Like riding bikes?  Why not join the Olympia Cycling Club? The OCC offers:

  • racing teams – mountain and cyclocross mostly
  • group rides
  • special events
  • development of the sport of cycling
  • shop and technical support (discounts for team members)
  • doing good stuff on bikes since 1979
  • and is open to all ages and abilities

Annual club membership fee is $10 ($5 for all additional immediate family members, married, common-in-law, long time partner); payable through PayPal by April 1, 2016.   Follow these steps to join the Olympia Cycling Club:

  1. Fill out the form and then submit
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Membership Form
  • Please fill out the following information. Club dues should be paid by April 1, 2016 (no fooling). Pay club fees using the PayPal option at the bottom of the page.

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  •   Club Executive Duties
      Race Planning
      Race Prep
      Lead Club Rides
      Trail Building
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Membership Fees



Swan River 1200 Registration Form

Swan River 1200 Registration Form

  • To qualify for the Swan River 1200 you need to have completed a 200km, 300km, 400km, and 600km prior to 1200. The qualification distances must have been completed between 2015 and 2016. Please provide your homologation numbers for completed qualifying events. Subsequently indicate your intended qualifying events. Completing this form does not guarantee your entry, the event organizers will confirm your entry upon proof of successful completing of your qualifying events.

Swan River 1200 Brevet Waiver

Swan River 1200 Brevet Waiver

  • Manitoba Randonneurs, Olympia Cycle and Ski (Portage Avenue), Olympia Cycling Club, the Province of Manitoba and subsequent municipalities, their directors, officers, employees, instructors, guides, agents, representatives, independent contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, sponsors, heirs, family, successors and assigns (all of whom are hereinafter referred as “the Releasees”)DEFINITION In this Release Agreement: the term “brevet” shall include all activities, services and use of facilities either provided by or arranged by the Releasees, including, but not limited to: orientation and instruction sessions; recreational activities undertaken during the event, tour; travel by bike; travel by foot; all travel either within or beyond the designated boundaries, including in the backcountry and on logging roads and trails.
  • ASSUMPTION OF RISKS I am aware that brevets involves many inherent risks, dangers and hazards, including but not limited to: exposed rock, earth, water or other natural objects; trees, tree wells, tree stumps, forest deadfall; holes and depressions on or beneath the pavement, trail or surface; variable and difficult weather conditions; changes or variations in the terrain which may create blind spots or areas of reduced visibility; streams and creeks; cliffs; crevasses; travel on highways, municipal roads, back-country roads; road-banks and cut-banks; impact or collision with other vehicles, becoming lost or separated from the guides or other participants; mechanical failure of mountain bikes and related equipment; extreme and rapidly changing weather conditions; encounter with wildlife including bears; avalanches; the failure to operate a bike safely or within one’s own ability; negligence of other cyclists and other persons; AND NEGLIGENCE ON THE PART OF THE RELEASEES, INCLUDING THE FAILURE BY THE RELEASEES TO SAFEGUARD OR PROTECT ME FROM THE RISKS, DANGERS AND HAZARDS REFERRED TO ABOVE. Communication in the terrain may be difficult, and in the event of an accident, rescue, medical treatment and evacuation may not be available or may be delayed. Weather conditions may be extreme and can change rapidly and without warning.I AM AWARE OF THE RISKS, DANGERS AND HAZARDS ASSOCIATED WITH MOUNTAIN BIKING AND I FREELY ACCEPT AND FULLY ASSUME ALL SUCH RISKS, DANGERS AND HAZARDS AND THE POSSIBILITY OF PERSONAL INJURY, DEATH, PROPERTY DAMAGE OR LOSS RESULTING THEREFROM.

    RELEASE OF LIABILITY, WAIVER OF CLAIMS AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT In consideration of the RELEASEES agreeing to my participation in mountain biking and permitting my use of their services, equipment and other facilities, and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which is acknowledged, I hereby agree as follows:

