Correction: The starting point for tonight’s (Tuesday Sept. 1, Level 2) ride will be the industrial parking lot at 210 Wilmott St., Cobourg.

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NHCC rides for August 31 to September 6

The forecast for this week is pure sunshine all the way to Sunday, and even then it’s only a 30% chance of rain. Should  be a great week for cycling!

Before you head out for an evening ride this week, be aware that the Making Ontario Roads Safer Act, complete with steeper fines and demerit points takes effect on Tuesday. A few things of particular interest to cyclists are:

  • One Metre rule: Drivers must maintain at least one metre of space between their vehicle and a cyclist where practicable
  • “Dooring”: Drivers who open their doors in the path of a cyclist (“Dooring”) can be fined between $300-$1000
  • Lights on bicycles: Bicyclists who do not use a light and reflectors or reflective material can now be fined between $60 and $500
  • Cyclists will be allowed to use the paved shoulders on non-400 series provincial highways.

Monday August 31: Level 1 Ride
Ride Leader: Maria Siemiazsko
Start time: 6:00pm
Start location:
Cycle Transitions parking lot, 739 D’Arcy St, across from the Cobourg Community Centre

Tuesday September 1: Level 2 Ride
Ride leader: Geoffrey Honey
Start time: 6:00pm
Start location: The industrial parking lot at 210 Wilmott Rd., Cobourg

Wednesday September 2: Level 3 Ride
Ride leader: Roberto Almeida
Start time: 6:00pm
Start location: Cobourg Memorial Arena, 206 Furnace St.

Thursday September 3: Level 3/4 combined Morning Ride
It will be a great opportunity to ride up to Bewdley and then coast home, mostly downhill. You gotta do the uphill first though!
Start time: 10:00am
Start location: Westwood Park on Carlisle St. between Ewing and Westwood
Ride leader: No ride leader assigned for this ride. Please bring route maps with you.
Route map (62k): Printable route map here or view it on Ride with GPS
Route map (72k): View it on Ride with GPS

Thursday September 3: Level 4 Evening Ride
Ride Coordinator: George Hussey
Start time:
6:00pm
Start location: Canadian Tire Parking Lot, Cobourg

Saturday September 5: All Levels Special Event in Hastings
Details to come

Sunday September 6: Level 3/4 combined Morning Ride
Ride leader: No ride leader assigned for this ride. Please bring route maps with you.
Start time:
 10:00am
Start location: Westwood Park on Carlisle St. between Ewing and Westwood
Ride leader: No assigned ride leader. Please bring route maps with you.
Route map (62k): Printable route map here or view it on Ride with GPS
Route map (72k): View it on Ride with GPS

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Saturday, Sept. 5th: All Level Ride & Potluck in Hastings

NHCC-LangHastingsSpecial Event: NHCC member Richard Thompson has kindly offered to host a ride from his home in Hastings, to be followed by a potluck in his backyard. There will be a 47km Level 3/4 ride with some challenging hills, or a Level 1/2 option on the Lang Hastings Trail. Bring your drinks of choice, lawn chairs, and a dish to contribute. Fridge and cooler space will be limited so please bring your own cooler if possible. Plates and cutlery will be provided.

Richard will have maps available for the Level 3/4 ride, and the Level 1/2 will head to the near by trail to ride out and back (you can determine your own distance by turning around whenever you like).

Non-cycling friends, partners etc. are welcome to participate in the after-ride potluck that starts at 1:00pm

RSVP: It’s important that we anticipate numbers. Also, when you let us know you’re coming we can provide you and address where to meet! Email Maria here to RSVP.

Date: Saturday, September 5th
Start Time: 10:00am
Potluck: 1:00
Level of Difficulty: All Levels
Location: To be provided upon RSVP

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Correction: The start time for the evening ride on this coming Thursday August 27th is 6:00pm.

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NHCC rides for August 25 to August 30

The days are getting shorter like crazy now that September is approaching! Sunset is occurring approximately 1 or 2 minutes earlier each day and by Sunday the sun will set at 7:52pm, meaning that lights will be required on bicycles as of 7:22pm. By the way, you can check the sunrise and sunset time each day by using the handy link in the right hand column of the website.

