating may cause a loss of data. The plan is to stand up a new site that meets our needs and keep the old content in archive state for ~1year to allow migration and people to get content they want off the site. There is a lot of rich history we want to keep and move over but that will not be an overnight task.

We hope you are as excited as we are for 2020 and what the new season will bring, your comments and feedback are always appreciated and we look forward to enjoying the open road, or a closed loop, with you all soon.

2020 and Racing with LCW

2020 and Racing with LCW

We have some great news to share with the membership of LCW for the 2020 season. We will be fielding and encouraging racing with the LCW club. Last year Mike Naus, Bill Hellems and Derek Williams raced under LCW. Having the club represented with the Curnoe kits brings the club back to its roots of developing a racing community.

Requirements for racing with LCW are to uphold the club in a positive fashion when racing and riding, race in the LCW kit (if you are not racing much black shorts and the Jersey would be enough for the OCA) and be a member in good standing. I am hoping to see a few people per category. For 2020 this will be open to all members. The OCA registration is available to be selected immediately.

I will be finalizing kit orders, but the design will remain the same for 2020 as it was for 2019. I will have details in the next week to have them available to purchase very soon. I hope to see some more faces and results in the kits this year.

This is the design.

I will be racing under LCW for 2020 and I hope you will consider joining me if you are looking for a team.

Please contact me via Facebook or email at c.pollett@me.com to express interest or answer questions.

Chris Pollett

2020 Membership Update

Membership Update:

We have had some inquiries about memberships for the 2020 season and what the plan is. To be honest, we do not have a policy for a ‘pandemic causing pause of all club events’. Who would have seen that coming!

Well, we are going to make this one up on the fly and ensure that everyone is whole or more.

· Up to EOD May 31st you may request a refund in full for 2020 membership fees if you have paid by then

· If we are unable to host any events before July 1st, any 2020 membership will carry forward and you will receive your 2021 LCW membership free of charge.

o Note: we will have to do discount codes to ensure waivers etc. are signed

We are unsure the OCA’s position this year. I expect they will have requests and will have a policy soon. That is up to them but we will press for a communication as our dates above get near.

We know that this will not be an ‘alright, tomorrow back to normal’ and will be working to incorporate a gradual return to events but focusing on safety. I already have some ideas to keep it competitive while slowly getting back to group events. I know Leif has the same.

Until then, I invite you to join us if you are on Zwift, share your experiences on Facebook if you are riding and continue to practice safe riding.

You also have our commitment that if we get a season up and running, we will make it great.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns,

Your Executive

2020 LCW Update - Kit Orders and more

Who is excited for Spring!

We are all super excited for the 2020 season that is just around the corner so we wanted to make sure everyone is up to date on things so you don't miss out!


This year we will be encouraging and supporting racing under the LCW Club Affiliation program.

How do you participate?

  • When registering for your OCA license you must add LCW as the affiliated club

  • Race in LCW kit (ordering details below)

  • Uphold the positive values of the club at events

That is it. Hoping to see lots of LCW kits in our weekly series and OCA events.

We have used the same design as 2019 but moved to Garneau. This makes ordering easier. The online store will be open until Feb.11th. Once closed, that is it so get your order in ASAP. Zero exceptions once it is closed.

LINK TO THE STORE

Things to note

  • We have priced at 16-49 units, if we total more than that in the order, we will reimburse the reduced price (~10%)

  • The club is not making anything off the order, we are passing the great prices direct to you

  • Shipping will be to Chris Pollett and we will get them to you once the order is in - About a month from store closed date.

  • Use caution, the W's items are Womens....returns due to you ordering wrong are on you.

  • Same with sizing. Garneau has sizing available here

Tentative Race Calendar is posted

We have a very similar calendar to last year with a few changes.

  • New TT Course that is easier for members to get to

  • C Category races at every event

  • 4 Event Fall Series- possibly another summer one...

  • September Racing - You asked, we delivered

  • Cyclocross skills sessions - get dirty and build skills

Touring Update

On the touring front LCW touring will continue with a “if you’ll host, we’ll post” approach

  • Please consider hosting a ride this season. It is easy to be a ride leader, contact Leif to express your interest

  • Don't limit your imagination for rides to what we have done, if there is interest, try something new: Gravel, Destination, Challenge Rides

  • Saturday rides will be posted more in advance - thank you to those supporting this and your commitments

  • Stay tuned for a season opener in March!