Note From Club President, Greg Cushing

Dear Members,

            The Covid-19 situation continues to intensify day by day. As the Club Administrators, we have been closely watching the guidelines and updates from public health officials, our town, and above all the guidance given to us by our governing body, The Ontario Cycling Association. On March 20th, the OCA released the following statement:

“We are advising all clubs, teams, athletes and members to postpone or cancel any gatherings such as group rides and in-person group meetings for the immediate future. Effectively immediately any club/team activity will not be sanctioned or approved. This will be under on-going review and any changes will be communicated.

This is a rapidly evolving situation that has affected all sectors. We will continue to track the latest developments and meet with our partners to assess the situation and its impact. The health and safety of everyone involved in cycling is our main concern and we are taking all measures within our control.

We hope that everyone remains safe during this trying time and that we all follow the advice of Canadian Health Officials.”

What does that mean for our Club? That means that we will be postponing the start of our programming for the foreseeable future. Rest assured, your Board Of Directors is working behind the scenes (remotely) to keep the administration of the club up to date, and are developing an exciting new Ride Calendar that will be ready to roll as soon as we get the green light. In the meantime, we are also researching virtual group rides and virtual TT options that we hope to be able to share with you soon.

Questions? Concerns? Don’t hesitate to reach out to me or any other member of the Board Of Directors.

Stay safe and do what you can to #flattenthecurve.

Ride On,

Greg Cushing

President, Cobourg Cycling Club.

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Winter musings from Coach Greg

Hi Everyone,

Wow, what a great step into winter today was.
after minus 20C a few days ago, it was a whoppingly, mild
day at 5C!
I hope you got outside for some activity of some sort, days
like this are golden.
Of course I had to hit the roads, slow and steady, I might
add, to start my base work.
Today is my favourite day of the year, the Winter Solstice.
Once we get past Winter Solstice it has always been a mental
countdown to riding/racing season.
Our days will be inching longer as we move into the depths
of winter.
So, don’t despair.
In Europe, the cross season will slowly morph into the
Classics season.
When you want to see the hard riders of the sport, take in a
Classic race from any year.
I guarantee that you will be motivated to ride.
Winter is just a stage in the year when you get the chance
to recover and re-calibrate.
Take a moment to review your fitness records.
See how far you have come, review your goals for this season
and start making plans.
This little mental exercise will fuel your passion, even if
you do have to be on the trainer.
Give yourself an “atta-boy or atta-girl” for building your
fitness to the levels you have right now.
Be grateful that you can ride, run, walk and look after
yourself.
Be grateful for the good health you have that enables you to
ride.
Be grateful for the wonderful roads and terrain in the
Cobourg/Northumberland County area.
Most of all, be incredibly gracious with your families for
their comfort and support.
Cycling can be incredibly selfish and we need understanding
families to believe what we are doing is a good thing.
We are all in this together and we really do have “a
wonderful life”.
Moving into the New Year, the Board and I will get the Club
re-registered and set plans for the Club rides.
I am certainly looking forward to working with the new Board
of Directors.
We can expect some great opportunities from 2020 – it is
just really cool to say isn’t it? 2020!
Before I ramble too much, I want to say Merry Christmas and
Happy New Year to all Club members and to our supporters.
Thank you to each one for believing in the Cobourg Cycling
Club.
I know for me and all the racing that I did, one of the
pillars of my training was my work with the Club.
And now as I ease into tourist- mode in my life, I can say
that each of you continues to keep the flame of a great ride
burning for me.
Be healthy, happy and safe this holiday season and start
planning for 2020 to be the great year it will be.
C ya
Greg
PS: Can you tell the endorphins are alive and flying in me
today?

Introducing the CCC 2020 Board of Directors.

