Yet again, the weather gods are not working in our favour. We’re anticipating a band of thunderstorms around 7:00 which is rather inconvenient for our ride, so we’re officially CANCELLING the Level 2 ride for tonight. (Wednesday).
This ride is cancelled due to inclement weather being forecast.
This route is 17k long and not too terribly challenging. (hint: next week we will be adding 5k to the distance) No worries about keeping up with the crowd—It’s a no-drop ride, we work together as a group and help each other along. We’re getting you ready to take on a level 3 at some point this summer if you so choose (or not—your choice).
Lights on your bike: The Highway Traffic Act requires that cyclists have lights on their bikes beginning 30 minutes before sunset. That means white lights on the front and red ones on the back. If you aren’t quite sure what to put on your bike, talk to a few others on the ride and see what they’ve got. Just like in your car, it increases your visibility on the road by having your rear red light on at all times.
Start Time: 7:00pm
Start Location: The park on Carlisle St. between Ewing and Westwood
Ride Difficulty: Level 2
Sunset: 8:39 (Lights required on bikes at 8:09pm)
Route Map: Printable route map with elevations or, View the link on Ride with GPS
Ride leader: Mike McLellan
See you all then!
The weather man says the temperature drops to 10°C in the afternoon, so you might want to wear some warm gloves. Everyone starts at the same time. Both Levels 3 and 4 ride together up until we are on Kennedy Rd. where Level 3s turn right at Jamieson Rd. and the others continue on to Bewdley before rejoining the route on Cavan Rd. With any luck, both levels will meet up at some point and finish together.
Start time: 10am
Start location: parking lot at The Mill Restaurant
Route Map (Level 3): 41km Printable route map or Link on Ride with GPS
Route Map (Level 4): 56km Printable route map or Link on Ride with GPS
Ride Leader for Level 3: To be determined
Ride Leader for Level 4: To be determined
If you don’t make it out on Thursday, no worries. We do the same route on Sundays so that those who work during the week don’t miss out on anything. And if you ride on Thursday and then again on Sunday then great! You’ll see new faces, you’ll know the route, and you will be just that much better.
Due to freaky, unpredictable weather patterns, we’re officially cancelling tonights ride in Port Hope. Stash your bike back in the garage and perhaps plan to come to the Wednesday ride in Cobourg tomorrow instead.
Tonight’s ride cancelled due to weather conditions.
The Port Hope ride is an opportunity to see a little new scenery. Speed and distance for this ride will vary depending on who shows up, but is typically somewhere between level 2 and 3. If you’re heading over from Cobourg meet in the parking lot of Canadian Tire at 6:05pm sharp, arriving at the start point in Port Hope for 6:30. Please let others know if you want to start from Canadian Tire (use the commenting feature).
Time: 6:30pm at Port Hope Town Hall (6:05 from Canadian Tire)
Difficulty level: (to be determined)
Start Location: Port Hope Town Hall north parking lot
Sunset: 8:38pm (lights required at 8:08pm)
Ride Leader: George Hussey and Pam Tate
Sunrise and Sunset
Lights on bikes and Sunset
Even though we are on bicycles, there are laws and associated fines that apply to us. One of them is that we are required to have lights on our bicycles beginning 30 minutes prior to sunset. If you want to know the official sunset time, there’e the handy dandy link to it in the right hand column of the website, just below the weather links.
The weather forecast says clear for tonight and that’s good enough for us.
Meet in the parking lot behind the Dutch Oven. And stash a couple of bucks in your pocket somewhere because sometimes the Monday night ride stops in for ice cream or some other type of yummy if the weather permits and people are interested.
Difficulty: Level 1
Start location: Parking lot behind the Dutch Oven in Cobourg
Ride Leaders: Maria Garrett
Another note on departure time:
Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early so that you can get your bike assembled, do those minor adjustments, and do some pre-ride yakking. 7:00 departure means 7:00.
Correction to the start location for the Century Ride on Sunday: The correct location for the start is the parking lot behind the Dutch Oven.
Photo courtesy of Northumberland Tourism.
Mountain biking is on the sched for Saturday. The trails are suitable and hopefully the weather will hold out for us. Being our first time out, it’ll be tame—no crazy freaky biz, just lots of fun..
Dates: Saturday, May 18
NHCC members: FREE
Non-NHCC members: $5 per ride (plus the signing of a waiver)
Start location: The parking lot at Beagle Club Road. (about a mile and a half down the road off hwy#45)
Got friends? Got kids? Friends with teenage kids? Let ‘em know. Bike helmets are mandatory—no helmet, no ride!
Our first Century Ride of the season happens on Sunday. We leave from Cobourg, travel all the way to Presqu’ile Park and go right down to the lighthouse and then return home. Bring some sustenance with you (aka granola, cliff bars, etc.) and lots of water. We’re not planning a “lunch” break, though if you wish to, feel free to use the commenting section to collaborate with others to see if they might join you. There’s a cute little restaurant just outside of the park.
There are a few opportunities along the way for roadside re-fuelling and surely we’ll be pausing from time to time. It’s not going to be about speed, it’s about distance. How long does it take to ride 100km? As little as 4 hours, or if you’re a little more leisurely, about 5.5 hours, not including breaks.
You don’t have to go the whole 100k. If you aren’t interested in the whole 100k, feel free to turn around at whatever point you prefer
We will be welcoming a few guests from both the Cobourg Cycling Club and also the Ganaraska Freewheelers who have been invited to participate.
Start Location: The parking lot behind the Dutch Oven
Skill level: All levels (choose your distance accordingly)
Route map: Waterfront Trail (signed route—no route map necessary)
Hope for good weather! Do a rain dance! Talk to the weather man….let’s hope for good riding conditions.
Finally we’re getting some better weather. This ride is going along the Waterfront Trail westbound and back again, enabling everyone to determine their own distance. These type of rides allow for those who are maybe just digging out the bike for the first time this season, and also for those who have been putting in a lot of mileage too.
If you’re going to do the 100k Century this Sunday, this is an opportunity to do a good long ride in preparation. Or, just come out for an hour. It’s up to you.
Start time: 10am
Start location: The park on Carlisle St. between Ewing and Westwood
Route: Waterfront Trail westbound (no route map necessary)
Skill Level: Levels 3 and 4
Ride Leader: Anita Macklin
We will naturally break off into different speeds, so the group may not stay together the entire time. We do encourage everyone to pair up with other riders who might be interested in similar speed and distance as the ride gets underway so that nobody rides alone.