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Race Results – VCL #1 – Western Speedway – April 6, 2019

9 Apr

I apologize for the abridged post, but, see Webscorer for Saturday’s race results. And, you may be interested in the Tripleshot Race Report -for a recap of the A-race, that we were all too wet and cold to stick around and watch – bummer!!!

See you Wednesday – start your anti-rain dances now!!!


Sidney Time Trials – Race/Venue/Volunteer

9 Apr

Hi, Velos, time trial riders, and friends. The 39th season of the Sidney Velo Tuesday Time Trials starts on April 23rd at 6:30 PM (7 PM for April 30th and on). It’s on the same course as since 2011, but new for 2019:

  • Registration/start/finish moves to Lochside Drive at the McTavish Interchange to get away from the over-crowded parking lot at Cy Hampson Park.
  • Participant/spectator vehicle parking is at the south end of the BC Transit McTavish Park & Ride lot at 2095 McTavish Road on the west side of Hwy 17.
  • Access to the time trial registration/start/finish via the cyclist/pedestrian overpass to Lochside Drive.
  • On-site registration from 6 PM for $6/race (free for U19) or $60/season (17 races), and season pass riders can get early start times.
  • On-line registration from 7 AM to 4 PM on race days for $6/race + $1.94 service fee, and will get early start times.
  • Eddy Merckx non-aero category for ages 19 and up, in addition to the traditional open aero category.

Please go to for all the details, including the Tuesday Time Trial Rules.

Victoria Cycling League nights are April 23, May 14, June 25, and July 9, which should have an above average number of riders.

For the April 23rd 6:30 PM start, we will open registration at 6 PM and continue it until 6:50 PM.

Participants and spectators are asked to NOT park on Lochside Frontage Road at the McTavish Interchange; we need those few spots for our equipment, first aid, and volunteer vehicles.


 I’m sending this on behalf of Ian Birch, Volunteer Organizer.

Once again we are looking for your generous support to hold these events.  There are 120 positions to be filled – marshals, bike holders, back up timekeepers,  etc.  Shifts range from 1 hr. to 1 1/2 hrs. Experience is not necessary – we will instruct as necessary on the evening.

What I would like from you by April 15 is a commitment to ideally work a minimum of 2 shifts and respectfully ask that you find your own replacement if you can’t do your scheduled shift, or switch  with someone else and advise me at

1. If you know the specific dates, open this web page (Signup Genius), check the relevant boxes and submit. There is no need to open an account.


         –   your e-mail address is only provided to me. Signup Genius protects your information.

2. If you are flexible on dates do NOT open Signup Genius, but submit the details to me by email (, including positions you want to fill and dates that are not good for you. I will fill in the schedule.     I’ll send out a schedule once it is finalized and it will be put on our website. Feel free to forward this to other groups.  Thanks for your continued support.

Finally, remember to KEEP YOUR HEAD UP!, as the most common cause of serious time trial accidents has been a rider running into a rider or vehicle in front of them.

Larry Pommen
Sidney Velo Cycling Club

Weather Update – VCL is a GO!!

6 Apr

** Today’s VCL race is on, as originally scheduled. Registration starts around 1:00, C race begins at 2:00, with B’s and A’s to follow.


Today’s Youth Race has been cancelled, and Tripleshot is still deciding on the adult race – keep an eye here, and the VCL Facebook page for updates. I know, it blows…


2019 Race Waivers – Print/Sign/Bring

5 Apr

Please make sure you download, complete (legibly) and sign the 2019 VCL Waiver and bring it with you tomorrow. This will help smooth and speed-up the registration process!!!


The VCL and you Race Hosts

2019 Race Schedule

21 Feb

*** April 6th Western Speedway – Youth Races begin at 12-noon, with the VCL Races starting around 2:00PM (1-hour earlier than noted in the document below).

**April 23rd Sidney TT – Start Time 6:30, not 7:00 as listed below.

Without further adieu, here is the mostly final version of the 2019 VCL Race Schedule. We have a few things that still require final confirmation, but, we are mostly there. We have made note in the schedule of some key local events, however, the list of races is not exhaustive.

To come are details on the 2019 Season Launch / 2018 Season Wrap Party. Expect more news on this in the coming weeks.

You will notice the return of the Observatory Hill Climb, we are very happy to have this back on the calendar – we hope to see a large contingent of racers (large and small 😉 ).

Also, note the return of Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit, as well as the AirForce Crit, out at 443 Squadron – 12 Wing facility. Both very exciting in their own right.

Hopefully you are already into your 2019 training program, and the ill effects of the off-season and Snowmaggedon2019 are being addressed and worked-off.

See you soon,

2019 VCL Schedule


2019 Race Schedule – Stay Tuned

19 Feb

Stay tuned everyone, the 2019 Race Schedule will be published tomorrow. It is a full and exciting calendar, that we think you will all enjoy!!

Schedule Change – Observatory Cancelled/Delayed

18 Jul

Due to circumstances beyond our control, next weekend’s Observatory Hill-Climb has been cancelled. A new transformer is being installed on the mountain that weekend, and we were unable to coordinate an alternate date. Communication with management has been reestablished, after years off the schedule, and the event will return, just not right now.

Stay tuned, perhaps we will be able to swing something later in the summer, or in the fall as a one-off pain cave event.

In the meantime, for those pain-seekers, we will see you tonight at Newton Heights!!