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Note about Insurance

Please ensure you have your OCA insurance in place before attending HCC’s first time trial on Tuesday, May 7. This is followed up by the first Hill Climb Thursday, May 9. In order to ride we require you to have evidence of OCA insurance. Please present one of the following;

  • 2013 HCC Membership Card
  • 2013 Membership Card from an OCA affiliated club
  • CCN Insurance Receipt
  • 2013 UCI card issued by OCA
  • 2013 Citizen’s Card

Of course if you are not a member of HCC, we will also need you to sign on as an associate. Note we cannot issue Memberships without proof of OCA insurance. These are the rules we need to follow in order to comply with our OCA affiliation that provides the insurance coverage we all need to race.

3T Design Recalls Cervélo Bicycles with Aura Pro Handlebars

3T Design Recalls Cervélo Bicycles with Aura Pro Handlebars Due to Risk of Injury

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Consumers should stop using this product, which is being recalled voluntarily, unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall Summary
Name of product: Cervélo Bicycles with Aura Pro Handlebars

Hazard: The bicycle’s handlebar clamps can detach during riding causing the rider to lose control, posing a risk of injury.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using their bicycles immediately and contact 3T Design to obtain a free repair kit that includes four replacement bolts and instructions. Consumers can follow the instructions to replace the handlebar’s bolts or take the bicycle to a Cervélo authorized dealer for a free repair.

Consumer Contact: 3T Design Ltd. at (800) 223-3207 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or online at and click on Recall for more information.

Photos are available at

Recall Details

Units: About 623 in the United States and 53 in Canada

Description: The Aura Pro custom bicycle handlebars are original equipment on the 2013 Cervélo P-Series bicycles which come in black, gray and red color combinations. The handlebars are finished in gloss black with “3T,” AURA-PRO,” and “ULTIMATE-PERFORMANCE” in white on the handlebar’s top surface. The recall includes the P3 with Shimano Ultegra and P5 Three with SRAM Red bicycle models. “Cervélo” and “P3” or “P5” appear on the bicycle’s frame.

Incidents/Injuries: 3T Design has received one report of an incident resulting in minor injuries.

Sold at: Cervélo bicycle retailers nationwide from September 2012 through January 2013 for about $3,600 for the P3 with Shimano Ultegra bicycle and about $6,000 for the P5 Three with SRAM Red bicycle with these handlebars.

Distributor: Cervélo Cycles Inc., of Toronto, Canada
Manufacturer: 3T Design Ltd., of Hong Kong
Manufactured in: China

Note: Health Canada’s press release is available at

Invite to MS Bike Tours

As the largest cycling series in North America, MS Bike includes six one- or two-day tours across Ontario between July 7 and September 8, 2013. MS Bike combines fun with fundraising as cyclists of all ages and fitness levels ride to end MS. Choose your challenge and join in on the fun – ride with friends and family as part of a team, or as an individual. The events include food and beverages, rest stops, cyclist support vehicles, first aid, basic bike repair services and a finish line massage and barbecue. Participants must raise a minimum pledge of $300 and are eligible for fundraising rewards. Help support the MS Society’s mission to be a leader in finding a cure for multiple sclerosis and register for MS Bike today! Visit or contact or 1-800-268-7582 ext. 3038 for more information.

  • July 7, 2013 Prince Edward County
  • July 27-28, 2013 Grand Bend to London
  • August 10, 2013 Ottawa to Cornwall
  • August 17, 2013 Acton
  • August 25, 2013 Niagara
  • September 8, 2013 Toronto

Thank you,

Volunteers Needed for Bike for Mike Foundation

Bike for Mike   Dedicated to making Hamilton a more cycle friendly citySharing a call from Freewheel Cycle:

The Bike for Mike Foundation is having a build day and looking for volunteers to help put together bikes. The bikes are to be given away to kids in Hamilton who do not currently have a bike.

It is a great opportunity for people at HCC to volunteer for a great cause and gain some experience with working on bikes. We hope to see some HCC members out on Saturday.

Here are the details:

10am-1pm Saturday April 20, 2013;
Parking lot across the street from Domestique Café (12 Miller’s Ln, Dundas)
Coffee and Cookies will be provided.


