Wed. April 16 (6 pm) Level 2 ride, 18 km

This is a pre-season Level 2 rides for 2015. If you are new to the Club, Level 2 is considered “Easy Plus” and you can read all about it here. Mike McLellan is your ride leader/coordinator and he’ll be able to answer any questions you may have, by leaving us a comment.

A few reminders: Helmets are mandatory, and please bring your membership card with you. We’re still getting to know everyone!

Start time: 6:00 pm
Start location: The park on Carlisle St. between Ewing and Westwood
Route: 18 km L2 Town and Country

If you might ride, let us know. Hopefully the forces of nature will be kind and work out for us. Let us know if you’re thinking of riding.

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New for 2015, NHCC Cycle Touring

Just so you can start planning your summer, we want to let you know about some cycle touring the NHCC has planned in response to interest shown by our membership. Cycle touring means self-contained cycling trips for pleasure, adventure and autonomy rather than sport, commuting or exercise. Touring can range from single to multi-day trips, even years.

This year, the NHCC is offering members a few local based tours to introduce people to the concept of Cycle Touring. The first tour will take place the weekend following Canada Day (July 3–5th).

Friday, July 3: early afternoon start from Cobourg going to Warkworth (Maria’s house).
Saturday, July 4th: Warkworth to west of Perrytown (Ruth and Peter’s)
Sunday, July 5th: back to Cobourg

As this will be an introduction to cycle touring, we don’t expect all riders to have all of the appropriate touring gear nor do we expect you to run out buy it all beforehand. It will be an opportunity for you to see what others may have and get advice on do’s and don’ts. A support vehicle will be available to carry gear that you aren’t able to carry on your bike as well as to offer assistance if needed. A SAG wagon will carry snacks and drinks for riders. Included in the cost of the tour are dinner Friday and Saturday evenings and breakfast Sunday morning. (Not included are Saturday morning breakfast at a diner in Warkworth, Saturday lunch, and alcohol.)

At each overnight stop, there will be plenty of space to pitch a tent (which can be carried by the SAG vehicle). There will also a limited number of indoor beds, couches, and floor space.

We need to know how many people are interested, helping to determine if a need to rent porta potties exists, which will influence the cost. We’re estimating a cost of $60 to $70 per person for the weekend.

Other tours we are planning are a one night trip from Cobourg to Presqui’le, then back the next day. This will be the shortest and easiest trip. Also in the potential planning stages is ride to Ottawa.

Stay tuned for more details, and do leave a comment to let us know you are interested!

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Sandy Flats Sugar Bush Ride: Sunday April 12, 2015

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Finally! Some warm weather is coming our way which means….The Sandy Flats Pancake Ride! Being a “pre-season” ride means that it’s weather dependent, but we will plan for Sunday. The forecast says 14° and sunshine. As always, keep your eye on the comments section to monitor what’s happening. Take a look at some photos from other years! This is a challenging ride, suitable for level 4, or strong level 3 riders. We can pretty much assure you that your legs will be sore after this one!

Here’s the way it goes: We ride from Baltimore to Sandy Flat Sugar Bush, consume a few deliciously decadent pancakes and maple syrup then pedal home again. It’s anything but flat…plenty of hills to start the season off right. Newer riders or those who may have stashed the bike in the garage all winter may wish to start in Centreton rather than the Baltimore Community Centre to cut down the distance to about 30k.

NOTE about starting in Centreton: If you decide to start in Centreton, have your bike ready to go as the group passes through–warmed-up riders chill quickly if they they have to stop for more than a minute or two.

Check out the route: Sandy Flats Breakfast route map

Date: Sunday April 12, 2015
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 $$moolah with you if you want to partake in breakfast. Location of Sandy Flat Sugar Bush map here

Please comment below if you are planning to ride and where you plan to start from (Baltimore or Centreton).

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Saturday April 11 (10 am) – All Levels Ride, 20 or 30km

We’re still in “off-season” but it’s sure looking like awesome cycling weather, so there’s no reason to sit indoors. This route is only 29.7km but if you want to cut off some distance, you can make it about 20km by taking a shortcut at Danforth Rd.  And hey, if you want to go longer, you could freestyle it and extend the route at the northern end.

Start time: 10:00am
Start location: The park on Carlisle St. between Ewing and Westwood
Route: Town and Country route map here.

If you might ride, let us know. Hopefully the forces of nature will be kind and work out for us. Let us know if you’re thinking of 30k or 20k. (or even longer)

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Monday May 4th, Official 2015 NHCC riding season starts

Spring has sprung, and cycling season is about to start! And since the weather is finally looking promising and some have been asking, here is the scoop: as of Monday May 4th the official ride season will begin with all of our regular rides taking place. Until that date, we are in pre-season mode, meaning rides will be posted as the weather permits and ride leaders are available.

