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The Silver State 508

First paragraph is the readers digest version - 

Wow, the Silver State 508 has been completed and I would have to say it was a tremendous success. We covered the “508 miles” in 32 hours and 8 minutes - the clock started when we left the Atlantis Casino in Reno at 7am on Saturday, kept ticking until we had travelled to Eureka and back. Linda Spina and I won the 2x Mixed division and we were 6th overall amongst all 2 person teams (20 teams entered,…


Added by qb on October 4, 2016 at 9:46pm — 2 Comments

Great Wall of China Half Marathon

Well, it is a bucket list experience and for our 25th anniversary Dianne booked us to take on the Great Wall while spending time in China. A tremendous experience. While there has been no cycling, there are certainly lots of bikes on the roads, lots of high end carbon fibre or knockoffs, who knows. In any event, if you are pondering this marathon/half marathon, it is a fantastic experience. Here is my race blog.

Race day starts at 3am with a wakeup call, so you can be on the bus for… Continue

Added by qb on May 16, 2015 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

Bike Stolen from Malvern collegiate

Hello all, I hope someone can help. On Friday of this past week, my son's Giant road bike was stolen while locked up at Malvern collegiate. Unfortunately I don't have pictures but it was silver, had black bar tape, one michelin pro race red rim tire on the front (I had just changed it over and probably the most distinguishing feature). The bike was a medium frame and a tiagra/105 groupo. Malvern has survellience tapes that they are pulling and giving to 55 division. If you see the bike, let me… Continue

Added by qb on July 30, 2013 at 8:09am — 6 Comments

Hmmm - too bad Triathlon is three sports

Today was the Welland half ironman event, my warmup to Ironman Placid at the end of July. Charles Robba and I were there - I am not sure if there were any other BCC riders at the start line.

The readers digest version is that I was an age group midpacker out of the water, I had moved to first off the bike and then I just wilted in the heat. Wilted is actually an understatement, perhaps totally disintegrated might better describe the last 2:33 of my race.

Welland is an…


Added by qb on June 23, 2013 at 8:14pm — 4 Comments

RAAM - the journey is now 24+hours old

As you know, Peter Oyler is racing RAAM and he is now into his 27th hour of racing. As you can well imagine, riding 395+ miles is epic, but still small potatoes relative to the goal of 3,000 miles. For the data geeks amongst the BCC (i count myself in this camp) Greg Gannon (peter's coach) is posting his gps and power files to strava. Feel free to follow Peter's journey there - I don't think you will see as many EPIC stress scores as you will see over the next 10 days. For those interested in… Continue

Added by qb on June 12, 2013 at 6:55pm — No Comments

Scorchingly fast ride to Stouffvile

Well, for a day that looked ominous from the start it couldn't have turned out better. Bill, Frank, Steve, Howard, Chris and myself started off as the rabbits and we seemed to play the role to a tee. After we got warmed up (Gerard and Vic park!!) we begun the process of taking it up a notch. We devoured a rider on the Kingston road incline to danforth and the pace quickened. With few red lights we decided to skip the guild and head straight to Lawrence. The pace was now running 17 min 10k…


Added by qb on June 1, 2013 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Race Across America - Peter Oyler

Hello All, a huge thank you to all that have supported Peter Oyler. For those who are interested in endurance cycling to the extreme, RAAM will start for the solo riders on June 11th, 2013 from Oceanside California. Peter is now in California getting ready for his 3rd assault on RAAM, the first in 2007 was successful (the 8th Canadian to finish this race) and in 2009 he had to abandon due to health issues. He is determined to make up for unfinished business in 2013. Part of his crew is our…


Added by qb on May 28, 2013 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

RAAM - Peter Oyler's Quest to Finish Unfinished Business

Many within the BCC have experienced the WattsUp Facility and interacted with Peter Oyler, one of the partner's in the busines. This June, Peter will embark on his third attempt at the Race Across America (RAAM)—a journey to conquer some unfinished business and continue his support for his charity partner: The Jack Project (http://www.thejackproject.org/). To achieve his goal, Peter has planned on personally funding the costs of this race, which will… Continue

