TT Start Times Tuesday August 18th, 2020

15Km Time Trial Archers Road course

Tuesday 18 August 2020

Start Time Name

6:31 Greg Cushing

6:32 Scott Sexsmith

6:33 Jamie Barnes

6:34 Pete Hennessy

6:35 Roberto Almeida

6:36 Raff Melito

6:37 Tyler Cook

6:38 Sue Johnston

6:39 Jacob Gallant

Time Keepers: Robert Naish and Dave Naish

Riders whip: Roy Martin

Turn Marshal: Dave Singfield

TT 101 With Coach Greg

Time trialing is basically pretty simple: Get in the biggest gear you can then turn the pedals as long, as hard and as fast as you can over the fixed distance of the time trial. It is the truest form of test for a cyclist’s fitness – rider pitted against the clock.

A Time Trial is a cycling event that consists of each participant riding the same course while being timed. Typically it is held on an out and back course. The turn around is the midway point usually. Riders are usually dispatched in one minute intervals with the slowest rider starting first and the fastest the last to leave.

Few things in sport are more nerve wracking, more excruciating and yet more satisfying than the completion of a time trial. When one crosses the line knowing there is nothing left in the tank, a slow sense of fullness sets in the athlete’s mind. Time trialing though for a beginner need not forget basics and foundations. In order to get fit enough to ride a time trial well, it is important to have a solid base, understand your body and your equipment. In this sense, be a student of the sport. 

Good luck with your own time trial efforts and your growth in the truly wonderful and amazing sport of cycling.

To help you get a good start, here are Ten Time Trialing Tips to help you get ready for your first ITT:

1.Know the course – it is a good idea to pre-ride a course whenever possible to see its nuances.

2. The day before the event, make sure the bike you intend to use is mechanically sound. A thorough cleaning and inspection will help you identify any potential problems, like glass in your tire, or a faulty shifting cable. Control things you can control, the rest is easy. 

3. Following the above, do not make any major changes to your position on the bike before the event. Use the same position you normally train or ride in as your body does not adapt quickly.

4. Food for the body is important but eating or drinking too much before a time trial can be defeating. Do not eat different things before an event, fuel with what you know will work for you. The TT is only 15km- eat when you’re done. Don’t start hangry. 

5. Mindset Prep is often overlooked but shouldn’t be. The previous items are really parts of mindset and preparation because of the havoc they can wreak on an athlete’s mind. This is an individual effort, so focus on yourself and your personal performance. 

6. Clothing used in a time trial has a bigger effect then those new to the sport stop to consider. Loose fitting clothing creates drag while too much clothing can cause overheating. In a standard 15 km ITT this can add literally minutes to a time on a windy, cooler night. Limit wind restrictions, loose clothing slows, save the jacket so you are warm at the end. 

7. Warm up. The fact is, cold muscles with little blood flow to them cannot possibly be expected to perform at their peak. Commonly a good warm up will be 30-60 minutes and this includes things like steady rolling, to several hard efforts, to high speed spinning. Include your ride to the start as part of that 30-60 minute warm up. If it is cooler, a rider can slowly take off their heavier clothes as they get near their start time. 

8. Pacing is important. Starting too hard is a common error. Start affirmatively and build to full effort. During your pre-ride of the course you will have seen areas where a bigger push is needed (false flats, overpass, speedy decline). Be prepared for the extra effort and push as hard as you can for the last km. 

9. The turnaround in a TT is infamous for error and folly. An Out and Back course will include a 180-degree turn. Watch your course marshal for the all clear and use the whole lane to turn. If you haven’t done this before at speed, try to get out before the TT in a safe place to practice. 

10. Do NOT miss your start. The official timer of the time trial event is the only clock that matters. If your start is 00:50 on the hour, make sure you are in the queue a few minutes beforehand.

Well, that about exhausts TEN TIPS for Time Trialing for this note. For what appears to be the simplest form of racing, there is so much that goes into an effort to make it a success. Remember to trust your training, believe in yourself and do not be afraid to extend the limits of your effort. It may surprise you to remember that even World Champion pros all started where you are today. Don’t be shy to come out and try this type of event to see if it is a fit for you. 

Good luck and may the wind always be favourable!

man person sport bike
Fancy helmet and crazy wheel not required! Totally optional!

