VCL 2021 Summer Season

21 Jul

Our apologies for not getting things updated here – things have been moving very quickly, and a few things have fallen through the cracks. We have pulled together a 12-race season, and installments 3 and 4 are up this weekend.

The Windsor Park event will be on-site registration only, while the Mill Bay Road Race is utilizing on-line registration at!/events/12577-mill-bay-road-race

The first two races were well attended, and the rest are sure to please! Join us, it has been great seeing familiar faces, and get the competitive juices flowing.

Refer to the Victoria Cycling League Facebook page for more timely updates.

– July 14 – Wed – Newton Heights – Wheelers
– July 18 – Sun – Cherry Point RR – VBCC
– July 24 – Sat – Windsor Park – Oak Bay Bikes / Wheelers
– July 25 – Sun – Mill Bay RR – Sidney Velo
– July 27 – Tues – Speedway – Tripleshot
– July 28 – Wed – Newton Heights – Wheelers
– Aug 11 – Wed – Newton Heights – Wheelers / Maybe Caleb
– Aug 17 – Tues – Speedway – Tripleshot
– Aug 22 – Sun – Metchosin RR – VBCC
– Aug 25 – Wed – North Saanich – Wheelers (new course)
– Aug 29 – Sun – Windsor Park – OBB/Wheelers
– Aug 31 – Tues – Speedway – Tripleshot

VCL 2021 – Race #1 Newton Heights

13 Jul

Without further adieu, and with an ample dose of short notice, here are the details on tomorrow evening’s race.

Newton Heights, Sign-On/Nbr pick-up is at 6:00, and racing starts at 6:30.

Registration is done online, via Webscorer, (if the link doesn’t work, copy and paste the address into your browser and hit enter). Failing that, search the Race ID #247511

Race results will be done via timing chip, there is no charge for the chips this year, HOWEVER, they must be returned after each race. Given that this is the first race in a year and a half, please arrive with plenty of time (before the 6:30 start). Expect a few delays, as we work out the bugs on a race plan that was pulled together very quickly.

Each of the races this year are one-offs, there will be no full season standings. There are a number of reasons for this, including things like: COVID, technical difficulties, short notice, among other things.

SAFETY NOTICE – people are going to be nervous, and there is no prize money or life-changing accolades, so, your primary goals is to stay upright, to keep your race-mates upright, and to have fun.

Bring your cycling BC license to sign-on, you will need either a UCI or Provincial Race License, or a Cycling for All Cycling BC Membership.

More information is available on the VCL Facebook page, and more information will be added to this site in due course.

Observatory Closure/Access

2 Jun

Subject: Dominion Astrophysical Observatory closure during the COVID-19 pandemic

In March 2020, the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory (DAO) made the difficult decision to temporarily close public access to the site, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under normal circumstances, we at the DAO are happy to welcome hikers to enjoy our trails, the cycling community to train on our hill and, through the Friends of the DAO, welcome the public to our historic site to share our knowledge and passion for astronomy. Our staff, who are all part of the Greater Victoria community, are proud to be able to share our site and our interests with the community.

When the pandemic began, we reduced our presence onsite and asked our employees to work remotely to do our part to support physical distancing and the fight against COVID-19. Only essential staff are onsite to allow our research operations to continue.

We have an important responsibility to care for this property and the people who use it, and to protect our employees and our community. As a research institution, and with a limited onsite presence, the DAO is not in a position to ensure safe public access to our site during the pandemic.

We recognize the disappointment this has caused within the communities of cyclists, hikers, nature and astronomy enthusiasts who enjoy our site. We ask for and appreciate your patience and support as we strive to continue to focus our efforts on supporting Canadian research under these unprecedented circumstances.

We sincerely look forward to welcoming you back and re-opening the site to our community and public outreach activities once again, as soon as it is safe to do so.

Clear skies,

Luc Simard,

Director General, Herzberg Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Centre

Dominion Astrophysical Observatory

National Research Council of Canada

2020 Season Delay

16 Mar

FYI – with the guidance of Cycling BC, and following the footsteps of Cycling Canada and other bodies, we are postponing the 2020 race season, with all event between now and May 1st being on hold. We will reassess in a few weeks, and provide further information as it becomes available.

2020 VCL Schedule – Near Final

8 Mar

The wait is nearly over, and to whet your racing appetite, below is a link to the near-final 2020 VCL Schedule. The up-island dates and the Windsor Park races are still to be confirmed, but, this should help you get your training regimen started/kicked into high gear.

