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)

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.

Level 4 Rides: Tues. May 14 and Thurs. May 16

If the weather holds out we’ll do a ride leaving from the Beagle Club Trailhead for Tuesday’s ride, where roads are quiet and views are great! We’ll do the Millbrook ride this coming Thursday since it was rained out last week. If you’ve never done it before, it’s really quite a nice ride. Nice pavement and some good fast downhill coming back!

Tuesday May 14, Level 4 (45k)

Ride Leader: Randy Albon
Start time: 6:30
Sunset: 8:29pm
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 16, Level 4 (44k)

Ride Leader: Randy Albon
Start time: 6:30
Sunset: 8:31pm
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 4 Rides: May 7 & 9th

Tuesday’s route takes us along Danforth Rd. Then down into Grafton (nice and fast! Big Ring all the way down!). Then, on Thursday we do an out and back….straight up to Millbrook and then another fast ride back down! Lots of speed to be had this week.

Tuesday May 7, Level 4 (44km)

Ride Leader: Randy Albon
Start time: 6:30
Sunset: 8:21pm
Route Map (44k): Printable Route Map (44k) or link to it on Ride With GPS
Start location: Cobourg Community Centre

Thursday May 9, Level 4 (45k)

Ride Leader: Randy Albon
Start time: 6:30
Sunset: 8:23pm
Route: Straight up County Rd. 10 to Millbrook then back again (out and back)
Start location: George Hamilton Public School parking lot in Welcome

Friday May 10: Floater Ride to Bewdley and Back

Last week we were rained out, so we’ll give it another try for this Friday. It’s a not-so-crazy 46Km up to Bewdley and back. Bring a few $$ in case the group decides to stop for goodies at the store, or a coffee. This week the ride will be lead by Mike Collins, and the pace will be around a Level 3.

Start Time: 10:00 am
Ride Leader: Mike Collins
Route Map: “Ride to Bewdley and Back” Link on Ride With GPS
Start Location: Hamilton Township Municpal Offices

Level 4 ride: Thursday May 2

Randy AlbonMeet your Ride Coordinator: Randy Albon
Randy is one of the founding members of the NHCC, the one who laid down the fun-fitness-and-friendship philosophy for the Club. He has extensive cycle touring experience, volunteers with the Bicycle Action Committee of Sustainable Cobourg and is a past president of the NHCC.

Many have not been on bikes since Fall, so we’ll start out easy with a 37k on Thursday. We are going to build more strength and increase endurance as the season progresses. Please ensure that you have a front and a rear light on your bike.

What to expect on Level 4 rides:  faster!  This is the level for those who like to ride fast and climb a few hills. There is a “ride leader” present on the ride but participants will set a pace according to the groups wishes and there is no cap on speed.

  • Road bikes are required
  • Participants should be comfortable riding in a group formation, both single file and two-abreast
  • No one gets dropped. However, those wishing to push the pace may do so!
  • Distance for evening rides begin around 35km and increases , up to 55km for evening rides and 100km+ for daytime rides
  • Speed (pace) will be set by group consensus and may vary
  • Participants are expected to have access to the route map and be able to navigate

Thursday May 2nd, Level 4

Ride leader: Randy Albon
Start time: 6:30pm
Sunset: 8:15pm
Route map: (37k) It's all Downhill from Here: route map on Ride with GPS
Start location: Donegan Park on D'Arcy St.

Friday May 3: First Friday Floater Ride of 2019!

Randy Albon Meet your Ride Coordinator: Randy Albon

Randy is one of the founding members of the NHCC, the one who laid down the fun-fitness-and-friendship philosophy for the Club. He has extensive cycle touring experience, volunteers with the Bicycle Action Committee of Sustainable Cobourg and is a past president of the NHCC.

A not so crazy 46Km up to Bewdley and back. I'm thinking maybe we can stop for a coffee? Or not. We will figure it out.

What to expect on a Friday Floater Ride? Well, its generally a Level 3 type route. Sometimes out of town, sometimes with a destination, such as a coffee break at Rhino's this time around. Generally riding at a tourist pace, meaning relax and enjoy the scenery. Participants usually expected to be self sufficient on such an event (that means being equipped to change a flat, and have access to a route map). I will be looking for ideas as to where we can ride this Summer apart from the the “usual” Cobourg routes.

Start Time: 10:00 am
Ride Leader: Randy Albon
Route Map: Link on Ride With GPS
Start Location: Hamilton Township Municpal Offices

Second Annual NHCC Bicycle Shorts Film Festival, April 12

Here we go again folks, another chance for us to get together, lycra free, and have some fun. It’s the Second Annual NHCC Bicycle Shorts Film Festival. We have a bigger venue this year thanks to the generosity of HTM Insurance Company (Hamilton Township Mutual) on Elgin St. in Cobourg.

Similar to last year, but with new material, there will be short bicycle-themed films carefully compiled by my good friend Rob Wilkes at Big Sky Design in Peterborough. For a sneak peak on what to expect visit VeloVID.com

Seating is limited to 40 people,  first come first served so sign up quick by leaving a reply and we will confirm your spot. Pizza, Coffee, tea, & soft drinks will be available at a nominal cost, so bring a few extra $ if you wish to partake. Any extra proceeds will be to the local food bank.

Date: Friday April 12th, 2019, 7–9pm
Location: HTM Insurance Company 1185 Elgin St. W. (Elgin and Wilkins Gate).
Cost: Free!

Grafton Recycling Facility Tour then Hike, Tues. April 2

Haven’t you always wondered what happens to those items that you put out in recycling? Come and see for yourself! A free tour of the Grafton Material Recovery Facility has been arranged just for us NHCCers, following which we’ll do a hike (weather dependent). Safety gear and waivers will be provided at the facility. The tour generally lasts 45 minutes to an hour. Please leave a comment if you intend to join us so that we can anticipate numbers.

Start time: 10am
Start location: Material Recovery Facility (MRF) parking lot in Grafton
Coordinator: Randy Albon
Hike distance: 7-9 km

Special Presentation by Dave Trattles: Bicycle touring, photography, and making community as you travel

On the evening of Wednesday November 14th members of the NHCC and the Ganaraska Freewheelers are invited to a unique presentation by photojournalist guest Dave Trattles at Randy & Anita’s home, in the “Person Cave” (FREE).   We have one evening planned, for up to 25 people. If there is enough interest we’ll consider adding a second event.

About Dave:
Dave knows cycling and slow journalism: for 25 years he has been traveling by bicycle through 75 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, rather than focusing on what they are doing, 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 Bunol, marathoners of Calcutta..).

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.

Pre-show Indian Dinner (optional, $20 pp): For those interested in a little Indian cuisine, we are putting together a simple Indian Food buffet style dinner sourced from Cobourg’s new “Taste of Agra” restaurant. A few tasty dishes, with vegetarian and mildly spiced entrees along with naan and rice. 

Date: Wednesday November 14, 2018
Dinner: 6:00pm (optional) ($20 pp)
Presentation start time: 7:00pm

RSVP: We can accommodate up to 25 people. Please let us know you if you’d like to come and also let us know if you plan to partake in the pre-show Indian dinner. Email us at nhcycling2010@gmail.com. We’ll reply to your RSVP with the address.