Level 1 Ride: Wednesday August 7th (NEW start time, 6:00pm)

IMPORTANT: New start time: 6:00pm

There’s a new start time because the daylight hours are shrinking and the sun is now setting closer to 8:30. We’ll have a little safety instruction as usual, then the ride will head west through New Amherst and then south and back towards downtown. Our level one rides are designed for enjoyment & making new friends, riding at a leisurely pace with frequent stops for rest and hydration. See you out at the ride!

Start Time: 6:00 pm
Ride Leader: Dennis Benson
Start Location: Westwood Park Parking Lot Carlisle St. Between Westwood and Ewing

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!).”

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)

Level 2 Rides: Tues Aug 6 and Thurs Aug 8

Tues Aug 6, Level 2 Ride: St. Mary’s Grafton

Note, Tuesday’s ride is a “Steady” ride with more stops and a more moderate Level 2 pace.

David Hutzel is taking us out Grafton way so we can cool down a bit by the lake. Here is his description of the ride: “We’ll start again from St. Mary’s church parking lot and head south on Station road. Turning left at the stop sign at Orchard Grove we’ll follow the lakefront route past Wicklow Beach to Lakeport where we’ll turn around and follow the same scenic route back to the finish. A distance of mostly flat 23k but with regular stops for hydration and regrouping, we’ll be back before you know it.”

****Please bring your lights!!! we are having earlier sunsets. No Lights? No Problem! Cycle Transitions the awesome Cobourg Community Bike Shop has lots of affordable lights! *****

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Start Time: 6:30 pm
Ride Leader: David Hutzel
Start Location: St. Mary’s church parking lot, Lyle St South Grafton


Thurs Aug 8, Level 2 Ride: Donegan Cobourg

Jim Berg is taking us scooting along the Waterfront Trail. Here is his description: “The long term forecast is for a fairly hot day, so we will stay near the lake. This is an out and back on a fairly flat route (only 3 hills) basically following the Waterfront Trail east to the Nawautin Nature Sanctuary and returning on the same route. Approximately 28 km.”

****Please bring your lights!!! we are having earlier sunsets. No Lights? No Problem! Cycle Transitions the awesome Cobourg Community Bike Shop has lots of affordable lights! *****

Please chime in using the Comment button so we can look out for you!

Start Time: 6:30 pm
Ride Leader: Jim Berg
Start Location: Donegan Park Parking Lot, D’Arcy St Cobourg.

Level 4: Thursday August 1. (NEW: 6:00 start time)

Yes indeed! Beagle Club is a great place to start a ride and it’s a beauty route with fantastic views and plenty of rolling hills. Because it’s August and the days are getting shorter we are now starting evening rides at 6:00. at least you can still ride it at whatever pace you want, cuz it’s self-navigated. It’s important to leave a comment letting others know you’ll ride so people can plan.
Ride Leader: Self-navigated
Start time: 6:00pm
Sunset: 8:35pm
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)

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.

Level 2 Rides: Tues July 30 and Thurs Aug 1

Tues July 30, Level 2 Ride: Donegan Cobourg

Just a reminder that Level 2’s Tuesday’s rides are a “Steady” Ride (that is, lower end of the average speed and distance, more moderate hills with more frequent stops).

After meeting up at Cobourg’s Donegan Park parking lot, Petra is taking us out east along Lakeshore Drive  and up to Hwy 2 along the Waterfront Trail to Archer’s Rd and south to the second railway bridge and depending on people’s stamina and weather conditions, further east along the Waterfront Trail, then coming back the way we came. Remember lights for safety if you have them!

Please chime in using the ‘Comment’ button if you can make it so Petra and others know you are coming! Remember water and helmets too.

Start Time: 6:30

Ride Leader: Petra Hartwig

Start Location: Donegan Park parking lot, D’Arcy St Cobourg


Thurs Aug 1, Level 2 Ride:King’s Field Pt Hope

Pam is taking on a spectacular ride that starts as we have before but has a great new twist ending. Here is her description: “We will head west on Lakeshore Rd as we have done before but this time we will turn north and climb up the hill on Willow Beach Rd and ride all the way up to the 4th Line. From there, we’ll head east again and eventually turn south down Sylvan Glen Rd back to our starting place. This will be the most challenging ride we’ve done so far this year but if you think you are up to it (and I know you are!), come on out for some fun riding through gorgeous countryside.”

Start Time: 6:30

Ride Leader: Pam Tate

Start Location: King’s Field parking lot Pt Hope (South-West Corner of Ridout St and Victoria St.)

Level 3 Group Ride: Monday July 22

The Monday night group ride is going to leave from the Municipal Office in Hamilton Township, head up to Rice Lake to Gore’s Landing then travel along the beautiful south shore of Rice Lake to Harwood before returning down Harwood Road then a nice long downhill finish on Burnham St. The days are getting shorter! Please ensure you have your headlights on the front and back of your bikes.

Ride Leader: Anita Macklin
Start time: 6:30
Sunset: 8:46pm
Elevation:  397m
Route map: 38km “Rice Lake South” Route map on Ride with GPS
Start location: Hamilton Township Municipal Office

Level 2 Rides: Tues July 23 and Thurs July 25

Tues July 23, Level 2 Ride: Westwood Cobourg

Just a reminder that Level 2’s Tuesday’s rides are a “Steady” Ride (that is, lower end of the average speed and distance, more moderate hills with more frequent stops).

We will start at Westwood Park parking lot and head out west up Theatre Rd and further west to Hamilton Rd. North to Dale, east until Theatre Rd again and loop back the way we came. At Telephone Road the second time we will take the pulse of the group and add a bit of kilometer-age (or not). This is an undulating but manageable course. We will take frequent stops to catch our breath and socialize. Please chime in using the comment button so we can know to expect you! Don’t forget water and helmets.

Start Time: 6:30 pm
Ride Leader: Geoffrey Honey
Start Location: Westwood Park parking lot, Carlisle St, between Ewing and Westwood.


Thurs July 25, Level 2 Ride: St Mary’s Grafton

Just a reminder that Level 2’s Thursday rides are a “Training Ride” (that is, gradually building up stamina for hills and or longer distances or speed within the Level 2 parameters with slightly fewer rest stops so that riders can condition themselves to move to L3 if they wish).

Janine Turk will take us on some hill training stamina building in Grafton. Here is her description of the ride:

“Starting at St. Mary’s Church parking lot, head out Hwy2 to Shelter Valley Rd, Left on Broomfield Rd. Eddystone Rd, Pipeline Rd, King Rd to Shelter Valley, Hwy 2. Gorgeous ride, we will stop periodically to regroup and refuel. There is one tough hill. Not to worry, as you can take your time. Once you reach the top, it will be a huge accomplishment. Bring lots of water, add a bit of maple syrup.”

Chime in using the comments button so Janine can know to expect you.

Start Time: 6:30

Ride Leader: Janine Turk

Start Location: St Mary’s Church parking lot Lyle St South, Grafton.

Level 1 Ride: Monday, July 22nd

Tonight’s ride will be in beautiful and historic Port Hope. Cycling for fun, fitness and friendship is the club’s motto. Nobody gets left behind. Come and join us! Please note that Wednesday is the All Levels Ride and BBQ on Smylie Rd.!

Start time: 6:30pm
Ride Leader: Dennis Benson
Start Location: Beatrice Strong Public School (south parking lot) on 90 Roseglen Road North Port Hope, Ontario L1A 3V6.