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Women’s Cycling Week

The Ontario Cycling Association is hosting Women’s Week this year from May 31st to June 5th with different events and webinars focusing on women’s cycling issues and interests.  See https://ontariocycling.org/ontario-womens-cycling-week/ for more information. 

The BCC will be hosting a Women’s Week Ride for our members on Sunday, June 5th.  Come and join us for a ride followed by a chat, coffee and treat, on us, at the Homestead Bakery or Cappuccinos (both are by the Meridian Place). 

Time: 9:00 am- 12:00  (arrive at 8:45 so we can get organized)

Meeting location:  Meridian Place, Dunlop Street, Barrie

Distance: 40 – 60 km depending on number of participants, number of groups required and average speed. 

Average Pace: 23- 26 km/h

 

Please RSVP by Friday, June 3rd;  Carol Kay: carolkbcc@gmail.com

May Update:

Our BCC Club ‘Store’ is open again on our website.  Orders can be made until Tuesday, May 31st (midnight). 

We are very excited to re-launch the Barrie Cycling Club in 2022 with a new, top of the line kit created by Bioracer.  Good sizing charts are available on the site by clicking on the item of choice, as well detailed descriptions of most items are provided in this way.

A few notes:

New for this store opening is a light weight, long sleeve Icon jersey in the geometric camo blue design, which will provide more UV protection. 

ALL items ordered will be in the BCC branding, even if some of the images in the store may show in stock colours.

Ladies, there are options to order bib shorts with or without a back zipper.  A back zip is a feature added to some female bib shorts to allow quick, on the go bathroom stops.  The zipper runs north-south, along the back of the spine.  The zipper is fully covered with a fabric to prevent irritation on the skin.

If you want to do a deep dive into the different fabrics Bioracer has created check out: https://www.bioracer.com//en/research/technological-fabrics

In the meanwhile, here are some basic descriptions of the product lines:

EPIC: The Epic line is all about performance. The bioadaptive fabrics combined with a race position fit ensure optimal aerodynamics. The high-end finish adds a unique fast look. This apparel is ideal for speed addicts, men and women who want to take their performance to the next level.

ICON: The Icon line ensures ultimate comfort while keeping performance in mind. The classic body fit provides an extra relaxed feel. This apparel is ideal for cyclotourists and people who enjoy smooth rides.

BIORACER TEMPEST: Tempest is a thermal, breathable, water repellent material for colder weather used in a variety of items (Jackets, Leggings, etc).  It has a breathable, brushed layer of microfiber and an outer layer that protects the body from cold. This textile has undergone a treatment during the weaving process. During this process, special threads are woven into the textile, which form a physical barrier from water. This is how we obtain a material that is water-repellent, breathable, quick-drying and comfortable. Because it is woven in, rather than a coating applied on top, these features are permanent, even after repeated use and washing.

April Update:

Check out the calendar updates, including our first scheduled rides of the season in May, Adopt a Road cleanup information, social Tuesday apres ride gatherings at Pie Wood Fired Pizza and our 4 session TT series.

A page for sponsors has been added and information on our bike routes, and procedures for downloading them to your devices, have been added. Information and registration links for the 'Barrie Flyers' youth cycling program have been added. See the specific pages and policies for details. 

March TT Series Update:

It’s time to register for the new BCC Time Trial Series!

 

Please find below the google sheet link for the TT Registrations:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/17zL61_4l6fVT8jieMSl9d-hZMFs2uUHs1gnhpzYtQXA/edit?usp=sharing
 
Don’t forget to add the following TT dates to your calendar so you don’t miss any events:

May 19, 2022

June 16, 2022

July 21, 2022

August 18, 2022

Feb 2022 New Jersey Update:

There has been a financial adjustment to both the jerseys in the new BCC store and the early bird discount. Since many of our club rides start or end with less than full daylight, we added a reflective tape feature to the back of the jerseys and jackets. This added an extra $10 fee per item. In order to honour our original price offering, the early bird discount is now $30 per order using the code BARIE20 at checkout.