  • 2. TO HOLD HARMLESS AND INDEMNIFY THE RELEASEES for any and all liability for any property damage, loss or personal injury to any third party resulting from my participation in brevets;
  • 3. This Release Agreement shall be effective and binding upon my heirs, next of kin, executors, administrators, assigns and representatives, in the event of my death or incapacity;
  • 4. This Release Agreement and any rights, duties and obligations as between the parties to this Release Agreement shall be governed by and interpreted solely in accordance with the laws of the province where the brevets takes place and no other jurisdiction; and
  • 5. Any litigation involving the parties to this Release Agreement shall be brought solely within the province where the mountain biking takes place and shall be within the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of that province. In entering into this Release Agreement I am not relying on any oral or written representations or statements made by the Releasees with respect to the safety of participating in mountain biking, other than what is set forth in this Release Agreement. I CONFIRM THAT I HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD THIS RELEASE AGREEMENT PRIOR TO SIGNING IT, AND I AM AWARE THAT BY SIGNING THIS RELEASE AGREEMENT I AM WAIVING CERTAIN LEGAL RIGHTS WHICH I OR MY HEIRS, NEXT OF KIN, EXECUTORS, ADMINISTRATORS, ASSIGNS AND REPRESENTATIVES MAY HAVE AGAINST THE RELEASEES.
  • Adding your name, email, and the date to the form indicates you have read and agree to the conditions of the above waiver.

Swan River 1200 Brevet Payment

Swan River 1200 Brevet Payment

Cost of the Swan River 1200 Brevet is $100 CDN. Payment is by credit card or PayPal using the PayPal link below. In the event you do not qualify for the event you will be refunded your payment.


Swan River 1200 Brevet Registration

Swan River 1200 Brevet Registration

Manitoba Randonneurs with support from Olympia Cycle and Ski and  the Olympia Cycling Club are pleased to bring you the Swan River 1200, Manitoba’s first 1200km brevet. To register for this event you need to have completed a 200K, 300K, 400K, and 600K in 2015/16. If you have completed (or indicate to us which brevets you will be using to  complete these distances) you can register for the  1200. Registration is a 3 step process: 1) complete the registration form, 2) read and accept the waiver, 3) complete the payment. Please let us know if you have any questions. Proceed to registration

