ERTC Weekly Update - Week of July 24

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of July 24

Here we go, one more time, everybody’s feeling fine! I’ll just lead off with the previous week’s main event, the Tour de l’Alberta. A challenging ride no matter what level you are, it was a long day, filled with perfect weather, smiles (perhaps slowly turning to grimaces) and meatpies! We had approximately 30 people from ERTC take part in various distances and showed everyone what we are made of! I saw a lot of teamwork and cooperation out there, with ERTC members often taking big pulls for everyone. We’ve definitely generated a lot of interest in our club after doing the tour! Everyone has lots of stories to tell, so I encourage you to share them on the Facebook page or one of the many chats. Anyways, updates!

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of July 17

Aight here we go! Lots of inclement weather this week, so it’s great to see people applying a liberal helping of rule 5(! Big news this week is our ERTCTCTTC went off mostly without a hitch, a big shout out to Graham Watts, Tim Bulger, and Greg Nicholson for stepping up and taking on that huge task. They all enjoy a good beer so don’t hesitate to buy them a drink the next time you see them, and a thank you to all the volunteers who helped us out before and the day of!

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of July 10

Hey all! Weekly Update here! Previous week was a great week, with lots of sun, rides, and patio accidents! Gonna make this one as short as I can, because I know nobody actually gets to the end of these and reads the important stuff (shame shame) This weekend was the provincial road race, congratulations to Kelly Macgregor and Suzie Poirier for ending up on the podium after a long hot race.

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of July 3

Alrighty then! Making up for last week cause I was sick and didn’t feel like doing much (I have asked myself on multiple occasions if you can actually melt into a bed… fortunately you can’t!) Last week was kind of a rainy week so Tuesday and Wednesday rights didn’t go (despite us having a leader for Wednesday!) (Wow there are a lot of brackets) (OK I’ll stop), however Thursday saw the usual loads of riders. Saturday was the Canada Day Criterium, which despite no longer being provincials (More on that later)(OK I lied about the brackets) saw great attendance from the club, racers and not, partaking in the festivities! Huge Congratulations to Liann Cameron and Andrew Linklater for gracing the podium, with a 1st and 3rd respectively, and props to all the racers who showed up and represented the club.

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of June 19

Nope – you aren’t imagining it; these are getting later and shorter (but not sweeter). First up – all the rides ran great this week, seeing great attendance with hills having a huge turnout as usual! All other rides had the usual 10-15 suspects. Highlandia was a smashing success, where we were asked to help provide volunteers, and I swear we had about half the volunteer field covered by members! Give yourself a huge round of applause for coming through for the racing community and I hope your experience at the race was great even if you weren’t racing!

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of June 12

Highlandia Criterium this weekend! Please please please please volunteer! Yes, I am desperate. We have been asked to reach out and get people to volunteer so here I am. I would say don’t make me beg, but I’m begging. Anyways – If you are racing, you can still volunteer during your not – race. If you race before 5pm, then you can sign up for 1-5, if you race after, you can sign up for 5-9. It takes place during a street festival as well and it will be a blast! Sign-up to volunteer here:

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of June 6

These updates just keep getting quicker and dirtier eh? (And later!) Aaaaaaaaanyway: Great weather, great week, weekend was a blast, with Rich’s Kool Kid Kruiser going as well as the “Dusty 100” gravel grinder ride, and the Spice Girls ride on Saturday was also amazing, with Rabih bringing out the big guns(speakers) and blasting Spice Girls all day. Anyways, this is what’s new in the world of ERTC!

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of May 29

Oh boy oh boy it’s an update!! First off, sorry for the lack of updates last week, between the long weekend and all the riding it was tough… oh who am I kidding, I was lazy. But good news is, the club didn’t burn down. Anyways, steady warm temperatures have been seeing our rides at an all time high for attendance! The big item from this last week was The TASC race on Saturday and Sunday, with a very strong showing from all of ERTC, with Sarah Gilchrist and Brynlee Thomas ending up on the podium for the road race. Scott Rusnak, Tiffany Baker, Scott Klarenbach, Sarah Gilchrist, all ended up on the podium for the criterium Sunday. Overall it was an extremely successful weekend for ERTC with team tactics coming into play a lot of the time! Also, congratulations to Scott Rusnak and Danielle Meunier for their upgrades into Cat4.

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of May 15

Alrighty then, time for your weekly update! I'm writing this on my phone so I'm just gonna pre-apologize for any strange autocorrect crap. Anyways! Tuesday saw a big group led by Tim at the research park checking out the crit course and working on intervals. Thursday also saw a fairly large group (20? I didn't count) slamming up our river valley! And on to the big event this weekend, the Velocity Stage Race! 

ERTC Weekly Updates - Week of May 8

Hey Folks – quick and dirty update this week, since I’m a bit crunched for time. Great week with big numbers showing up for Thursday and Saturday, (25-30 people I believe?) I’m betting the heat had something to do with that!

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of April 24

I know how excited you all are to read this week’s super-duper awesome update!!! The best week was a dicey one due to weather, but we did see 32 people come out for hills night, which might be the most we’ve ever had for a ride in April!

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of April 17

Hey y’all! It’s another edition of the weekly update! First off, welcome to all the new members that have joined in the last week, it’s the time of the season where we get the largest influx of new members! A few of us have spent the last week in Penticton but are back now, back to this… “lovely” weather.

