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Upcoming Elbow Valley Cycle Club Events

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    • 22 Mar 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Priddis
    • 1
    Registration is closed

    This will be a leisurely spin around one of our club's favourite locales. Going south from Priddis until we reach Plummers Road. Then east to Highway 22 and south to road #549. Here we turn west with a loop through Millarville and back out to #549. In Milarville we will stop and determine how to proceed. If everyone is in accord we will extend the ride  by traveling west to #762 then north to Plummers Road. If no consensus is made we will travel the shorter route to #240 and turn north to Plummers Road. We will proceed east and then north to return to Priddis.

    No one will be left behind unless they indicate to fellow riders that it is OK to go on without them.

    Money for snacks in Millarville, water, snack and a cell phone will be wise additions to your riding kit that contains tire repair items.

    If you have not tested your stead on the road yet please do so since rubber does deteriorate over the winter and tires that initially appear in good shape can fail due to cracks or slow leaks getting faster once proper pressure is applied.

    • 23 Mar 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • PARKDALE NIFTY FIFTIES 3512 5 Ave NW, Calgary, AB T2N 0V7
    • 3
    Register

    Ride Coordinator; Peter Thurston

    Distance; 0

    Difficulty; Easy

    This is an opportunity for our volunteer Ride Coordinators to learn about the new EVCC, Wild Apricot website. In January 2019 the club moved to a new website platform that offers many exciting new bells and whistles to promote and improve user experience. BUT; we don't want to lose even one of our volunteers as we make this switch. So come out and spend a couple of hours learning about the website and how to post your favourite rides in the new system. If you are planning to become a "new" volunteer Ride Coordinator in 2019, you are welcome to come out as well.

    We want this to be a hands on experience so bring your laptop or mobile device so that you can actually create new ride postings. If you normally use a desktop computer to post rides, thats fine, still sign up and come to see just how easy posting can be.

    If you are bringing a mobile device please download the Wild Apricot mobile app for Administrators

    It is free at https://www.wildapricot.com/mobile-app

    REMEMBER: Bring your laptop, mobile device, pencil or pen, some paper to take notes

    We will be meeting in the boardroom at the Parkdale Nifty Fifties Club


    • 24 Mar 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Peloton Cycling 1053 10 St SW
    • 8
    Register

    Please note that there will be 2 sessions back to back this coming week.   You can sign up for the first hour as usual at 1 PM, or you can sign up for 2 hours of riding by also signing up for the second session at 2 PM.  (See separate posting)  The cost for one hour will be $10 and 2 hours will be $15.  Please bring cash!  If you only want to ride an hour and the first hour fills up  you can just sign up for the second hour at 2 PM.  (See separate posting).     Please check off your name when you arrive and put your money in the envelope on the desk at the entry.    

    Our sessions at Peloton Cycling have been great fun and fabulous training! Join us for the next one! They offer high-tech bikes with personalized wattage goals and they provide us with a highly experienced leader. They also provide shoes to clip in or you can bring your own.   Please note that they do not supply sweat towels but they do have change rooms and showers. 


    Coordinator:  Maria Saley

    • 24 Mar 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Peloton Cycling 1053 10 St SW
    • 13
    Register

    Please note that there will be 2 sessions back to back this coming week.   You can sign up for the first hour as usual at 1 PM, or you can sign up for 2 hours of riding by also signing up for the second session at 2 PM.  (this posting)  The cost for one hour will be $10 and 2 hours will be $15.  Please bring cash!  If you only want to ride an hour you can sign up for 1 PM or 2 PM.       Please check off your name when you arrive and put your money in the envelope on the desk at the entry.    

    Our sessions at Peloton Cycling have been great fun and fabulous training! Join us for the next one! They offer high-tech bikes with personalized wattage goals and they provide us with a highly experienced leader. They also provide shoes to clip in or you can bring your own.   Please note that they do not supply sweat towels but they do have change rooms and showers. 


