Level 3 Rides: May 20 and 22

This week we are starting the Monday ride in Grafton with Mike Collins leading the way on a nice 40km route east of Grafton and includes Shelter Valley Rd. Wednesday we go a little shorter with a 35km route taking Kennedy, Beavermeadow and Harwood Road.

Level 3: Monday May 20

Ride Leader: Mike Collins
Start time: 6:30pm
Sunset: 8:35pm
Route map(s): “Grafton East” link to map on Ride with GPS
Optional route choice (in the event of heavy winds): Grafton North then South link to map on Ride with GPS
Start location: Haldimand Memorial (Grafton) Arena

Level 3: Wednesday May 22

Ride Leader: Anita Macklin
Start time: 6:30pm
Sunset: 8:37pm
Route map: “Kennedy, Beavermeadow, Harwood Rd.” link to map on Ride with GPS
Start location: Hamilton Township Offices

Level 1 Rides: May 20 and 22

Level 1 Ride: Monday, May 20

This ride will start from the parking lot, in front of Gilmer’s Home Hardware Store at 177 Toronto Road in Port Hope.  We will head east and then south.
Ride Leader: Dennis Benson
Start time: 6:30 pm
Sunset: 8:35 pm
Start location: The parking lot in front of Gilmer’s Home Hardware Store in Port Hope.

Level 1 Ride: Wednesday, May 22

Ride leader: Dennis Benson
Start time: 6:30 pm
Sunset: 8:37pm
Start location:  Parking lot on Albert Street behind the Dutch Oven and Craft Food House

Level 4 Rides: May 21 & 23

There is very little rain in the forecast so we’ll make up those rides we missed last week. The first one leaves from Welcome and goes to Millbrook and then on Thursday we’ll start from the Beagle Club Trailhead.

Tuesday May 21, Level 4 (45k)

Ride Leader: Randy Albon
Start time: 6:30
Sunset: 8:36pm
Route: “Millbrook and Back” link to route map on Ride with GPS
Elevation Gain: 526m
Start location: George Hamilton Public School parking lot in Welcome

Thursday May 23, Level 4 (44k)

Ride Leader: Randy Albon
Start time: 6:30
Sunset: 8:38pm
Route map: (46km) “Beagle Club, Alderville, Centreton” link to route map on Ride with GPS
Elevation Gain: 387m
Start location: Beagle Club Trailhead parking lot (Northumberland Forest)

Level 2 Rides: Tuesday May 21 and Thursday May 23

Tues May 21 Level 2 Ride: Wicklow Beach

We will build our stamina and group riding techniques out in the quiet county atmosphere of Wicklow Beach Boatlaunch. If you need a lift for your bike to the start at the boatlaunch or if you can offer a lift for another please chime in in the comment section so that we can make sure everyone can participate.

Remember that it is cool still by the lake so you will need wool or fleece under a windproof layer. Bring water. This lovely ride near Lake Ontario is mostly flat so you can practice safe group riding techniques on gentle inclines.

Start Time: 6:30
Ride Leader: Geoffrey Honey
Start Location: Wicklow Beach Boatlaunch, 133 Lakeport Rd, Colborne

Thursday May 23 Level 2 Ride: Cobourg to Archers Rd.

We will try again to defy the wind and actually make it out to Archer’s Rd. After a safety discussion we will head out from Sleep Country Parking Lot down Hwy 2 to Archer’s Road as far as the Railway bridge. There is one significant hill over the railroad tracks at the east end of town. There will be frequent breaks for water (bring some) catching your breath and socializing.

Start time: 6:30pm
Ride Leader: Geoffrey Honey
Start Location: Diamond Head Industrial Park, 210 Willmott St. Cobourg

Friday Floater Ride: May 24, Out of town, starting in Peterborough

This week’s Floater Ride is going to be about 65km, and we’ll be doing a modified version of the Peterborough Classic Route 3a “Hills, Views and Pastries”. We will start at Squirrel Creek Conservation area. This route claims to have a few hills, so we’ll call this one a Level 3+. The goal however, is to ride at a “tourist pace, taking those hills nice & easy and ride together as a group. Nobody will get dropped.

Start time: 10am
Ride Leader: Randy
Route map: Peterborough Classic 3a, Start from Squirrel Creek link to map on Ride with GPS
Start location: Squirrel Creek Conservation Area on Wallace Point Rd.

Sunday Ride: May 26th

The weather on Sunday looks promising and let’s do the Waterfront Trail! There are two starting locations and times depending on how far you want to ride. If you would like to ride a little longer meet up in Cobourg at Westwood Park on Carlisle (between Ewing & Westwood) and follow the Waterfront Trail into Port Hope.  For those wishing to skip the hills out of downtown Port Hope and make it a shorter ride meet at King’s Field in Port Hope.  We will head west along Lakeshore and turn around whenever!  This ride will be suitable for most levels.  Please comment here so that you can buddy up with another rider of your ability. No maps needed for this one as we will be following the Waterfront Trail.  Please bring some cash in case we stop somewhere.  Wesleyville Church location is hosting a Country Market and Nature Fest from 10am to 4pm and I’m quite sure there will be butter tarts!!
Start Time: 10:00 a.m. Westwood Park, Cobourg; 10:20 a.m. King’s Field, Victoria St., Port Hope

IMPORTANT: Please leave a comment so that we can anticipate numbers and also assign ride leaders for the various distances if needed.

Ride Cancellation: Thursday Evening

Ride Cancellation Notice: We looked at three sources….we talked on the phone, we speculated….evidence is there. Rain tonight, as usual. So no rides for the NHCC. FYI it is actually raining this moment north of Cobourg.

Friday Floater Ride, May 17: Starting in Brighton (48km)

It’s Randys Friday Floater Ride and this one’s starting in Brighton. It’s a relatively flat ride, with no crazy hills to climb. This will be a Level 3 ride and start at the YMCA in Brighton. After the ride we can go into Lola’s for a coffee if people wish, so bring a few $ just in case.

Let’s talk weather: Since rain has so frequently de-railed our rides, if Friday morning rolls around and it looks like rain we may delay the start until afternoon. We will send out a post notification if that happens.

Let’s talk about “Leaving a Comment”: Letting us know you plan to participate helps the ride leader make decisions, especially in the event of a weather-related cancellation. When weather looks precarious and it’s debatable whether a ride should proceed or not, the ride leader generally scans the comments to see how much interest has been expressed in attending a particular ride. If there are zero comments the ride leader may rightfully assume that a ride cancellation is in order. 

Ride Leader: Randy Albon
Start time: 10am
Route map: Link to the route map on Ride With GPS
Start location: YMCA in Brighton, 170 Main St.

Ride Cancellation Notice: No rides tonight, Tuesday May 14

It’s the Daily Ride Cancellation Notice! Too cold…too extremely miserable. If it were only rain, or only cold we could deal with it, but the combination of the two means we are just going to cancel, yet again. Let’s hold out hope for tomorrow night’s All Levels Ride, and perhaps we can ALL ride if the weather allows.

Ride Cancellation Notice for Monday May 13

All rides cancelled for tonight: Can you believe it? Raining again. Sorry for yet another ride cancellation but the weather is just beyond our control. No Club rides tonight. Randy has proposed that we rename our club the Northumberland Hills Cycling and Scuba Club, then we’ll always have something to do.