Meet the BoD Q+A: Braeden Baitley

And we’re back with another Q+A! This one is pretty special as we meet our youngest board meeting attendee Braeden Baitley. Braeden is our Youth Representative, advocating for more youth participation and adaptation of our programming to suit younger riders. He makes a great addition to our team of Directors. Today is Braeden’s 9th birthday so if you see him out be sure to wish him a happy birthday! 🥳

1.How many years have you been cycling?

Even though I have only been cycling for 1 year I have made a lot of good memories.

2. What is a highlight from your year of cycling?

Going to the bike show in Toronto and getting my new bike- a Specialized Allez. 

3A. What do you like best about being part of this cycling club?

I like that I get to meet lots of new people who like to ride bikes.

3B. As a Board member what do you hope to achieve this year?

I would like to see some youth cycling programs.

4. Any goals for the 2020 Cycling Season?

My goal this season is to do a 50km ride.

5. Roadie or Off Roadie? 

Roadie! Definitely!

6.  Are you Team Short Socks or Team High Socks?

 I don’t know because I have never tried high socks, so for now I am Team Short Socks.

7. Espresso or Americano? 

I tried espresso and it didn’t taste good. I don’t think I would like Americano either.

8. What club rides can we find you on?

I wish I could do the Monday Skill Development but I’m not big enough yet.

Thank you for this Braeden, as well as your contributions to our meetings! Good luck with achieving your goal of a 50k ride this year, you can do it!! Happy Birthday to you from the CCC!! 🎂🎈🎉🎁

CCC Ride Nights- Aug 17-21, 2020 Including TTs!!

Happy Saturday! We have another fab fun filled week of rides lined up for you. The most exciting news of course is the return of Tuesday Time Trials. Woohoo, the time has finally come! Not sure what a TT is? Stay tuned to our social channels as Coach Greg has written a TT 101 article coming your way soon. Reminder that all riders must be registered via Cycle Club App to participate in club rides.

Monday, August 17th 6:00pm : Skills Night

Monday Night Skills is a 1 hour ride where we work on Bike Handling Skills. Last week we had a great turnout for an exhilarating evening! We continued to work on finessing our echelon, pace-line and cornering skills. This week we will split into 2 speed groups and move a little faster than last week’s pace.

All members welcome, this is a great night for riders of all levels to learn or brush up on their skills. Don’t miss it!⁠ All that is required is a road bike in good working order, helmet and water bottles

Ride Leader : Brent Aquino

Meeting Details: 6:00pm start, Diamond Head Industrial Mall (the Old Coke Plant) located at 210 Willmott Street. https://goo.gl/maps/pdZ45NreDBUx9ZeYA

Tuesday, August 18th 6:30pm : Tuesday TT

ITTs Are Back!! For this first TT of the season we will revisit our 15km Archer’s Road Course which leaves from Normar Road and Hwy 2 with staggered starts. Due to changes to OCA regulations, we will have our fastest leave first and slowest leave last. Not sure where you are are in the slowest to fastest? Our TT Team will assign start times based on your historical times. If this is your first TT with our Club, you will be placed towards the end until you have established a time on this course. IMPORTANT NOTE: Pre-Registration via CycleClubApp is required for participation. You will not be permitted to ride if you show up at the start without having pre-registered. Don’t have the app? Download it today at www.cycleclubapp.com, the Apple Store or Google Play and get set up.

Ride Leader : Dave Singfield

Route Map: (approximate) https://www.strava.com/routes/2729345715314908208

Meeting Place: Hwy 2 and Normar Road – Please wait to the side of the road along Normar, keeping 2m distance between yourself and other riders.

Wednesday, August 19th 6:00pm : Group Road Ride

Wednesday will see us back out on a group road ride. This moderate to hilly route explores the area through Camborne and Baltimore. It includes some punchy climbs where you are sure to practice your range of expletives, but also offers what is usually a spirited downhill run along Harwood Road. This ride will be an intermediate pace (25kph+) no drop ride.

