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Cowichan Valley Spring Classic


Cowichan Valley Spring Classic, Sunday, June 13, 2021

This is a notice of interest for a bicycle ride in the Cowichan Valley, Sunday, June 13, 2021. It is an invitational ride, open to members of the CCCTS Victoria Chapter.

There will be two rides, a 60 km ride and a shorter 40 km ride. Both rides start and end at Bright Angel Provincial Park located on Koksilah Road about a 40-minute car ride from Victoria. The bike ride will head in a north-westerly direction up the Cowichan River. Most of the route is flat, but there are several short steep climbs. The ride will be divided into groups of six, and each with a leader and a sweep. There will be a maximum of 18 riders. COVID protocol will be followed. Riders are to bring their own lunch and arrange for their own transport to Bright Angel.

E-bike riders are welcome.  This is NOT a ride for beginners or leisurely riders.   The ride paces are 18-20 km/hr for the 40 km ride, and 20-22 km/hr for the 60 km ride.  The rides will have 6 riders with leaders and sweeps.

Riders must have had their first shot of the COVID vaccine.

If you are interested, please reply to Donna Kerkhoven at informing of your route choice.  The cut-off to reply is Wednesday, June 9 by 5 pm.

 Details of the ride and route will be sent to you several days before the ride. In the event of rain, the ride may be changed to the following Sunday.  As group size is limited, the first 18 to apply to Donna will be notified.

Organizers for this ride are Bob Louie (, Brian Collier and Donna Kerkhoven

Minutes of the May Board Meeting of the Victoria Chapter


BOARD MEETING via ZOOM—Thursday 19 May @ 9.30 am

Present: Alex Laird—President; Allen Olsen—Treasurer; Donna Kerkhoven—Ride Co-ordinator;

Don Mais—Social Convener; ilka Olsen—Secretary


Call to Order—9.44 am


Discussion of whether to cancel or postpone the Victoria Hub & Spoke due to the ongoing restrictions of COVID-19. Consensus reached to immediately notify National that the Chapter wishes to postpone until spring 2021. Discussion led to the following:


MOTION Be it resolved that the Victoria Chapter cancel the Hub & Spoke and revisit it in 2021 with a yet undisclosed date.


Moved by Alex Seconded by Don Carried


Action: Alex to contact George Zoern, National Hub & Spoke Director,

Juergen Harding, Treasurer and Doris Marin, Ride Coordinator.

Action: Allen will contact the three Victoria motels to advise of event cancellation.



Allen reported the receipt of $400 from National for Chapter operating expenses. Account balance is $5,702.


  1. CHAPTER GROUP RIDES—Brief discussion. No rides will be scheduled for the foreseeable future due to the virus and continued advised social-distancing.


  1. Miscellaneous—Don mentioned annual events and possible cancellations. Further discussion if & when restrictions are lifted.


Meeting adjourned 10.20 am.





Minutes of the March Meeting of the Victoria Chapter


BOARD MEETING via ZOOM—Thursday 19 March @ 3.45 pm

Present: Alex Laird—President; Allen Olsen—Treasurer; Donna Kerkhoven—Ride Co-ordinator;

Don Mais—Social Convener; Ilka Olsen—Secretary


Meeting was called to discuss the implication BC’s COVID-19 State of Emergency Lockdown on 12 March and the provincial Health Officer’s edict to self-isolate and to social-distance.

Board members discussed whether it would be prudent to cancel group rides due to the COVID-19 pandemic; possible liability issues arising if the Chapter continued with rides. Discussion led to the following:


MOTION Be it resolved that the Victoria Chapter will suspend all day rides

on the calendar until further notice.

Moved by Alex Seconded by Don.  Carried

Action: Alex will post a notice to the website.

No further discussion. Meeting adjourned @ 4.25 pm


Minutes of the February Meeting of the Victoria Chapter


10 am Monday 3 Feb 2020 @ Donna Kerhoven’s


PRESENT: Alex Laird—President; Allen Olsen—Treasurer; Donna Kerkhoven—Ride Coordinator; Don Mais—Social Convener; ilka Olsen–Secretary


APPROVAL OF AGENDA—Approved as amended.

APPROVAL OF 14 Nov 2019 MINUTES—Approved as submitted

CARRY FORWARD—No outstanding action items.


  • HUB & SPOKE 14-18 Sept—Assign Areas of Responsibility. 

Meet & Greet Luncheon—Alex has booked St. Andrew’s in Sidney again.

Meal preparation discussed. Action: Don will look for volunteers to cook chili if Alex is unavailable; will recruit service crew for clean-up, etc.

Swartz Bay arrivals to be met; after-lunch ride routes to town discussed.

Farewell Dinner—Bob Louie to coordinate Chinese meal again? Action: Don will link up with Bob.

Happy Hour—Deemed essential if location can be found. Valued for socializing and reviewing rides.

Motels—Discussion of suitable options; several identified. Action: Allen, Don & ilka will source;

need to be posted to website by 17 March.