Lindsay 2013 Iditarod

Iditarod Trail Invitational 2013 I’m at the Anchorage airport on Sunday evening, a little over a week since I started the Iditarod trail invitational. I’ve been finished the race for several days and this has given me time to reflect on my experience between trying to catch up on much needed sleep. I had a very challenging time at last year’s race what with pushing my bike for 190 miles out of the 210 I covered. My race ended with some severe frostbite to my face and hands, which forced me to be evacuated from the Rohn checkpoint. I was facing some demons as I prepared for some this years event. On my first attempt at the race, I carried far too much gear so I made some tough choices and managed to drop the weight of my bike from 73 lbs. to 60. This made a huge difference when it came to pushing my bike up some of the many steep hills. I still had more food than necessary and didn’t need to pick up much at either of the drops but this is a reasonable precaution in case the weather makes the course much slower, so I’ll live with that. The other area I had to address was improving my gear to protect my hands and face against frostbite. Lynne’s friend Sharon did a great job of sewing in more insulation into my handlebar poggies and they proved to be much warmer. In order to protect my nose and cheeks, I got a new balaclava with a built in neoprene cover for my nose, new goggles with a nose piece as well a much better Icebreaker wool face cover. I also took to copying the Iditarod dog mushers and covered my nose and cheeks with tape. We had a chilly winter so I was confident in these changes. There were a number of veterans from last year’s event as well as many people I’ve come to know from the Arrowhead 135. It was great to renew acquaintances at the pre race party and the race instruction meeting. I flew in from Minneapolis on the same flight as Dan Dittmer, Mike Creigo and Ken Zylstra. They were all entered for the first time. My friends Charlie Farrow and Jason Buffington came from Duluth for their first attempt at the ITI. At the B&B I met up with Ausilia and Sebastiano from Italy. We had travelled through Rainy Pass together in the horrible blizzard last year. Everyone I’d met last year seemed very pleased that I still had my nose. The race starts on Sunday at 2 pm on Knik Lake which means we must leave on the bus from Anchorage at 11. I still find it strange to have racers sitting in the bar on Knik Lake consuming cheeseburgers and fries an hour before the start. Such is the nature of an event. Where the winner averaged slightly over 7 kms per hour ( I was 4.9 Kms). It is a casual start with many of the fast riders lined up at the back of the pack till someone says go and we head across the lake and off on our journey. The first 30 miles offer a number of routes to reach Flathorn Lake. The whole field in front of me chose to go a longer route which got us on an asphalt road for 20 Kms. When we finally reached the snowmobile trail leading to the lake I was completely by myself. It was much easier than last year when the deep snow made riding impossible but there had been about 18 to 24 inches of snow in the last week so it was hard work. More than a few times I chose to walk at 4 k as opposed to riding at 5. In a race lasting 5 days or more I need to use my energy wisely. I reached Flathorn Lake at dusk and I was greeted by a moose on the trail. They like the easier going and aren’t inclined to move for cyclists. I wasn’t sure what to do. I blinked my headlamp on and off for several minutes and he ambled away. This section of about 6 k was almost all pushing and there were many areas of overflow where you needed to pick through wet sections. Shortly after Flathorn comes the Dismal Swamp. Here, I was caught by Ken and Mike from Minneapolis as well as my friend Bob Ostrom. Bob is the co-inventor of the HydroHeater camelback. He was going all the way to Nome this year. I joined up with them and we went down the Susitna river and then up the Yentna to the Yentna Roadhouse at mile 57. We arrived there after 13 hours compared to the 42 it took me last year. These places give you a chance to dry some clothes over the wood stove and eat some real food. I had two bowls of soup and a grilled cheese sandwich and headed on my way before my travelling companions. As we’d arrived I’d seen Charlie Farrow about to leave. After several hours on the trail, I could see lights coming towards me and it turned out that Charlie was on the wrong trail in that it was not ridden in by any other riders. We were able to cut across the river and get on the more worn in trail. From this point on we would spend the rest of the race together. We arrived at the Swentkna Roadhouse after 20 3/4 hours which put me over 2 days ahead of last year’s pace! What a difference a year makes. It was the middle of the day but we’d been awake for about 27 hours and needed to have some sleep. We got a room with two twins and lay down for about 3 1/2 hours. It felt good to have a rest and it was better to wait till later in the day to ride as the mild temps made the trail soft. We left at about 5 in the evening and had a good ride across a 7 km stretch of water into the Shell Hills. I was telling Charlie how brutal they were but my lighter bike combined with the fact that there wasn’t 34 inches of new snow made it feel quite manageable. We arrived at the Shell Lake Lodge and had a food break with a bowl of hearty soup and good bread. From here we had a 20 mile section to Finger Lake which is fairly flat after an initial climb. We expected to make good time but it turned out that this was the worst trail we faced in the whole race. We could see that even the leaders were forced to walk for long stretches. It took many more hours and much more energy than we expected. You can never let your guard down on this trail. At Finger Lake, we were supplied with a meal of burritos and a cabin for sleeping. We also got our first drop bag which we’d mailed ahead. I needed batteries for my lights but very little food as the race was moving much more quickly than I expected. We slept in the cabin for about three hours and headed on with a gloriously sunny morning. After going about 3 Kms I realized that I’d left my Camelback behind. It was discouraging to go back but I’d definitely need it. Charlie carried on at a casual pace and after about 4 hours I caught up to him. This section has some very steep hills going down and then up from the Happy River. These are the famous Happy Steps and last year I literally had to drag my bike up them. It was more manageable this year but still a huge challenge. We arrived at Rainy Pass lodge on Puntilla Lake at 6 in the evening. At mile 165, I was 2 days and 20 hours ahead of last year’s pace. We had a good rest here as it is considered best to leave for