Team Coastal Annual General Meeting
Wednesday, November 6, 2019


In attendance

Cathy Butler
Roberto Henao
Rob Learman
Mike Richter
Edward Dillon
Les Suzuki
Sandy …
Kimberly Whidden
Fred Butler
Sean Oliver

MOVED: Roberto Henao to accept last year’s minutes.

SECONDED: Ed Dillon seconded




Club Overview


We haven’t increased or decreased the number of rides. Let go of Monday night recovery ride as Tony couldn’t lead it anymore.

The club feels the membership can continue riding but don’t call it a Team Coastal ride. And we aren’t posting it on the website or Strava

We have 2 Wednesday rides right now: gravel and regular cross-border. Done informally this side of the border by Bloods.

Informal Wednesday morning ride. Roberto doesn’t have oversight on that, nor on the Friday morning informal ride as well.

Roberto would like to get more feedback from those rides, but he would prefer more: how often, pace. David’s are primarily Valencia (or more) and have gotten faster. Turnout is good. Dave Lawrence tends to organize the rides. But Roberto isn’t sure if everyone has paid their dues.

Saturday ride: Blood, Valencia and Navel. Run all three all summer. Fall and winter are more informal.

Sometimes there’s a Sunday ride.

David: some people are creating WhatsApp groups. If they are under a Coastal umbrella, they should be official; they are ad hoc, but they aren’t considered club rides. It’s only a club ride if it’s scheduled and we advise Cycling BC it’s a club ride and that’s what insurance covers. If you are with Team Coastal but someone called the ride it’s not covered. The ones posted on the website are official. The ones called by members are not.                                         

Ride etiquette

-        Respect for the drivers. Sharing the road. We don’t get upset, we don’t yell or curse. We don’t stand to gain anything by arguing with cars. Most seem respectful. Share the road.


-        We don’t really have rules, more etiquette. Trevor started a page on the website. We might consider keeping it up to date. E.g. we should wear club kit on all rides. Any votes have to involve everyone’s participation. We would need a survey, bring it back to the Board and make a decision. Dave is in support of this. E.g. a code of conduct. Whether we call it guidelines or expectations, he’d be interested in what other clubs have and doing a survey.

-        We are fairly informal; other clubs are very strict. Some members have come back because they like our club, it’s warmer and more inviting.

-        We could have general principles we can follow and try to live up to them. Expressed in general terms.

-        Ed: no-drop rides – he interprets this as a rule. But within 6 months sometimes the rules are softened. He thinks there should be rules; when nothing happens, they slack off; when something happens, we need rules.

-        Roberto has noticed some people are good at sweeping.

-        If we start formalizing rules, Roberto feels that would be fantastic.

-        Dave: there are ways to express our character as a club. E.g. if we don’t engage in conflict with drivers, or not drop people.

-        Sandy has noticed the sweep is beside him, not last. Sweep should always be last person.

-        Mike: we should limit our group size.

-        Ed: Navel has never dropped anyone all year

-        Roberto has noticed that ride leaders are more facilitators. If someone is complaining they can talk directly to the rider; everyone should speak up. If you’re at the back call it all the way up the front.

Kit Update

-        Les Suzuki is managing inventory

-        Roberto is talking to Rob Wright at the store and has asked him to take over everything with the kit. We won’t have to manage the money and orders. Pick ups are at the store. Roberto will need to get clarification on this.

-        Cap’s is Trek. Trek owns Bontrager. Bontrager sends everything to store and we pay them.

-        Might extend design to full length jacket and vest, and leggings.

-        Talking to Wayne over the next few weeks

Webpage Update

-        We will be starting over with a new webpage

-        Have a quote from a professional web developer, front and back end

-        Want to integrate storefront and email

-        Roberto thanked Sean for working with Kerry. Sean will step down.

-        We haven’t engaged with vendor yet.

-        Annual costs include domain, hosting.

-        Joomla, our current platform, is technical and difficult to work with.

-        Roberto advised Kerry to renew domain only.

-        New website will be responsive (will look good on all devices).

-        Quote from vendor: $3,000 for off the shelf template + $1,000 yearly maintenance.

-        We need technical support.

-        We are budgeting $4-5,000 to get it up and running.

Social Rides

-        Well received, social

-        Biggest event is Fondo; good weather, didn’t run out of food

-        We are unique as a club

-        If there’s interest to expand it please let Board know

-        Victoria ride has been rained out twice in a row. Used to be a 2-day ride, now 1-day for the past three years.

-        We get lots of email from people wanting to sell stuff. We don’t want to associate with any particular charity as a club.

-        Ride to Survive (add in list) we are informally tied to.

-        We don’t sanction charity rides.

-        Ride to Conquer – date?

-        Skagit Classic – May

-        Chukanut Classic – August

Treasurer’s Report

Cathy Butler reports

General fund balance: $43,427

Registration is down 50 people; $4,165 in revenue this year

Roberto is not surprised by it: we had a lot of PayPal problems in the summer; webpage isn’t attracting new people

We had four years of going up. Sean has noticed quite a few go to Lake City Cycling in Burnaby and UV.

