Advance Notice of the Level 3 Urban Ride Weekend (Toronto)

For planning purposes, this is an early notice that on the weekend of August 21 we are developing a two-day Level 3 urban riding event that will see us riding in Toronto, exploring the fabulous cycling paths, trails and urban routes that the city has to offer. 

Getting there

  • GO Train: Park at the Oshawa GO station where we could board the train with bicycles, then we assemble in front of Union Station for the ride start at 12:00noon.
  • Driving: If anyone prefers to drive, the ride will start in front of Union Station on Front Street.

Routes

We have some preliminary routes worked out.  These may change of course, but it gives an overview of what to expect!

Overnight Option

With two days of riding, some participants may decide to make independent arrangements for overnight accommodation making it a great getaway! Once we know how many are coming, we’ll circulate the list so that people can choose to make plans with others.

**COVID requirement: All participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID in order to participate.

If you have any questions or comments, please use the comment feature to let us know!

RSVP: Please submit your name to secretary@northumberlandhillscyclingclub.com if you are interested (no commitment yet)

Rides for Week of August 9–14 (Including Saturday)

We have five weekday rides, and one on Saturday for a total of six rides this week.  One notable difference from other weeks is that there is no Friday Floater—instead we are testing out a Saturday Floater for a change! 

1. Tuesday August 10th: (Level 2) Morning Ride
Start time: 9:30am
Ride Planner: Dennis Benson
Length of Ride: 1.5 – 2 hours (No route provided)
Terrain: B
Pace: Level 2
Type of ride: Group
Start location: St. Marys Church parking lot in Grafton (103 Lyle St. South, Grafton)

2. Tuesday August 10th: (Level 2) Evening Ride
Start time: 6:00pm
Ride Planner: Heather Read
Distance: 30-35km (no route provided)
Terrain: B
Pace: Level 2
Type of ride: Group
Start location: Kings Field, 28 Victoria St. S, Port Hope

3. Wednesday August 11th: (Level 3) Evening Ride
Start time: 6:00pm
Ride Planner:  Bill Glover
Distance: 37km
Terrain: B
Pace: Level 3
Type of ride: Group
Start location: Kings Field, 28 Victoria St. S, Port Hope

4. Thursday August 12th: (Level 2) 
Start time: 6:00pm
Ride Planner: Dennis Benson
Length: 1.5 – 2 hours
Terrain: B 
Pace: Level 2
Type of ride: Group
Start location: Donegan Park, D’Arcy St., Cobourg

5. Thursday August 12th: (Level 4) 
Start time: 6:00pm
Ride Planner: Anita Macklin
Distance: 44km
Terrain: C
Pace: Level 4
Type of ride: NON-Group
Start location: Cobourg Memorial Arena, 206 Furnace St., Cobourg

6. Saturday August 14th: (Level 3) SATURDAY Floater, “The ‘Shwa to Port Union”
Start time: 10:00am
Ride Planner: Randy Albon
Distance: 78km 
Terrain: A
Pace: Level 3
Type of ride: Group
Start location: Lakefront West Parking Lot, 1200 Skae Dr., Oshawa (Intersection of Skae and Phillip Murray Ave.)

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!

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!

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!

Weekday Rides for July 19-23

We have six rides on the schedule for this week so far. Of particular interest is the Friday Floater Ride, the “Rock and Lock and Roll Route” which re-scheduled from a few weeks ago.  It’s a route that just about anyone in the club can enjoy with the first half being almost dead flat off-road trail.  You can go as far as you’d like then turn around and come back, making it whatever distance you want (up to 34km), or do the whole route (50km) for a mix of trail and road. 

1. Tuesday July 20th: (Level 3/4) Camborne to Bewdley
Start time: 6:00pm
Ride Planner: Anita Macklin
Distance: 46km
Terrain: C
Pace: Moderate (Level3), or Fast (Level 4)
Type of ride: Re-Group
Start location: Hamilton Township Municipal Offices

2. Tuesday July 20th: (Level 2) Donegan Park to Grafton
Start time: 9:30am
Ride Planner:  Dennis Benson
Length: 1.5-2 hours
Terrain: B
Pace: Leisurely (Level 2)
Type of ride: Group
Start location: Donegan Park, D’Arcy Street in Cobourg

3. Wednesday July 21st: (Level 3/4) Evening Ride for Distance
Start time: 6:00pm
Ride Planner: Debbie Parks
Distance: 46km
Terrain: C 
Pace: Moderate (Level3), or Fast (Level 4)
Type of ride: Re-Group
Start location: Sylvan Glen, on Sylvan Glen Road in Port Hope

4. Wednesday July 21st: (Level 1) Easy Tour of Cobourg
Start time: 6:00pm
Ride Planner: Jim Breckenridge
Length of Ride: 1.5-2 hours
Terrain: A
Pace: Easy (Level 1)
Type of ride: Group
Start location: Peace Park on Forth St., in Cobourg