Regular Rides (Starting Monday May 4th):

Level 1: Monday nights
Level 2: Wednesday Nights
Levels 3 and 4: Thursday Mornings and Sunday Mornings
Port Hope Rides: To be announced

New for 2015! Cycle Touring:
There are a number of members who have expressed an interest in some cycle touring. The NHCC listens, and we’ve got some short but fun tours planned for this season, the first being a weekend tour following Canada Day.

New for 2015! More Ride Leaders, More Rides
As the club grows, so too does the number of rides leaders we have! We are in the process of training new ride leaders in order to offer more rides, and greater variety outside of the “regular” ride schedule.

Safe Cycling Courses
The NHCC Safe Cycling Courses will run starting on Tuesday May 5th 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 strongly encourage all levels of riders to participate.  There isn’t a solitary being in our club, regardless of experience, who wouldn’t benefit from this course.

Subscribe to the Website to stay informed
Everyone can tell you! Subscribing to the website is your best strategy to never miss out on anything that’s happening. Every ride, every detail, every event—it all gets posted to the website and if you have subscribed to receive email notifications you’ll get an email with all the details dispatched right to your inbox.

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Cycling Refresher Course for Adults (April 23-25th)

If you used to enjoy riding your bike but haven’t been on it for a while and would like to brush up on your skills and gain confidence, this course is for you! Lead by certified Can Bike instructors, we will cover how to perform a safety check on your bike, helmet fit, traffic principles, handling skills, and riding practice. ‎Preregistration is required by Sunday, April 19th. This course is open to all, not limited only to NHCC members.

Dates: Thursday, April 23 10:00 am to noon
Friday, April 24th 1:00 to 2:00
Saturday, April 25th 1:30 to 3:30
Location: Cycle Transitions, 739 D’Arcy Street. Cobourg, entrance at back (west side) of building. CT is across the street from the CCC.
Cost: $15 per participant for the series

Bring your bike (must be in working condition), helmet, drink, and a snack (optional). Dress for the weather, but if the conditions don’t permit outdoor riding, Cycle Transitions has indoor space we can practice in.

Pre-registration: Contact Maria Siemiaszko either by phone or by text: 905-396-4540

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Cross Country Ski, Northumberland Forest: Saturday, March 7th

If you’re not heading to the Bike Show and want to get out for a ski before the snow melts, come for a ski on the “Green B” trail. We can do another little loop afterwards if anyone is looking for more distance

Date: Saturday, March 7th

Time: 12:30

Meeting Place: Northumberland Forest, parking lot off of Beagle Club Road

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Think you could be an Ride Leader? NHCC is looking for volunteers!

IMG_0504The strength and diversity of NHCC club rides depend on the commitment of volunteers. The NHCC is seeking interested ride leaders for the 2015 cycling season. The math is simple: The more ride leaders we have, the more rides the NHCC can offer. You do not need to be a super-fit cycling phenom, just a individual willing to plan routes and then show up and lead the way! For instance, you might be a level 2 rider and would like to see a ride some Saturday mornings. Why not be a Ride Leader and make it happen? Or maybe you are a Level 4 rider who’d love to tackle some crazy hills from time to time and take others with you.

You don’t have to be all experienced and confident (yet). Just leave it to us, we’ll get you ready to lead! Submit your name and once we have a few people, we’ll meet before the snow melts, go through some easy but fun training & orientation then start planning rides!

Complete the form below and let us know! (Don’t worry, there’s no commitment at this point….just an expression of interest)

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Toronto International Bike Show this weekend

Toronto International Bike Show 2015
Spring has almost sprung (despite the enormous degree of snow that remains) and that means it’s the Toronto International Bike Show. The Spring bicycle show is for those of you who are brave enough to battle the crowds in search of bargains, and just ogle all of the fancy new bikes. Now’s the time to leave comments and start making arrangements with one another to carpool, etc. if people are interested.

Location: Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario (click here for map)
* Friday, March 6: Noon – 9 pm
* Saturday, March 7: 10 am – 7 pm
* Sunday, March 8: 10 am – 6 pm

Admission (includes HST)
Adults: $15
Ages 6-12 $10.00
Seniors $10.00
Ages 5 and under FREE
Family of 4 (max 2 adult) $40.00
3 Day Pass $30.00
2 Day Pass $25.00

Sooooo……how ’bout it? You going?

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Volunteers needed at Cycle Transitions

CT-logoCycle Transitions, your local “do-it-yourself” bicycle repair shop, is in need of a few more volunteers. Positions include Admin (sales or computer work) and Mechanics (working on bicycles). We’ll train you!

Join the team of fifteen current volunteers who cover 2 or 3 shifts a month. The shop is open Tuesday and Thursday evenings as well as Saturday mornings during the cycling season (Tuesday and Saturday only for winter). It’s gratifying work and the shop is a fun place to hang out.

About Cycle Transitions
Cycle Transitions assists members and guests repair and maintain their bicycles as well as refurbishing donated bicycles to sell at affordable prices. We also operate a Can-Bike program for safe cycling education.

If interested, can contact Rick Nonnekes (rnonnekes@gmail.com) or speak to him at the NHCC Membership Night tonight, February 25th.

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