Saturday, May 21, 2016

Jason Lapierre Memorial Cycling Weekend - Volunteer Sign-Up Sheet


The Jason Lapierre Memorial Cycling Weekend is June 4-5, 2016, and we need your help! Races can't happen without volunteers, and this is our chance to give back to the Alberta racing scene.

June 4: Saturday Evening Springbank Grinder ITT
June 5: Sunday Morning dbPerformance Crit

Volunteer sign-up is here. More position will be added as needed.

The Tech Guide will be up shortly.

Friday, May 20, 2016


Hold the date!  
Sunday June 5th 11:45am 

presents the FREE


We will have a well placed intermission of our J-Lap Crit to feature the future of cycling... our kids!  Any child ages 14 and under is encourage to participate.  
 400m for 5 and under (and any run bikes) 
800m (one crit course lap) for 6-9 year olds
1600m (2 lap) option for 10 -14(or any kid who wants to go, go, go!)

Every child participating receives a finishers medal!

Simply sign-on your kids (waiver required) any time before 11:30am at the SPEED THEORY tent located at the NW parking lot.   Located on the corner of Exploration Ave and Industry Way SE Calgary.  There will be bouncy castles, games, and snacks for all kids. 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Penticton Training Camp - Thursday May 19

A wet, cold day at pavement end on Mount Baldy. People are still smiling!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Congratulations to Darcy and Joelle !

Our JayLap Race Director and his wife just welcomed to the world their first child!  Jayne Charlotte Gullacher was born on May 16th. Both Jayne and Joelle are healthy and doing well.

Darcy is going to be snowed under with this being his first child, so please everyone make yourself available to help at either the June 4th TT or the June 5th Crit and sign up on the volunteer form when it comes out without Darcy having to get on anyone's case.

Congratulations Gullachers !!

Penticton Training Camp - Tuesday May 17

Today's ride up to the Sasquatch at the top of Anarchist Pass. The weather was perfect - sunny with light wind, 26 C at the bottom and 18 C at the top. Smiles all around so I guess it wasn't that hard.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Day one of the Penticton training camp presented us with a fine, crisp morning with light winds that rapidly warmed into the twenties, or as you must be now imaging, ideal riding conditions.

Being day one attendance was light, seven riders in total, including Ernie's brother, Frank who insisted on riding on his own to save us the embarrassment of being savaged on the hills, such a kind soul.

Captain Charles Bougie conducted the mandatory ride safety meeting which was followed intently, with only a few sniggers from the back row that were ably staunched by a stern glower. So six of us set out southward.

Being an evenly matched group we rolled along the east shore of Skaha at a comfortable pace and everyone remained calm and relaxed up the short McLean creek road.

Along the top where the customary sprint occurs Ernie quickened the pace closely followed by Tim and Dan. I trailed wondering about the warm feeling in my legs and lungs. Clearly Ernie hadn't studied the route map starting his sprint 1750 metres out. With Ernie fading Tim took over the pace with the rest of us scrabbling to catch his wheel.

Regrouping we nervously eyed each other at the 1000 meter mark. I was safely slotted behind Tim feeling my legs itching and senses tingling. The pace quickened, the tension rose.  Tim moved slightly right opening an alley ahead just as Charles surged to my left. Charles then threw down a head fake, a slight twitch of the chin upwards and to the left that set me off into my full blown sprint.  But it was me who was blown, being easily tricked into sprinting at the 700 metre mark. At 259.5 metres Charles flew off my wheel followed by Tim and Dan. Congratulations I just won 4th place and a set of steak knives.

So that's what happened in the first hour of the first day.  Five more days to go.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Saturday May 7 Team Ride - Dogpound loop NW 10 AM

This week we're riding in the north west again.  Meet at the Bearspaw Lions Club (25240 Nagway Rd, Calgary, AB) at 10 am.  From BPL we head out the normal way and do the Dogpound loop, distance about 100 km.  We might throw in an extra loop (maybe go to the Beaver Dam Golf course for a drink) to bring the distance up 10 km or so. There are no stores on this loop (other than the golf course) so bring enough food and water to last. Same plan as other rides: tempo riding with waits to regroup. Here's the approximate route:

Leave your name in the comments if you plan to attend so we know who to expect. Hope to see you there.

Monday, May 2, 2016

2016 Penticton Training Camp Roll Call

Can each one of you (those attending) reply to this post and:

1. Let us know if you plan on attending the 2016 Camp?
2. Which days do you plan on riding?
3. Are you looking to share accommodations (or do you have any recommendations on bargains)?
4. Are you looking to carpool with anyone?

