ALL LEVELS RIDE: Wednesday May 15

Its the first of our once-monthly All Levels Ride and Social (Cobourg)! So, what does that even mean? All Levels Rides are a monthly opportunity for all NHCC members to ride together, with the option to try out one of the other levels on an out-and-back route where nobody gets lost.

There will be 4 designated pace-setters among the group, riding at each of the NHCC defined Levels (1-4). Just pick the level you want to try, and follow that pace setter to see what riding at that level really feels like. If you change your mind mid-ride, no problem, just slow down and wait for a group that’s riding at the speed you like. The All Levels Ride is ideal if you think you’d like to feel what the other levels are like without committing.

It’s easy: We ride for 45 minutes (or less depending on your Level) then turn around and head back the same way you went. This ensures everyone finishes at the same time for the optional social part where we head indoors for drinks, wings, social time and meeting others. This time the Oasis Bar and Grill will be our chosen spot!

Time: 6:30–8:00pm (ride) 8:00-9:30pm (social–The Oasis Bar and Grill)
Start location:  Parking lot on Albert Street behind the Dutch Oven and Craft Food House

Level 2 Rides: Tues May 14 and Thurs May 16

Tuesday May 14 Level 2 Ride: Westwood Cobourg

We will do a slightly shorter-than-usual 17 km ride with a few moderate hills and frequent rests. The weather looks to be cold so make sure you have gloves, wind layers and wool/fleece underneath. Wondering what to wear? I will be wearing: Helmet, leather gloves, Hi-vis windproof jacket & pants, buff for neck protection, ear grips. Meeting at Westwood Park we’ll ride out to New Amherst, down Hwy 2 to Theatre Rd, then Telephone Rd., Burnham, Danforth, Ontario, then navigate a few in-town roads back to the start point.

Start Time: 6:30 pm
Ride Leader: Geoffrey Honey
Route map: Find the route using this link to Ride with GPS
Start Location: Westwood Park Parking Lot Carlisle St Between Westwood and Ewing

Thursday May 16 Level 2 Ride: Cobourg to Archers Rd.

We will try again to defy the wind and actually make it out to Archer’s Rd. After a safety discussion we will head out from Sleep Country Parking Lot down Hwy 2 to Archer’s Road as far as the Railway bridge. There is one significant hill over the railroad tracks at the east end of town. There will be frequent breaks for water (bring some) catching your breath and socializing. Clothing FYI: I will dress similar to Tues but may ditch the leather gloves and ear grips, depending on wind.

Start time: 6:30pm
Ride Leader: Geoffrey Honey
Start Location: Diamond Head Industrial Park, 210 Willmott St. Cobourg

Level 1 Ride: May 13

Believe it or not, the days are getting longer, even if we don’t have warm sunny weather to go with it. Almost one minute more every day! Sunset on Monday is at 8:28pm, meaning almost 90 minutes before lights need to be on bikes. FYI, the Highway Traffic Act requires that bicycles have lights turned on 30 minutes before the sun sets until 30 minutes after sunrise. If you haven’t already installed a light on the front and back of your bike please do so. Dennis will be happy to discuss types of lights at the start of the ride if you unsure.

Level 1: Monday, May 13

Ride leader:  Dennis Benson
Start time: 6:30 pm
Sunset: 8:28pm
Start location:  Parking lot on Albert Street behind the Dutch Oven and Craft Food House

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