Route Map: https://www.strava.com/routes/2714894878214135370

Meeting Place: The carpool parking lot at County Road 45, Highway 401 and Division St. North
https://goo.gl/maps/nQYV9Up9gqctGFXh6

Thursday, August 20th, 6:00pm : Dirty Thursday

We had another great turnout for our 3rd Dirty Thursday. We had 2 new participants this week and based on the smiling faces in the photos, a great time was had by all. This Thursday, we will have another surprise route put together by our ride leader, stay tuned to our social channels for an update in a few days. A gravel capable bike will be required. This No-Drop ride will have an anticipated average speed around 21-23kph

Ride Leader: James Barnes

Meeting Info: 6:00pm Baltimore Arena 23 Community Centre Road, Baltimore https://goo.gl/maps/7rppsQJwh3GJMnre8

WOW Friday Nights Return Friday Aug 28th. Mark your calendar Ladies!

See you out this week!

Meet the BoD Q+A : Scott Sexsmith

Happy Wednesday! Hope you are getting out on your bike, we are in prime time! Today we get to meet an experienced and passionate cyclist, our Co-VP Scott Sexsmith. Scott is always happy to share his experience with riders who are newer to the sport or looking to improve. His infectious enthusiasm for the sport has helped many a ride mate get up a steep climb or suffer through some gnarly gravel. Let’s hear a little bit more from him directly:

1.How many years have you been cycling?

I have been riding since my high school days when I thought a 30k ride was like riding the Tour de France. I started out on the road on a Fiori Modena that my dad bought for me. From there I started to ride and race mountain bikes and used road riding as a way to gain more fitness. After many years off the bike, I started to ride again in 1999.

2. What is a highlight from your years of cycling?

The friendships I have made through cycling is the number 1 highlight for me. 

3. What do you like best about being part of this Cycling Club?

I like the fact that a few like-minded individuals can help transform this club into the best it can be.

4. Any goals for the 2020 Cycling Season?

My main goal is to ride 200k, something I’ve come close to but never accomplished. My other goal is simply to have fun and enjoy the ride (no pun intended) 🙂

5. Roadie or Off Roadie? 

Both, but mostly Roadie.

 6. Are you Team Short Socks or Team High Socks?

 I love the high socks, but with short legs I usually wear a mid-length sock. 

7. Espresso or Americano? 

Neither.  Just a good old iced coffee gets me going. Oh, and wine gums as well! 

8. What club rides can we find you on?

Almost all the club road rides (Monday Night Skills, Wednesday Group Road Rides) and our Dirty Thursday gravel rides.  

Thanks for sharing a bit about yourself today Scott! See you out on the road!

Big Announcement! CCC + CycleClubApp = Fun!

We are now using CycleClubApp!

Electronic Pre-Registration will now be required for all CCC Rides. As an OCA affiliate club, we are required to manage our group sizes and keep a record of all participants. CycleClubApp is registration method chosen by the CCC.The App is free to download and easy to use. You can follow the link below to access the app via the website, or download from the Apple Store or Google Play for Android. People not registered for a ride (“Event” in the app) will not be permitted to participate unfortunately. As mentioned above it is now an OCA requirement.

https://cycleclubapp.com/

Once downloaded, select Sign Up to create a User Name and login password, then search for our Club. When you have joined our club, you will be able to access your Profile where you can upload a photo of yourself, as well as complete the emergency contact info. Our Ride Leaders will need that info in case of an incident.

Joining an Event is easy- look for the options on the calendar, then check yes or no for attendance, If there is space, you will see your icon appear in the Event. Once you are confirmed for an event, you will have access to Discussion (Weather call, route map, etc) about that event in the app. The App will become the primary communication hub for all future CCC Rides.

Don’t have a Smartphone? The app is usable from a web browser as well through the website www.cycleclubapp.com

If you are planning on joining in this week’s Wednesday or Thursday rides, registration through this app will be mandatory. We are excited to be a part of the Beta version of Cycle Club which is a project born in Peterborough by people who love to ride their bikes. How cool is that?!

CCC Ride Nights- Aug 10-14, 2020

Hope you all had great rides over the weekend! We have another fab week of rides lined up for you. Come to one, come to 3!

Monday, August 10th 6:00pm : Skills Night

Monday Night Skills is a 1 hour ride where we work on Bike Handling Skills. Last week we had a great turnout for an exhilarating evening! We worked on Pace lines and Cornering, many of us learning to corner at speed for the first time.

