Ganaraska Freewheelers Cycling Club

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The Ganaraska Freewheelers is an organization that exists to promote safe recreational cycling in Northumberland County. Ganaraska Freewheelers enjoy the social aspects of cycling with other people in a non-competitive environment.

Our history began one sunny winter day in 2001, the Hopes (Celia & Tim) and Brian Hedney independently decided to go cross country skiing at Silent Lake Provincial Park. Brian arrived at the park office just as Tim was explaining to the young lady behind the counter how she should be doing her job! Energized by the terrific skiing conditions, and by the beauty of the surroundings, these three ‘distinguished’ Port Hope residents agreed to work towards the formation of a non-competitive, recreational, cycling club for Northumberland County. Several meetings were held during February and March and, as a consequence, the Ganaraska Freewheelers became a reality. It was decided to include the word ‘Ganaraska’ in the Club’s name as most of our rides occur in the Ganaraska Watershed. Ganaraska is thought to originate from “Ganaraske”, the name of the Cayuga village which was located at the current site of the Town of Port Hope.

The inaugural ride of the Ganaraska Freewheelers in 2001

The inaugural ride of the Ganaraska Freewheelers in 2001

The Ganaraska Freewheelers cycling club is insured through Intact Insurance. At the 2015 Ganaraska Freewheelers AGM, the membership voted to cap the 2012 number at 50. This was done primarily to ensure the integrity of the Club’s valued social and cycling programmes.

For insurance liability reasons, participants in Ganaraska Freewheelers rides and events must:

  • either be members of the Ganaraska Freewheelers recreational cycling club
  • or sign the club waiver and pay $5 to the Club

Participants who are not members of the Ganaraska Freewheelers are generally invited to the event by a Freewheelers’ member and will be limited to a maximum of three rides per season.