    Coordinator:  Maria Saley

    • 31 Mar 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Bowness Park Parking lot near playground
    Register

    This is the first of weekly training rides for everyone but especially for GT riders.  The first of these rides are coordinated by Doug McCulloch but I hope to pass on those duties as distances become longer.  These will all be timed rides instead of distance and will include hills.  We start with easy rides and build our time and difficulty.  This is also an opportunity to learn how to become a coordinator as we will be looking for volunteers to step up and coordinate training rides through April and May.  

    This 2 hour Poker Ride starts at Bowness Park (weather permitting) and if you want to be part of the game, put a loonie in the bucket and choose a card.  At three more stops along the ride you will earn another card and then at the end of the ride you get your last card and the best poker hand wins 50% of the pot and the next two best hands split the other half.  

    We ride from Bowness Park along streets and the bike lanes till Shouldice Park where we join the pathway.  At 49th street we climb the hill up to 16th Ave. where we pick up a card near Gus's Pizza.  Then its back down to the river and on to 10th St. where we once again climb to 16th Ave for another card.  GFrom there we continue on east till we reach the one hour turn-around time and follow the same route back to Bowness.  Options include skipping any of the hill climbs and meeting for coffee at Cadence afterwards.


    • 2 Apr 2019
    • 12:00 AM
    • 9 Apr 2019
    • 12:00 AM
    • Palm Springs
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    This hub and spoke tour, organized by Helen Hayes, will include a week of cycling, hiking and soaking up the sun.  Road bikes are available for rent for  $150 - $200 per week and will be delivered to our hotel.  Bring your own pedals, helmet, water bottle and a front pouch or back pack. West Jet charges $50 to transport bikes each way if you prefer to bring your own.

    During the week, we will discover the extensive network of paved pathways and bike trails through the adjoining cities as we cycle past lush golf courses on palm tree lined streets.  We will have the opportunity to ride with the Desert Bike Club, and go into the desert with Big Wheel Adventures, a tour company who will transfer and support us and who also do the bike rentals.  

    Daily rides will be intermediate/moderate and be 50 - 70 km in length.

    I have booked a centrally located inn for the first 6 registrants.  It has an outdoor pool and includes breakfast. Please register soon as the hotels are busy (there is a music festival the following week) and we may need to find a second hotel. For our convenience, there is shopping nearby for lunch, drinks and daily snacks. 

    We will find much to do after our rides besides enjoying the pool. There are canyons to hike, night life to enjoy and plenty of culture, museums and architecture.  There is an outdoor market in Palm Springs on Thursday nights and a weekend market in Palm Desert.

    The cost includes our accommodation and breakfasts, delivery and set up of rental bikes, 2 supported desert rides that include snacks and drinks and a date shake at desert stop where we will learn about date palm trees.

    Not included is the airfare or the balance of a bike rental, if chosen.

    The weather man brags 365 days of sunshine so bring sunscreen and be prepared to absorb a lot of vitamin D.

    My flight with Westjet is # 1468 on April 2 at 9:55. Hope you will join me!

    I am in Mexico until March 7th and my email hhayes@telus.net is giving me issues.  If you want to ask questions, please try emailing me at hlnhys@gmail.com as well.

    cheers!

     




    • 6 Apr 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 16 Apr 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • NW Washington, Victoria BC
    • 0
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    An 11 day loop tour starting and ending in Sidney BC.

    Route highlights include:

    • Recreational trails, rail trestles
    • San Juan Islands (3 days),
    • Skagit Valley tulip festival
    • salmon BBQ
    • 6 ferry connections
    • Baggage shuttle
    • Double occupancy hotels (with single option)

    To accommodate the sometimes hilly geography and many view points, side attractions (art galleries, cafe's, beaches, etc.) and early season fitness levels, the suggested daily itineraries involve moderate distances of 40-70 km/day.

