Weekday Rides: August 2-6

We have seven Rides to choose from this week, and even an easy Gravel Ride on Tuesday morning for those thinking about trying a little un-paved roads.  The details of the Friday Floater Ride are still being worked out, but will include a visit to the ZimArt Gallery for something a little different! Here are the rides for the week of August 2-6th:

1. Monday August 2nd: (Level 1 Evening Ride) 
Start time: 6:00pm
Ride Planner: Anita Macklin
Length of Ride: 1.5 – 2 hours (No route provided)
Terrain: A
Pace: Level 1
Type of ride: Group
Start location: Westwood Park on Carlisle between Westwood and Ewing

2. Tuesday August 3rd: (Level 2 Morning Ride)
Start time: 9:30am
Ride Planner:  Dennis Benson
Length: 1.5-2 hours
Terrain: B
Pace: Level 2
Type of ride: Group
Start location: The Mill Restaurant, 990 Ontario Street Cobourg

3. Tuesday August 3rd: Easy Morning Gravel Ride
Start time: 10:00am
Ride Planner: Helmut Bock
Distance: 22km
Terrain: C 
Pace: Level 3
Type of ride: Group
Start location: Hazel Bird Nature Reserve, 9636 Beavermeadow Rd. E

4. Wednesday August 4th: (Level 3 Evening Ride)
Start time: 6:00pm
Ride Planner: Deb Parks
Distance: 42km
Terrain: B
Pace: Level 3
Type of ride: Re-Group
Start location: Kings Field, Victoria Street in Port Hope

5. Thursday August 5th: (Level 4 Evening Ride)
Start time: 6:00pm
Ride Planner: Anita Macklin
Distance: 44km 
Terrain: C
Pace: Level 4
Type of ride: Non-Group
Start location: Cobourg Community Centre, D’Arcy Street, Cobourg

6. Thursday August 5th: (Level 2 Evening Ride)
Start time: 6:00m
Ride Planner: Dennis Benson
Length: 1.5-2 hours 
Terrain: B
Pace: Level 2
Type of ride: Group
Start location: Donegan Park, D’Arcy Street, Cobourg

7. Friday August 6th: Friday Floater Ride “ZimArt Rice Lake”
Start time: 10:00am
Ride Planner: Bill Glover
Distance: TBD 
Terrain: C
Pace: Level 3
Type of ride: Re-Group
Start location: Squirrel Creek Conservation Area, 2520 Wallace Point Rd., Fraserville

RSVP: We need to know how many to expect. You can RSVP two different ways.

  • The easiest way! Visit the NHCC Ride Calendar, click on the ride you are interested in, then click RSVP or,
  • Leave a comment right on the website to say you are coming!

Sunday Ride Tour: Moving (again) to Next Sunday!

Thee’s not enough participation to run the Wine Tour tomorrow, so it’s moving to next Sunday August 8th. Hopefully that will allow more people to plan!

RSVP: We need to know how many to expect. You can RSVP two different ways.

  • The easiest way! Visit the NHCC Ride Calendar, click on the ride you are interested in, then click RSVP or,
  • Leave a comment right on the website to say you are coming!

Notice of Ride Postponement: Date for the Sunday Wine Tour has changed!

The weather is not looking agreeable, so we are postponing the Wine Tour until the following day, Monday August 2nd, subject to a 5-person minimum participation.

Note: If we don’t have the minimum for Monday, we’ll postpone again to next Sunday.

All the other details remain the same!

RSVP: We need to know how many to expect. You can RSVP two different ways.

  • The easiest way! Visit the NHCC Ride Calendar, click on the ride you are interested in, then click RSVP or,
  • Leave a comment right on the website to say you are coming!

Mid-season Membership Survey—your responses determine the direction of the NHCC!

With the cycling season at the half-way point, it’s time for an anonymous Mid-season Members Survey. Our fantastic team of volunteers work tirelessly to steer the club in the right direction but we also welcome opportunities for improvement.  That’s where you come in—we want your constructive input too, so let’s all pitch in and fill out this quick little survey! It’s just 10 questions and honestly, you can complete it faster than you can ride that bike of yours around the block! 

What do we do with the results?

We look at each and every survey to explore how we can best respond to your suggestions. We’ll implement as much as possible for the second half of our 2021 cycling season, to bring you even more grooviness!. 

It’s Anonymous—That’s because we anticipate that some might be a little shy. We have no way of tracking you down! Click here to take the Survey!

Another ride on Sunday! (Level 1) ride with Jim

For those not planning to take part in the PEC Wine Tour on Sunday and would just like to stay local, Jim Breckenridge will be leading a Level 1 group from Donegan Park and out along Lakeshore towards Nawautin. It’s a gorgeously flat route, and the sanctuary at Nawautin has sun, shade, water, and wildlife!

Sunday August 1st: (Level 1) Easy Ride to Nawautin with Jim
Start time: 10:00am
Ride Planner: Jim Breckenridge
Length: 1.5-2 hours
Terrain: A
Pace: Slow (Level 1)
Type of ride: Group
Start location: Donegan Park on D’Arcy St.