All members welcome, this is a great night for riders of all levels to learn or brush up on their skills. Don’t miss it!⁠ All that is required is a road bike in good working order, helmet and water bottles

Ride Leader : Brent Aquino

Meeting Details: 6:00pm start, Diamond Head Industrial Mall (the Old Coke Plant) located at 210 Willmott Street. https://goo.gl/maps/pdZ45NreDBUx9ZeYA

Wednesday, August 11th 6:00pm : Group Road Ride

Wednesday will see us back out on a group road ride. Join us as we Hunt For Hills! 42kms with 664m of elevation. This will be a great night to practice your climbing skills. If you haven’t been on these roads before, the views are spectacular. Keep that in mind as you are climbing up Community Centre Road, it will be worth it!! This ride will be an intermediate pace (25kph+) no drop ride.

Route Map: https://www.strava.com/routes/2718103675676096662

Meeting Place : 6:00pm from St.Mary’s CSS https://goo.gl/maps/piggKB9cpMD3jMbz9

Thursday, August 12th, 6:00pm : Dirty Thursday

We had another great turnout for our 2nd Dirty Thursday. A fun time was had by all, including another gravel newbie, Jo-Anne who had a super fun time doing the Nasty backwards. This week, we will have a surprise route put together by our resident Gravel Guru and super awesome ride leader Pete Hennessy. A gravel capable bike will be required. This No-Drop ride will have an anticipated average speed around 21-23kph

Ride Leader: Pete Hennessy

Meeting Info: 6:00pm Baltimore Arena 23 Community Centre Road, Baltimore https://goo.gl/maps/7rppsQJwh3GJMnre8

See you out this week!

Q+A Meet The BoD: Dave Singfield

We’re baaaaaacccckkk with another Q+A! Today we meet our Past President and Life Member, Dave Singfield. Dave brings with him a rich history in cycling that includes racing and sport organization, which he shares with all us Club members.

1.How many years have you been cycling?

I rode my first race back in 1957, so I have been around for a while.

2. What is a highlight from your years of cycling?

I’ve enjoyed racing in the UK, Montreal area and BC.  I rode my last serious race in 1974, just before my son was born.  Then I started to get more into the organization of the sport.  Racing secretary and racing board chairman of the BABC (B.C.’s equivalent to the OCA back in the 70’s).  I have been an international race official in world championships, Olympic Games, Commonwealth games and University games.  I have officiated in many Canadian Championships Road, Track and Cyclocross.  Not done Mountain bike or BMX racing.

3. As a Board member what do you hope to achieve this year?

I have been a member of the CCC since 1983 when I moved here from Vancouver.  I am keen to keep the club going and pass on the enjoyment of cycling and cycling competition to Cobourg/Port Hope and surrounding area population, youth and old folks alike.

4. Any goals for the 2020 Cycling Season?

I still enjoy a good bike ride, but don’t go as far or as fast as I used to and usually ride with folks my own speed. For this year I am hoping to just get fit and give my legs a good work out.

5. Road or Off Roadie?

I keep to the paved road when I can.

6. Are you Team Short Socks or Team High Socks?

I am a great believer of “socks when worn should be white”. (As written in the rule book back in 1974).

7. Espresso or Americano?

I drink my coffee black and boring regular coffee.  Mind you when I was in Australia I drank flat white.  However I do drink much more tea than coffee.

8. What club rides can we find you on?

You will find me at the Time Trials when the Club starts them.You can also find me at at Cycle Transitions as I spend a lot of time there.

CCC Ride Nights: August 3-7th, 2020

Holy Crackers do we ever have a jam packed week for you! We are offering 4 rides this week as detailed below. Super excited to announce our first Women’s ride of the year which we are calling WOW! Women On Wheels. This Friday night ride is a social paced ride. All levels welcome. Ladies, don’t miss out! Weather calls are made by 5:00pm day of the ride.

Monday, August 3rd 6:00pm : Skills Night

Monday Night Skills is a 1 hour ride where we work on Bike Handling Skills. Seeing as we were rained out last week, we will try again this week with the same programming of learning pace lines, echelon riding and cornering. Those that showed up to the start last week got to enjoy a 90 minute Q+A with ride leaders Brent and Janet- lucky them!

