During his racing days, Ross Chafe was supported by Giuseppi Marinoni, who is legendary in Canadian cycling for his achievements on the bike as well as for the fine bicycle frames he crafted in his Montreal shop. Mr. Marinoni, the star character in the 2014 award winning documentary The Fire In The Frame, remained a close friend to Ross over the years; when the documentary premiered last year at the Vancouver Film Festival, Ross and his family attended the showing and visited with Mr. Marinoni.
Text to Greg, Tuesday 10:45AM “early AM ride on Thursday?”
Reply “Nope. Going 400KM Friday with Ted. Have to rest! If you want, Tom is riding from Whistler to Lillooet, meeting us and then riding back”
Me “Man – that sounds epic. How are you getting back? When?”
Reply “leaving 2AM Friday morning to Cache Creek and back to Pemby. Can you join?”
The Whistler Cycling Club has two views on Facebook (FB). We have a FB WCC Page, where we post items of interest to club members as well as the broader cycling community. We also have a FB group, named the WCC Forum, to facilitate discussions between club members for rides, carpooling, general idea sharing, etc. Both pages are open to the public and can be readily joined by anyone with a Facebook account. For club members who are new to Facebook, we have written a primer to get you up and running quickly.
Kelly Blunden and Ross Chafe remain at the fore in our minds and hearts, as reflected in these cards appreciatively received from the Cowichan Valley Cycling Club/Cyclists of the Cowichan Valley and from Escape Velocity Cycling Club/DEVO Youth Cycling Team. Are you looking for a meaningful way to support Ross and Kelly’s families? Consider a donation at your nearest TD branch, anywhere in Canada, quoting Branch #9987 Account #6683815. But don’t wait too long; the account is time limited.
Memorial Ride on Tuesday
…to honour Kelly and Ross. You may have seen this in last week’s Pique. Full details here. The club is welcoming all club riders and friends, with the option to ride just the two loops in the village, or to proceed with the full regular evening ride to Callaghan. We may have a large turnout, so please meet a few minutes earlier than normal—aim for 5pm at Whistler Village Sports. And remember: wear your Whistler Cycling Club colours!
PRESS RELEASE - UPDATED JUNE 8, 2015
Whistler Cycling Club rides in memory of Kelly and Ross
WHISTLER, June 5, 2015 – The Whistler Cycling Club invites all members and friends to join in a memorial ride for Kelly Blunden and Ross Chafe on Tuesday, June 9.
The ride is open to all. Club members and non-members alike are welcome to participate. The club anticipates between fifty and one hundred cyclists in the ride.
We have had a few days pass since losing Kelly and Ross. First and foremost in our thoughts are their families, to whom we extend our deepest heartfelt condolences.
This tragedy underlines how critical it is that everyone on the road, whether in automobiles, on motorcycles, bicycles or on foot, respect others using the road. This means accepting that one’s own behavior affects the vulnerability of others on the road, and that road surfaces hold different hazards for different users. Most importantly, respect for other users means not driving while drunk or otherwise impaired.
Tuesday and Wednesday rides are ON. Weather forecasts for this week show temperatures conducive to great riding, though forecasting being what it is, come prepared for ‘variable weather’, read: refreshing cloudburst possible! Standard gathering time/place: 5:15pm at Whistler Village Sports, rides start at 5:30pm.
Whistler Cycling Club is organizing a series of six Saturday morning rides beginning May 30, 2015, featuring:
Ride From Home. No car needed for Whistler-based riders
Socialize. Pre and post ride gatherings at local café/coffee shop
Saturday Mornings. Keeps your afternoon open for more riding or other activities
All Rider Levels Encouraged. Ride routes allow participants to choose their difficulty level
Flexible Groupings. No fewer than 2 to a group; stay motivated and never get stranded