Given that there are many new people in the club this year, and writing new material week in and week out can be quite difficult, I’m going to rehash many tips of the week from last year.  Apologies to those of you that may be seeing them for the second (or third) year in a row.
This week:
  1. Tip of the Week: Choosing a Ride Group
  2. 2014 Road Construction
  3. Burlington & Oakville Road Reporting
  4. Club Clothing

Tip of the Week: Choosing a Ride Group
As mentioned previously, we are seeing a lot of new members join the OCC in 2014.  Many have said that they have not been part of a club or participated in group riding before.  
If you're new and not sure which group to choose, here is the advice that I always give.
First and foremost, we want you to have fun out there and enjoy the rides.  It's not fun if people are being left behind because skill and/or endurance isn't up to the level of the group.  The best bit of advice I can give you for picking a group is to look at the speeds of the various groups (listed in the Road Rides section of our web page).  Pick the pace that you think best suits your level and, for one ride, go in the level below.

For example, group 3 averages 25-28 kph.  If you think you can do this, go into group 2 (23-25 kph) for a single ride and see how the pace works for you.  That way, if it's too slow for you, you can move into group 3 for the next ride.  If the pace is right, then spend some time in there until you feel you can move up into the next speed category.

Reminder: If you have any tips of your own that you would like to share (nutrition, safety, technique, maintenance) please send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2014 Road Construction
As in previous years, we’re going to try and keep track of the road construction that’s happening in our riding area.  Given the winter we had, and the condition of some of our roads, I’m anticipating a lot of work that’s going to affect our riding this summer.
The road work map can be viewed here:
If you see of any road closures, repaving, chip & tar, etc. please let me know and I’ll add it to the map.
I’ve already added the proposed Kilbride reconstruction/resurfacing and the bridge replacement that’s happening on Snake Road.

Burlington & Oakville Road Reporting
Jon C. passed this along last week.  To report potholes or road cleanup in Burlington and Oakville, you can visit the following pages:
Sweeping & Potholes for Oakville:
Potholes for Burlington:
Jon mentioned that they were pretty quick to get back to him when he reported issues in Oakville.

Club Clothing
The first order for club clothing has gone in for this year.  We do have some clothing in inventory.  
Please visit the following page to see what we have:
I’ll try to keep this as up to date as possible.
Please send me a note if you’re interested in a particular item.  I’ll provide you with the details on how to pay for the item.
There are a few members that reserved jerseys at the end of last year.  I have not included those in the available counts.  If you would still like your jersey(s), please let me know.

That’s it for this week.