Club Rides Gone Virtual, For Now

Members and friends, last night we decided to suspend all in-person club activities, until further notice.

Although we remain confident our current programs and protocols are Covid-cautious and low-risk by design, we feel a pause in our “together time” is the best decision right now. 

We will continue to monitor the pandemic situation and listen to our provincial health experts and we’ll resume in-person club programs when we feel the time is right. Stay tuned to this website and our socials.

As you know, the Velodonnas mission is to inform, instruct and inspire so we don’t love the idea of not riding together. However, we are committed wholeheartedly to keep informing and inspiring you, albeit at a distance for the time being.

So, our weekly rides are going VIRTUAL.  Here’s how that works:

Members will be sent weekly emails with details on how to complete a Road Interval workout, a Mountain Bike challenge, a Road or Gravel route suggestion or all of the above plus whatever bonus challenges we might dream up in the meantime. And we can dream up some good ones, so stay tuned!

After you’ve completed the workout or the trail or the Strava segment or the whatever, follow our directions on sharing your ride/photo/selfie and you’ll be entered into a draw for prizes, or something.

Velodonnas, it might not sound like it, but we are still riding together. We’re just doing it apart, for now.

The more you share your rides, the more we’ll all share your joy. 

Now, go for a bike ride, stay healthy and get vaccinated when you can!

May Virtual Challenge #VelodonnasSpringCollection

Pedal your way to win some Velodonnas swag by completing a catwalk of 20km, 30km, and 40km on the road or in the trails!

Post photos from your ride on Instagram and tag #velodonnasspringcollection for entry (or message us directly if posting outside of Instagram).

Include a screen shot of your activity or a photo of your computer/watch/hand drawn map for distance verification.

One prize will be drawn for each distance completed.

BONUS PRIZE: Get your Vogue on! Show off your personal style with a photo of you ready for the runway, with your bike. Tag @velodonnas and use #velodonnasspringcollection to be entered!

Challenge open to Velodonnas members only.

Challenge open May 5th and closes May 30th.

The 2021 Season Begins

Spring has finally sprung and our plans for bike riding and skill clinics and cycling adventures are popping!

95 people registered for our Open House on April 19th and we are sure that is a record number. We are all eager to get out riding together while being very aware of the pandemic situation and the importance of keeping ourselves and each other safe and healthy.

We have updated our website pages, including the link to our Rides & Clinics Sign Up.

Our Covid Protocol is still in effect and we are limiting the number of participants at each ride and clinic. Everyone must sign up at least 24 hours in advance of any event. You must be a member to ride with us regularly but we welcome anyone to try us on for size first. One-time try out is available for rides only, not the skill clinics. You must register in advance, using that same sign-up link.

If the ride/event you want to join is “Sold Out” or you have signed up for a ride/event and need to cancel, please email us so we can place you on our waiting list or give your cancelled spot to someone on the list.

ride@velodonnas.ca

Here is a snapshot of what we plan to offer this year:

  • Weekly MTB rides
  • Weekly (HIT) High Intensity Training sessions (Road)
  • Skill clinics – Road/any bike, MTB, Cyclocross
  • Occasional weekend MTB rides
  • Themed ride nights for any bike – Public Art Tour, Fix-a-Flat etc.
  • Skill specific ride nights for roadies – Cornering, Gravel, Sprinting etc.
  • Solo, virtual challenges
  • Distance goals and route suggestions
  • Advice, support, camaraderie, and a safe space to come as you are with whatever you’ve got.

We are considering more club branded items this year – another run of hoodies, a tote bag, ball cap, buff or neck scarf (or both) and we are redesigning our Custom club kit. Stay tuned for updates!

Better yet, become a member and get weekly email updates straight to your inbox. Members will receive helpful video links which can be viewed anytime. Head over to our Resources page.

Ready to join Velodonnas? Head over to our Membership page.

Club Activities Resume June 8th

We are so happy to announce that official club rides and skill clinics are starting again! 

