Tomorrow’s forecast: Sunshine! So if you aren’t still busy hunting for Easter eggs or preparing some big feast for family and friends we’re going to head out for a ride to Harwood and back during the warmest part of the day, the afternoon. We anticipate riding at an advanced pace suitable for experienced riders.
Note: The official season regular rides start in just two weeks at which time we will be posting rides for all the different ride Levels 1 to 4. (See the Calendar here). Until then, Pre-season rides are weather-dependent, do not formally have ride leaders, or conform to a standard start time and may be announced on short notice.
Start time: 1:00pm
Anticipated Level of Difficulty: Level 4
Route Map: Printable Route map with elevation chart or, if you are equipped with a GPS View the link on Ride with GPS (note that we start at Furnace St., not Precious Corners as the map indicates)
Start location: The Cobourg Memorial Rink on Furnace St.
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With around 85 members already and still growing, the 2014 season is gonna be great! And people have been asking, so here is the intel: as of Monday May 5th the official ride season will begin. We’ve already had one pre-season ride to the Sugar Shack, and soon we’ll be in full-swing with all of our regular rides as usual. (New this year: the Port Hope ride will take place on Wednesday nights)
In case your wondering about that Pancake ride, here’s a little bit of visual for you:
Regular Rides (Starting May 5th):
Level 1: Monday nights
Level 2: Wednesday Nights
Levels 3 and 4: Thursday Mornings and Sunday Mornings
Port Hope Rides: Wednesday Nights
Century and Other rides:
Occasionally the Level 2 rides will join in on Sundays for something a little longer. And of course there’s those Century Rides on all long weekends: 100k! The first will be to Presqu’ile on the May long weekend. The last will be Labour Day weekend where we are planning four distances this year: 50k, 100k, 160k or 200k (yeah, 200k! you read right!)
Can-Bike Safe Cycling Course
Can-Bike will run starting on Tuesday May 6th and run for the months of May and June. That’s where you learn how to ride safely on all roads in all situations. We highly encourage all levels of riders to participate. There isn’t a soul in our club, regardless of experience, who wouldn’t benefit from learning the safe cycling principles that will be club policy for 2014.
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We only order them once per season, and this is it! For those of you who want one of those swell, snazzy jerseys, the cost hasn’t changed from last year and remains $68 (including taxes). There’s a full zipper down the front, making it easy to wear. And the fabric performs well, making you ride faster than you ever thought you would! They are manufactured by Louis Garneau and take approximately 6-8 weeks to deliver from the time the order is placed. We will place the order on May 15 which should allow for delivery around the end of June. Continue reading
For all who are coming on the ride tomorrow: Please ensure that you have your membership card with you. With all the new faces this year, we can’t rely on memory to know who is a member and who is not. See you all there! :)
Sandy Flats Sugar Bush pre-season Ride: Re-scheduled, due to weird weather forecast! It’s now taking place Saturday the 12th instead of Sunday. All other details remain the same.
IMPORTANT: Due to weather forecast, this ride will take place on Saturday rather than the originally planned Sunday. ALSO: note that the start time in Centre was an error. We need folks ready to ride in Centreton between 10:30 and 10:45.
Usually we get out for a pre-season pancake ride in March, but this year it’s been just a little too chilly. We are however, going to keep our fingers crossed for some nice weather. Being a “pre-season” ride means that it’s weather dependent. As always, keep your eye on the comments section to monitor what’s happening. Take a look at some photos from the 2012 ride!
We ride from Baltimore to Sandy Flat Sugar Bush, consume a few deliciously decadent pancakes and maple syrup then pedal home. With that sugar boost, you’ll forget all about those hills. The ride is about 60km and it’s not exactly flat, if you know what we mean. Newer riders may wish to start in Centreton rather than the Baltimore Community Centre to cut down the distance to about 30k. NOTE: If you decide to start in Centreton, be ready to ride as the group passes through–warmed-up riders will chill quickly if they they have to stop and wait.
Check out the route: Sandy Flats Breakfast route map
Date: Saturday April 12, 2014
Starting place (for the 60k): Baltimore Community Center (10:00am)
Starting in Centreton (30k): Main intersection (10:30-10:45, approx. Be ready to ride!)
Anticipated arrival at the Sugar Shack: 12:00-12:30pm
Bring a little money with you if you want to partake in breakfast (cost unknown). Location of Sandy Flat Sugar Bush map here
Please comment below if you are planning to ride. It’s nice for others to know that there will someone going, and they won’t be riding alone!
Just a quick reminder that tomorrow night (Thursday night) is our membership sign-up night. In addition to getting your memberships for just $35, we’ll also have some cycling-related supplies on-hand available for purchase to make sure you have everything you need to get the season started. Also, we’ll be drawing a couple of names during the evening for some freebies too. We can all mingle and moan about the winter weather that’s sure to leave us soon and get excited that we will be out on our bikes soon!
The sun is shining, snow is melting and cycling season will be upon us. We are ready to take memberships for 2014 and the good news is that you’ll be able to get your membership for just $35 (Savings of $10) at our Membership and Wings Night. You’ll also be able to order some wings, sip some beer and talk to others who are undoubtedly anxious to get their bikes out too. Even if you’ve already got your membership, come on out and talk cycling with others. Friends and family are most welcome.(After Feb 27th the regular cost for membership will be $45).
Meet your new NHCC executive for this new 2014 season who will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the club:
President: Anita Macklin
Vice-President: Vivian Vandenhazel
Secretary: Pamela Tate
Treasurer: David Pollack
Director-at-Large: Randy Albon
New for 2014: Can-Bike
This year we will be offering CanBike instruction to all NHCC club members in April/May/June, ensuring that as a club we ride safer than any other out there. CanBike is a program that covers many aspects of cycling safely and enjoyably on the road.
Jerseys and T-shirts
We’ll start taking orders for snazzy club jerseys and you will be able to pick up T-shirts that night too. Jerseys will be approximately $68-$75, and T-shirts $15.
Date: Thursday March 27th
Place: The Cat and Fiddle Restaurant, Upstairs
See you all there! If you have any questions in the meantime, use the comment feature and we’ll respond lickety split.
Anyone want to check this one out? At the Market Hall Performing Arts Centre you can see an award-winning feature film about the world’s toughest mountain bike race, which traverses over 2700 miles along the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains. The film weaves the story of three characters’ experiences with immense mountain beauty and small-town culture as they attempt to pedal from Banff, Canada to a small, dusty crossing on the Mexican border.
Date: Tuesday March 18th, 2014
Location: Market Hall Performing Arts Centre, 140 Charlotte St. Peterborough
Cost: Pay what you can
If you’d like to attend, leave a comment to let others know. Perhaps we can get some carpooling together!
Take a look at the trailer!
Even though it’s shivery frosty cold outside, Spring is surely just around the corner and we’ll be getting out the bikes soon enough. In the meantime, this Saturday is the Cycle Touring workshop and we need to anticipate numbers of attendees. If you want to reserve a spot for the workshop, please RSVP by dropping us a quick email and letting us know. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org