Ganaraska Freewheelers Cycling Club

Join the Freewheelers for a Ride in 2018



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

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



Ride starts at the lovely country estate of Bess on Friday.

The route will, naturally, be Bess’ Ride (on the Website under OSACA). Brian H. will be the Ride Leader.

The usual pot-luck to follow the ride.

Cycling from Peterborough – Tuesday, July 31

GFers at Harold's
Brian & Klaus have teamed up to lead the Freewheelers last Tuesday ride in July. Having participated in the Northumberland Hills ride from Peterborough, they loved the route so much, they decided that we should use it (slightly modified) for the GFW ride.
Meet at Beavermead Park at 2011 Ashburnham Drive in Peterborough for a 10:00 a.m. start. This will be a new route that starts by heading up the bike trail to Lakefield, then heads over to Bridgenorth before returning to Peterborough. This is essentially the “Kawartha Classic” route posted here: Brian is in charge of the route and he will post further details nearer the time.
Klaus is looking after the apres-ride dining arrangements, currently anticipated to be at the Kettle Drum on Hunter Street in Peterborough.
Save the date – Tuesday, July 31 – for this brand new route!

Cycling from Port Hope Town Hall – Friday, July 27

Brian H. is hosting the Friday ride on the LAST FRIDAY of July in celebration.

What’s the big celebration about? Well, this is the final Friday ride of the season that Brian is the Ride Coordinator for. Starting in August, Peter assumes this awesome responsibility!

Meet at the Port Hope Town Hall at the usual time of 5:30 PM. The route is still to be determined. Brian will post it as a Comment nearer the date. Apres-ride din-dins at the Beamish House.

CAUTION to readers: Your webmaster has pre-loaded two weeks’ worth of rides, so please pay close attention to the dates on each ride to ensure you go to the right ride start location. And make sure to use the comment feature to exchange updates.

Take advantage of the group rate at Ottawa U for our August 10-12 Tour

If you still hope to join us for our Ottawa 2018 Tour August 10-12, there are still rooms available at Ottawa U. They have extended the deadline for using our group promo rate to Friday, July 13.

Comment on this post to let us know you’re interested and Marshall will send you the promo code!

Friends and family welcome. Learn more about the routes that Marshall, Pete, Irene and Richard have tested for you.

Cycling from the Newcastle Marina – Tuesday, July 24

Richard and Irene are your hosts for Tuesday’s ride from the Newcastle Marina, 377 Baldwin Street.

Print out the Life View Heights route (57- or 47-kilometre routes) and plan to have your cycling legs ready for Stark Hill.

Lunch will follow in the Marina café.


Cycling from Port Hope – Friday, July 20

Join us for the Barb and Mich Birthday Ride, hosted by Katherine. The ride starts at Katherine’s house in Port Hope.
Naturally, we shall follow Katherine’s Ride offering 52- and 36- kilometre options. However, if Sylvan Glen Road hasn’t been repaired by then we will have to make a minor detour near the end. BrianH will explain the change, if it is required, at the start of the ride.
Pot-luck to follow.

Cycling from Campbellford – Tuesday, July 17

Join Brian H. for our Tuesday ride in Campbellford. Note that above picture is from 2003, but it is  it’s a nice memory lane shot!

After arriving in Campbellford, cross over the bridge, turn right in 100 m at the second lights on to Doxsee Street, then turn right again in 100 m at the Free Parking sign. The attached map shows the Campbellford parking spot. You will actually be right behind the LCBO. Since there may not be a public loo on this side of the river you may wish to do your business prior to crossing over the bridge!

The cycling route is essentially the same as last year, with 49 and 30 kilometer options. The only changes are the start and finish loops in Campbellford.

Please print your own a copy of Two Rivers Tour map as Brian does not have a colour printer!

Lunch will be at Apollo’s Pizzeria, the same as last year. It has been ordered for 1:00 PM, on the balcony. The menu is to be found at: It is a 2-min walk from the parking location.

Also, the Campbellford pool is right across Ranney Street from the restaurant, and there is Open Swim from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM. For $4.50 you can swim, shower and change there!


Join the Ganaraska Freewheelers in 2018!

Visit our New Members page for more detail!

August 10th, 2018
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