UPDATE: CLUB AND INTERCLUB PURSUIT EVENTS
Date Posted: May 13, 2013
First Interclub pursuit - Sunday May 5, 10:00am start - Oro course results posted
First club pursuit - Saturday, May 11, 10:00am start - Bradford South course results posted
Second club pursuit - Saturday, June 1, 10:00am start - Sandford course (see Calendar page for map)
Second Interclub pursuit - Sunday May 26, 10:00am start - Beeton course (see Calendar page for map).
The events in both of the these series are open to and can be enjoyed by all, because they are ability-handicapped, usually in a way that ensures elite riders never win.
This format is technically called an Australian Pursuit - and is designed to bring out the best in all of us, in terms of collaboration, competitiveness, and duplicity.
In the Club Series there are medals for the winner of the individual events and a trophy for the overall winner presented at the Annual Awards Banquet.
In the Interclub Series, there are prizes (cycling gear) for the overall winner and the next 15-20 participants in the Interclub Series.
- Bring in exact change so that you don’t slow down the registration line while our Race Secretary fumbles in his wallet.
- Do not arrive at 9:55 am and expect to ride. Get there early so registration does not become a shambles with resulting distress to our Race Secretary.
- It would be really nice if the corners could be swept by more than the "faithful few" (FOR ONCE!). Bring a broom, get out of bed a little earlier and choose a corner to sweep.
REMEMBER: For both these series - NO MEMBERSHIP CARD - NO RIDE
RULES, RULES, RULES: The following are displayed at both Club and Interclub events and you are required to sign-in before each event indicating that you have read, understand and agree with these rules
NECC: PRE-EVENT INSTRUCTIONS FOR CLUB AND INTERCLUB PURSUITS (version: 28 April, 2010; amended 20 April, 2012).
- This event is registered with the OCA but it is not sanctioned and is not subject to an OCA Event Permit.
- It is covered under the provisions of the OCA insurance policy, provided that you are a member of NECC (or for Interclubs, that every participant is a member of the Newmarket, Barrie, Mountain View or Owen Sound Cycling Clubs).
- Only you are responsible for your safety - as stated in the OCA waiver you signed when joining the club.
- The roads are totally open to traffic and there may, or may not, be people assisting at intersections to inform you of oncoming traffic.
- Intersections are neutralized. You have to proceed through intersections with regard to the rules of the road and give way to traffic with the right of way.
- You must not cross the yellow centre line or obstruct traffic.
- You may ride competitively but not aggressively.
- If someone in your group crashes you should stop and give assistance and be prepared to give a witness statement for reporting to the OCA.
- If you drop out of the event you must inform the timekeeper.
THE LONG DARKE KNIGHT OF THE SOLE IS ALMOST OVER
Date Posted: May 1, 2013
Don’t be caught jousting flat-footed, the Thursday Ride will return next week - Thursday May 2 (NO, NOT TOMORROW)
The instructions are as they were last year but on no account is that justification for not reading them NOW.
DO not whine about the length of the message. It’s crammed with important information, so it is mandatory reading even if you do not ride on Thursdays.
This club ride is registered on our OCA Affiliation form and is subject to our Membership, Insurance and Participation Policy (see the website: http://www.newmarketeagles.com/PDFs/Insurance_policy_2010.pdf).
This is a fast paced training ride but it is designed so that riders of varying ability levels can enjoy participating:
1. The route is the same from week to week. This means that people can join the ride en route.
2. The route incorporates a loop so that those who get dropped have an opportunity to re-join the ride. Depending on the month, we do between 1 and 4 loops, so be aware of the amount of daylight remaining and have lights with you.
3. It seems advisable to no longer use Warden Ave because of the increased traffic levels during commuting hours (measured at 160 vehicles per hour going north and 32 per hour going south).
4. The CURRENT ROUTE is: east on Mulock, north on McCowan, west on Queensville, north on Kennedy, east on Holborn, south on McCowan and then repeat the Queensville-Kennedy-Holborn-McCowan loop until exhausted or day light fails - and in case it does, be sure to have lights with you.
5. The ride takes place whenever people show up and decide to ride - there is no process for an “official cancellation”.
For those who need to drive to a meeting point, the usual parking spot is on the street at 1133 Kingdale Rd Newmarket (lots of space on the street)*
(*Note that returning to Kingdale, off Mulock, can be tricky because Mulock is 4 lanes. An alternative is to turn north on Harry Walker Pkwy before crossing Mulock).
Faster riders leave this parking point at 6:30 PM, SHARP. Slower riders leave at 6:20 PM SHARP and expect to be caught by the fast group while heading north on McCowan. They then try to hang on to the fast guys before re-grouping on the loop (sounds more complicated than it is).
- NO MATTER WHERE YOU JOIN THE RIDE, EVERYONE NEEDS TO HAVE A MEMBERSHIP CARD.
