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LCW 2017 Racing/Touring Season -- Membership Now Open

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2017 LCW club membership is now available under the "Join" tab.  When you join, please have a look at the "Springbank" article below.  This is a crucial year for the future of this project.  Whether it continues will depend on you.  Please consider this when completing your membership and answer the Springbank question accordingly.

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Springbank: will it continue?

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The London Centennial Wheelers has traditionally considered the promotion of competitive cycling to be a core part of its mission.  This has been done through an active local road race, criterium, and time trial series, and through mounting a signature annual event, the Springbank road race, now the oldest uninterrupted event on the OCA calendar, and one that has been won by such luminaries as Jocelyn Lovell, Steve Bauer, Karen Strong-Hearth, and Sue Palmer.  In recent years it has become increasingly difficult to recruit volunteers to assist with the event, a problem exacerbated by people who volunteer and then fail to show on the day.  Managing the event has fallen increasingly on a small number of people, who are getting burned out.  The time has come to consider whether this club has a will to continue with this event, and with this part of its mission, in this or some other form.  That decision will be based on the willingness of current club members to volunteer to assist (and actually show up to assist) with the management of the event: Sunday, May 7, 2017 from 7:00 am - 5:00pm, or any time in between.  Volunteers can approach the race director, Andrew Botterell, under the contact us link. 

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Pre-registration Special: Grey County RR and TT

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Registration is now open for the Grey County Road Race and Grey County Time Trail, to take place out of Blue Mountain Village, near to Collingwood, Thursday June 15 and Saturday, June 17.  These are what the UCI calls "cycle for all" events.  Participants do not require a race license, and bikes do not need to pass a bike check or conform to the UCI definition of a bicycle.  (You would still be well advised to use a road bike.)  They are the sole Canadian qualifier events for the UCI Gran Fondo World Series.  Top 25% of riders in each age category (5-year increments) will qualify for the 2017 UCI amateur world championships to be held in France this August.  The organizer is offering a special discount to LCW members who register before March 29.  To obtain the discount use ccnbikes.com/#!/events/grey-county-road-race-2017 to register for the road race and/or ccnbikes.com/#!/events/grey-county-road-race-time-trial-2017 to register for the time trail.  Enter the promotion code GCRRPartner_Wheelers (no problem if you have a race licence with another club or have not taken out your membership yet -- the link for 2017 LCW membership will be up in the next couple of days.)  Discounted cost is $139, until March 29.  Blue Mountain village is a great place for a weekend family outing and the races are two of the best run and most challenging events on the provincial calendar -- a high point of the race season (in more sense than one).  More information about these events is available at greycountyroadrace.com/

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Dam Cross 2016

Racing at Pittock Park Conservation Area, Woodstock.

Saturday - #maDCX Citizen Cyclocross Race - racing starts at 9:30 with beginner, advanced and kids races.

Sunday - O-Cup #7 - To Wheel Dam Cross '16 p/b United Lumber - The final O-Cup of the Cyclocross season. Racing begins at 9:30am with the last race starting at 1:55pm. Vendors such as Giant, Focus, BeaverTails and To Wheels will be on site! Come out and race or spectate!

www.damcross.com for more details

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Forest City Velodrome

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Just a reminder that the Forest City Velodrome (FCV) is open for business, and remains a great place to maintain and/or build fitness over the winter months. Information about racing at the FCV, together with a FAQ about track racing, can be found at https://forestcityvelodrome.ca/index.php/racing/racing-faqs. Information about FCV training and racing schedules is available at http://racing.forestcityvelodrome.com.

 

It remains very easy to get started riding, training, and racing at the FCV (especially compared to the Milton velodrome) and the costs for participants is significantly lower than the costs at Milton, since there is no need for a UCI licence, and there is no track surcharge. 

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South"Wind" Challenge a Success

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The 2016 Southwest Challenge, last weekend, sure lived up to it's name.  With some rain in the morning, the day cleared and left all of us with extremely heavy winds to battle for most of the ride.  That didn't deter our riders though as we all tried to work together, to get home in one piece.  In the end, all was worth the effort as we enjoyed an excellent meal and the prizes giveaway.  Despite the lower turnout due to the weather, we collectively raised over $24,000!  Absolutely amazing!  It is just great that cyclist came come together to make a difference in a sick child's life?  I want to firstly thank our sponsors who financially supported us and believed in the cause, as well as all the volunteers who gave of their time to assist us on this trying day.  But I must thank too, all the riders who raised the funds and graciously came on such an inclement day, some even from afar, to put in an extraordinary effort for such a worthy cause.  You guys/ gals rock! 

