ERTC is excited to announce the official ERTC-Lite program to help bridge riders from our learn to group ride program offered in May, to becoming capable, confident riders by the end of the season. You may have heard about this already if you attended the AGM - it’s initial name was “ERTC Rides” You will be seeing a follow up e-mail will all the juicy details.
Our road racing takes part on public roads. Part of Alberta Transportation’s requirement to run races on public open roads is the use of certified flaggers to control traffic at key intersections. Up until last year, no county has enforced this rule, however last year saw the cancellation or move of several races due to this new requirement, and will expect more races across Alberta require certified flaggers.
This places a large burden on race organizers and clubs, as it is expensive to hire the required amount for a race. This year, race organizers have come together and come up with a solution - to train and certify our own volunteers as flaggers. Without these flaggers, it will be difficult to put on any road races in Alberta. This is why we ask you: if you race, and even if you don’t race, please consider coming to the training session, and bringing a friend / family member. There is no cost, and it is April 8th, from 7-9:30pm at the Argyll Velodrome (6850 88 St NW) There will be a written test at the end. This will get you a 3 year certification as a flagger. There is no obligation to volunteer if you have taken the course (although we would really like you to!)
Is that… SNOW ON THE GROUND?! I think it is! With that, our official 2018 road/track/cross season comes to an end, and all regularly scheduled outdoor rides will be officially stopped. Fear not, there will still be pick-up winter trail rides when there is a bit more snowpack, along with plenty of socials throughout the winter to get us through those long winter months.
As the last cross race was this weekend, this wraps up the 2018 racing season and we start to look ahead to next year. There’s still plenty of events and happenings between now and the new year, but not all of them may happen on bikes, but will definitely still be bicycle related!
Oh boy, forgive me (or don’t) cause this one is super late but we all needed a few days after our race to be super lazy. Speaking of, speak out our report from Principal (Race Director) Tim Bulger about our School of Cross race this weekend!