- IT’S GOOD TO RIDE RAPIDLY BUT IT MUST BE RESPONSIBLY.
- THE RIDE MAY INVOLVE A ROTATING PACELINE (if in doubt, watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhI8gWurWNQ).
- READ THE GROUP RIDING ADVISORY that follows:
GROUP RIDE SAFETY
- The apparent safety of riding as a “tight” double file group is just that – apparent – and is no protection from the actions of a rogue driver.
- All GROUPS need to have a process for keeping in a tight, orderly group and establishing when they should be in single file – for example: on winding roads; roads with disappeared shoulders; roads with limited visibility on hills; where there are double yellow lines; etc.
- EVERYONE in the group needs to STEP UP, SPEAK OUT and be responsible for the group’s behaviour.
- Those at the front need to TAKE RESPONSIBILITY for calling SINGLE-UP when road conditions dictate and BREAKING UP THE GROUP when it is too long for the road conditions (or even pulling to the side, if traffic is being obstructed).
- Those behind need to FOLLOW the instructions of the lead rider.
- Those at the back need to warn of vehicles that cannot get past and CALL FOR A SINGLE-UP when needed.
- EVERYONE in the group needs to CALL THE MESSAGES UP THE LINE and EVERYONE needs to move over in an orderly fashion.
- Those at the back need to be aware of riders being dropped, crashed or with a mechanical.
- ROTATIONS should be SINGLE (i.e. the passing pair of riders should not ride between the two front riders).
EAGLES RACE TEAM HAVING A BUSY SPRING
Date Posted: April 25, 2013
PLASTIGLAS MTB O-CUP no.1 - Race report by Chad Madeleno here, NECC Race Team on Facebook
Find out what the NECC Race Team is all about here, Calendar Page, Masters Race Team
LEARN TO RACE CLINIC STARTS MONDAY APRIL 22
Date Posted: April 16, 2013
Learn to Road Race program starts April 22nd. Location for the first 6 weeks is St. Elizabeth Seton Parish Church, 17995 Leslie Street, Newmarket. Start time is 6:30pm until approximately 8:00pm. The focus is on skills and drills to prepare for the Youth Cup Race Series. Road bikes are strongly recommended. Parents will be required to stay on-site for safety reasons. This program is free to all registered youth members of the Newmarket Eagles Cycling Club.
For more information contact Ralph Neumann at firstname.lastname@example.org
EAGLES RACE TEAM CLOSES IN ON THE PODIUM
Date Posted: March 30, 2013
Today, March 30, 7 members of the NECC Race Team - some of them resplendent in their new Eagles Race Team kit - competed in the OCAs Good Friday road race. Congratulations to Mark “Enduro” Hopper for a well-earned 5th place and to Chad Madeleno who made the top ten.
This an historic milestone for the Club - the first race for its own team. Look for the Eagles tent at the next race.
See the report and a team photo on the Race Team page which you will find in the “Calendar” section which is tabbed on the left hand side of this page.
NEWMARKET EAGLES MASTERS RACE TEAM SET TO BLAST OFF
Date Posted: March 25, 2013
The 2013 race season for the Masters Race Team starts this Friday with the Good Friday Road Race.
The Eagles racers will be sporting a special look in 2013 as the Team has been outfitted with new Eagles Race Team kit (pdf) that shows the logos of our generous sponsors.
Many thanks to Weave Corp, Gold sponsor, and our Silver and Bronze sponsors for supporting our youth and adult race teams in 2013.
You can see the full list of the Team sponsors on our Team web page - Go Eagles Go!
THE NEW SEASON IS IMMINENT: MEMBERSHIPS, INSURANCE, PURSUIT EVENTS and GROUP RIDES
Date Posted: March 5, 2013
YES I KNOW THIS IS VERBOSE BUT IT IS A MUST READ
1. MEMBERSHIP AND INSURANCE UPDATE - 2013
Membership applications will ONLY be processed this year through the on-line registration system accessed on the website membership page.
Participation in ANY NECC event/regular ride is open ONLY to members who have registered for their 2013 membership.
Participation of non-members can lead to an insurance and liability risk for all. Please DO NOT cause me anxiety and you embarrassment by turning up for one of the regular group rides without having joined the Club. You may not have received your card yet but I will know if you have joined or not.
Since a number of members may choose to gather from time to time at our usual ride meeting places in the early season, before everyone has got their membership act together, please be aware that insurance coverage through the OCA cannot be assumed to be in place when riding together under these conditions.
The Race Schedule for Club and Interclub Races and Time Trials is finalized and posted on the website calendar page. Announcements about other competitive and non-competitive events of possible interest to members will be issued through the Google Newsgroup and on the website.
3. GROUP RIDES
Below is the message issued last year concerning our group rides, Saturdays in particular. PLEASE RE-READ IT.
