ERTC Weekly Update - Week of May 20

Annnnd I’m back at this this week! If you preferred Tiffany’s brand of communiques then unfortunately you’re stuck with my… er... rambling musings? As usual we will continue to be using strava for all “official” rides so please join us on there if you would like to stay up to date on all the rides we have going on!

Club Events:

  1. Wednesday is our final learn to ride session (for now, we might have another refresher for new members and people who would like to practice more during the summer!) On the docket is a full on group ride - everyone is welcome and we will be splitting into several groups based on your comfort and ability level.

  2. Interested in racing and don't know where to begin? Our Try Racing Program is for you - with limited spots, it offers a mentored program along with a bit of financial assistance to get you lined up for your first road race! https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=21068&lan=1&cartlevel=1

  3. ERTC often has little “special edition” rides that occur outside of Edmonton. Our first one planned this year will take place at Highwood Pass. Highwood Pass is Canada’s highest paved highway, and is closed to cars before the second week of June, and is a popular spot for cyclists of all skill levels due to this fact! Because the route is an out and back, you can start at multiple points along the ride depending on your fitness level. We are planning this for June 8th and want to have at least 2 options for distance and start location available, including an ERTC-Lite option and will be posting on Strava closer to the date. If you are interested in the ERTC-Lite option, please email ertclite@ertc.org so we can get an idea of whether there is enough interest to ensure we can get a ride leader out.

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of May 13

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of May 13

Hi - Tiffany here…standing in for our El Presidente. Which means this update will be slightly less witty, and possibly more detailed….

Here’s some highlights for this week:

  • Learn 2 Ride Session Two is scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday), 6pm in the Hawrelak Park main parking lot. Velofix will be on site starting at 5:30pm for any club members who’d like to stop by, no requirement to stay for the L2Ride session. Check here for info on what we’re going to cover in the session. We’d appreciate the support of some experienced club members as we are working on drafting and elevated group riding skills - so we need knowledgeable groups to practice in!

  • Steida Classic Update: Shout out to to Jakob Claffey and Kate Snihur for their 3rd place finishes in the Men’s Cat 1/2 and Women’s Cat 4/5 Crit races respectively, and kudo’s to all those who braved the sand (I mean gravel) and raced the road race. My legs still hurt!

  • Long weekend races: There are two races this weekend, one of which doesn’t require a UCI race licence, making it a great option for those interested in giving racing a try. The Perron District Criterium on Sunday is a great option for racers and spectators alike, and the Velocity Time Trial on Victoria Day Monday offers a Citizen Category; a less-pressure option that allows you to simply race yourself. You don’t need a fancy TT bike to give it a try! If either/both of these options interest you but you’re new to racing, check out our ERTC Try Racing Program as we offer support in your development as a new racer.

  • Not sure what rides are going this weekend? Ensure to check the ERTC club ride info on Strava. What’s Strava? - here’s some info. Ensure you RSVP to rides you’re interested in so that you receive updates on cancellations or changes. Heads-up, the WoERTC ride on Monday will likely change - an email will be sent to the ladies.

  • Didn’t make it to the ERTC Season Opener extravaganza, hosted by the amazing James Gray? Then you MISSED OUT! We are extremely grateful to James, his wife Jess, adorable daughter Audrey, friendly dog Rocky, and MIA cat Lola for opening their home to us, and ensuring that there was absolutely no risk of interaction with chinchillas. But seriously, thnx to the Gray family!

Man, these weekly updates take a bit of time - kudo’s also to Albert who diligently keeps us all informed each week!

Wishing you all a great week, and some great quality time on two-wheels!

~Tiffany

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of May 6

It’s a late one tonight! Lots of fresh, hot updates for y’all so let’s go!

Club Updates:

  1. Our 2019 Learn 2 Ride (L2R) sessions kick off this Wednesday, May 8th. Check out our website for more information on dates, times, locations, agenda, etc. Few quick highlights/reminders:

    • If you can't make any/all of the sessions, here's a summary of the information we're going to go over. If you're new to the club and can't make it, we recommend you attend another Wednesday Social Ride or a Women's Monday ride (for the ladies), so that we can ensure that you're ready to join in on a full club ride.

