Rides for the week of: Monday May 23 to Sunday May 30

We have all the regular rides this week, plus this Sunday we are heading out of town for a ride starting in Peterborough at Beavermede Park.  It’s a glorious route along the Peterborough Rotary Greenway Trail all the way up to Lakefield where hopefully it will be much warmer than this past Sunday was. And if so, bring some ice-cream $ for the great ice-cream shop at the end of the trail.  For the mountain bikers in the club, there’s ride posted for this coming Saturday, and Helmut always makes sure it’s fun.  You can see all the details and also RSVP using your Cycle Club account.  

Using the Discussion feature on Cycle Club: We’re all pretty conscious of trying to conserve gas these days, so if you are interested and able to carpooling, there’s a Discussion feature attached to each Event in Cycle Club.  Just post a comment there and see what materializes. It’s a great way to communicate with others about any particular ride! 

 

The Quick Facts: Upcoming Rides

IMPORTANT: Please note Start Locations may vary for each Ride Level.

Tuesday May 24th: Evening Ride, 6:30pm

Level 1: 
Start location: Cobourg Public Library, 200 Ontario St.

Level 2: 
Start location: St. Mary’s Church in Grafton at 103 Lyle St., South

Level 3 and 4:
Change notice:  Start location: Hamilton Township Municipal Office, 8285 Majestic Hills Rd.

Thursday May 26th: Morning Ride, 10am

Level 1: 
Start location: Westwood Park on Carlisle St., just east of Ewing

Level 2:
Start location: Park on the street at 145 Park Lane, Hastings

Level 3 and 4:
Start location: Westwood Park on Carlisle St., just east of Ewing

Saturday May 28th: Mountain Biking, 10am

Levels: (3 and 4)
Start location:  Beagle Club Trailhead, Northumberland Forest

Sunday May 29th: Out-of-Town (Peterborough) Morning Ride, 10am

Levels: (1, 2, 3 and 4)
Start location:  Beavermede Park, 2011 Ashburnham Dr., Peterborough
Click here to see it on Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/cvX5SnKcqYH2B5Sc9

 

Mountain Biking, Saturday May 21st, 10am

It slipped through the cracks when we announced the rides for the week, but it’s on Cycle Club now! For those who like a little adventure and have a mountain bike, Helmut is taking the group out again this Saturday at 10am.  All the details are on Cycle Club, so please RSVP there, so that Helmut knows who to expect, and how many to plan for.  This is a Level 3 & 4 ride, and mountain bikes are required.  

An early season safety tune-up

We’ve been having a fabulous time riding and getting to know new people and the 2022 season is off to a wonderful start!  We want to make sure everyone rides safely and happily forever. Therefore, we’re going to take a moment to tune-up our safety a bit. A few tweaks and adjustments:

  • When stopping at intersections, let’s ensure that we all position ourselves off the road and don’t congregate at the intersection. In fact, we prefer to have people stop about 25-50ft before or after the intersection in order to prevent a gaggle of cyclists awkwardly occupying the space. We also make a better impression! 
  • It’s really important that everyone maintain awareness of the sights and sounds around us, especially in a group setting. Therefore, we kindly ask for no headphones or external music.  
  • Please make sure you have RSVPd to a ride using the Cycle Club account—it allows the Ride Leader access to emergency contact information during the posted hours of the ride.
  • Ride as far to the right as is practicable. Its easy to get yakking with friends on the ride, but if you look down and notice you are getting close to that yellow line in the centre you really need to shimmy to the right cuz you’ve gone too far. 🙂
  • If you have never taken a cycling safety workshop (or even if you have), here’s a great refresher of how we can best interact with traffic.  It’s very good!

“BIKE FOR THE PLANET” Community Ride—Sunday June 5th 10am, Cobourg Bandshell – VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED

Together with Sustainable Cobourg and  Cycle Transitions we are pleased to be involved in the resurrection of the Bike For The Planet 2022 event in Cobourg. There are two distances—a short loop of 6km or a longer version of 10km, escorted by the Cobourg Police services. In past years we had up to 130 people attend! The event is free and for all ages.

Volunteer sweeps needed:
The NHCC has been asked to support the event by volunteering as ride sweeps. We will require at least six—3 for each route. A pre-ride and meeting for the sweeps will take place at the Bandshell this Thursday evening, May 19th at 6:30 pm. (The Cobourg Police Services are attending). 