ALSO, please read this new article, 10 Rules to Group Ride Like a Pro (PDF) (this is also available in the right hand column of the membership page).
NECC GROUP RIDES
In recent years, we have taken a number of steps to improve the Clubs GROUP RIDING PRACTICES (e.g. distribution of these articles: http://carolinacyclingnews.com/2011/09/0/lost-art-of-the-group-ride/ ; http://michaelbarry.ca/2011/11/the-group-ride-2/; and the recent efforts by designated ride leaders in the Saturday Intermediate Group).
This has generated a lot of discussion which, together with the ever increasing numbers in our rides, has led to a decision to take additional steps to improve the quality and safety of our group rides.
Please note the following principles and practices (which will also be posted on the Membership Page of the website):
1. Participants in our GROUP RIDES do so at their own risk and it is the responsibility of all riders to act in the best interests of their safety and that of other members of the group.
2. For some rides (Sunday and Wednesday evening) there are people responsible for scheduling and route planning who may also provide advice on ride practices.
3. For the other rides (Saturday, Thursday, Wednesday afternoon/GOOFS) there are no designated leaders responsible for “leading” the ride. The club is only responsible for setting the time and meeting place and relies on the individual participants to “manage themselves” in accordance with accepted safe riding practices.
4. In the interests of taking further action to improve our risk management practices and to improve the quality and safety of our rides, a number of members have agreed to act as “monitors” during our rides, to identify and comment on poor and unsafe riding practices.
5. It may be the case (for example on days when we also have a scheduled Pursuit event or Time-trial) that no monitors are present at a particular ride. The ride may still proceed but as always, the individual participants are responsible for the group’s safe riding practices.
6. When present, the “Ride Monitors” will do the following:
At the start of the ride:
• Do a headcount and make sure the groups sizes are reasonable (e.g. establishing “a” and “b” groups when necessary)
• Make sure the discussion of route for the day is not endless.
• Give one-on-one advice to new and/or inexperienced members (at the start and during the ride)
During the ride, watch out for and comment on such bad practices as:
• Lack of attention to stop signs and lights and yellow lines
• The group not keeping a tight formation and half-wheeling
• Failure to signal turns and obstacles
• Not calling for a single-up when road and traffic conditions require
• Lack of communication - not calling out “clear” and “car back”
• Not allowing adequate time for the whole group to clear intersections
• Erratic changes of pace
• Failure to watch out for riders left behind at intersections, or because of mechanicals or crashes; or simply struggling with the pace and needing just a brief breather to get back with the group
7. It is hoped that you as members will heed their comments and accept them in the spirit in which they are offered. Cycling can be a high pressure/speed sport. Sometimes there is not time to be overly polite when trying to correct individual or group riding problems.
8. Here are the names of some of the long term club members with extensive group riding and racing experience who have offered to step up and speak out during our rides, in the interest of the safety of us all. Please make sure you get to know who they are: Big John Vanden Elzen, Simon MacDonald, Karl Pasternak, Matthias Schmidt, George Vandikas, Ian Seaton, Victor Tolgyessy, Andrew Darke, Dave Hammond, Dean Robertson
Domestiques and Donations Wanted
Date Posted: February 17, 2013
The 7th annual Tour de Speed youth race is coming on June 15th. The Community Centre is booked, the roads are secured and all the support services are in place. The only thing missing (besides the riders) is YOU! If you’ve helped out before you know how much fun it is and how much the kids enjoy the day.
If you are able to help out, whether it’s only for an hour or for the whole day, please send me an e‑mail at email@example.com. Include your name, your availability and what you would like to do. If you volunteered last year, I sincerely hope you will be back this year, particularly in the key knowledge and team captain positions.
We are looking for contributions of items for:
• Fund raising raffles - preferably cycling related including gear, clothing, food, equipment;
• Swag bags - also preferably cycling related;
• Canteen - coffee, milk, soft-drinks, cookies, muffins;
• Post-race recovery - e.g. water, fruit, chocolate milk, gels, powders, bars;
• BBQ lunch items - patties, buns, water, soft drinks, cookies, coffee, vegetables and fruit.
The Tour de Speed is recognized as the premiere youth race in Ontario. This level of recognition is only possible because club members like you step up to help. Your assistance will enable us to continue our support of youth cycling in York Region.
2013 MEMBERSHIP REGISTRATION IS NOW AVAILABLE
Date Posted: February 7, 2013
ON-LINE registration for 2013 is now available. A permanent link is on the membership page. Or for now you can click the link below to check it out.
If you are planning on racing, please get your UCI license or Citizen Permit first before registering for your Club Membership.
This is due to the direct payment of insurance to the OCA.