Rides—Discussion. Intended variety of rides already on website along with posted notice of Hub & Spoke. Specific rides, leaders, & sweeps to be formulated/identified later. Possible leaders already approached. Each ride should be limited to 12 and popular rides should be repeated. Publish rides prior to event in order for participants to decide in advance which to sign up for at Meet & Greet. Action: Donna in charge; Allen to assist. Action: All to continue to canvas for interested leaders.

Mapping—Alex will take care of mapping: GPS files, Cue sheets and maps to be provided.

Allen interested in learning and assisting.

  • AGM—Discussion. Review policy; possible date for meeting or social. Action: ilka to review Society Act re chapter requirements.



  • Financial Report—Allen reported a $5,315 balance. No outstanding expenses.



  • Friday Show & Go– Continue for 2020? Discussion of waning participation; present format no longer working; consider a different type of ride. Action: Donna will remove from website.

  • Monday Rosa’s Rebel Rides—Communication issues with ride leaders discussed. Postings need to be received by Donna by Saturday. Action: Donna will specify information needed in order for timely posts to website and email reminders.

  • NY’s Day Levee Ride Report—Allen & ilka led another successful ride with 11 riders to levee then onto the NY’s Day gathering. Decent weather. It was agreed to offer a different levee next year.


  • Christmas Dinner& Dance Report—Don reported 72 tickets sold; considered sales and event a success. Discussion of alternatives including menu to reduce costs; small subsidy this year of $600 met goal of increasing participation.

  • New Year’s Gathering Report—Hosted by Dave & Dale Featherstonhaugh; 45 members present. Thank you expressed by Don on behalf of Club.

SECRETARY—AGM format discussed.


  • Rides for 2020 Discussion– Alex interested in leading panier ride to Seattle via Anacortes & Clipper ferries.

  • Sequim Overnighter—Don or Allen & ilka willing to investigate costs.

  • Chemainus Theatre Overnighter—Ken Stepushyn may be willing to offer again

  • Legacy Fund – Ideas needed for projects, etc. Action: Canvas membership for ideas. One is to offer a 2nd maintenance class: Alex suggested disassembly & assembly of bikes for transport.

NEXT MEETING—Monday 2 March @ Don’s


Minutes of the September Meeting of the Victoria Chapter



10 am Monday 16 Sept 2109 @ Don’s Home  


Present:  Alex Laird—President; Allen Olsen—Treasurer; Donna Kerkhoven—Ride Coordinator;

Don Mais—Social Convener; ilka Olsen–Secretary

Call to order — 1005

APPROVAL OF AGENDA—approved as amended.

APPROVAL OF 22 JULY 2019 MINUTES—approved as submitted. Action—Alex to post.


• Insurance Policy—Unresolved by National Board; Carry Frw
• Advocacy—ilka to provide Donna contact re CRD Trails—done; Lochside Park gravel issue somewhat improved/continue to monitored; general discussion of problem areas.
• Safe Cycling Guidelines/Website Post/Group Riding—Ongoing issue of a few outliers not heeding guidelines nor leader’s warnings. Action: Consider bylaw change at AGM to allow leaders to enforce rules via warnings and/or removal from ride.
• National Board Meeting Minutes—All in agreement that it would be helpful to read minutes prior to chapter meetings.

Carry Frw: National Board minutes to become standing agenda item.


• Max McClanahan—Died 12 Aug while on Club Gaspe tour.  Will be incredibly difficult to replace his skills and commitment on National. Craig Miller has been authorized by National to approach ISPs to deal with access issues to website programs.
• Cycling Jersey Issues—Brief update of sizing problem. National dealing with issue.
• YouTube Video/Newsbrief—Monthly educational sections have already begun. Alex plans to continue to search for pertinent topics and to post.
• Insurance Policy Motion from July—see Carry Forward above.
• CRD Cycling Map— Maps needed for Hub & Spoke 2020.  Discussion included possibility to have CCCTS included in Destination Victoria’s marketing material.  Action: Donna to pursue this idea.




• Reimbursement for Missing Link classes to National—Received; e-transfer set up with Doris Maron, National’s Treasurer.
• Deposit to Christmas Band—$75 cheque provided for Don to submit.
• Financial Report—Allen prepared profit & loss statement spread sheet and passed it around.   Account balance: $5,931


• Busy Roads/Groups of 4-5/Safety Issues on recent Hub & Spokes—All items discussed and solutions suggested.  Pace, Space with Grace reminder should be made by leaders prior to onset of rides; Renfrew to Sooke road section noted as very poor (some Duncan Tour participants voiced concern)/question arose whether National considers road conditions prior to approval; “Sign Posting” discussed as important part of keeping grouptogether for successful ride.
• Monitoring Road Conditions—Donna has begun sending out notices of closures or poor conditions.  Action:  Donna to send 2nd notice of Swan Lake trestle closure.
• Victoria Hub & Spoke 2020 Planning—Preliminary planning: Meet & Greet, accommodation, meeting room, meeting location, leaders, ride variety & classification, information packet, farewell dinner, expenses, adding panier ride immediately following Hub & Spoke. Attempt to reschedule to 1-4 June rather than 14-18 Sept? Action:  Alex to check with George Zorn.