the climb over the pass somewhere between midnight and 6 am in order to arrive at the top of the pass in daylight. We ate food supplied by the race and slept in the cozy cabin and got on our way at 1 am. At this point, I was dealing with the memories of my disastrous time on the pass last year. I had resolved to dress warmer before leaving the lodge. I also taped my nose and cheeks. I left the tape in place all the way to the finish. This year, the weather in the pass proved to be as gentle as last year’s was severe. Long stretches were rideable and we were through before daylight. The ride down the other side through the Dalzell Gorge is beautiful and fun. We arrived at the checkpoint at Rohn slightly before noon; so I was now 3 days and 9 hours ahead of last year’s pace and with my face and hands in fine shape. OE and Rob man the checkpoint and were happy to see me in good shape after last year’s issues. Unfortunately, this meant too much visiting and not enough sleeping. At the same time, I was interviewed by Craig Medred of the Alaska Dispatch. Craig follows the race and provides great media coverage but again it cut into rest time. When some other riders arrived and it became clear that we weren’t going to sleep, we decided to get on our way. At this point in the race, I estimate that we had laid down to sleep for about 11 hours and I had slept maybe 5 or 6. We were heading into new territory for me as I’d been flown out from Rohn last year. It was 90 miles to the next checkpoint at Nikolai. It proved to be a tough stretch as we crossed the Farewell Burn, which was North America’s largest forest fire. It was bumpy and really beat you up. In this stretch was the famous Post Glacier, a cascade of ice that we had to go up. Many people have been hurt there including my friend Lance Andre who fell and broke his arm two years ago. I carried ice cleats to put over my boots but we were able to find a line just off the ice on the extreme left hand side. After passing through the burn in got a little better but there were still many steep push a bike sections. We were both tired and clumsy which resulted in many detours off the trail. Finally, we were caught by Bob, Ken and Mike and they were moving so much better than us that it showed us the reality of our situation. Our joking line was “their spirit broken, they decided to bivy”. It was still still 13 miles to an emergency BLM cabin but we were moving so slowly that we were looking at over 3 hours. It was about minus 20 C so I found myself going through a mental checklist in preparation for stopping, in order to quickly get into the warmth of my sleeping bag with everything necessary. I needed my down jacket, my Sporthill jacket, my headware and mitts and most of all, my camelback and a liter bottle of water. I have a new inflatable Thermarest that goes inside the bicycle sac under the sleeping bag. It is warm and comfortable but it takes up a fair amount of space so it was tight to get everything in. However, once I got settled, I had my best sleep of the whole race. We got on our way after about 4 1/2 hours at 6 am and could immediately feel that we were moving better. After several hours we got into a flatter section with dry packed snow and we were able to make good time. We came to a bridge over Sullivan Creek. There is a bucket here so you can fill your bottle, which helped to extend our water supply. At this point we caught up to David Johnson who’d passed us while we were bivied. David was in the walker category but make no mistake, he was running the course. We’d seen him along the way and he’s truly amazing and a great guy to be around. We got into the checkpoint in the village of Nikolai at about 4 pm so that 90 miles had taken us 24 hours. They supplied lasagna and bread as well as drinks. We spent about an hour there and headed out a little after 5 pm. We were hoping to do this final 80 km section in under 9 hours to bring us in under 4 1/2 days but it was not to be. At Nikolai, we had met with race organizer Bill Merchant and he said the trail to McGrath was “like a highway”, which raised our expectations but the trail proved to be looser than expected and we were both more tired and most especially sleepy than we realized. At about the halfway point Charlie suggested another bivy, but I was like an animal heading for the barn by this point, albeit, very slowly and convinced him to go on. When we were about 5 Kms from the finish we came off the trail onto a road and here we ran into some true frustration as there was no sign indicating which way to go and no bike tracks to be seen. We went one way for about 3 km and then came back and went the other way for an equal distance. We then went back and checked the trail we had been on to make sure that we hadn’t missed an earlier turn. We finally resolved to go further in the first direction and this proved to be correct so we arrived at the finish at 4:45 am or about 1 1/4 hours later than we should have. It was great to be done and it is sort of a mutual admiration society as we all respect each other’s efforts. We were able to consume some of Peter’s famous Mancakes and have a thoroughly enjoyable shower at which point I felt at least partially human again. It was great to share war stories with the others and have the opportunity to meet them more than previously. The race for first proved to be a fierce battle with the first seven riders beating the old record. Jay Petervary won out by not sleeping at all for 2 days and 19 hours and holding off several others on the last section. To give you an idea of the field quality, 7 time winner and 3 time defending champion Pete Basinger was 9th. I had the great pleasure to share the last four days with my friend Charlie, from Duluth. He’s a strong rider and fun person to be with. It made the experience memorable and Charlie topped it of by honouring me with 2 DBD patches at the end of the race. This is the world famous “death before dishonour” crew from Duluth and I am honoured that he bestowed one on me and one for my faithful manservant Andy Lockery. I’m home now and feel that I’m recovering nicely and ready to think about my next event. One funny reaction I’m dealing with is a slight feeling of guilt in that it wasn’t quite as hard as I had anticipated. However, I suppose last year’s race meant that I was owed an “easy” year so I’ll accept any kindness that the trail bestowed. I was racing this week in honour of my longtime cycling friend Marty Halprin. I borrowed one of his old wool jerseys (in this case a Salvarani pro jersey as worn by the winner of the 1965 Tour de France Felice Gimondi). It was warm and comfortable and more importantly it helped me to keep Marty’s memory with me along the trail. Just to serve notice Laverne, it felt so right that I’d like to keep it for my future adventures…..


