Happy Holidays to all! Cheers!

Dan.

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Comment by DY on August 31, 2009 at 8:05pm
It amazes me that something that started so small has become such a well recognized club in Ontario. I get calls and e-mails from people that have heard good things about the BCC or have ridden with riders from the BCC. I attribute this to the awesome people which make up the BCC. Without you all, the club would not be what it is. At the start of the season, the regulars all signed up and that was about 40+ riders(friends of mine) that didn't mind riding with me:) And as we stand here at the end of August 2009, the Club has over 200 members online(following and/or riding) and about 130 registered members! That's huge! Last season(2008) the members and I noticed that new riders joining were not feeling comfortable with the rides or the pace. 2009 has been the year(through the help of people like Greg, Jonathan, Jamie, Kerri, Steve) that has the BCC has been inclusive of "almost" all skill levels. So thanks for the support.

There has been talk of expansion of the BCC Race Team for 2010. I didn't initially start the BCC Team because I didn't want to start something I couldn't support. Marc Booth(who is now riding in France) asked me if he could ride under BCC. I said sure.... and so did Jamie Gilgen. Between the two of them. They managed to pull in 109 Pts(Not a big deal, compared to other clubs, but TWO riders rac...
And now Marc has upgraded to Master 1(see Pts Upgrade) This is great for Marc and others that plan on racing next year. I am in negotiations with sponsors and plan on setting up something for 2010.

Cheers,

Dan.
Comment by Kerri on August 31, 2009 at 8:39pm
Dan, I still remember coming into the shop last year, accompanied by Alistair in the stroller, getting advice on the RTCC 2008 ride...feels like a long time ago! I can't tell you the many positive changes that have come my way since joining up. I look back at where I was and where I am and can't honestly believe it. I couldn't imagine not being a member of the BCC and not having this in my life. From becoming a spin instructor, to entering my first (and soon to be second) triathlon, actually doing a century ride (and now being able to ride more than a century), trying my luck at a road race (and being interested in trying my luck again in 2010), and just putting many happy kms on my awesome bike, it seems like every outing with the club brings lots of new and wonderful experiences my way. Thanks to everyone who makes this club what it is, and who have helped to make me who I am. Cheers! 2K :)
Comment by qb on September 1, 2009 at 9:07pm
The club continues to be a huge source of support for all kinds of endeavours, from road racing, to epic charity rides, from triathlons to casual riding - this is a group of people who have come together to have some fun as a cycling club. The growth of the club this year has been outstanding and yet despite the growth, the club still has that small town feeling. Certainly my goals to race in a number of OCA races, ontario triathlons and Ironman Canada was helped immensely by my participation in the club. Thanks to all for continuing to make the BCC one of the best (if not the best) cycling clubs in Ontario (no doubt a biased view).
Comment by Dave Adams on September 1, 2009 at 10:32pm
As one of the older, newer members I want to say thanks to all for making me feel so welcomed. Up until last fall it had been about 20 years since I had done any type of riding and I remember thinking to myself "I wonder if I can ride the 10kms to work?" I found out that I could, and I found out about the RTCC and did a bit of training for that in June. The 200kms over 2 days was the longest I had ever ridden and I found it didn't kill me and I actually felt pretty good both mentally as well as physically after doing the ride. I wanted to sustain that so I happened across BCC when looking for a club to join.

I was a little intimidated by the bikes and the kits on the first couple of ride but realized at the end of the day we all put on our jerseys one arm at a time and other members were always right there with helpful advice and encouragement. BCC is composed of a great group of people and I find myself like a teenager again looking forward to the weekends not so that I can sleep in but so that I can get up at 5:00 or 6:00 to join the rest of you for a great cycle. Goes without saying that much of what makes BCC great goes back to the leadership and example of Dan, who seems to live and breathe BCC 24/7. From a newbie, thanks Dan for all of your work this season and for making BCC a club that works for all levels of riding capability.
Comment by Joseph on September 4, 2009 at 10:45pm
It amazes me to this day, by simply buying a bike pedals for my bike got me into BCC and getting a cool nickname “Roadkill”. I have told Dan that I live on west side of the city, but I am glad that I join BCC and never look back.