Action:  Alex to contact Red Lion & Accent Inn to determine group reservation costs with meeting room included.

• Unauthorized Postings from CCCTS to Cycling Adventures (meetup group)—Brief discussion of social media problems.  No remedy available for vexing problem.


• Autumn Pie & Ice Cream Event—Ute & Jim have offered to host again; pies will be baked by members again.  Expenses to be reimbursed.

Action: Don confirmed date: Sunday 23 Oct @ 1230 after morning ride; will send out invitation.

• Mac McClanahan—Don sent card of condolence to Valerie Chu on behalf of Club.
• Howl at the Moon Report—Don submitted summary to Alex; it did not make it into Chapter News; at this point deemed too late, but will be posted in the spring to increaseinterest for next year’s event.
• Including Former Members—Mikkel & Rolf have submitted a list of long-time former members who may be interested in being invited to certain social events such as the Christmas Party.
• Christmas Party—Venue & band booked.  Price of tickets discussed; deemed important to offer dinner/dance below $50 to encourage increased participation. Discussion.  Consensus reached on $45 & subsidizing any cost overruns. Ticket production process discussed.

Motion: Subsidize any costs over $45.  

Action: Don will contact Rolf re ticket template.

• New Year’s Party—Cornelia & Mikkel have confirmed hosting again.  Expenses will be reimbursed.


• Post-Meeting Change Requests to Minutes–Discussion of vetting minutes and when to post. Action:  Minutes posted to website to clearly indicate DRAFT prior to approval at following meeting.
• Advocacy/Cowichan Trail—ilka noted personal email submission to trail manager of risky clearance issues on new Trail.  Trail deficiencies discussed. Further discussion ofsubmitting through Club to increase impact of concerns; Club to follow-up until response has been received.

Action:  All board members to send draft for vetting prior to any submission.


NEXT MEETING—Thursday 14 Nov Olsen’s @9.30

Minutes of the November Meeting of the Victoria Chapter



(9.30 am social) 10 AM THURSDAY 14 November 2019 @ the Olsen’s


Present: Alex Laird—President; Allen Olsen—Treasurer; Don Mais—Social Convener;

ilka Olsen—Secretary

Excused: Donna Kerkhoven—Ride Coordinator



APPROVAL OF AGENDA approved as submitted

APPROVAL OF 16 SEPT 2019 MINUTES approved as submitted


  • Cycling Jersey fitting problems being dealt with by Nimble Wear. Exchanges will be made at no cost (shipping costs undetermined).

  • Insurance Policy– Anyone leading a ride for the Club is covered (leader & sweep).

  • Victoria Hub & Spoke 2020 Planning

Comprehensive discussion of all topics to consider for a successful H & S.

Action: Allen & ilka to complete CCCTS H&S template (formal application).

Action: Alex to send template to CCCTS board for approval; have it on website ASAP.

Action: Alex to source Gorge Rd hotels/motels; Happy Hour options.


  • Financial Report—Allen obtained CRD cycling maps for $100/100 maps; ice cream/coffee/flowers costs reimbursed to Don & Donna; acct. balance $5590.

  • $166 surplus from H&S Duncan deposited.


  • CCCTS Safety Ride Guidelines available on the website.

  • Monitoring Road Conditions—Donna has been sending notices of closures/issues affecting cycling. Action: All to report issues to Donna for her to publicize.

  • New Year’s Day Ride/Gov House Levee—Allen & ilka will lead again & coordinate ride with arrival at NY’s gathering. Action: Allen to send blurb to Donna.




  • Pie & Ice Cream Review—Big success with 50 attending. Flowers appreciated by Ute & Jim. Don sent thank you card as well. Baking brought by some participants. Veronica suggested that those not baking could instead bring items to donate to a food bank.

Carry Frw Sept: ilka to remind of food bank suggestion for 2020 event.

  • Christmas Dinner& Dance Overview—discussion of ticket sales which are not as brisk as hoped for (venue can accommodate 80); cost of dinner/future options discussed to reduce cost.

Action: Alex to send invitation out once again to bolster ticket sales; ask members to contact Carol Crane with door prize suggestions.

  • New Year’s Day Gathering—Dale & David will host; 1—4 pm. Discussion re 2021 hosts.

Action: Don will sort out issue of hosting; confirm times and let Allen know in order to coordinate arrival time from Levee ride.


  • Development Affecting Cycling (Camden Ave/GG)—Advocacy discussed whenever development increases traffic near cycling infrastructure. Brief discussion.

Action: ilka to contact GVCC advocacy director to learn of their approach.

  • Lottery System—Evident that many still do not understand system C’est la vie.

Members should be directed to website for details.


  • CCCTS AGM Jan 2020 –Monday 2 Dec 1100 in Tsawwassan.

  • Legacy Fund Application—form available on website.


