A Group for Every Skill Level

A lot to cover this week.

Before we get into it -- if anyone left a black and white Bell Volt helmet at the Halton Region Centre this morning, please send a note to Jeremy - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  He has your helmet in his possession.

  1. Tip of the Week: Drinking With Your Left Hand
  2. Niagara Falls GO Train
  3. Club Clothing
  4. 2014 Membership Closed
  5. Milton Velodrome Update


Tip of the Week: Drinking With Your Left Hand
This week’s tip concerns drinking from your water bottles while riding.   
85-90% of the world happens to be right handed (http://voices.yahoo.com/left-handed-vs-right-handed-254461.html?cat=5).  Well, it also happens that our right hand is the brake for the rear wheel on our bikes.  If we’re travelling at a fairly high rate of speed, braking with the front can be dangerous (think going over the handlebars - not fun).  
One trick for all right handed riders to learn is to drink with your left hand.  This way, your right hand always stays on the rear brake.  It is also much more difficult to steer the bike while braking with only the front.  
It might feel awkward at first to try drinking with your left hand but, in time and with practice, it will become second nature and you’ll ride safer as a result.  
Also, one other etiquette related thing is that the leader of a pack should not be drinking or eating.  The job of the leader is to pull the pack.  Wait until you’re at the back or in the middle and take your drink.
Niagara Falls GO Train
Spots on the Niagara GO Train have been filling up fast.  The group 3 pace is full right now, while there are still some spots available in the group 2 pace.
If you’d like to reserve a spot in group 2, or put your name on the waiting list for group 3, please send me a note directly and I will add you to the list.
More details (meeting time, locations) will be provided closer to the day for all groups - GO Train, Oakville & Hamilton.
Club Clothing
The 2014 club clothing order has arrived.
Special thanks to Owen L. and Jeremy H. for popping over on Friday evening to help out - sorting, bagging and labelling everything.  We only had a couple of mix-ups which resulted in some comic relief for the night.  Surprisingly, it wasn't as a result of the beer we were consuming.
That said, everything is ready to be distributed to those that have purchased clothing this year.
You have a few options to get your clothing from me - I can bring it to a 407/Appleby ride on a Tuesday/Thursday or Halton Region Centre on Sunday, or you can pick it up from me directly.
I will be home tomorrow evening (Monday June 23) after 7 PM.  If you'd like to swing by my place in west Mississauga, please send me an e-mail and I'll give you my address.
Otherwise, if you'd like me to bring it to a particular ride, please send me a note.  I will not be bringing everything to every ride, as it's just too much stuff to lug around.
Finally, the inventory on hand web page has been updated with what we currently have in stock.  If you'd like to purchase an item, please go to the following web page to see what we have in stock:  http://www.oakvillecc.com/index.php/member-resources/club-clothing
All prices are after tax.  Cheques are preferred and can be made payable to "Oakville Cycling Club".
The attached picture shows my living room floor.  The sooner I can get things distributed, the sooner I can have my living room back!
2014 Membership Closed
This past week, the club executive made the unprecedented decision to close new membership sign-up for 2014.  
The popularity and growth of the club this year took us all a little by surprise.  Unfortunately, given the small number of volunteer ride leaders as compared with the large number of members, we just can’t offer the quality and number of rides that we want to offer.
The executive will meet after the season finishes to figure out how best to handle this going into the 2015 season.  We’ll also be reaching out to other clubs in Ontario with large numbers to see how they managed to get a handle on things.
Milton Velodrome Update

On Thursday’s ride, I got a chance to speak with Andy Saito, who has been working on the Milton velodrome committee.  I asked him to give us a little write-up on all the work he’s been doing as well as representing the OCC at the meetings…

Sitting on the Town of Milton's Cycling Strategy Steering Committee, Andy represents both Milton residents as well as Halton's largest cycling club (that's us!). The primary goal of the committee has been to develop a Cycling Participation Strategy, which will be presented to Milton Council shortly. The aim of the strategy is to build on the Pan Am Games events and Velodrome construction to become "the Home of Canadian Cycling" and to be recognized as "the best place to cycle for sport, fitness or recreation."

Andy has worked to ensure cycling clubs such as ours are a key part of the strategy. This will ultimately lead to more facilities (such as parking/ride start locations), safer roads, and more cyclists on these roads. The strategy aims to build participation across all five cycling disciplines: road, mountain, BMX, track and cyclocross. On the track front, with the Milton Velodrome (technically the Mattamy National Cycling Centre) almost complete, we have been working with management team to develop programs to allow our club members to learn track cycling and/or become certified to ride the track. Stay tuned for more information, as we hope to have opportunities to get in and ride this fall...just in time for the off-season.

If you have any feedback or comments that you would like to pass on to the committee or the Velodrome management team, you can contact Andy directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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