Rides for the week of: Monday May 16 to Sunday May 22

We have a great week planned out! With all the nice weather we’ve been having, it’s always a good idea to carry a few $$ with you in the event of ice-cream, cuz you just never know!  A few of the highlights for this week include the Level 1 “PIE RIDE”—yep, it promises to be fun. Bring forks—it’s pie tasting time!  On Sunday there is a whole club ride that Mich has put together in Newcastle that will take everyone along some paved, gorgeous pathways then out into the countryside (depending on Level)—different distances for each Level. There’s something for everyone. Get all the details and RSVP using your Cycle Club account. Honestly, its so easy to use! If you aren’t already setup, please do so—it’s how we notify members of ride cancellations or significant changes.   

The Quick Facts: Upcoming Rides

IMPORTANT: Please note Start Locations may vary for each Ride Level.

Tuesday May 17th: Evening Ride, 6:30pm

Level 1: 
Start location: Westwood Park (on Carlisle between Ewing and Burnham)

Level 2: 
Start location: Donegan Park on D’Arcy St.

Level 3:
Start location: Beagle Club Trailhead, Northumberland Forest

Thursday May 19th: Morning Ride, 10am

Level 1: 
Start location: Beside the fountain in the little parkette beside the Millstone Bakery on Albert Street, Cobourg.

Level 2:
NOTICE OF CHANGE: Start location: St. Marys’ Church parking lot in Grafton at 103 Lyle St. South.

Level 3:
Start location: Grafton Arena (Haldimand Community Memorial Arena), 10766 Hwy 2 in Grafton

Saturday May 21sr: Mountain Biking, 10am

Levels: (3 and 4)
Start location:  Beagle Club Trailhead, Northumberland Forest

Sunday May 22nd: Morning Ride, 10am

Levels: (1, 2, 3 and 4)
Start location:  Newcastle: Parking lot near 479-477 Toronto St, Newcastle, ON
Directions: Click here to see it on Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/cvX5SnKcqYH2B5Sc9

 

Rides for the week of Monday May. 9th to Sunday, May 15th

Every day this week shows shine and warm temperatures. Forget the lawn! Skip the gardening…get your bike out and enjoy this weather! We’ve been getting some great turnouts for rides and we are hoping that everyone is learning to use your Cycle Club account. If you haven’t yet grasped it we’re happy to help you! Just email Anita at secretary@northumberlandhillscyclingclub.com. She’ll get you all set up!   

Ride Cancellations or significant changes: In the event that a ride needs to be cancelled or there is a change to the start location, notice will be given through the Cycle Club app, so it’s important to start using it.  

The Quick Facts: Upcoming Rides

IMPORTANT: Please note Start Locations may vary for each Ride Level.

Tuesday May 10th: Evening Ride, 6:30pm

Levels: (1, 2, 3, and 4)
Start location: Start at Cycle Transitions. (Directions: Enter the industrial park from D’Arcy St southbound, directly across from the main entrance of the Cobourg Community Centre)

Thursday May 12th: Morning Ride, 10am

Level: (1) 
Start location:  (Level 1 only) Donegan Park (D’Arcy St. in Cobourg)

Levels: (2, 3 and 4)
Start location: (Levels 2, 3, and 4 only) King’s Field, Port Hope

Saturday May 14th: Mountain Bike Ride, 10am

Levels: (3, and 4)
Start location: Northumberland Forest, Woodland Trailhead
*Mountain bikes or suitable gravel bikes are required

Sunday May 15th: Morning Ride, 10am

Levels: (1, and 2)
Start location:  (Level 1 and 2 only) Donegan Park (D’Arcy St. in Cobourg)

Levels: (3, and 4)
Start location: (Level 3 and 4 only) Hamilton Township Municipal Office

RSVP: All the details are on your Cycle Club account. If you plan to ride, please locate the Event and click “Going” so the ride leader knows how many to expect.

How to get Bike Navigation (audio) on your mobile device for Club Rides:

If the image with instructions doesn’t appear on your device, please click here.

 

Weekend Rides: and some re-scheduled rides for tonight

The Quick Facts:Upcoming Rides for tonight and the Weekend

All rides that were cancelled last night have been re-scheduled to tonight.

Saturday May 7th: Mountain Bike Ride
Start time: 10am
Levels: 3, and 4
Start location: Northumberland Forest, Beagle Club Trailhead
*Mountain bikes or suitable gravel bikes are required

Sunday May 8th: Morning Ride
Start time: 10am
Levels: 1, 2, 3, and 4
Start location: Cobourg Memorial Arena, 206 Furnace St., Cobourg
Start location: Cobourg Memorial Arena

RSVP: All the details are on your Cycle Club account. If you plan to ride, please locate the Event and click “Going” so the ride leader knows how many to expect.

