2015 Annual General Meeting – Oct 26

The Blacksheep Mountain Bike Club will hold its AGM on Monday Oct 26, 2015 7pm – 9pm at Confederation College, Room C233

This is your opportunity to help develop direction of the Club, and contribute to ongoing activities.  Every Club member is encouraged to attend.

The evening’s agenda will be presentation and discussion of reports by the 2015 Club executive:

  • President – Paul Inkila
  • Treasurer – Eric Bailey
  • Secretary – Chris McCurdy
  • XC Director – Gerald Hamm
  • DH Director – Matt Pavlik
  • Trail Development Chair – Jeremy Goth
  • Director at Large – Jon Kettle
  • Director at Large – Simon Haslam

This will be followed by a call for nominations for the 2016  Executive.  We definitely need new faces to continue functioning.  If you have any interest at in keeping the Blacksheep Club functioning and growing, please consider stepping forward as a volunteer.  Most Executive members have committed to continuing in 2016 but we do have at least one notable vacancy; Matt will not be able to organize the DH series next year.  If you want DH, we need a new DH Director.  Other areas needing help are Communications, Sponsorship, Special Events, Timing & Results, and Squadron (race team) co-ordination.

Hope to see you at the AGM!



DH3 – City Championships – Results

The Blacksheep riding season has officially come to a close.  DH 3 was a great success with a challenging new section of trail for the advance riders and perfect tacky conditions on a beautiful sunny day.  The only thing that could have made it a better day is a free BBQ….oh wait.   THANK YOU to our host Loch Lomond for providing an exciting new venue, transport up the hill and of course the delicious food.  Also a huge thank you goes out to all of our sponsors and volunteers who make these events possible year after year.

2015 Blacksheep Banquet – Oct 4

2015 Blacksheep Awards Banquet
North McIntyre Rec Centre, 2051 Government Rd
Sunday Oct 4. Doors open at 6:00pm
Tickets at the door: $10/person, $5/age 12 and under 
Join us on Sunday October 4 for the annual Blacksheep Awards Banquet to wrap up the 2015 mountain biking season.  This is a great chance to share stories and reminisce about the season past.
The meal will consist of pulled pork on a bun, salads, dessert, beverages and coffee.  If you require a gluten free bun, please bring your own.
A slide show of action photos from the season will be on display.  You are welcome to ask for electronic copies of any for yourself.
Please let us know if you are planning to attend, and how many are in your group;  this will ensure we have enough food for the evening.   You can post a message to the Facebook Group, or email us using the Contact Us link on the webpage with that info.
Awards to be presented:
·         Lady Bike a Lot – Maureen Page
·         Sir Bike a Lot – Emile Hamm
·         Lil’ Ripper – Ruthie Zavitz
·         Volunteer of the Year – Ginette Roy
·         King of the Mountain – Tristin Radley-Hansen
·         Queen of the Mountain – Ruthie Zavitz
·         Downhill Series Champions – Downhill Series Standings
·         Lambateur, Sport, Advanced and Elite Male and Female Champions – Gift Certificates – XC Series Standings with Age Groups
·         Recognition of High Performance Fund Recipients
·         XC Series Age Group Awards – XC Series Standing with Age Groups
·         Trail Builder Draw – $250 Gift Certificate!
·         Door Prize Draw for Attending the Banquet

Downhill City Championships/QOM/KOM

Downhill Race #3 Sunday, Sep 27, 2015 Register at 12:00 PM, Race at 1:00 PM – Loch Lomond

Join BlackSheep and LOCH LOMOND on Sunday Sept 27 for DH3 also known as the City Championships! This is the final day for Loch Lomond’s 15/16 early bird membership sale. They will be kicking off the winter season with a BBQ and refreshments on the deck for all to enjoy.

The downhill points series champions will be awarded based on the best two of three events, following the same point allocation as the XC series.

Also, BlackSheep’s King and Queen of the Mountain will be determined based on the best three XC and single best DH races.  The City Championships on Sunday is a chance for the XC specialists to qualify.

Fat Bike Events

The TBay Cycling Club has asked if the BlackSheep will be hosting any fat bike events.  With limited resources on the current Executive of our Club, we will not be hosting any fat bike events.  But, before responding to the TBCC, we want to give any ambitious member a chance to organize such an event.   This is your chance to join the Executive, contribute to the Club, its membership, and the cycling community.

If you are interested in pursuing fat biking, please contact the Executive using the Contact Us form by Sept 25/15.

Year End Awards

Our year end awards banquet is coming up quickly – Oct 4 to be exact.  In preparation, we are asking all Club members with rotating awards from last year to turn them in; we need time to get this year’s winners’ names added.

So, if you have a category championship trophy, Sir Bike a Lot, Lil’ Ripper or other trophy please turn it in by Sept 25.

Contact Paul (767-1860), or use the contact us webpage to make arrangements.  Thanks all!

Grand Chasm Trail Closed

Construction has begun on the fencing that will enclose the collapsed mine shafts next to the Grand Chasm trail. The Grand Chasm trail and the majority of the prologue loop will be closed for approximately 4 weeks. Please respect the trail closures and let us know if you find any of the signs moved or tampered with.

XC#10 – Roundup/BBQ postponed to Sept 20

XC#10 – Blacksheep Roundup – Sunday Sept 20 2015, Register 10:00am, race at 11:00am – Trowbridge Falls.
We have postponed our last XC Race of the season to avoid a conflict with the Caribou Ride for Charity the same day.  So, XC#10 will be held Sunday Sept 20, 11am, registration at 10am at Trowbridge Falls.  This is our wrap up XC event of the season, with following BBQ and games.  Bring a friend…we strive to get 100 riders out for this event. 

Course Map now posted.


MidSummer Classic 2015

Are You Ready for the Midsummer Classic?

3 days of racing packed into one weekend!

It all starts Friday, August 21st at Shuniah Mines with a time trial. It is the same course as XC#4 so you can see how much you’ve improved over the summer. Registration at 6:00pm and racing starts at 7:00pm.

The action moves to Kinsmen Park on Saturday. PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE! Registration is at 10:00am and racing starts at 11:00am. Alignment Chiropractic will be sponsoring this race. The course will be the same as XC#3 but as long as the course is dry, everyone will be doing an extra lap.

Racing wraps up on Sunday morning at Centennial Park with the XC Eliminator races. PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE! Registration is at 10:00am and racing starts at 11:00am. Riders will be seeded in heats and race around a short (600m) course behind the farm. Top riders in each heat will advance. The course will be wide enough for passing at most places and include a fast downhill near the finish. The course will also be very spectator friendly so if you’re not racing you can cheer the riders on.


See you there!!

Thunder Bay, Ontario