From the President

HoHoHo Cobourg Cycling Club Members

Well, have you been good cyclists this year?
I hope so.
Santa is coming in 3 more sleeps!
There are some among us who may see this time as an
opportunity for 3 more rides!
Whatever your plans, be happy and healthy for Christmas and
the New Year.
As our friend Peter says, “May your hills all be down and
the wind be always at your back!”

AND…

Please, if you are like me and like to ride outdoors when
possible in winter, just remember that we are in Canada.
Motorists are still not programmed to accept bicycles very
well and less so in the winter.
Be aware of where you are and what you are doing at all
times.
Do not put yourself in harm’s way if possible.
Think about your route and limit time on busy roads.
Think about black ice patches and snow-covered routes.
Make sure you have lights for the short days and overcast
weather.
Over many years of winter riding, I have learned the hard
way that your fuel needs will be varied in the cold.
Always have extra food with you.
Dress in layers for the weather with reflective clothing for
increased visibility.

Winter is the time for base building.
Prepare your legs for hard work with proper preparation.
Build your leg strength with weights.
Like riding outdoors?
Go slowly but with load so that it builds stamina.
This training will get your muscles ready for the harder
training efforts later in the season.
If you are nursing any injuries, take the time now to get
back to full strength.
Work on bike agility/handling skills and pedaling
efficiency.

Remember that you must mix and vary your riding loads.
The human body is incredibly adaptable.
Listen to what your body tells you.
Give it a chance to recover.
There is no glory in being a trainer champ.
Make a plan to peak.
My acronym for workload applications is: OAR
Overload.
adaption.
Recovery.
You need all three – no matter what time of year it is.

Best wishes to all,

G

One More from our President

Hello Fellow Cyclists

As President of the Cobourg Cycling Club and a long-term cyclist there is something that I need to bring to everybody’s attention.

First, let me premise with a disclaimer and open comment. That when it comes to instant, gut reaction to vehicles on the road I am not always the best at demonstrating restraint and turning the other cheek. However, I am asking that you practice what I am preaching and together we can improve for the benefit of all cyclists. Tom Jehlicka told me many years ago that when you react in a negative manner that you lower yourself to their level. I believe this to be true as well.

Recently I watched a group of cyclists put themselves into a high risk situation. As a cyclist, I make sure that I look after me when it comes to vehicles. The power and weight differences are too obvious for discussion here. With that in mind, bicycles share the roadways with automobiles. Bicycles are considered vehicles under laws of the Highway Traffic Act in Ontario. Also, as far as I know, there a precious few places where bikes are treated as pedestrians.

I will also be the first to admit that I take short cuts of various types where applicable. However, as pointed out above, when it comes to self-preservation I like to think that I avoid putting myself into precarious situations when riding. We have all done this I am sure but we like to limit those moments and keep the odds favourable.

Please, when you are riding, obey the traffic signs and be aware of changing road conditions. Always be aware of your place on the road. Remember that we share the road with other people and our bicycles, though pedaled by a person, are considered vehicles. For now, the Highway Traffic Act is what it is, so obey the laws. Others are watching us.

Bicycles are not pedestrians even though we all at times think that we can scoot here or there for one reason or another. After all, we are people and humans like short cuts. On bikes though, we are classed with all other vehicles. Please be sensible while riding. Look out for one another and most of all be the best advocate for cycling and all it benefits that you can be.

 

Keep the rubber side down,

 

Greg Cushing

 

 

A message from our President

G’day Cycling Enthusiast

Another year cycling season and fair weather is drawing towards its end, so I have a special request.

Over the upcoming months, as we shift our thoughts to family matters like Thanksgiving and Christmas and the New Year approaches, I have a favour of each of you. When you are speaking of the joys of cycling to others, look around. When you can, direct these thoughts and messages to the youth in the room.

We have an aging demographic of cyclists. We also have environmental issues in a manner like never before, we have threats of aggression all over the world and rooms of children playing computer games, watching television and soon legal weed. Let’s promote cycling.

Kids that perform athletic feats of various types represent a pool for cycling from which to draw. In Canada we have a plethora of hockey players but we also have BMXers, boarders and skiers. We need to grow the sport while simultaneously promoting the health and environmental benefits to the world. This is an easy message for you to sell. You know as well as I do how cycling can have a positive impact on your life.

As any cyclist knows, a short ride to the store is enough to get your heart rate up. Once that blood moves all kinds of good things happen. We get warmer, our lungs clear, our breathing is deeper and when we are home we are more relaxed. Forget the drugs for calming children or stimulating thought. Get on a bike, breathe cleaner air and be healthier for it. These are the messages to deliver.

In the end, cycling clubs might flourish, there should be fewer aggressive drivers and who knows, we just might save the world!

 

Yours in cycling friendship,

 

Greg Cushing

 

 

A message from our President.

Hi Everybody

It dawned on me that I have not posted anything to keep people up to date. So, here is goes.

Let’s start with what I know. The Kevin Raper Challenge Ride is coming up in the next two weeks. This is a 50 km event for the guys and 25 km for the gals. This will tip the scale on the old personal challenge meter. I highly recommend it though. The cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-CCC but OCA affiliated riders.

This year we want to help fellow member Rob Tinney with his fund raising. So, $5 goes to his tree sitting event.

Adrian Greenwood has come forward to take on the role of Ride Coordinator. If a CCC member wants to put a ride together for other clubsters to enjoy, let Adrian know. He can explain all the details. Just so you know, the reasoning behind this comes from the guidelines set down by the OCA. In order to get the insurance coverage for group rides we need to make sure that we work within the set boundaries. This is no big deal, but it is important for all CCC members and participants to be aware.

Regarding the CCC 15 km Individual Time Trial there is good news and bad news. First the good news is that overall the course is very good. It is tougher than Shelter Valley and slower because of it. The bad news is that attendance to the time trials is awkwardly low right now.

We have had our two “go-to courses disrupted for 2016. As much as it is a “nice to have” start in town or easy access off Highway 2, the reality is that the traffic volumes are changing here. I have done time trials on the north-east end of Toronto, the north-west end of Mississauga, Hamilton, Paris, Peterborough, Kingston, Ottawa, Chatham, The Eastern Townships of PQ; Killington, Vt; Auburn, NY; Fitchburg, Ma; and in a couple of places in Michigan.

Let me tell you that we have it really good here. We can argue the course is this or that but it does not hold water when volumes of cars and bike haters are factored in. It is hard to convince you how good you have it though and that is why I want to share my thoughts.

Any club that you belong to is what it is because you make it that way. I am hurts me see that the club membership has dropped by 25% this year. It hurts me to see the cycling growing like wildfire elsewhere yet watch it suffer in this club now. After all these years as a member, I become “The Guy” and things go for a slide. I am only one person. Whether I am in the feature picture or not should have little bearing on how you enjoy your club membership.

Somebody said to me that there is nothing for the non-competitive riders. So, what is it they want? I have not had anybody ask me about anything other than the time trials. So, what is it you need from me? What I would like to see is that Cobourg Cycling Club members get value from their belonging. Please, if there is something you think the Club needs to do better, tell us. We can only improve if we know what is broken.

Any member that wants to make some ride happen, or take part in a charity or what have you, bring it forward. There is still lots of good riding season left. Invite other Clubsters out and have some social activity around the day. Tell us about it on the social media of your choice. Let’s live while we have health, fair-winds and sunny skies.

I hope to see you on the road soon,

Greg