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ALTER EGO CYCLING CLUB

Want to make some new cycling friends? Interested in learning new skills, finding new trails and roads to ride, pushing yourself to ride a new personal best or even your first race? Maybe you want to try a charity ride....your first century...but are looking for a good group to work with. Then consider riding with us this season.


We offer an adult and a Kids of Mud program. Click through the descriptions below to learn more about each program. 


ALTER EGO CYCLING CLUB

Join us for rides, races and community events to connect with like-minded people. As a member you will learn from leaders who will heighten your abilities and confidence to conquer the trail or road and achieve your goals. We believe cycling is for everybody and offer an inclusive and supportive environment to build skills and confidence.

Details Below

AECC KIDS OF MUD 2019

Kids of Mud is a Manitoba Cycling Association sanctioned Learn to Ride and Learn to Race program for kids 6* to 16 years of age. Off road cycling is an fun outdoor physical activity that combines the best of individual and team sport values offering both physical and mental challenges in a fun and supportive atmosphere. The best part is - you can participate as a family. Parents are encouraged to ride along.


PLEASE NOTE: Registration for the Kids of Mud Program is closed for the 2019 season but you can email to be added to the wait list.

REGISTER TO RIDE WITH US.

The Alter Ego Cycling Club is a Manitoba Cycling Association affiliated club. Clicking the link below will take you to the AECC Club registration site on the Manitoba Cycling Association website. Here you will Register online, and purchase AECC membership and a license via the Manitoba Cycling Association (minimum of a General Membership is required). If you already have an MCA membership, you will only need your club membership. 

Your license will be processed and mailed to you. You may be required to upload a photo that will be printed on the back of the license. 

MEMBER BENFITS

Access to all planned rides and events
20% off regular priced parts, accessories and nutrition* 
10% off regular priced bikes*
Walk around in a sweet-looking Alter Ego Club Kit...kids sizes available. 
Join our Strava Group to get in inspired or hand out a few kudos
Volunteer opportunities - Our club hosts races, run a Kids of Mud program and encourages everyone to consider the benefits of volunteering including becoming certified coaches and/or officials.
Club Strava and Facebook Pages to connect with the group, plan unofficial rides, get training tips and expert advice
*some conditions may apply, please talk to store staff for specific details


RIDES & EVENTS

As club we host a number of weekly road rides and seasonal events for our membership. If there is a ride type you are interested in trying or leading please contact our Ride Coordinator - heather@alteregosports.com

  • Organized weekly group rides
  • Club Races for Road, MTB & Cyclocross
  • Skills Clinics for road & MTB
  • Adventure Rides & Road Trips
  • Social Ride Series
  • Charity Rides
  • Volunteer Opportunities

WEEKLY RIDE DESCRIPTIONS

SUNDAY HANDSHAKE RIDE

2019 Start Date TBD
Ride Leaders: Patrick Griffith, Lynn Jeffs & Sir Glenn Coutts

Voted as most fun and friendly road ride in the world*! On this ride we agree to ride as a group (or three depending on how many riders we get. We'll often split into pace groups) but there are designated sprint points, after which we regroup. Make sure you join us for coffee after the ride.   
  • When: Sundays @ 8:50am
  • Meet up: Alter Ego Sports
  • Route: St Adolphe
  • Pace: 25km
  • Distance: 50-60km
*Voted by AECC members - but it's totally true.


WEDNESDAY MTB RIDE

2019 Start Date TBD

Ride Leader: Lucas Roy

This fun Mountain Bike Ride is for all levels, leaving the shop at 6:30pm or Meet us at 7pm at the Parking Lot adjacent to Cabala's) and heading to Bison Butte near Fort Whyte. Our focus will be on developing confidence and learning to ride over difficult terrain. Open to all club members and like all club rides, you can try one time before joining.

Helmets required and bikes designed for Mountain Biking are recommended.