All members welcome, this is a great night for riders of all levels to learn or brush up on these skills. Don’t miss it!⁠ All that is required is a road bike in good working order, helmet and water bottles

Ride Leader : Brent Aquino

Meeting Details: 6:00pm start, Diamond Head Industrial Mall (the Old Coke Plant) located at 210 Willmott Street. https://goo.gl/maps/pdZ45NreDBUx9ZeYA

Wednesday, August 5th 6:00pm : Group Road Ride

Wednesday will see us back out on a group road ride. It’s back to the popular Vernonville Express route! This is an Intermediate (25kph+) no drop ride.

Meeting Info : 6:00pm at Donegan Park https://goo.gl/maps/CUBZhERjPBtw3xP38

Route Map: https://www.strava.com/routes/2712682734317317936

Thursday, August 6th, 6:00pm : Dirty Thursday

We had a great turnout to the first Dirty Thursday. 7 riders of different experience levels came out to enjoy some of Northumberland’s finest gravel roads. Let’s do it all over again this week! New to gravel? Curious about off road? Don’t hesitate to come out and give this a try. A gravel capable bike will be required. This No-Drop ride will have an anticipated average speed around 21-23kph. (We were slower last week to accommodate a gravel newbie -that was me, your chatty Comms Director!- and everyone was cool with that)

Ride Leader: Pete Hennessy

Meeting Info: 6:00pm Baltimore Arena 23 Community Centre Road, Baltimore https://goo.gl/maps/7rppsQJwh3GJMnre8

Route Map: The Shorty Nasty https://www.strava.com/routes/7655522

Friday August 7th : 6:00pm WOW! Women’s Night

Welcome to our first Women’s ride of the year- WoW! (Women On Wheels) This will be a no-drop road ride whose pace will adapt to the slowest rider. Suitable for all levels, don’t be shy to come out and join the other female members of the Club for an enjoyable cruise around the area. We’ll do a bit of climbing along Danforth, whip it down Gully followed by Station Road, out to the Wicklow Boat launch then head back to town along the flats. This ride will be a great opportunity to meet new people and enjoy the company of some familiar faces.

Ride Leader: Raff Melito

Meeting Info: Parking lot on Covert Street https://goo.gl/maps/kSoeTLDACHjNTKRu9

Route Map: https://www.strava.com/routes/2725048365946790902

See you out there!!!

*NEW* Mission Statement for 2020

The Cobourg Cycling Club Board of Directors is pleased to announce that we have adopted a new Mission Statement this year :

“Bringing a community together through cycling”

Our mission is to inspire, encourage, and grow the sport of cycling through skill development, recreational riding, social engagement and competitive events for all abilities.

This new Mission Statement is reflected in the programming that we are now finally able to put into effect. You’ll find Skill Development, TTs, Group Road Rides, Gravel and other Off-Road options, as well as Women’s and Club Social rides on the calendar, something for everyone. Whether you are new to the sport, looking to fine tune your skills, searching for connection in the community, or just looking for some great people to ride your bike with, the CCC has something for you.

We are always on the lookout for Ride Leaders. As a Ride Leader you have the opportunity to meet new people, mentor other riders, tour the group in areas you enjoy riding, and give back to the cycling community. We rely on these volunteers to keep the Club’s calendar full and varied. The Cobourg Cycling Club is one of the longest running clubs in Canada, we are proud to contribute to its longevity. If interested, drop us a note!

Looking forward to seeing you out on two wheels!

Ride Tonight!

Who’s coming? We’re MAX 10 participants, first come first serve. Rain call being made at 5:00pm, stay tuned to our FB Group and Instagram account @cobourgcyclingclub for an update!

We’ll revisit a regular Wednesday Night route around the hills of Camborne and Baltimore, some climbing (ok, a lot of climbing) and some nice rewarding downhills. This is an Intermediate (25kph+) no drop ride.

Ride Leader: Raff Melito

Meeting Info : 6:00pm at the carpool parking lot at County Road 45, Highway 401 and Division St. North
https://goo.gl/maps/nQYV9Up9gqctGFXh6

Route Map: https://www.strava.com/routes/2714894878214135370

CCC Ride Nites: July 27-July 31

What an exciting week we have in store for you! We’ve expanded the calendar to include Monday Night Skills, our regular Wednesday Night Group Road Ride and a Dirty Thursday. What are these other ride nights, you ask? Keep reading for more info!

