The NHCC is fortunate enough to have new, enthusiastic volunteers who have recently completed the required safety course and are qualified to lead rides! In response to the recent survey and in order to best serve the needs of all skill levels we have established a new ride schedule for July – September. We’ll give it a try and see how it goes! As of Monday, July 6, the new Regular ride schedule will be in effect:
Monday Evening, Level 1: Maria Siemiaszko Tuesday Evening, Level 2:Geoffrey Honey and/or Roberto Almeida Wednesday Evening, Level 3: Mike McLellan Thursday Evening, Level 4: George Hussey
Mornings: Thursday and Sunday Mornings, Levels 3 and 4: Anita Macklin
Regular Level Rides: Weeknights are reserved for regular difficulty rides, meaning that they conform to the speed and difficulty as outlined in our new standards.
Plus (+) rides:Plus (+) rides, (i.e. Level 1+ or Level 2+) are a little more difficult than the Regular level of difficulty and may occur periodically on other days & times outside of the regular schedule (i.e. Saturday).
Ride Standards and level of difficulty: We have clearly defined standards to expect in each of the ride levels so that participants know what to expect when they choose to join a ride.
To see complete details about the level of difficulty to expect on any given ride, print out our Ride Standards right here for your reference.
Looking for something to do on Canada Day? We’ll have an All-Levels Ride in the evening to inspire you, and get you thinking. Then afterward there is a special screening just for the NHCC of the inspirational Marinoni: The Fire in the Frame documentary at The Loft in Cobourg. ($10 per person). Note about parking: downtown Cobourg may be at a premium on Canada Day so we encourage people to arrive at the film by bicycle. There is a bike rack available.
Giusseppe Marinoni is the legendary Italian-Canadian frame builder and cyclist who at 75 attempts to set the world record for longest distance cycled in one hour for his age group. The Loft is a small, specialty film house in Cobourg with a great atmosphere and location.
Start time (Ride): 6:00pm Start location: The parking lot on Carlisle between Westwood and Ewing Film Location: The Loft, 201 Division St., upstairs Start time (Movie): 8:00pm Movie cost: $10 Coordinator: Anita Macklin
The route will be an out-and-back route that everyone can ride at whatever pace they wish. You will ride for 45 minutes then turn around and come back, everyone finishing at 7:30, just in time for the movie.
We’ve usually posted hikes during the off season, but if anyone feels like a hike Thursday evening (and aren’t already planning on doing the Level 4 ride), you’re welcome to come for a full moon hike at Maria’s, outside of Warkworth. This hike is weather permitting only, but the forecast is looking pretty good right now. We’ll start hiking at 8:00. watch the moon rise at 9:20, and finish up around 10:00. Comment if you are coming and we’ll provide you with the address/directions.
Date; Thursday, July 2nd
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: Maria’s house, outside of Warkworth
Activity: 2 hour hike (leave the bikes at home for this one!)
We did that little survey and we listened to what Club members want! In response, we are offering a new weekly ride to our calendar. Thursday nights will be Level 4 ride night. This week is the first evening Level 4 ride, lead by George Hussey (so you know you’re gonna go fast!). We’re keeping the first one simple, going for speed rather than hills. Please note that road bikes are required for Level 4 rides.
Level 4 expectations: Level 4 rides are advanced rides, suitable for those with road bikes only. They are for those who can average of 25km per hour or more on flat road, and are prepared for whatever hills may come, be it Bickle Hill, or Hill 60. If it’s a flat route, speeds will naturally be greater than if it’s a hilly route. In either case, it’s a ride meant to challenge you.
Start time: 6:30pm Start location: Industrial Park on the east end of town Route: Waterfront Trail Eastbound
Leave a comment, please: Being a newly introduced ride and night, please leave a comment to let George and others know you plan to ride.
We know you are a hardy, enthusiastic lot of cyclists willing to brave the elements, but we are going to set you free tomorrow. We are cancelling the Sunday rides to Presqu’ile and will re-schedule them.
Monday’s ride will be led by another of our official new ride leaders, Colin Banfield. He’s planning a route heading to the east end, and true to his field of expertise will check the weather radar beforehand in case of potential inclement conditions.
Time: 6:30 pm Start Location: parking lot behind the Dutch Oven Ride Leader: Colin Banfield
We have an enthusiatic group of newly minted ride leaders, and one of them, Roberto, has offered to lead a ride this Saturday. With more ride leaders we have the potential to post more rides, for all levels, so a big thank you to all of our volunteers!
Date: Saturday, June 27th
Start Location: the park at Westwood and Carlisle
Level: 2 plus (a little more distance and a little faster pace, but this route is pretty flat)
Map: this is along the Waterfront Trail so none required
Ride Leader: Roberto Almeida
Please help Roberto plan for this ride by letting him know if you will be there.
This week’s level 2 ride is being lead by Pamela Tate, and she’ll take you out in the Port Hope area for something a little different. Meet at the Gilmer’s Home Hardware parking lot under the big Gilmer’s sign. The level of difficulty for this ride will be a standard level 2: so you can expect somewhere between 25 and 30km for distance and no crazy hills. (may include a few little inclines that can’t really be avoided in our area)
Start time: 6:30 Start location: Gilmer’s Home Hardware parking lot Ride Leader: Pamela Tate
This Sunday we’ll head out for a ride in the Presqu’ile area. The roads in the park have been repaved so we’ll enjoy a smooth as well as scenic ride! The ride will have 2 options, those wishing a shorter distance will meet at the boat launch parking lot just east of the park, while riders wanted a longer ride with a couple of little hills will meet at an earlier time in Colborne and meet the Level 1 riders at the boat launch. Bring fluids, a snack, and some money as there’s usually an opportunity for ice cream (although the fudge at the light house is always popular!)
Level 1 Time: 11:00 Meeting Place: boat launch parking lot east of Presqu’ile Park Ride Leader: Dennis Benson
Level 2 Time: 10:00 Meeting Place: Keeler Centre parking lot, Colborne Ride Leader: Maria Siemiaszko
Please take note of the start time and location for the ride you wish to do, and let us know if we’re to expect you!
This Sunday is the first Century Ride of the season. You can however, make it a 50k by turning around in Colborne and returning to Cobourg. For 100k, we ride to the lighthouse at Presqu’ile Park then return home. Take a lunch-break at a restaurant in Brighton, or stay on the move by bringing some sustenance with you (aka portable snack foods) and lots of water.
Century Rides are not about speed, it’s about going the distance. How long does it actually take to ride 100km? If you don’t stop for lunch, between 4 and 5.5 hours. Level 3 travels together, likely at a slower pace, and level 4’s may break off into groups according to ability.
Time: 9:00am Start Location: The parking lot behind the Dutch Oven Skill level: Levels 3 and 4 Route map: Waterfront Trail (signed route—no route map necessary)
Leave a comment to let others know your plans regarding distance and lunch.