Special Presentation: “The Great Divide Cycling Adventure”, Monday January 27

Come join Liz and Bob to learn about their epic bike packing trip along the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. This local couple challenged themselves this past summer riding 68 days (including 4 rest days) from Banff, Alberta to the Mexico border at Antelope Wells, New Mexico on the Great Divide. They will bring their gravel bikes and kit to discuss the essentials for a successful long distance trip. Pictures will be shared of mountain terrains and basin landscapes that were part of this 4,500 kms route that included 150,000 feet of climbing and 30 continental passes. Recollections of encounters with ” trail angels” that came their way will inspire any rider who wishes to plan a long distance bike packing journey.

Date: Monday January 27th, 6:30pm
Cost: $5 (voluntary donation at the door)
RSVP Reserved seating only: Please send email to nhcycling2010@gmail.com to let us know you’re coming.
Location: The Old Camborne Schoolhouse (3441 Albert’s Alley)

Special Presentation: “Race Across America” Monday January 13

Come on out and see the special presentation by the Cantastic 4 team comprised of local cyclists Gord Ley, Steve Allan, Brad West and Gord Treasure who finished first in their age category in the Race Across America (RAAM), a coast-to-coast, 5,000-kilometre journey. They completed the race in six days, 20 hours and six minutes. helping raise more than $20,000 in support of the Northumberland United Way.

About the Race Across America (RAAM)

For 36 years RAAM has been challenging ultracyclists from around the globe to push their physical and mental limits to the farthest reaches. 3000 miles,  175,000 feet of climbing, and 12 states later it traverses three major mountain ranges (Sierra, Rocky and Appalachian), crosses four of America’s longest rivers (Colorado, Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio) and the Great Plains.

Open to amateur and professional racers, in solo, 2-, 4- and 8-person relay teams, there is no other race in the world comparable to RAAM. The Race has become a global icon, having had over 35 countries represented.

Date: Monday January 13th, 6:30pm
Cost: $5 (voluntary donation at the door)
RSVP Reserved seating only: Please send email to nhcycling2010@gmail.com to let us know you’re coming.
Location: The Old Camborne Schoolhouse (3441 Albert’s Alley)

NHCC Speaker Series 2019 Presents: David Trattles (Wednesday Dec. 11th 6:30pm)

For anyone who was fortunate enough to attend David’s presentation last year, I’m sure you would likely not want to miss this years encore presentation. David is a story teller, and brings a cycling twist to many of his stories.

The Joy of Human Relation — Travel by Bicycle

David Trattles will be your host for a session on travel­ and photography, and in making community as you travel by bicycle.

Dave knows cycling and slow photography stories: for 25 years he has been traveling by bicycle through 100 countries, and working as a social documentary photographer (National Archives of Canada, Canadian Geographic, Macleans, Elle). This presentation will be about why you should travel by bicycle and what happens when you do – shared largely through stories that will have you out there in the world, living a specific time and experience.

Along the way, Dave reveals the joy of human relations. By learning who the people are and how they live their lives, he will share stories about ordinary people who do extraordinary things (Muslim girl boxers of Calcutta, German cowboys, cheese rollers of Sicily, Tomato throwers of Spain, marathoners of Calcutta, remote lives of Canadians, the Powwow of Kitigan Zibi, Kefir Makers of Tajikistan..).

This evening, Dave Trattles will inspire you to get in touch with your own life force — to go out into the world on your bicycle and express your own individuality, your own richness — and to engage deeply in the lives and experiences of others.

Date: Wednesday December 11, 6:30pm
Cost: $5 (at the door)
RSVP Reserved seating only: Please send email to nhcycling2010@gmail.com to let us know you’re coming.
Location: The Old Camborne Schoolhouse (3441 Albert’s Alley)

Friday Floater Ride: September 27, Waterfront Trail from Darlington Park

Friday Floater, Darlington Soccer Fields To Whitby Harbour Via The Waterfront Trail. This is a great route that people always enjoy. Nice easy, twisty trails and beautiful scenery. Perfect for a “touristy-pace”. The route is 54km but we can make it more, depending on the consensus of those participating.