  • When: Thursdays @ 6:30PM
  • Meet up: Alter Ego Sports
  • Route: Bison Butte 
  • Pace: Tempo

WOMEN-LED ROAD RIDE

Rides will start May 2, 2019
Ride Leader: Heather Martin

This is a casual road ride by women for everyone. This is the perfect ride to bring a partner who is new to riding or wants to try out riding in a group.  Our focus will be to learn how to ride together and learn the etiquette of group riding in a safe supportive environment. For a women's-only group ride, check out our friends The Velodonnas.
  • When: Thursdays @ 6:30PM
  • Meet up: Alter Ego Sports
  • Route: South 
  • Pace: minimum 25km (No Drop)
  • Distance: 40km

EVENTS & SPECIAL RIDES

ROAD SKILLS CLINICS

Skills clinics are designed to expose you to the bike handling experiences that many new and seasoned bike enthusiasts  fear most. Learn how to handle yourself when shoulders touch, tires rub and corners come at high speeds. 

  • Where: Crescent Park
  • When: 2X per season - Dates TBD
  • All Levels
  • Free for AECC members 

AHEAD BY A CENTURY RIDE 100KM OR 100 MILES

Ride Leader: Glen Coutts

Challenge yourself this season with a distance goal. Join us fo the Ahead by a Century Ride, a 100 km road ride (a metric century) that ends with an optional 60 km road ride (to make an imperial century i.e. 100 miles). If you've always wanted to, but never ridden this distance before, this is yopur chance to accomplish a goal with a group of supportive cyclists working together. 
 

TOUR DE HILLS

ROAD TRIP!!!! For those who like to challenge their legs and their will, we like to take a couple roads trips during the season to local areas that provide some terrain. It's more fun than it sounds. 

  • When: TBD
  • Route: La Rivere MB, Darlingford MB
  • Pace: Your own
  • Hill repeats   

RIDE WITH US ON STRAVA

Our weekly rides are listed for our members on Strava. Use it to view the routes we take and the pace we keep on our club rides. You don't need to be a AECC club member to join our Strava Club. It's just a fun way to stay connected.  

Strava is a website and mobile app used to track athletic activity via satellite navigation and then upload and share such activities. Styled as a "Social Network for Athletes", it can be used for a number of sporting activities however the most popular activities tracked using the software are cycling and running. 

GROUP RIDING ESSENTIALS

JOIN THE RIGHT GROUP

There are rides for all kinds of cyclists—everything from leisurely social jaunts to race-pace throwdowns. Ask your cycling friends, talk to your local bike shop, or do a quick Google search to find a group that fits your interests, fitness, and abilities. Before you clip in, you should have a sense of the terrain, the vibe, and how far and fast you’ll be riding.

SHOW UP PREPARED

Don’t be that rider. Carry everything you need: a spare tube, tire levers, a multitool, a pump or CO2, water, snacks, money, and your phone. Before you jump into a group, make sure you can ride in a straight line, even with one hand on the bar while reaching for a water bottle, eating, or indicating a turn, or road debris.

BE A GOOD WHEEL

Groups ride in a paceline— either single-file or two abreast—to efficiently share the work and keep everyone safe. Ideally, you ride 12-18 inches behind the rider in front of you. Inching ahead of someone riding next to you is called half-wheeling—a cardinal sin that’s annoying and potentially dangerous.

RIDE CONSISTENTLY

Everyone is safest when your movements are predictable—so brake gradually, accelerate steadily, avoid erratic or unexpected swerving, and communicate any turns or debris well in advance.

COMMUNICATE

Speak up or use hand signals to point out gravel, holes, and other road obstacles. Use your left hand to signal a left turn and your right hand to signal a right turn—it doesn’t hurt to call them out too. Give a quick shout if you have a mechanical issue, or if the group is slowing or stopping because someone has a flat.

COEXIST WITH CARS

Follow the rules of the road, avoid unpredictable movements, and ride as far to the right as is comfortable. Come to a full stop at traffic lights and stop signs. On busier roads or streets with a narrow shoulder, most groups will ride single file. Never ride three abreast in any situation— it’s not safe or courteous.