NEXT MEETING Monday 3 Feb 9.30 at Donna’s

New Year’s Day Events – 2020

NY’s Day Gov House Levee Ride

Please join Allen & ilka Olsen again for this annual ride.  Meet at Whole Foods @ 9.30 for the short ride to Gov House.  After the levee we will ride  to Broadmead for the annual New Year’s Day Gathering which is at David & Dale Featherstonehaugh’s home this year.  We will return to Whole Foods afterwards should anyone be unfamiliar with the route.       Questions:    250-889-2484   250-539-9920

New Year’s Day Levée

Each January 1st, the Lieutenant Governor opens the doors to Government House for the annual New Year’s Day Levée. Her Honour greets the public and visitors have an opportunity to enjoy light refreshments and music such as the Canadian Scottish Regiment Pipes and Drums. The New Year’s Day Levée has been a tradition among Vice Regal houses since British Columbia entered Confederation in 1871.

The 2020 Levée takes place on Wednesday, January 1, 2020, from 10 am to 12 pm.  Presiding will be the Honourable Janet Taylor.

Minutes of the July Board Meeting of the Victoria Chapter



10 am MONDAY 20 July 2109 @ Alex’s Home

Present: Alex Laird—President; Allen Olsen—Treasurer; Donna Kerkhoven—Ride Coordinator;

Don Mais—Social Convener; ilka Olsen—Secretary

Call to Order– 1005

  1. Approval of Agenda—approved as submitted

  2. Approval of 3 June Minutes—approved as submitted


  1. President’s Report

  1. Members should know how to change tire on own bike. Alex plans to start a YouTube video section in Newsbrief.

Action: YouTube video to be included in August Newsbrief;

  1. Route & Rules gone over prior to start of ride. Leaders now do this.

  2. Metchosin Rd off-limits to BetterLates; memo to leaders—sent out and being followed. Other West Shore thoroughfares mentioned as being equally dangerous.

  3. Action: Alex will pursue obtaining information of insurance coverage.


  1. Treasurer’s Report

  1. Balance in account $5250 after three payments.

  2. Maintenance Classes—Russ of Missing Link submitted invoice o f $1008 for 40 students. Paid. Action: Allen to send invoice to National for reimbursement.

  3. Howl @ Moon—Rolf submitted invoice $82.64. Paid.


  1. Ride Coordinator’s Report

  1. H & S dates to National—14-18 Sept 2020. Done. Brief discussion of what is involved with planning. Board members will be coordinating.

Action: Table discussion at September’s meeting.

  1. Pender Island 12 June; send Diane’s write-up prior to ride—completed.

Only five riders (two of them the leaders); it was noted that a conflicting event was scheduled which reduced participation.

  1. Sunday Ride Split—Seems to be working well. Discussion.

  2. Safe Cycling: Comox/Ottawa per John/Rolf’s Guidelines—Donna/Alex/ilka

Rolf’s Safety Rules 2016 distributed & well-received. Discussion.

Action: Alex will edit & include in August Newsbrief crediting Rolf.


  1. Social Convener’s Report

  1. Christmas Dinner payment requests to Allen—Cedar Hill Golf Course & Band seem unconcerned re down payment. No further action at this time.

  2. Howl @ Moon Report– Board happy with attendance. Email invitation sent to entire Chapter (130 members); former members of South Island now number 2160. Discussion.

Action: Don will contact Rolf & Cornelia (NY’s party host) to see how to include former member still having connection to Club. Will send thank you to Rolf.

Action: Don will write report of event and send to Alex, who will distribute to Chapter.


  1. Secretary’s Report

  1. Waivers–Donna keeps waivers & incident report forms with her at all times.


  1. New Business

  1. Advocacy Discussion–Lochside gravel issue at Lochside Park (ilka has contacted Saanich & CRD Trails); other problem areas.

Action: ilka to provide Donna contact info of Carolyn Stewart, CRD Parks/Trail Planner.

(Note: Todd Shannon, Operations Supervisor of Reg Trails & Gulf Islands best contact/ilka to include contact info to Donna.)

  1. Ride with GPS Availability—Donna

Show & Tell. Discussion of pros & cons; power saving tips; voice direction function explanation delegated by Alex to Veronica Allen, who followed-up. Anyone wishing to have an H & S or Tour ride (no day rides) uploaded to site to contact Alex or Donna.

  1. Bike Mirror Discussion—Mirrors highly recommended.


  1. Next Meeting—Mon 16 Sept @ Don’s

10. Adjournment--1155

Minutes of the June Board Meeting of the Victoria Chapter


10 AM MONDAY 3 June 2109 @ Olsen’s Home

Present: Alex Laird–President; Allen Olsen–Treasurer; Donn Kerkhoven—Ride Coordinator;

Don Mais—Social Convener; ilka Olsen–Secretary

Call to order: 1006

Approval of Agenda–approved


  1. Approval of 25 March Minutes—approved as submitted


  1. President’s Report–Alex

  1. Maintenance Classes—deemed a success; final class 15 June; once invoice received, payment to Russ/Fort Street Cycle will be made by Allen. Further discussion led to:

Action: Alex will submit article to Newsbrief of importance of knowing how to change a tire on one’s individual bike including e-bikes and tubeless tires (different tools required).

  1. Cycling Jersey Design—turned over to National who asked for vote on one of three designs posted to June Newsbrief. Free shipping for orders of 12 (to Alex).

