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!

 

A message from Brian, your friendly Friday Ride Coordinator

 

As you undoubtedly know by now, I am looking after the Friday evening rides until the end of July when Peter takes over the onerous task.

Club members have been wonderful at hosting this year and we only need six more hosts (five Friday evening hosts and one Saturday / Sunday morning host) between now and the end of my watch.

Either you can host a ride from your home or from any other location in our riding area. You need to decide upon a route (which could simply be one of the many routes available on the Wonderful Website!) and either provide (paper) maps or ask folks to download them.

Most members who host rides from their homes also host a pot-luck supper afterwards, but this is not essential. Alternatively, you may elect to host a ride from a location other than your home and simply arrange for somewhere for folks to eat (restaurant, pub, picnic, etc.).

Also, July is my stay-at-home month, so if you would like to host a ride from your home without the hassle of planning a route, I would be delighted to look after the riding (route planning, ride leading, etc.) aspects for you.

The following rides need looking after as of May 25th, so step right up and volunteer for the good of your Club.

  • Friday June 8th
  • Saturday June 16th or Sunday June 17th (you get to choose!)
  • Friday June 29th
  • Friday July 6th
  • Friday July 22nd
  • Friday July 29th

If by the Tuesday before the Friday ride, no-one has volunteered as host, then “Plan B” will kick in. In that case, the ride calendar will say that the ride has no host. However, a starting location and route map for the ride will be announced by a post on the Website. It will be up to participants to figure out where to eat after the ride. One of the Friday Coordinators may, or may not, be there.

Thanks to the generosity of our members we haven’t actually had to enact “Plan B” yet this year. Wouldn’t it be nice to keep it that way?

Hosting a Friday ride can be quite painless – all you have to do is to email me at bhedney@gmail.com and say “I’ll do it!” and I will take it from there.

 

Riding from Cobourg – Friday, June 1

Barb and John are hosting Friday’s ride from their home on the Danforth in Cobourg.

We’ll follow the Twice in Grafton route (52 or 44 km) and traditional potluck will follow!

Hope to see you on Friday.

Blossom Ride from Port Hope – Tuesday, May 29

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Your ride host Marshall invites you below to join the Blossom ride this Tuesday.

Winter is finally over and our Northumberland Hills are now bursting into full bloom. If the lilacs we saw while climbing up Lilac Valley Road on last Tuesday’s ride are any indication, we are in for a special treat at our annual GFW Blossom ride this Tuesday. Your Club Blossom Guru is predicting that the lilacs and apple blossoms will be at their peak and that the weather gods will be shining down upon us.

Our ride this year will follow the usual Marshall’s Blossom Ride route but with a few changes. The usual downtown start and climb out of Port Hope will be replaced with a start and finish from the home of Marshall and Glennis and will be followed by a pizza lunch with ice cream for dessert. We will ask for everyone to share the cost. Bring your favourite drink and don’t forget your dishes.

Be sure to bring your cameras and be prepared for a few fun challenges during the ride. Dependent on the turnout, we may even break into a couple of groups and have ourselves a little contest.

A comment on our website to verify if you are coming would be appreciated to help in the planning.

Riding from North Cobourg – Friday, May 25

A Randy among three roses

Former GF members Randy and Anita will host Friday’s ride from their home North of Cobourg Their address is in the Ride Calendar.
Start time: 5:30
Route: We’ll take a route that travels up to Rice Lake via Lander Rd. In Gore’s Landing where the decision to make it shorter (29k) would mean turning south on Burnham and riding all the way back down to Smylie Rd. It’s a fast, mostly downhill 10k! The longer route carries on along Rice Lake Scenic Drive to Harwood and then beyond.
Dinner: Traditional potluck. (Don’t forget plates, cutlery, and BYOB)
Rumour has it there might be a bonfire after dinner. No promises, just sayin’.

Riding from Bewdley – Tuesday, May 22

Weather last week made Harold’s Tuesday ride a no-go! Instead, the ride took place on Wednesday and was a great success for all who were able to attend.

This Tuesday, Brian H. will host the ride from Bewdley, following the Two Lakes route. Coming down C.R.9 to Harwood on that new paved shoulder is apparently awesome.

Rhino’s patio for lunch – hopefully!!

Now there is a small possibility that weather will again take a turn for the worse. If it does, the ride will move to Wednesday. This year, we’re not letting Mother Nature interfere with our Spring training!

New date for Ride from Campbellcroft – Monday, May 21

 

We are cancelling this Saturday’s ride from Campbellcroft due to anticipated inclement weather. Instead, Jennifer and Andy will host a Monday morning ride from their home that will follow the Oak Hills map offering 50- and 37-kilometre routes. Note that the area is hilly, but the route can be shortened to avoid some of the bigger hills!

Our traditional pot luck will follow, so don’t forget your utensils, plates, and beverages. Jennifer plans to defrost a big ham, so the potluck will happen rain or shine. Bring an offering that will complement the ham as well as salads and bread. Desserts, of course, are welcomed.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Monday!

IMPORTANT – PLEASE COMMENT ASAP ON GF WEBSITE

IMPORTANT – WE NEED YOUR INPUT REGARDING THIS WEEKEND’S RIDE FROM THE HOME OF JENNIFER AND ANDY!

The weather forecast for Saturday, May 19 (the day the ride is scheduled for) does not look good. Rather than cancelling the ride, we are seriously considering moving it to either Sunday or Monday. The forecast for Sunday looks a lot better than it does for Saturday; Monday looks even better. The problem of holding the ride on Monday, of course, is that it is the day before our Tuesday ride! Assuming that Saturday will be a “wash out”, please let us know if you would come on Sunday, Monday, or either of these two days. We obviously need to make a final decision by Friday evening so PLEASE take a couple of minutes to fire off a comment!

Join the Ganaraska Freewheelers in 2018!

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