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Hold the date! Ottawa Tour Weekend – August 10-11-12

As agreed at our AGM in November, we’ll be hosting another weekend away! We hope you’ll join us in Ottawa on Friday, August 10 for a weekend to remember!

We’ll have lots more details for you in April. For now, hold the date! And comment if you think you might be joining us!

If you would like to provide any input or resources to our planning group, your members are: Richard, Marshall, Sue, Katherine and Ruth.

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!


Celebrate the snow at Harold’s – Saturday, February 17, 2018

What are we going to do with all this snow? We’re going to play! Join us for a ski-o’cross event at Harold’s which will follow a similar route to the cycle cross event this Fall.
Date: February 17, 2018 (Saturday 24 in the event of rain)
Time: 2:00 p.m. start
Location: Harold D.’s place in Castleton (see member directory for address)
Bring your snow slider of preference: Show Shoes, Cross-Country Skis, Sleds. And don’t forget to byob-PUP (potluck offering, utensils and plates).
Please also confirm via the comments to let us know if you’re able to join us.

Post sent in error – Password requirement will be lifted in 48 hours

Hello Ganaraska Freewheeler Followers!

Your exec team and volunteers have begun planning for our 2018 cycling season. As a result, I’ll be making some changes to the site to update our information, set up the calendar and promote our year ahead.

I published the post you received earlier today in error – it was meant to be viewed only by the volunteers and execs. As such it has a password on it, for now, but I will remove once we have finalized the content – hopefully within the next 48 hours. And I will likely repost it, so that it will come to your inbox again!

I apologize for the inconvenience if you attempted your member password and it didn’t work. Rest assured that we have not yet changed the member password for the new season. The 2017 password will work for all member-related pages that require a password. When we do change the password for 2018, members will be the first to know, well in advance of the change!

We hope you’re enjoying a pleasant winter hibernation/celebration period in preparation for a great cycling season that will kick off on Friday, March 30 with a ride from Brenda and Wayne’s.




A New Year’s Invitation

Will you ring in the new year at Jacquie & Brian’s? Please comment on their invitation if you plan to join in the fun.

We are inviting you all to join us in welcoming New Year 2018 into our home on December 31. We will start gathering at 5:pm in order to enjoy a pot luck dinner in our well-established way – with only appetizers. Bring your favourite finger food to be shared with everyone (no knife and fork stuff). (K – I heard you !! Chicken on the 30th will not be acceptable!)

At 7:pm we will celebrate with the sounds of Big Ben at London U.K.midnight, thanks to the continued magic of our own Brian H., who started this tradition several years ago for a group of invited friends. It is still not a scheduled GFW event.

For anyone not familiar, this is an easygoing evening, much like our regular after ride gatherings but with a different approach to dinner – dancing pumps not required but please bring the usual utensils for your eating/drinking pleasure.

See you there

Jacquie and Brian

November & Early December Hikes by Brian

Your freewheeling host Brain invites you to walk with him in November and early December. Here is his invitation which many of you will have seen either through email or on the GF Facebook page. Please comment on this page if you plan to join the group for any of the walks

At the AGM on Saturday, a few of you expressed concern that have not been any Tuesday hikes thus far. It would seem that everyone is waiting for me to organize something 🙂 Since I plan to stay home for the next three weeks, I would be happy to organize three Northumberland Forest hikes on November 21st (tomorrow!), November 28th and December 5th. Here is what I have come up with:

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 21st Already done and it was greeeat!
Northumberland Forest Hike
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Woodland Parking Area
Hike: Various distances available, varying from about 3 km to about 11 km. The longest hike will take in the two lookouts.
Bring: Drinks and lunch / snacks, especially if you plan to do the long hike

Northumberland Forest Hike
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Beagle Club Parking Area
Hike: This will be the last opportunity to hike some of the ski trails before they close for the skiing season. Various distances available, varying from about 3 km to about 11 km.
Bring: Drinks and lunch / snacks, especially if you plan to do the long hike.

Northumberland Forest Hike
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Beagle Club Parking Area
Hike: Since the ski trails are now closed for hiking, we will head over to the trails on the north side of Beagle Club Road. More details to follow.
Bring: Drinks and lunch / snacks, especially if you plan to do the long hike

Middle-Aged Men in Lycra (MAMIL) Special Screening

Thanks to Gail for suggesting we post this event on our website.

There are still 36 tickets remaining for next week’s one-night only Thursday screening of a movie with a fitting title for our group.

According to it’s distributor, Demand Film:

. . . it just had its World Premiere at the Adelaide Film Festival and the screening had an amazing response.

Canada will be the first country to get to see the film in wide release (one night only November 30th), so we need these screenings to happen! Our last screening sold out quickly so please reserve your tickets today to avoid missing out.

When: 6:30, Thursday, November 30
Where: 1351 Grandview St N, Oshawa, ON, L1K 0G1, Canada
How: Click on the image or link below to purchase your tickets online. Make sure you comment so that others know you plan to attend!