Wednesday July 3, Level 1 ride 6:30 pm

The warm weather is here so bring money for ice-cream.  After some instruction we will head east along Lakeshore and eventually make our way back to downtown Cobourg.  We stop for water and rest breaks as needed.  Cycling for Fun, fitness and friendship as always!

Start time: 6:30 pm
Ride Leader: Dennis Benson
Start location: Donegon Park

Level 2 Rides: July 2 and July 4

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

David Hutzel will be taking us easterly for this glorious ride. Here is his description:

“Meeting at St Mary’s church/school parking lot we’ll head south to Chub beach. Following Chub beach Rd to the dead end and U-turn back up to Orchard Grove Rd where we’ll turn right and follow the Lakefront trail to Wicklow Beach. After another rest and regroup we’ll head back to our starting point. A leisurely 20k mostly flat except at the end. The route is quite scenic along the water but it can be cooler, dress accordingly. Water is a must have and sunscreen and perhaps an insect repellent would be advisable.

CAUTION, there may be areas of sand or other debris hazards on the road from flooding.” David Hutzel

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

Thurs July 4,Level 2 Ride:Sylvan Glen Pt.Hope

Pam Tate will be taking us through the lovely countryside north of Port. Hope. Here is her ride description:

“We will meet at Sylvan Glen Conservation Area parking lot on Sylvan Glen Rd north of Dale Rd in Port Hope. I’m not going to lie, this loop includes some hills but we’ll make some short stops to catch our breath and for re-hydration. Don’t forget your helmet and water bottle (preferably filled). We’re into summer now so let’s get out there and have some fun!” Pam Tate

Start Time: 6:30 pm
Ride Leader: Pam Tate
Start Location: Sylvan Glen Conservation Area parking lot, Sylvan Glen Rd, Port Hope, ON L1A 3V5

Level 3 Group Rides: June 24th and 26th

Monday June 24: Level 3 Group Ride

This ride is a nice & easy-ish ride starting at Port Hope High School and heading out to the quiet roads of Hope Township. We’ve got plenty of time to get the distance in with these super-long daylight hours! 35 km ride to Osaca along some very pretty and quiet roads, returning along Lakeshore Road.

Ride Leader: Anita Macklin
Start time: 6:30pm
Sunset: 8:58pm
Route map: “Osaca Ride” Link to map on Ride with GPS
Elevation gain: 227m
Start location: Port Hope High School

Wednesday June 26: Level 3 Group Ride

We are well into the cycling season and the legs are hopefully feeling a little stronger and a little more confident to take on a few more hills. This is a great route but we’ll not lie there are couple of good climbs. We’ll be cycling as a group, looking out for each other as always and we’ll not leave anyone alone! There is a detour we can take if necessary – once we see how we are all doing. This is the Old Sapper’s first lead of 2019 so come and support the poor old fella!

Ride Leader: Allan Dennis (The Old Sapper)
Start time: 6:30pm
Sunset: 8:58pm
Route Map:  “Gordon’s Gallivant” Link to route map on Ride with GPS
Elevation gain: 410m
Start Point: Industrial Plaza, Wilmot St, Cobourg East

Level 1 Rides: June 24 and 26

Monday, June 24, Level 1 Ride:

This level 1 ride will head west through New Amherst and then south and back towards downtown Cobourg, stopping frequently for water and rest breaks. It’s a great, friendly group! Come & check it out!
Start Time: 6:30 pm
Ride Leader: Dennis Benson
Start Location: Westwood Park Parking Lot on Carlisle St. Between Westwood and Ewing in Cobourg.

Wednesday, June 26, Level 1 Ride:

After a safety talk we will ride into different neighbourhoods in the western part of Port Hope. Hey, if you are an experienced cyclist you are always welcome to join us and share some cycling knowledge with others. Always cycling for Fun, Fitness & Friendship!
Start Time: 6:30 pm
Ride Leader: Dennis Benson
Start Location: King’s Field parking lot, Victoria St. Port Hope

Level 2 Rides: June 25 and 27

Tuesday June 25: Level 2 Ride

We will start a Donegan Park parking lot at 6:30 have our quick safety chat and make our way through town. By the time we are up to Hwy 2, the Cobourg Cycling Club racing time trials gang will have cleared and we can proceed at a more moderate but Level 2 pace out to Archer’s Road. and back. We will try to take advantage of the daylight to make a little more kilometer-age. Please chime in using the ‘comments’ button so we know to expect you!

