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Season Extends Through September

Check the club calendar. We will be running 15km TTs on Indian Trail and Safari Saturday mornings first off at 10:00am. On Sept 18th we will be running the 2nd Annual Brian Chewter Memorial Race with prizes for men and women rumoured to run to 7th place with prizes up to $500 courtesy of Chris Komar (aka PK Express!)

Club Events and Covid Rules

Covid19:

The club will follow best practices for the safety of riders as detailed in the OCA Guideline “Progressive Return to Cycling” more specifically section entitled “Guidelines for affiliated clubs and teams”

In conjunction with the foregoing Covid restrictions for as long as they are active, entrants in club events will be restricted to full members. Registration for events will be on line in advance only and for competitive events such as time trials or hill climbs registrants will designate their estimated time to complete the event in order for the organizers to seed the event and advise participants when to arrive. Additionally the OCA may have restrictions on the number of participants and this will be dealt with on a first registered basis. Riders will ride in order slowest to fastest unless the reverse is ordained by the OCA. In that case the club reserves the right to  commence riders at 30 second intervals. No congregating will be permitted before during or after the event and results will be posted on the club web site usually within 24 hours (as opposed to a live announcement which would encourage congregating).

Members will be required to wear a mask when not riding and will be asked to confirm their health status relative to covid issues that will be posted at start line. Those with relevant medical issues will be required to leave the site

Where there is a conflict between these Covid 19 rules and other policies the Covid19 rules will supercede.

Racing Season Starts on Safari June 24th! (UPDATE)

As with last year you must be a full member oif HCC to enter an HCC event. Registration is strictly on line by e-mailing kowilson447@gmail.com preferably two days prior to event including initially your estimate finish time. Ken will then seed riders for your start times. Rides will be starting two minutes apart to minimize passing (covid). Entry fee is $2 and we suggest riders pay for say 5 rides at a time by e-mail. Results will not be announced after the finish but rather will be posted on the HCC web pages – usually the same night.

Chris Komar will be underwriting cash awards for 1st and 2nd place and the club likely will be offering likewise for 3rd place.

If you have fever, chills, cough, trouble breathing, sore throat or runny nose, loss of taste, nausea, pink eye, headache or very tires sore muscles please stay home, get tested and/or contact your Dr. You will be asked to confirm the absence of the foregoing at the TT.

Covid and Riding (Update)

Canadian Cycling Magazine has posted a useful article on the new lock down rules as it impacts the cycling community including some legal info.

No group rides or races and even solo rides should be within your health unit area (article provides a link).

Our HCC calendar starts May 6th but with lockdown extending through May and June we are looking at early July at earliest. Sorry folks! We will likely extend our TT season through September to partially make up as we did last year.

Passing of Wayne Atanas

Wayne was President of HCC for several years and has family donated the Jennine Atanas Memorial trophy (daughter) awarded to the rider demonstrating dedication, perseverance and good sportsmanship for the year. Wayne developed heart problems ultimately determined to relate to Parkinson’s and gradually had to withdraw from club activities. He was a keen Time trialist

Wayne’s funeral service will take place Tuesday March 9th at 11am. Actual attendance is restricted to family due to covid19 but the service will be streamed

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Registration for joining or Renewal

Finally we are live. Go to our join page for link to CCN with updated instructions including Covid aspects. Be sure to check our Risk Management Policy page for current process for registering for TTs etc. Good news with restricted calendar our membership fee remains at last year’s reduced $25. See you all in May and stay fit and well!

Brian Chewter’s Death Great Loss to HCC and his family

Back in 2018 with the LRT scheduled to start construction (and tear up King St fopr a couple of years) and Brian in his mid 60’s – it seemed a good time to retire. He bought a nice two storey in downtown Simcoe and commuted for a while pending ths tore closure detouring by Indian Trail on Tuesdays to help run the TT. Brian was probably the longest standing member of the club though his honourary status was belated in being awarded.

Living in Simcoe opened up some great super quiet roads for riding and getting away from the stress of running a business would probably quiten these stomach pains he was experiencing. It was not to be. Shortly after the shop was closed the “stomach pains” were diagnosed as 4th stage pancreatic cancer. Brantford hospital put him chemo etc and thus he spent the better part of a year suffering from the cancer and a treatment which ultimatley could not win. Not the retirement he had planned.

Brian died August and was cremated at White Chapel. Chewter is survived by his children Lauren, Marley, Erin and Allison, and five grandchildren. He is also survived by his former wife Kim, brother Mark and sister Michelle.

HCC at short notice i running a Memorial 15TT on White Swan Saturday Sept 12th. The family have indicated they will be organizing a Celebration of Life some time in the not too distant future.

The following is an obituary written by the Spectator.

Olympic cyclist Brian Chewter rode for Canada in Munich and Montreal

DNBy Daniel NolanObituary WriterMon., Aug. 24, 2020timer4 min. read

Brian Chewter was born to cycle.

What else can you say about a man who could recount to a Spectator reporter the type of tricycle he had as a kid — chain drive with hand brakes that he called the quickest trike around.

He progressed to a CCM Voyager 10-speed bike when he was in his teens — his mother got it for him for Christmas — and wound up cycling for Canada in the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich and the 1976 Olympics in Montreal.