    The registration fee is a deposit. The price for this tour will be an additional $950 (total $1250 including deposit) and is for a room shared with one other participant. If you would prefer your own room for an additional fee, a payment link for this option will be sent via email once you register.

    Have your bike transported back and forth from Calgary to Sidney if you are flying. Bike shuttle available for up to 10 registrants (additional $200 fee for this service). The balance payment can be via mailed cheque or email money transfer.

    All participants must have their own out of country medical insurance and, of course, a valid passport as most of this tour takes place in the U.S..

    Payment of $300 deposit is via credit card (Visa or MC) using the club's online payment system.

    A pre-trip meeting/pot-luck social will be held in late March.

    Don Hollingshead

    (403) 289-7061

    donhol@nucleus.com



    Cancellation Policy

    Once your deposit/payment has been received, a cancellation fee of $25 will be deducted from your refund, regardless of when you cancel up to 45 days from the tour departure.

    Up to 45 days prior to tour departure: Full refund minus the $25 cancellation fee. 44 - 30 days prior to tour departure: 50% refund.

    Less than 30 days, no refund.

    Note: If a paying replacement is found to take your place, then you will receive a full refund minus the $25 automatic cancellation fee. In the unlikely event that the tour is entirely cancelled, your payment will be fully refunded.

    Costs such as air-line tickets, costs incurred due to travel delays, flight cancellations or illness and related costs incurred by a member but not included in the EVCC trip fee are not refundable by the EVCC. Members are advised to purchase their own travel cancellation insurance.

    • 7 Apr 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Rocky Ridge YMCA
    Register

    This is a classic road ride along Highway 262 to Retreat Road coordinated by Doug McCulloch.  Again its a two hour ride which depending on your ambition and speed could include all or pat of the Cochrane Hill.  Turn-around will be at the one hour point but people who plan to ride into Cochrane should inform the coordinator and plan an extra hour or two because coffee at Traders is a no brainer!

    Again its a GT training ride to which everyone is welcome regardless of speed or experience.  Turn around at one hour and you should be home in another hour more or less.  Ride with the coordinator and learn how easy it is to become one yourself.  There are a couple of kms on busy Bearspaw Road so riders should feel confident of their skills to ride a line near the edge of the road with traffic passing nearby.  

    • 14 Apr 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Rocky Ridge YMCA
    Register

    This is a classic road ride along Highway 262 to Retreat Road coordinated by Doug McCulloch and a repeat of the previous week but is an hour longer so, depending on your ambition and speed could include the Cochrane Hill.  Turn-around will be at the one and a half hours point but people who plan to ride into Cochrane should inform the coordinator and plan an extra hour because coffee at Traders is a no brainer!

    Again its a GT training ride to which everyone is welcome regardless of speed or experience.  Turn around at one and a half hours and you should be home in another hour and a half more or less.  Ride with the coordinator and learn how easy it is to become one yourself.  There are a couple of kms on busy Bearspaw Road so riders should feel confident of their skills to ride a line near the edge of the road with traffic passing nearby.  

    • 21 Apr 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Junction 1A and Horse Creek Road
    Register

    This out and back is the classic Horse Creek Ride.  We have listed this as a four hour ride so turn around is at two hours.  Many riders will reach the end of the ride before two hours but on this long of a ride we all need to take a break for a snack and bum-rest.  It is a very popular route and you'll meet other cyclists too.

    We start the ride at the Plaza at the corner of Horse Creek Road which is about 2km west of Cochrane on Highway 2A.  Please park on the road or if in the Plaza parking lot, away from any occupied storefronts.  

    Head north 20 km on Horse Crk Rd to stop sign. Turn left onto Twp road 280 and proceed approx. 2 km to Grand Valley Rd. Turn right and follow until the pavement ends.  Return on same route.


    • 28 Apr 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • St Georges drive and 8 Ave N.E. Calgary
    Register

    Meet at Gravel parking lot on St Georges drive and 8 Ave N.E.

