Well, it's -5c on Good Friday morning. Theresa is trying to convince herself that she is going for a run. I'm not sure that she will win the arguments but...
Riding season is just around the corner and it's an ideal time to talk about Spoke n'Hot in 2016.
Probably the biggest change is the decision we made to move our sanctioning from Sask Triathlon to Sask Cycling.
As I've mentioned before, our origin was in triathlon and the early majority of our riders were triathletes however over the years the profile changed. Most of the riders now are primarily interested in cycling and cycling events so it made sense to align with Sask Cycling.
Membership in the SCA is a mandatory requirement for you to take part in any cycling event in Saskatchewan and is also recognized across the country. So if you want to take part in an event in Alberta, for example, all you need to do is show your SCA membership and you will not need to become an Alberta Cycling Assoc member.
This move will also allow us to continue with our Ride Leader training. Over 2016 we will be training all our Ride Leaders as part of the National Coaching Certification Program "Let's ride". This emphasizes basic riding skills and will give the Ride Leaders a good understanding of coaching principles that are applicable to Spoke n'Hot riders.
One of our ongoing objectives has been to increase the number of female Ride Leaders.
Erin Edwards, who rode with us last year, has moved to BC to continue her Pilot training and Cindy Lamy is temporarily unavailable due to impending motherhood! The good news though is that we lost two but gained four! Mary Fry, Alison Worby and Andrea Ell have all volunteered to step in to the Ride Leader role on Monday evening and Adele Grundahl will be leading a Saturday morning endurance ride.
Mary started as a rookie with us in 2013 and has steadily improved in skill and confidence to the point where she feels ready to help our newer riders.
Alison is an experienced rider in recreational and competitive cycling and I expect to see her working with some of the faster riders.
The same comment would apply to Andrea, who also is quite active in cyclocross.
Adele Grundahl has been a competitive cyclist for many years. She has volunteered to start a Saturday morning ride for more experienced riders who are looking to increase their stamina over the longer distances. More details to follow..
Returning Ride Leaders for 2016.
Theresa Gibson, very experienced competitive cyclist, the brains behind Spoke n'Hot. Spent part of late 2015 learning how to cyclocross with her partner in crime Erin Kiefer, Both of whom decided to go to Winnipeg for Cyclocross Nationals in October.
The dynamic duo of Alan and Wanda Barry. Wanda will once again be looking after our very newest riders ( her "ducklings") and Alan will be leading one of the faster Groups.
Paul Cutting and Terry Lazarou, have been Ride Leaders from the very first Spoke n'Hot ride back in 2012. You may have seen some of Paul's tweets or on the CBC promoting cycling and snowshoeing over the winter. Terry successfully completed his Knights of Sufferlandria and should now be referred to as Sir Terry ( seriously, ask him about what he had to do to qualify. It's pretty impressive)
Shane McKechney. Seems to volunteer for everything including becoming a Ski Patroller over the winter.
Nicole Cripps. Team Sask cyclist, university student, ace bike mechanic..!
Last and definitely not least, Freddy Vandelinden. Has sponsored Spoke n'Hot from the very beginning and now leads the fast ladies in their weekly 'just how fast and far can we go today' challenge! Only person I know that can still talk non-stop at 50km/h into a headwind with a smile on his face.
We will definitely see the return of the Spoke 100. It was a huge success last year and this year we want it to be even better. Provisional date is Sun Aug 7th.
The Saturday morning ride with Adele G. More details to follow.
We're looking forward to this season. Meeting old friends, making new ones. This is what makes Regina such a fun place to live. If you've not registered yet just CLICK HERE and choose Spoke n'Hot from the drop down menu.
Don't forget the Registration Celebration at Dutch Cycle. 6:30 pm April 11, 2016. rsvp on the Facebook events page please!
See you all on April 11,
Mark and Theresa ( she didn't go for a run)
I'm pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2016 season of cycling with Spoke n'Hot. We were a little delayed as we had a bit of thinking to do about our plans for the future.
The big decision was whether to remain sanctioned under Sask Triathlon or become a club under the Sask Cycling Association. It's a fairly significant move that had all sorts of wrinkles.
When we first set up Spoke n'Hot we had no idea how successful it would become. We thought it might have twenty or thirty members who would originate from the triathlon community so being sanctioned by STAC made sense.
What we came to realize though, was that the majority of our riders were not coming from the triathlon community. They were cyclists. As such, they were more likely to take part in a cycling event than a triathlon.
So it came down to a simple question, which Association is most likely to be of most use to our members? We believe that it is the SCA so that is why when you follow the link to register for Spoke n'Hot 2016 you will become a member of the Sask Cycling Association.
We're looking forward to working with the SCA to promote women's cycling in Saskatchewan. We have a great club that other cities have copied and many have envied.
Theresa and I will see you all at the Registration Celebration, April 11 at Dutch!
Yaay for summer!!!
I know it is tempting fate but looking at Sunday's forecast is encouraging Theresa and I to think about going for a ride on Sunday.
Nothing too dramatic, we'll leave from the parking lot south of the Co-op in Harbour Landing at 1100. I think we'll ride out to the water treatment plant unless the wind dictates otherwise.
So, if you fancy coming, you have a little homework to do, don't you??
1. Find your bike.
2. Does it still work?
3. Are the tires inflated? Chain lubed?
If you're unsure about your bike or just not feeling the love then I'm sure Freddy can help you out!!
It can still be chilly when we ride so dress appropriately. Keep your ears, hands and toes warm and you'll have a good ride. If you are wearing tights I guarantee you will not overheat. You can always take something off if you need to.
So, meet at 10:45, ride at 1100. You're welcome to invite a friend or husband or ? Let's have a good time!
Mark and Theresa.
I tend to be the noisy one, Theresa and the Ride Leaders are the real story.