Club Cycliste Beaconsfield
Club Cycliste Beaconsfield PO Box 40503 Kirkland PO, Kirkland, QC H9H 5G8
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Club Cycliste Beaconsfield (CCB) is a volunteer-run organization that brings together recreational road cycling enthusiasts who aim to ride in a safe and social setting. To get the maximum benefit and enjoyment out of club activities, all CCBers, especially new ones and those with limited group riding experience, are strongly encouraged to participate in the club's early season training program that consists of Group Leader Rides and the Clinics. The vast majority of members ride road bicycles (i.e. racing style). Recumbent, front disk wheel, aerobar and bullhorn handlebar equipped bicycles are prohibited. Hybrids, mountain bikes and tandems are not suitable for the type of riding the club does and their use is discouraged. Helmets are mandatory for all rides.
Any road cycling enthusiast who aims to ride in a safe and social setting. We have cyclists of all calibers riding at speeds from 20 km/h to 33 km/h and more. The club has regular rides on weekends and on weekdays. Most of the club rides start in the West Island of Montreal with many Drive & Cycles that start a bit everywhere (often near the US border - the roads in the US have a lot less potholes...). The Club also organizes a few weekends in very scenic areas (Lake Placid, Stowe, Finger Lakes, etc.) with very low road traffic.
Average speed is the full distance of your ride divided by the time you spent on the road, not counting one or two stops/breaks. Most bike speedometers/odometers compute it this way. Your average speed is not the same as (and is most likely less than) what you would consider your cruising speed on flat ground with no headwind for a few kilometres. Most CCB rides are between 70 and 110 km, and the average must be applied to the entire length of the ride. Items such as Traffic lights, wind, hills, and city riding all have an effect on your average speed. In general, your average speed is a few km/hr below your cruising speed.
If you have unanswered questions about joining the CCB (after reading all the FAQ items), please send an email to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Click the Join Us menu on the CCB website. You will be asked to provide an email address that will be used to contact you. No CCB members may share an email address. . If you are a recent member, you should use the email address last used with this club. After entering your email address and a security code, you will be taken to the registration page. there are a number of fields to fill out, along with a requirement to read the CCB Code of Ethics and to sign a waiver. When the proper information is filled, you will proceed to the payment page and make a payment to PayPal. When completed you will receive two emails, one to provide you with a temporary password, and another to confirm your membership. Note that new members and former members with a gap of more than 2 years since the previous membership must register to attend a pre-season clinic.
Following the indoor sessions, we stage a series of outdoor on the bike clinics. These clinics are for all new members, be they experienced group riders or not. We will cover individual bike handling skills, group riding theory and practice, and explain BCC group riding etiquette. The clinic takes about 2 hours.
New members are required to attend at least one of these clinics before their first BCC group ride.
Any member is invited to attend more than one of the sessions if they wish to build their skills up further. Returning members who want to brush up on their skills are welcomed.
What do I need to bring to the outdoor clinic? As you will be practicing group riding technique, you need to come as if you were riding your bicycle, ie you need to dress as a cyclist and come with your road bike and helmet. Yes, the helmet is mandatory whenever you are on your bike at an official club event.
From early April to the end of May, veteran club members are volunteering as group leaders, sharing their cycling experience and their knowledge of the rules of the Club with the riders in their groups. The leaders works to keep the group a safe size and moving effectively. While it is up to each individual cyclist to have an enjoyable and safe ride, the leaders can help with useful tips and advice, and their instructions should be followed.
The Group Leader Ride Program is a must for new members. This is a great place to meet Club members and most importantly, find cyclists that rides at the speed of interest to you. We suggest that you try different groups and meet as many people as possible.
A Drive and Cycle is a ride that involves driving to the starting point, typically for 30 minutes or more. Some hardcore CCB members ride their bikes to and from the starting point.
The advantage is that the selection of quiet, well paved roads is greater when we drive further out of the city. However, if you prefer the convenience of riding closer by, or if you are short on time, a lot of local rides are also available.
After logging in, click on your name in the upper right of the window and you will then see your Profile.
Members riding in that category will ride in smaller groups (around 8), with a group leader, in local surrounding (Ile Bizard, Ile Perrot…) with departure from Le Colisée Kirkland or College Macdonald for the most part. Members will be allowed to ride with an electric and/or hybrid bike if they respect the pace limit of this membership category in a peloton setting. The 21-22 Kph speed group should be able to maintain a 24-25 kph cruising speed (straight line, no wind, no stop conditions). The 23-24 kph speed group should be able to maintain a 26-27 kph cruising speed (straight line, no wind, no stop conditions). Intent is to allow members to enjoy a balanced aerobic (endurance) and anaerobic (strength) cycling experience. Rides will always be under 60 km with one or two stops along the way. Before ride registration is compulsory.