Welcome to the 2017 Cycling Season
Greetings to everyone and welcome to another great year of cycling. The WCC executive is in place and hard at work planning for a fun year of activities for all of our members. We look forward to seeing everyone out for a ride on the road or on the trails at the Pines. We encourage everyone make our club a friendly community so be sure to take a minute and say hello to the people you meet.
Club Social – Meet & Greet
Come out and get to know your Executive and other club members. We are hosting a meet and greet at the Upper Thames Brewing Company on Sunday April 9th from 1 – 4 pm. It’s a great chance to get to know who’s hiding under that helmet. Located at 225 Bysham Park Dr., Woodstock.
Youth MTB Program
We are happy to announce that the popular youth MTB program is returning again this year. This year the youth program is going back to 2 days a week. We will start Monday April 24 and run until June 28, 6pm-7:30pm.
Dates to note are:
Monday April 24 – Sign up, meet and greet. Parent(s) must be present at the start to sign waivers and give emergency contact information. If a parent cannot be present arrangements must be made in advance to have sign up completed.
May 22nd – no ride
May 29th – Maintenance night
Destination ride – TBA
June 28th – Pizza party.
Rides may be cancelled due to weather; extreme heat, cold or thunderstorms. Follow the clubs twitter feed (@WoodstockCycle) for updates. Helmets, water and a bike in safe working condition are mandatory. Eye protection is highly recommended. Parents are welcome to participate. Contact the club with any questions.
Pines Open House – Demo Day & Swap Meet
On May 28th from 10 – 4 we are having the annual open house and demo day. Come and ride all your favourite brands. Be sure to rent a table to sell off all those extra bike parts in your basement. $10 for a table for the day.
We will have several group rides this year, including all the favourites from previous years such as the pancake ride and the pizza ride. New this year we are planning an overnight camping trip. The plan is to leave the Pines via bike and ride to Turkey Point, camp for the night and ride back the following day. We have booked a group campsite for July 8th at the Turkey Point Provincial Park. Here’s the details:
– Room for the first 30 people who sign up
– Meet at the Pines at 9am on the 8th. The ride is about 70 km to TP.
– There will be a van going to take food, tents, and gear and act as technical support along the way. There will only be room for food and gear, no extra bikes please.
– If you are interested please RSVP to the club at firstname.lastname@example.org, put “Camping Trip” in the subject line. More details to follow.
Pancake Ride – Sunday, April 16.
Group 1- Advanced riders only – 60KM. Leave Upper Thames Brewery at 10 am
Group 2- Leisure – 25KM. Leave Upper Thames Brewery at 11 am
Meet at Pancake House AFTER ride at 12:30 pm
Canada Day 150KM – Saturday, July 1. Leave Upper Thames Brewery at 9am
Rest Stop halfway
Pizza Ride – Sunday, Oct 1
Group 1 – “Earn your Pie” – advanced riders – 60-70KM. Leave Upper Thames Brewery at 10am
Group 2- “Single Slice” – 30 KM Leave Upper Thames Brewery at 11 am
Weekly Recurring rides:
Thursday Night Intermediate Level Training ride – 6pm, Pedal Power Parking Lot
We are planning a number of trail days this year to support both trail construction and maintenance. There are a number of exciting additions and changes planned and we need lots of help to make them a reality. All trail changes are submitted to the Upper Thames Conservation Authority for approval prior to construction. This year we are planning the following as trail build days:
Apr 8 and 15, 18 and 25th
May 11 and 12 (Thurs/Fri) and 13th these have been cancelled. sorry for short notice. 27th is still a go.
Will advise on additional build days if required.
And these are the trail maintenance days:
Apr 22nd Clean Up Day
June 3 and 24 (trim and mow)
July 8 and 29 (trim and mow)
Aug 26th Race Prep Day
Trail build days will be focused on creation of new trails, trail features, etc. on a specific section of trail or new trail area. Trail maintenance days will be focused on mowing grass, trimming branches, leaf blowing, etc. We need lots of help for both activities, so look ahead and pick the days that work for you. All work is weather dependant, look to Facebook and Twitter if you are not sure if the day is a “go.” Everyone is welcome to come and help out. Please let us know if you are coming by emailing the club at email@example.com. Watch the web site and Facebook for more details.
Dairy Capital Stampede
Mark your calendar now for the 18th annual Dairy Capital Stampede 6 Hr relay race. This year it will be held on Sunday Sept 10th, 2017 from 10 am to 4 pm.