As part of some follow up, there are some of the SWC kits left available for sale.  We are selling a full kit for only $120.  We will be placing an order very soon so please let me know asap.  Also, we have Defeet SWC socks left over that we are selling off - only $10 each.  Don't miss out; once they're gone, they're gone.

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Kristen Kit -- 2016 Rio Paralympics Bronze Medallist

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UPDATE 9/11/16: Kristen Kit and her crew won a bronze medal in the LTA 4+ competition at the Rio Paralympics, narrowly missing out on silver. Great Britain won gold in a time of 3:17.17, the US was second in a time of 3:19.61, and Canada placed third in a time of 3:19.90. Congratulations Kristen!

 

UPDATE 9/9/16: Although Kristen's boat posted the second fastest time in the LTA 4+ heats (behind the US, and just ahead of Great Britain) the boat did not automatically advance to the final. She and her team will race again tomorrow in the repechage. See: https://www.rio2016.com/en/paralympics/rowing-lta-mixed-coxed-four-ltamix4-heat-2

 

Club member and 2016 Women's Club Champion Kristen Kit is on her way to the 2016 Paralympics in Rio. Kristen left for Brazil yesterday, and sent me the following message from Pearson Airport:


"I head to Rio tonight and we begin training at the Lagoa tomorrow afternoon. I am a coxswain in the LTA (Legs, Trunk and Arms) 4+. [AB note: LTA means that competitors have the use of at least one leg, trunk, and arms. Competitors use standard boats and sliding seats and races are held over 1000m rather than the standard 2000m.] The ‘plus’ denotes there is a coxswain in the boat (me!). There are two men and two women in the boat all with varying disabilities. My team and I begin competition on September 9th in the heats. We need to come top two to advance directly to the 6 boat A-Final which is where medals are contested. If we do not directly advance, then we race September 10th in the repechage. If we make the A-Final we race for a Paralympic medal on September 11th mid morning. 

CBC is offering coverage of the Games although it is through re-caps. The schedule is here: http://www.cbc.ca/m/sports/paralympics/rio-2016-paralympics-1.3740283

We stand a good chance of winning a medal and are Gold Medal hopefuls; we came third at last year’s World Rowing Championships and won gold at the most recent World Rowing Cup this year. Our two main rivals (Great Britain and the USA) were not at the World Rowing Cup so this regatta is the first time we have seen them in a year."
 
Please join me in wishing Kristen and her teamates all the best in their quest for Paralympic gold.

 

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LCW Club Champions

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Kees Louws, Kristen Kit, Liam Langford, Emma Lazenby, and Paul Dean are the 2016 overall club champions.  Congratulations to all our winners and thanks to all who participated.  This year's club banquet is set for Friday, September 30 at 6:00 at Aroma Mediteranean Restaurant, Richmond and Picadilly.  Awards will be presented to everyone who placed in the A, Women and u19 categories.  There will also be president's, race, and touring director's reports and a review of the season.  Tickets will be available for purchase through CCN Bikes shortly.

Read on for more details about this year's winners.

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Southwest Challenge 2016

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There is only a few more weeks from the LCW's very own and completely not for profit, Southwest Challenge cycling tour.   There is still time to register and or raise money and receive FREE registration.  All proceeds will be going to the Children's Health Foundation.  The tour again starts from the old Komoka community centre on Queen St.  The date is Saturday September 10th and as we have in the past, there will not be a Saturday LCW tour that day.  For the more experienced, seasoned cyclist or for those who just want a large challenge,  there is the Epic 180 km tour and the 110 km tour.   Also here's your chance to introduce cycling to a friend or family member who just haven't put in the miles.  They can try the 60 km Challenge ride or the new 25 km Family ride.  The SWC is fully supported and there is plenty of food and drink plus a prizes giveaway at the end.  A great time had by all.  We will again be offering a prizes for the KOM and QOM for the best of 2 SWC STRAVA  segments, which will be revealed on ride day.  So don't forget your GPS!   Tell others of this great opportunity to help the community and join us for this classic ride.  See you there!

 

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Martin Wraith

Martin Wraith, a member of LCW in the '80's and '90's, passed away yesterday.  Obituary and arrangements here:

canadaobits.ca/wraith-martin-martymate-lucan/

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