Tuesday August 25: Level 2+ Ride
We’re are going to do some hills with rest stops. Please bring your lights as evenings are getting shorter.
Ride leader: Geoffrey Honey
Start time: 6:00pm
Start location: Cobourg Memorial Arena, 206 Furnace St., Cobourg

Wednesday August 26: Level 3 Ride
This is a 30km route, and we’ll approach Bickle Hill from the East
Ride leader: Mike McLellan
Start time: 6:00pm
Start location: Cobourg Memorial Arena, 206 Furnace St., Cobourg

Thursday August 27: Level 3/4 combined Morning Ride
Two distances to choose from, both leaving from Gilmer’s Home Hardware parking lot in Port Hope. By leaving a little earlier and riding over to Port Hope from Canadian Tire in Cobourg, you can add an extra 24k to whatever route you choose.
Ride leader: Self-Guided. Please print and bring a route map with you.
Start time: 9:00am (8:20 if you are starting at Canadian Tire)
Start location: Gilmer’s Home Hardware parking lot in Port Hope
Route Maps:
42km (Level 3 or 4) Printable Route map or link to Ride with GPS
58km (Level 3 or 4) Printable Route map or link to Ride with GPS

Thursday August 27:: Level 4 Evening Ride
Ride Leader: George Hussey
Start time: 6:00pm
Start location: The parking lot at Canadian Tire

Sunday August 30: Level 3/4 combined Morning Ride
Like Thursday’s ride there are two distances to choose from. Want more distance? Add 24km to the route by starting in Cobourg at Canadian Tire.
Ride leader: Self-Guided. Please print and bring a route map with you.
Start time: 9:00am (8:20 if you are starting at Canadian Tire)
Start location: Gilmer’s Home Hardware parking lot in Port Hope
Route Maps:
42km (Level 3 or 4) Printable Route map or link to Ride with GPS
58km (Level 3 or 4) Printable Route map or link to Ride with GPS

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Monday August 24: Level 1 Ride

Maria is on vacation this week, so Colin will lend a hand and lead the ride tonight. A nice easy ride around the rural parts of town. See you all tonight!

Ride Leader: Colin Banfield
Start time: 6:00pm
Start location: Cobourg Sustainable Water Garden, Division @ Ewart

Leave a comment, let Colin know you’ll be riding.

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Bike-Up Charity Event: Just 3 weeks away! (Sept. 12)

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They’re looking for riders, supporters, and volunteers! Anywhere the NHCC can help, we’re there! The first ever Bike Up Northumberland charity ride in support of both the Northumberland Hills and Campbellford Memorial Hospital Foundations.

Want to ride?

There are multiple distances to choose from, and a little fundraising to do for your chosen distance (5km, 10km, 25km, 50km, or 100km). Sign up now!

DATE: Saturday, September 12, 2015
TIME: Registration is open from 7:45 a.m. to 10 a.m.
LOCATION: Donegan Park, D’Arcy Street, Cobourg (Start/Finish Line)
ROUTE: Along the Waterfront Trail

Can’t ride but would like to volunteer? Maria is the volunteer coordinator, so please let her know you can help out. Email Maria now.

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Please be advised that the evening ride has also been cancelled for tonight. See you all on the road this weekend!

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Ride Cancellation (Thursday morning): It looks dry out there at the moment but the radar is not letting us off the hook. Rain is coming, so we are going to cancel this morning’s ride.

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Sunday, August 23rd: Levels 1 and 2 Presqu’ile ride

This Sunday we’re offering a ride for the Level 1’s and 2’s out at Presqu’ile. If you haven’t been out there since they’ve repaved the park roads, you’re in for a nice surprise! Bring some money for ice cream or other treats. The Level 2 riders will meet at the Keeler Centre in Colborne and take the Waterfront Trail 13km to meet up with the Level 1 riders just outside the park and then ride together in and around Presqu’ile before the Level 2’s head back to Colborne. Let us know if you are joining us so we make sure we look out for you.

Date: Sunday, August 23rd
Difficulty: Levels 1 and 2
Level 1: Time – 10:30
Location: parking lot east of the park (just to the west of the boat launch)
Level 2: Time: 9:30
Location: Keeler Centre, Colborne
Ride Leaders: Dennis Benson and Maria Siemiaszko

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Correction: The Wednesday August 19th evening ride will start at Gilmer’s Home Hardware parking lot in Port Hope.

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