Sunday Club Ride – Hellacious Hilly Hundred (or less)

Did someone say hills? This one’s got lots of them and it isn’t for the squeamish. The second half is easier though and you’ll get a break as we return on the Waterfront Trail. I overheard talk at the Social last evening that this ride is not as hard as the Rice Lake Century ride (we will reschedule that one for August or September). It’s actually quite a pleasant ride, and we see some new scenery.

In Orono there’s a nice restaurant called the Firehall Bistro where we can grab a bite to eat or just re-load drink bottles.

For anyone wanting to do a shorter ride, or if the forecast is not favourable, simply ride only as far west as Osaca.  Turn south on county road 65 and weave your way south to meet up with the route again on the Waterfront Trail. Approx. 60km

Start time: 9:00am
Start location: The arena parking lot on Furnace St in Cobourg
Route map: “Hellacious Hilly 100k” printable route map here, or link to Ride with GPS

Please use the comment section below to get the conversation going about who’s riding, pace, distance, and who’s planning to stop for a quick lunch break etc.

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Level 4 Rides: Tuesday July 17 and Thursday July 19

This week we are going to go first for HILLS on Tuesday, then SPEED on an out-and-back for Thursday. The days are actually getting shorter now (by about a minute each day), so it’s especially important to make sure your lights are on your bike and actually charged up!

Tuesday July 17: Level 4 (47km)

This one’s called “Lots ‘o Hills” for a reason. We’re doing Bickle followed by the Jamieson Twins. But your climbing will be rewarded by some great downhill too.
Start time: 6:30
Ride Leader: Anita Macklin
Sunset: 8:50pm
Route map: 46km “Lots ‘o Hills” link on Ride with GPS
Start location: Westwood Park (on Carlisle St.)

Thursday July 19: Level 4 (46km)

We are going straight up County Rd 10 and back down. We’ll be going for some speed, so there’s no turns except to turn around in Millbrook. Plain and simple!
Start time: 6:30pm
Ride Leader: Anita Macklin
Sunset: 8:48pm
Route map: 46km Welcome to Millbrook (Out and Back) link on Ride with GPS
Start Location: George Hamilton School in Welcome

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Friday Floater Ride & ice cream: July 20, 2018

Hey everyone, we often take the Waterfront Trail all the way to Newcastle and then come back…but don’t you wonder what’s beyond? We’re going to meet at the Parkette in Newcastle and then ride along the Waterfront Trail westbound until we reach Darlington Provincial Park where we can get a scoop of ice cream, check out the beach and explore. Then of course we return. Total distance will be about 55 km. Some of the trail is crushed limestone but should be suitable for our bikes. Please bring a twoonie for park entrance (if they ask for it), and a few $$ for ice cream or snacks if you wish.

Please leave a comment if you are planning to ride.

Start time: 10am
Ride Leaders: Randy and Anita
Start location: Bond Head Parkette (on Boulton St. along the waterfront)

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Level 2 Rides: Tues July 17 & Thurs July 19

Tues July 17, Level 2 Ride: St. Mary’s Shtlr Valley Centerton & back.

Janine is taking us into the shade and up to Centerton and back. Her description:” Start at St Mary’s parking lot, Hwy 2, Shelter Valley , Broomfield road to Centerton Rd turn around and do reverse of this beautiful scenic route back to St Mary’s. Lot of shade along this route. Take rests as required in order to keep group together.”

Start Time: 6:30 pm
Ride Leader: Janine Turk
Start Location: St. Mary’s Church Parking Lot, Lyle St. South Grafton.

Thurs July 19, Level 2 Ride: Westwood Theatr Dale and home.

Geoffrey will continue with hill/rest/breathe/ repeat, training ending the ride with a whoosh and some relative flat. The route: Westwood Park, New Amherst, Hwy 2, Theatre Rd, Dale, Danforth, North on Ontario, East again in Dale, South on Division, Oliver’s Lane, Ontario, University, Margaret, King, Burnham, Westwood to the park again.

Total distance 24.5 which is mid season Level 2 expectations. (Working towards 30 klms total distance by season end at the end of September.)

Start Time: 6:30 pm
Ride Leader: Geoffrey Honey
Start Location: Westwood Park Cobourg Carlisle St, between Westwood and Ewing

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CANCELLED – Level 1 Ride Monday July 16th

Sadly the forecast is not looking good – 60% chance of heavy thunderstorms right around 6:00-7:00 pm.  Just to be on the safe side, I am again cancelling the level 1 ride from Port Hope tonight.
We will try this again sometime soon. And there was going to be ice cream!