 

Please note that the 9 people who ordered on Tuesday/Wednesday paid the original prices and received the $20 discount.

 

Come to the next kit night on Tuesday, February 22nd: 5:00-7:30 at Bikeland. Get sized properly for some amazing new kit. Early bird orders will end on March 7th.

February 2022 Update:

“WE’RE ROLLING FOR 2022”

The Board is happy to announce that the OCA has approved our membership for 2022. You can now sign up for the 2022 season using the following link, https://ccnbikes.com/#!/events/barrie-cycling-club-membership-2022. We are also pleased to announce that we will be working with a new kit supplier, Bioracer. The new kits will be a high-vis design. They have been manufacturing fabrics for elite, professional cyclists for decades, and recently have started manufacturing their own clothing line. Check out their website, https://www.bioracer.com/en if you want more information about Bioracer's fantastic product line. Under the clothing tab, you will also find BCC specific clothing that Bioracer is offering for us this year. Early bird members, will receive a $20 discount on a jersey of their choice using this one time only discount code, BARIE20. This early bird mass order special will close March 7th, so act fast. This will give those that ordered clothing by this deadline to have their clothing by the beginning of May.

 

To help with getting the right kit, the club, with Bikeland, is offering two nights, Tuesday February 15 and Tuesday February 22, to come and try on kit, as well as to meet the supplier representative, Jeff Shimada, to help you choose proper fitting kit. The following link is the sign up, to ensure social distancing while in the Bikeland store, https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1fY9H4626LhDvUgJBWy44w9h-49KBjvURo3JO16wfdZo/edit?fbclid=IwAR2j8FuXfPZTj3Ft6NEizPbgO7mG7WqABEN41_EtAINxjoR0VntkOGhvfmc#gid=0

(check www.bikeland.ca for directions) Bikeland has a large space and plenty of changerooms, bathrooms and other areas to try on clothing. Masks are required.

 

The store will open a second time in May for members that missed the first order, and again in August, for members that want to order gear suitable for the colder months of September, October, and November.

The club is actively recruiting Ride Leaders. Eric van Wesenbeeck and Joe Fortnum are sharing the co-ordinating role. Ride leader training will take place virtually, February 24th at 8 pm. See the calendar for details. Jerseys specifically for Ride Leaders, have been designed and are linked to the Bioracer site, https://mybioracer.ca/collections/barrie-cycling-club-leader. BCC will cover the cost ($69) of an ‘Icon’ quality jersey for the ride leader. Should they choose to order the ‘Epic’ quality one ($99), they will be required to pay the difference. A discount code will be provided at the Ride Leader Training. 

BCC is planning to promote unsanctioned rides this year such as ‘the Hairshirt of the North’ or ‘Spin the Lakes’. These rides will be placed in the calendar with a note to indicate they are unsanctioned rides.  They will also  be posted on our Facebook page. Members are encouraged to use this media to advise other members of rides they are planning, through-out the week. It must be noted, that as unsanctioned rides, they are not covered by club or OCA insurance.

Inter-Club races will not be offered this year. We reached out to Newmarket Eagles, and they agreed, that this event has not had membership support for the last number of years, and did not want to offer it for 2022.

The club will also be supporting a time trial series, one that was proposed by Keith Richards, prior to Covid. It will be a four part series, with events taking place May 19th, June 16th, July 14th and August 18th. The series will cost $40.00 and is to be paid prior to the event to our treasurer, Nadia Murru, via e-transfer. More information will be sent about registration at a later date.

A new youth program is being created. If you have any questions, suggestions, or interest in helping please email:

Carol Kay at  carolkbcc@gmail.com

Ridge Road Cleanup: Information about the process for this, due to Covid, has been added to the Group Facebook page. If you can help, that would be appreciated. Rubber boots advised, since the ditches can be wet.

October 2021 Update

BCC-AGM 2021 and Social- Wednesday November 17th

The Barrie Cycling Club will be hosting the 2021 AGM and social on Wednesday, November 17th (6:30 to 9:30) at Kenzington's Burger Bar on Dunlop Street.