Ed noticed that the webpage was key for him joining four years ago. The lack of function is a deterrent. He can’t say enough about getting page up and running.

Clothing is $0. We didn’t have any clothing sales this year. We closed the books in September. We started collecting money in October.

Fiscal year end is September 30.

$8,005 in kit is now gone.

The cheque for the clothes hasn’t been issued.

Capital assets $568. We own a projector, threw out the BBQ. We also have a pop-up canopy, stop signs.

We had an operating deficit on hand.

Roberto: we are a non-profit. The cash on hand is high.

We are happy to entertain spending some funds; everyone has to benefit and apply to everyone. One year we got 10th anniversary socks; water bottles; waterproof jacket

Roberto made a motion that the club finance up to $5,000 building a whole new webpage (including first year maintenance), and $1,200 in maintenance per year, plus the administration fees.

MOVED: Sean Oliver: moved to accept Treasurer’s Report

SECONDED: Ed seconded the motion.



Fred: do we want more members? How can the website acquire more members? His son wanted to join but couldn’t figure out how to.

Roberto: the old website hindered payment for example.

Membership Fees

-        No proposed increase

-        Waived for those on board and ride leaders

-        Mike suggested that in other organizations, if you’re a ride leader and fulfill those responsibilities you get a refund or credit for next year. Is there a rationale for charging $50 for new members?

-        David: we don’t have people breaking down doors to be ride leaders.

-        Sean: we had an earlybird of $35

-        119 people registered this year; 140 last year

-        Cathy: people are riding without stickers.

-        Sean: ride leaders aren’t policeman. Hard to enforce.

-        David: we might need a discussion around ride leader responsibilities

-        Sandy suggested if you see someone without a sticker, you should ask, call them out

-        Roberto: not up to the ride leaders

-        Some talk about hiring an expert for ride leader training

-        Roberto thanked ride leaders: (slide)

New Business

-        Rob wants our club involved more with Cap’s (our sponsor). He wants to give us discounts to everything except bicycles and a few exceptions. He said some members were expecting discounts. Special Team Coastal nights. Mike: best way is to have ride from store – take back Monday nights. Dave: that store has been a good support. You get discounts on parts. 20% discount. Sandy: used to be a more of North Delta club. Sean: it’s problematic now. More of a South Surrey club. Sandy: if he was the point of contact for clothing, it would drive traffic there. Ed, Les and Roberto to talk to Rob. Fred finds Michael fabulous.

-        Roberto introduced current board members.

-        Dave signed up as VP last year. He has noticed there’s no succession plan. No process for how long you’re in it (terms). E.g. VP – president – past president with set terms. Dave says Roberto has done fantastic. He and Mike want to propose: you have a member at large, so you’re looking at a person who will move through the process. Dave would like to see a succession plan. Won’t put his name forward now.

-        What happens if no one steps up? Roberto is ok doing one more year as president, but needs someone to shadow. He feels he is running out of ideas to make it better. We’ve tried time trials, ladies only, formalized rides: some worked, some don’t. if he can’t think of anything new to make it better, then he wants to pass it on.

-        Chris Wilson files the registries and email blasts. Cathy Butler is treasurer. Kim Whidden has taken on Social Director. Les Suzuki has taken on clothing. Roberto thanked Sean Oliver for his help with the web.

-        We will have vacancies. Web liaison

-        Roberto: is there a challenge to any board members?


MOVED: Roberto HENAO to accept nominated board members.

SECONDED: Mike Richter seconded it. All in favour: unanimous. Passed.

MOVED: Sandy that we add a Member at Large to the Executive



Nominated: Sandy nominated Mike Richter

Unanaimously approved

Rob suggested a title change for clarity of roles. David said not necessary maybe

-        Dave feels we need more board meetings face to face.


Christmas party is Friday, January 17 at The Bennett. They know us and treat us well.

David: we could get someone in for some training, safety. Maybe do a ride leader event, training. We could offer a road rider introductory course. Sean used to do that on Thursday nights. Learn to rides.

We might not have any certified courses – Shane?

We had talked about a junior program.

Mike made a motion to adjourn.

Team Coastal is a diverse group of men and women, boys and girls who share a passion for cycling. Some of us are road racers with decades of experience while others are recreational riders new to the sport. Some of us are still in high school while others have school-aged children. We live and ride throughout the lower mainland of British Columbia, from Delta to the North Shore, Tsawwassen to Aldergrove. Our desire is to develop riders of all levels through peer support, variety of rides and training opportunities.

Our goal is to promote recreational and competitive cycling in our communities while having fun.

Did  you know... Team Coastal has about 190 members!

Did you also know... Team Coastal holds more than 300 club rides every year!

What does Team Coastal do?

