NHCC Ride Leader Training starts next week

Thank you to all who signed up a couple of months ago to lead rides for the NHCC. The Training and Safety team has put together some training dates for you to choose from, to get you ready to roll. Think you might like to lead but missed signing up? It’s not too late. Just leave us a comment or shoot us an email and we’ll add you to the list.

Here’s what you need to know:

PART 1: NHCC Ride Leader Safety Training (Theory): Mandatory for ride leaders who have never taken either an NHCC Safety Training course or CanBike2. Optional (but recommended) for those with safety training but would like a refresher. We have two different evenings to pick from. (Bicycles not required). 

Location: 8303 Smylie Rd. Cobourg
Tuesday April 24, 6:30-8:30pm (Instructors: Maria and Geoffrey)
Wednesday April 25, 6:30-8:30pm (Instructors: Roberto and Anita)

Use the form below to let us know which date you can come, or just leave us a comment….that works too!

Ride Leader Safety Training Date

PART 2: Practical Group Ride: This important portion is for ALL ride leaders, even the most experienced. We will cover what needs to happen before, during and after a ride, Accident reporting, Ride levels and what to expect, just to name a few. 

Location: Cycle Transitions new location (390 King St. W)
Date: Saturday May 5, 2018 10:00-11:30
Alternate Date: If you need an alternate because you just can’t make it, please email to let Anita know and we’ll establish an alternative date. nhcycling2010@gmail.com

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Cycle Transitions is looking for Volunteers

Cycle Transitions logo

Cycle Transitions is excited about re-opening for business again! It’s been seven and a half months since they closed the doors for the last time on D’Arcy St. Their new facility at 390 King St. W. in Cobourg looks great!

They need your help and are looking for volunteers.  Will you consider helping out? They will train you and always schedule you with a “senior” or mentor mechanic. If you have any mechanical inclination, you’ll learn in no time at all. And it’s not all work, there’s lots of socializing and discussing the issues of the day.

Their hours of operation are as follows: Monday and Wednesday evenings, 6:30 to 9:00 pm, as well as Saturday mornings.

If you’re interested in checking out this volunteering possibility, please send a message to cycletransitions@gmail.com .


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Sunday, May 13th: First Aid

A couple of our Can Bike instructors will be renewing their Emergency First Aid certification, taught by one of our own members and ride leaders, David Hutzel. David is a Canadian Red Cross certified instructor and held a course for us last year. The Emergency First Aid course is 8 hours long and includes CPR and AED training. Cost is S100 per person and the location will be determined once we know how many participants we need to accommodate.

Please note that May 13th is Mothers’ Day in case that creates a conflict for you. If interested, please respond on this post.

Date: Sunday, May 13th
Time: 9:00
Location: TBD

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Postponed: Sandy Flats! Maple Sugar & 30-60km of hills!

In light of the current Environment Canada Special Weather Statement, we will postpone the Sandy Flats Sugar Bush Ride by one week to Sunday, April 22, 2018 (Earth Day).

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NHCC Bicycle Shorts Film Fest: April 19, 21st

While waiting for cycling season to get underway we’ve got the First Annual NHCC Bicycle Shorts Film Fest coming your way! Randy and Mike C. have collaborated with Rob Wilkes of VeloVID.com to bring you a collection of short videos that have been curated into a great collection of cycling entertainment. We’ll play it on the biggish screen at Randy & Anita’s home, inside of Randy’s Person Cave. There’s room for 20 people and we’ll have two screenings. If there is enough demand we may consider offering a third screening.

Rob from Velovid.com will be on hand Thursday to do a little narrative and introduction. This is a BYOB and BYOS event (S is code for Snacks). 