Added by qb on April 7, 2013 at 5:59pm — 1 Comment

BCC makes its presence felt at Sebring

12 Hour Bike Race at Sebring - Feb 16, 2013

Well, the morning after the night before and everything feels relatively good all things considered. There was no crying like a baby yesterday despite an unrelenting wind that seem to buffet us in most directions and despite the unflorida like temperatures, there were no rains and enough sun to give our pale winter white skin a sunburn. So all good. In terms of the results, they can be found below. BCC put up a good showing, with 3 top 10… Continue

Added by qb on February 17, 2013 at 5:16pm — 6 Comments

The Art of the Possible - 12 hours of Sebring

How many have read a book on an athletic accomplishment and get sucked into believing that you could perhaps, maybe do that? Well after reading Untied States of Delerium and Unfinished Business and spending time talking to Peter Oyler about his expected challenges at RAAM 2013, the bug kinda bit. WHOA, I am not talking the RAAM bug but rather this sometimes curious group of cyclists who go out in the dead of morning to ride for 12 or 24 hours, not for the glory (there are no cheques to the… Continue

Added by qb on February 15, 2013 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Alex's Excellent Off-Road Adventure


Well, what a day! 6 of us started at 6:30am from timmies (we moved the time, where were you Jamie?) and Jason joined us at Exhibition place. Mark was seemingly making his sunday debut (not really but certainly the riding legs were going to come under fire), Alex was prepped and ready with his latest and…


Added by qb on August 12, 2012 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments

Simcoe Day - Simcoe Ride

6 hardy souls showed up at 6am to embark upon the Simcoe ride. Steve J, Stefan S, Mohamed E, Paul M, Jodie F and yours truly met at grinder set to roll for 180kms. Cooler than normal and clouds looking somewhat ominous north of the city we set off for the ride. Stefan predeclared that he was bailing just north of Stouffville, so this was going to be a long ride with 5 guys.  Given that we had all of the people that posted, the group was prepared to make adjustments along the way (sorry if…


Added by qb on August 6, 2012 at 2:04pm — 5 Comments

looking for a great gift for a cycling fanatic??!!

Hello all, a good friend of mine is doing a charity ride to benefit cancer research out in B.C. This ride is to support the purchase of cancer equipment in the memory of Michael Meier, brother of Christian Meier of green edge pro cycling. Of course many of us are doing charity rides, but the cool piece of this effort is the cycling paraphernalia that they have on offer. If you go to… Continue

Added by qb on July 3, 2012 at 11:29pm — 1 Comment

Chin Picnic Criterium

I lined up on Canada Day for the annual Chin Picnic Crit, racing the M3/S4. Each year the group tends to race this circuit at 38-41km/h and today was not going to be any different. The morning looked like it was going to be hot, but as the race time approached the sky clouded over and a few raindrops could be felt. This held off luckily (nothing like twitchy riders slip sliding away on wet tarmac) and the race was entirely free of the wet stuff and the heat was very manageable. My focus here…


Added by qb on July 1, 2012 at 2:55pm — 3 Comments

The weak link – a Rookie's account of the Hairshirt ride

What happens when you have been watching RAAM and RAW unfold, cheering on the 4 women from WattsUp as they manage to finish 2nd of 7 teams (4 of which DNF’d) and crewed by our very own James Young (also a hairshirt rider)? When you are silently cheering on Canadian Jason "hammer" Lane as he tries to finish his first RAAM solo after getting hit by a car on day 3? When you read The United States of Delirium in one day? You start to romanticize about the notion of long rides. Type…


Added by qb on June 25, 2012 at 6:30pm — 8 Comments

Stage 8 - The Finale - Beverly Hills to LA

The Finale!!

I have taken a couple of days to write this as I was letting this whole thing sink in. While I still believe that Ironman competition is definitely a harder one day event then any of the 8 days, the impact on the body of this daily effort is meaningful. While we more or less (less by about 100 miles and 4,000 vertical feet) matched the pro racing experience in terms of distance and climbing, what you don’t quite get is the pure experience of racing. With no number or…


Added by qb on May 22, 2012 at 6:00pm — 6 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 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.


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

Weekly Rides:



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+.


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



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.

BCC on Strava


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