Monday July 27th, 6:00pm : Skills Night

Monday Night Skills is a 1 hour ride where we work on Bike Handling Skills. This week will be focussed on pace lines, echelon riding and cornering. All members welcome, this is a great night for riders of all levels to learn or brush up on these skills. Don’t miss it!⁠ All that is required is a road bike in good working order, helmet and water bottles. Weather is looking iffy for ride time, so keep an eye on our social channels for a late afternoon update.

Ride Leader : Brent Aquino

Meeting Details: 6:00pm start, Diamond Head Industrial Mall (the Old Coke Plant) located at 210 Willmott Street. https://goo.gl/maps/pdZ45NreDBUx9ZeYA

Wednesday, July 29th, 6:00pm : Group Road Ride

Wednesday will see us back out on a group road ride. We’ll revisit a regular Wednesday Night route around the hills of Camborne and Baltimore, some climbing (ok, a lot of climbing) and some nice rewarding downhills. This is an Intermediate (25kph+) no drop ride.

Meeting Info : 6:00pm at the carpool parking lot at County Road 45, Highway 401 and Division St. North
https://goo.gl/maps/nQYV9Up9gqctGFXh6

Route Map: https://www.strava.com/routes/2714894878214135370

Thursday, July 30th, 6:15pm : Dirty Thursday

Dirty Thursday is for off-road adventures on gravel or MTB trails. To start off this series, Pete Hennessy (of the Shop Talk With Pete fame) will take us on a gravel ride (The Short Nasty) leaving from Baltimore Community Centre. Expect to get Dirty!⁠ New to gravel? Curious about off road? Don’t hesitate to come out and give this a try. A gravel capable bike will be required. This No-Drop ride will have an anticipated average speed around 22/23kph.

Ride Leader: Pete Hennessy

Meeting Info: 6:15pm Baltimore Arena 23 Community Centre Road, Baltimore https://goo.gl/maps/7rppsQJwh3GJMnre8

Route Map: The Shorty Nasty https://www.strava.com/routes/7655522

Which night will you come out to??

Ride Leader Training Coming Soon!

Interested in becoming a Ride Leader for the CCC? More Leaders means we can extend the calendar to include more weekday rides and start adding in weekend rides as well. Mountain Bike, Gravel, Road, whatever terrain you prefer! Live in Grafton and can’t wait to show other riders the beautiful routes around your area?? Want more rides out of Port Hope?? Then sign up! You can design the routes for your rides or refer back to already established club routes from the archives. Ride Leader Training is offered Virtually by the OCA with some date options coming up soon. Being a Ride Leader is a great way to give back to the Club and also a great way to meet other cyclists in the area. Here are the deets:

Monday July 27 – 6-8pm, Registration Deadline is 12pm July 27

Thursday August 06 – 6-8 pm, Registration Deadline is 12pm August 06

Sunday August 09 – 4-6pm, Registration Deadline is 4pm August 07

Here is the link for Registration: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2020OCAVirtualRLT

We’d love to have to you on board!

Wednesday Night Group Ride: Join us as we “Hunt For Hills”!

Wednesday Night Group Road Ride “Hunt For Hills” 42kms with 664m of elevation. This will be a great night to practice your climbing skills. If you haven’t been on these roads before, the views are spectacular. Keep that in mind as you are climbing up Community Centre Road, it will be worth it!! This ride will be an intermediate pace (25kph+) no drop ride.

We continue to be MAX 10 Riders, first come first serve as we aim to sort out Ride Pre-Registration. Thanks for your continued patience during this transition.

Ride Leader: Jo-Anne Magne

Route Map: https://www.strava.com/routes/2718103675676096662

Meeting Place : 6:00pm from St.Mary’s CSS https://goo.gl/maps/piggKB9cpMD3jMbz9

Just a reminder that you must have a signed waiver on record with the Club as well as having a copy with you in order to join in this week’s ride. If you haven’t done so yet, please email your waiver to info@cobourgcyclingclub.com.