Level 3 Group Ride: Monday July 22

The Monday night group ride is going to leave from the Municipal Office in Hamilton Township, head up to Rice Lake to Gore’s Landing then travel along the beautiful south shore of Rice Lake to Harwood before returning down Harwood Road then a nice long downhill finish on Burnham St. The days are getting shorter! Please ensure you have your headlights on the front and back of your bikes.

Ride Leader: Anita Macklin
Start time: 6:30
Sunset: 8:46pm
Elevation:  397m
Route map: 38km “Rice Lake South” Route map on Ride with GPS
Start location: Hamilton Township Municipal Office

Level 3 and 4 Ride: Wednesday July 17

Level 3: This Wednesday’s routes are a combination of previous routes starting out from Grafton Sports Arena car park. We’ve changed the direction of travel along some sections to give you all a different view of the countryside and the opportunity to enjoying going down some of those hills you battled up earlier in the season (of course you’ll also have to climb some of those hills you enjoyed speeding down!). The L3 group ride will go at a Level 3 pace with a Allan leading in front, and a sweep at the back of the group.

Level 4: If you want to go a little faster and farther, give the self-navigated Level 4 option a try. It’s essentially the same route for the first 9km until Vernonville where you can decide if you want to continue along the 5km extension, or hold back and wait to re-join Level 3. The extension eventually turns onto Telephone Rd where both routes are identical until the finish. If you need help installing the Ride with GPS app on your phone just fire off an email to Webmaster@northumberlandhillscyclingclub.com and we’ll get you underway!

Ride Leader: Allan Dennis (L3), self-navigating (L4)
Start time: 6:30 (L4) and 6:35 (L3)
Sunset: 8:50pm
Route maps: Level 3, 40 km “Fletcher’s Foray” route map, and Level 4, 45km “Fletcher’s Foray Extended” route map
Elevation: 261m (L3), and 264m (L4)
Start location: Grafton Arena on Hwy 2 in Grafton

Special Event: The NHCC All Levels ride and BBQ, Wednesday July 24th

This month’s All Levels Ride will also include a BBQ provided to all NHCCers afterward, on the evening of Wednesday July 24th. The 60 minute ride will have a start time of 6:00, followed by a BBQ afterward at Randy and Anita’s home on Smylie Rd. The ride will be a simple, out-and-back style with suitable for every rider, from Level 1 to Level 4. Everyone rides at their own pace and finishes at the same time. The NHCC will provide complimentary post-ride hamburgers (either beef or veggie, please advise us of your preference) and other tasty things to enjoy while all you need to bring is your favourite drink. All members are welcome! If you can’t make it for the ride, you are welcome to come for the BBQ Social portion that starts at 7:00. Every NHCC member is welcome! Note that the ride starts earlier than usual, at 6:00pm 

Date: Wednesday July 24, 2019
Start time (Ride): 6:00pm
Start time (BBQ): 7:00pm
Start location: Smylie Rd. and Burnham St. (Park along Smylie Rd.)
Route map: not required, you’ll just follow the crowd!
RSVP (IMPORTANT): Please leave a comment or email us to let us know your preference for either beef or veggie burger, and let us know if you need the exact address: nhcycling2010@gmail.com.

The NHCCs 1st Anniversary Ride in 2012.

The NHCCs 1st Anniversary Ride in 2012.

Level 3 Group Ride: Monday July 15

OK, so last Wednesday we did a bit of climbing – but the downhills made it all worthwhile!  This Monday Allan has a less hilly course plotted but a little longer, 45kms, so no worry you’ll still manage to burn up all those excess calories! The more rolling countryside to the West of Port Hope should be ideal for a great Level 3 group ride.

Ride Leader: Allan Dennis
Start time: 6:30
Sunset: 8:51pm
Route map: “Chard’s Challenge” 45km route map on Ride With GPS
Elevation: 285m
Start location: Port Hope High School parking lot

Last call for the St. Jacob’s cycling weekend with the Ganaraska Freewheelers

This is the last call to secure your spot for the cycling weekend with the Ganaraska Freewheelers at St. Jacobs, July 26-28. The group will visit St. Jacob’s market, cycle a few 80km-ish routes, and enjoy some social time together. There are various accommodation options including camping, university rez, and hotel, but need to be reserved. You can read more about the weekend by reading their post Information: St. Jacobs — July 26-28. If you’d like to reserve a spot or ask questions, please email Sue from the Freewheelers at  seapott@hotmail.com.