Of course there are a lot of changes this year but STARTING THIS WEEK, we are offering weekly INTERVAL (road) training rides and MOUNTAIN BIKE GROUP rides. Group road rides (Monday Night Rides) will not resume while physical distancing rules are in effect.

We are super excited to start our season with you. As expected, there are a number of Covid-19 protocols in place to keep everyone safe.

Riding Together Rules

  • All riders must pre-register to ride 24 hours in advance
  • All rides are limited to 10 participants, including the Ride Leader 
  • ALL RIDERS MUST BE CURRENT VELODONNAS MEMBERS. If you haven’t renewed your membership yet, here is the link: https://ccnbikes.com/#!/events/velodonnas-cycling-2020
  • Practice physical distancing by staying a minimum of two (2) meters away from other people at all times, while on the trail and in the parking lot
  • No passing on single-track trail (mountain bike)
  • When meeting another rider coming in the opposite direction, you must move off the trail to allow the other rider to pass
  • Ride behind riders of higher ability, to help minimize congestion of the trails (mountain bike)
  • Do not share any equipment, food or water with anyone
  • Please carry hand sanitizer and regularly wash hands

After Your Ride / When you get home

  • Use Hand Sanitizer before you pack up & touch your other belongings or your car
  • Wash hands thoroughly when you get home
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces (e.g. handlebars, brake levers and gear shifters)

*NEW*
YOU MUST REGISTER 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE. This is to ensure maximum group size. 

https://ccnbikes.com/#!/events/velodonnas-ride-signup

This week’s RIDE schedule:

  • Monday June 8th 6:30 PM – Road intervals with Cindy – Birds Hill Park main road. Meet at Pan Am start area (top of hill past East Gate, essentially where North Dr becomes South Dr.
  • Monday night Zwift ride is still happening. If you know, you know. 🙂
  • Wednesday June 10th 7:00 PM – Mountain Bike group ride with Emily P- Whittier Park. Meet in Fort Gibraltar parking lot.
  • Friday June 12th 7:00 PM – Mountain Bike group ride with Gill C – Bison Butte. Meet in the parking lot adjacent to (east side of) Cabella’s on Sterling Lyon.
  • Ride sign up linkhttps://ccnbikes.com/#!/events/velodonnas-ride-signup

What about SKILL CLINICS?

  • SAVE THE DATE! Road skills clinic – Monday June 15th 6:00 PM
  • Location TBD (Grande Pointe or Assiniboine Park)
  • Same rules apply. Sign up here (currently waiting for this link to go live): https://ccnbikes.com/#!/events/10235-2020-velodonnas-clinic-registration
  • More road skill clinics will be scheduled as needed. Mountain Bike & Cyclocross clinics will be scheduled too – stay tuned!

Monday Night Group Rides In The Time Of COVID

We’re all stuck at home but that doesn’t mean we can’t ride together – virtually!

Please join our weekly Zwift “meetup” rides
Mondays at 6:00 PM
Ride at your own pace, for as long as you like. Just don’t be late to the start!

WHAT DO YOU NEED?
Minimum – a bike, a stationary trainer, a speed/cadence sensor and a Zwift account.
You’ll need to download the app so you also need an internet connection and a device such as a computer, tablet or phone.
Find out more here: https://zwift.com/eu/video/how-to-cycling
Gear check: https://zwift.com/hardware

If you are new to Zwift, give yourself time to get the apps, your gear and connections sorted. There’s a learning curve you need to overcome.

FOLLOW Karin McSherry on Zwift (download the Zwift Companion App) so she can invite you to the meetups. Only her followers can be invited.

These are no drop rides. Seriously. As long as you keep pedalling we will stay together no matter our effort level.

Now, download the Discord app to your phone and we can voice chat while riding. Use headphones/ear buds. No phone speaker, please.
Link to channel: https://discord.gg/8YZdsU6