    Bike to Bowness park, lunch stop at Angels 45 Street Bowness or Bowness park

    or bring your own.

    This ride is led by John Tole and is about 45 Km

    for more info phone John at 403-274-6171.

    • 15 May 2019
    • 6:00 AM
    • 29 May 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • NOVA SCOTIA
    • 2
    Register

    HALIFAX AND FUNDY SHORES 2019

    A multi-day self-supported bike tour starting and ending in Halifax Nova Scotia. We will cycle an average of 72 km per day through historic Nova Scotia visiting a UNESCO World Heritage site and some of the earliest European settlements in Canada. Fantastic panoramas as we ride along the Bay of Fundy shore and view the highest tides in Canada and the famous ‘tidal bore”.View the maps on Elbow Valley Ride With GPS. Link suppliedhttps://ridewithgps.com/events/70849-halifax-central-ns-bay-of-fundy

    We will enjoy overnighting at local BnB’s, cottages and hotels, but riders must be prepared to carry luggage between stops. So get out those panniers! No SAG Wagon. Cycling at this time of the year comes with the added benefit of reduced rates for accommodations. Also, less tourist traffic, so the roads are much quieter than during the summer season. Nova Scotia is actively pursuing cycle tourists and building rail trails, but riders should be comfortable sharing the road with other traffic.

    This is a “credit card trip” so everyone will pay as we go. The estimated total cost including airfare is estimated to be CAD $2900. (table 2)

    Riders must have a well maintained bike; rear and front lights on bike in case of fog or poor visibility; panniers to carry necessary items such clothing, toiletries, tools, rain gear and occasionally food for lunch. A cell phone is not necessary but would be useful.

    There will be an information session early in January to discuss the trip and make any necessary changes to the plan. Every participant is encouraged to contribute to the planning. If you are interested contact Peter Thurston (403-280-9478) or Christine Grotefeld. (403-288-7803)

    FOR MORE INFO SEE THE EVENT HOMEPAGE UNDER THE EVENTS TAB 


    • 23 May 2019
    • 27 May 2019
    • 11
    Register

    Do you want to spend an amazing weekend in the Rockies? Come experience this unique event as a volunteer and celebrate the 36th Golden Triangle! Volunteers are required for registration, course materials, snack crew, lunch crew, luggage delivery, Radium hot pool shuttle, and for the bar at the Golden dinner.  Also, if you have any medical training, please call Sue.  Accommodations, meals, and vehicles for transportation are supplied for volunteers. Volunteers will be drawn from the registrants depending on past experience and positions available. If you'd enjoy helping out and having fun in the mountains with fellow members and cyclists, sign up today! You'll receive lots of gratitude and great memories!

    • 24 May 2019
    • 7:45 AM
    • 26 May 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Banff, Kootenay, Yoho National Parks
    • 190
    Register



    Welcome to the 2019 Golden Triangle (GT)

    This is the 36thannual running of this classic ride.  It’s just over 100 km per day for the three days of May 24,25,26 and we hope you will join us.  

    Riding in Banff National Park is a privilege for anyone willing to take on the challenge and it's fun too!  Socials each evening, soaking in the world-famous Radium Hot Springs and taking on the ten-mile hill with a climb up to the Continental Divide and then returning from British Columbia back into Alberta.  

    Our Club can be your Club.  Join us for a nominal fee and sign up for the best deal on two wheels.  For under a hundred dollars a day you get a fully supported ride, free camping, snacks, lunches, dinners and hot showers!  Or upgrade and book into accommodation in Radium or Golden and we’ll deliver your luggage to your door.  

    Registration is limited and early bird pricing makes the package too attractive to resist.  Be this your first time or 20th time, we know you’ll love the Golden Triangle 2019.

    Register now and book your spot.

    What’s new for 2019?

