Hey folks, I trust everyone is doing well after a long, long winter here in Southern Georgian Bay. I managed to keep myself busy in the basement riding endless loops of Watopia on Zwift and spending a little extra time on the side at the gym. Believe it or not, I got out skiing a handful of times as well.
It seems spring is now here for good. As I sit in a local cafe typing away, outside the April showers are in full swing and I can't help but wonder, will the rain stop before the weekend? Sunday is forecasted for 17 degrees, I think a century ride is in order!
So, what's happening in the cycling scene this spring? What's new? What's coming up? I have taken a bit of time to highlight the exciting up coming cycling events over the next few months.
Collingwood Cycling Club
Now in its sixth year since re-establishing, the Collingwood Cycling Club launched their 2017 Membership campaign in February. Rumour has it 385 members registered for through the early bird program this year. Looks like it will be an amazing summer of riding with the club. Here are the dates to remember.
Spring Social - Saturday, April 29 - 7-10pm, at the Village Conference Centre at Blue Mountain Resort.. First Club ride - May 6-7
CCC/Pedal Pushers Youth MTB Program
-2017 sold out
Pedal Pushers runs a youth development program in conjunction with Highlands Nordic and the Collingwood Cycling Club.
The focus of the CCC Youth Program is safety, fun and mountain bike skill development. This program is designed for youth that have had some experience riding off road. They must be comfortable climbing, descending and shifting gears. Skills, drills and trail exploration are the foundation of the program. Each group will have a Coach or Group leader and Parent volunteer.
U13/U11: Develop bikes skills such as shifting, climbing, descending, obstacles, cornering and trail etiquette in a fun safe environment. U18/U16/U14: Geared towards intermediate/advanced riders looking to develop speed, endurance and technical skills.
Dates: May 15th-June 26th. Program runs Monday evenings from 6-7:30PM
Trail Clean Up Day- Sunday April 22nd (mandatory). This is a great opportunity for all the kids to meet, bond and explore the trails.
If you are looking to start riding bikes, maybe even get back in the saddle after being away for a while, Pedal Pushers is the solution to give you the confidence you need to get back at it. Noelle and her staff provide a non-intimidating environment to walk you through everything from gearing and basic riding techniques, to fixing that flat on the road and how not to get dropped on a ride. Pedal Pushers run corporate tours, one-on-one coaching and woman specific clinics as well as co-ed clinics. New for 2017 includes the "How not to get dropped" and Gravel Riding Clinics!
2017 Clinic Dates:
Diva Day Road Cycling Clinic -Saturday May 13th/2017 (Early bird reg April 13th)
Climbing Clinics (road)-Saturday June 3rd & Saturday June 10th/2017
How to not get dropped clinic NEW (road) co-ed: Sunday June 4th
Mtn Bike learn to ride & race clinics-June 22nd & June 29th (evenings) Co-ed
Gravel Road Clinic NEW-Saturday August 26th/2017 Co-ed
Bikes vs. Cars – Film Screening Fundraiser
Saturday April 22, 7:30PM, Blue Mountain Resort
Bikes vs. Cars – 2015 OFFICIAL SELECTION, Telluride Mountain film Festival
A documentary about the bike and what an amazing tool for change it can be. It highlights a conflict in city planning between bikes, cars and a growing reliance on fossil fuels. Bikes vs. Cars depicts a global crisis that we all deep down know we need to talk about: climate, earth’s resources, and cities where the entire surface is consumed by the car. Activists and cities all over the world are moving towards a new system. But will economic powers allow it? Bikes vs. Cars, a new film project from director Fredrik Gertten, looks into and investigates the daily global drama in traffic around the world.
The event will take place on Saturday April 22 in Weider Room (Blue Mountain Inn). Doors open at 7PM. Film screening will run from 7:30PM to approximately 9:30PM (including an intermission). Tickets are $10.00 each and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to The Environment Network. The event includes free popcorn (BYOB – Bring Your Own Bowl), a cash bar (with valid photo I.D.), and draws for a selection of great door prizes!
TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW (CASH ONLY)
Purchase at The Environment Network (10138 Highway 26, Collingwood) or Red Devil Sports in the Blue Mountain Village.