Before joining BCC, I think the longest ride I have ever done is 15km in Vallees des Gaves in South of France in which I huff and puff halfway the ride and not even able to finish that 15km ride. On my very first group ride with BCC , I was intimidated at first, and having second thoughts. After the first ride, the hesitation is gone and replaced by enthusiasm and realizing that I made the right decision to join BCC. As the weekend ride progress this summer, BCC becomes part of my weekend and always looking forward to it. Getting help and tips from other BCC riders that had been there before me. From Greg, from his skill ride tips and schooling, and by keeping the atmoshpere light hearted on long Sunday rides, Jonathan who’s been there when I need a push from those Hills at Altona, Brian who pulls me back with his red steel bike, Dan who always, keeps giving that motivation “fried shrimp”! And now the season is about to end, and I couldn’t imagine not being a part of BCC. Being a rookie this year I have gain the confidence and be able to ride smart and being a better rider. The people I met along the way, the nice long rides from Danish in Oakville, Stouffville, Burlington, and the dreaded Zoo Loops, I couldn’t imagine that I am able to do more than 15km by season end. And of course the friendly and family atmosphere of BCC itself. Thanks everyone having me a part of this club. And of course to Dan whose tireless effort to make this club what it is today. Already looking forward towards next season 2010 and hopefully return the favors that BCC had afforded to me. Cheers!!

PS

And oh by the way, I plan to take that 15km back in Vallees des Gaves sometime, this time Im prepared for it
Comment by Alexx Hooper on September 8, 2009 at 10:30pm
I remember the first ride I came out on in mid-June this summer. I was so nervous that I almost threw up. I imagined meeting with a group of mean, competitive bike-guys in racing jerseys, and I expected to get dropped in 5 minutes. Instead, I was greeted by a sea of smiling faces, and people who came up and introduced themselves! I could barely keep up, but various nice people kept cycling back to give me some advice on how to ride my bike, or just to say hi, welcome me, and tell me I was doing a good job.

That pretty much set the tone for the rest of the season, and it's what made me dump every summer party in favour of waking up at 4:30 every weekend to go kill myself riding with you fabulous folks!

I'm so proud of how far I've come - at the beginning of the season I could ride 19 or 20 km/hr and a grueling ride was 40k. I never would have imagined being able to ride to St. Catherines or keep up (sometimes) with such a fine group of cyclists! But accomplishments aside, the thing that I wouldn't trade for anything is the quality of the people I've met in the club. The kindness and generosity of spirit is overwhelming. People are so willing to offer advice and help one another. I've met so many incredible people who I am now proud to call my friends. Each week I get to know someone new, or find out something interesting about someone I didn't know before. I never could have imagined enjoying my experience in the club as much as I do. There are so many people to admire and learn from, and so many inspiring stories to hear!

And of course, there's our fearless leader Dan... I don't know how many times he's pushed my sorry ass up a hill... He's a truly amazing guy with a real gift for bringing people together. He puts so much time and effort into planning well-thought-out enjoyable, challenging routes, and organizing fun social events. He manages to look out for everyone on the rides, while also being the official photographer. We couldn't have a better, more dedicated leader... thanks Dan!

I look forward to continuously improving as a cyclist in this club, and hope that I can give back to the club as much as it has given me. Thanks everyone! See you soon!
Comment by Steve Wolowich on September 10, 2009 at 11:01am
I thought I would share how much I enjoyed watching so many others in the club accomplish so much this year. I started writing and one page turned into two and two turned into three and I had yet to scratch the surface. The BCC success story turns out to be a very long list! Watching people race, watching people complete a first century, watching people ride a new road bike, watching people attack Brimley repeats and Rattlesnake. Watching people swim in Lake Simcoe without taking off the bike shoes, watching people eat far too much pasta salad, and watching people complete Tour for Kids. Watching people share good conversation and watching people bond. Was a very good show this year! Thanks for letting me watch.

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