Blizzard Bike Club

Fort St. John, BC, Canada

Colter Young won the Old Fort Road hill climb, Sunday, with a time of 20:23 minutes for the 8.6 km distance. Robin Baillie was second by a second. Bob Andrews was third at 21:30. Pat Ferris was 4th at 22:25 and Richard Wood 5th at 23:13.

Barb Polehoykie was 6th at 23:14, Jolea Bilodeau out sprinted Kendra Young for 7th at 23:49, Ken Nix 25:33, Owen Giebelhaus 27:08, Sandra MacDonald 27:20 and Marie Young 27:40.

A busy week for the Blizzards with the Thursday Baldonnel time trial at 7 pm. There is a Sunday Montney road race at 10:00 am with the start at the Montney Store.

There will be a squad of Blizzards going to the Provincial Road Championships in Lacombe, Alberta, Sunday.

Five Blizzards will be doing the tough Penticton Ironman, next Sunday as well. Irvin Tang, Kathryn Fairweather, Darren Guliov and Ann and Brian Hurst will be doing the 2.5 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run under the Okanagan heat.

ABOUT THE CLUB:

The Blizzard Bike Club started in 1982. It is based loosely on the Victoria Wheelers? Club format and philosophy. We were incorporated under the Society?s Act in 1985. Currently, we are affiliated with the Alberta Bicycle Association (ABA) and the Canadian Cycling Association (CCA). The switch to the ABA was made in 1997 because the Alberta events are much more accessible to this region.

Generally we have anywhere from 40 to 70 riders listed as members, that makes the Blizzard Club one of the top three clubs in BC. We were the Club of the Year in 1982 when we were with the Bicycling Association of BC.

Club meetings happen the second Monday of every month. We need your input and help. Come on out! Meetings are generally limited to an hour so we won?t keep you long. The club executive consists of a President, two Vice-presidents, a Secretary-Treasurer and six Directors. These are elected annually at an Annual General Meeting in May. We are very active, all year around.

The club offers a wide variety of video and audiotapes and books on cycling as well as sports in general. Take them out, on loan, and have a look.

Our registered club colours are red and white and club jerseys are available from time to time. Ask a member of the executive if you want one.

There is a tremendous amount of expertise available. There are club coaches for cycling and triathlons, running, swimming and bike maintenance. Ask someone if you have a question. Almost all of our riders started knowing little or nothing but were eager to learn.

We have been a highly successful racing club. There have been seven provincial champions over the years. Blizzards have won over 45 medals at BC Summer Games competition and over 12 at BC Seniors? games events. The Club sent a team of four riders to the Ras Taleann International Stage race in Ireland, in 1986.