Half the Road – Film Screening Fundraiser
Saturday May 13, 6:30pm doors open, Film at 7:30PM, Simcoe Street Theatre
All proceeds to the Growling Beaver Brevet - Davis Phinney Foundation & Parkingo Wellness in support of Parkinson's Disease.
HALF THE ROAD is a documentary film that explores the world of women’s professional cycling, focusing on both the love of sport and the pressing issues of inequality that modern-day female riders face in a male dominated sport. With footage from some of the world’s best UCI races to interviews with Olympians, World Champions, rookies, coaches, managers, officials, doctors and family members, HALF THE ROAD offers a unique insight to the drive, dedication, and passion it takes for a female cyclist to thrive. Both on and off the bike, the voices and advocates of women’s pro cycling take the audience on a journey of enlightenment, depth, strength, love, humor and best of all, change & growth.
In addition to the international race footage and athlete interviews, the film also follows director/athlete Kathryn Bertine’s quest to make the 2012 Olympics during her first year racing professionally for Team Colavita. Bertine, a three-time national champion of St. Kitts and Nevis, explores the issues faced when smaller nations try to make strides in a sport that has no history of tradition or support within their culture. The title HALF THE ROAD comes from a segment of the film where the president of a small cycling federation quotes the old adage, “Women hold up half the sky” in reference to equality. Our documentary explores the idea that, If women hold up half the sky, then the women’s peloton deserves ‘half the road’ of opportunity, growth, support & equality within professional cycling.
Tickets sales to be announced soon.
East Coast Open Canada Cup Downhill Race - May 26th
After a successful return to Ontario last summer, Canada Cup Downhill racing is back again at Blue Mountain Resort! From Cycling Canada... "The Canada Cup series is designed to provide competitive opportunities to the next generation of cyclists, transitioning from provincial race series to international competitions.
Turas Mór- May 27th
Inspired by the vintage rides of Europe, Turas Mór – meaning ‘Great Journey’ in Gaelic - consists of two unique cycling routes on gravel and non-gravel roads through the rolling hills of Creemore.
Grey County Road Race - June 15th & 17th
The Grey County Road Race (Saturday June 17th, 2017) and the Grey County Time Trial (Thursday Jun 15th, 2017) will be the sole Canadian qualifier events for the 2017 UCI Gran Fondo World Series. The events take place in Blue Mountain Village, Ontario which is located at the Southern end of Georgian Bay just outside of Collingwood, Ontario Canada.
6 Hours of Gibrator - July 15th
Keep aside July 15, 2017 for the 5th amazing year of mountain biking, friendly competition, fun and fundraising.
Last year this local Mountain bike race raised over $95,500 for My Friend’s House. This year they are celebrating their 25th Anniversary, we want to help them by raising the most money we can.
So get 4, 6 or 8 people together for a team, or if you’re brave enough - go solo, and get ready to fundraise and race. As always, your team can be male, female or coed and the race is open to children and adults. Early bird discount before May 1, 2017.
Centurion Cycling - Sept 15th -17th
Going into its 9th year, Centurion Cycling is a house hold name in the cycling subculture here in Ontario. With the C25, C50 and C100 courses all ready lined up for September, Centurion Cycling is piggy backing off of local events like the Growling Beaver Brevet, to bring you True Grit, its first gravel race for 2017.
Growling Beaver Brevet - September 30th
Introduced in 2015, the Growling Beaver Brevet, an all-road gravel grinder puts an exclamation mark on the end of the cycling season in the Collingwood area. If you find yourself lucky enough to be one of the 200 participants for 2017, you are going to experience one of the best days on a bicycle you could possibly dream of. The GBB is nothing like any other event around. It is a “brevet” style ride where participants travel from check point to check point receiving a stamp in their passport. Each control point puts on a spread of pastries, butter tarts, sticky knots, wood fired pizza, espresso and anything you can dream up. Local General stores from Kimberley and Ravenna, as well as the Bakery from Thornbury and Affairs Cafe in Creemore provide the perfect food at each station. The Growling Beaver has raised over half a million dollars for the Davis Phinney Foundation and Parkingo Wellness Society in just two short years. 100% of the funds go to help people living with Parkinson’s Disease “Live Well Today”.
*The 2017 event sold out in just 8 short hours in March.