Devon Moonie performs in Banff

Devon Moonie performed well this past weekend at the Banff National Park Bike Fest, which features racers from across Western Canada and the USA. Devon competed in all five events and finished 10th in Category 3 General Classification, 1 minute, 12 seconds back of first place. Devon was on the podium with a third place in the Tunnel Mountain Road Race.

These results are very good. Any podium finish is remarkable and a top 10 finish on GC only 1:12 back after more than four and a half hours of racing is noteworthy.

Congratulations Devon!

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Ken’s Ride2Survive

Club member Ken McDonald will be soon undertaking a significant athletic challenge for the fight against cancer. On June 21st he will be joining 150 or so other bike riders in the Ride-2-Survive, a 400 km 1-day ride starting in Kelowna and ending in White Rock. He and the others will be leaving early Saturday morning and ride via the Coquihalla Connector to Hope and make our way down the Fraser Valley to White Rock, some 18 hours later. Ken has been preparing for this athletic endeavour all winter and is now getting as many kilometres in on my bike as he can. He has lost both parents to cancer and is well aware of its affect on its victims, families, and friends. Ken in riding to remember my parents and to contribute in their memory.

If you would like to make a donation in support of this ride. Please  go to the following Cancer Society web page and make a donation under the event Ride-2-S and Ken’s name. Also, please read about the ride and its legacy at this site. Ken thanks you  in advance for your time and donation.

Ogilvies’ results at Jr Road and TT Provincial Championships

Josh and Sophie Ogilvie competed in the Cycling BC Comox Jr Road and Time Trial Provincial Championships over the weekend of June 7th and 8th. As done in previous years for other young athletes, the Interior Grasslands Cycling Club contributed funds in support; the club gave $300 to help with travel costs for the Ogilvies. This is their report:


It was our pleasure to travel to and compete it the Cycling BC Comox Jr Road and Time Trial Provincial Championships this last weekend. Thank you for your help with travel expences. This was a fun and very different racing experience for both of us.

Joshua competed in the Boys U17 as he was born 1999 and just makes that cut, so next year Josh and Soph will be in U17 together. This is a tough class of big guys from clubs that train year ’round at the two Velodromes (Burnaby Velodrome and the Juan De Fuca Velodrome in Victoria). My road race was 8 laps totalling 72 km, this is a pretty long race with good roads in a tall treed corridor near Cumberland. I was able to stick in the lead pack for 6 laps but as the tactic became more serious, I was dropped with another rider who was able to drop me in the last lap. Eating and drinking became much more important during this race. The individual TT race on Sunday was a single lap of the TT course, Soph rode the same loop. I didn’t bring the Cerélo P1 TT bike that we have and I think that I could have shaved off a good amount of time, a few guys had these kind of bikes but mostly they had skin suits and deep carbon wheels and discs and clip on aero bars. I have a pretty good idea of what competition in this age group looks like now, and I will be able to make good gains by trying to ride up at home and riding longer rides. — Joshua O.

Sophie competed in the Girls U15 category as she was born in 2000 and is at the top of that age group. Next year it’s off to U17. The U15 is a competitive group of girls who have some good strategy down. While feeling like the hills were less challenging than those back home, I had to work hard at the front of the pack in the final sprint I was able to make second by a half a wheel. Each of the 4 laps I was able to take QOM , if there had been points awarded.

The Time Trial was a 16 km loop further up-island, mostly in tall treed country lanes. One stretch ran us down the Island Highway but the wind was mostly at our backs. There were only two very small hills to speak of on-course. I was able to pass my lead out girl early and was not passed. The third girl out was able to make 5 seconds on me to take First place leaving me with Second place.
I now have a very good idea of who my competition is and I’m confident that the next race will be very different. — Sophie O.

Learn to Ride & Race Clinic, June 28

Are you nervous about your first race, or riding with a large group at speed? The IGCC is organizing a learn to ride and race clinic.

A fully certified NCCP coach, as well as elite-level racers will teach you how to ride safely and race competitively. This course includes a 3-hour morning class and a 2-hour riding skills session.

Topics to be discussed include:Learn to Ride and Race

  • Race preparation
  • On the start line
  • Hydration
  • Nutrition
  • Warm up and warm down
  • Licensing, race rules, race language
  • Climbing, paceline, cornering, sprinting
  • Winter and spring seasonal training
  • Tapering, symptoms of over-training
  • Muscle-to-weight ratio
  • Heart rate and mental training
  • Training plan and diary

The course runs from 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday, June 28th.