2013 EAGLES ON-LINE REGISTRATION
HELL OF THE NORTH 2013 - Sunday April 7
Date Posted: February 6, 2013
Real Deal Racing’s Hell of the North spring race and its little brother, Heck of the North, are scheduled:
This is one of Ontario's hardest events! This early season classic is a can't miss!!
Details are on www.realdealracing.ca
NEW FOR 2013 - "King of the Spring" We are doing a cross promotion with the Tour of Bronte and Paris to Ancaster.
The person with the combined best results for these three events will be crowned the KING OF THE SPRING!!!
Also winner of RealDealRacing's "Hell of the North" will get a position on the front line at the Paris 2 Ancaster!!
Cedar Beach Trailer & Rv Resort
15014 9th Line, Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario L4A-7X3
CRAMPS, CARPALS, CLAVICLES AND CRANIUMS - EAGLES WINTER MEETING: Tuesday February 5, 2013
Date Posted: January 3, 2013
Everything you need to know about Cycling Injuries from the benign to the catastrophic.
Tom Knox of Podium Performance Centre in Newmarket will talk about common cycling injuries and what can be done about them and our own Dr Amanda Mayo will talk about the science of head injuries and how to avoid them.
Where: Newmarket Public Library. (438 Park Ave Newmarket, ON. L3Y 1W1. There is some parking near the library or you can also park where we meet for Saturday and Sunday rides, walk up to Main St and crossover to Park Ave)
When: Tuesday February 5, 2013, 7:00 PM (get there early so you can help set up the chairs)
THE TOUR DE SPEED IS COMING - June 15, 2013
Date Posted: December 17, 2012
The annual Tour de Speed is the Clubs largest organizational challenge of the year, second only to the challenge of getting members to attend the Annual General Meeting, volunteer to marshal a Time Trial, sweep a corner for a Club Pursuit, or ride in an organized pace-line.
Our Mr. Tour De Speed, Dean Robertson needs volunteers to help at the Tour de Speed June 15, 2013. This major event needs the support of everyone interested in BUILDING THE SPORT OF CYCLING. If you can spend some time supporting the club and more importantly supporting young cyclists from our Club and other Clubs throughout Ontario, please come along and help.
For details of how you can help, whether just for an hour or all day, please email Dean at firstname.lastname@example.org
NEWMARKET EAGLES RACE TEAM - Ramping up for 2013!
Date Posted: December 4, 2012
The Youth and Adult RaceTeam has now secured a number of commercial sponsorships and is getting ready for the first race day in 2013.
This is an exciting new venture for a club that has always (since 1985!) regarded its primary goal as providing opportunities for “grass roots racing”.
By establishing a Race Team we hope to provide a pathway for our members, young and old, to move up to a higher level of racing.
Here’s what you can do:
1. If you have been thinking about joining the Race Team, now is the time to do it so you can get your team clothing kit ordered. The Team is open to all members of the Eagles. If you still have questions before you join see the attached "Race Team FAQ sheet." (PDF)
2. See the attached “Hello Eagles” Information Sheet (PDF) regarding our current sponsors and how we plan to use these funds.
3. Use the attached “Team Sponsorship” sheet (PDF) to solicit sponsorships from the company you work for or others that may have an interest.
4. For any questions about the Race Team, contact Chris Raynor, Dan Lundenberg, Ralph Neumann
NECC Youth Racing Team Indoor Cycling Program Overview
Date Posted: November 26, 2012
It is finally here! Please check out the Newmarket Eagles Youth Indoor Training program on the right hand side of the YOUTH PAGE (titled 'Youth Racing Team Indoor Training 2012').
This program was put together by our own Ralph Neumann (former National Team Member) and is specifically designed to get the kids ready for the upcoming race season. This is phase 1, Phase 2 will be released in Jan/Feb and will focus more on increasing power.
Please contact myself Christopher.Raynor@chrobinson.com or Ralph email@example.com if you have any questions, or comments.
NEWMARKET EAGLES YOUTH RACE TEAM
Date Posted: October 2, 2012
Coming in 2013, under the guidance of Ralph Neumann and Chris Raynor, a Newmarket Eagles Youth Race Team.
As the planning for this starts to take shape, follow all the developments on Facebook, NEWMARKET EAGLES YOUTH RACE TEAM, with cool info and updates for young and old!
Even all the old fogies in the club can show their support for the Youth Team by “liking” us on Facebook.
And maybe if there is enough support we may have a Race Team for the adults as well.
Any questions, contact Christopher.Raynor@chrobinson.com or
Let the winter training begin!
NEW FOR 2012 - ONLINE REGISTRATION!
Date Posted: February 26, 2012
We are now offering an ON-LINE registration. A permanent link is on the membership page in 2 locations. Once in the body copy and another in the right hand column along with the standard hard copy forms. And for now you can click the link below to check it out.
EAGLES ON-LINE REGISTRATION
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