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

Level 3 Rides: May 6 & 8

The weather is looking reasonable for Tuesday as long as the rain stays away. Wednesday…..we’ll see.  We’ll do the ride that was cancelled last week on Tuesday, a nice and short 26km distance just to get your legs moving again after a long winter. Then on Wednesday we go a little longer, out to Port Hope and back for 36km. 

Monday May 6, Level 3

This route is 26km long. This ride will depart from the arena on Furnace Street at 6:30 pm. We will head north to Baltimore (via Division/ Ferguson/ Racetrack) and then head back to Cobourg (via Nagle)

Ride leader: Anita Macklin
Start time: 6:30 pm
Route map: (26k) Baltimore and Back Route map on Ride With GPS
Start location: Cobourg Memorial Arena, 206 Furnace St.

Wednesday May 8, Level 3

Ride Leader: Anita Macklin
Start Time: 6:30 pm
Route: 36 km North Port Hope
Start location: Westwood Park (Carlisle Park between Ewing and Westwood)

Level 3 Ride: Wednesday May 1

anita macklin Meet your Ride Coordinator: Anita Macklin
Anita has been with the NHCC since day one! She is trained as a CanBike safety instructor, is the past-president and a founding member of the NHCC.

The weather has been just a little crazy lately, but let’s hope that it holds out for the first ride of the season this coming Wednesday. If necessary, ride-cancellation notices are posted on the website a few hours before the ride start.

What to expect on Level 3 rides: The key to Level 3 is that the pace and difficulty of the ride will be incrementally faster than Level 2 and incrementally slower than Level 4. There will be a ride leader setting the appropriate pace.

  • Road bike strongly recommended
  • Participants should be comfortable riding in a group formation, both single file and two-abreast
  • No one gets dropped; at the same time, pushing the pace will not be tolerated
  • Rides may include a mid-route break (daytime rides only), typically at a convenience store or similar
  • Distances for evening rides begin at around 25km
  • Speed (pace) for the season starts at around 20km per hour on flat pavement (faster or slower in response to hills and wind conditions)
  • Distances and speeds will increase as the season progresses

Note: There are maximum pace parameters for Level 3. The NHCC offers a Level 4 Ride (Tuesdays & Thursdays) designed to have no restrictions on pace so you can ride fast & wild (but safely, of course). 🙂

Wednesday May 1st, Level 3

This route is 26km long. This ride will depart from the arena on Furnace Street at 6:30 pm. We will head north to Baltimore (via Division/ Ferguson/ Racetrack) and then head back to Cobourg (via Nagle)

Ride leader: Anita Macklin
Start time: 6:30 pm
Route map: (26k) Baltimore and Back Route map on Ride With GPS
Start location: Cobourg Memorial Arena, 206 Furnace St.

Pre-season Ride today at 1:00

We are making the most of good forecast! This ride is short notice for this afternoon, but since the weather is cooperating we can squeeze in a ride for those who are free to go from Cobourg to Hope Township and beyond, starting at 1:00. These pre-season rides are a little less structured and we’ll set a pace that works for those who come out. The total distance is around 48km but there is an option to extend it further toward Newcastle if people want to once we reach Canton. There are hills on this route!

Start time: Sunday April 7, 1:00pm
Coordinators: Anita and Randy
Start location: Cobourg Memorial Arena on Furnace St.
Distance: 48k (options for extending if desired)
Route Map: 48k Hope Township Route on Ride with GPS

Pancake Ride: Postponed till further notice

POSTPONEMENT NOTICE: Darnitallanyways! There are multiple conflicting weather forecasts for today and tomorrow. The weather tool we rely on the most is Environment Canada and it shows a high of just 12 today which means a cold ride. Therefore, we have decided to postpone the Pancake ride until we get some more sunshine and warmth. Maybe in another week or two.

Sandy Flats Pancake Ride: Saturday April 6

The forecast for Saturday looks spectacular with 14c and sunshine so it means just one thing—our Annual Sandy Flats Pancake Ride! There are hills and it’s the first ride of the year so may be challenging for some, making it best suited for strong riders. Never fear though, if 60k is a little intimidating for you there is a 30k option. This is a pre-season ride meaning it’s weather dependent so do keep an eye out for changing forecasts.

Here’s how it works: We meet at the Baltimore arena then bike to Sandy Flats Sugar Bush. After stuffing ourselves silly with pancakes, maple syrup and sausages we pedal home again. Hills, baby, hills! No flatness on this route.

NOTE about starting in Centreton (30k option): Be sure to have your bike ready to go as soon as the 60k group arrives—they won’t stop for more than a minute or they’ll chill super-fast.

Route Map: Link to it on Ride with GPS

Date: Saturday April 6, 2019
Ride Leaders: Anita and Randy
Starting place (for the 60k): Baltimore Community Center (10:00am)
Starting in Centreton (30k): Main intersection (10:30-10:45, approx. Be ready to ride!)
Anticipated arrival at Sandy Flats: 12:00-ish

Don’t forget to bring some $$ with you if you plan to feast on pancakes.

Please let us know you are coming by leaving a comment below, indicating where you plan to start from (Baltimore or Centreton). It really helps us to plan ahead!

The NHCC has a new website

The NHCC has a new website with a new look and new functionality as a few have already noticed. The most exciting change is that the NHCC now takes memberships online with a credit card! You may also notice that the Comments feature has moved. Comments now appear directly underneath the main heading of the post as shown on the image below:

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