Sunday, 8 November 2015

Year end dinner and AGM

Here is a brief outline of the business portion of the AGM for Friday November 27th at Riverbend golf club.

It is to be announced that all positions on the committee are up for re-election. As is normal with an Annual General Meeting.
The positions on the committee are as follows.
President - Jeff
Treasurer - Mike
Secretary - Evan
Membership - Alan
Vice President of mountain - Rod
Vice President of road - Grayham.
Club clothing - Ken

Both Evan and Grayham have chosen to step down from the committee at this time.

In addition to the committee of the club it is to be expressed that sub- committee members or Leaders are sort for the following areas.
Club clothing
Cross race ( Provincial )
Junior riders - leaders
Group Ride leaders
Mountain bike race ( provincial )
Road race ( provincial )
Tuesday night race - Ted.
Wednesday night mtn - Greg.

It is our hope that people will step forward to volunteer for a position where they have an interest and would like to see the club grow and expand.

The club has had a phenomenal year this year. The club has grown to 84 paid members. The highest ever in the time I have been involved.
This growth can in large part be attributed to Jeff Wright in the position of president. His organizational skill, passion, efforts and determination to make things happen have been amazing.
We all want to see this momentum continue and the club to grow and expand in many areas, but this can only be done with the help of club members who are willing to donate some time to an area that they have a strong interest in. Be it youth development or trail establishment for example.

The club cannot rely on a few motivated individuals to make things happen. It has to be a team effort.

Please email Evan or Jeff with your name and area that you would like to help out in or if you have questions.


Wednesday, 4 November 2015

2015 Canadian Cyclocross Championships Race Report

The CABC is proud to sponsor young riders to pursue their cycling goals.  This year our own Ethan Palamarek stormed onto the Alberta Bicycle Association Cyclocross race scene and made us all proud.  In advance of the Canadian Cyclocross Championships in Winnipeg this October, the CABC Executive offered financial support for Ethan to travel to and participate in the race.  Ethan will be presented with a cheque for $400.00 at the AGM later this month.  The following is a report written for us by Ethan, where he shares with us his experience from CX Nationals in Winnipeg:

2015 CX Nationals

Let me begin with a little insight into my introduction to cyclocross. In early spring of this year, I had very little knowledge of cyclocross. That is, until I was approached by Michael Meeres, who suggested that I start racing cross in the fall to extend my racing season. The idea of racing cyclocross immediately caught my interest. Fast forward to September 5th, I'm lining up at my first cyclocross race, Natural CX High in Okotoks. Clueless, completely unprepared for the rainy, cold, wet conditions, (somewhere around 35 psi in my tires), but I am absolutely ecstatic for the whistle to blow, and for the mayhem to unfold. And to mine, and everyone else's surprise, I cross the finish line with bars tweaked sideways, no brake pads left, and a smile on my face, with a minute lead on second place. It was the perfect start to my first season of racing cyclocross, and that race set the tone for the rest of the cyclocross season.

Friday the 23rd; I arrived in Winnipeg around 3pm, got to our hotel and put together my bike, then immediately left with my rear wheel to go to the course. It was cold and wet. The conditions were absolutely miserable, but the people were not. The course was already filled with riders, despite the conditions. The Shimano guys were giving out waffles, the party had already started. As much as I wish I could have stayed and watched the race that night, the race the next day was too important to risk losing any much-needed rest. So I did my sign in and headed back to the hotel to relax for the night.

Saturday the 24th; race day. I headed to the course at 9:30, which gave me more than enough time to prepare for the race at 2:30. Started the day right with a Belgian waffle to get in the right mindset for cross, topped with a generous amount of bananas. Preparations for the race then started. All the Alberta team tents were grouped together. Due to the fact three of the four team Alberta members were Juventus riders, I guess you could say I was adopted onto their team for the day. I had my bike checked over and prepped. All I had to worry about was getting myself prepared. The team atmosphere was absolutely incredible.

