Level 4 Rides: Sept. 17 and 19

IMPORTANT—New start time! The days are shorter than ever so we’ll start at 5:30 in order to allow a little more time to squeeze a decent ride in.

Level 4: Tuesday Sept. 17 (34km)

Nice fast, rolly route along Danforth Rd. Short & sweet!
Ride Leader: Anita Macklin
Start time: 5:30pm
Sunset: 7:18pm
Start Location: Cobourg Community Centre parking lot
Route Map (34k): ”Danforth there and back” link to route map on Ride with GPS

Level 4: Thursday Sept. 19 (44km)

This is a nice route, without crazy elevations (315m over 44k). Starting in Grafton at the arena, we will head out to Colborne and up to Telephone Rd. We’ll leave promptly and ride swiftly to get back by sunset! You’ll need lights, both front and back for this one!
Ride Leader: Anita Macklin
Start time: 5:30pm
Sunset: 7:15pm
Start location: Grafton Arena on Hwy 2
Route Map (44K): Link to route map on Ride with GPS

Level 4 Rides: Sept. 10 and 12

Level 4: Tuesday Sept. 10

This Tuesday night is self-navigated but simple. Meet at the Industrial Park on Wilmott St. for 6:00 and follow the Waterfront Trail eastbound for 45 minutes then return. It’s an opportunity to give it all you got and get some speed going (or not). 

Start time: 6:00pm
Sunset: 7:31pm
Route: no map required, take Waterfront Trail Eastbound
Start location: Industrial Park on Wilmott St.

Level 4: Thursday Sept. 12

We have lost 13 minutes of daylight in just one week! We have exactly one hour and 27 minutes to ride! Enough to squeeze in the same route as last Thursday except this time we will do it in reverse just to be a little different. See how our time and speed compares to the other direction!

Ride Leader: To be determined (any volunteers?)
Start time: 6:00pm
Sunset: 7:27 pm
Route map:  (35km) “Kennedy, Beavermeadow, Harwood Rd. (reversed)” link to map on Ride with GPS
Elevation: 332m
Start location: Hamilton Township Offices

Level 4 Rides: Sept 3 and 5

Level 4: Tuesday Sept. 3

There’s no ride leader for Tuesday night so the ride will be self-navigated. Keeping it simple—meet at Kings Field in Port Hope and head westbound on the Waterfront Trail for 40 minutes and return. That’s makes for 80 minutes of riding at the speed you like!

Start time: 6:00pm
Sunset: 7:44pm
Route: no map required, take Waterfront Trail West
Start location: Kings Field, Port Hope (Victoria St.)

Level 4: Thursday Sept. 5

We are losing daylight fast! Therefore, the routes are getting shorter. With only 332m of elevation, this 35km route will be one of the faster ones. (Well…faster than climbing Bickle Hill!)

Ride Leader: Anita Macklin
Start time: 6:00pm
Sunset: 7:40 pm
Route map:  (35km) “Kennedy, Beavermeadow, Harwood Rd.” link to map on Ride with GPS
Elevation: 332m
Start location: Hamilton Township Offices

Level 4 Rides: Tuesday and Thursday

Note: Regular Tuesday and Thursday Level 4 rides will resume for the balance of the 2019 season, and will have designated ride leaders. Anita Macklin will assume the role of L4 Coordinator.

Tuesday August 27: Level 4 ride

We will squeeze in a 44km ride on Tuesday (cuz it’s a favourite route!). We have a little under two hours to get the distance done, so we’ll be moving along at a fairly speedy pace!
Ride Leader: Anita Macklin
Start time: 6:00pm
Sunset: 7:56pm
Route: 44km “Beagle Club, Alderville, Centerton” route
Elevation: 387m
Start location: Beagle Club Trail Head (Northumberland Forest)

Thursday August 29: Level 4 ride

Time to climb Bickle Hill! We’ll throw in the Jameson’s too, for a little added fun! 
Ride Leader: Anita Macklin
Start time: 6:00pm
Sunset: 7:53pm
Route map: 37m “Bickle and the Jamiesons B” route map on Ride With GPS
Elevation: 373m
Start location: The Dog Park on Ontario St.

Level 3 Group Rides: Monday and Wednesday

Note: Effective this Wednesday, Allan Dennis will be assuming the responsibilities of Level 3 Ride Coordinator for the balance of the 2019 season.

Monday August 26: L3 Group Ride

This Mondays’s ride is a 44km route that provides for a short cut if necessary. Make sure you have lights on both front and back and that they are actually charged!
Ride Leader: Allan Dennis
Start time: 6:00pm
Sunset: 7:58pm
Route: 44km “Bailey’s Crossing” link on Ride with GPS
Elevation: 396m
Start Location: Cobourg Memorial Arena on Furnace St.

Wednesday August 28: L3 Group Ride

Mike will lead the group on this 37km route that starts and finishes in Grafton. Only 227m of climbing, making this a nice & easyish route.
Ride Leader: Mike Collins
Start time: 6:00pm
Sunset: 7:54pm
Route: 37km “Ince’s Inspiration” route map on Ride with GPS
Elevation: 227m
Start location: The parking lot in front of St. Mary’s Church in Grafton

Level 3 Group Ride: Monday August 19th

It’s going to be one of those warm & humid evenings, perfect for a group ride, and we have about 2hours and 10 minutes to complete this 45km route, starting in Port Hope. We’ll leave at 6:00 sharp to make sure we’re back by sunset. Please ensure your lights are charged and ready to go.