Freewheel Cycle
9 King St. W
Dundas, ON Canada

Can you donate bike parts?

We are fortunate to have had a couple of bike frames donated to HCC’s Bike Loan program. However, we need a lot more parts if we are going to make complete bikes out of them: wheels, tires, drive train parts, pedals, seats, handle bars, stems, etc.

So, if you have any parts laying around that you don’t use, please consider donating them to the club. Contact Ken Wilson to drop-off items or arrange pick-up. If we get more than we can use, we may well pass them along to the gent who spoke at our Awards Banquet last fall, who operates the Bikes for Cuba program. Ken is at kwilson216(at)

Paris-Ancaster Results for HCCers

Congrats to all the riders at this year’s muddy 20th anniversary Paris-Ancaster Race, held this past weekend. Here is a race report and photos, and below are results of HCC members or friends of the club:


  • Sue Palmer: 3rd (1st W40-49)
  • Debbie Clarke 4th (50-59)
  • Tanya Hanham: 14th (5th W30-39)
  • Suzie Brown: 22nd (6th W20-29)
  • Erita Smith: 25th (9th W30-39)


  • Carl Clarke 6th (50-59)
  • Jeff Landry: 50th (20th M30-39)
  • John Rasmussen: 214th (22th M50-59)
  • Gary Ciarloni 508th (85th M50-59)
  • William Anderson: 631st (12th M16-19)
  • Phil Renaud: 724th (130th M50-59)
  • Peter Shouten: 934th (307th M40-49)

Also… Jason Thornton did the 60km course on a unicycle in 3’19’55’. Meanwhile, former HCC star Sarah Rasmussen, riding for Ottawa, did the Battenkill coming in 40th.

HCC at Tour of Bronte

Congrats to the following HCC members who raced in our club colours at the April 6 Tour of Bronte race, which covers a mix of road and gravel inside Bronte Creek Provincial Park in Oakville.

Beginner Race Results – 32 km – Average Speed 34.4 km/h

Intermediate Race Results – 56 km – Average Speed 39.6 km/h

Full results

Many thanks to the Hamilton Community News for this article about the 2013 Good Friday Road Race — it was a great day and we can’t wait until next year!

Cyclists testing pedal power likely to return to Ancaster for 2014
By Debra Downey, Senior Editor

The odds are definitely in favour of the Hamilton Cycling Club’s Good Friday road race returning to the Ancaster fairgrounds for 2014.
Race director Marc Risdale said although a wrap-up meeting has yet to be held, the chances of returning to Ancaster next year are “very good.”
“We have laid down an excellent framework that will allow us to host a top-quality event for years to come,” said Risdale. “We are really pleased to be able to showcase our community to people from all across Ontario.”
After being held in the area of Safari and Brock roads in Flamborough for the past couple of years, the 61-year-old race moved this year to roads surrounding the fairgrounds. Nine separate races were held in 15 different age, gender and ability categories. Routes ranged from 37 to 111 kilometres, and close to 500 racers challenged their pedalling power.
Risdale said the fairgrounds turned out to be an “ideal venue” for such a large number of cyclists, spectators and well-wishers.
He said organizers were able to segregate parking and race headquarters from the course, which was a “huge benefit.”
The fairgrounds’ service roads also became part of the route and allowed a unique “arena” feature that enhanced spectators’ experiences.
Risdale said he heard many positive comments about the new location, but one on a local cycling forum stands out in particular.
It stated: “Good Friday is a special day for most competitive road cyclists in the area and has been a tradition for most cyclists I know. The new course was absolutely perfect, slightly rolling combined with the spring wind created some challenging conditions which were perfect for attacks and teamwork. Loved the run in through the Ancaster fairgrounds, the gravel and the overall feel of being part of a well-organized event that was spectator-friendly and accommodating.”
Along with the fairgrounds venue, Risdale attributed the success of the race to Councillor Lloyd Ferguson for his early support, the city’s SEAT committee for making the move as easy as possible, Hamilton Police Services for their help on race day, very accommodating fairgrounds staff and residents living in and around the fairgrounds for their patience and understanding.