Ganaraska Freewheelers Cycling Club

Join the Freewheelers for a Ride in 2018

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If you’ve never ridden with the Ganaraska Freewheelers, we encourage you to join us in 2018 for a Tuesday morning or Friday evening group ride. Especially if you:

  • Live in or near the Port Hope/Cobourg area
  • Think that a 2-3 hour recreational road bike ride a couple times a week is a fine way to stay fit and enjoy the great outdoors
  • Want to discover some of the best cycling routes Southern Ontario has to offer
  • Enjoy sharing the sweet taste of cycling with other like-minded cyclists
  • Appreciate the chance to exchange those hard-earned calories burned for an apres-ride food and drink social

We are a social non-competitive cycling club in Northumberland County. We ride Tuesday mornings, Friday evenings and occasional weekend mornings. Our members take turns hosting rides, which means we enjoy a variety of scenery and start locations from Newcastle to Trenton and from the Lake Ontario waterfront to Peterborough. We generally ride 30 to 60 kilometres at a moderate pace and reward ourselves with an after-ride social at a restaurant, member home or park.

Our season opens on Easter Friday, March 30. Here are just a few of our special events planned for the 2018 season:

  • The Port Hope Blossom ride that winds through the area’s most fragrant apple and lilac blossom trees at their peak
  • The Golden Beach Resort ride with three of the best downhills in the area offering spectacular views of Rice Lake
  • The Good, The Bad and the Waffle ride, followed by homemade savoury and sweet waffles and local maple syrup
  • The Wobbly Tour of wineries in the Picton area, followed by lunch at Casa Dea Estates Winery
  • Annual Thanksgiving Potluck with an unforgettable smorgasbord of traditional and trendy delights
  • Weekend cycling tour to Ottawa, taking in our Nation’s capital’s extensive bike trail network and the beautiful Gatineau Park

Want to know more about becoming a Ganaraska Freewheeler Member? Visit our new member page to fill in our contact form and start the conversation or email ganaraskafreewheelers@gmail.com.

Already a member? Download our 2018 Brochure and share it with a friend!

 

Riding from Port Hope – Friday, April 13

This Friday, we’ll be riding from Deb Park’s in Port Hope (see address in member directory). Brian will lead the ride, weather dependent!

Here is a link to a modified route we will follow:  Glorious_Ganaraska_with_modifications.

The full distance is just over 41 kilometres, but there are a few options to shorten it. Pot luck will follow, so bring your goodies!

Cycling from the Bewdley Community Centre – Saturday, April 28

We had a lively group of cyclists/hungry diners for Friday’s ride out of Cobourg. And our very own camera man (thanks Harold dK!) who swept the route and captured some great moments.

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This is a reminder that this week’s Friday ride moves to Saturday, April 28 at 10:30 a.m.

Join us for the Two Lakes Route (56 or 37 kilometres), starting from the Bewdley Community Centre.

Lunch will follow at Rhino’s.


Note: Next Friday, May 4 ride needs a host! Anyone up for it? Contact Brian H.


 

 

 

 

Cycling from the Dutch Oven Parking Lot in Cobourg – Friday, April 20

Jen P. is hoping that second time is a charm. And as of today, the weather is looking promising for Friday. Here’s her invitation, repeated from two Fridays ago:

The ride will start at 5:30 PM in the free parking lot behind Dutch Oven, also across from the outdoor rink off Albert Street (northeast of LCBO).

Dinner reservations are for 7:30 at The Oasis under Poole. We are doing the Spring Fling route.
Looking forward to seeing you all out!!

Choose from three route options: 31, 41 or 45 kilometres. Brian has created a handy map below to help you find your way to the start location.

Riding from the Baltimore Community Centre – Tuesday, April 24

Barry and Lilianne will host this Tuesday’s ride from the Baltimore Community Centre. Long-range forecast promises a mix of sun and cloud, and double digit temps! 

Lilianne is working on a new route. It will head to the NE from the community centre. Maps will be provided at the start.

Join us for lunch afterwards at Turtle John’s on Highway 45 in Baltimore.

Riding from Port Hope Town Hall – Tuesday, April 17 


Eight fearless riders bundled up for Tuesday’s ride this week. Yes it was cold but so very worth it. We missed you!

Next Tuesday, Klaus will host, starting from the Port Hope Town Hall.

Route will be Le Tour de Cobourg. Options to avoid McEwen (along with Hill 60!) and/or Bickle Hill. In fact for those who would prefer to avoid all hills this early in the season there is always the alternative to just do an out and back between Port Hope and Cobourg along highway 2.

Lunch will be at Nookies on Ontario Street across from the LCBO.

Cycling from Victoria Street Baseball Field in Port Hope – Tuesday, April 10

Your Ottawa Tour Planning Committee (Katherine, Ruth, Sue, Richard and Marshall) invite you to join them for a 10:00 a.m. ride starting at the baseball field on Victoria Street South in Port Hope this coming Tuesday, April 10.

Lunch will follow at Basil’s afterwards.

Print yourself a copy of the Osaca Outing route and come on out to hear about our plans to date for a fabulous weekend in Ottawa on the weekend of August 10th. The committee would appreciate your feedback and input to help them as they move forward in the planning of this special event.  


Note: Next Tuesday, April 17 ride needs a host! Anyone up for it? Contact Marshall.


 

Cycling from the Dutch Oven parking lot in Cobourg – Friday, April 6 Ride Reminder

Jen P. is your host for this Friday’s ride at 5:30 out of Cobourg. Here’s her invitation:

The ride will start at 5:30 PM in the free parking lot behind Dutch Oven, also across from the outdoor rink off Albert Street (northeast of LCBO).

Dinner reservations are for 7:30 at The Oasis under Poole. We are doing the Spring Fling route.
Looking forward to seeing you all out!!

Choose from three route options: 31, 41 or 45 kilometres. Brian has created a handy map below to help you find your way to the start location.

Join the Ganaraska Freewheelers in 2018!

Visit our New Members page for more detail!

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