RSVP: We need to know how many to expect. You can RSVP two different ways.

  • The easiest way! Visit the NHCC Ride Calendar, click on the ride you are interested in, then click RSVP or,
  • Leave a comment right on the website to say you are coming!

Sunday August 1st ride: Prince Edward County Wine Tour!

Wine! Food! Ice Cream! This is a fabulous wine tour for those who like visit the wineries of Prince Edward County by bicycle! Wayne will take us along a route that passes by at least 20 wineries (all on the map). We can decide as we go which ones to venture into. We’ll have a planned stop in Wellington at the halfway point to get a bite to eat if people wish. For something a little extra, there’s an optional stop at the Lavender farm early on in the tour. Actually, ALL the stops are optional—you could just blast past ’em all, but what would be the point? The plan is to ride together in a group, but if numbers permit, we may break into more than one. Take note that it’s an 11:00 start. Bring a little $$ for optionals that might include wine tastings, food, or ice cream! 

Sunday August 1st: (Tourist Pace Ride!) Prince Edward County Wineries
Start time: 11:00am
Ride Planner: Wayne Pearce
Length of Ride: 50km. Time-wise, who knows? Likely all afternoon!
Terrain: A
Pace: Tourist pace (That means casual, likely leisurely)
Type of ride: Group or ReGroup, depending on numbers
Start location: Corner of Salem Rd. and Loyalist Parkway (park at the side of the road)

RSVP: We need to know how many to expect. You can RSVP two different ways.

  • The easiest way! Visit the NHCC Ride Calendar, click on the ride you are interested in, then click RSVP or,
  • Leave a comment right on the website to say you are coming!

Weekday Rides for July 26-30

This week’s forecast is looking unpredictable, but we’ll forge ahead and plan rides, subject to weather changes of course!

Sunrise, Sunset and Lights on Bikes:
It’s important to note that the days are getting shorter, fast! We are losing almost a minute a day now and in fact, have already lost around 20 minutes of daylight over the past few weeks! Given the earlier sunsets, it’s important for evening rides that you have appropriate lights on both the front and back of your bike. The law requires cyclists have lights on between 30 minutes before sunset until 30 minutes after sunrise.  So, if sunset is at 8:38pm on Thursday night’s ride, lights would be required at 8:08pm.  There are two kinds of lights: Running Lights, and Lights to See With (just like in your car!).  Most bike shops have a selection of lights available in every price range.  For more guidance on selecting some lights, check out this from MEC.  

FYI, you can lookup each day’s official sunset time on the NHCC website in the right hand column! 

Here are the rides for the week of July 26-30th (so far!):

1. Monday July 26th: (Level 2/3) Exploring Port Hope from Mastwoods Rd.
Start time: 6:00pm
Ride Planner: Wayne Pearce
Length of Ride: 1.5 – 2 hours (No route provided)
Terrain: C
Pace: In between Leisurely (Level 2) and Moderate (Level 3)
Type of ride: Group
Start location: 4857 Mastwoods Rd., Port Hope

2. Tuesday July 27th: (Level 2) Dennis’ Casual Evening Ride
Start time: 6:00pm
Ride Planner:  Dennis Benson
Length: 1.5-2 hours
Terrain: B
Pace: Leisurely (Level 2)
Type of ride: Group
Start location: St. Marys Church parking lot in Grafton (103 Lyle St. South, Grafton)

3. Wednesday July 28th: (Level 3) Bewdley to Harwood and Back
Start time: 10:00am
Ride Planner: Wayne Pearce
Distance: 36km + (add 30km more distance for a total of 66km by riding to the start point from Hamilton Township Offices at 9am!)
Terrain: C 
Pace: Moderate (Level3)
Type of ride: Re-Group
Start location: Bewdley Waterfront on Rice Lake

4. Thursday July 29th: (Level 2) Dennis’ Casual Evening Ride
Start time: 6:00pm
Ride Planner: Dennis Benson
Length of Ride: 1.5-2 hours
Terrain: B
Pace: Easy (Level 2)
Type of ride: Group
Start location: Donegan Park, D’Arcy St., Cobourg

5. Friday July 30th: (Level 3, or 4) Friday Floater, “Waterfront Trail Clarington to the ‘Shwa”
Start time: 10:00am
Ride Planner: Randy Albon
Distance: choice of 63km 
Terrain: B
Pace: Mixed Levels
Type of ride: Re-Group
Start location: Bond Head Parkette, Boulten St. in Newcastle

RSVP: We need to know how many to expect (COVID gathering limits apply) You can RSVP two different ways.

  • The easiest way! Visit the NHCC Ride Calendar, click on the ride you are interested in, then click RSVP or,
  • Leave a comment right on the website to say you are coming!

ICYMI: The Friday Floater Ride

There really was something for everyone today! Friday Floater Ride—The “Rock & Lock & Roll Route”—featuring amazing people to ride with, a mammoth size boulder, great flat trail, wildflowers everywhere, cottages, waterfront, and a totally summer-feeling at Redleys on Oak Lake where they have THE BEST FRIES, onion rings and ice cream! What more could we ask for, honestly!