    How about registration pick-up in Calgary?  That’s right, drop in and we’ll give you your ride number, your swag bag, luggage tags and meal vouchers.  And then on Friday morning just arrive at the “gravel pit”, drop off your luggage and hit the road.  

    Avoid traffic congestion after you finish the ride.  As we did last year, on the last day we will continue along #1 after Lake Louise to the turn-off to Castle Junction cutting off the heart-breaking hills of 1A and getting you back to your car and on you way much sooner.  

    Finishers Photos:  Get a picture of you and your bike with a GT background to keep as a memoir of your accomplishment.  And perhaps a massage at the end of a long day? (we’re working on it!)

    New Hall in Radium:  No more rain delays.  The Village has built a new hall and we’ll be there to enjoy it.  

    Easier Accommodation Booking:  by avoiding the long weekend we expect members wanting a roof for the night will find greater availability and savings over the two -night minimums that were becoming more common.   There’s several hotels that are offering 10% discounts to cyclists this year!

    What’s the same for 2019?

    Volunteers: the same happy, hard-working crew of volunteers that have helped us year after year.  Some faces may change but the commitment to making the best ride ever remains.

    Jerseys.  It’s your option.  Top quality Specialized jerseys will be available for purchase if you want a special memory of the ride or just some spiffy kit at a great price!  See the Golden Triangle store for a look and sizing.  

    Cyclist Discounts, Door prizes and Raffle.  Both Cranked and Ridleys are offering some great deals to GT cyclists.  This year’s top raffle prize is a 2019 Specialized Tarmac Expert, retail price of $6500!   Win the bike of your dreams!. 

    • 27 Aug 2019
    • 31 Aug 2019
    • Icefields Parkway
    • 0
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    Jasper to Banff Road Cycling

    288km in 4 Days Cycling (Plus 1/2 Day Driving to Jasper)

    Cost: $450 / Member

    Coordinator: Mike Sekella




    This is one of the most spectacular mountain rides in the world. It parallels the Continental Divide, and passes three large glaciers, the Athabasca waterfalls, and the alpine Peyto Lake. Wildlife sightings are common, if not almost expected.

    Day One – Tuesday,August 27th: We will leave Calgary at 1:00 pm and have dinner in Jasper,  staying at the new Jasper Hostel opening this spring.  It looks much nicer than the old one, and is right in Jasper. Check it out here:

    https://hihostels.ca/en/destinations/alberta/hi-jasper-new-opening-may-2019

    Day Two – Wednesday, August 28th: Today we cycle 90km with stops at Athabasca Falls, Sunwapta Lodge and falls then on to Beauty Creek Hostel.

    Day Three – Thursday, August 29th: Today we cycle 56km with stops at the Icefield Center, hike up to Parker Ridge then on to Ramparts Hostel.

    Day Four – Friday, August 30th: Today we cycle 70km with stops at Mistaya Canyon, the Summit and Petro Lake, Num-Ti-Jah lodge then on to the Mosquito Creek Hostel

    Day Five – Saturday, August 31st: Today we cycle 85km stopping in Lake Louise and on to Banff along the 1A drive back to Calgary.

    Due to lack of budget transportation as we have used in the past, we will be using two or three vehicles with divers taking turns leap-frogging ahead.


     This trip will require one or two registrants who can bring personal vehicles with the ability to carry multiple bicycles, and are comfortable letting others drive their vehicle. (Those registrants will receive a discounted rate as well as reimbursed for fuel costs) We will have a rental cargo van to carry luggage and coolers, as well as some bikes. We have done this in the past with no problems.


    Due to up front costs which remain the same regardless of number of participants, The event will only proceed with the full 8 members.

     Cost includes 4 nights accommodation at the hostels, and transportation (for those not bringing vehicles). Also included is a the opportunity for a shower after the second day of cycling. We will have a room at Saskatchewan Crossing that we can use to all rotate through the shower!


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