VCL 2020 Schedule2


4 Sat Caleb Pike Broad St/VBCC Conf’d
8 Wed Speedway Tripleshot Conf’d
12 Sun Newton Heights Wheelers/Marcel Conf’d
19 Sun Cobble Hill VBCC/Ian Birch Conf’d
21 Tues Sidney TT Sidney Velo To Be Advised
22 Wed Speedway Tripleshot Conf’d
25 Sat Tsolum River RR Cycling Comox Valley To Be Determined
29 Wed Caleb Pike Broad St/VBCC Conf’d
3 Sun Windsor Pk Wheelers/Karl ? Or Long Weekend?
6 Wed Speedway Tripleshot Conf’d
10 Sun Neild Rd HC Wheelers/Errington Conf’d
12 Tues Sidney TT Sidney Velo To Be Advised
13 Wed Caleb Pike Broad St/VBCC Conf’d
17 Sun Cherry Pt RR VBCC/Bill Yearwood Conf’d
18 Mon Windsor Park Wheelers/Karl ?? Long Weekend
20 Wed Velodrome GVVA ?
24 Sun Lazo RR Cycling Comox Valley To Be Determined
27 Wed North Saanich Wheelers/Marcel Conf’d
3 Wed Caleb Pike Broad St/VBCC Conf’d
6-7 Fri-Sun RCL Crit Champs Jr/Masters/Elite Non-VCL
13-14 Sat-Sun BC TT/RR Champs Jr/Masters/Eite Non-VCL
14 Sun Mt Douglas HC Wheelers/Errington Conf’d
16 Tues Sidney TT Sidney Velo To Be Advised
17 Wed Newton Heights Wheelers/Marcel Conf’d
21 Sun Metchosin RR VBCC/Dave Dallin Conf’d
24 Wed Velodrome GVVA ?
27-28 Sat-Sun Trackfest GVVA Conf’d Non-VCL
4 Sat Lazo RR Cycling Comox Valley Possible
5 Sun Windsor Park Wheelers/Karl To Be Conf’d
8 Wed Velodrome GVVA ?
10-19   Superweek Vancouver Non-VCL
12 Sun Paskin TTT Sidney Velo Conf’d
15 Wed North Saanich Wheelers/Marcel Conf’d
19 Sun Windsor Park Wheelers/Karl To Be Conf’d
25 Sat Maple Bay RR Cycle Therapy/Beggs Conf’d
26 Sun Observatory HC Orme Conf’d

Maple Bay – Cancelled

24 Jul

Unfortunately the Maple Bay Road July 27th is cancelled. The principle organizers and many of the volunteers from both teams are away. We have explored many options for other to take the lead and to find volunteers, but simply don’t have the manpower to put in the race.

Remaining Races

22 Jul

It has just been noted that this Wednesday’s Velodrome VCL (July 24th) is missing from the Schedule posted on this site (although, it does properly show on the IRC site). Registration an open-track starts of 6:00PM, with racing starting around 6:30.

Saturday’s Maple Bay RR is still uncertain – final status will be conveyed by tomorrow evening, we apologize for the late notice and confusion.

Lastly, Sunday marks the return of the Observatory Hill Climb – come out and test your legs against the relatively inoffensive grade. It would be great to have a huge turnout for the return of this popular cycling training location. Come out and show your respects and appreciation for the venue operators!!

Results and Season Standings

21 Jul

All Race Results and Season Standings have now been added to the IRC page – click here.

The 2019 VCL race season is quickly drawing to a close, with only one weekend remaining. We are still holding our breath that organization of Saturday’s fantastic Maple Bay Road Race will come together in the next few days (stay tuned), and on Sunday we have the long-lost Observatory Hill Climb. This last venue has been absent from the calendar for many years, and we are super excited to have it back, so, we are hoping to have a really strong turn-out!!!!! Cheap, painful, disgusting, and oh so much fun – let’s see you all out there.

Results – Newton Heights – July 3, 2019

3 Jul

Thanks to everyone who came out, and to Marcel and the other volunteers!! We really appreciate you enabling us all in our collective search for torturous bliss!!! Race results have been tabulated, and are available here.


Results – Windsor Park June 30, 2019, etc

2 Jul

Results for Sunday’s race have been posted here. Thanks to Karl, and Oak Bay Bikes for putting on such a great race, and thanks to all the volunteers that make the whole thing possible!

Additionally, results for the previous few races are also available on the IRC site – click here. I am having some technical issues, so, full results for Metchosin and Mount Doug may show as incomplete – we are working on correcting the issue.