Bonus Race!!

5 Aug

Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!

Exciting News – Bonus Race – Windsor Park

We are offering a bonus VCL Race on Sunday August 14 at Windsor Park. Cap-off the road racing season, tune your legs for Cross, and just enjoy a good hard day on the road. The race agenda is as follows:

Youth Clinic – 8am – 30 min

Open/Youth/C Group – 8:45-9:15am – Estimated 25 min + 5 laps

B Group – 9:30-10:30am – Estimated 45 min + 5 laps

A Group – 10:45-12:00pm – Estimated 50 min + 5 laps

Registration Fee – $20

Registration Link –

Prizes and Primes offered courtesy of Phillips Brewing Company, Burnt Bridge Classic Gravel Fondo, and more.

Final Week of the Race Season

25 Jul

Good afternoon race fans. We are fast approaching the end of the 2022 VCL season, and your last chance to gain remaining-year bragging rights over your friends. Three events remain, and individually they offer a little somethin-somethin for everyone.

Newton Heights this Wednesday, July 27th – climb a hill, suffer immensely, descend and recover ever-so-slightly, then do it again, 10-12-14 more times… Registration is on-site only – be there!!!

Windsor Park Crit – Shim’s Ride Version – see – all funds raised go to supporting spinal cord research. This pista is a favourite of almost everyone. Sunshine, crowds, prizes, and comradery – let’s try to make it a registration record. Reg HERE AND on-site

Finally, Sunday the 31st offers you the chance to prove your season fitness, with a one-and-done effort up the Observatory. Due to some rather incoherent access restrictions, this event will take place entirely on Strava. An official VCL event, with on-site timing has been rejected by premises officials, so, we are proceeding within its access guidelines. More specific details in the next day or so (but, essentially, you will have the one day to post a result on Strava, then I will tabulate the results.

Tell all you friends, and see you this week!

Newton Heights

9 Jul

My eyes glossed on the schedule, and I missed the fact that there is also a July 14th Newton Race – YEAH!!!!

Go, and make it worth the volunteers’ time! You will feel great satisfaction.

Alert – Maple Bay CANCELLED

9 Jul

With sadness we have to announce that next Sunday’s Maple Bay race is being cancelled. We, unfortunately, have fallen victim to the same issue many face – a lack of bodies.

So, we will see you at Newton for the July 27th (Wed) race, the Saturday July 30th Windsor Park Crit (my favourite), and then potentially the July 31st Observatory Hill Climb (if they open the venue up to group events).

ALERT – North Saanich Race Cancelled

18 May

Due to excessive debris on the course, and more falling as I type, tonight’s race has been cancelled for safety reasons.

Take the night off, sign up for Sunday’s race at Cherry Point, and gather up your candles and hard candy, and prepare the power outages.

I will sit and sigh that my 208lb carcass doesn’t get to dish out the pain to all the lightweights out there – lol…



10 May

After a very long > two year closure, the Observatory grounds have now been re-opened to the public. Please see the official announcement below – please, please please adhere to the restrictions. Do NOT go above the stop sign during Mon-Fri business hours (7AM-5PM). Evenings and weekend are when we can make our way right to the top. Close the gate, be respectful, don’t ride past the stop-sign during the day, and be sure to thank anyone you see there for sharing the space with us!!

Hello All,

Well as we have been closed to Covid 19 for just over 2 years it is time to welcome back the public to our beautiful site. As of today at 9:15 the front gate will be open. Vehicle Gate opening times will be Monday to Friday 9:15-5pm. The man gate at the bottom will be open 24/7. This is subject to change as operational requirements dictate.

We have hired a licensed security guard who will patrol and monitor the public who are accessing the site. All requests and or directions from this guard are to be adhered to at all times. At no time will aggressive or abusive behaviour to anyone on site be tolerated. All rules of the site and road must be followed and respected.