  2. FY2018 Profit/Loss Statement—submitted to National; no response received.

  3. Rules of the Road/Safety/ General Route Description—Discussion of dangerous roads, sharing the road (spacing to allow passing cars); rider infringements of rules; courtesy paid to leaders. Seattle’s motto of Space & Pace (with Grace) an excellent reminder for safe riding. Avoid dangerous roads when there are alternatives. i.e. Metchosin Rd vs Galloping Goose.

Action: Alex to circulate a memo to leaders to remind them to gather group before ride start and to go over route and rules. By order of the Victoria Chapter, Metchosin Rd to be off-limit in route planning (for BetterLates).


  1. Treasurer’s Report—Allen

  1. Balance in account $6,470.

  2. Ride Lunches at Private Homes—Board approved policy that reimbursement for lunch expenses incurred by hosts will be made only if entire chapter is made aware of event in the ride notice.


  1. Ride Coordinator’s Report–Donna

  1. Wed Leader—Max (alternate needed for July & Aug); Fri Show & Go doing well;

BetterLates’ concerns have been addressed.

  1. Mini-Tour Pannier Ride—First of its kind: Overnight to Chemainus dinner theatre organized & led by Ken Stepushyn. Well-attended and deemed a success.

  2. Sunday Go/No Go notice –All agreed not necessary in ongoing fair weather.

  3. Victoria Hub & Spoke Date—14-18 Sept 2020

Action: Alex to inform National. Chapter board will comprise organizing committee.

  1. Pender Island 12 June organized and led by Diane Swindel & Chris Hodgson.

Action: Donna will send out Diane’s write-up beforehand.

  1. Safe Cycling Class—13 April GVCC Marshaling Workshop was well-attended by CCCTS; some good ideas & rules for groups with tips for left-hand crossing at busy intersections. GVCC handout provided for reference. Donna perused Bike to Work website: all-day skills training class deemed too basic.


  1. Social Convener’s Report–Don

  1. HOWL at the MOON Tues 16 July @4 pm Elk Lake—organized by Rolf & Sharlane;

Rolf has paid the CRD insurance and needs to be reimbursed.

Action: Alex to suggest group activity with reward for fastest change of tire.

  1. Christmas Dinner & Dance—Alex requested that deposits be made to both Cedar Hill

and band before August. Action: Don will submit payment requests to Allen.


  1. Secretary’s Report–ilka

  1. Waivers Online—Asked Max if possible; received a detailed response that it is not an option.

Action: Donna will have some hard-copy waivers on hand.

  1. Insurance Policy—Current policy now on website. Alex & ilka both read entire document.


  1. New Business/General Follow-Up

  1. Leader Liability Protection. Alex proposed that insurance coverage be clear; discussion led to:


Motion—Be it resolved that ride leaders’ liability protection be explained in plain language.

Moved by Alex Seconded by Allen Carried


Action: Alex will request National Board have such an explanation posted to website.

  1. Incident Reports—ilka reminded everyone that incident reports are on the website and should be filled out after an accident or possible litigious incident. Discussion followed.


  1. Next Meeting Monday 22 July @ 9.30 at Alex’s home. Adjournment 1215.

Minutes of the March Board Meeting of the Victoria Chapter


1000 Monday 25 March 2019 @ Donna’s Home

Present: Alex Laird—President; Allen Olsen—Treasurer; Donna Kerkkoven—Ride Coordinator

Don Mais—Social Convener; ilka Olsen—Secretary

Guest: Jim Grayson (arrived at 1110)


Call to Order 1003.

  1. Approval of Agenda—Approved as submitted.


  1. Approval of 18 February Minutes—Approved as submitted.



  1. Contacted National Board that bank account has been set-up.

  2. Maintenance Class proposal sent to National Board; request of $780 approved.

Classes scheduled and organized by Alex for 26 March—4 May with 26 enrolled @ Fort Street Cycle with Russ Parks deemed excellent instructor.

  1. Cycling Jerseys—Alex sent out request for unique design to all of CCCTS; received a few responses. National now involved as well. Allen mentioned that Rolf Petersen has been working with a German company (a multitude of generic designs; individualizing would be expensive). Table for future discussion.

  2. Link to excellent Safe Cycling tutorial on riding in traffic in Newsbrief. Alex intends to add pertinent topics to newsletter on occasion.



  1. Allen addressed Bruce MacLean’s (National Treasurer) request for FY2018 documentation of profit/loss statement. National Board had hired an accountant to review books and was informed that the Society Act requires filing with Revenue Canada when a benchmark amount is exceeded. It was confirmed that the Victoria Chapter is required to submit detailed accounting to National for FY2018 though not officially a chapter until recently.

Action: Alex will submit necessary documentation.

  1. Victoria Chapter’s balance is $5,810 plus $400 from National still to be deposited. Incurred but not paid are expenses for maintenance classes.




  1. Monday Ride–ilka & Donna met with Rosa Schuh, Margaret Phelan & Paul Quin

to discuss general intent of ride plus need to post on website and to use CCCTS membership distribution. To be dubbed Rosa’s Rebel Ride; first ride on 1 April.

