Can't wait for the Season to start! Welcome to the New BCC Members!

Hello All,

A warm welcome to all the new BCC Members and welcome back to all the returning BCC'ers. 

Hope everyone is well and looking forward to the 2018 Season to get started I know I am!.

For those returning BCC'ers if you could take a moment to share some of your memorable experiences as a member off the BCC, just so some of the new members and potential members can get a flavour of what to expect in the Spring.  

Once again thank you for the continued support!  We're almost there:-)

Cheers,

Dan.

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Comment by James Eaton on January 24, 2018 at 12:35pm

Let’s go 2018!

Some top moments of mine over the past few years:

  • Doing race recon for one of the early races – it was cold enough that Paul McKeever was riding with a Timmie’s in the water bottle holder
  • An absolutely fabulous group ride to Lake Simcoe and back. Still my longest ride ever, but felt so manageable due to the great group dynamics.
  • Hammering the Zoo segment so hard with Chris Wu that we both essentially collapsed at the end
  • Butter tart runs. All the butter tart runs.  It’s gotten to the point that even my kids know where Annina’s is. 
  • The Thursday morning Bayview repeats we started last year. So many different ways to train on that segment.
  • Turbo Tuesday. Do not miss it.  It is the best night of the week.
Comment by Dave Adams on February 10, 2018 at 10:13pm

It's hard being new to a group, especially a bunch of spandex clad, two wheel riding, carbon fibre "elite cyclists".   That's how I felt in 2009 when I joined the club after not being on a bike for about 25 years.   Turns out - everybody was pretty nice, encouraging and actually not very "elite" at all.  (Well okay, there are a few!).   We all put on our pants (or our bibshorts) one leg at a time and no matter what our backgrounds we all come to the BCC as people who also happen to enjoy cycling.   As nice as our group is let's remember it can be a bit intimidating to new riders so let's be sure to welcome them, encourage them, and integrate them into this BBCC (Big Beaches Cycling Club) family.   Looking forward to riding with you guys in a few months

Comment by Jon Tamblyn on February 11, 2018 at 10:50am
I joined the BCC in 2015 after taking up cycling the year before. I was intimidated by the idea of group riding, but I knew it was a necessary next step in cycling development. So, I registered for the club and nervously made my way to the beginner session hosted by Dan. Well, it was amazing. Going into my fourth season with the club, it's still amazing - I have close friends, a regular annual pre-season trip to Collingwood, thousands of kilometres on the road, and an ever-growing love of cycling. The BCC is a huge part of that and I'm very grateful to Dan and the other members who make the BCC what it is. So, thank you, everyone! Here's to another amazing season together!
Comment by Scott Moore on February 11, 2018 at 11:55am

I have known Dan for over 15 years and watched as he started the BCC in 2006 but never felt I had the time to join a "formal" club.  I eventually became a member three years ago and it propelled my love for cycling even more and I wish I had joined sooner.   More importantly, I never expected to make the friendships I did with people that share my passion for riding that live in my neighborhood. 

 The things that I love most about the BCC is that it truly is a club for everyone and Dan has instilled this as a core value of our group from the start.   Beginner to advanced can enjoy riding and push themselves as far as they like in a safe and encouraging way. The BCC also makes me want to be a better cyclist in every way....safer, stronger, and all of the above.

Looking forward to the 2018 season...! 

Comment by Julian Sher on February 11, 2018 at 2:42pm

I've been cycling for many years but never had as much fun -- and improved as much -- until I joined BCC.  Dan is a welcoming and diligent coach. I was impressed with the overriding concern for safety.

But it was the friendship that's overwhelming -- I have made close friends, people who are much fun to be with off the bike as on it.

They inspire and push you, give you great tips for cycling (and bike purchases)...

You'll be impressed by the team spirit and the team help. We cycle hard, laugh hard, push each other and spend great weekends together... what could be better?

Comment by Bernadette Crowe on February 11, 2018 at 9:14pm

As a woman in the club, I have found the experience to be nothing short of amazing. The members are friendly, there are no egos and everyone is eager to help. I have made some amazing, good friends that I socialize with both on and off the bike. I'm by no means an expert at riding, therefore, have no idea what they talk about most of the time...(VO2 max, where the hell are we? Science class?)

To to be honest the club has made the rider I am today.   

Comment by Wayne McCutcheon on February 12, 2018 at 8:52am
I truly admire Dan for his leadership of the Beaches Cycling Club. He has done tremendously in pulling together all the great riders and always keeping us safe on the road.  I have gained such a terrific group of friends through the club all with common interests - including riding! The group is diverse, but everyone always comes together - whether it is words of encouragement, or help with mechanical issues (I didnt even know what a chain-break tool was before I joined!), or just getting together on beer night.  It is all a great journey.
I was originally introduced to the club in 2011 and have never looked back. I’ve gained skills, strength, etiquette (sometimes) and a wonderful group of friends. 
I would encourage those that share these values (on and off the bike) to join the BCC.  You too will never look back! 
Bring on 2018!!
Comment by David Raponi-Monk on February 12, 2018 at 9:15am

I will echo the sentiments from the previous comments, and cannot believe that this will be my 6th season riding with BCC. The camaraderie and encouragement from other riders keeps me coming back week after week. Over the years I have made some solid friendships that continue outside the club, but the one thing we share in common is our love of cycling. There is always someone to help when a member suffers a mechanical, whether it is offering a tube and CO2 cartridge, or posting pics on Instagram during the repair. Thanks for all the support over the years and I'm looking forward to the 2018 season. Kudos to Dan for his leadership and all he does for the club. 

Comment by Alex Mulholland on March 6, 2018 at 1:30pm

OOOOOoooooo

It's Road Bike time!!!

Mosport classic anyone? :)

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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 100-160km. Once a month, a destination ride will be posted.

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 35-45kph.

Thursday

Hillicious Thursdays
Starts at 5:40am. This ride includes Brimley repeats, a Beaches hill loop, and/or 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.


Other Rides:

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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.

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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.

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