ERTC Weekly Update - Week of May 28

Ay-ye Ay-ye Ayy here’s a blog post!~ Congratulations to all of our “graduates” of the Learn 2 Ride Skills Sessions, with 25 people coming out to the finish session - we hope you’ve come away a better and safer rider! Keep your eyes peeled for more casually paced rides on Wednesdays throughout the summer!

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of May 21

Aight so like yesterday was like a holiday so today is actually Monday so this isn’t actually late right?! So anyways, WE STILL REALLY NEED YOUR HELP FOR OUR RACE!!! Putting on races is one of the ways the ERTC tries to contribute to the cycling scene in Alberta. The stronger the scene, the better we are all for it. You can sign up here: https://www.volunteersignup.org/YRLCD

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of May 14

Woomp there it is, hit me! In the spirit of keeping these short and to the point! Tuesday saw the return of the research park after getting swept last week where everyone did a great inerval workout in preparation for the weekend’s races. Wednesday was another amazing day with lots of new riders working on more skills and getting more comfortable on their bikes and in a pack. The weekend saw the first ABA races go off, with both days being hot and windy. Despite the challenging conditions, ERTC was well represented with both Spencer King and Matt Hewson earning their upgrades into Cat 2 and 3 respectively.

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of May 7

Alright alright alright, still making it on Mondays! Quick recap for the week - Tuesday intervals were well attended but had to be moved as the research park was being cleaned. Wednesday’s learn to ride saw over 40 people improving their skills despite the dodgy weather. Thursday was another amazing day for turnout - we split into 2 groups and regrouped at Legislature, seemed to work out well, Saturday was a great ride out to Devon, with a quick visit out to Frickin’ Delights Donuts!

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of April 30

1 week in and I’m already procrastinating doing these! Quick recap of the week: Thursday had most likely the largest group I’ve ever seen on a Thursday! For now we will keep it coherent in one group and later on when we have the routes a little more solidified we will split it with 2 different routes so we all end up at Rosso at the same time! Saturday also had a good group out with an equal amount of people opting for the long vs. short options.

Club Updates:

  1. The first bicycle skills session is this Wednesday at 6pm, please make an effort to come even if you are a returning member - we would like the more experienced members to help out and it’s a great way to meet our new members! More information here: http://www.ertc.org/learntoride/

  2. The second annual “Cinco-De-Biko-De-Mayo” is this Saturday! All you can eat Mexican food is included if you are a current member of ERTC, and $15 if you want to bring a significant other. $10 for a bottomless cup of beer from the keg! (Drink responsibly!) E-mail me at president@ertc.org if you have not received an invite via Facebook.

  3. We are hosting an unofficial (No Points) time trial on May 6th. 30km of totally fun times. Register here: https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=17865&lan=1&cartlevel=1  tech guide here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vQoKxuhWCzhHFD4pznBNM5pn5rxsNAGeGOqZVx_uwyu7PKeJpaLcHKji5lRYuUMvXbEfTg3v78dNo-Y/pub  and we still need volunteers! Register here for volunteers: https://www.volunteersignup.org/F4AKJ

Ride Updates:

  1. Intervals will be at the research park until June, and afterwards we will we swapping between the research park and Beaumont.

  2. Thursday Hills will be the following route this week: 4x Zoo Hill, 3x Emily Murphy, 1x Victoria Hill, 4x Legislature, (The Rosso, buuuuut if you want to keep going) 1x Grierson, 3x Cameron, 1x Rowland Hill, 1x Scona Hill (Then Rosso.) The new route we trialled last week was a bit inefficient, requiring a lot of snaking about on multi-use trails.   

 

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of April 23

Alrighty, I’ve gotten out of the habit of writing these over the winter, but never fear, for I shall be writing you you weekly from here and for the rest of the riding year!

Sponsorship Changes

ERTC has officially decided to end our relationship with Revolution Cycle as a sponsor of the club. We will still continue to support Revolution Cycle led initiatives such as the MS Road/MTB/Fatbike Tours and the Tour d’la Alberta but will no longer receive the 7% discount on bicycles and 15% on parts and accessories.

ERTC Non-Weekly Update

Woo, it’s been awhile since one of these things, so here goes! This is The first one of the new year unless I’ve forgotten, which is completely possible. But registration has been open for some time, hope to see you again next year. I will be continuing to use both new and old email lists, until the end of February here is the registration link: https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=17161&lan=1&cartlevel=1

ERTC Weekly(lol) Update - Week of November 6

Wow, it’s been awhile since I’ve written one of these! Anywho in the last… month there’s been a lot of goings on. Cross season ended, the snow seems to be sticking and here’s to your chosen winter activities! Being ERTC we have a multitude of people keeping busy this winter with a variety of activities, just post on Facebook if you want to do something and I bet someone will want to join ya! Anyways some announcements.

