Capital City Cycles

3rd annual Blubber Burn Classic

Posted in bikes, Cyclocross, Events, MTB by capitalcitycycles on January 21, 2012

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It’s that time again.

3rd annual Blubber burn is upon us.

It’s the same basic concept as the last two years.

Meet at the Heartland Dump Parking lot on January 29th. Register from 10:30-11:30.

Race starts at 12 and costs five buck which will go directly to South Island Mountain Bike Society since we will be riding on their trails.

“Race Clothing” encouraged.

I will probably run a similar course to last year, unless we have lots of snow, then I’ll make an easier course.

It’s a cross race, so if you have a CX bike show up on that. If you don’t have a CX bike you can use a Mountain bike but only if it’s single speed, or the shifters are locked out. There will be race officials that will inspect mountain bikes, and we can help with “singlespeeding” bikes as well. Mountain bikers will also be held back at the start line for a few seconds.

The course will most likely be the same as the last two years:

It starts at the north end of Inventive. From there it goes up Emergency one to Fire drill to Rollie ridge to Crazy horse, then down the fire road and skips into the bottom part of Nite shift and then up the fire road back to the start. I imagine the lap is only about 1,5 to 2 km but it is very challenging on a cross bike. For about 80% of the course you’ll be in your 3 lowest gears.  There will be some sort of barriers.

Some photos from two years ago:

http://s304.photobucket.com/albums/nn169/h-gunn/blubber%20burn%20classic/

some here as well:

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.148956298490846.38554.100001294311255&type=3

Ardennes!!!

Posted in Events, fixed gear, Rides, Road by capitalcitycycles on April 15, 2011

So far we’ve had a great classics season. Milan San-Remo, Flanders and Roubaix were all nail biters and awesome to watch. But as we move further into the spring, the racing continues. The Ardennes classics are upon us, starting with the Amstel Gold race on Sunday.
The Ardennes’ classics are hillier than other classics and this makes for really interesting races often won by strongmen that can still climb, such as Phillippe Gilbert (last years winner of Amstel Gold) Cadel Evans, Alexander Vinocourov and Alehandro Valverde just to name a few. Who knows who’ll win on Sunday, but surely it’ll be a great race. We’ll probably go for a ride on Sunday and then watch the race at the shop. Expect a bit of a hilly ride but as always, the pace will be pretty relaxed.

Dallas Rd. Monster Drag 2011- TOMORROW!!

Posted in Events by capitalcitycycles on March 25, 2011

Don’t forget, the 2nd annual Dallas Road Monster Drag takes place tomorrow afternoon.  Meet up at 6-6:15 at Giro Park (at the base of Sinclair) and the race leaves at 6:30 sharp.  We expect the weather gods to cooperate with us, but we’re doin’ it rain or shine.

I’d also like to thank our very good friends over at StillLife Clothing for stepping up and sponsoring the race with a few super awesome prizes, and for being just great in general.  Check out their website, or better yet, go down and check out their store at 551 Johnson.  Thanks guys!

 

Harbour Sprints

Posted in Events by capitalcitycycles on March 14, 2011

You’re looking at the site of the 2011 Victoria International Cycling Festival Harbour Sprints.  The sprints will be a little different than our usual format in that it will be somewhat organized, and will be a round robin format, and will take place right in the inner harbour(so we have to be kinda good).  The races will take place on May 27th, June 3rd and June 10th.

We have a site in place now for the event at www.harboursprints.com which will be updated regularly with all the info you’ll need.

Check out the cycling festival site here.

It’s gonna be a good summer.

Stuckylife’s Sprints Breakdown

Posted in Events by capitalcitycycles on March 9, 2011

Brandon over at Stuckylife.com just threw up a ton of photos and results from Friday’s sprints.  Check it.

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Sunday Ride!