2:30pm. Call ups begin. Since I did not race last year, I was the 23rd rider to be called. That put me in the third row of riders, immediately I knew that I would have lots of ground to make up. My teammates Michael and Cody were in the first row, I made it my goal to catch up with them as soon as possible. The whistle blows, I was put to the very back of the pack right off the start and could not make up any ground. We immediately reached 42kmph on the starting straight, I managed to make up a few positions in the first corner by taking it to the inside while many other people went into it too hot. I started making up positions fast, the aggressiveness of the riders was unlike anything that I had seen in Alberta races. It was a real fight to get past people. I ended up on my own in about 10th position after the first couple laps and began focusing on riding smooth and staying upright especially in the more technical sections, eventually I caught up to another group of riders including Cody and Michael. Michael and I managed to get away from the rest of the riders and started trying to work together and take turns pulling on the road and cobble sections in order to try and get up to the top 5 riders. Though, in the last lap it became clear that the riders in front of us were to far away to catch, it then became a race between him and I. We made our way to the finishing straight and both begin to prepare to sprint for the line. My tactic was to try and use his draft to save myself some energy and quickly pull around him before the line, and his seemed to be to simply overpower me. We got up to 50kmph, pushing an estimated 1200 watts, I simply could not make my way around him. Michael finished in 6th position, with me behind him in 7th and Cody just behind us in 8th

After the race, Michael and I were absolutely spent. As we were slowly cruising around, just fast enough that we would not fall over, Michael laughed and said “I think I might throw up now”, moments later, that is exactly what happened. We gave Michael some time to get back on his feet then went for a cool down spin as a group. The rest of the day, we spent eating fish n'chips from the Forks market and heckling the elite men! 
I am very thankful to have been given the opportunity to attend this event, I'd like to thank CABC and our sponsors for supporting me and helping me get to where I am now. I am already looking forward to next year!  For full results check out:

- Ethan Palamarek

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Year End Dinner and AGM

The CABC year end awards dinner and Annual General Meeting will take place on
 Friday November 27th at Riverbed Golf Club. 

Tickets are $30 each and will include a buffet style dinner. 

Drinks will be from 6pm and Dinner will be at 7PM

Tickets are now available from Savy Cycle in Red Deer. 
Or contact Evan if you cannot make it to Savy Cycle. 

Tickets will only be on sale until Monday November 23rd. 

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Caddy Cross Classic Online Registration

Online registration for the Caddy Cross Classic is now open here:

CABC members race for free.  Contact me at for the discount code. 

Jeff Wright
CABC President
Caddy Cross Classic Race Organizer

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Caddy Cross Classic Technical Guide

The technical guide for the Caddy Cross Classic can be found on the Events page of the ABA website or by following this link:

Cross is coming back to Red Deer!

Sunday, 6 September 2015

It is coming October 11, 2015…

Presented by:


Stay Tuned For Details in the Coming Weeks.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Clothing - New Order

CABC Members,

We have had a lot of positive feedback on the design and quality of the CABC clothing and are happy to announce that we will be placing a new clothing order with Louis Garneau.   If you wish to place an order you will need to have it in to our Clothing Director, with your payment by June 5th, 2015.  We just confirmed with Louis Garneau that if we have the order in by this date we can expect to receive the clothing by July 13th.  . 

Clothing Options:
Items Available Retail Price Club Price
Slick Jersey                      $179.00 $95.00
Tour Jersey                      $95.00 $60.00
Long Sleeve
Mtn. Jersey                      $120.00 $60.00
Bib Short                          $200.00 $120.00
Thermal Jacket                 $230.00 $140.00
Vest                                  $170.00 $75.00
Arm Warmers                   $40.00 $27.00
Gloves                        -----                                $30.00
Remember, only CABC members have the option of purchasing CABC clothing.  As a benefit of membership in 2015 the club will be subsidizing the cost of the first Jersey that you purchase by $20.00.  It is your choice whether you apply the $20.00 discount to a Slick, Tour or Long sleeve Mtn jersey.   

Ladies:  Please remember that you have the option of a Women's specific jersey.  Please specify whether you want a Men's or Women's jersey when placing your order.  
Sizing Information:
Ordering Information:
  • Full payment is required by June 5th, 2015. 
  • Cash or cheque are payable to: Central Alberta Bicycle Club.
  • Minimum quantities must be met in order to place orders on certain items. 
Orders can be placed by emailing Ken at   Please make payment arrangements with Ken.  Thank you.
Jeff Wright
CABC President

Friday, 1 May 2015

Granny Gears Group Rides - Ladies (45+) CABC Rides Coming Soon...