  1. Regular Club Rides are now concluded for the year. Winter rides will take up on a pick up basis. Want to ride? Just post!

  2. November 13 - MEC Club Night - This Monday!! Come in, check in at our desk, and get 10% off everything in the store!! This includes bikes, skis, boats, climbing gear, whatever. This Monday Only.

  3. November 17 - ERTC 2017 AGM - Have your say in how this club is run! Candid discussions on how you think the club is running are welcomed. Up for election this year is Vice President (Currently held by Greg Nicholson) and Women’s Cycling Coordinator(Currently held by Tiffany Baker) It will be at Revolution Cycle at 6:30, but we will have the food arriving at 6, so come early to get some food in ya! Bring some money for beer if you like. If you want more details, check out the Facebook event. don't have an invite? Let me know! also email me if you have any food restrictions. 

Please complete our yearly survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PWYGF2X and we will do our best to incorporate your answers into how we run the club next year!

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of October 2

Welcome to October! So I totally got caught up watching Lady Gaga’s new documentary and Netflix… no regrets, so I guess you’re just gonna have to live with me posting this on a Tuesday Night. Anyways the sun sets at 7:20 or so nowadays so our midweek rides are definitely into the night - I would recommend something like this https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5051-604/City-Rover-610-Front-Light as a front light and a blinky as a rear if you want to be riding in the evenings. Onto the news!

ERTC Weekly Update = Week of September 25

Miss me, miss me now you gotta ki… nevermind I don’t want your cooties. Great weather this weekend after a week of that icky white stuff! Evenings are getting really short. I highly recommend full lights for Thursday Hills this week (weathers looking great!)

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of September 18

Happy Mid-September Snow Day! (Yup, it’s snowing as I write this.) Weather did not cooperate last week, with it being some combination of rain, or wind, or cold, but great to see people out and riding regardless! A reminder that regularly scheduled road rides will continue to happen up until the snow starts to stick, so I hope y’all got some cold weather gear.

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of September 11

Ayy lmao it’s a weekly update! Big week for ERTC as we’ve had great showings at the Wednesday Night Cross races, the DV100, and Beans ‘n’ Barley / Pumphouse Cross. We spread ourselves wide, but never thin! (Ok that sounded a lot better in my head…) Anywho, a reminder to please bring lights on ALL mid-week rides. Sun sets really early now, so please be aware. Also a reminder that our clothing store is always open, so if you need warmer clothing, now is the time to buy!

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of September 4

Dear esteemed members of the Edmonton Road and Track Club, I hope this communique finds you well. Oh, who am I kidding, I couldn’t do that for an entire update! Let’s make this quick shall we?

Event Updates:

1.       September 6 – Midweek Cross Continues! https://www.facebook.com/events/1710776092561133/

2.       September 9-10 First Official Cross races of the year! Beans and Barley and Pumphouse Cross! See http://www.albertabicycle.ab.ca/ for more info.

3.       September 9 - DV100 – ERTC is fielding a team this year, however expect this to be well attended! - http://dv100.ca/

4.       September 16 - MEC Gran Fondo – very affordable fully supported event with 60/100/160km options - http://events.mec.ca/node/151571

Ride Updates:

Tonight's Cross Practice Ride is at Royal Gardens Park - 6:30-7:30. Dismounting, Barriers, and Shouldering your bike will be covered. 

All rides are a go! Remember to bring lights on the mid-week rides, as it is now dusk when our rides end. Big lights if you’re in the river valley, and blinkies if you’re staying on the roads. Looking for recommendations? Post on facebook and people will help you out!

ERTC Weekly Update - Week of August 28

Bit late this week, but don’t you worry, I haven’t fallen off the horse just yet! Big ups to all our racers who did provincial time trials, team time trials, and those who represented our club at the fun cross race on the weekend!

ERTC Weekly Updates - Week of August 14

Ok. so it’s been way too long since we last chatted, I miss you all! I don’t have any excuses other than laziness as to why I haven’t been doing these. Anyways… Another great week, great attendance, and if the Facebook pictures are any indication, great drinking! The last couple of weeks saw the Bowness Stage Race as well as the FREE/ PRW Race Series go and ERTC definitely was well represented there, with Kelly MacGregor upgrading into Cat4, Andrew Linklater upgrading into Cat4, Keith Pask upgrading into Cat4, and Graham Watts earning his upgrade into Cat2.

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(http://www.velominati.com/the-rules/#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.