Thursday, June 5, 2008

Cycling into summer - A number of events are scheduled over the next few months for all skill levels

Cycling into summer
A number of events are scheduled over the next few months for all skill levels

The Guardian

The provincial cycling season is well underway with one event complete and a full calendar of events scheduled during the next few months.

The Smooth Cycle Citizen Road Series begins Saturday, June 14, with the China Point time trial and road race.

The Dalvey by the Sea Mountain Bike Citizen Series kicks off Sunday, June 22, at Summerside Rotary Park.

With the increased demand for cycling services, Cycling P.E.I. has established a new position with Luke MacDonald moving in as technical director responsible for coaching and rider development.

MacDonald is a certified coach, commissaries, mechanic and examiner.

With the establishment of this new position, the provincial association has seen amazing growth, said CPEI executive director Mike Connolly.

A new club has been established in Souris, focusing on mountain biking.

All new members are welcome and volunteers are needed.

The West Prince Sports Council has made cycling one of its top priorities and have implemented a six-week recreational cycling program for children 9-12 through the area recreation departments.

Cycling P.E.I., in conjunction with the new technical director’s position, has established a series of recreational rides to meet the needs of beginner, intermediate and advanced road and mountain bike enthusiasts.

Every Monday, starting at 6 p.m., there is a road ride in Stratford at the Lady of Assumption Parish and is open to all beginner riders and an instructor will be on hand to lead the group and teach riding skills.

The distance covered is 20-28 km each week with the goal of 100 km by the end of the summer.

Also on Mondays are the Confederation Trail rides starting at 6:30 p.m. at Island Construction on the Sherwood Road.

Tuesday nights is youth mountain bike rides at Brookvale Nordic Centre, starting at 6:30 p.m., for ages 12-17.

Thursday nights are recreational road rides with three groups to choose from — advanced, intermediate and beginner.

Each group varies in speed and instruction level, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Charlottetown Mall.

Fridays offer an adult mountain bike ride for beginners and recreationalists starting at 6:30 p.m., at the Brookvale Nordic Centre.

Each ride and group will have instructors who offer feedback, skills, safety tips, equipment checks and instruction on how to ride in groups.

There is no charge for any of these rides but participants must be members of Cycling P.E.I., and for the Tuesday night mountain bike rides must be a member of Rigid Riders mountain bike club.

For more information on the weekly rides, upcoming events or anything cycling, visit, or call 368-4985.

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