Goulais Ave Hill Climb – 7:00pm Wednesday May 3 – McMeeken Arena

Come one, come all to the revival of the great Goulais Ave Hill Climb.  We’re starting at 7pm this week to give more time for various folks to make it.  Meet at the McMeeken Arena.  We’ll send people off one at a time, and I’ll conscript several of you to be timers (don’t worry, timers will have a chance to ride too!)

Though it’s a hard climb, you don’t need any specific equipment or skills.  I’ve even done it on a fat bike in the past!  Just come on out and have a good time regardless of skill, fitness, or equipment.

See the Events section on the Road Calendar for more information.

Remember that you must be a member of the club to ride.  Membership is only $30.  I’d appreciate it if you purchased your membership prior to the ride, but if you’re unable, please show up early and I’ll accept your registration.

Annual General Meeting

The Sault Cycling Club Annual General Meeting is taking place Sunday, March 19th at 2:30 pm at the SpeakEasy on the campus of Algoma University.

Come to the meeting to find out what the club accomplished last year and what we have planned for the year ahead.  There are numerous ways to get involved in the Cycling Club.

If you are interested in a position on the executive we have five positions up for election this year:
  1. President
  2. Membership Director and Treasurer
  3. Road Director
  4. Trails Director
  5. Fat Bike Director (new position)
 Please spread the word to your cycling friends.  There will be food, fun and a cold beverages available at the meeting.

See you at the AGM.

Heads up from friends at SFN

Repairs will be in progress starting today Sunday, November 6, 2016 at the Cold Water Creek bridge on the Red Pine System at Hiawatha Highlands. Please be aware that decking is being removed and passage across the creek is not recommended for your own safety and to prevent further bridge damage. Please watch out for volunteers and repair equipment when riding on the Red Pine trails. The plan is to have the bridge reopened on Sunday, November 13th.

Thank you on behalf of the Soo Finnish Nordic Ski Club.

RACE #1: HIAWATHA CROSS

2016 CYCLOCROSS SERIES

Date: Sunday September 11, 2016

Thank you for participating in the 2016 Sault Cycling Club Cyclocross Series.  Race #1, Hiawatha Cross, takes place at Kinsmen Park.  

Race Instructions

Course Description

Please refer to Course Description Document and check out the map on strava

Registration

Registration opens at 12:00 noon and closes at 2:00 pm.  Please make note of the start times and ensure you arrive in plenty of time to register.  All participants must be Sault Cycling Club members; membership forms will be available at registration at a cost of $30.  Children under 10 shall pay a membership fee of $10.  In addition to club membership, an additional Event Waiver must be signed at registration.  Your race number will also be assigned at registration

We need the race numbers and pins back for the other races in the series, so please leave them in the finish area when the race is over.

We encourage you to acquire your membership at one of our awesome Local Bike Shops prior to the event to make registration faster and smoother.

Race Times

Riders may begin pre-riding the course at 12:30pm.  Please stay off the course while other races are in process

B Race: 1:15pm (please line up at the start at 1:05pm)

The B race will be about 45 minutes long – the timing volunteer will announce “No more riders out” at the 40 minute mark. Riders on course will finish their lap. Placings will be determined by the most number of laps completed in the shortest time.

A timing volunteer will be tracking each lap completed. It’s helpful if you announce your number as you finish your lap, so we can be sure to count your lap.

Kids Race: 2:15pm – details to be provided at race start.  A short kids loop will be constructed within the interior field.  This is a fun event for kids and parents.  There will be no placings.  Numbers are not required but all participants must be club members and complete registration.

A Race: 2:45pm (please line up at the start at 2:35pm)

The A race will be about 60 minutes long – the timing volunteer will announce “No more riders out” at the 55 minute mark. Riders on course will finish their lap. Placings will be determined by the most number of laps completed in the shortest time.

A timing volunteer will be tracking each lap completed. It’s helpful if you announce your number as you finish your lap, so we can be sure to count your lap.

Points Series

We have introduced a points system to spice up our series this year.  Points will be accumulated throughout our race series to determine a Men’s and Women’s Series Champion.  Points shall be accumulated as follows:

  • 10 points will be awarded for participation (doubled if it is raining at any time during the day’s events)
  • Points shall be awarded to the first 6 placings of the B race (men and women) in order as follows: 10/8/6/4/2/1
  • Points shall be awarded to the first 9 placings of the A race (men and women) in order as follows: 25/20/15/10/8/6/4/2/1
  • Points shall be accumulated regardless of which race you participate in and will be transferred over if you decide to move up from B to A.
  • We encourage (though do not mandate) those who place highly in a B race to move up to the A Race at the next event; and ideally A Race calibre riders should not be participating in the B Race.  Let your conscience be your guide.

General Rules and Codes of Conduct

Please respect club rules.  A certified helmet must be worn.  

While we encourage you to support our Local Bike Shops and pick up a spanking new cross rig, mountain bikes are permitted.

Please respect the property.  Kinsmen and Bible Fellowship have generously allowed the Club to utilize their respective properties for this event.  This is also intended to be a family friendly event.

This is a friendly competition amongst club members, not the World Championships.  Please do not take any unnecessary risks.  In cyclocross, it is up to faster riders to get around slower riders safely. We have a lot of people of different abilities. Please be respectful of each other. Lapped riders will not be pulled from the course.

Bunny hopping is permitted on natural barriers.  Riders must dismount at constructed barriers.  Which barriers requiring dismounts will be explained at the race start.  Please do not compromise the course and please respect the work of volunteers.

The road is closed to the park, but there may be other park users on the course so yield to them at all times.

Have fun, ride safely!

And in closing, a poem, courtesy of Jamie

Could Jan be the Man?  He has proved to be the best;
Will K-Man be the “A” Man; after all he is the Pres;
Paulie’s got the legs to go so maybe he will get DaCheers;
Demo can rock it old school and he’ll do it  with just one gear?
Joel’s got a goal and you can bet he won’t be walk’n;
or will Phaneuf say Enough! and let his legs do some talk’n. 
I  have something to say as well  and am never short for puns; 
The Women’s field is also strong and not to be outdone;
Kimmy’s on the sidelines so will Jodie fill the script;
Daniel is sure to giv’m hell cause she won’t damn get pipped;
Luther’s got a revolution to nail it to the door;
When we’re through with Hiawatha Cross you’ll be sure to beg for more.
Whether you’re in it for the competition; or in it just for fun;
With cycling and community you bet we all have won.