  1. Wednesday Rides—Discussion. Free form to be continued for now.

Action: Donna to send request to see if anyone is interested in leading Wed rides.

Wednesday Summer Rides—Popular in 2017; to be continued by Brian Collier.

  1. Friday Rides—Show & GO! Inaugural 19 April; meet at Whole Foods.

Action: Donna to add to calendar; write blurb for website.

  1. Sunday BetterLates—Three recent concerns brought forth by members:

  1. Fast & Slow Divisions—Detailed discussion re necessity of having to split into groups for safety reasons when there is a large turn-out.

  2. Speed—Discussion of staying within the range of what is published on the website blurb.

  3. Very Slow Riders—Discussion. It was agreed to deal with any issue on a case by case basis. The Club does not have a policy nor has anyone ever been left behind.

Action: Alex to revise a draft of website description with ilka’s input.

  1. Victoria Hub & Spoke—Scheduled for 1–4 May 2020. All board members interested in serving on the Planning Committee.

Action: Alex to send dates to National; details to follow once committee has met.

  1. Pender Island—Allen has contacted Diane Swindel who is willing to lead on 12 June.

Action: Allen to send Donna contact information; Donna to contact Dianne, who will provide her with ride blurb.

  1. Description of Rides—Need to have all ride descriptions on website detailing meeting location, general distance, anticipated speed.

Action: Donna to edit verbiage of current descriptions and to attempt to link to calendar dates.

  1. Safe Cycling Class—Jim suggested contacting Bike to Work Society or GVCC. Action: Donna to explore best option. Discussion included a possible class for ride leaders to inform them of Club expectations & safety rules.

  2. Selection Criteria/Lottery System Explanation—Alex contacted webmaster who has agreed that republishing information is a good idea.

Action: Donna will resend link to Alex who will include in Newsbrief. Discussion re including brief blurb with all Hub & Spoke/Tour offerings.

  1. Free Trailer—Jim provided provenance & details with photos of a meal & dining trailer which is available for a $500 donation. Discussion led to Alex suggesting that National’s Tour Director a more appropriate person to approach.

Action: Donna will contact John Pringle, George Zorn & Bruce Daykin.




  1. Don is in need of more Club cards; available from National.

  2. Honorariums—Further discussion not needed at this time.



  1. ilka explained why an invitation was not sent to Lt Gov Janet Austin. It was agreed not to pursue at this time.

  2. Waivers Online—It would be most helpful to be able to sign waivers online in the case of a potential member showing up for a ride. This may not be possible but will be explored.

Action: ilka to contact Max McClanahan.

  1. Insurance Policy—Available for perusal on the CCCTS website.

Action: ilka will read policy & report on anything of import.


  1. a. Other Items—None

  1. Next Meeting—7 May @ Alex’s

  2. Adjournment–1157


Minutes of the February Board Meeting of the Victoria Chapter


MONDAY 18 FERUARY 2109 @ Don’s Home

Present: Alex—President; Allen Olsen—Treasurer; Donna Kerhoven—Ride Coordinator; Don Mais—Social Convener; ilka Olsen–Secretary

Call to Order–1023

  1. Approval of Agenda—approved as amended

  2. Approval of 14 January Minutes—approved as submitted.

  3. Action Items from January:

  1. Coast Capital Account –Allen & Alex accomplished time-consuming task; set up under

Non-Profit Society Act; $86 spent on cheques; account balance $5810.

Discussion of how reimbursements are to be handled.

  1. Carry Frw–Contact National Board re first meet; bank acct set-up—Alex

  2. Thank You Cards—Alex/Don; Don/Mikkel Case of cards (& biz cards) on hand;

  3. Weekly Ride List—Donna; Alex

  • Link to web calendar now available; Allen brought up conflict of consecutive rides both to Olympic View Golf. Problem identified and remedied.

  • Friday Show & Go: delayed start due to inclement weather. Ride intent & Camosun for lunch discussed.

  • Sunday BetterLates should have membership legal caveat included with weekly notices.

Donna has request March & April rides from Brian Collier.

  1. On-Line Tutorials—Alex sent out on Website Calendar Usage; Next: Instant Messaging

  2. Monday Rides—Action: ilka & Donna to meet with Rosa Schuh; include Margaret Phelan who has offered to cover August for Rosa.

  3. Wednesday Lunch Alternative—Alex, Don, Donna all made suggestions. Alex contacted a few establishments to ask if a few members could picnic on premise while others supported café. Spitfire Grill willing.

  4. Carry Frw–Invitation/ Lt. Gov Janet Taylor— Action: ilka to send note on Club card.


  1. Activities—Ideas which might benefit Club – Don

  1. Backyard BBQ – it was suggested that a note be sent out to ask who might be willing to host.

  2. Howl at the Moon BBQ– Elk Lake pavilion has been rented in the past.

  3. Brochure—Introduction to the Club might be helpful. No action taken.

  4. Club shirt—Alex led discussion of a Club jersey with suggestions of funding locally/selling nationally. Volunteer needed to design. Prototype could be in M & L sizes so that members can try on before ordering. No action taken.