Dates and Time:
Thursday April 19th: 8:00pm
Saturday April 21st: 8:00pm

RSVP IMPORTANT: Space is limited to the first 20 people who fill in their name on the spreadsheet here. Choose your preferred date. If you can’t access the spreadsheet for some reason, leaving us a comment will do and we’ll add your name!  SIGN UP HERE

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What’s in store for NHCC 2018 cycling season

On behalf of the Board and our great volunteers, welcome to another season of great cycling in our beautiful Northumberland County!  It was  great to see so many of you out to Membership Night.  We have been working hard to continue providing a great ride experience for NHCC members.  Here is a bit of what’s in store for 2018.

Soon we’ll be heading out for our traditional pre-season ride to the Sandy Flats Sugar Bush in April.

Our 2018 ride calendar has been populated.

Pre-season Rides: Everything  before our “official” season starts on May 1st is considered to be preseason. That means that rides may be irregular in schedule and announced only when weather permits. The best way to keep up to date is to monitor the website or better yet, subscribe to receive email notifications.

Regular Ride Season starts Tuesday May 1st: After the 1st, the regular schedule applies. Variety is the spice of life and more weekly evening and day rides have been added this year!  Thank you to all of those who have volunteered as ride leaders.  However, we can still use a few more (hint, hint).  The more ride leaders we have the more successful (and fun) our season will be. Just leave us a comment to say you might be interested in taking our ride leader training and we’ll take it from there.

On the social side of things our Anniversary Ride and BBQ is on May 6th.  Mark the third Wednesday of each month on your calendars as our All Levels Ride and Socials.  We are planning to vary the locations for these each month.

Sundays will be varied ride levels and distances this season.  We will be offering some special out of town rides throughout the year.  Newly retired Randy has taken on coordinating some weekday rides and he also plans on hosting a Cycling Film Festival sometime in April.  Watch for more details on all these events as they happen.

As in previous years, we are hoping to provide our membership with some Informative Workshops and here is where we can also use your help.  We are looking for volunteers willing to lead simple, short workshops.  We would like to offer two or three at various times over the season.  Here are a few suggestions:·

  • Tire changing workshop
  • Basic Bike Maintenance
  • What to look for when buying a bike
  • Gearing and conquering the hills
  • To clip or not to clip
  • Hydration/nutrition on a long ride
  • Cycle touring
  • Riding in a group.

Please let us know by commenting below or send an email to info@northumberlandhillscycling.com.

Stay tuned and get that bike ready! Pray for warmth and endless sunshine and dust off those helmets! It’s going to be a fun ride!

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Reminder of Membership Night

Just a quick reminder that tomorrow night (Thursday night) is our Membership Night at the Mill Restaurant  990 Ontario St, Cobourg, ON K9A 3C7 , 7:00 pm .   In addition to getting your memberships for just $40 for an entire season of great cycling, we’ll also have some great cycling merchandise on-hand available for purchase.  We can all mingle, have a bevy, eat some yummy food and wait in anticipation for the cold weather to pass.  See everyone soon!

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Passing of David Pollack

Sadly, NHCC lost one of our members this week .  David Pollack passed away unexpectedly at Campbellford Memorial Hospital March 13th .

David had been a member of the NHCC since 2012 and served as our treasurer for three years, offering astute financial advice and guidance .  A partner in Orchard Hill Homes, David also gave much back to the community. Along with his role on the NHCC executive, he was one of the first co-chairs in Bike Up Northumberland, a founder, board member, and supporter of Bridge Hospice in Warkworth, helped found the AH Centre in Warkworth, and at the time of his passing was Vice Chair of the Campbellford Hospital Foundation where he had been a board member since 2013. From 2010 to 2013 he was a  member of the CMF Foundation Board of Directors. David was also treasurer of the Campbellford and Warkworth Food Banks, member of Warkworth Service Club, Trent Hills Physician Recruitment and Retention Committe, Westben Theatre, and Trent Hills Refugee Committee.