Ride Leader: Anita Macklin
Start time: 6:00
Sunset: 8:09pm
Route: 45km “Bishop Gundulph’s Folly” link on Ride With GPS
Start location: King’s Field (Ball Park on Victoria St South) East End Port Hope

Wednesday August 14: Levels 3 and 4 Rides

IMPORTANT: Please note the new start time of 6:00pm

Level 3 Group Ride: We are going to take a counterclockwise route around Cobourg this time, and in the latter half, while flying down Burnham St., at the 32km mark (Kennedy Rd) you can make a decision about whether or not you want to tackle Bickle Hill (it only adds a half km of distance!).  If so, turn off at Kennedy. If not, you just continue down down Burnham reconnect with the others at Dale and Theatre Rd. 

Level 4: This week’s Level 4 follows the same route as Level 3 For the first 32km point then it diverts up Kennedy in order to take in Bickle Hill Rd. This is the group where you can set whatever pace you like! It’s likely that the group will stay together, but breaking into smaller units according to pace preference is certainly an option. And if it’s just too fast, you can simply slow down and wait for the Level 3 Group Ride to catch up.  

Ride Leaders: Mike Collins (Level 3),  Self-navigated (Level 4)
Start time: 6:00pm
Sunset: 8:17pm
Route map (Level 3):
45km Cobourg Counterclockwise on Ride With GPS
Route map (Level 4): 46km Cobourg Counterclockwise (With Bickle. Extension) on Ride With GPS
Elevation: 384m (L3), 431m (L4)
Start location: Westwood Parkette on Carlisle St., just east of Ewing

Level 3 Group Ride: Monday August 11

It’s going to be a fairly long route, but with a 6:00 start time we should finish it before the sun sets. Do remember to have your lights on your bikes though, the sun sets at 8:20pm, giving us 2 hours and 20 minutes to complete the ride. The elevation for this route is not insane, (not flat either, but hey….we do the best we can!), so it should be a nice easy go.

Ride Leader: Anita Macklin
Start time: 6:00
Sunset: 8:20pm
Elevation:  357m
Route map: 48km “Go Fourth (B)” Route map on Ride with GPS
Start location: Port Hope Town Hall

Wednesday August 7: Level 3 and 4 rides (NEW start time)

IMPORTANT: Please note that due to the earlier sunsets and shorter days, there is a new start time of 6:00pm

Level 3 Group Ride: “A slightly shorter route than last Wednesday but don’t be fooled. We’ll still have plenty of opportunities to burn up those calories whilst enjoying the countryside. Steady climb to start with but then a glorious ride down to Rice Lake, a photo op at the lake shore no doubt, and then a meandering route home. Should be fun! Looking forward to seeing you all there. Please do post a comment and let us know that you are planning to ride. Nights are beginning to draw in so do not forget lights (or to fully charge them!).”
(Allan)

Level 4: This week’s Level 4 follows the same route as Level 3 for the first 33km, but then diverts down Williamson then takes in Bickle Hill for some added fun! It’s a 12km extension making a total of 51km. This is the group where you can set whatever pace you like! It’s likely that the group will stay together, but breaking into smaller units according to pace preference is certainly an option.

Ride Leaders: Allan Dennis (Level 3),  Self-navigated (Level 4)
Start time: 6:00pm
Sunset: 8:29pm
Route map (Level 3):
37km “Nissen’s Navigation” route map on Ride with GPS
Route map (Level 4): 50km “Nissen’s Navigation (extended)” route map on Ride with GPS
Elevation: 361m (L3), 532m (L4)
Start location: Hamilton Township Offices (Just off Burnham St., at Majestic Hills Rd)

Wednesday July 31: Level 3 and 4 ride

“We’ve done this route in the past couple of years but just to change it up and give you a different perspective on the same countryside we’ll do it the other way round. Don’t worry the RWGPS reflects this reversed direction of travel! The name’s new too. Hint for those of you trying to crack the naming convention: What was the original name of Ottawa and why? Looking forward to a great ride. Come and join us!” (Allan)

Level 4 option: this week it will consist of a 5km extension that starts around the 24km mark and covers a loop around Eddystone making it a 51km route.  After completing the extension, the route reconnects to the shorter L3 route until the end.  Hey, if you aren’t sure about keeping up with the level 4 group, feel free to start out with them and then you always have the option of waiting at the 23km mark if you want to wait and re-join the Level 3 group ride.

Ride Leader: Allan Dennis (Level 3), Self-navigated (Level 4)
Start time: 6:30pm
Route map (Level 3): 45 km “L3 APD – John By’s Way” link to map on Ride with GPS
Route map (Level 4): 51km route map with Eddystone extension route map on Ride with GPS
Elevation: 399m (L3), 482m (L4)
Start location: Wilmot Street Industrial Plaza Parking Lot, Wilmot St, Cobourg East.