For Insured STC members only – alternatively here is the link for temporary insurance /to become an STC member while in Penticton – Temporary insurance cost is $40.00

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Saturday Team Ride 10am - Priddis Departure

Hi Team,
This week the SpeedTheory team ride will leave from beautiful Priddis at 10am on April 30. We'll head over to Bragg Creek via Plumbers Road, 762, 22 and 66. We can stop for coffee before we carry on to the pass on Highway 66 or stop for coffee on the way back. We'll return via 22. Total distance will be about 115kms. The weather looks alright. We'll be riding as a group but with the season approaching it's a nice opportunity to get training in with teammates and hone your skills. We'll collect at obvious points along the route. See you Saturday.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Tomorrow's Race Skills Night Postponed

The Weather looks terrible for tomorrow so let's aim for next Monday May 2nd for Race skills night in Elbow Valley.  Text me and I'll send you the address if you are planning on attending.
Marie 403-837-0921

Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Ghost of the Gravel.

Here is the DeadGoat's clickable poster and route for their awesome event.

Here is the link to the course on Strava.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Parts & Pints Swap Meet - Wild Rose Brewery, Saturday, April 23

Parts & Pints Swap Meet & Social is a go this Saturday at Wildrose Brewery. 11 Tables of soon to be new to you bike gear. Doors open at 4pm, admission is $2 at the door.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Update-AGAIN-De Ronde Van Cowtown 2016

Just in. Ride is a go! See you there.

Due to the weather forecast this event maybe postponed for a week. A decision is expected at 8pm April 23. Stay tuned to the facebook page for information.

Hey everyone! This Sunday April 24 10am Eau Claire is the De Ronde Van Cowtown 2016 hosted by
Beers Instead of Gears (B.I.G.) YYC chapter.
It's a fantastic social ride (approx 75kms) right in Calgary and includes plenty of hill climbing.
You are never too far from home and under no obligation to complete the entire ride.
Come out and do as much as you desire.
There is a pub finish though...just saying!
Here's a link to the Facebook page for more information

2016 Penticton Training Camp Schedule


Start time*
Shorter option
Sunday, 15 May
A short day at 103 km to get warmed up.  Quick stop in Oliver for water and food.  Then continue up to area 51 and home through OK Falls.
You could turn back at any point before Oliver.
Salty’s Beachhouse
1000 Lakeshore Drive W
Monday, 16 May
A little harder and shorter at ~99 km.  We start with "The Wall" then up White Lake Rd with a stop at the highway 3A junction for food and water.  We then ride up Green Mountain Rd and down to Penticton.
At the end of White Lake Road you could take highway 3A and 97 back to Penticton. 
Pasta Factory
236 Martin Street
Tuesday, 17 May
First long day at ~189 km. We will stop in Oliver for food and water then continue to Osoyoos where we climb Anarchist. The climb will end at the Sasquatch.  Descend back to Osoyoos where we stop for lunch at the Timmies. After lunch we will ride back to Penticton the same way we rode out.
You could turn back to Penticton at any time, or just skip Anarchist and wait for the group at Timmies (and have a few donuts).
Bad Tattoo Brewing
169 Estabrook Ave
Wednesday, 18 May
Rest/optional day at ~74 km.  We will ride to Summerland then continue on to Camp Boyle.  We will return to Summerland and stop for coffee and food. Keeners can climb Giant’s Head Park Rd in Summerland before the coffee stop. Return to Penticton on a few backroads and along the highway.
Skip the Giant’s Head climb and/or skip the segment to Camp Boyle and wait for the group in Summerland, or ride back to Penticton solo.
1848 Main St #101

Thursday, 19 May
Big day at ~195 km with lots of climbing and gravel. We ride to Oliver and stop for water and food. We go up and over Mt Baldy past where the road turns to gravel. Then we’ll climb Anarchist from the back side, descending into Osoyoos for lunch at Timmies again. After lunch we will return to Penticton via OK Falls.
Climb Mt Baldy to the gravel only. Descend back to Oliver and return to Penticton, or continue to Osoyoos and meet the longer route group at Timmies for lunch before returning to Penticton.
Spiros Cubby Hole
130 Westminster Ave W
Friday, 20 May
Another big day at 180 km. We ride out to Oliver for our 1st pit stop, 2nd pit stop in Osoyoos.  We leave Osoyoos ascending Ritcher Pass followed by the never-ending road to Keremeos where we stop for lunch.  After lunch we continue up highway 3A then turn left up Green Mountain Rd.  We will regroup at the Apex turn off before ascending Apex. Speedy descent back into Penticton.
You could turn back at any time before Osoyoos. Once you’re over Richter’s Pass you might as well finish the long route. Always an option to skip Apex.
Salty’s Beachhouse
1000 Lakeshore Drive W
 Saturday, 21 May
Travel day for those departing. Optional ride (local climbs) or rest day for those staying.

Hillside Winery and Bistro
1350 Naramata Road

For Insured STC members only – alternatively here is the link for temporary insurance /to become an STC member while in Penticton – Temporary insurance cost is $40.00

*All rides start at Denny’s at 939 Burnaby Ave W (Penticton BC)

**Dinner is optional and is generally at 6:30/7:00pm, depending on when we finish riding

***can we have a volunteer to assist in arranging restaurant reservations while we are out there? ***

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