President         Greg Cushing

Treasurer         Janet Baitley

Secretary         Harold Kuschnik

Members at large;

 Dave Singfield as Past President

 Roberto Almeida,

Brent Aquino,

Jamie Barnes,

Glenn Finlay,

 Pete Hennessy,

 Jo-Anne Magne ,

Raff Melito,

Corey Watts,

Sharon Lynn-Weese

Tara Smith-Wilson

Good Evening Club Members,
Tonight we held our Annual General Meeting and Awards
Banquet.
Thank you to all of those members that were able to attend.
If you didn’t make it this year, hopefully we will see you
next year.
Personally, I thought everything met expectations and went
according to plan.
Without members, we do not have a Club, we win no awards and
we get no dinner!

Members may like to know that we have the largest new Board
of Directors ever.
More importantly though is the fact that the Board will have
5 women on it.
We will be meeting in the first part of the New Year to
re-grease the Club’s wheels.
During the early part of the year, The Board will register
the Club and set a preliminary event calendar.
If any member has ideas for rides or events, please see a
Board Member to bring the idea forward.

A note of thanks to Craig for letting me have some fun with
him tonight and put him on the spot.
With the new Board as it is, we will look at hosting a pot
luck style banquet.
It is a good idea and an excellent twist on building
friendship and camaraderie.
The Club is what we all want it to be and I have never met a
cyclist that does not like to eat.

As always, a big thanks to Dave Singfield for his
leadership, mentor-ship and support.
The time trial league is something special and Dave’s
coverage of that is par-excellence.

I am looking forward to 2020 and I can feel that some good
things are ahead.
Keep your eyes open and your wheels on the road.

All the best to everyone for your holiday season,

Greg

AGM/Awards Night November 29 2019

Not much time left.

Please let Dave know your dinner choice.

If you wish to run for a position (Three elected positions are President, Secretary and Treasurer.) please let Dave S know.
Member at large, Ride Coordinator, Membership, Communications are some of the spots that need to be filled.These are non elected positions and you will be profusely welcomed.

Parking

Parking for today’s ride leader fundamentals is at the rear of the building. Easiest entry is Weatabix entrance from D’arcy st.Enter the building through the cycle transitions entrance of old.

Ride Leader Fundamentals Today

Don’t forget today is ride leader fundamentals day.
Nice crisp day today, if you don’t like the cold why not plan to spend a few hours with us? Can’t hurt…. maybe it will save someone from some hurt.
Grab a coffee, bring a snack if you like. Pen and some paper to keep your thoughts in order.

Ride Leader Fundamentals (Update from Greg)

Hi Everyone, This is just short reminder to everyone about the open training session this Saturday, November 16. Though titled Ride Leader training, it really is the basic fundamentals of group riding. There are a number of presentations to go through and we will likely need the full three hours. Just in case I talk a little too long, we have some wiggle room at the end. I will bring some water and juice and snacks – if you want something specific, you better bring it along. I am really looking forward to seeing everybody come out – it should be worth a view laughs too. Greg

Nominations to Board of Directors

This is the call for Nominations to the Board of Directors.
The Cobourg Cycling Club Board of Directors consists of:

President — Greg Cushing
Vice President — Empty
Secretary — Harold Kuschnick
Treasurer — Janet Baitley
Ride Coordinator — Empty
Communications Director — James Barnes — Available
Membership — Cory Watts

Member(s) at Large —

Brent Aquino
Glenn Finlay
Roberto Almeida
Peter Hennesy
James Barnes
Members may nominate themselves or other members to any position on the Board of Directors with the consent of the nominee in order to be accepted for consideration during the elections.

If anyone would like to help with the direction of the club this is the best time to step up. Self nomination, nomination or voulunteering as a member at large is a great way to find your place on the Board.

The term is one year. The workload is approximately 1 hour per month during active months.

Attendance is very flexible. A meeting missed here and there is not detrimental to the function of the club.

The commitment is small, the feelings of accomplishment large…. well sometimes we basically don’t do too much but a lot still gets done.

If anyone has an interest in any of these positions please contact me BarnesEJ@gmail.com or Dave davesingfield@gmail.com and let us know before the AGM.