    • We encourage EVERYONE to attend:

      • New to riding/< 2 years group riding experience - there's lots to learn and practice!

      • Been group riding for a bit more than 2 years - there's still lots to learn and practice. Let's be real, we've all been on club rides where the 'experienced members' act like newbies.

      • Been riding for a LONG time? Great - come support the new riders so that they have every opportunity to be as great of a rider as you are!

    • Velofix will be on hand May 15 & 22, starting at 5:30pm, to assist any club members with bike maintenance questions/issues. Shawn will be able to help you with minor repairs, offer advice/guidance, or schedule you for a specific time to stop by your place for larger jobs.

  2. Our social event is no longer indeterminate! Check out what our Social Event Coordinator has to say:

    Hey everyone it's your best friend James Gray! What you don't already know me? Well you should! I promise we'll get along great!* In fact, I'm going to make the first step towards us having a wonderful, life-long friendship!** and invite you over to my place! C'mon over to my place on May 11th at or after 3pm for the 4th annual ERTC BBQ Season opener.

    There will be free food, great people and a myriad (okay maybe not a myriad, did you know that means 100,000? Because it does, look it up.) of beverages both alcoholic (Thank you Blind Man Brewing) and non-alcoholic (Thank you for being you, and you don't *need* to drink alcohol to have fun!)

    Your family is welcome, we encourage you to bring them! Bring the kids, bring the spouse... but please leave your Chinchillas at home. If you have a puppy you can bring that too, but it's your cuddly cute responsibility. But seriously absolutely *no* Chinchillas. This is a very relaxed social gathering, it's meant to be even less intimidating than a no-drop ride, so even if you don't know anyone please come out and meet someone, everyone, or even just me! If you have Facebook you can hit me up on there or click "Going" on the event at https://www.facebook.com/events/2300063460267938

Some details you need to know (If you don't have/use Facebook):

  • Address: 619 Wolf Willow Road NW Google it, you can bike here super easy and there's lots of yard to put your bike in.

  • Time: 3pm to 11pm, as the sun goes lower we'll throw some logs on the fire and roast some marshmallows.

  • Chairs: It's probably a good idea to bring a chair, but if you can't I've got like 12.

  • Family: Totally welcome, in fact I encourage it! I have a 6 year old daughter (Audrey) and a wife (Jessica), they'd love to meet you and yours.***

  • Pets: I have a dog named Rockie. He's generally pretty good at these things, if you're scared of dogs let me know and I'll have him leashed at all times.

  • My wife has a cat named Lola. Lola doesn't like adults. So she's gonna be a bit hissy, but will most likely stay upstairs and be anti-social.

  • Food: If you have any allergies, sensitivities or are vegan, vegetarian, or anything else let us know and we'll do all we can to accommodate, because I want to be your friend!

If you have any questions, concerns, comments or strange conspiracy theories about Albert's hair, you can message me on Facebook, send me an email at james.gray@live.ca, or even text me at 780.920.8181. <- That's my personal number, we're THAT GOOD OF FRIENDS ALREADY!

Hope to see you there!

~James

*(Look at all those exclamation points! How can you not be convinced!)

**(No commitment necessary you may cancel any time.)

***You can totally bring a guest (Significant other, partner, person you’re trying to woo, someone you’re trying to convince to join the club…) for no extra cost.

Ride Updates:

  1. Tuesday Critervals start this week - Workout and intervals led by Category 2 racer Jakob Claffey. Workout will be between 7 to 8PM, however we recommend arriving 30 minutes early or riding from home to get a warm up in. The objective of this ride is to improve your high speed cornering and improve your short duration speed. This ride is open to everyone and is recommended for those looking for a workout. Current fitness does not matter as this takes place on a circuit and you will not be left behind. If you are driving directly to the Research park (as Jakob will be) please park in the parking lot alongside the southside of the shown route. See strava link here: https://www.strava.com/clubs/2845/group_events/501788

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of April 29

Hey Hey Hey it’s Fat Albert (after all the junk I ate at training camp!) with another update! I’ve thrown up a quick how-to join strava for those of you who aren’t it yet, please please please use it, instead of Facebook for your ride updates. I have written a quick tutorial to help get you on strava if you aren’t on it yet, located here.