  5. Camosun lunches—Great place. Not open on Sundays, therefore a venue for week-day rides.


  1. Membership—Drive; Welcoming; Mentorship

General discussion of all three topics. It was agreed to single out new members to make them feel comfortable at both coffee and on the first few rides.


  1. Safety Class – Vic Police no longer teaches this. GVCC and Bike to Work organizations may.

Link to excellent Safe Cycling tutorial on riding in traffic in February Newsbrief. Carry Frw


  1. Honorariums—Discussion of for whom, when and for what. Agreement on flowers for members’ home events. Further discussion needed. Carry Frw.


  1. Events

  • Chinese New Year 10 Feb –Luncheon organized by Bob & Brenda Louie; 42 enjoyed event.

  • Soupy Sunday—Ute & Jim Grayson offering to host either 17 or 24 March. Carry Frw


  1. Mini-Tours/Out of Town

  • Chemainus/Ken Stepushen—Discussion re sign-up criteria used—first come, first served. Board pleased to have this first mini-tour offered & hoping for more.

Action: Alex to send out reminder that the tour is not full.

Action: When tour is full, Donna needs to be informed in order to post.

  • Saturna or Pender—Allen suggested alternating & mentioned that Diane Sidwell from Pender is interested in leading. Action: Allen to contact Diane; let Donna know.


  1. Hub & Spokes/Vic 2020 – Carry Frw


  1. Basic Maintenance Class—Alex has been in touch with Angus McIssac from Courtenay; obtained estimate of $900 for coming to Victoria for one day seminar with maximum of nine participants; Alex also obtained costs from Fort Street Cycle “Missing Link” on evening classes (5 max). Round Table discussion re preferred option and cost-sharing with members. Discussion re sign-up process.


Motion Be it resolved that Victoria Chapter will offer Basic Maintenance Classes

through Missing Link at Fort Street Cycle at $30 per participant. Members to

contribute $10/Club $20 to cost.

Moved by Donna Seconded by Don Carried

Action: Alex to send proposal with cost estimate for funding to National Board.

  1. Selection Criteria/Lottery Explanation Needed—it has come to the attention of Allen & ilka that some members were not aware of the present lottery selection for trips; nor were they aware of the 30% selection option of leaders. Discussion. It was agreed to run an article in the Newsbrief. A

Action: Alex to add as Newsbrief article.


  1. Victoria Chapter Activism/Lobbying—Carry Frw

  2. Next Meeting—Monday 25 March @1000 Meet at Donna’s @0930

  3. Adjournment 1217

Next meeting; Adjournment

Minutes of the January Board Meeting of the Victoria Chapter

Recent History: Chapter formation discussed and Steering Committee struck on 24 Oct 2018 at Pie Party. Steering Committee successfully filled five director positions; Inaugural Chapter AGM held on 3 Dec. Sanctioned by National Board at CCCTS Dec. AGM.



Monday 14 January 2019 @ 1000 held at Allen & ilka’s home
Present: Alex Laird—President; Allen Olsen—Treasurer; Ilka Olsen—Secretary; Donna
Kerkhoven—Ride Coordinator; Don Mais—Event Coordinator
Call to Order @ 1029

1. Approval of Agenda– approved as submitted.
2. Coast Capital Account – Alex has administered the ‘coffee fund’ of $952.61; transfer
to the new account. Action: Requirements for a non-profit society account to be
sorted out when Alex & Allen meet at Coast Capital after meeting to open new
Chapter account. National Board will require an annual financial report.
 Michael Bonnor’s $5,000 donation to be deposited. Action: Alex to contact
National Board that Chapter has had first meeting and bank account has been set
 Thank You Cards—Action: Alex will provide Don with Club’s remaining thank you
cards Don reported that Mikkel’s donation was meant for Club improvements to
benefit the vitality of the Club. Action: Don will send a thank you card to Mikkel
for his donation.
3. Web Only Ride Communication – Alex & Donna outlined their visions of providing
weekly ride information via website and reasons for eliminating the various & often
incorrect group distributions. Comprehensive discussion as much of the membership
voiced concern over change. A transitional period was proposed. Leaders will no
longer have to send out notices. Alex has discussed options with Max McCallahan.
Action: Donna to complete weekly ride list. Action: Alex will send out a list of
weekly rides with a link to the website Rides Calendar. Action: Alex is considering
online tutorials on using the Rides Calendar, all prefaced with a preamble.
4. Rides—Donna Comprehensive discussion of all rides below. Alex offered to help
Donna with ride planning and website upload.
 Monday—Led by Rosa Schuh; popular. Action: Donna & ilka will meet with Rosa
to discuss further.