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of April 10

Hooboy, lots of stuff this week, as the road season is in full swing now! Our skill session on Wednesday was a massive success, with over 20 people showing up, with the experienced riders helping the newer ones, it was a great start to the season! Hills night was also a hit, with about a dozen souls tackling the hills in Edmonton. Onward to the weekend, where the last info sessions were a hit, with Michael van Den Ham made a surprise appearance to give a talk about racing. 

The spring series races on the Sunday were a true show of strength from ERTC, with over 20 members showing Alberta Racing what we are made of, with an full ERTC sweep of the women's podium with Sarah, Kelly, and Danielle in the first, second, and third spots, respectively. Great job to the ladies and everyone else who rode for us this race!

Couple of things you should know:

  • ALL CLUB RIDES ARE NOW FULLY OPERATIONAL. Show up at the designated time and place and ride! Weather policy applies. Rides are only canceled if it is actively precipitating at the time of the ride, or Air Quality index is higher than 7. You will need to be a member to participate.
  • April 11 - MEC Club Night - 6-9pm at the southside location, 1624 99 St NW. Show up, hang out with other club members. Get 10% off everything in store, including bikes. 
  • Skill Sessions on Wednesday - Please show up whether you are experienced or not, if you are experienced, help out someone who isn't. 
  • A lot of race team members are still in Penticton, so attendance will still be slightly lower than usual. 

Until next week, Chapeau!


ERTC Weekly Update - Week of April 3

Hey dudes and dudettes, sorry for the late update, but at least not as late as spring is this year! Lots of fresh, hot updates for you this week. Remember to check the schedule for all official rides. They will all be going starting next week.

First: Our first skill sessions led by Tim Bulger is Wednesday, April 5th. Hawrelak Park at 6. is the event link, please come by whether you are new or experienced! If you are experienced, then please help a new member!

Second: Our final session for racing information is this Saturday, 2PM for the ladies( , and 12PM ( for everyone else at Revolution Cycle. Please do your best to attend if you are new the race scene or might possibly get involved next year. Because of this, there will be no official Saturday ride.

Third: Our Hill Night is now officially official! Please meet up at 6:00PM at Hawrelak Park, and wheels in motion by 6:15PM with a couple of laps of Hawrelak Park before hitting up the hills in the best hill ride in Edmonton!

Forth: the first spring series road race is THIS SUNDAY!!!! (April 8) This marks the beginning of the road season here in Alberta. Check this out for the event link: and even if you aren’t racing please sign up to volunteer or if you are racing, bring a helper! Volunteer Signup here:

Fifth: a lot of members are headed out to Penticton for the annual training camp, so ride attendance will be lower than usual, however the rides will still be well-attended so do not be afraid to show up!

Sixth: ERTC will be receiving a 20% discount on all 4iiii Products, including power meters. E-mail me for more information!

Seventh: ERTC will be attending Mountain Equipment Co-op's Club night on April 11. stop by, 6-9PM for a 10% discount on EVERYTHING instore. Because the downtown location is being moved, this is at the new southside location. 1624 99 Street NW South Edmonton

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of March 20

Spring is (technically) here! Although riding season is almost here, so close I can almost taste it... Anyways, if this weather keeps up, there will be an official ride on Saturday, as the roads will be clear of snow and grit and most of the water will be gone. It will be a high of 11 of Saturday and this is definitely spring ride temperature, so please keep your eyes peeled for updates on Facebook!

Couple of reminders this week:

Please remember to  register for the Try Racing program if you haven't yet, and make sure you qualify, as I will be cross-checking. Link and terms/conditions are here: there are only 6 spots left!!

Second Reminder is our Learn to Race seminar (open to everyone) is this Saturday at 12-2 at Revolution Cycle (Link here: and the Women's Only one is 2-4 (Link here:

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of March 13

Arrrrrggghhhhh… won’t this snow go away?! Last year we were already riding outside at this time (albeit in thermal gear) but at least the roads were clear! Regular scheduled rides will begin once the snow has cleared completely. Up until then, keep an eye on Facebook for pickup rides. Anyways, some updates!

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of February 13

Hey all! As these start to become more frequent, we will be moving back to the website for regular updates, so please remember to check it weekly! I'll be moving back to how I had it last year with a weekly update on the website and an e-mail blast to let you guys know starting March 1. As usual, our blog is right on just scroll down, There will be direct links to updates in emails. Just a couple of things for now:

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of October 11

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of October 11

Brrrrrrrr there’s snow on the ground! As per weather policy this means that regular rides are now all OFFICIALLY canceled! Don’t fear though, this doesn’t mean we don’t ride, but rather it means keep your eyes peeled on Facebook for when there will be rides. Don’t be afraid to suggest them on the Facebook page. They will go when the roads or clear, it’s warm, or any combination. Some of these rides may require fenders, or something other than a road bike, and will definitely require big “to see lights” if happening in the evening. I will keep writing updates sporadically when there are important events or information you need to know about! (Which means you get to read these for another 2-3 weeks).

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of October 3

It’s great to see everyone out there still riding! It’s cold and chilly now but just gotta layer up! The bike scene is still running strong with cross as popular as ever, with every mid week cross race breaking previous attendance records! If you haven’t tried cross yet, you can race it on a cross bike or mountain bike, or a hybrid with knobby tires. If you don’t have one, I encourage you to borrow one as it’s easily one of best things to do in the fall!