Cyclists are to turn around at the first stop sign in the parking lot to the left as you hit the sign. There is ample room to maneuver and a nice stop in the lot to look at Mt. Baker. During working hours Monday to Friday 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, this is the only approved turn around spot. Outside of regular working hours you can continue to the top for more spectacular views. I have included pictures of the stop sign and the turnaround area to the left. Please familiarize yourselves with this. I reiterate that this rule must be followed and no aggressive or abusive behaviour will be tolerated. Reminder that this is private property and by following the outlined rules we will hopefully be able to provide this privilege for years to come. There is no off road cycling allowed anywhere on our site.

Hikers/ Walkers please stay on the road/ hard pack as we have many areas that are currently under restoration / recovery. Many people walk their dogs on site.  If the dogs are under their owners control and do not chase the wildlife (deer) they are not required to be on a leash.  However if it is determined that the dogs are chasing wildlife or impeding staff in any manner then it will be mandatory to have them on a leash. Just so you know, that with the lack of people we have had up here, we have a huge influx of wildlife from deer, bears, racoon, eagles, hawks, and to many birds to name. We are still a Species at Risk site so again please stay to the hard pack so we don’t disturb the habitats of many. Removal of any plants, mushrooms, and or animals is illegal and will not be tolerated. Please take pictures only. It is also unlawful to feed the animals so, again, take pictures only.

If at any time you come in contact with staff or the guard please provide 6’ social distancing and or wear a mask. Covid is still out there and we wish everyone to remain healthy and safe at all times. I can’t stress enough to follow all signage, speed limits, and directions from security and staff. Once again, at no time will aggressive or abusive behaviour be tolerated.


Monday Mailbox – Results, Reg and Standings

9 May

Thanks to the 16 warriors who tackled the always painful Neild Rd Hill Climb. Enduring brief periods of sun, light rain, heavy rain, and more sun, in addition to the elevation, it was a great way to spend 7.5-13 minutes (depending upon who you were). Results for the hill climb are available here, as are the results for the VCL Velodrome Event (done as separate races, then combined as a series for VCL points).

Overall VCL Standings are available here.

And finally, Registration is now live for this coming Wednesday’s Caleb Pike Race – reg early, and tell your friends, all the cool kids are doing it.

Thanks so much to John E, Bruce F and Ian for making the hill-climb happen – you guys are the best!!


Hill Climb Time – Neild Rd

6 May

Sunday morning leg opener, on your way out to East Sooke, or warm-up before doing repeats at Bear Mountain.

Come on out an suffer – its only 7-8 minutes of pain if you are super fit, or 10 minutes if you are a Clydesdale (as the writer is).

Sign-on is at 10:00 AM, and first rider off at 10:30. On-site registration only, bring cash (and race license). $5.00 race fee – incredibly value for the money!!

See you there.

Caleb Pike – Sunday May 1st

27 Apr

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday, fingers crossed for a good-weather Sunday! The registration page for this Sunday’s Caleb Pike race is live – click here to register.

Racing Starts at 10:30 AM for A-Group, with B and C to follow with roughly 3-minute gaps.

Register online, make your way to the course, don’t forget your helmet and shoes, and get ready for a exciting morning of circuit racing.

Just a quick reminder that the Sidney TTs have officially been cancelled for all of 2022. Shortly after receiving verbal approvals, the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure decided that construction conditions along the highway, and weekly racing in the same area were not compatible. So… we will due a little soul and site searching, and see if we can fill the gaps with something.

Finally, there are season Series Standings available on Webscorer. Click here to see the standings!


Velodrome Races this Wednesday

25 Apr

Apr 27th (this Wednesday) is the first of 3 VCL races at the GVVA Velodrome. To make it fair for riders on rental bikes, all riders will be gear restricted to max. 89 gear inch (46×14 on the rental bikes*).

On schedule will be Scratch race, Elimination race, and Keirin. Track opens for warm up at 6pm, first race begins at 630pm.

(you can find some videos from last year:

Those who have NOT ridden on our track or have prior track experience as well as those who want a refresher, please either a) show up early (~5-530pm) to get a run down, or b) sign up for a full Learn-to-Ride which we have one this Sunday especially if you do plan to do more racing / training at the track (GVVA has weekly racing starting next month)

*those coming with their own track bikes, make sure you come prepared with gear options below 89″, examples: 49×15, 53×16, 57×17.

Registration information to follow shortly.