Club Rides - Every week we have multiple rides of varying speed and difficulty. Every week, at least one club ride is a structured, intense training ride. We also have other rides at a more recreational pace.  For more information, please check ride info here and go to the Event Calendar for details on times and days. We have designated Ride Leaders for all rides where possible.

Additional Training Opportunities - Team Coastal hosts a range of additional training opportunities for our members. For example, we run weekly spin classes throughout the winter and hold training camps to prepare our members for upcoming races. For more information, please check our  weekly rides.

Additional FUN Activities - We get together to have fun off our bikes as well as on them. All members are encouraged to help develop the community that is Team Coastal Cycling by suggesting and helping to organize all sorts of events from ski trips to barbeques.

How can you become a part of Team Coastal?

Simply go straight to our sign up page.  We're looking forward to riding with you!

You can contact us through our general email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you can also get to our Board of Directors and other folks who make stuff happen.


I came across this post put up by a member on TC's old website--a short article by Peter Wilborn, written in 2011 I believe.  Peter is a South Carolina lawyer and avid group cyclist.  The TC link is below, and I have cut and pasted.


I'm on the Saturday morning ride and I think we rate really good relative to Peter's values--thanks to great members and great leadership.





This article is so good it bears repeating on our website… and should be mandatory reading for all members!!!

Lost art of the group ride

Written by Peter Wilborn on September 1, 2011
original blog entry link)

Every so often, I’ll ride a recreational group ride. I love the comraderie of cyclists, the talk, the last minute pumps of air, the clicking in, and the easy drifting out as a peloton. “I miss riding in a group,” I’ll think to myself.

The magic ends by mile 10. The group will surge, gap, and separate, only to regroup at every stop sign. I’ll hear fifteen repeated screams of “HOLE!” for every minor road imperfection. And then no mention of the actual hole. Some guy in front will set a PR for his 30 second pull. Wheels overlap, brakes are tapped, and some guy in the back will go across the yellow line and speed past the peloton for no apparent reason. A breakaway?!

I curse under my breath, remembering why I always ride with only a few friends. Doesn’t anyone else realize how dangerous this ride is? How bad it is for our reputation on the road? There are clear rules of ride etiquette, safety, and common sense. Does anyone here know the rules? Who is in charge?

But no one is in charge, and the chaotic group has no idea of how to ride together. As a bike lawyer, I get the complaints from irritated drivers, concerned police, controversy-seeking journalists, and injured cyclists. It needs to get better, but the obstacles are real:

First, everyone is an expert these days. The internet and a power meter do not replace 50,000 miles of experience, but try telling that to a fit forty year-old, new to cycling, on a $5000 bike. Or, god forbid, a triathlete. No one wants to be told what to do.

Second, the more experienced riders just want to drop the others and not be bothered. It is all about the workout, the ego boost, or riding with a subset of friends. But a group ride is neither a race nor cycling Darwinism. As riders get better, they seek to distinguish themselves by riding faster on more trendy bikes; but as riders get better they need to realize two things: 1) there is always someone faster, and 2) they have obligations as leaders. Cycling is not a never ending ladder, each step aspiring upwards, casting aspersions down. It is a club, and we should want to expand and improve our membership.

Third, different rides are advertised by average speed, but speed is only one part of the equation. This approach makes speed the sole metric for judging a cyclist, and creates the false impression that a fit rider is a good one. Almost anyone can be somewhat fast on a bike, but few learn to be elegant, graceful cyclists.

Fourth, riding a bike well requires technique training. Good swimmers, for example, constantly work on form and drills; so should cyclists. Anyone remember the C.O.N.I. Manual or Eddie Borysewich’s book? They are out-of-print, but their traditional approach to bike technique should not be lost. More emphasis was given on fluid pedaling and bike handling.

Before the internet, before custom bikes, and before Lance, it was done better. Learning to ride was an apprenticeship. The goal was to become a member of the peloton, not merely a guy who is sort of fast on a bike. Membership was the point, not to be the local Cat. 5 champ. You were invited to go on group ride if you showed a interest and a willingness to learn. You were uninvited if you did not. You learned the skills from directly from the leader, who took an interest in riding next to you on your first rides (and not next to his friends, like better riders do today). Here is some of what you learned:

To ride for months each year in the small ring.
To take your cycling shorts off immediately after a ride.
To start with a humble bike, probably used.
To pull without surging.
To run rotating pace line drills and flick others through.
To form an echelon.
To ride through the top of a climb.
To hold your line in a corner.
To stand up smoothly and not throw your bike back.
To give the person ahead of you on a climb a little more room to stand up.
To respect the yellow line rule.
To point out significant road problems.
To brake less, especially in a pace line.
To follow the wheel in front and not overlap.

The ride leader and his lieutentants were serious about their roles, because the safety of the group depended on you, the weakest link. If you did not follow the rules, you were chastised. Harshly. If you did, you became a member of something spectacular. The Peloton.