Although we did not formally open as a club this year, we are still required to hold an AGM. That being said, as the meeting part of the evening will be fairly short, there will be lots of time to socialize and chat all things bike and rides. It should be interesting to learn how you have all satisfied your riding needs over the last couple of years. BCC will provide the snacks and members will be responsible for ordering and paying for their own drinks.

Anyone interested in joining the BCC Board of Directors please e-mail Carol Kay (carolkbcc@gmail.com) as soon as possible.

Last year's meeting minutes and AGM agenda will be sent out closer to the date.

Note: Kenzington requires that everyone in the restaurant have a Covid passport or proof of double vaccination. As it is a private event, a seperate bathroom will be provided to allow members to mingle more freely, without as many restriction.

We are looking forward to meeting and greeting you, after a much too long sabatical.

Sincerely, your Board

 

April 2021 Update

The Club board members met on April 13. At the meeting it was decided not to open the club up to any road bike activities at this time. The reason for this is too much responsibility would be falling onto ride leaders faced with the difficult task of keeping all riders safe and enforcing the protocols that the OCA is requiring, such as ride contact tracing, social distancing and bike sanitizating for curb side repairs (flat tires) should the member requiring service need assistance. If the province, specifically Springwater County, moves to the 'Green' zone, then the board will decide how and when the Club would reopen, given there is adequate outdoor cycling season left for 2021. COVID-19 safety measures/protocols, developed by the Club, will be added to our 'Policies' and will be crafted to follow the latest Return to Sport and Progressive Return to Cycling Guidelines of the Ontario Cycling Association. 

A Survey Monkey will be issued to enquire if there is adequate interest in putting together a Time Trial process and schedule that would meet both Provincial and OCA Covid guidelines. Look for this in the near future. We look forward to you comments. The Club intends to follow the system that Keith Richards suggested, with the handy cap for gender and age of cyclist, taken into consideration.

August 2020 Important Update

The difficult decision has been made to cancel the 2020 BCC cycling season. The board met, via Zoom, on July 30th. They reviewed the direction presented by the OCA, by the regional health department, and ad hoc discussions that had taken place with some members, to come up with this decision. OCA would not officially say that we would be covered by the insurance and efforts to get a written document from the regional health department was proving difficult and was taking too much time. OCA wanted this from us, to present to their lawyers and insurance, to see if we could get the green light. With the season more than half over, the decision was made.

OCA and Club membership refund OCA has created a form for members that had signed up for the 2020 season, to be reimbursed a portion of their fees. Some monies are being retained by OCA to help with their admin costs that they incurred, keeping staff and facility running throughout the mandatory lock-down. Use the hyper link to get you to the form, should you choose to ask OCA for a reimbursement. Information is also available on the OCA site, should you want to see more details.

This year 35 members signed up, officially with the club. We are working with CCN to create a special 2021 registration for these members, so they only have to pay OCA fees for next year. CCN will be given a list of the 35 members, and will monitor the request for pre-paid membership.

We are considering adding a page to our site that lists members that can offer cycling related services to both our members and to the community at large. We recognize that many of our members run small businesses, and with pandemic shutdowns, revenue streams all but dried up. We are hoping that this word of mouth type of advertising, by making other members in the club aware of the talents that the club membership contains, can help our entrepreneur members.

Zwift Rides We are looking into for the Fall, Winter and Spring seasons, to create a Zwift group(s) so that members can participate in TT’s, group rides and races. We hope to have more information regarding this in the weeks to come.

The board thanks you for your patience and understanding, during this difficult time. We hope that all of you, your families and friends have been able to stay safe and healthy, and will continue to, so we can get this pandemic behind us, and we move forward with our new normal.

Your 2020 board

2020 Registration is Now Open,

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Annual Pancake Ride

The first Sunday when the temperature will reach 10 Celsius. Specific information regarding the ride will be emailed to current members and posted on the BCC Facebook page prior to the ride date.

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