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Ride Calendar is Up! Claim your Rides.

Attention all Ganaraska Freewheelers!

The 2019 Ride Calendar is up.

Summer is coming!  

The clock is ticking on our home page and very soon we’ll be riding together again.  The hearty among us are out for training rides.  Bikes are being tuned up.  The sound of bicycle pumps and spinning chains is in the air.  Cookbook pages are riffling with Friday pot luck recipes.  Apres ride cafes are preparing lunch menus and frosting beer glasses. 

Your Ride Coordinators are sitting, fingers poised above their keyboards awaiting your ride host bookings.  For the season’s first 3.5 months they are: Brian for Fridays and Sue for Tuesdays. You can find their email address in the notes at the bottom of each date’s entry in the calendar. More details about hosting will follow in separate posts.

Reserve your ride early before that date gets snapped up.  We are already receiving notice of special events including the annual spring kick-off ride, joint club rides, the blossom ride, the club weekend tour, veggie ride, Thanksgiving ride, and the final end-of-season ride.  Avoid the last minute need to switch with others hosts for coveted spots and preferred Fridays, Saturdays and Tuesdays.

Most important (and exciting!), hold the date for Wayne & Brenda’s inaugural season ride on Easter Friday, April 19 starting at 1:00. And add the St. Jacob’s weekend tour to your calendar for the last weekend in July (July 26-27-28). More details on both to follow in separate posts.

Note: Password has not changed yet – it will be updated in late April – watch for an email.


2 Comments

  1. jenp83 says:

    I just emailed you about a date!

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  2. BrianH says:

    A message from BrianH, your Friday Rides Coordinator (at least until Katherine takes over in August!)

    Friday evening rides typically start at 5:30 PM.

    The routes vary slightly in length but are usually around 50 km. There will always be a shorter, usually less hilly option of around 30 km.

    We strongly encourage you to host one, or more, of these rides. Either you can host the ride from your home or from any other location in our riding area. Either way you need to decide upon a route (which could simply be one of the many routes available on our 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.).

    Approximately once a month, we switch the Friday evening ride to a Saturday or Sunday morning ride, so you may wish to consider that as a hosting option.

    The Calendar on the Website will inform you as to which rides have hosts. If it says “Ride Needs Host” then why not consider volunteering for it? All you have to do is to email me at bhedney@gmail.com and say “sign me up for…..”. Alternatively, you can text me at (905)373-3621.

    If by the Tuesday before the ride no-one has volunteered as host, then “Plan B” will kick in. In that case, the Calendar will say that the “Ride has No Host”. However, the Calendar and Website post will announce a starting location for the 5:30 PM ride and post a route map. It will be up the participants to figure out where to eat after the ride. One of the Friday Coordinators may, or may not, be there.

    Hosting a Friday ride can be quite painless – all you have to do is email (or text) your Ride Coordinator with the starting location, route details and apres-ride eating arrangements.

    Remember, our Club’s success is based on the participation of its wonderful members 🙂

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