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Jason Shuker's 24-hour RAAM indoor training ride - Starting March 23 at noon

Come out to mindset CYCLING any time between noon on Friday, March 23 and noon on Saturday, March 24.  Jason will be doing a 24-hour indoor training ride as part of his preparations for Race Across America. 

You read that correctly: 24 hours on either one of mindset's CompuTrainers or totally awesome E-Motion rollers.  To re-create some of the RAAM experience, he'll ride a computer simulation of the race route…

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Added by Jon Spira on March 22, 2018 at 6:50pm — No Comments

New member of the family

I've been a fan of track cycling for years.  There's something fluid and elegant about a paceline turning laps doing perfect lead changes.  I decided last week that I was done with the rental track bikes in London and Milton and decided to get my own.  I think we're going to have lots of fun together.  If you haven't tried the track in Milton, what you are waiting for?  If you're already certified, I'll see you on the boards.…

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Added by Jon Spira on February 4, 2015 at 10:48am — 8 Comments

Sunny Saturday Morning Ride: The ooZ pooL



There's no better way to start the weekend than on two wheels in the sun.  There was a big crowd at Ted Reeve at 7:00 -- no surprise.  JRod gave what he promised was his last pre-ride missive.  Most people were heading off to Stouffville.  I had planned to ride up to Whitevale as has been my usual the last few weeks.  At the last moment…

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Added by Jon Spira on June 28, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

My First Trip of the Turbo Tuesday Train

I just got home from the most brilliant ride!  I joined to Turbo Tuesday Nighttime ride for the first time. It's going to be a while before I'm able to go to sleep.  What a ton of fun.  Having said that, this ride isn't going to be everybody's cup of tea.  It's consistently fast (at times very, very fast), and half the ride happens in the dark.  This makes having a fair bit of nerve and a lot of experience in tight group critical prerequisites.  

Ironically, though, it's also the…

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Added by Jon Spira on June 10, 2014 at 10:49pm — 5 Comments

Route maps and GPS computers

At one time or another, we have all arrived at the start of a ride without having looked at the route map.  It's not ideal, but we've all done it.  We all also know that, for many reasons, it’s better to have plan for getting out and back that is more sophisticated than blindly following the wheel in front of you.  A number of BCC members put a lot of time into scouting, planning and drawing the routes in tools like MapMyRide so that they are available to all.  Unless you’re already so…

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Added by Jon Spira on August 12, 2013 at 11:06pm — 4 Comments

Who is interested in a track cycling trip to London in November?

After thinking about it for a couple of years, I finally tried track cycling last winter at the Forest City Velodrome in London. I was instantly hooked on the amazing feeling of a completely smooth surface, no wind and banked corners.  When I offered to organize a BCC road trip last March for more people in the club to try it, a dozen signed up in no time. So, I figured I'd organize another trip for this year in November.

 

The introductory "Track 1" sessions are on Saturdays…

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Added by Jon Spira on August 29, 2011 at 9:23pm — 5 Comments

New Canadian TdF broadcaster... now in HD

Finally... Le Tour in HD.  There is daily morning coverage on TSN2 and repeat coverage in the evening on either TSN or TSN2 depending on the day.  

http://www.tsn.ca/cycling/story/?id=370378

Added by Jon Spira on June 29, 2011 at 9:51pm — 4 Comments

Forest City Velodrome

I’ve wanted to try track cycling for a while and finally got the chance last weekend at the Forest City Velodrome in London.  If you’ve been there you know how much fun it is.  If you haven’t, it’s time to make the two hour drive to London to give it a try. 

The track is in the arena just off the 401 where the local junior hockey team used to play.  When the team moved to a new arena downtown, many rows of seats and the boards came out and the track went in.  Given the space, the…

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Added by Jon Spira on January 25, 2011 at 8:34pm — 7 Comments

BCC Rides

Cycling in the summer can be about casual riding, sprinting, spinning, big-ring hammerfests or what ever your chosen type of riding is. The BCC was founded for the sole purpose to network cyclists. It has grown into a successful club which accommodates Riders at almost all skill/fitness levels. Everyone should be able to participate and have fun at their respective levels.

 

Weekend Rides: 

Saturday

Saturday Morning
Start time is 8:00am early season, 7:00am as days get longer. Route distances vary from 55-120km and several pace groups are available. Saturday morning rides focus on a social vibe.

Sunday

Sunrise Sundays
Rides will start around sunrise. Rotating routes will focus on distances from 55-160km.  Remote start rides outside the GTA.

Weekly Rides:

 

Tuesday

Advanced Turbo Tuesdays
For this ride, advanced group riding and bike handling skills are required. You must also be aware of your limitations. Riding speed is 35kph+.

Thursday

Hillicious Thursdays
Starts at 5:40am. This ride includes Bayview, pottery rd, redway other local hills.

Tues/Thurs

CX/MTB Ride

Starts at 5:30AM. Bring your CX or MTB out for a great Don trail ride. Some weeks, we'll head to a local park to practice CX skills.

Informal Rides Click Here



Other Rides:

Race Team

BCC Race Team
Please join if you will be racing in 2018 as part of the BCC Race Team!

Track Cycling

BCC Track Cycling Group

A place where those interested in, or already addicted to, riding the boards can share info.

BCC Youth

BCC Youth Group

An initiative to have weekly skills sessions and rides for young riders.

Interested in finding a new route or refreshing your memory on an old faithful? Check out the Routes page.

Events

BCC on Strava

Members

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