Saturday, December 26, 2009

Boxing Day "Polar Bear Ride"

The comox valley cycle clubs first ever "Polar Bear Ride" started with great success. 16 riders showed up, and due to a mechanical Nigel Hutcheson unfortunatly didnt ride, but for the 15 that did roll off enjoyed a easy ride along headquarters-tsolum area before coming back to the sportscenter. Afterwords Richard and Nigel Elsay and Doug Merrick enjoyed a coffee at Tim Hortons before doing another loop out towards lazo.
All the riders were Amanda Wakeling, Dan Stevenson, Jordan Duncan, Kent Duncan, Vicki Alyn-Smith, Peter Swirtlich, Steve Grant, Mrs. Grant, James Grant, Mark Grant, Bruce Morrison, Doug Merrick, Nigel Hutcheson, and I cant remember the other two.

After the ride

December Meeting Minutes

Executive Meeting
Dec. 21, 2009
John Bernard Doug Merrick James Ram
Kent Duncan Chuck Sinclair Peter Schwirtlich
Ray Wagner Carmen Wakeling John van der Vliet
Brainstorming ideas for the following:
Communications: a. Mail out newsletter or fact sheet
1. Develop a Club Phone Tree
2.Post Bulletins at local Bike Shops
3.Website needs to be more current or up-dated
4.Newspaper submissions more consistent
5.Send club events and reports to both papers
6.Get something on the local community channel
7.Use trailer in local Events and Parades
8.Get a feature in the InFocus (local) magazine
Events: a. Bring-A-Buddy Ride
b. Jun/High School race/ride event a la Shawnigan Lake Schools race.
c. A mini Fondo
d. Learn to Race/Ride Camp-a Weekend edition
e. More Social Rides and group rides for “C” levels
f. More Ride postings so the word gets out!
g. Trailer Rides so that people know they can load their bike into the trailer and get it hauled back to the
finish or even the start on a long one way ride.
h. Have a CVCC Events Board in each local shop for prominent viewing.
i. Hold Roller Races in various locations or at club events
j. Adopt a Highway so that we have a local event and the Dept. of Highways posts our club sign on a section
of the local roads i.e. Headquarters.
k. X-C day jointly with x-c club
Volunteers: a. All racers do some volunteering possibly a voucher for a free entry.
b. Offer some training or safety advocacy for volunteers at races
c. Should we look at a Volunteer Coordinator position?
Finances: Peter and Ray went over the financial statement for the club and presented the form for the Gaming
Commission Annual Report.
Motion: Accept Annual Financial Report
Moved: C. Sinclair Seconded: Kent Duncan
Passed: Unanimous
Website: The website is under review
Fees: Ray reported that he conducted a questionnaire and received a few responses to a variety of questions.
Club fees seem to be set at a happy medium for the respondents and most are happy with the race fees. Discussion
was held concerning the hiring of a coaching service for riders and juniors as an added benefit. There would be an
added cost either through fee structure changes or user fees. We will look into CyclingBC clinics or “how to” from
other clubs such as the Strathcona Nordics.
Club Kit: Should we pursue a new kit?
Pay as you go?
Sponsorship? To help defray costs
Gran Fondo: For those not familiar with the idea, a Gran Fondo is an organized LONG ride. Typically 100 km or
more. We have been approached by the Randonneur Club in Victoria to help with the organization of event stations in
Campbell River, Gold River, and Woss lake. The randonneur is a Gran Fondo to the extreme. Ken Bonner (Victoria)
is organizing a 1200 km event over 6 days and needs people to be at the event stations to punch riders cards and maps.
Ken has also asked if the CVCC would host a shorter Brevette (200 km). These are very organized and structured rides
with stations, rider maps, and punch cards.
Race Schedule: Doug went over his race schedule and after discussion the number of events will be scaled back and
revision will be posted check Doug’s Blog for this news <>
Crit: Andrew Brown has been in contact with the Downtown Business Association to organize a criterium on closed
streets in the city core. So far an informal committee
(Andrew, Peter, Ed Schum, Chuck) have met to flesh out ideas and necessary supports. The next step is to make a
presentation to the city and the CVCC to ensure all parties are on board. A DVD presentation was demonstrated to the
Executive. This could also be a template for club advertising using DVD’s on local TV to promote the club and club
Next meeting January 11th?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Winter Ride

Today 6 cyclist braved the cold for a 50km easy endurance ride around the Tsolum river area and finished off with a stop in at Stabucks to warm themselfes up. Thanks for Chuck for providing the hot chocolate for the "kids" of the group.

Amanda, Doug, Chuck, Ray, Kent, Jordan

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

2009 AGM

Minutes of the 2009 AGM for the Comox Valley Cycle Club,
November 1st, 2009
Venue: " Comox Valley Soccer Club House
Attendees: " approximately 25 members
Meeting called to order on or about 6:45pm by President, Ray Wagner

President Report:
" Ray Wagner provided a report summarizing the many activities of the club over the past year and thanking
" all the volunteers, racers and directors for their efforts. Activities included, 1/ Races - Comox cup 5 race
" series and the 16 event TT series, 2/ Socials - Wakelings TT BBQ in May, Andys deck BBQ on July 1st,
" Ominium dinner evening, 3/ Public support - lead out for the 5st Miler and Comox running races, 4/ Group
" rides - winter Sunday training, members participation in Blacks Thursday nighter, 5/ Provincial - Junior race
" program, Masters series and Cross series, 6/ Support received - local bike shops, gaming grant to
" purchase gear trailer, 7/ Media coverage - local paper TT results, articles, 8/ club communication -
" website, facebook page, newsletter emails.

Treasurer Report:
" Peter Schwirtlich, provided and discussed the year-end financial statement and current bank balance
" statement.

Membership Report:
" John Bernard: reported we had 56 members of which 2 are life members and 14 are juniors.

TT Report:
" Frank Holatko: reported 16 races from Apr. 15th to Aug. 5th rotating through 4 courses. Average attendees
" per event were 18 riders. Thanks to Jeff Beeston of Trail Bicycles for providing weekly draw prizes.
" Jeff was thanked personally with a bag of fine coffee beans. Frank recommends the club purchase some
" really good stop watches. Frank and wife Patti thanked all the participants.
" " TT award winners were: "
" " " " Women:" Amanda Wakeling
" " " " Men:" " John van der Vliet

Race report could not be provided as the co-ordinator John van der Vliet could not attend at the last minute.

Prior to the AGM, awards were presented for the Comox Cup Overall: 'C' champ - Jake van der Vleit, 'B' champ -

Jordan Duncan and 'A' champ - Ray Wagner.

Club Championship race winner:" Aaron Dusseault (Aaron sent his regards and is proudly wearing his new jersey in Hawaii)

Junior Championship Jerseys were presented by Doug Merrick on behalf of Insurance Centres:
" " " Female Junior Champion: "Amanda Wakeling
" " " Male Junior Champion:" Jordan Duncan

Dora Ellis presented the Bruce Ellis Award to the most improved rider of 2009: Amanda Wakeling.

Election of Officers for 2010 took place with the following results:
" " President - Ray Wagner " " Vice-President - Kent Duncan
" " Treasurer - Peter Schwirtlich " " Secretary - Chuck Sinclair"
" " Social Co-ord - Carmen Wakeling " Race Co-ord - Doug Merrick
" " TT Co-ord - Andrew Brown " " Membership Secretary - John Bernard
Meeting adjourned on or about 7:30pm.

Monday, November 2, 2009

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Have a safe ride everyone