Sportif and Women's Camp news!

  • Posted on: 24 May 2013
  • By: rcousine

click for full poster with textRegistration for the three Sportif races for June and July is open. Sign-up links are on the Sportif Series page. We're also looking for host clubs or teams for our planned August events. If you are a team or club that would like to give back to the sport by hosting a race, we can help. You provide the day-of volunteers, and we do the rest. Details and who to contact are also on the Sportif Page.

And in other news, our excellent Young Women's Cycling Camp is back! Open to women from 16-25, this is a structured, multi-disciplinary intro to road cycling. If you want to learn how the sport works and jump-start your cycling skills, this is for you.

The four-week program happens on Monday and Wednesday evenings, starting July 15. Complete details and online registration are here.

Todd's Steps Up

  • Posted on: 21 May 2013
  • By: rcousine

EV presents a very special message from our friends at Todd's

On behalf of its members and sponsors, Todd’s Racing is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the Aldergrove East Road Race on July 28th, 2013. This will be the fifth event in Escape Velocity’s new Sportif Series throughout the late-spring and summer months.

We are more than happy to take advantage of this opportunity to support local racing and help to further build on the immense work of Escape Velocity in ensuring the continued growth of our beloved sport in the lower mainland. We hope to see as many familiar and new participants out as possible for this event on an exciting new course!

The Sportif Series events are a great way to gain experience riding fast in a pack, provide an introduction to racing and excellent preparation for Gran Fondo rides later in the year.

WTNC - how not to race crits

  • Posted on: 8 May 2013
  • By: rcousine

Last night we saw a sporting debacle of the first order. But enough about the Canucks.

(photo by Keith Ng)

You've all met Galen, right? He's not the guy who got most hurt in last night's crashy festivities, and his bike wasn't the most wrecked, either.

Right now, field sizes at the WTNC are big. Over 50 in the 1/2, 3, and 4 fields. We are looking at ways to reduce them, but on the other hand, we wouldn't start the race if we didn't think such a field was safely doable on that course. And the worst crash last night didn't happen on one of the technical corners, it happened on the widest, least technical corner on the course. So it's not really the course, and it's not really the field size.

The problem may be you. Let's do some learning.

The WTNC is not an actual World Championship

Please ride it accordingly, and with respect for your fellow riders. With precious few exceptions, you all have to go to work in the morning, and most of you need intact bones to do so.

SS Stage Race: revised Saturday start times!

  • Posted on: 26 March 2013
  • By: rcousine

So, we did some figuring, and we're announcing a last-minute change to the start times for the crit and TT events on Saturday. This will make your life a bit more pleasant, and your day a bit shorter, but do pay attention so you're not in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The crit start times are all 30 minutes later. So the Youth race starts at 9:30, C/Novice at 10:00, B at 11:00, and A at 12:00.

The TT times are all 1 hour earlier! So the first TT start is 3:00 pm.

Other details are the same, the website is now updated, and sign-on opens one hour before the first start at each event.

The Sunday road race is unchanged. We didn't want to touch it, because quite frankly, Snake scares us.

(And for the person who asked, the C crit is 40 minutes long, not 35 minutes. We regret the contradictory info).