Ride Leader: Randy Albon
Start time: 10am
Route: Waterfront Trail Eastbound, Part 2 (Darlington to Whitby)
Elevation: 130m 
Start location Darlington lower hydro field parking lot

Friday Floater September 20th Starting in Peterborough

Sunshine forecasted for Friday!! On this 80Km route, riders will get a feel for the farming communities east of Peterborough, as well as the cottage country north for which the Kawarthas is renowned for. The route starts out of town on paths and quiet roads and quickly joins up with River Road as it hugs the east shore of the Otonabee River. Past Lakefield riders head to Birchview Road as it winds through the heart of Cottage Country on the way to the wilderness beyond. From Hall’s Glenn the route heads south past the Warsaw Caves as riders make their way from cottage country through the farming communities which surround Peterborough.

Please leave a comment if you intend to ride. And just so you know the NHCC is waiving quest rider fees so bring a friend if you wish.

Start Time: 10:00am
Ride Leader: Randy
Route Map: Peterborough Classic 2A Link to Ride With GPS Map
Distance and Elevation: 80 Km , 481 meters
Start Location: Parking lot at Beavermead Park in Peterborough

Friday Floater Ride – Peterborough Classic 3A – Hills, Views and Pastries

Starting just a little North of Bailiboro at the Squirrel Creek Conservation area this ride brings us up along country roads through Millbrook, Cavan, Ida and eventually through downtown Peterborough where we can have a lunch or coffee along a patio on the river. Returning through Little Lake and Beavermead and back to Squirrel Creek. Truly a Classic.

Date: Friday August 23
Start Time 10;00am
Ride Leader: Randy Albon
Route map: Link to Route map on Ride with GPS
Start Location: Squirrel Creek Conservation Area

Friday Floater Ride; August 16

Keeping it local this week, and giving the “daytime” crowd the opportunity to do the Beagle Club Alderville route at a “Friday Floater” pace with plenty of sunshine. It’s a beautiful route with fantastic views and plenty of rolling hills. Mike and Freda will lead the group. 

Ride Leaders: Mike and Freda
Start time: 10:00am
Route map: Beagle Club-Alderville Centerton Route Map Link on Ride with GPS
Elevation gain: 387m
Start location: Beagle Club Trailhead parking lot (Northumberland Forest)

Thursday August 15: Level 4 self-navigated

We have always done the Beagle Club route clockwise, but just to make things a little different we are going around counterclockwise this time. We have 2 hours and 16 minutes of daylight for this 42 km route, so it’s a good distance that will leave a little wiggle room in the event of the-flat-that-happens-when-you-least-expect-it.

It’s important to leave a comment letting others know you’ll ride so people can plan accordingly for these self-navigated routes. Note the start time is 6:00pm

Ride Leader: Self-navigated
Start time: 6:00pm
Sunset: 8:16pm
Route map: Beagle Club-Alderville Centerton Route Map Link on Ride with GPS
Elevation gain: 387m
Start location: Beagle Club Trailhead parking lot (Northumberland Forest)

Level 4 Ride: Thursday August 8

Note the start time is 6:00 pm

Heading out to Hope Township and Osaca! This is a nice route without any crazy hills so you can get a little speed on! If you are planning to ride, please leave a comment letting others know. This ride is self-navigated, meaning we don’t have a designated leader and the group can choose a pace that suits their preference and we will likely stay together.

Coordinator: Randy Albon
Start time: 6:00pm
Sunset: 8:26pm
Route map: 48km ”Sylvan Glen to Osaca and Back” route map on Ride With GPS
Elevation: 322m
Start location: Sylvan Glen Conservation Area in Port Hope

Friday Floater Ride (August 9): Waterfront Trail West (Part 3)

This Friday we are going to complete the third portion of our Waterfront Trail Westbound exploration. We’ll meet at the Port of Whitby near Rotary Sunrise Lake Park. There is a parking lot directly north of the East Pier. As usual, we’ll ride out and back along some beautiful pathways and trails. There will likely be an ice cream stop along the way. We’ll turn around at the Rouge River, making it somewhere between 50 and 60k.

Leave us a comment, letting us know you plan to ride.

Start time: 10am
Ride Leader(s): Randy and Anita
Route map: Waterfront Trail West Part 3 link to map on Ride with GPS
Start location: parking lot near Rotary Sunrise Lake Park