Group Rides

Club Rides: All members welcome (no MCA license required; but please note that our IMBA-affiliate club insurance is not liability or comprehensive medical insurance.) If you’re a non-member, you can fill out a trial membership at the ride (smartphone version coming — ooh, fancy). Helmets mandatory. Information regarding rides are shared, drop us an email if want in on that information and we’ll add you to the group email. Want to lead a ride? Sounds good. Show up and do it (or drop us a line and let’s make a plan). Here’s what we do:

  • Saturday morning – “Tour de Nick’s” breakfast ride: Head towards Nick’s Inn in Headingley for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Meet-up and route varies seasonally, but generally departs Olympia Cyclie and Ski at 7:30 a.m. and heads west on Roblin Blvd and/or Harte/Grand Trunk trails. Basic skill level.
  • Weekend endurance gravel road ride: Departure and route vary. Generally 4 hours plus. Self-supported. Details may be posted via OCC Group email. Intermediate to advanced skill level.
  • Weekend trail ride: Departure and route vary. Generally 4 hours plus. Self-supported. Intermediate to advanced skill level.

OCC Races

On tap for 2016:

Highly organized and somewhat official races

  • February 13/14, 2016 – Actif Epica  (this one even has its’ own webpage because really, it is a big deal) – St. Malo to Winnipeg
  • July 2, 2016 – Where’s the Beach – Mountain Bike Enduro Race – Birch
  • October 1, 2016 – Deadhorse Cross – Morden

Highly organized and somewhat unofficial races and group rides

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Club Contacts

Do you have a question about the club and its activities, who does what, want to know who to talk to? This page should help: Club Coordinator : Hal Loewen (email)
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Charles Burchill
June 29, 2013 at 12:17 pm
I am wondering about my club membership – I was out to Nick’s today and found that I should be receiving more email than I am getting (none). It might be that my membership was missed or my email was not readable. I paid in the store earlier this spring.

Charles Burchill

Jeff May-Melin
May 16, 2014 at 11:30 pm
Dear Club President,

My name is Jeff May-Melin, I am an executive member of the Horizon 100 Cycling club in Saskatoon and committee chair for the Prairie Gran Fondo we are hosting on July 6th, 2014. We would like to invite your club members to join on a great day of cycling. We have secured separate event insurance for this Gran Fondo and therefore your members need not be Saskatchewan Cycling Association members to come and participate. Please forward the message below and accompanying pdf to your membership.

Sincerely yours in cycling and sport,

Dear Cyclist and sporting enthusiast,

The Horizon 100 Cycling Club of Saskatoon cordially invites you to participate in the 3rd. annual SIGA Prairie Gran Fondo on Sunday July 6th, 2014. Riders have the choice of three distances; the 165 km Gran Fondo, the 70km Medio Fondo or the 40km Piccolo Fondo. Regardless of what type of riding appeals to you or what fitness level you’re currently enjoying, we’ve got a route that works for you. All routes will feature incredible aid station support to keep you fuelled, while you enjoy the prairie vistas along the way.

Festivities begin at 8:00AM at the German Cultural Centre (160 Cartwright Ave., Saskatoon) with the ride commencing at 8:30AM with a police escort out of Saskatoon over the new Circle Drive South bridge and on out onto Valley Road.

Early Bird Registration is now open!

What’s included?
1. An unforgettable experience of a grand day on the bike with many like-minded fellow cyclists and hundreds of your new friends.
2. A fully timed course so you can measure how well you’ve done and brag to all friends and family. Partial road closures at the start and end of the ride, traffic control sections and a course completely marked with signage and volunteer direction.
3. A series of fully staffed and stocked rest stops with mechanical service.
4. A Fondo gift bag at fondo package pick up.
5. An awesome post-ride German influenced snack and beverage hosted by the German Cultural Club and a memento recognizing your achievement.

Fondo Packet Pickup at Doug’s Spoke ‘N’ Sport (31A-2105 8th Street, Saskatoon)
1. You MUST pick your Fondo ride packet up in person at Doug’s Spoke ‘N’ Sport, Saturday, July 5th noon until 8pm (highly recommended) or Sunday, event-day, from 6am to 7am (available, but definitely not your best option).
2. Your packet will not be mailed to you.
3. You must present personal identification at registration in order to receive your ride packet and Prairie Fondo gift bag.

For more information and to register please visit:

We sincerely hope to see you on July 6th!

SIGA Prairie Gran Fondo Committee
Horizon 100 Cycling Club

November 3, 2014 at 9:41 am
Good morning,

I’m looking for a contact person for Actif Epica. Could you forward me an email addy?



halbertoPost author
November 25, 2014 at 2:15 pm
Hi Tanya,

Sorry I did not get back to you sooner, this site is in some neglect. You can find contacts for Actif Epica at

April 18, 2018 at 7:55 am
I thought you would like to know you misspelled the word “Nome”. Silly mistakes are a pet peeve of mine and they can ruin your website’s credibility. In the past I’ve used a tool like to keep mistakes off my website.

-Scott Matthews Sr

November 14, 2018 at 2:17 am
Hy there, Good news ! niceoffering
To qualify click on the link below