Posted in Events, Road, Track by capitalcitycycles on March 5, 2011

I love my Lampre gear…

Clay, Parker and I are going on a Ride tomorrow and everyone is invited to come along:

This is a ride I’ve been meaning to do for a while and should be lots of fun. We’re going to ride from the shop to Brentwood Bay, ferry to Mill bay, then ride through Cobble hill, Shawnigan lake (with a possible stop at Bicycleitis and a burger stop at the Black swan), along Shawnigan lake to the Malahat, bomb down to Goldstream and Back into town on the goose. We’re riding fixed gears so the pace will be relaxed, and there will be beer stops.

We’re leaving the shop at 9am sharpy.

Looking forward to it. Come along you!

Tuesday night ride and winter products we like

Posted in City, Events, Products, Road, Track by capitalcitycycles on March 1, 2011

We’ve been having a blast on the Tuesday night rides for the past couple of weeks. Tonight is looking good as far as the weather goes, even though there might be some light rain. We’ve got fenders right?

I think a good rip is in order for tonight. The last ride we did was pretty soggy but included a donut AND a beer stop so we all felt great afterwards. We’ll leave the shop around 6:30 or so.

Products we like for crappy weather:

SKS Race Blade Fenders

These fenders are great for fixed gears or road bikes with tight clearances. They’re a little more expensive than other similar fenders but have a better retention system and are made from plastic wrapped aluminum so they don’t brake as easily as others. Another cool feature is the included adapter for aero forks.

These fenders fit tires from 18mm-35mm, and weigh 297g for the pair. I’ve been running them for two winters on my fixed gear and they show no signs of wear. $75

Bike Lust:

Bike lust is a great product made by Pedro’s tool company. It’s a silicone polish that cleanes and shines your bike and builds up a protective surface on your frame that makes cleaning easier. So, if you have this stuff on your bike before you go out on the Capital City Cycles Tuesday night ride, it’ll be easy to wipe of your bike afterwards. I use this stuff year round…But it helps a lot in the winter months with the accompanying grimy roads.

Also for the winter months you don’t really want to walk to the liquor store in the rain, and if you’re smart, you’ve trained your cat to pick up some beer for you. Jeff and Tegan have trained their cat do do this, and they just attach a saddlebag on the cat with a note and some money and send it down to Cascadia to pick up some beer. But we here at Capital City love our animals so we want the cat to feel good and protected when it goes to the store for you. Therefore we’ve added a new custom helmet line to our existing aluminum foil line:

These helmets are made from the finest organic fruits we can source and provide your cat with a feeling of pride, protection and dignity. Tegan says his cat (Shadow death murder blackness III) “really loves it” when he puts the lime helmet on her. “She just starts to purr as soon as I put that on her, she loves it even more than Fruit Loops with chocolate milk!”

Helmets start at 50 bucks and go up from there, depending on materials and design.

Alleycat #1: Signs of the Lekwungen

Posted in Events by capitalcitycycles on January 31, 2011

Stucky Life, VIACRA and Capital City Cycles present: Signs of the Lekwungen.  The race starts at the breakwater on Feb. 19th at 7:30 sharp.  Proceeds go to a very good cause.  Come check it out, and have fun riding bikes!

This is race #1 of the Capital City Cycles summer race series, so it’s for keeps!

 

Burnaby UCI Track World Cup

Posted in Events by capitalcitycycles on December 9, 2010

Road trip!

Apparently there are going to be lots of fun events, so bring your ‘track bikes’

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Cross Contamination Domination!

Posted in Events by capitalcitycycles on December 9, 2010

Gotta give credit where credit is due.  Andrew absolutely killed it on Sunday, winning by several minutes, on a BRAKELESS FIXED GEAR!  I hope you don’t mind me stealing your facebook photos Andrew, this one was just too good.

We will have our date for the second race of the winter series within the week, so keep checking back.

Also a HUGE thanks to Clay for organizing the race on Sunday.  Seriously, flawlessly executed, and another HUUUGE thanks to all of the checkpoint volunteers.  We can’t do this kind of stuff without you guys, and do truly appreciate you sitting out in the cold for hours so that we can have fun.  Thanks!