Ride Leader: Geoffrey Honey
Start time: 6:30pm
Start Location: Donegan Park parking lot,

Thursday June 27: Level 2 Ride

Janine Turk will be taking us over some of the most scenic bits of the roads north east of Grafton. She will be starting at St. Mary’s church parking lot on Lyle St. South in Grafton. Remember to bring water and keep your tire pressure up. Chime in using comments if you plan to ride so Janine can plan to watch for you. Also chime in if you can sweep for the ride.

Ride Leader:  Janine Turk
Start Time:
6:30 pm
Route Description: Hwy 2 to Shelter Valley Rd., Broomfield Rd and back. Peaceful country ride.
Start Location: St. Mary’s Church parking lot, Lyle St South, Grafton

Open Call for Ride Leaders

The strength of the NHCC ride program relies on the commitment of volunteers and we’d really like some more help. We are looking to expand our pool of ride leaders in order to continue offering the quantity and choice of rides the NHCC currently enjoys. Even if you can just be available occasionally, it sure helps to share the load.

You don’t need to be a super-fit cyclist, just willing to pitch in a little. In order to be a ride leader, we ask that:

  • You ride at the front of the group to set the pace (except for Level 4 which has no maximum pace)
  • You are able to navigate using Ride With GPS or a printed map
  • You are familiar with safety protocols, or have the willingness to learn!

With our Ride with GPS club membership and turn by turn instructions it can be super easy to navigate. We’ll show you how if you haven’t figured it out. If you are a fairly regular participant in any of the Club rides please consider helping out.

FYI, these are the weekly scheduled rides to consider volunteering for:
Monday evenings: Level 1, Level 3
Tuesday evenings: Level 2, Level 4
Wednesday evenings: Level 1, Level 3
Thursday evenings: Level 2, Level 4
Sunday or Saturday mornings: any level
Friday mornings: Mixed Levels

Just send off a quick email to Debbie and let her know you can help president@northumberlandhills and we’ll connect you up with the ride coordinator who will get you ready to go!

A great big thank you!

Level 4 Rides: June 18th and 20th

Tuesday June 18th, Level 4 (49km)

Yup, get ready for it! It’s time for Bickle Hill! It’s not so bad, we have pure sunshine forecast for Tuesday, and it’s just 401m total elevation. We’ll take it from the east end. (Ha! See…..easy! Maybe next week we’ll take it from the west end, so get ready for it!).  

Note for Level 4 rides: Please ensure that you come prepared to navigate, and be fully equipped to change a flat should one occur. 

Ride Leader: Anita Macklin
Start time: 6:30
Sunset: 8:56pm
Route map: “Roads & Hills Less travelled” 49km route map link on Ride with GPS
Elevation gain: 402m
Start location: Parking lot at Cobourg Dog park on Ontario St.

Thursday June 20th, Level 4 (46k)

Yes indeed, this is a beauty route with fantastic views and plenty of rolling hills. People always say its a good route, so if you haven’t tried it yet, now is the time!
Ride Leader: Anita Macklin
Start time: 6:30
Sunset: 8:57pm
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 3 Group Ride: June 17th

Monday June 17th: Level 3 Group Ride

Lots of daylight to work with! 2 hours 26 min of available daylight to cover 40km. In the spirit of “Group Ride” we will also make sure that the group stays together. This is a nice route with some reasonable elevation that will feel really extra amazingly awesome since the sun is scheduled to shine on Monday! 
Ride Leader: Anita Macklin
Start time: 6:30
Sunset: 8:56pm
Elevation:  257m
Route map: 40km “Grafton East” Route map on Ride With GPS
Start location: Haldimand Memorial (Grafton) Arena