Tuesdays and Thursdays at the track for SCC
by Randy Pascal
Things only seem quiet, at the moment, with the Sudbury Cycling Club.
Sure, the average Sudburian who follows sports locally might not be aware of any current racers from the Club, and certainly not to the same extent as
the days of Eric Wohlberg, David Spears, Thomas Hums and others.
But that doesn't mean the Club is inactive. In fact, according to second year president Trevor Rickwood, the SCC is maintaining a base of riders,
numbering about fifty or so, roughly the same number that it has welcomed to the Delky Dozzi Track for the past ten years or more.
"We have a group of people that race, and some that come out just for the training," noted Rickwood last Thursday, one of two traditional practice nights
for the group (the other is Tuesdays).
"About a third would race, two thirds would be more participants." Some are very familiar faces to Club head coach Battista Muredda, having cycled
with regularity for many, many years.
Still, the group does open its arms to new members each and every season. "There is certainly an attraction to just the thrill of riding around the
track with a group of people," said Rickwood, a cyclist on and off since the early 1990s.
"We find that the people who generally will get some satisfaction in riding with the club are people that arrive already with a road bike, and have done
enough road biking to get a sense that they think it's something they might enjoy, and are looking at maybe taking the next step."
Where Sudbury, at one time, would serve as a host venue for racing events that gathered cyclists from across the province, there really is not much of
an appetite, currently, to pursue any local races, according to Rickwood.
So those who do like to test themselves against others of similar ability travel south, with numerous races running between a triangular area that covers
from Collingwood, down towards St Catharines, and back up north of Toronto, into the Muskokas.
Even Eastern Ontario is open game, from time to time. Back in April, Rickwood was among a group of nine local riders that also included Hinkel
Yeung, Geoff Clausen, Brien Monaghan, Michael Nawalaniec, Amanda Kosmerly, Emily Marcolini, Jody Nadjiwon and Rob Rice, who all took part in the
Calabogie Road Classic.
Anyone looking to find out more information on the Sudbury Cycling Club can visit the group's website at "www.sudburycc.ca".