Ganaraska Freewheelers

Swing in Port Hope and other Announcements

port-hope-swingGreetings Freewheelers on this wintery Northumberland Hills evening.

Your executive team hopes you are enjoying a pleasant winter, whether here in cold Canada or somewhere warmer for the lucky ones among us who are galavanting around the world. We’re writing with a request, a last-minute invitation, and an announcement for two upcoming bike events worth adding to your calendar.

Ganaraska Freewheelers Survey

Many of you have replied to our recent 10-question survey we sent to you at the beginning of February. Thank you!  There are still @ 10 of you who have not yet had a chance to reply. If you haven’t seen an invitation to complete our survey, can you double check your junk mail to see if it took a detour away from your inbox? The execs and volunteers will be meeting in March to discuss your ideas and make plans for the upcoming cycling season.

Swing Dance in Port Hope – Saturday, February 11

And now back to Swing. If you have nothing better to do this weekend, join a few of us for the Port Hope Swing Dance event at the Lions Club – 29 Thomas Street. Tickets are $18 at the door which opens at 7:15, but if you purchase online or at stores in Port Hope, you’ll pay only $15. The Northumberland Club also put the word out, so it could be a cyclist reunion! If you can’t dance, no worries, they’ll teach you how. Alternatively, you can sit with Pete and watch.

Tour de Grande – Sunday, June 11, 2017

According to Sue P., the Tour de Grande from Cambridge is a great ride. Routes range from 10 to 160 kilometres – something for everyone. Mark it on your calendar and celebrate its 20th anniversary.

Bike across Missouri (BAM) – June 10 to 16, 2017

If you’re up for a longer tour, the Big BAM is another recommendation from Sue P. who has already signed up! $250 US per person (or a little less if you’re a couple) will buy you 6 days of cycling and live music. With a few other costs to drive there, take a shuttle to the starting location, upgrade accommodation and feed yourself, it’s still a bargain!

For any of the above, use the Comments to ask your questions and express your interest.

Join Vivian & Harold: 6:00 p.m. December 31

Invitation from Harold & Vivian for New Year’s Eve

Note that the original time of 7 has been moved back to 6 so that Big Ben can join the celebration!


Please comment to let Vivian and Harold know you will be joining them to ring in 2017!

AGM 2016 Update

Two new execs!

Two new execs!

Thanks to everyone for coming out to the AGM held at Pete & Ruth’s on November 12, 2016. The minutes from the meeting are now on the website.

Your Executive Team for 2017 is:

Willy Elzner, President
Harold Wontorra, Vice President
Turney Wong, Treasurer
Ruth Louden, Secretary

If you have any questions or comments, please email Note that our new President Willy can also be reached at this email address, so if you wish to email him about club business, please use this email address.

A great group of close to 30 members (see the photo album!) were in attendance and all took advantage of the opportunity to update their membership.

To all those who were not able to join us at the AGM, Ruth will email you separately with instructions to submit your forms and waivers, along with a cheque for $50. We’re aiming to have everyone’s details by December 20 of this year!

Invitation from Harold & Vivian for a New Year’s Eve Celebration


Hike reminder – Tuesday, November 22

Apologies folks – I overlooked Brian’s notice to post this for tomorrow:

For this week’s hike we will meet at the Woodland Trailhead in the Northumberland Forest and hike our wonderful “Two Lookouts” circuit. Although the complete route is approx. 11 km in length, there are numerous opportunities to shorten the hike. In case you are unfamiliar with it, the Woodland Trailhead is on the east side of County Road 45, 3 km north of Beagle Club Road.

Saturday Mountain Biking

Brian H. invites you all to consider joining him this Saturday:

For the past two years we have held a series of Saturday morning mountain bike rides during the month of November in the Northumberland Forest. I am prepared to organize the first one this Saturday, November 19th, but will defer to others to organize the next one or two. For this week’s ride, meet at the Beagle Club parking at 10:30 AM. After warming up on the BLED (now, what’s that I wonder?) we will head out on the Dragonfly trails and eventually return by coming DOWN the Hogsback.

Saturday could be the last of these gorgeous November days, so be there!

Join Brian: Tuesday, November 15

Brian getting ready for ChristmasYour host with the most Brian invites you to join him tomorrow for some invigorating outdoor activity!

Join me tomorrow and choose from hiking, mountain biking or road riding from the Beagle Club parking in the Northumberland Forest. Choose from one of the three activities, detailed below, then meet at the Beagle Club Trailhead at 10:00 AM.

Pay attention to the weather forecast as this could influence your decision. You may wish to bring a sandwich and a libation to consume afterwards. It would be wonderful if you could use the Comments to declare your interest as this will greatly assist folks in deciding what to do.

Some thoughts on the activities:

HIKING: Unless someone else wishes to do so, I will lead a hike most likely on the Dragonfly trails.

MOUNTAIN BIKING: Several of the “Tuesday Riders” are well versed with the Northumberland Forest trails, so there should be someone available to lead the mountain bike group.

ROAD RIDING: Link to the road riding route on our website Three Hilly Loops listed under Northumberland Forest at the bottom. Since making this route map, a paved shoulder has been added to C.R.45 between Beagle Club Road and C.R.9, so there are even more options.

So, you have no excuse not to be there 🙂

AGM Reminder – Saturday, November 12

The Ganaraska Freewheelers Annual General Meeting will be held at the home of Peter and Ruth on Saturday, November 12th, 2016. See Directory on the “Members Only” page for address and directions.

Members are invited to arrive around 5:00 p.m. for some socializing prior to the meeting or, as set out below, after a road ride or a walk. Membership and waiver forms for the 2017 season will be available for you to complete. If you prefer, print your own forms from the  member section.

As it is Saturday, Jen will will lead a ride from Pete and Ruth’s, starting at 2:00 p.m.  You are welcome to get ready for the AGM at Pete and Ruth’s place after the ride. If you prefer to walk, Pete will lead a walk starting at 3:30 into Garden Hill and the local conservation area.

The actual AGM meeting will start at 6:00 p.m. followed by pizza. Members are asked to please pay $5 to cover the cost of the pizza. If you wish, you can bring a salad or dessert. Please bring your usual plates, utensils and the liquid refreshment of your choice.

Members are invited to bring their partners. Please RSVP through the comments section of this post so we can pre-order pizza.

Please read the minutes of last year’s AGM that are available for viewing in the membership section of our website. This saves time at our AGM.

The draft agenda is below. If you have any additional items, please send an email to Jen Poole and copy

Looking forward to a lovely evening!!


Club Executive:

  • Secretary: Ruth Louden (continuing)
  • Treasurer: Turney Wong (continuing)
  • Vice President: Jim Wopereis (stepping down)
  • President: Jen Poole (stepping down)

Other Volunteer Positions:

  • Marshall Johnstone – Ride Coordinator – Tuesday
  • Sue Pott – Ride Coordinator – Friday
  • Doug Barlow – Ride Coordinator – Friday
  • Vivian Vandenhazel – Welcome Committee
  • Barb Spencer – Welcome Committee


  • Treasurer’s Report (Turney)
  • Friday Rides Report (Doug and Sue)
  • Tuesday Rides Report (Marshall)

General Business:

  1. Welcome Committee report (Vivian)
  2. Website review (Ruth and members)
  3. Membership fee increase (Turney)
  4. Safety concerns on the road (Jen will speak about this on behalf of Jim)
  5. New Year’s Eve party: where will it be?
  6. Executive positions to be filled; nominations will be accepted and a vote will follow:
    • President (one nomination)
    • Vice President (no nomination so far)
  7. Volunteer acknowledgement (Jen)

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