Thursday July 24: Level 3 & 4 Ride, Cobourg & Hope Township

This time there are two routes to choose from, either a 48k for Level 3 and 65k for Level 4, both of them the same for the first 22km and the last part of the route as well. It’s only the middle part that’s different.

Hey folks….there are plenty out there who would like to ride at a level 3 pace and would be a whole lot happier knowing there are others doing the same, so please leave a comment and let others know your plans. All ya gotta do is say, “hey! I’m riding at a Level 3 pace, 48k”, or “Hey, I’ll ride at a Level 3 pace for 56k” and then voilà, there may be others that say they’ll ride with ya!

Start time: 9:00am
Start location: The arena on Furnace St. in Cobourg
48km Route map: Printable route map here or view it on Ride with GPS
65km Route map: Printable route map here or view it on Ride with GPS
Level of Difficulty: Level 3/4

If you miss the ride on Thursday don’t sweat it. We’ll do it again on Sunday. Better yet, ride it both times if you you can!

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Wednesday July 23rd: Level 2 ride

We’ve been getting some good mileage in this month, which is great if you want to work toward participating in the 100k on Labour Day weekend (or 50k is also an option). Tonight we will venture along the Waterfront Trail eastbound from Donegan Park for 45 minutes then turn around and return. Easy, and no hills! You just gotta love it! Since Mike is still vacationing waaaaay over there in Italy, Dennis will be your esteemed ride leader for this ride.

Start time: 6:30pm
Start location: Donegan Park
Route: Waterfront Trail Eastbound (no route maps necessary)
Ride Leader: Dennis Benson

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Port Hope Ride: Wednesday July 23

If you’ve missed some of the rides in Cobourg, why not bike on over to Port Hope, get a few extra kilometres in, and join the Port Hope crowd as they pedal around the countryside over there where the scenery is beautiful and the hills aren’t as crazy as you think!

Start time: 6:30pm
Start location: Port Hope Town Hall
Ride leader: Pamela Tate

Think you’ll ride? Please leave a comment letting Pam know.

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Monday July 21st: Level 1 Ride starting from Wicklow Beach

Time to head out of town for a little change of scenery. We are starting at the Wicklow Beach main parking lot (south side of Lakeshore). From there we’ll ride east of town on a quiet and pretty part of the Waterfront Trail. It’s a great opportunity to try a little rural riding!

Start time: 6:30pm
Start location: Wicklow Beach main parking lot
Ride leader: Maria Garrett

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Sunday July 20: Level 3 & 4 Ride from Port Hope to Newcastle

It’s a great day to ride along the Waterfront Trail to Newcastle, skipiddydo right around the Port of Newcastle and back again. Make the distance as short as you want, by just turning around at any point and come back if you feel it’s just too far.

Start time: 9:00am
Start location: Port Hope Town Hall
Level of difficulty: Level 3 and Level 4
Route Map: 57k printable route map here or view it on Ride with GPS

Being Sunday, you may just want to get in a little extra distance , in which case meet in Cobourg at 8:30 at the Park on Carlisle and bike over to Port Hope. That would make you super awesome! :) Leave a comment though…others might wanna know what you are planning to do.

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Thursday July 17: Ride to Newcastle and Back

There’s a lot of construction scheduled for local roads, so we’re going to play it safe and head west along the Waterfront Trail all the way to Newcastle where the Port of Newcastle is quite charming. This one’s isn’t terribly hilly, though it is rather uphillish on the way back. If you want to shorten the distance, just turn around at any point and come back because the route back is the same as the route there.

Start time: 9:00am
Start location: Port Hope Town Hall
Level of difficulty: Level 3 and Level 4
Route Map: 57k printable route map here or view it on Ride with GPS

If you’d like to bike over to Port Hope from Cobourg, leave a comment to let others know when and where to meet to travel over together. While you’re at it, why not leave a comment to let people know which group you would like to ride with (Level 3 or 4)?

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Wednesday July 16th: ALL LEVELS Ride, Wings, Beer & Jerseys!

It’s an ALL LEVELS ride night! That means one route that everyone rides, but at their respective paces, Levels 1-4.

The route is what we call a 1.5 hour out and back–You ride out for 45 minutes with your group and then turn around and come back. Everyone finishes at the same time. But on an All Levels night we encourage those who want to progress to the next level of difficulty to try it out. For instance, if you are Level 2 but want to try Level 3 you head out with the Level 3 group. If you find you just can’t keep up the pace and you want to drop back to level 2 it’s okay…they’ll be coming up behind you along the route and you just re-join if you wish.

And then, when it’s all done anyone who wishes can head into The Mill afterward and order up some wings, beer, and partake in some yakkity yak with other NHCC’ers and talk about how moving up a level was awesome!!

Club Jerseys: We will not have a Fit Kit for trying on, however we will be taking jersey orders at The Mill after 8:00pm. Short sleeve only. $68 including all taxes. Hopefully for September delivery.

Tour de Northumberland Hills: George from Port Hope Bicycle will be making the draw for Week 1 of the Tour.

Time: 6:30–8:00pm (ride) 8:00-9:30pm (social)
Start location: The Mill parking lot
Route map: 36km printable route map here, or view it on Ride with GPS
Ride leaders: Maria, Pam, Anita, and George

If you are planning to come to The Mill afterward, please leave a comment to RSVP and we can make sure they hold enough space for us.

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It’s raining, it’s pouring and it shows now sign of stopping. We’ll officially cancel today’s ride and hope for sunnier days ahead. Sorry, Brian :)

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Monday July 14th: Special event: “Cobourg Canopy Tree Tour”

TreetourThe tree tour was a huge success during Bike Week and people have been requesting it again. Sue Throop and Gina Brouer will guide a special 10 km ride around Cobourg for NHCC members, stopping to learn about ten different trees of interest, distinction and/or historical significance. All members are welcome for this special event, but we would like to know how many  plan to participate so please leave a comment to let us know you are coming.

Start time: 6:30pm
Start location: Lions/Lioness Pavilion, Victoria Park
Ride Leader: Maria Garrett
Leave a comment now!

About Sue and Gina: Sue is a cyclist and a tree lover/hugger. When she heard about the “Cucumber Tree” she was intrigued and through research found Gina. Through Gina she discovered that Cobourg has many beautiful, many of which are heritage and/or endangered. They feel a responsibility to care for them and let others know what’s out there.

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Sunday July 13: Joint ride, NHCC, TBN & Ganraska Freewheelers

Today’s NHCC ride is cancelled. Too much precipitation happening out there!

This Sunday is a little different. The TBN (Toronto Bike Network) will be riding in our area and we, along with the Ganaraska Freewheelers will also join them for a route that Brian Hedney developed, the “Shelter Valley Shuffle”. There are three options to choose from and if you want to, you could bring a few bucks and stop for a small lunch break in Grafton. (For this ride, we’ll depart at 10:00 with the others, rather than 9am) By the way, it’s not too crazy hilly, so the shorter 54k distance is very doable for many. There will be lots of folks, riding a lots of different speeds.

Start time: 10am
Start location: Parking lot on Covert St. in Cobourg
Route map (54k): Printable route map here, or link to Ride with GPS
Route map (84k): Printable route map here, or link to Ride with GPS
Route map (103k): Printable route map here, or link to Ride with GPS

People really appreciate and like when you leave a comment letting us know you plan to ride. It’s the best way to see that there are others thinking of doing the same distance and pace you expect to ride!

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