Sunday July 31: Mixed Level Ride, Waterfront Trail Eastbound

If you haven’t left town for the weekend and want to get out for a ride at 9am, we’ll head along the Waterfront Trail Eastbound. No route map is necessary since it’s a signed route. This will be a group ride (no ride leader), and the pace will be determined by group consensus. If you are interested in riding, please leave a comment indicating your preferred distance and what level you wish to ride at (Level 2, Level 3 etc.) By doing so, others will know that there’ll be someone to ride with at their pace. Also, since it’s out-and-back you’ll be able to turn around at any given point. As a guide: riding to Colborne and back will be about 50km total, and riding to Wicklow Beach round trip will be about 36km. If you just want to go short and sweet, turn around at Nuwatin for a round trip of 27k.

Mark your calendar for next Sunday! The NHCC will be heading out of town to Kingston in order to tour Wolfe Island. Road trips are fun! More details to follow later in the week.

Start time: 9:00am
Start location: Donegan Park
Waterfront Trail Eastbound

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Thursday July 28: Level 4 ride from Hamilton Township

It was a great route last week, lots of rolling hills and plenty of downhill (we won’t talk about the uphills) so we’ll do the same route this week but in reverse. We saw some fabulous scenery over Rice Lake and some excellent pavement along Rice Lake scenic drive, some of the best in the area! We’ll stop briefly in Harwood to re-load water bottles. Even in reverse, there’s a really nice long downhill finish.

Start time: 6:30pm
Ride Leader: Anita Macklin
Start location: Hamilton Township Offices parking lot (Burnham and Majestic Hills Rd.)
Route Map: Link to route on Ride with GPS

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Tues Aug 2 Ride Level 2 (& 2+?)

Allan Dennis is going to lead us from the Parking lot on the east side of Cobourg 210 Willmot (Old Coke Plant). If there are enough riders, we may continue to have 2 groups, a level 2 and a level 2+. Allan is going to use the comment section below to describe the ride when he gets back from Toronto, so keep a sharp eye, for the details below and chime in if you wish a level 2 ride or a level 2+. Geoffrey is hoping to get back from Montreal in time to help with Sweep or leading the slower group.

Start time: 18:30 (6:30pm)

Ride Leader: Allan Dennis

Start Location: 210 Willmot St. Parking lot, industrial plaza just south of Hwy 2 (Old Coke Plant)


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Tonight’s ride cancelled, and merged with tomorrow night’s ride: Since there’s a severe thunder storm watch in effect, we will cancel tonight’s ride. However, you are welcome to participate in tomorrow night’s level 4 ride at a Level 3 pace if you wish. It is only 38K and we will just head out in two groups, level 3 and level 4.

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Wed. July 27 L3 30km. – “Glorious Ganaraska”

We will be riding the Freewheeler’s ¬†“Glorious Ganaraska” route. The ride will leave from the Port Hope Town Hall parking lot. This¬†30 Km route and is described as “a delightful, relatively flat ride that frequently crosses the Ganaraska River”.

Start time: 6:30pm
Ride Leader: Debbie Robertson
Start location: Port Hope Town Hall Parking lot
Route map: Printable 36k route map here

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Tues July 26 Ride Level 2 (& 2+?)

Pam will be leading us around the Glorious Ganaraska region of Canton. We will start again from the parking lot of the Canton United Church parking lot. Take the Sylvan Glen road north from Dale Rd as it bends into the 4th line to the west and you are there. Geoffrey will lead a level 2 group and will have a map to keep him on track. Pam says “No one left behind. Smiles mandatory.”

Start time: 18:30 (6:30 pm)
Ride leader: Pam Tate
Start Location: Canton United Church Parking lot. 4th line Hope twp.

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Monday, July 25th: Level 1 Ride

Dale has been doing a great job as sweep on some of our rides, and this week we’re putting him at the front of the group as our leader. Dale has taken the club safety course and is dedicated to making it a safe but fun ride. He’s made up a route for us that takes us out of town and with an option to try out some hills at one point. If a bit of hill climbing doesn’t interest you, Maria will lead that group back on the shorter route. You can see how you feel about it once we’re on the ride and at the “decision point”.

Time: 6:30
Meeting Location: park at Westwood and Carlisle
Ride Leader: Dale Pierce
Level of Difficulty: Level 1 with an option of Level 1+

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Thursday July 21: Level 4 ride, (37 or 47k)

It’s FAST-ride night! That means we are going for speed, not strength & hills. We cannot lie (we’re honest citizens here)….there are always a few hills. We have a new start location and new route with two distances to choose from, beginning from the Hamilton Township Offices parking lot. We’ll head up to Gore’s Landing and then take Rice Lake Scenic Drive to Harwood. That’s the point where you’ll decide whether or not to take the extra 10k extended route or just head south on Harwood Rd.

Lights on bikes: Believe it or not the days are getting shorter and sunset is officially at 8:46pm, meaning lights on the front and backs of our bikes are required as of 8:16. If you haven’t already outfitted your bike with lights it’s time to do so.

Start time: 6:30pm
Start location: Hamilton Township Offices parking lot (Burnham St. and Majestic Hills Rd.)
Ride Leader: Anita Macklin
Route map (37k): Printable map (to come), or link on Ride with GPS
Route map (47k): Printable map (to come), or link on Ride with GPS

Hey, how about leaving a comment to let others know which distance you hope to do?

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Volunteer cycling movie stars needed, Friday morning

This Friday morning we are hoping to help the county with their cycling video project and are looking for a couple of volunteer cyclists to come out for 9:30am in either Port Hope or Cobourg (exact location to be confirmed). We’ll do a little movie-star work while riding our bicycles! Leave us a comment to let us know you can help out and we’ll be sure to get the particulars to you.

As far as what to wear, since the video will focus on safety and a little tourism we’ll leave the NHCC jerseys and other such logo-covered attire at home and go with a little less “branded” clothing.

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Sunday July 24: Peterborough/Lakefield Rotary Greenway Trail Ride

Rotary Greenway Trail
This Sunday we’re heading outta town for something different. We’ll be meeting at Beavermede Park in Peterborough and follow the Rotary Greenway Trail and continue along to Lakefield. For those who want a little more you can proceed to Young’s Point. Since it’s out of town, we’ll make the start time 10:00am.

The return trip to Lakefield will be about 30km and to Young’s Point about 55km, so choose your distance! It’s scenic, and all pretty flat & easy so suitable for all levels. Some of the route is along paved trails, a little on the road, and some on packed limestone, but the whole route is great. Bring your camera!

We plan to stop in Lakefield for ice-cream, so bring a few $$ with you!

Start time: 10:00
Ride coordinator: Anita Macklin
Start location: Beavermede Park parking lot

Let us know you are coming! Leave a comment. Maybe even offer/seek a ride up to Peterborough with others.

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