For more information or to register, please call:
Peter Bartel at 250-372-8343, Gary Hunt at 250-573-3127, or John Tilley at 250-554-0939

Download the Learn to Ride and Race poster here.




New site, new logo!

The Interior Grasslands Cycling Club has a new, updated look with a new website and revised logo.

Although it served us well for years, it was increasingly apparent that there were limitations to what we could accomplish with the old website. This new site, based on WordPress, should open the door to doing much more. Additional functionality is foreseen in the coming months.

IGCC new logo on green

In conjunction with the new site, there is a new set of logos for the IGCC. The “new” logo is a revision and update of the previous one. We will begin rolling out this new design on posters, the web, and elsewhere.

Both website and logo was a project undertaken by IGCC board member Robert Forsyth.



Club members do well in Spring Triathlon

The Tri Club‘s Spring Sprint Triathlon was held on May 4th in cool rainy blustery conditions. IGCC club member Sophie Ogilvie finished second in her age group. Joshua Ogilvie finished 1st in his age group. Our new club members from the Degasso family, also competed; Emily finished eighth in her class, Gabrielle 14th and Michael 13th in his age group.

Congratulations to all for doing so well under adverse conditions. Well Done.

Cheers, John

Holly and Martina Antifay

They both did super and we are proud of them both for doing so well. As well Holly and Martina did pretty good in their last meet of the year at the BC short track in Burnaby.

Holly finished in third spot in BC for a Bronze medal and came in second in her 400 race, so at the end of sat, was tied for 2nd place in points. Sunday however, she came in 3rd in the 200 pursuits and had a poor showing in the delayed last race of the day in the 3000 points coming in fourth. Fatigue and not eating enough during the day showed up i guess. Regardless she still is 3rd fastest 13 year old in BC short track, and 2nd fastest in BC long track, so that is great. Martina fell in her last lap of her 400 final race, which she was leading by half a lap and thus lost her gold medal from last year by only a very slight margin of 89 points to a girl from Fort St John.

Martina came 1st in her 200, 1200 and you should have seen her 2000 points race, she was 6 feet behind at the 1st and 2nd bell laps and then at the finish she came from behind in the last 60 feet or so to take the win by only 1 or 2 feet, from the Ft.St,John girl. So in this race they tied for points, and it was a really good weekend of racing, even though it took Martina 3 or 4 days to get over her disappointing loss of her gold medal.

She still came home with a silver medal, but she vows she will get her gold back next year, and besides she also sot a gold in the BC long track at Fort St John. She had a super year we think.


2014 season starts soon

We are approaching the start of the 2014 Interior Grasslands Cycling Club season.  Our group rides start this weekend (March 16) and the first competition on March 27 is the popular 16 km TT on the Westsyde course.  The calendar at has been updated for this season.

Club memberships are $43 (the same as last year).  The membership form can be downloaded from here.  Members will also need a Cycling BC membership with provides the required insurance.  There are several license categories depending upon the racing you intend to do.  The minimum for IGCC club events is the Club Associate Membership (affiliated to a BC Club) for $40.  If you think you might also participate in events at other clubs in BC you will need the BC Citizen License for $45.  You can get your membership/licence on-line at the Cycling BC web site.

This is an important change from past years.  Peter and John will not be available to run every race as they have in past years.  We need people to step up and volunteer.  We need volunteers at each Thursday evening event; Usually two people to do time keeping plus two people to do marshaling.  We will be training the volunteers in their roles.  Please look at the calendar and select which events and roles you would like to do.  Volunteers will receive points which will apply to their season’s race standings.  Email Gary Hunt ( or me ( with your preferences.

We are going to have another excellent season.  We have made a few changes to some events which we think you will like.  Pursuit races will now be grouped by pace rather than age.  We moved one pursuit race from Dallas to Westsyde to remove the hill that always breaks up the groups.  We replaced one 25 km 2-up TTT with a 25 km ITT.  We also dropped Tobiano from the calendar due to safety concerns and low participation.  The May long weekend race series will not be a BC Masters event this year; It will be run as an IGCC event with invitations to other clubs in the Interior and other parts of BC.

If you have questions or comments, please feel welcome to contact me by phone or email.  You will find contact information for all the IGCC directors here on the website.

Pedal on,

Raymond Nyuli
President – Interior Grasslands Cycling Club