Sunday August 17: Levels 3 and 4 ride

For those who were either working or just simply found Thursday to cold to ride, we’ll do it again on Sunday. The Grafton East ride starts at the Arena in Grafton, with three distance options (31, 36 or 51km). To add an extra 22 km to the ride you could start at Donegan Park 20 minutes earlier and cycle over to the start point. If you do decide to do this however, be sure to let others know your intention so that those starting in Grafton know to expect you.

Start time: 9:00am
Start location: The arena in Grafton (or Donegan Park at 8:40am)
Route Map: Printable route map here

Leave a comment, letting others know where you will start from (Donegan, or Grafton).

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Thursday, August 21st: Level 3 & 4 ride to Millbrook

This ride has some hills….we cannot lie. It is however a nice, quick ride home. Plus, you’ll probably see a few roads you haven’t been on this season. If you really want to stretch out the ride, start in Cobourg and bike over to the start point in Port Hope (adding 14k total to the distance). Please let others know which distance you will ride, and where you will start from. It’s also helpful for others to know whether you plan to ride at Level 3 or Level 4.

Start time: 9:00am
Start location: Port Hope Town Hall
51k Route Map (Level 3): Printable route map, or view it on Ride with GPS
60k Route Map (Level 4): Printable route map, or view it on Ride with GPS

Leave a comment indicating your plans. Pleeeeease. :)

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Wednesday August 20: All Levels Ride, Brew & Brouhaha

Yep, that’s what we said…Brew and Brouhaha. After this ALL LEVELS ride we’ll shimmy on into The Mill where we’ve reserved some tables for those who wish to order up some beer and munchies. Being an All Levels ride means that there’s just one route and everyone rides—but at their respective paces, Levels 1-4.

An All Levels ride is a time to try the next level up if you want to check it out. For instance, if you are Level 3 but want to try Level 4, then head out with the Level 4 group. The route is out and back for 1.5 hour total. That means you ride for 45 minutes with your group and then turn around and come back along the same route as all the other levels. Everyone finishes at the same time. If you can’t keep up with the group you started with don’t sweat it, just drop back and wait for the slower group behind to catch up.

We’ve gotta talk lights: Each week the day is becoming short by about 10 minutes (11 this week). So, be prepared and get those lights out for the front and back of your bike.

Time: 6:30–8:00pm (ride) 8:00-9:30pm (social)
Lights required on bikes as of: 7:38pm
Start location: The Mill parking lot
Route map: 36km printable route map here, or view it on Ride with GPS
Ride leaders: Mike, Pam, and George

Important: Please RSVP so that we can ensure an adequate reservation for space at The Mill

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Monday August 18: Level 1 ride

Note that due to shorter days, the new start time is 6:00pm for Monday rides.
This time we start from the parking lot behind the Dutch Oven. Nice and central, so everyone can get there easily and perhaps get a few extra kilometres by riding to the start location. It’s important to remember that the Highway Traffic Act requires cyclists to have lights on both the front and rear of their bicycles as of 30 minutes prior to sunset. There’s a handy link in the right hand column of the website that you can refer to anytime to see exactly what time the sun sets on any given day.

Start time: 6:00pm
Start location: The parking lot behind the Dutch Oven on Albert St.
Lights required as of: 7:41 (Sunset is 8:11pm)
Ride Leader: Dennis Benson

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Thursday Aug. 14, Level 3 & 4 Ride

The Grafton East ride is a tried and true Ganaraska Freewheelers route, starting at the Arena in Grafton. There are three distances to choose from (31, 36 or 51km). You can eliminate the drive by starting at Donegan Park 20 minutes earlier and cycling over on that brand new pavement that we’ve been eyeing up, adding 11km each way to your ride.

Start time: 9:00am
Start location: The arena in Grafton (or Donegan Park at 8:40am)
Route Map: Printable route map here

If you are planning to ride, please leave a comment, mentioning where you will start from (Donegan, or Grafton).

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Wed. Aug. 13th, L2 – 30 km +

This ride starts at the industrial park on Willmott Street and then we will head east on Highway #2.  We will follow the Waterfront Trail for an hour where we will turn around and come back.

Start time: 6:00pm
Start location: Parking lot industrial park east end. Willmott and Dodge streets.
Route Map:  Not required
Difficulty: Level 2
Ride Leader: Mike Mclellan

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Wednesday August 13: Port Hope Ride at 6:30pm

The days are definitely getting shorter. In fact, the sun sets 10 minutes earlier this Wednesday than it did last Wednesday. And we are definitely riding a bit longer….which means lights on our bikes are going to be required. Like last time, we’ll add a bit of distance along the Lakeshore as we ride westbound and back again. Your ride leader Pam may also throw in a few extra roads for some variety, you just never know….

By the way, did you know that not having lights on your bicycle (or reflective tape) starting 30 minutes before sunset and ending 30 minutes after sunrise can result in a fine of $20 under the Highway Traffic Act.

Start time: 6:30pm
Start location: Port Hope Town Hall
Lights required as of: 7:49pm
Ride Leader: Pamela Tate

Let Pam know you are riding…leave a comment. Heck, you can even let her know if you aren’t riding.

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Monday, August 11: Level 1 ride

This Monday we’ll start from Westwood Park located on Carlisle St. Nice and easy ride, lots of socialness, and best of all you’ll be riding your bike rather than watching TV!

Start time: 6:30pm
Ride leader: Maria Garett
Start location: Westwood Park

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Sunday August 10: The NON-hilly alternative ride, Levels 1–3

For those who just don’t feel like battling the hills on Sunday, Maria and Dennis will lead a ride for Levels 1 – 3. There will be a choice of two different starting points, allowing riders to choose a suitable distance. The ride for Levels 1 and 2 will be near the entrance to Presqu’ile. Level 3 riders could start in Colborne an hour earlier and meet the gang at 10am.

Presqu’ile Start point
Start time: 10am
Start location: The boat launch, 1km east of the entrance to Presqu’ile Park
Ride leaders: Maria Garrett and Dennis Benson

Colborne Start
Start time:
9am
Start location: The Keeler Center in Colborne
Ride leaders: Maria Garrett and Dennis Benson

IMPORTANT, RSVP: To participate in this ride, it is essential that the ride leaders know who, and how many to expect. Please RSVP by leaving a comment, indicating where you plan to start.

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NHCC August Happenings

This August there are a couple of things to make mention of that you might want to place on your calendar.

Wednesday, August 20: All Levels Ride and Social at The Mill, 6:30-8:00 (ride), 8:00-9:30 (social)

Saturday, August 23rd: 100k Charity ride around Rice Lake for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. There’s still time to register, and there’s no registration fee, but they are requesting that participants fundraise a minimum of $100. (Click here for registration)

Sunday, August 31: Club supported Century Ride Weekend (50k, 100k, or 160k). Further information will follow.

devincibikeBicycle for Sale: And finally, there’s a bicycle being offered for sale if anyone’s interested in upgrading to a lightweight road bike without breaking the bank.
2005 DEVINCI Podium Road Bike For Sale: $600 (like new) (size: large) Email us and we’ll forward it along to the seller.

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