Level 3/4 Group Ride: Wednesday July 10

This Wednesday we’ll do a combined Level 3 & 4 ride again. This means that both levels will start from the same location and the first 20km is the same for both but:
Level 3: rides 39km in a group at a casual pace with a ride leader and a sweep.
Level 4: leaves 5 minutes earlier, rides at a faster pace and completes an extra 18km. There will be a ride leader but no sweep.

It’s a great opportunity to set out with the Level 4 crowd if you feel up to it and then drop back with the Level 3 group ride if you decide to.

Ride Leader: Allan Dennis (L3), and Anita Macklin (L4)
Start time: 6:30 (L4) and 6:35 (L3)
Sunset: 8:54pm
Route maps: Level 3, 37km route map, and Level 4, 56km route map
Elevation: 346m (L3), and 482m (L4)
Start location: Parking lot at the Industrial park, 210 Willmott St. Cobourg

Level 3 Group Ride: Monday July 8

Correction notice: The start point for tonight’s ride was previously incorrect. The correct location is the Cobourg Community Centre.

Monday Night Group Ride! This is a straight-up Level 3 which means group ride with a leader and a sweep, riding at a casual pace, making sure the group stays together. (Note there is no Level 4 option on the Monday ride). Start in Cobourg at the Community Centre, we’ll ride up past St. Anne’s and back down Lyle St., which is always a lot of fun!

Ride Leader: Anita Macklin
Start time: 6:30pm
Sunset: 8:55pm
Route: (44k) Centerton and Grafton A route map link on Ride with GPS
Start location: Cobourg Community Center

Level 3 and 4 ride: Wednesday July 3

NEW for July. We are trying a new format for the month of July and have Level 3 and 4s riding the same nights (Monday’s & Wednesday’s). Believe it or not, after this Wednesday the days start getting shorter!

Level 4 will depart 5mins before Level 3. Both travel the same route as far as Little Rd where Level 4s continue on with an additional 14 Km loop. Level 4s self-navigate, so be prepared with map / loaded RWGPS route. Level 3 is a normal a group ride. 

Ride Leader (Level 3 Group Ride): Allan Dennis
Start times: (Level 4, 6:30) (Level 3, 6:35)
Sunset: 8:57
Route map (Level 3, 35km): Link to route map in Ride With GPS
Route map (Level 4, 50km): Link to route map on Ride With GPS
Elevation: Level 3–269m, Level 4–390m
Start location: Cobourg Memorial Arena on Furnace St. 

Level 3 Group Rides: June 24th and 26th

Monday June 24: Level 3 Group Ride

This ride is a nice & easy-ish ride starting at Port Hope High School and heading out to the quiet roads of Hope Township. We’ve got plenty of time to get the distance in with these super-long daylight hours! 35 km ride to Osaca along some very pretty and quiet roads, returning along Lakeshore Road.

Ride Leader: Anita Macklin
Start time: 6:30pm
Sunset: 8:58pm
Route map: “Osaca Ride” Link to map on Ride with GPS
Elevation gain: 227m
Start location: Port Hope High School

Wednesday June 26: Level 3 Group Ride

We are well into the cycling season and the legs are hopefully feeling a little stronger and a little more confident to take on a few more hills. This is a great route but we’ll not lie there are couple of good climbs. We’ll be cycling as a group, looking out for each other as always and we’ll not leave anyone alone! There is a detour we can take if necessary – once we see how we are all doing. This is the Old Sapper’s first lead of 2019 so come and support the poor old fella!

Ride Leader: Allan Dennis (The Old Sapper)
Start time: 6:30pm
Sunset: 8:58pm
Route Map:  “Gordon’s Gallivant” Link to route map on Ride with GPS
Elevation gain: 410m
Start Point: Industrial Plaza, Wilmot St, Cobourg East