Spring Series #1 and more!

This was a triumph.

The first 2013 Spring Series race was a complete success, with nearly 70 starters in the C group, 50 in the B, and 40 in the A group. We have what you need: Race Results. It truly was The Mother of All Training Races.

They're not in the results yet, so we want to call out the performances of the top women finishers on the day: Jenny Lehman and EV's Claire Cameron were tops in a strong B group, while EV's Dr. Ms. Meghan Grant prevailed as top of the C women, defeating the doughty and diminuitive Maggie Coles-Lyster.

Spring Series: Late-breaking news

It's that time of year, the time when we're in a panicky scramble to get everything ready for the first race of Spring Series. And soon, you can panic too!

1. We had 56 pre-registrants, a bold new record. You folks are great! For day-of registrants, we need to warn you: we have a soft field limit of 50 riders in each category (we can push that for this race, but only a little), so we want to get everyone signed up as early as possible so we can sort out sensible field sizes.

2. We're going to open the registration table early on Sunday. Stuart says 8:30 early, I'll believe that when I see that. We'd like you to get there early because if we hit the field limit, then first-come first serve. We also want you to register early so we can start the races (especially the A group) on time. To that end, print out and fill out the waiver, latest version here (we just updated this) and, if you haven't pre-registered, the Sign-up form, too (also new).

Novice Racing Clinics

This year, once again, we will host Novice Race Clinics that will take place in conjunction with the Escape Velocity Spring Series in March and the Escape Velocity Sportif Series.

Novice road racers will get a one hour clinic and then an opportunity to ride with the Learn to Race instructor for a Novice Race.

The price for this will be the same as the normal registration for Spring Series and Sportif Series races.

The following dates will be available:

2013-03-09 River Road RR
2013-03-17 Bradner RR
2013-03-24 Aldergrove Long RR
2013-04-13 Thunderbird RR
2013-05-11 Thunderbird Long RR
2013-07-28 Aldergrove East RR
2013-08-24 Murchie Road RR

Pre-registration is recommended.

US riders will be welcome with either US Domestic Race license or UCI license. BC riders may purchase a one day license if they do not have a Cycling BC license.

Remembering Jeremy Storie

It is with great sorrow that our club mourns the sudden passing of Jeremy Storie on Sunday February 17.

Jeremy, aside from all his other contributions to bike racing in BC, was the founding coach of our dEVo program, and ran the Escape Velocity Spring Series for years in support of dEVo.

A Celebration of Life for Jeremy has been organized, and will take place on Saturday, March 2nd, 12-2pm, at the Kwomais Lodge
1367 – 128th Street
Surrey, BC

Refreshments will be provided, and a $5 donation to cover the costs is suggested. Jeremy's family has requested that donations in memoriam be directed to the dEVo cycling program support fund

Further details about the service are available here.

Spring Series: Volunteers Wanted

It takes more than a bike club to run a race!

While Escape Velocity and dEVo run the best grassroots racing series in the Lower Mainland, this would simply not be possible without the help of volunteers. Our club members are dedicated to these races, but we are always grateful when other people come out and help us.

What does it mean to help? We need sign-on staff, race officials, traffic control people, first aid attendants, and even trailer towers. No experience needed! (Except the traffic control and the first aid, you totally need certificates for those two.)

If you'd like to give back (and, ahem, get a free entry to a Spring Series race), we'd love for you to volunteer, using our amazing new automated form. No, seriously, volunteer now.