KWCX Race Report Oct 24, 2021

It has been quite some time since most of us have participated in mass start bicycle events. Fortunately for a group of our club members, they didn’t have to go far to try it out again. Waterloo Cycling Club put on a stellar cyclocross event this past weekend and the weather cooperated nicely. The KWCX wrapped up Sunday afternoon with a good contingent of SRCC racers having tested themselves and their bikes against a classic cyclocross course and some hearty challengers from across the province.

On a scale of zero to ten, the day’s temperatures progressed… in that order. The morning began under thick fog with frost on the ground as the Men’s M3 category hit the course (on occasion and unintentionally) to beat the grass into a slippery ribbon the rest of the day’s racers would follow.

First up, under frosty conditions, Lorenz Calcagno started back of the grid in M3 (masters – read olde) Men’s race to finish middle of the pack and third in his aged category. Pedal harder next time buddy!

By half past noon, the track was fully exposed to blue sky and sunshine when SRCC rider Erik Holbik took to the course placing 23rd in a competitive field of young men. Track conditions turned muddier as his race progressed, making for some increasingly challenging sections. Sand in the drivetrain was problematic all ‘round. I hope he has a good connection for parts!

Next up was the women’s race where SRCC was well represented with five competitors, two of them brand new to the club this year. In a stunning accomplishment, natural talent Sarah Baert topped the Women’s E3 podium winning her first cyclocross ever… EVER – unheard of! New member Riley Claire Sato found her rev limiter at the end of the race and placed eighth on a hybrid bike, whoa!! She was directly followed by another new member, Maxine Oleka, who finished well on file treads putting her awesome bike handling skills to the test in the mucky conditions (talk to your local bike shop owners for a tire sponsorship Max!). A strong effort in master’s Women B category was delivered by famed and longtime SRCC racer Heather (so many trophies) Lylyk as she took third place in her group. And finally, board member, recent birthday girl and SRCC ride lead coordinator Meg (sand bagger) Thorburn took 14th and won the 67+ age category. I mean seriously.

The clouds rolled in for the afternoon and conditions cooled over a well muddied course for the grueling 60 minute Men’s Elite race. Club president James (rainbow jersey) Fedosov put in a solid effort. His hill sprints were something to behold as his massive frame bore down on lesser opponents.  James took 11th (7th Elite 1&2 Men) in the highly competitive event… also on file treads(?) (apply same editor’s note for Max here)

And the hard luck trophy goes out to SRCC member, Alex (teflon) Lefebvre (wearing a Peterborough Cycling Club jersey – ptui!) for riding the wheels off his bike in 5th place for most of the race… until he actually rode a tire right off the rim. He ran half the course carrying his unshod bicycle to switch for a spare (recumbent) bike in pit lane. Alex finished a respectable (and fittingly unlucky) 13th (8th Elite 1&2 Men) at the end of the race. But in a surprising turn of events, he did top the podium in the 5K run. In a post-race press conference he stated he will be cutting ties with sponsor ‘Elmer’s Glue’.

Kudos to WCC for putting on an excellent event and to all the SRCC members who competed. And a special thanks to other SRCC members, friends and family who came out to cheer on our stalwart competitors.

Until next time!

Rusty Knutts

 

BIG 100 Century Rides Sunday September 26th, 2021 160K & 100K

The SRCC road ride of the year with beer and wood oven pizza to top it off!

It’s time to see how your fitness has progressed throughout the season or come along for just another Sunday ride, you decide.

The Essentials:

Sunday September 26th, 2021

Start Times

160 KM
8:00 am – Recreational 
8:15 am – Moderate 
8:30 am – Fast
 
100 KM
10:00 am – Recreational 
10:15 am – Moderate 
10:30 am – Fast
 

Start and finish is at Fixed Gear Brewing on Alma Street (the original location).

Pre-registration is mandatory and available here

The Details:

  • The rides start and end at Fixed Gear Brewing, with a free beer at the end for participants. Water & soft drinks also available
  • Rain or shine (unless weather warning issued by EC)
  • Free parking, gear storage on site, arrive early to stow some gear
  • Three pace groups: Fast, Moderate and Recreational for both distances
  • Staggered start to finish at a similar time
  • There are rest stops along the way
  • The BIG 100 is open to SRCC Club Members only
  • Post ride food provided by SRCC with more available to purchase
  • Bring cash or card for additional post ride bevies or food
  • Masks are mandatory when passing through the Fixed Gear Brewing building
  • Participants must pre-register
  • No other club rides will run on this date
  • Exact departure times for each pace group coming soon
  • Pace group adjustments may occur subject to popularity

Don’t forget… winter is long and September is beautiful.

Hope to see you there!

Your SRCC Board

Yoga for cyclists

I have been doing a lot of yoga for the past couple of years, practising at home almost every morning. In chatting with a friend of mine, I learned that he has created a series of yoga for cyclist videos with Canadian Cycling Magazine. I say “yoga friend” because I know him originally from going to his studio 14 years ago…he has become a cycling friend too. He is both a wonderful instructor and a crazy strong cyclist.
Anyhow, thought I would share this with the club as it is actually one of the better videos I have used, especially since he focuses on our cycling needs: hips, back, quads, hamstrings, and shoulders.

Enjoy.

https://youtu.be/xiBVCjxL5nI

Library Meetup – Where to

You may have noticed the surge in riders participating in our regular rides this year. With so many riders now coming out for each ride, the group can easily spill out into the path of library patrons trying to enter and exit the building if we’re not paying attention.

So please group up to the right of the entrance, on the sidewalk where there are usually vacant parking spaces as well. Anywhere that’s not blatantly in the way once 50 riders show up, will do.

Thanks for your cooperation in reducing the impact we have on our meeting spot hosts.