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ALL LEVELS RIDE & SOCIAL – Wednesday, July 18th

It’s that social time again!  We keep having a great turn out so we are again repeating our venue and route.   All Levels Rides are a monthly opportunity for all NHCC members to ride together, with the option to try out one of the other levels on an out-and-back route where nobody gets lost.

There will be 4 designated pace-setters among the group, riding at each of the NHCC defined Levels (1-4). Just pick the level you want to try, and follow that pace setter to see what riding at that level really feels like. If you change your mind mid-ride, simply slow down and wait for a group that’s riding at the speed you like. It’s a great chance to try out a new level.

We will ride for 40 minutes (or less depending on your level) then turn around and head back to the start. This ensures everyone finishes at the same time for the optional social part where we head to Frank’s patio for drinks, wings, social time and meeting others. Hope to see everyone there!

Time: 6:30–8:00pm (ride) 8:00-9:30pm (social)
Start location: The parking lot at Franks Pasta and Grill

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Level 2+ and Level 3: Monday July 16

Level 2+ Ride
Baltimore and Back Version 2
Start Time: 6:30 pm
Ride Leader: Jim Berg
Start Location:  Donegan Park, 25 D’Arcy Street, Cobourg
Route:  North on D’Arcy, to Elgin, East to Greer Road, North to Danforth, East to Nagel, North to Hircock, back on Nagel, East on Van Luven, loop through Baltimore and then South on Meadowvale, Nagel, Hircock, Nagel, East on Danforth, South on Jarvis, East on Elgin, South on Workman, from Highway 2 follow Waterfront Trail back to Donegan Park. About 23 to 25 km Link on Ride with GPS
On the way back on Danforth instead of going down Workman, there is the option of continuing on Danforth and doing Hill 60.

Level 3 ride
Twilight Traverse
Start Time: 6:30
Ride leader: The Old Sapper
Start location: Kings Park, just off Ridout St, west side of Port Hope
Route: west bound on Waterfront Trail to E Townline, north to Conc Rd 1, west as far as Morgan’s Rd, south to Lakeshore and back to start
Distance: 41 km Link on Ride with GPS
Description: Gentle ride west bound for a change of scenery. Rolling countryside between the lake and 401.

Remember: this is a no drop ride and catering to a wide range of abilities but within the Club Level 3 parameters.

Wednesday, July 18th is our All Levels Ride & Social – stay tuned….

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CANCELLED Level 1 Ride: Monday, July 16th

Deb will lead the route she planned for June 18th which got rained out. Bring some money for a possible ice cream stop!
Date: Monday, July 16th
Start Time: 6:30
Start Location: south parking lot at Beatrice Strong School, Port Hope
Ride Leader: Debbie Parks

Wednesday is All Levels Ride night so watch for that post.

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Sunday Club Ride July 15th – Joint Ride with the Ganaraska Freewheelers

The Ganaraska Freewheelers are hosting a joint ride with the NHCC on Sunday, July 15th starting at the Cobourg Community Centre at 10:00 am.

There are choices to shorten the route to either 25km or 48km, by choosing interconnecting roads along the route, or doing the full 55+km.

After the ride come and relax, refresh and refuel at Boston Pizza at the Northumberland Mall.

Ride Host: Ganaraska Freewheelers
Start time: 10am
Route map:  printable route map or Link on Ride with GPS
Start location: Cobourg Community Centre

Please leave a comment to let us here at the NHCC know that you plan to ride.

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Friday Floater Ride: July 13–Heading out of town, starting in Peterborough

The Friday Floater Ride is heading out of town. Starting in Peterborough at Beavermede Park, we’ll do a classic Peterborough Cycle Route, with either a 45 or a 60k option.  We will modify the official routes slightly so that everyone starts at Beavermede Park. Bring along a little $$ in case we happen to find a patio or an ice-cream joint. Preview the routes here: Route 1a – Lakes, Rivers and Cafes 45. Or, for 60km Route 1 – Lakes, Rivers and Cafes 60

Please leave a comment to let me and others know you plan to ride.

Start time: 10am
Ride Coordinator: Anita Macklin
Start location: Beavermede Park parking lot

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