Ride Cancellation Notice for Tuesday May 3

Ride Cancellation Notice: Big giant raindrops falling from the sky. 30-40mm worth, and since we are a cycling (not a swimming club), we’ll cancel the ride tonight, Tuesday May 3.  

If there are ride leaders available, there’s a possibility we could re-schedule some of the rides for tomorrow evening as a short-notice alternative. Please monitor the Cycle Club app to see which, if any Rain Date Rides get posted. 

The Regular Cycling Season starts Sunday!

The much anticipated start of our regular cycling season begins this Sunday May 1st and the rides have now been posted on Cycle Club! This means that there will be recurring rides on Tuesday Evenings at 6:30, Thursday Mornings at 10am, and Sunday Mornings at 10am. Other rides will also appear on our Ride Calendar from time to time as well, but will be above and beyond the standard rides. 

Full details of next week’s rides are all found in your Cycle Club Account.  If you haven’t already signed up for it, please do so.  Start here! https://www.cycleclubapp.com

The Quick Facts:Upcoming Rides for Next Week (May 1st to May 7th)

Sunday May 1st: Morning Ride
Start time: 10am
Levels: 1, 2, 3, and 4
Start location: Cobourg Memorial Arena

Tuesday May 3: Evening Ride
Start time: 6:30pm
Levels:1, 2, 3, and 4
Start location:
 Donegan Park (D’Arcy St. in Cobourg)

Thursday May 5: Morning Ride
Start time: 10am
Levels:1, 2, 3, and 4
Start location:
Westwood Park on Carlisle St. in Cobourg

Why do I need  to sign up for a Cycle Club account?
To RSVP to a ride: Allows the Ride Leader can anticipate participants and plan accordingly.  And you can also see who’s riding, which is kinda nice, isn’t it? Among others things, it gives the Ride Leader access to your emergency contact information in the event of a mis-hap.  Ride Leaders only have access to that critical information if you have RSVPd! 

To access the Club’s Ride Calendar: That’s why we joined after all! Cuz we want to ride our bike with others.  To see all the Club’s events and the particulars of Start time, Start location etc., that’s where you see it all.

Where and when do rides start?
We like variety! Start locations will vary ride to ride, depending on where the Ride Leaders wish to take the group. Occasionally the start time will also vary, for instance in the heat of July and August when we move the morning rides to 9am in order to beat the heat.  As the season progresses and days become shorter, you may see evening rides starting a little earlier.

How can I ask questions about a Ride beforehand?
With your Cycle Club account, there is a Discussion feature attached to each and Event (Ride) where you can post questions that the Ride Leader or other participants may respond to.

Ride Cancellations:
Bad weather happens—Rides may sometimes be cancelled due inclement weather, and other unforeseen circumstances.  Through your Cycle Club account you will receive notifications of such.

Guest Riders:
We welcome guests! So if you have company visiting, or just know of a friend or two who might like to try it out there are Guest Waivers on our website that they’d need to sign and bring to a ride.  Guests may ride for up to 3 rides before a full membership would be required.

Group Rides, Ride Leaders, and Sweeps:
Most of our rides are Group Rides.  This means that there will be a Ride Leader whose role it is to ensure that the ride is safe and enjoyable while following the Club’s Risk Management Guidelines.  There will usually be a Sweep working with the Ride Leader, and whose role, among others, is to be at the back of the group, ensuring nobody gets left behind. 

Your Ride Leader is the one with the skill, experience and leadership abilities to help guide others. During a ride, a Ride Leader will establish the pace (speed) of the ride. They will not necessarily be at the front of the group all of the time but rather mingling and integrating to ensure overall cohesiveness of the group.  They are the first point of contact for troubleshooting issues and safety concerns.

Which Level should I choose?
Start easy and work your way up! Aim for a level lower than what you think you might be able to handle, and if it’s far too easy for you, you can certainly try out the next level up. We have four Levels to choose from, starting from Level 1 and increasing in speed and difficulty as you move up.  You are not locked into any particular level! You are welcome to participate in any level on any ride, if you are able to keep the pace.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on the road!  🙂

Last call for tonights online Cycle-Safe Basics zoom session

You still have time to get in! It’s our final safety session before the official season begins.  The NHCC Cycle-Safe Basics (online) session is about two hours long, and it’s a great investment of time! A little bit of information could go a long way toward preventing the unthinkable!

Date: Tonight! Wednesday April 27th, 6:30pm

The Cycle-Safe Clinic delivered by Dennis and Anita who are both formally trained cycling safety instructors. We will cover essential safety principles and group riding techniques to help you build confidence in riding with a group and in traffic safely.

If you wish to participate and haven’t yet received a zoom invite, just email secretary@northumberlandhillscyclingclub.com and we’ll send one out to you.