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!

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

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

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.

 

Pre-season rides on Sunday April 24 (varied start times)

We are looking at 21°c making for a glorious day for a pre-season ride on Sunday.  We have a Level 2 and a Level 3 ride going out, so take your pick!

Why do we ask for an RSVP? By RSVPing with your Cycle Club account, the Ride Planner is able to keep participants informed of ride changes, apply COVID screening questions, discuss topics related to the ride, and have an expectation of how many to expect. You too will be able to see who will be riding so that you can also plan!

Level 2

Date: Sunday April 24
Start time: 10:00am
Ride planner: Dennis Benson
Start location: Donegan Park, D’Arcy St. in Cobourg
Distance/Time: 1-1.5 hour (approx)
Type of Ride: Group
Pace: (Level 2) Leisurely – Speeds approximately 18-22 kph
This ride will head out toward Archers Road and then to Nuwautin Sanctuary.  It’s a no-drop ride which means that nobody will be left behind.  The primary purpose is just to get the legs spinning & the smiles happening.

Level 3

Date: Sunday April 24
Start time: 2:00pm
Ride planner: Helmut Bock
Start location: Cobourg Memorial Rink & Recreation Center, 206 Furnace St, Cobourg, ON K9A 2G1, Canada
Distance/Time: 28km
Type of Ride: Group
Pace: (Level 3) Moderate – Speeds approximately 22-24 kph
It’s another opportunity to get your bum accustomed to the saddle before the rides start getting longer (when the regular season starts).  We’ll do the simple Cobourg North route from Furnace St to Baltimore and back on Cornish Hollows and Ontario St. Pace will be Level 3+ ie more than 20 kph. Some hills included.

RSVP: Please use your Cycle Club Account to indicate that you’ll ride. 

NHCC Cycle-Safe Basics (online) session tonight

Just a reminder that tonight we are running our NHCC Cycle-Safe Basics (online) session. It’s about an hour and a half long, and it’s a great investment of time! We encourage safety training for everyone. A little bit of information could go a long way toward preventing the unthinkable!

Its tonight, Wednesday April 20th, 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. We’ll cover:

  • Cycling and the Law
  • Basic Bicycle Inspection
  • Traffic Cycling Principles
  • Where do you ride
  • Lane positioning
  • Intersections
  • Rules of the Road
  • Right and Left turns
  • Group Riding

RSVP for a Zoom invite: If you want to participate, Email us and we’ll send you the Zoom invite, lickety split! Secretary@northumberlandhillscyclingclub.com

Pre-Season Gravel Ride: Saturday April 16, Level 3+

Early spring gravel ride. It looks like it will be a nice day. We’ll explore the gravel roads and road allowances in the area (OGrady, Nobel, Baptist etc). Level 3+ ride, gravel bikes required.

Level 3+ rides mean there will be on the challenging end of the spectrum. Gravel bikes will be required as you’ll likely encounter some mud, dirt, & a few hills.

Date: Saturday April 16
Time: 2pm-4pm
Start Location: Baltimore Recreation Centre Arena (23 Community Centre Rd)
Ride Planner: Helmut Bock
Level of Difficulty: 3+

RSVP: Please use your Cycle Club Account to indicate that you’ll ride.  If you plan to ride as a guest, please bring a guest waiver with you (available on the NHCC website).