Level 3 Ride: Monday, May 13

Level 3 Ride: Monday May 13

There is only one “regular” Level 3 ride this week since Wednesday will be an All Levels Ride. Monday will be a no drop 37km ride, with a sweep, catering for all L3 ability levels. Gentle ride up Shelter Valley, round the top end through Castleton, along a bit and then a glorious long downhill back to Grafton.

Ride Leader: Allan Dennis
Start Time: 6:30pm
Sunset: 8:28pm
Elevation gain: 227m
Route Map: “L3 APD – Ince’s Incremental Iteration” Link to route map on Ride With GPS
Start Location: St Mary’s Church car park, bottom end of Lyle St South, Grafton

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)

Sunday Ride: May 19

It’s long weekend time! For those that don’t head out of town, we will try again for the 36, 43 or 64km route that was recently rained out. These three route options are relatively nice & easy. We head out along the Lakeshore and turn north at different points depending on your chosen distance. Ride leaders will be established as the week progresses and folks weigh in with who may be riding in each of the groups. The start point will be Sylvan Glen Conservation Area in Port Hope.

Start time: 10:00am
Route Maps: (36km) Short Route, (43km) Medium Route, or (64km) Long Route
Start location: Sylvan Glen Conservation Area

IMPORTANT: Please leave a comment so that we can anticipate numbers and also assign ride leaders for the various distances if needed.

Yet another Ride Cancellation Notice

RIDE CANCELLATION NOTICE: Here we go again….another ride cancellation! Forecasts are all over the place and its cold…and windy…and there’s a good chance of some rain. We’ll re-schedule this ride till next Sunday and hope somehow the sun shines through.

Sunday Ride: May 12 (Mothers Day)

We’ve got sunshine on the schedule for Mothers Day! For those that are around, we have three route options to choose from. 36, 43 or 64km. None of the routes have any crazy climbing so all are nice & easy (relatively speaking). We head out along the Lakeshore and turn north at different points depending on your chosen distance.

With so many people busy with their Mom’s this weekend we don’t have designated ride leaders so it’s very important to leave a comment to let others know you are planning to ride. From those riding, we’ll hopefully establish a leader for each of the groups. But just in case, everyone should either print the map or have access to it on your phones. The start point will be Sylvan Glen Conservation Area in Port Hope.

Start time: 10:00am
Route Maps: (36km) Short Route, (43km) Medium Route, or (64km) Long Route
Start location: Sylvan Glen Conservation Area

Student Summer Employment Opportunity at Cycle Transitions

Cycle Transitions is pleased to announce that it has again secured a Canada Summer Works grant for the purposes of hiring a student to work in the shop. This is a repeat of the last three years – very successful endeavours – where our summer employee tended to the shop, assisted patrons and took care of sales. This year we will hire another student to fill that role.
This is a call for applicants; if you know of someone who could ably fill this role, please have them send their cover letter and resume to Bruce Bellaire – brucebellaire@gmail.com or Rick Nonnekes – rnonnekes@gmail.com. Our application deadline is May 21, the projected start date to be near the end of May or the beginning of June. The grant allows for 9 weeks at 30 hours per week with an hourly pay rate at $15. A copy of the job description can be found here.

Level 1 Rides: May 6 & 8

A few reminders about Level 1 rides. If you are new to cycling or haven’t cycled in many years, Level 1 is the place to start. We discuss the Highway Traffic Act and what is expected from cyclists. You will learn how to ride safely and confidently in traffic.

Level 1 offers instructional rides for new cyclists at a leisurely steady pace but in a relaxing environment. Safe cycling practices and bike handling skills are developed. Experienced cyclists sometimes participate in order to enjoy a slower social ride and the opportunity to mentor others.

  • Any type of bike goes—mountain bike, hybrid, road bike, beach cruiser.
  • Easy, fun pace, lots of social talk time.
  • No fancy spandex bike shorts required!
  • Experienced ride leader to show the way.
  • No experience necessary (though you need to know how to actually ride your bike)
  • Best for those who have no idea how far they can ride.
  • Distances between 10 and 20 km total distance at a nice slow pace.
  • Learn group riding techniques (from a recreational perspective).
  • Frequent stops as needed. May sometimes stop for ice-cream, freezies, or soft-drinks.
  • You will never be abandoned on the road.
  • Experienced riders to encourage you along

These are fun rides. Great for any age, any fitness level, and any bike. Helmets are essential! (We never compromise safety).

Level 1: Monday, May 6

Ride leader:  Dennis Benson
Start time: 6:30 pm
Start location:  Diamond Head Industrial Mall at 210 Willmott Street, Cobourg


Level 1: Wednesday, May 8

Ride leader:  Dennis Benson
Start time: 6:30 pm
Start location:  Donegan Park, D’Arcy Street, Cobourg

Level 2 Rides: Tues May 7 and Thurs May 9

Tues May 7 Level 2 Ride: Donegan Cobourg

We will try again to have the weather cooperate. We will meet at Donegan Park parking lot at the foot of D’Arcy St. Cobourg. After a short safety chat about signaling and protocols like “Car Back!” we will ride along Lakeshore up to Hwy 2 and take Willmott to the lakeshore again so that by the time we make Normar Rd. the Cobourg Cycling Club Time Trialers will have been long gone. We will go along Hwy 2 in the bike lane to Archer’s Rd and then back to Donegan via Hwy 2.

Helmets are a must. Water bottles highly recommended. If you are coming by car and have a foot pump you can come a bit earlier so we can make sure everyone’s tires are up to pressure.

There is a hill to get over the railroad tracks on Hwy 2 at the east end of town. We will be taking frequent breaks to get our breath, drink and socialize. I will be wearing a wool vest under a high visibility windproof jacket, a buff, cargo pants and gloves.

Start Time: 6:30
Ride Leader: Geoffrey Honey
Start Location: Donegan Park parking lot 25 D’Arcy St. Cobourg.

Thurs May 9 Level 2 Ride: Wicklow Beach

We will build our stamina and group riding techniques out in the quiet county atmosphere of Wicklow Beach Boatlaunch. If you need a lift for your bike to the start at the boatlaunch or if you can offer a lift for another please chime in in the comment section so that we can make sure everyone can participate.

Remember that it is cool still by the lake so you will need wool or fleece under a windproof layer. Bring water. I will be dressed as for Tuesday. This lovely ride near Lake Ontario is mostly flat so you can practice safe group riding techniques on gentle inclines.

Start Time: 6:30
Ride Leader: Geoffrey Honey
Start Location: Wicklow Beach Boatlaunch, 133 Lakeport Rd, Colborne


Level 3 Rides: May 6 & 8

The weather is looking reasonable for Tuesday as long as the rain stays away. Wednesday…..we’ll see.  We’ll do the ride that was cancelled last week on Tuesday, a nice and short 26km distance just to get your legs moving again after a long winter. Then on Wednesday we go a little longer, out to Port Hope and back for 36km. 

Monday May 6, Level 3

This route is 26km long. This ride will depart from the arena on Furnace Street at 6:30 pm. We will head north to Baltimore (via Division/ Ferguson/ Racetrack) and then head back to Cobourg (via Nagle)

Ride leader: Anita Macklin
Start time: 6:30 pm
Route map: (26k) Baltimore and Back Route map on Ride With GPS
Start location: Cobourg Memorial Arena, 206 Furnace St.

Wednesday May 8, Level 3

Ride Leader: Anita Macklin
Start Time: 6:30 pm
Route: 36 km North Port Hope
Start location: Westwood Park (Carlisle Park between Ewing and Westwood)