Weekend Ride: Sunday, August 18th

The Sunday ride this week will be a simple out and back route.  There are two starting locations and times depending on how far you want to ride. If you would like to ride a little longer meet up in Cobourg at Westwood Park on Carlisle (between Ewing & Westwood) and follow the Waterfront Trail into Port Hope.  For those wishing to skip the hills out of downtown Port Hope and make it a shorter ride meet at King’s Field in Port Hope.  Head west along Lakeshore and turn around whenever!  This ride will be suitable for most levels.  Please comment here so that you can buddy up with another rider of your ability. No maps needed for this one as we will be following the Waterfront Trail.
Start Time: 9:30 a.m. Westwood Park, Cobourg; 10:15 a.m. King’s Field, Victoria St., Port Hope

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)

Reminder 6pm Start L2 Westwood Tonight!

6pm!!! Start L2 Westwood Park Cobourg Tonight!

The website is now correct.

Yes, we are starting at 6 pm! for tonight’s L2 ride from Westwood. The light is dwindling and we are increasing distance so there is a scissors crisis between overall time and overall light. Bring your lights too to be extra safe!

Wednesday August 14: Levels 3 and 4 Rides

IMPORTANT: Please note the new start time of 6:00pm

Level 3 Group Ride: We are going to take a counterclockwise route around Cobourg this time, and in the latter half, while flying down Burnham St., at the 32km mark (Kennedy Rd) you can make a decision about whether or not you want to tackle Bickle Hill (it only adds a half km of distance!).  If so, turn off at Kennedy. If not, you just continue down down Burnham reconnect with the others at Dale and Theatre Rd. 

Level 4: This week’s Level 4 follows the same route as Level 3 For the first 32km point then it diverts up Kennedy in order to take in Bickle Hill Rd. 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. And if it’s just too fast, you can simply slow down and wait for the Level 3 Group Ride to catch up.  

Ride Leaders: Mike Collins (Level 3),  Self-navigated (Level 4)
Start time: 6:00pm
Sunset: 8:17pm
Route map (Level 3):
45km Cobourg Counterclockwise on Ride With GPS
Route map (Level 4): 46km Cobourg Counterclockwise (With Bickle. Extension) on Ride With GPS
Elevation: 384m (L3), 431m (L4)
Start location: Westwood Parkette on Carlisle St., just east of Ewing

Level 3 Group Ride: Monday August 11

It’s going to be a fairly long route, but with a 6:00 start time we should finish it before the sun sets. Do remember to have your lights on your bikes though, the sun sets at 8:20pm, giving us 2 hours and 20 minutes to complete the ride. The elevation for this route is not insane, (not flat either, but hey….we do the best we can!), so it should be a nice easy go.

Ride Leader: Anita Macklin
Start time: 6:00
Sunset: 8:20pm
Elevation:  357m
Route map: 48km “Go Fourth (B)” Route map on Ride with GPS
Start location: Port Hope Town Hall

Saturday, September 21st: Discover L&A Ride

The Discover Lennox & Addington Ride has been going on for several years and is a fun opportunity to explore some of the Lennox and Addington area. This event is meant to be a more casual pace with stops along the way to partake of local treats and take in some local sights and history. A number of NHCC members have enjoyed this ride in the past and if anyone is interested in it, early bird registration ends August 15th. Even after that date the price is very reasonable.

Check out the details on the link. https://lennox-addington.on.ca/explore/discover-la-ride
If you register and want to get together with other NHCC folks, leave a comment below.

Date: Saturday, September 21st
Start Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location :  MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company, 1915 County Road 2, Bath

Level 1 Rides: August 12th and August 14th

Level 1 Ride: Monday, August 12th

This ride will start from the parking lot at the Port Hope High School.  This will be an easy level one ride with lots of stops for rest and hydration. Hey, our club motto is We ride for fun, fitness and friendship And there’s plenty of that in Level 1!
Ride Leader: Dennis Benson
Start time: 6:00 pm
Sunset:8:20 pm
Start Location: Port Hope high school parking lot at 130 Highland Dr.

Level 1 Ride: Wednesday, August 14th

Starting point Grafton Public School, head south along Station Rd, ride along lake. Beautiful peaceful ride. Ride to the turn around and back same way. Turn left on lakeshore then left to Nawautin Nature Sanctuary Trail , we will walk our bikes along the trail and enjoy the peacefulness of the sanctuary. Back to Grafton Public School. We will take breaks to refuel.
Ride Leader: Janine Turk
Start time: 6:00 pm
Sunset: 8:17 pm
Start location: The parking lot at the Grafton Public School on 654 Station Rd.

Level 2 Rides, Tues Aug 13 and Thurs Aug 15

Tues Aug 13, Level2 Ride: Westwd Cobourg

****Note New 6pm Start Times****

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, helmets and lights!

Start Time: 6:00 pm
Ride Leader: Geoffrey Honey
Start Location: Westwood Park parking lot, Carlisle St, between Ewing and Westwood.


Thurs Aug 15, Level 2: Kings Field Pt Hope

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).

Pam will be showing us some of the best of Pt Hope area. Here is her ride description:

“We will try again for the loop we should have done last time – west on Lakeshore, north at Willow Beach Rd, go all the way to the 4th Line where we’ll head east again, crossing County Rd 10 to Sylvan Glen where we’ll turn south and go back to our start. About 25km. This route is a bit more challenging than most of the rides so far this year and there are a few more difficult hills but we can do it! And I promise not to lose anyone this time!”

Start Time: 6pm

Ride Leader: Pam Tate

Start Location: King’s Field on Victoria St, just south of Ridout


Weekend Ride: Sunday, August 11th

We will meet at the Furnace Street Arena in Cobourg and ride the Rice Lake Ramble.  There will be three ride distances to choose from:  85 km, 74 km or 58 km. Please comment to let others know you are going to ride and buddy up with a distance of choice. I hope to see all those smiling faces again!

Start Time: 10:00 am
Route Start: Cobourg Memorial Arena on Furnace Street
Ride Co-ordinator: Deb Parks

Ride with GPS Route options: 58 km Route, 74 km Route, 85 km Route