Wednesday—revisit some 2017 summer rides; fragmentation since public closure
of Ocean Sciences’ lunch venue—Action: Alex, Don or Donna to check out
alternate lunch options.
Fridays—Show & GO! intended for those wanting more challenging rides.
 E-bikes Only—To be determined per further Club input.
 Socializing—discussed throughout. Important aspect of all rides and activities.
 Ride Co-ordinator Work Load–Donna will assess her volume of work; committee
option to assist if needed.
 Newsbrief–President’s monthly message to include asking members to contribute
by leading the occasional ride. Alex to meet with Hans re his publishing
5. Events
 Chinese New Year 10 Feb– Organized by Bob & Brenda Louie. Brunch location TBA
followed by a ride.
 Gov House Levee Ride—12 riders led by Allen & ilka followed by ride to NY’s Day
Invitation to Lt Gov—ilka spoke briefly to new Lt Gov Janet Taylor who indicated
an interest in cycling with group. Action: Alex will send a Club card with invitation
New Year’s Day Party—Cornelia & Mikkel hosted another well-attended
afternoon gathering. Don sent a thank you card.
Alumni Invitations—Discussion of how former members who no longer ride could
be invited. Consensus reached: Hosts to handle individual invitations.
 Mini-Tours—Carry Forward
 Hub & Spokes (Victoria 2020)—Carry Forward
6. Activities—Ideas which might benefit Club – Don
Backyard BBQ; mentorship; brochure; Club shirt; Camosun lunches—Carry Forward
7. Membership—Drive; Welcoming; Mentorship—Carry Forward
8. Safety Class—Carry Forward
9. Honorariums–Carry Forward
10 . Next Meeting 18 Feb 1000 @ Don’s place/Adjournment @ 1230

Minutes of the First Victoria Chapter Meeting

3 December 2018

The first Annual General Meeting of the CCCTS VICTORIA CHAPTER was called to order at 10:12 am on 3
December 2018 at the Mary Winspear Centre by Alex Laird.
Steering Committee Representatives
Alex Laird, Donna Kerkhoven, Bruce Daykin, Max McClanahan, Don Mais, Ken Stepushyn, Allen Olsen, Ilka
Approval of Agenda
The agenda was unanimously approved as distributed.
Vote of the Attendees Present to Ratify Victoria Chapter’s Constitution
Motioned: Bruce Daykin and Ken Stepushyn. Motion passed unanimously.
Nominations for the Victoria Chapter executive
1. President: Alex Laird
2. Treasurer: Allen Olsen
3. Secretary: Ilka Allers-Olsen
4. Ride Coordinator: Donna Kerkhoven
5. Social Convener: Don Mais
Motioned: Jim Grayson and Rolf Petersen. Motion passed unanimously.
Discussion from members
1. Rolf Peterson spoke of declining membership.
a. Donna Kerkhoven mentioned advertising on Meetup and Facebook
2. Geoff (?) spoke about organizing rides more efficiently, ie, have different speed levels
3. Bruce Daykin said that we now have money to educate children, etc.
4. Alex Laird asked for ride leaders.
a. Volunteers: Ilka Allers-Olsen, Bruce Daykin, Diane Swindell, Bob Townsend, Alex Laird,
Ken Stepushyn, Jim Grayson
i. Ken Stepushyn opted to lead a ride to Chemainus where riders could see live theatre and
stay at the local hotel.

5. Michel Bonner suggested having dedicated rides for e-bikes
Meeting was adjourned at 10:30 by Alex Laird. The next Annual General Meeting will be held in December 2019.

Minutes taken by Donna Kerkhoven secretary of the Steering Committee

Chinese New Years

Chinese Lunar New Year is upon us and what better excuse for a pig out than the Year of the Pig!!   Brenda and Bob Louie have once again graciously agreed to arrange a multi course lunch in China Town to Celebrate.  The plan is to meet at Whole Foods around 10:00 and then ride to the Golden Palace on Fisgard.  This will be more of a brunch than lunch so we would start at 11:15 and done by 12:30.  The price is $20.00 per person which includes taxes and tip.

2019 Chinese New Year CCCTS Brunch  Year of the Pig.  Symbol of Wealth and Fortune
Menu                   Egg Rolls
                               Diced Chicken with Cashew mixed vegetables
                               Chinese Style Chow mein
                               Boneless Almond Chicken
                               Deep Fried Prawns
                               Stir Fried Pork Chops with Beijing Sauce
                              Crispy Ginger Fried Beef
                              Yang Chow (with little shrimps) Fried Rice
Date:                       11:00 am Sunday, February 10, 2019  
Place:                      Golden City Restaurant, 721 Fisgard Street
Availability:             Maximum 56 people  (7 tables of 8 per table)
Price:                       $20 per person (taxes and gratuity is included)
Contact and payment:     Social Convener: Don Mais
DEADLINE DATE:    Sunday, February 3rd in order to give numbers to the restaurant.                    
 For those who prefer a Vegetarian Plate, please inform our Social Director Don Mais  . Same price, to keep things simple.   
      Bike parking is at the front of the restaurant, or across the street at The Hudson. Car parking is free on the street or in the parkade. However, it is Chinese New Year and that Sunday will be busy.
We will be collecting money at the Sunday and Wednesday rides but if anyone needs some special attention in this regard please let me know and I will arrange a get together. 
There may be more details going forward and I will keep you informed.  If you have never been on this ride (more of a banquet than a ride to be honest) consider joining us.  It is always a lot of fun.