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  • 18 Mar 2012 9:04 PM | Anonymous

    The Decision to Redesign the Club Gear

     

    Due to the strong growth of the club and the celebration of the club’s 5th anniversary, the board has reevaluated many of its polices, which included the team’s club wear.  A new design was necessary as some of the club sponsors had changed.  The board felt that it was a great opportunity to have a new, fresh design while increasing the gear selection for the members so that we could all wear our colours with pride at events or in training.

     

    The Designer

    Andrew Perro works as a graphic designer for TMX Equicom, an investor relations firm owned by the Toronto Stock Exchange.  Andrew works on projects such as logo and website design, corporate presentations and annual reports for some of

    Canada ’s largest public companies.  He also has worked on many side projects such as being selected to design Canada Post’s Christmas themed stamps for the past few years.

    Partly due to his interest in cycling and partly because of the uniqueness of the project, Andrew generously donated his time to design our new club wear.  Initially thought to only require two to three hours, the project design took over 10 hours.

     

    The Vision

    Using just the club logo and past designs for inspiration, Andrew wanted to come up with a design that took elements from the logo and colours that captured the feeling of speed and being aerodynamic while creating a modern, sleek, clean, cutting edge design that would turn heads and show off the club and its sponsors in the best possible light. We wanted to make the new design less busy and distracting so that we could better display our TTC logo, the logos of our sponsors and our website address.

     

    The Process

    We started with about 15 different designs in the first round and based on the board’s feedback and through seven rounds of revisions and adjustments we eventually narrowed it down and selected the prototype that we have unveiled.

     

    We wanted to stay away from using too much white because of the translucency when wet.  We went with tri shorts that were mainly black because we recognized that not everyone would want to purchase the club shorts based on the fact that those garments are such a personal comfort issue.  We wanted members to have the option to wear their own tri shorts but yet still be able to match with the team gear.

     

    When choosing the colour scheme for the tops we chose darker colours because we were sensitive to the fact that darker colours are more flattering to our figures.  We may have the hearts of a teenager but not many of us still have the body of a teenager.  We wanted our members to look their best and feel their best when wearing the club clothing.  Based on the material of the clothing and the breathability of it, we were confident that members would stay cool in the summer months despite the darker colours.

     

    Supplier

    In the past we had used Sugoi as our clothing supplier.  As part of our due diligence we looked at other clothing suppliers.  Many people’s first introduction to the club will be seeing our clothing at events or out on the roads during training.  Having a great looking product that is of the highest quality is key to not only evoking pride within our membership when wearing the clothing, but also projecting a positive image for the club to other prospect members and the triathlon community. 

    There were a number of criteria we considered which included quality, fit, brand recognition, and price.  We felt that Sugoi was the leader in each category and we are happy to continue our relationship with them. 

     

    The Result

     

    We are very proud of the design and we hope the membership is too and feels this is a design they can wear and be proud of, not just at races but in training as well.

  • 12 Mar 2012 9:18 PM | Anonymous
    This is our biggest pub night of the year! Come meet our board members, our club sponsors and other members of the club, see why we're Toronto's premier Triathlon Club! And don't forget to bring a friend!

    Jeff Chong, head of the Toronto Triathlon Festival will be there to tell us more about this new downtown Toronto race, as well as our other knowledgeable, industry sponsors, Nigel from NRGPT, Dan from Endurosport, Tara from Heal Nutrition, and Luigi from Clif Bars. Come ask the experts any questions you may have about racing and training, nutrition, picking a bike or bike maintenance.

    We'll have some prizes, and we'll also raffle off a free race entry for the Toronto Triathlon Festival-July 22nd!

    Please sign up here, we need to know how many appetizers to order ... no really! See you there.

  • 29 Feb 2012 8:08 PM | Anonymous

     

    The Winter Swim Meet was held on Wednesday Feb 29th, at the D.A. Morrison Pool in Scarborough. There were individual freestyle races over 200, 50, 100 and 25 meters. These were hard fought, notably 25 meter sprint. The Meet was in the format of a team competition with the Flying Fish and the Mighty Marlins going head to head. The team scores were pretty much even going into the 6-person relay series.

    Contestants were caught off-guard when new rules were imposed by coach Kim Lumsdon in her capacity as Starter and Chief Judge. The publicly-billed kicking relay was mandated by her to be a kicking-backstroke race instead. The fin relay was mandated to be performed in butterfly. And so on. The contestants were obedient. They did strokes they had never done before and probably will never do again in public to avoid embarrassment. Oddities such as life-jacket freestyle and inflatable-tube back-paddle engaged attention. Kim piled on extra relays for amusement and the teams splashed, kicked and paddled themselves to a standstill.

    At the pub social afterwards, the points were tallied, the tallies were scrutinised, and final outcome of the Meet was declared a tie. Despite the fact that a tie was somewhat improbable, Elections Canada found no irregularities. (Story by John Hughes)

    Check out the rest of the event photos and videos!

  • 28 Feb 2012 9:11 PM | Anonymous

     

    Chris Bastie of Enduro Sport presented an excellent talk on the selection and fitting of bikes for triathlon. Chris was a customer relations rep at Cervello prior to his current position at Enduro Sport and has a comprehensive knowledge of the bike industry. Covering all aspects of bike design, construction, components and fit, Chris clearly described the options and choices available for new and used bike selection. He talked extensively about the differences in bike design and fitting for men and women. Most important to Chris is the fit of the bike, starting with the frame size and design, and then proceeding with customizing the fit through selection and positioning of seat and aerobar to achieve the best balance of aerodynamic position and comfort for the individual rider with respect to their riding and racing objectives. He stressed that the best fit for a rider changes through the season, and recommends regularly reviewing one’s riding position and bike fit adjustments. There is always something useful to be learned at a clinic and Chris provided a unique perspective. I’ll be applying many of Chris’s recommendations. (Story by Ted Rosen)

  • 20 Jan 2012 11:04 PM | Anonymous

    Given the conditions, the ride was an opportunity to stress-test equipment and apparel, with riders stopping now and again to help one another out. The designated 30km course took them from the Absolute Endurance gym at 115 Merton Street north westwards to Keele, south west to Eglinton, across the Humber River, south on river down to the cycle bridge across the Humber estuary, east along the Martin Goodman trail, diverting to Liberty Village for warmth and coffee and carrot cake at Balzac’s, then north through the U of T campus to St Clair and home to Absolute Endurance. That was the plan.  Things turned out differently.

    There was a stiff westerly wind, making for slow going and substantial wind chill. Not long into the ride, wardrobe malfunctions materialised. A pain-sharing protocol was implemented whereby the riders took turns wearing a certain pair of gloves! When the peloton reached The Old Mill the riders diverted to the Bloor St subway station, dug for subway tokens and journeyed home in civilised fashion on the TTC.  They were exposed to the elements for nearly three hours - three cold, tough hours. They tested the limits of their endurance. They had a ball.

    The next winter ride will take place on Saturday February 4th. Not sure about what you need for winter riding.  Check out:  http://www.ehow.com/how_5125524_choose-winter-cycling-apparel.html

     

     

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