Later, he operated a popular cycling shop in central Hamilton, serving customers from all over Hamilton and as far away as Guelph and Kitchener. Even up to a few years ago, he was up at 5 a.m. and pedalled out from his apartment above the shop, up the escarpment to the east Mountain, past the Hamilton airport, through Ancaster and back home.

It was gruelling two-hour workout, but Chewter would not have it any other way.

Brian Chewter opened Central Cycle and Sport near the corner of Cannon and Mary streets in December 1999.

“If you slack off, biking gets really hard,” Chewter told The Spectator in 2016.

“It’s a cruel sport.”

Chewter, a longtime member of the Hamilton Cycle Club, died on July 26 of pancreatic cancer in Simcoe. He was 66.

Chewter was a recognized senior statesman in the cycling community. He helped advance the sport and mentored many aspiring cyclists.

He was one of four VIP cyclists, including Steve Bauer, Curt Harnett and Mark Walters, who attended the unveiling of a historic plaque on March 27, 2013, at the Sydenham Hill lookout for fellow Olympic cyclist Clara Hughes. Hughes, who won two bronze cycling medals at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, trained on the hill and the plaque renamed the hill as “Clara’s Climb.”

Daughter Erin Chewter said, despite her father’s cycling achievements, he was a man without pretence.

“He didn’t covet much,” said the 32-year-old graduate student who worked as a bike mechanic at her father’s shop for a decade before she went to university.

“He loved cycling. He loved his bikes. He loved cars, but he didn’t covet the latest technology. He was sort of a classic family-business-type guy. He treated everyone equally, whether they were spending thousands of dollars or just buying a $200 bike.”

“He wasn’t very showy. He was very humble.”

Brian Chewter racing in the 1970s.

Chewter was born Feb. 2, 1954, to Gordon and Marjorie Chewter. He grew up on the west Mountain and attended the old Mohawk Trail one-room schoolhouse (he liked to tell his family he was in its last class before it closed) and Westmount Secondary School.

His father operated the family plastering business, C. Chewter and Son, which had been started by his grandfather. His mother worked at the downtown Eaton’s department store, the business where she bought her son that 10-speed bike.

That was when he was 13. His first organized race was the Good Friday race, typically the first sanctioned race of the season. He was determined to show the more than two dozen other juniors what he could do.

“I broke away from the pack and rode out in front the whole race,” he told The Spec in 2012.

“Then, on the last hill, I was out of gas. and they caught up and blew by me like I was standing still. I was young, but I learned something about bike racing that day.”

Within a few years, Chewter was a member of the Canadian Cycling Team and won races across Canada, the United States and Europe. Then came the Olympics.

Munich was marred — a Palestinian terrorist group executed 11 Israeli athletes.

Brian Chewter closed his business, Centre Cycle and Sport, in 2018 after a couple of years of health troubles and moved to Simcoe.

“They were in the next building over, just a couple of hundred feet away,” Chewter recalled. “Everything got locked down.”

In Munich, he came 23rd in the team time trials — a now defunct 4-man, 100-kilometre race — and 52nd in the individual road race. His team placed 16th in the team time trials at the 1976 Montreal Games.

After those Games, Chewter joined the family business, which he eventually ended up running. He was in the trade for 20 years, but his dream was a bike shop. He sold the business to an employee.

“Plastering was my grandfather’s choice,” Chewter said.

He opened Central Cycle and Sport near the corner of Cannon and Mary streets in December 1999. He sold all levels of bikes, from those for children to professional racing models. He relocated around 2001 to a larger building on King Street East, near Sherman Avenue. He closed the business in 2018 after a couple of years of health troubles and moved to Simcoe.

Brian Chewter operated a popular cycling shop in central Hamilton, serving customers from all over Hamilton and as far away as Guelph and Kitchener.

Matthew McKinnon worked at the bike shop between 2010 and 2018. He called Chewter his mentor and will miss hearing his stories such as riding with Jocelyn Lovell, almost winning the Tour de Montreal, the “disgusting” hotels he stayed in and his beloved childhood trike.

“Brian didn’t complain about anything,” said the 25-year-old. “He would just do everything he could. He’d start his day at 5 a.m. He would come down and fix bikes. I would come in at 9 a.m. and he had already gone for a ride and done everything. I was, ‘Oh My Goodness.’”

“He is someone I learned everything from and I would say, hands down, the best person I ever met.”

Chewter is survived by his children Lauren, Marley, Erin and Allison, and five grandchildren. He is also survived by his former wife Kim, brother Mark and sister Michelle.

Covid19 Update

Our racing season would normally commence this May 7th. However group events are not permitted due to Covid19. We chatted with the OCA recently. They have no specific date but are hoping end of July might see an easing of restrictions. Ken and I have given some thought to how our time trials might operate under distancing rules and OCA were of something the same mind but rules are rules at present. Our contact indicated the OCA hope to provide us an update mid May and we will share that with you once we receive. They also mentioned the question of 2020 fees paid and resolution by either reimbursement or credit towards 2021. We suspect would be rider options. The club will be guided similarly.

In the meantime enjoy your trainer or riding solo on our great country roads. Was going to suggest the roads should be nice and quiet but at least out here in Carlisle they are not!