Club Updates:

  1. May 1st - Learn to Group Ride series has been postponed till May 8th due to weather conditions. Nobody wants to stand around in the cold.

  2. May 1st - The Castrol Criterium series is back this year, check out the poster!

  3. May 4th - Tiffany could use some help this Saturday evening: "Hi! The Women of ERTC could really use a hand this Saturday evening, regardless of your gender! There's a women's cycling event, Wine & Wheels promoting women's cycling in Edmonton and we need someone to tend our WoERTC table. We're promoting both the WoERTC, and ERTC in general, and I'd be so appreciative if 1-2 members would be able to spend a few hours talking up our wonderful club. And there's wine! If you're available please email me (88keys.t@gmail.com) for more info. You’re also welcome to just come hang out for a bit, I was there last year and it was a great event!

  4. May 8th - Learn to Group Ride Skill Sessions starts up!

  5. Interested in racing but don’t know where to start? Sign up here: https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=21068&lan=1&cartlevel=1 for our program to help bridge riders who are interested in racing across the start line of their first race.

  6. Kit is still available for purchase, however you are unlikely to receive the best bulk pricing.  Check it: http://shop.jakroo.ca/ERTC-2019

  7. May 11th - Co-ed social event of indeterminate nature! Keep your eyes peeled for more information! We will be using Facebook for this event as it is social in nature.

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of April 22

Writing you from sunny Penticton on our rest day! I’ve thrown up a quick how-to join strava for those of you who aren’t it yet, please please please use it, instead of Facebook for your ride updates. I have written a quick tutorial to help get you on strava if you aren’t yet, located here.

Club Events:

  1. April 24th (That’s tommorow, folks!) - ERTC Track Night! Check out the strava event for more information - https://www.strava.com/clubs/2845/group_events/485294 if the link doesn’t work, you need to join strava and then join the club.

  2. May 1st - The Castrol Criterium series is back this year, check out the poster!

  3. Interested in racing but don’t know where to start? Sign up here: https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=21068&lan=1&cartlevel=1 for our program to help bridge riders who are interested in racing across the start line of their first race.

  4. Kit is still available for purchase, however you are unlikely to receive the best bulk pricing.  Check it: http://shop.jakroo.ca/ERTC-2019

  5. May 11th - Social event of indeterminate nature! Keep your eyes peeled for more information! We will be using Facebook for this event as it is social in nature.

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ERTC Weekly Update - Week of April 15

Let’s get this show on the road shall we? Weather’s warming up, but rides are still currently weather dependent and ride-leader dependent.

Club Updates:

  1. No Spring Series this weekend - enjoy Easter y’all

  2. April 24th - ERTC Track Night! Check out the strava event for more information - https://www.strava.com/clubs/2845/group_events/485294 if the link doesn’t work, you need to join strava and then join the club. Check your emails for the welcome email that detailed out that process.

  3. Interested in racing but don’t know where to start? Sign up here: https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=21068&lan=1&cartlevel=1 for our program to help bridge riders who are interested in racing across the start line of their first race.

  4. Kit is still available for purchase, however you are unlikely to receive the best bulk pricing.  

  5. May 11th - Social event of indeterminate nature! Keep your eyes peeled for more information!

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of April 7th

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.

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of April 1st

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!)

New ERTC Kit Design

ERTC is proud to present the next evolution of our kit design, designed by the one and only Jonathan Wood! The concept was simple - take our current design and bring into the modern age, while integrating all of our existing media. We've made sure that you could wear it with our existing kit and not clash.

We will be offering the kit at a variety of price points and fabrics. Keep your eyes peeled here to be notified when the kit is ready for purchase! We will be coordinating a early season group buy to get the best possible pricing.

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ERTC Weekly Update - Week of November 12

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.

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of October 29

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!

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of October 15

Alright alright alright - it’s finally time for an update! Not much has been happening in ERTC land as of late but we’ve got some hot and fresh updates for you!

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of September 24

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!

