Racer Sportif/Mattamy Homes Cycling Club
Racer Sportif has been a mainstay in the GTA cycling community. Over the years our club has grown and expanded from our original rides leaving from the Bloor West Village store to include rides leaving from our west end Oakville location. As a club member you have several different ride groups to choose from, with different categorized rides happening every week making us one of the busiest clubs in the GTA! We also have a number of club members that compete in Road, Track, Cyclocross and Mountain bike events all over North America throughout the year, so who knows where this great sport will take you! Our group rides are structured in such a way that we are able to provide options for riders of different riding abilities and fitness levels. Our different rides allow for cyclists to progress through the ranks as their fitness grows and skills grow. And you are never required to stay within a single group all season.
Depending on how you feel or your time available to ride on a particular day, you can choose whichever ride suits your needs. Our welcoming group of ride captains provide weekly emails detailing routes and plans for the upcoming weekday and weekend rides. Annually, our club members can enjoy exclusive special events, such as our feature event: Campfire Ride. Which we strongly encourage our members to take part in, as we represent our club proudly amongst the various other riders and clubs that participate in this amazing event on the beautiful roads of Hockley Valley, while raising funds and awareness for Camp Occhigeas.
The structure, and main form of communication for our club is done using Strava, which enables us to plan and share our routes for the weekend, weekday and special event rides. Our weekly emails will direct you to our Racer Sportif Mattamy Homes Club Ride Page on Strava where maps will be available to view download to your GPS enabled cycling computer or smart phone. Click here to join our Strava club.
Sunday Morning - 8 am
Departing from Second Cup Port Credit (south side Lakeshore, just west of Hurontario). Ride routes and distances will vary through the summer. Be prepared for at least 80km-100km rides for the 2018 season.
Wednesday Night - 6 pm
Starting from Shopper's Drug Mart Plaza, north side Lakeshore, just west of Cawthra. Ride takes us through Oakville, out to Bronte and back along Lakeshore. Approx distance is 50kms, and is a ride focused on building high aerobic output and riding capability at threshold. The terrain is for the most part flat, but the pace is moderately high. Approx 30-32kph average.
Weekly Email for Toronto Club - sign up
Saturday Morning - 9am
Beginning Saturday April 28th Racer Sportif Toronto will be adding a Saturday Morning Gruppetto Ride! It will depart from the Toronto store at 9 am through the summer months. The ride will wind through the Old Mill path and work our way to Port Credit along Lakeshore Blvd and various backroads. Road closures may dictate the route varying slightly. In the beginning the ride will be approxiamtely 35km and move at a steady comfortable pace with the intention of returning to the Toronto store by noon.
Club Sportif - A & B
Club Sportif consists of two groups that start each ride collectively from our Oakville shop travelling on the same route which will feature a neutral start. From there the two groups will naturally form into A and B groups. For those that would like to challenge themselves can try and hang with the A group, and if are not capable of sustaining the pace, can fall back into the B group, which will be travelling behind on the same course.
The Emphasis for the Club Sportif group is to provide a challenging atmosphere for riders that want to improve by riding with better, and more experienced riders. It is also the ideal environment for those that want a decent race simulation, as well as those that are aspiring to race, and would like to experience a ride pace similar to what can be expected in a sanctioned race.
A Group Pace: 35+ KPH
B Group Pace: 30 – 32+ KPH
Group Leaders: (A Group - Sean Mackinnon & Ed Veal), (B Group - Frank Mizerski)
A Group – firstname.lastname@example.org
B Group - email@example.com
Distance: Varying by week, routes posted weekly.
Ride Times: Sunday Rides – 8am, Wednesday Rides – 5:30pm
Weekly Email for Oakville Club - sign up here
Club Sportif - C
Ride Leader: James Mizerki
Start Dates - Sunday April 27, 2018 – 8:00 am, Wednesday May 9, 2018 – 5:00 pm
Start Location - Racer Sportif Oakville
First 2 weeks 45km
Average 15 km increase as the weeks go on
Longest rides of the season will be 110 km (if the group wants to increase the distances, that can be an option)
Lakeshore from Oakville to Burlington and back for first 3 weeks. Rides will go north towards Derry rd, less traffic, longer distance, and great riding ground.
Each rider must have a helmet, an OCA membership, PLEASE DO NOT BE LATE, if a rider is not able to make it out for the rides, email James to inform him of your absence. Dress according to the weather. If it is raining on club days, the rides will not take place on that day.
This is mid level group, we will average about 27-30 km an hour. This ride will allow each member to cover distances that are long but at a comfortable speed, increasing the distance as the season progresses.
This group is not training for any events or races, the goal is get out, burn calories, cover new distances and enjoy the sport. We start as a group and finish as a group. If riders like, on Wed evening after the ride we can go for a beer on lakeshore and enjoy the rest of the evening. If any riders have any questions, feel free to email James.
Junior Sportif - Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday Rides
The Junior Sportif Club is geared towards embracing younger cyclists that have aspirations to be competitive in the sport of road cycling, or would just like to train like one!
We offer two rides per week. Wednesday evenings, and Saturday mornings.
Wednesday - 5pm at Racer Sportif Oakville. (Track Workout from 8:30-10:30 pm during offseason)
Saturday - 9am at Racer Sportif Oakville. (Seasonal)
Distance: Approx. 50kms - 100kms+ (time of year and focus will dictate the duration).
Average Speed: 25 - 30kph+
Ride Leaders: Dennis Mizerski, Sammy Sfara
Weekly Email for Junior Club - sign up here
The Gruppetto - Sunday Ride
The Gruppetto is all about enjoying your bike and getting out there! Over the course of the season, we’ll start out with shorter distances (40-50km) and progress to longer rides. The first Gruppetto will roll out for the first time this season on Sunday April 15th. As in the past, The Gruppetto leaves from the parking lot east of the LCBO at the Whole Foods Plaza on Cornwall. Rides are open to all Racer Sportif Club members. Please note that the Gruppetto pace is 25-28 km. No one get’s dropped and we do stop for lights, stop signs, and especially coffee! Rides generally roll out on Sundays, weather permitting. But it’s flexible. We can ride Saturday mornings too.
As in previous seasons, Gruppetto rides will get longer, averaging 100km. And, depending on interest, on the Victoria Day and Simcoe Day weekends in May and August, respectively, we will do a couple of Century Rides – 160km. So, come on out and join the ride. The countryside awaits us. Pedal On.
Led by: Michael Kolesar
Distance: Varying by week, routes posted weekly.
Pace: 26-28 km/hr
Start time: 9:00 am
Ride information will be sent out each week in a club email for which you can sign up here. Same information will also be published on our STRAVA page where you will be able to see the route and keep up to date on any ride cancellations/changes.
Our official start is weather dependent right now. Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have regarding the rides!
See you on the road.