5. Thursday July 22nd: (Level 2) Evening Ride, in and around Cobourg
Start time: 6:00pm
Ride Planner: Dennis Benson
Length of time: 1.5 – 2 hours
Terrain: B
Pace: Leisurely (Level 2)
Type of ride: Group
Start location: Westwood Park, on Carlisle between Westwood and Ewing

6. Friday July 23rd: (Level 2, 3, or 4) Friday Floater Ride, “The Rock and Lock and Roll Route”
Start time: 10:00am
Ride Planner: Randy Albon
Distance: choice of 34 or 50km 
Terrain: B
Pace: Mixed Levels
Type of ride: Re-Group
Start location: Lower Trent Trail Parking lot, 70 Lock Rd, Trenton

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!

Weekday Rides for the week of July 12-16

Busy week ahead. We have 9 rides planned for this week so far—two rides every day (except Friday)! Lots to choose from, like Randys Workshop: Gearing, there is a Friday Floater Ride up in Peterborough, a few nice & lazy rides for enjoying the sunshine, and also a couple of rides for building some mileage and strength.  All of the details are on our Club Ride Calendar, but here is a summary:

1. Monday July 12th: (Level 2) Port Hope Ride
Start time: 10:00am
Ride Planner: Bill Glover
Distance: 28km
Terrain: B
Pace: Leisurely (Level 2)
Type of ride: Group
Start location: Kings Field in Port Hope on Victoria Street

2. Monday July 12th: (Level 3/4 ) Building Mileage in Grafton
Start time: 6:00pm
Ride Planner: Anita Macklin
Distance: 54km
Terrain: C
Pace: Moderate (Level 3), or Fast (Level 4)
Type of ride: Re-Group
Start location: Grafton Memorial Arena

3. Tuesday July 13th: (Level 1) (Leisurely Cobourg in Town Ride)
Start time: 10:00am
Ride Planner: Jim Breckenridge
Length of Ride: 60-90minutes
Terrain: A
Pace: Slow (Level 1)
Type of ride: Group
Start location: Peace Park, 175 Forth St., Cobourg

4. Tuesday July 13th: (Level 3/4) Linton and Sully Road to Harwood
Start time: 10:00am
Ride Planner: Helmut Bock
Distance: 43km
Terrain: C 
Pace: Moderate (Level3), or Fast (Level 4)
Type of ride: Re-Group
Start location: Balls Mill Conservation Area parking lot (2971 Harwood Rd)

5. Wednesday July 14th: (Level 3/4) Ride Toward Rice Lake
Start time: 6:00pm
Ride Planner: Anita Macklin
Distance: Choice of either 42km, or 53km
Terrain: B or C (depending on route choice)
Pace: Moderate (Level3), or Fast (Level 4)
Type of ride: Re-Group
Start location: Hamilton Township Municipal Offices

6. Wednesday July 14th: (Level 1,2) Workshop: All about GEARING with Randy
Start time: 6:00pm
Ride Planner: Randy Albon
Length: 60 minute workshop followed by 60 minute ride
Terrain: A
Pace: Slow (Level 1)
Type of ride: Group
Start location: Westwood Park, on Carlisle between Westwood and Ewing

7. Thursday July 15th: (Level 3/4) Golden Beach Loop
Start time: 10:00am
Ride Planner: Helmut Bock
Distance: 53km
Terrain: C 
Pace: Moderate (Level3), or Fast (Level 4)
Type of ride: Re-Group
Start location: Balls Mill Conservation Area parking lot (2971 Harwood Rd)

8. Thursday July 15th: (Level 2) Start and End in Cobourg
Start time: 6:00pm
Ride Planner: Bill Glover
Distance: 28km
Terrain: B
Pace: Leisurely (Level 2)
Type of ride: Group
Start location: Westwood Park, on Carlisle between Westwood and Ewing

9. Friday July 16th: (Level 3) Friday Floater Ride, Peterborough Shimano 1 or 1A
Start time: 10:00am
Ride Planner: Randy Albon
Distance: choice of 49 or 63km 
Terrain: B
Pace: Moderate (Level 3)
Type of ride: Re-Group
Start location: Beavermede Park, Peterborough

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!

NHCC Sunday Explore—No stone left unturned!

We saw it all! And just about everyone managed to discover little pathways or routes that they never new existed. The “Nooks and Crannies of Cobourg Ride” was full of happy smiles and laughter. We felt like kids again, (socially distanced, of course!) as we explored the winding, wooded trails with greenery that was growing taller than any of us, the beach, the campground, and all those little areas we thought “Nawww….we can’t go there!” but learned that “Oh yes we can!” What fun! It was the perfect summer day. The ice-creamers of the group ended up down at the Waterfront slurping pralines and cream, chocolate, butterscotch, and chocolatey mint chip. 🙂 Check out the pictures!