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of September 17

I interrupt the usual lame small talk for this important announcement:  OH GOD WE NEED VOLUNTEERS FOR OUR CROSS RACE!! You are able to race and volunteer, as  they are split into AM and PM Shifts. Link here: https://www.volunteersignup.org/K9E3B

Club Updates:

  1. Wednesday Night Cross continues this week  https://www.facebook.com/events/674829162874735/ it’s the cheapest way to get into cross and upwards of 200 people race across 3 different categories! Register here: https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=18640&lan=1&cartlevel=1

  2. Registration is up for our School of Cross race over at https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=18831&lan=1&cartlevel=1 Check out the tech guide here: http://www.ertc.org/school-of-cross-2018/ and volunteer here: https://www.volunteersignup.org/K9E3B

  3. Want to get away this Autumn or Winter and don’t have a bike bag? ERTC rents out bike bags for $50 a week or 2 hours of volunteering a week. E-mail me at president@ertc.org to check if the dates you need are booked and to book it. We have 2 available. They are the Sci’con Aerocomfort 2’s.

  4. CX Skill Nights are a go! More information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/242857123240773/

  5. Not in the mood for skills practice but want to work on CX intervals? YEGCross is for you! YEGCross is an initiative aimed for those looking to improve their speed on the cross bike, led by Jay and Robin. There is a $25 charge to participate in this group  - pay here: https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=18833&lan=1&cartlevel=1 and more information, go here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1635190320143436/

Ride Updates:

  1. Thursdays are ALWAYS a go and will run until no one shows up or the snow starts to stick.

  2. Saturday isn’t cancelled per se but there is a cross race and it is pretty cold, so check on Facebook before headed out.

  3. You should really race / volunteer / drink beer on Sunday at our cross race.

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of September 4

Cross season is in full swing!! Let’s get to it shall we?

  1. Wednesday Night Cross starts up this week, due to last week being rained out - https://www.facebook.com/events/674829162874735/ it’s the cheapest way to get into cross and upwards of 200 people race across 3 different categories! Register here: https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=18640&lan=1&cartlevel=1

  2. Registration is up for our School of Cross race over at https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=18831&lan=1&cartlevel=1 Check out the tech guide here: http://www.ertc.org/school-of-cross-2018/ and volunteer here: https://www.volunteersignup.org/K9E3B

  3. Want to get away this Autumn or Winter and don’t have a bike bag? ERTC rents out bike bags for $50 a week or 2 hours of volunteering a week. E-mail me at president@ertc.org to check if the dates you need are booked and to book it. We have 2 available. They are the Sci’con Aerocomfort 2’s.

  4. By popular demand we will be ordering more Cat5Gear bags. Price is $72 for fully custom bags, including shipping. We will hold the order open until September 15.  http://www.ertc.org/teamkit/cat5gear-bag

  5. CX Skill Nights are a go! More information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/242857123240773/

  6. Not in the mood for skills practice but want to work on CX intervals? YEGCross is for you! YEGCross is an initiative aimed for those looking to improve their speed on the cross bike, led by Jay and Robin. There is a $25 charge to participate in this group  - pay here: https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=18833&lan=1&cartlevel=1 and more infor here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1635190320143436/.

Ride Updates:

  1. Tuesdays are now either Cross Skills with Tim, or Cross Intervals with Robin.

  2. Regular Wednesdays are now permanently done for the year, but keep your eyes peeled for pickup rides - maybe come ride and hang out at cross?

  3. Thursdays and Saturdays will go until the snow flies!

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of August 27

YOU KNOW WHAT IT’S TIME FORRRRR?!!? Yeah you know it. We showin’ no signs of slowing down, we ride until the snow flies, and then we switch bikes! Cross is definitely here and we are switching over! Haven’t tried cross? Well, it’s definitely unique and I recommend coming out on Wednesday nights just to check it out! You ride a drop bar bike with bigger tires on mostly grass courses, littered with obstacles that you might have to get off your bike and run or jump over. The speed isn’t very high and it’s very accessible. I am not ashamed to say I was beaten by a 12 year old kid this weekend and have seen kids from 5 through seniors over 70 competing in cross! You will need another bike for this though, but basically any bike will do as long as it’s not a pure road bike (well, you can but it will be very uncomfortable for you) but any old mountain bike or even hybrid will do!

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of August 20

Time for a no nonsense update! Ok maybe a little bit of nonsense?