Despite heavy demands on his time, David enjoyed being active whether it be working out, cycling, or swimming, loved to cook and recipe swap, as well as socialize over a cup of coffee or glass of wine.  He was always willing to help others out, find the humorous and quirky side to things, and will be greatly missed by his wife Liz, his cycling friends and the incredibly large circle of people he knew.

David requested no funeral and Liz is honouring his request.

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Sandy Flats! Maple Sugar & 30-60km of hills! Sunday April 15

NOTE: POSTPONED UNTIL SUNDAY APRIL22 Our Annual Sandy Flats Pancake Ride is set for Sunday, April 15th! Pre-season rides are always weather dependent so if winter rears its ugly head again, we have an alternate date of Sunday, April 22nd. Take a look at some photos from past Pancake Rides! This can be a challenging ride—suitable for level 4s, or strong level 3s, mostly because there are hills and it’s the first ride of the season. But, it’s a great way to dive into the cycling season! Never fear, if 60k is not comfortable for you there is a 30k option.

Here’s how it works: We meet at the arena in Baltimore, bike to Sandy Flat Sugar Bush, nourish ourselves with some scrumptious pancakes and maple syrup (oh yeah, there are sausages too!). With full tummies, we pedal home again. Hills, baby, hills! No flatness on this route! If you would like to avoid a few of the hills you may wish to start in Centreton rather than the Baltimore Community Centre, reducing the distance to about 30k.

NOTE about starting in Centreton: Be sure to have your bike ready to go as soon as the group passes through—people chill super-fast if they have been riding and then stop for more than a few moments.

Route Map: Printable Map here or Link to it on Ride with GPS

Date: Sunday April 15, 2017, alternate date – April 22nd
Ride Leader: Debbie parks
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 Sandy Flats: 12:00-ish

Don’t forget to bring some $$ with you if you plan to feast on pancakes.

Please let us know you are coming by leaving a comment below, letting us know where you plan to start from (Baltimore or Centreton). It really helps us to plan ahead if we know who’s coming!

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NHCC Membership Night, Thursday March 22, 7:00 at The Mill

A sure sign of springtime and the anticipated cycling season is the NHCC Membership Night! Bring a friend (or several), or just come on your own, everyone is welcome. We’ll be hanging out upstairs at The Mill Restaurant from 7:00-9:00 in order to share some NHCC awesomeness. (Psssst….we have a little secret to share…..we have a whole lot more rides going on this year! We’re talking 10 regularly scheduled rides per week!) There are plenty of reasons to come out! Here’s just a little of what we have in store for ya:

  • Join the NHCC: Get your membership for just $40
  • Size up a jersey from the Garneau Fit Kit
  • Nab a jersey from our existing (limited) inventory for cash & carry
  • Meet and yak with ride leaders & coordinators
  • Find out what’s on the 2018 schedule
  • Cycle Transitions will be there to tell you about their future plans


  • Pamela Tate ArtworkNEW! World famous artist Pamela Tate will be present with a few pieces of her original cycling themed artwork for sale (they are beautiful!)
  • NEW! Chandel from RYB Denim Inc. will be there with some cool things to wear (You might have seen her at BikeUp this past fall). “RYB Denim Inc. is a design company tailored specifically to making the best denim products for the active individual. We have a focus on movement-oriented products  inspired by the cycling community.”

Lots of groovy NHCC folks will be on deck to answer questions and let you know what to expect. Everyone is welcome….members, non-members, friends, etc. Drop in for a drink, order up some munchies, and just be social!

NHCC Jerseys 2018

NHCC Jerseys with some new variations! 

  • NEW! Technical T ($40)
  • Sleeveless ($65)
  • Short Sleeve ($75)
  • NEW!  Long sleeve LIGHT ($80)
  • Long sleeve HEAVY ($85)

This is your chance to get one early in the season and be ready to roll. After Membership Night the special membership rate will end and the regular rate will apply ($45)

Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018
Place: The Mill Restaurant, upstairs (990 Ontario St.)
Time: 7–9pm

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