February Newsletter

GVCC Members,
Enjoying the winter freeze!?  The Rochester weather the past few weeks has made it especially difficult to ride outside. Even our beloved tour-de-trails is essentially unusable. A few hearty souls have been bearing the elements on the roads, many have been resorting to their fat bikes or taking advantage of the excellent nordic skiing conditions, and of course likely thousands of Zwift miles have been logged across our membership.

The good news, our Spring Giros are just 23 days away!  We start Saturday March 13th.  If you haven’t already registered with the club you can do so here.  We’re likely going to implement the same approach as the g-tour last year with bike-reg signup for each event and other covid protocols.  More on that to follow.

Reminder that with your membership you are obligated to marshal twice per year. The marshal sign-up form is here.  Email racedirector@gvccracing.com to reserve your spots.  Note the giros and TTs are filling up.


Bloomfield is your 2021 New York State Championships!

We’re super excited that Mike Madden, Matt Rankin and Team Towpath have successfully won the bid for the 2021 NYSBRA NYS Championship Road Race on Saturday July 24th.  The Bloomfield course presents an opportunity for a wider array of riders including those who may not particularly fair well on long climbs. As a club it’s important we offer our best support either by participating in the race or helping day of as a marshal or driver.  The race is listed on the marshal sign form and we will need many more than current 4 slots allotted.
NYSBRA has done a good job of upping the game for winners including the honor of wearing a special champions jersey for one year. Here’s the list of current champions (from 2019).  Bristol was the last venue to hold the road race and GVCC members didn’t fair to well!  Only one jersey claimed – Shawn Alexander for Junior Boys 17-18.  Let’s hope to improve on that this year.

New York State Racing Schedule

Here is the latest schedule.
State Road Race Championships – Bloomfield Classic July 24
State TT Champs – Aug 1 @ Upper Jay (ADKs)
State Crit Champs – Aug 14 @ Trumansburg
Unfortunately Finger Lakes Gravel has been cancelled.  But if gravel is your game, there are a couple of rides in the Battenkill area May 15/16.  NatiFo 40 on June 5th.  And on June 26th there’s the NYS Gravel Champs at Getting Happy In the Valley near Oswego, NY.

Special welcome to our newest members

Mark Bezinque from Victor
Bryan Hicks from Liverpool
John Vorassi from Rochester

When you meet them at our events, please join me in welcoming them to our club.  

 Pro CX Tour and EU ramping up
Congratulations to Full Moon Vista for being awarded one of 10 coveted spots on the 2021 national pro cyclocross calendar.  Sept 25 & 26 will feature the best CX racing in North America right here in town.  More details on the new tour here
And in Europe the pro road season is starting to ramp up. Filippo Ganna put on a display at stage 4 of the Étoile de Bessèges in France earlier this month.  Check this out if you need a little motivation!  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tNElTCAOwo (embedded below)
This upcoming weekend The UAE tour is loaded, start list here.  Also Rally Pro Cycling is holding their men’s team camp in Spain this week as they prep for the Tour of Flanders in April among other objectives. It will be great to see another US based team in Europe this spring.
Our daylight is increasing along with the possibility of warmer temps. Looking forward to seeing many of you on the roads next month as our 2021 season gets underway.  

Brian Cardona
Genesee Valley Cycling Club
Filipo Ganna destroying stage 4 at Étoile de Bessèges