Advocating for a Cycle Safe Sydenham

Advocating for a Cycle Safe Sydenham

As you may be aware, the City of Hamilton has been planning traffic calming measures for Sydenham Rd, though despite Sydenham being a priority in the City’s own Cycling Master Plan, the City will not be installing any bike lanes and in some areas will be creating more dangerous road conditions for cyclists than already exist.

Today we are launching a Cycle Safe Sydenham petition, asking the City to include cycling lanes in upcoming work on Sydenham and also to develop a comprehensive process for future road improvements that cross-references with the Cycling Master Plan. There have been far too many missed opportunities to build out our cycling network in the past, and with today’s petition we hope to shift the way things are done both now and into the future.

Please take a minute to sign our petition, and please share the petition widely amongst your family, friends, social media networks, and colleagues. The City of Hamilton recently committed to the vision of Hamilton being the best place to raise a child and age successfully–a major part of that vision should be safe modes of travel for all road users!

Thank you for your ongoing support, and stay tuned for another update in the next week regarding the petition and our details about our November Cycling Advocacy Week, which will include our first Annual General Meeting, as well as some other events and activities.

Awards Celebration Nov 12th – Get Yer Tickets NOWWWWWW!

Mark Saturday November 12th on your calendar. Upper Coach at the Coach & Lantern Pub at 384 Wilson St E in Ancaster. Cocktails at 5:30pm – supper at 6pm  A dazzling array of food to “stuff yourself” !!

Tickets are available from Ken Wilson $20 each for adults $10 for kids  12 & under.

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You can get in person cash or cheque or send money by e-mail.

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Awards calculations are now posted on the web.

http://hamiltoncycling.com/calendar-2012/club-results-2016/

Check where you stand. Come either as an award winner or award supporter or just for the fun!!

Tony takes Keyes Century RR

Six riders showed up for  the Keyes race in Ayr. Great weather. Not sure how many  riders were doing Provincials or saving themselves for an OMCA race on Sunday Such a shame! Thanks for those who showed. We had two groups 20 minutes apart The first group fended off the scrath group till the 7th lap. Ken did a great job of record keeping as usual!

Photos check our archives page or

https://goo.gl/photos/wHpCRSXpaKTXfhCS7

Member Nick Zukowski signs up with pro team Silber Pro

New  member Nick Zukowski has been coming out to our TTs this season doing an 18:58 on Indian Trail, 20:52 on Safari and a 54:04 on Falkland. Following from Cycling News. Congrats Nick!

Silber Pro Cycling signs Nick Zukowsky for 2017

Silber Pro Cycling announced on Monday that the UCI Continental team has signed top Canadian junior Nick Zukowsky for the 2017 season.

In 2016, 18-year-old Zukowsky’s first year of road racing, he finished third during a stage of Ronde des Vallées and fourth overall at the Tour de l’Abitibi, where he was leading the race until the final stage.

Zukowsky also finished fifth on Stage 1 of the Killington Stage Race while competing in the Pro/Cat 1 peloton. Zukowsky lives in Ste Lucie, Quebec, and also in Tucson, Arizona, where he met Silber director Gord Fraser. He is hoping to represent Canada in the Junior division at the upcoming World Championships.

In explaining the decision to sign the team’s first 18-year-old, Silber team owner Scott McFarlane said the team has always had a developmental mission.

“It is our mission to support young riders that we believe are capable of getting to the WorldTour,” McFarlane said. “And simply put, we believe Nick Zukowsky has the ability and mindset to get to the next level. The fact that he is only 18 years old sends a message that we are committed to working with riders over a two-to-three-year period, and I hope it inspires current junior and cadet cyclists that want to one day race for professional cycling teams.”

One of our Olympians in the news!

Brian is  a member of our exec, active in running our TTs and looks after all the club’s loaner bikes! He is also a 2x Olympian and runs one of the best bike shops in Hamilton – Central Cycle!

Paul Wilson who writes great stories in the Spec chose Brian this time!

http://www.thespec.com/living-story/6800655-paul-wilson-hamilton-olympic-vet-rises-at-five-bikes-til-it-burns/

Club Records Updated again – July 16!

We have updated club records. Hadnt been done since 2012!. Check out under Events. 2016 has been a busy year for new records! The Falkland 40k record broken June 11 had not been broken since 2003!

Now Geoff Haydt from Brantford a Master A and relatively new to competitive cycling is our new 40k TT record holder with an amazing 50:52. Geoff holds the overall 40 member record but also that as a club member for both Binbrook (50:52) where he holds the course record now but also Falkland  as a club member (52:05). Now he has to see if he can beat the course record for Falkland currently held by an associate member Prendergast (50:33). Roll on August!

Good Friday Road Race – CANCELLED

The Hamilton Cycling Club has regretfully decided to cancel the Good Friday Road Race this year due to the deteriorating weather conditions.

The forecast is for freezing rain all night tonight and tomorrow, and it’s going down to -1 overnight to Friday. There may well be ice on the roads that is not going to disappear when it’s still freezing in the morning and a forecasted high of 2 C. This creates a significant safety issue.
CCN and the OCA have been notified and all registration fees will be refunded. Riders will have the option of leaving their fees with CCN assuring them a prepaid registration in 2017 at 2016 prices.

We appreciate your understanding. and hope riders will test their racing skills on Sunday at the “Hell/Heck of the North” in forecasted 12c weather!

Update: The Hamilton Cycling Club has regretfully decided to cancel the Good Friday Road Race this year due to the deteriorating weather conditions.

The forecast is for freezing rain all night tonight and tomorrow, and it’s going down to -1 overnight to Friday. There may well be ice on the roads that is not going to disappear when it’s still freezing in the morning and a forecasted high of 2 C. This creates a significant safety issue.
CCN and the OCA have been notified and all registration fees will be refunded. Riders will have the option of leaving their fees with CCN assuring them a prepaid registration in 2017 at 2016 prices.

We appreciate your understanding. and hope riders will test their racing skills on Sunday at the “Hell/Heck of the North” in forecasted 12c weather!

The 64th Good Friday Road Race will be running this March 25th.

To register for this event go to OCA registration page on CCN Good Friday RR Note registration closes midnight Wednesday March 23rd!!

Check out the Technical Guide visit the OCA web site http://www.ontariocycling.org/events-organizers/event-calendar/

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AGM

AGM was held Dec 4th. Modest turnout (8) but lively discussion! New executive much as before but with Marc taking on  Secretary position in addition to President. Greg has moved away and so stepped down. See Contact page for current executives.

Tony brought up the topic of the track and has since done some investigative work. What we need now are riders with track certification or willing to acquire same and enough of us so we can literally rent the track for an hour a week. See Survey Monkey which just went out today (and please respond!).

Also the club teetotalers as we all are (haha) will be holding our socials in the new brew-pub now open in Dundas! Keep an eye open for first event!