Welcome to the Wood Buffalo Cycling Club!
Based in Fort McMurray Alberta, the Wood Buffalo Cycling Club is the cities only cycling club. It was created in the fall of 2012 to bring together all facets of cycling to have a larger voice in developing the sport in Fort McMurray. Our members have a passion for all things related to cycling including cyclo-cross, road racing, ultra rides, mountain biking, urban cycling and triathlons from all skill levels of riders. If you’d like to know more about the club, or would like to join us for a ride, check out our Membership section for more info.
Road Cyclists have the opportunity to participate each Wednesday in a variety of races for all levels of riders. These include Time Trials, Hillclimbs, Mass-Start races, Australian Pursuits, and Road Races for all age categories. Social Club Rides are scheduled each Sunday where all new riders and club members of all skill levels are welcome from April through September. Open social rides are enjoyed by all ages and allow cyclists to share their cycling experiences with others.
Mountain Bike Cyclists have the opportunity to participate each Friday in a variety of races for all levels of riders. These include cross country and downhill/ freeride. There are many mountain bike trails throughout the Fort McMurray area for all riding styles and levels of experience. Wood Buffalo Cycling Club is committed to working with the Municipality of Wood Buffalo and the provincial government to develop a mountain bike parks in Fort McMurray to provide a safe, regulated and well maintained place for bikers of all styles and ages to ride.
The Wood Buffalo Cycling Club also provides the Sprockids training course each summer for kids that are interested in learning mountain biking fundamentals. This is a great opportunity for kids to learn the skills they need to progress their riding in a safe and supportive environment. For more information on the Sprockids program offered by the Wood Buffalo Cycling Club, check out the Sprockids Events page.
We also offer bike maintenance, learn-to-ride, and learn-to-race seminars. These instructional sessions provide information on technical racing, general riding tips, and proper bike fit by our fully-qualified members. During the winter months, the club offers indoor spin sessions.
Riding is the name of the game for WBCC. We race, we participate in Fondos and chairty rides, we hold training camps in the Okanagan, we go to Europe to ride the Pyrenees and Alps (well, some members do), and we train on local roads.
Our members can be found racing throughout the Alberta and BC and beyond. In addition to single day events, members organise road trips to attend multi-day stage races abroad.
As members of Alberta Bicycling Association (the provincial governing body for the sport of cycling in Alberta), we have been very active in race promotion and will start hosting sanctioned races in 2014. Our club events have gained a reputation as being well organized.
Club social activities include seasonal parties (e.g. summer BBQ, Christmas party, etc.), year-end award presentations, pub nights, video nights (we know it’s nerdy, but we like cycling videos), and other activities around town.
Wood Buffalo Cycling Club has negotiated discounts on merchandise and service from Habitual Sport Fort McMurray’s premier bike retailer.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors form the backbone of the club, overseeing the daily operations and providing the strategic vision. Board members are voted in by the members at the annual general meeting (typically held in November) and serve a one-year term.
The Board of Directors for fiscal 2013 are as follows:
- President – Patrick Dardis
- Treasurer – Toby Sorensen
- Secretary –
- Mountain Bike Director – Lance Henry
- Road & Race Director – Patrick Dardis
- Urban Cycling Director – Donald Dipsingh
- Women’s Coordinator –
PRESIDENT’S VISION FOR WBCC