LONG WEEKEND: No scheduled Rides

Another glorious long weekend is upon us! It’s the Civic Holiday this coming Monday and as usual the roads around Northumberland County will be quite busy and many of us go away. There are no scheduled rides for Friday, August 2nd, Sunday, August 4th or Monday, August 5th. We will be back to regularly scheduled rides on Tuesday, August 6th.

Have a wonderful and safe long weekend everyone!

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 3 Group Ride: Monday July 29

It’s going to be a gloriously sunny, warm summer evening for the Monday Night Level 3 Group Ride. Sunset is at 8:38pm, so please make sure you have lights on the front and back of your bikes. Mike will lead the group up to Centerton, then Grafton, then back again. 

Ride Leader: Mike Collins
Start time: 6:30
Sunset: 8:38pm
Elevation:  400m
Route map: Centerton and Grafton 44km route option
Start location: Cobourg Community Centre

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 1 Rides: July 29th and July 31st

Level 1 Ride: Monday, July 29th
This ride will begin at Donegan Park and we will head east along Lakeshore Dr. There will be frequent stops for hydration and rest.

Ride Leader: Dennis Benson
Start time: 6:30 pm
Start Location: Donegan Park at the south end of D’Arcy Street.
Sunset: 8:38 pm

Level 1 Ride: Wednesday, July 31st

This ride will start from the parking lot of the Port Hope High School.  Make sure you bring water and your tires are pumped up. After some safety instruction we will head north and then west.
Cycling safely is always our top priority!

Ride Leader: Dennis Benson
Start time: 6:30 pm
Start location: The parking lot of the Port Hope High School at 130 Highland Dr, Port Hope ON L1A 2A3.
Sunset: 8:36 pm

Weekend Ride: Sunday, July 28th

We will meet at the Port Hope Town Hall and ride the Hope to Hamilton route.  This route is 50 km but can be shortened to 36 km or skimmed a bit to 48 km if you wish.  Those who would like to ride longer than 50 km can meet and ride in from the Canadian Tire parking lot in Cobourg.  This will add on 8 km each way (total 66 km).  Bring some cash to make the traditional “nutrition stop” in Bewdley.  I hope to see your smiling faces and the sun shining! Please comment to let others know you are riding.

Start Time: 9:15 am at Canadian Tire Cobourg, or 10:00 am at Port Hope Town Hall.
Route: Link on Ride with GPS
Ride Co-ordinator: Deb Parks

Friday Floater Ride, July 26th

This week we start in Centreton for the NHCC Centreton-Morganston-Vernonville route.  Just under 50km of some nice undulating hills. This will be a group ride, meaning we all stay together.  It’ll be warming up again so bring lots of fluids to hydrate!

Date: Friday, July 26th
Start Time: 10:00 a.m.
Meeting Location: Park at the southwest corner of County Roads 22 and 23
Ride Leader: Maria Siemiaszko
Route Map: Link to Ride with GPS

All Levels Ride Tonight! Last minute items

The beef patties are made (homemade!), veggie burgers on standby, the pineapple is ready for the grill. The All Levels Ride tonight is set to go! Here are some last minute details:

  • Ride starts at 6:00pm, BBQ at 7:00pm
  • Please bring lawnchairs
  • Also bring your preferred beverage (lemonade will be provided)

Here is the link to the route map on Ride With GPS if you are interested (though you can just follow the crowd!)


Level 4: Thursday July 25 is Hill climbing time!

It’s time for some Hills! But don’t worry…. there’s plenty of nice speedy downhill too. This is a self-navigated ride, meaning that you can make it what you want, and that includes pace—no requirement to ride at lightning speed, though the option is there should you wish! That’s why we recommend that you check in with a few others, or leave a comment letting people know your intention in order to ensure there’s a few others coming along with the same mindset regarding speed. Important: Please leave a comment if you intend to ride.

Coordinator: Randy Albon
Start time: 6:30pm
Sunset: 8:43pm
Route map: 46km Bickle, Jamieson’s and More route map on Ride With GPS
Elevation: 403m
Start location: The Dog Park on Ontario St.