Category Archives: Youth

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)cogeco.ca

Local Cycling Sport Team for Youth

The Hamilton Cycling Club and the Forest City Velodrome are pleased to announce the formation of a new youth development racing team to be known as “The Attack – Cycling Team”. The team will contest all the Youth Cup races as well as selected Ontario Cup (“O Cup”) races in Ontario beginning in 2012. The ages of the team members will be from 8 to 16 years old. The new team has adopted the policy of no child will be left behind.

The mission of the team will be to promote cycling with youth in the catchment area – from London to Oakville – through skills development with an emphasis on safety as well as to prepare and develop interested youth for competitive road and/or track racing. Parents will be encouraged to participate with club rides and activities throughout the year.

The team will be led by two experienced coaches, Rob Good and Henry Dudko, headquartered in London and Hamilton respectively. The team will have access to year-round training at the Forest City Velodrome, with weekly training rides throughout the year in Hamilton, Burlington/Oakville and London.  All members of “The ATTACK – Cycling Team” will have individual personalized training programs to help build a solid foundation of training for the 2012 season.

The new youth team is currently signing Partners/Sponsors for the 2012 & 2013 seasons, interested Partners/Sponsors may contact the email address below to receive more information. Continue reading

Cadets ride strong in Barrie

Congrats to H.C.C. Cadet riders who did so well at the 2nd Annual Barrie Youth Race. Check out the full results.

  • William Anderson (1st, Cadet Boys)
  • Chris Neil (2nd Cadet Boys)
  • Alison Anderson (6th, Minime Girls)
  • Michael Denduk (15th, Minime Boys)

HCC and Partners Unveil Race Team

The Hamilton Cycling Club is proud to announce its first-ever HCC Racing Team Supercharged by Central Cycle and East Side Mario’s (Upper James, Hamilton). This talented squad of riders aged 16 to 20 years is hungry to compete in the 2011 season.

The race team, which is new for 2011, is co-sponsored by Hamilton Cycling Club, East Side Mario’s (Upper James) and Central Cycle, a local bike shop owned by former Olympic-level cyclist Brian Chewter.

Members of the HCC Racing Team include:
Junior Men: Brandon Cole Fisher, Nick Burrows, Shane McCormick
Senior 3 Men: Greg Archi, Erik Dickenson

    More photos here.

    Youth Bike Loans, Exec Position

    Youth Bike Loan Program
    If you had a bike on loan from the club from last year, we ask that you contact denise-johnson(at)sympatico.ca to arrange for it to be returned. All bikes are due back by the end of March. If you are looking to borrow a bike for this year, we are ready to accept applications for our youth bike loan program. The application can be found on the website under youth or by following this link . The deadline for applications is March 31, 2011. Applications can be sent to wmatanas(at)yahoo.com

    Volunteer Needed for Executive
    One of the HCC executive recently resigned. We are anxious to replace the position as soon as possible. Interested members are invited to join the Hamilton Cycling Club’s fun and dynamic executive. The ideal candidate would be interested in furthering our youth program, mountain biking and lead youth rides but all interested members will be considered. Please send a brief note with your interest to our club President Wayne Atanas at wmatanas(at)yahoo.com

    Youth Rider Report: Why I Love BMX

    By Adam Johnson, age 12

    I like BMX because it is extreme. I first noticed BMX when my friends started to get BMX bikes. I was fascinated with them because they were so much fun.

    I had started to do jumps on my mountain bike and BMX bikes just made it that much easier and maneuverable.

    My first race was at Track 2000 in Milton. It was fun because it was my first time in the start gates and I didn’t know what was going to happen.

    The start is a quick downhill, followed by a series of jumps and turns. There is a lot of jostling and strategy need for BMX. You need to choose your lines carefully or you can get cut off or lose valuable time. My first race I came dead last, but loved it anyway.

    In BMX, riders start out as Novices and can move up to Intermediate and then Expert based on their results. There are also age categories so you are always racing kids of similar ability. This makes for lots of exciting racing and close finishes.

    In BMX, there are three motos or heats in every race. The results of the motos are used to determine who gets to race the main (or finals) and their position in the start gate.

    There are lots of friendly people in BMX and I see the same friends at many of the races I do across Ontario. This summer I plan to race the BMX O-Cups. See you there!