CROSS. IS. HERE. We will be slowly transitioning to cross over the next month or so, but our core rides (Ladies Mondays, Thursday Hills, Saturday Group Ride) will continue to go, with Tuesdays and Wednesday transitioning into Cross. Keep an eye out for the smoke, and remember to make your own decisions on when to ride or not.

Club Updates:

  1. There will be one last midweek criterium on Tuesday, August 28. Starting at 6:30 this time around, due to the early setting sun. More details and poster when we get them.

  2. Midweek Cross Races start up immediately after. Midweek cross is a great way to get your toes wet in the wonderful world of cross racing - casual, short, fun, and a great way to meet people from Edmonton’s cycling scene, as everyone from all the disciplines comes together for cross! https://www.facebook.com/events/674829162874735/?event_time_id=674829166208068

Ride Updates:

  1. Tuesday will be a cross-based fitness ride instead of road based intervals. We will be piggybacking onto YEGCROSS’s ride for this. YEG CROSS is a inter-club group aimed at increasing cross fitness. Check them out here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1635190320143436/ they usually meet at 6:00 at Kinsmen, however this is not a group for those new to cross. We will be working on initiatives for those new to cross in the near future.

  2. Wednesday will meet as usual in Hawrelak at 6. Rolls at 6:10.

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of August 13

Hooboy it’s been a couple of busy weeks - no updates last week cause it was holiday Monday and you totally didn’t miss much anyway! Anywho, let’s get into it!

Tiffany, our women’s program coordinator puts how we feel about this incident into words much better than I can: “In the after-math of yesterday's incident, as we are Edmonton's largest road cycling club, we have the ability to be a loud voice. And because of this we ask that everyone please be hyper-aware of the impact your able to make on social media, and in your communities. Please consider perception, be the bigger person/cyclist, and let's work together to ensure there is a positive outcome in all of this rather than simply adding fuel to the very cruel social media fire blazing right now.

Also, We'll ensure that something is organized to support Cycle-Logic, and soon. As the financial impact will take longer to work out for each rider, we'll likely look to organize an awareness ride BUT we need to ensure that it creates a positive impact, rather than a negative one, which requires some strategy. We need to work with other clubs as they will want to do the same thing. The last thing we want is each club doing something different, which could mean motorists see large groups of cyclists out 'clogging up the streets' in different awareness rides. While this wouldn't be our intent, we have to be very careful with perception right now. We will also reach out to those most seriously impacted and see if we can support in the way of prepared meals, etc.

Thank you for your support of our cycling community - we are proud of our members and to be a part of such a supportive cycling community!"

Ride Updates:

  1. Intervals is at the Research Park - As the season continues, these rides will eventually become cross practice.

  2. Wednesday Ride - will meet a Terwilligar Recreation Center for a ride headed west. Map here: https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Terwillegar+Community+Recreation+Centre/@53.4596894,-113.5864035,108m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x53a01fc648be242d:0x3d7a2054ce55493b!8m2!3d53.458531!4d-113.5825294

  3. Sunday will have the first cross race of the year, as part of cross camp - come out even if you didn’t attend cross camp for a fun, no pressure race! See cross camp link above.

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of July 30

Aloha and welcome to sunny, hot and humid, tropical… Edmonton? The Tour de l’Alberta saw over 20 ERTC members participate, many of us pushing new speed or distance records! It was a long and hot day, but thanks to excellent organization by Michael MacFynn and Revolution Cycle, it looks like everyone made it out in one piece!

Club Updates:

  1. Cross Camp is Coming! August 18th - A great way to get into cross with skills and tactics, Many of Alberta's finest Cyclocrossers are graduates of this program. Check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1874844426141324/

Ride Updates:

  1. Intervals is at the research park - appetite for the 4x5km classic intervals is… lackluster. Let me know if you are interested and we can set it up once a month or something.  

  2. Wednesday ride meets at Hawrelak, rolls at 6:10. This is a no drop ride, so keep an eye out for people who may have been dropped without saying anything, as they are usually too out of breath to say it! Pass the message up to the person at the front so they know to slow down. If you’re peeling off to go home - say something! We don’t want to think we lost you along the way!

  3. All other rides are a go! Keep your eyes peeled for possibly a ride on long weekend Monday!