We have a new group ride starting on May 27th!  Click on the Group Rides tab to find out more information.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Race Results

Up to date race results are posted to Facebook.
Congrats to Ethan and to Jayar on the first road race.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

It's Go Time......

First race of the spring series is set to go Tuesday.
18km out and back Time Trial at Haynes.
First rider goes at 18:30. Then at 1 minute intervals.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Valhalla Pure Club night

Hi everyone.

With spring on the way and hiking, camping, climbing and paddling season just around the corner, it’s time for another Club Night at Valhalla Pure Outfitters in Red Deer! Club Night is an after hours event open to members of Central Alberta outdoor clubs.

Club Night is on Tuesday, May 5th from 7 pm until 9 pm. 
We will be offering a 15% discount on all regular priced merchandise (excluding boats and GPS) plus a few 'club night only' specials. Boats and GPS will qualify for your regular 10% club discount.

Please note that this is a ‘club member only’ night and you may be asked to show your membership card from your club.

We would appreciate it if you would circulate this e-mail to your membership. It would also be great if you would confirm that you have received this e-mail.

Thanks everyone,

Janet and Mark


Saturday, 11 April 2015

***Attention Ladies***

We have a new CABC ride just for you!  Please read on for details:

Sunday Afternoon Women's Road Ride (Starting April 19, 2015)
Description:  This is a women's only road bike ride.  All ability levels are welcome.
Location:  Riders will meet at the east entrance of the Collicutt Centre.
Time:  1:00 pm start time.  Riders should arrive a bit early to ensure they are ready to roll at 1:00.
Ride Leader/Contact:  Annie Quinnett - ph:  403-358-9967  email:

Jeff Wright
CABC President

Saturday, 28 March 2015

2015 Trips/Events/Group Rides - Calendar Planning

Hello current and prospective CABC members. Your Executive has done lots of work in the past four months to secure sponsorship support, grow membership (42 and climbing!), advertise for the club, develop and order new club clothing, and to build a formal relationship with the City to allow for legal, sustainable mountain bike trail development and maintenance. Now it is time to get working on the fun stuff… riding bikes, working on MTB trails, racing and going on fun trips!
So we are turning our attention to building a 2015 CABC Trips/Events/Group Rides Calendar and we need your help to plan the season and make it happen! I would like to get people to respond with ideas about what type of Trips/Events/Group Rides they are interested in doing this year.
Trips: Let's hear some ideas. For example if you want to do a weekend trip as a club to ride the Highwood Pass let us know. Or if you think it would be cool to head down to Canmore or Fernie for a day or two of mountain biking tell us. Specifically, tell us about the type of trip, when it would happen and if you would be interested in organizing or leading it.
Events: We need volunteers! We would like to do a start of season ride and barbecue in early May. Let me know if you are interested in helping with this. On June 21st we have a great opportunity to raise the profile of our club in our community by getting out in our new CABC clothing to support the Woody's Kids of Steel Triathlon as on-course support for the bike component of the race. Again, the Executive cannot do this alone, we need volunteers. This is a great opportunity to attract youth to our club while having fun supporting the anticipated 600 young athletes, all of whom obviously have and ride bike! We are also seriously considering hosting our own ABA affiliated Trailblazer's youth mountain bike race/event ( Are people interested in supporting these events? Do you have other suggestions?
Group Rides: We already have a few great group rides but would like to see this expand. Options are good! Road rides, mountain bike rides, fat bike rides, or cyclocross rides. Rides on different days of the week and/or rides at different times of the day. If you are motivated to step up and lead a consistent group ride please let us know. You do not have to be the most experienced, fittest or have the most expensive bike to qualify as a group leader. What you do need is to: 1) Make an individual or shared commitment to lead a group of fellow CABC riders at a consistent time 2) Have good communication skills. 3) Have a desire to promote a friendly, fun riding environment for people who attend the ride. If you meet these requirements the Executive would be happy to support you in making this happen. Again, let us know.
So here is the deal. You can respond on Facebook within the post titled 2015 Trips/Events/Group Rides or by directly messaging me. You can also email me at As I have said, we need your help. Let's put a great Events/Trips/Group Rides Calendar together and come together to make 2015 a great season of riding!
Jeff Wright
CABC President