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Friday, April 19 Season Opener Update

Folks, it looks like the weather gods will follow through on the nasty weather prediction for our kick-off ride tomorrow.

Fear not, we shall feast!

We’re looking forward to a hearty waiver-signing party. Arrive as early as 4:00 pm to reconnect with great cycling friends and enjoy a buffet only Freewheelers can pull off.

Please comment to let Brenda and Wayne know you’ll be there!

Cycling from Cobourg – Tuesday, April 23

Vivian is hosting our first Tuesday ride of the season following the Millers ride from the Mill in Cobourg.

A note from your host:

I have ridden Payne a few times this spring and it is hard packed dirt. Crossen is closed so we will stay on #15. Cornish Hollow also has some hardpacked dirt areas but I have ridden it. Please print a map from the website. See you at 10am ready to ride!

Welcome from your Friday Ride Coordinators

Introducing your Friday Ride Coordinators:

  • From April through July: Brian H.
  • From August through October: Katherine

Here are your Ride Coordinators’ thoughts on how we’ll roll this season on Fridays:

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 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.).

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? Simply email the Ride Coordinator whose name and email address for that date will be provided in the calendar entry’s notes.

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 to the participants to figure out where to eat after the ride. One of the Friday Coordinators may, or may not, be there.  It is a testament to the quality of our wonderful Club that “PlanB” was rarely used last year.

Hosting a Friday ride can be quite painless – all you have to do is email your Ride Coordinator and say something like “I would like to host the ride on……”. Either include the starting location, route details and apres-ride eating arrangements in your email, or simply say something like “details to follow”. 

As a reminder, here is the list of the Friday / Saturday hosts for the first half of last year. You may wish to volunteer to do something similar this year. Good Friday is later, so our traditional first ride will not be until Friday April 19th.

Friday March 31st (Good Friday): Brenda and Wayne
Friday April 6th: Jen P. (ride postponed until Friday April 20th)
Friday April 13th: Debra
Friday April 20th: Jen P.
Saturday April 28th: Brian H.
Friday May 4th: Ride cancelled due to wind!
Friday May 11th: Brenda & Wayne
Saturday May 19th: Jennifer & Andy
Friday May 25th: Anita & Randy
Friday June 1st: Barb & John
Friday June 8th: Debra P.
Friday June 15th: “Plan B”
Friday June 22nd: Marianne
Friday June 29th: M & M
Friday July 6th: Harold D.
Sunday July 15th: Willy
Friday July 20th: Katherine
Friday July 27th: Bess

So, check out the Calendar on this site, then step right up and volunteer to host one, or more, of our Friday / Saturday / Sunday rides!

Welcome from your Tuesday Ride Coordinators

Sue and Peter, your Ride Coordinators for Tuesday, welcome you below to the 2019 riding season.

Temperatures are warming up, snow is pretty well gone, roads are clearing up and the beautiful Northumberland hills are calling out to the Freewheelers. It’s time to start scheduling our 2019 Tuesday rides.

Your Tuesday Ride Coordinators (Sue P. – until the end of July and Peter R. – for remainder of season) invite you to jump in now and help get this season planned and on its way.

Thanks Vivian for signing up to host our first Tuesday ride of the season on April 23rd. Check out the calendar to get all the details of this ride. While you are there, put your claim on a date, or maybe 2 if you are so inclined. You can find the email address of the Ride Coordinator to contact in the notes of each date’s entry in the calendar, along with a handy list of host/ride lead reminders.

  • Do you have a favourite local riding route on our website? Then put a date on it now before someone else picks the route.
  • Do you have a preferred date or time of year when you would like to host a Club ride? Then grab that date now before someone else does.
  • Do you have a favourite restaurant/pub for an après-ride food and drink social? Then pick a date and get it booked before you become the 3rd host this year to use the same venue.
  • Do you have a neat theme ride in mind that you always wanted the club to do? Then get planning, grab a date and put that idea in motion.
  • Are you that procrastinator who always waits until season end to host a ride and finds that all the good routes have already been done 3 times? Then jump in early, pick an early date and get your club obligation out of the way. Now with that done, you might also consider hosting another ride in the Fall.

Let’s get this season up and running and the calendar filled up.

See you on the road!

Friday, April 19 – Riding from Baltimore

If you haven’t had a chance yet to bring out your wheels and enjoy some spring cycling, take heart – Brenda and Wayne are hosting our kickoff ride of the year, followed by a traditional potluck.

Join us at their home in Baltimore as early as 1:00 p.m. rain or shine for a 2:00 p.m. start to the ride! We’ll be following the Spring Fling – only we are starting and ending at Nagle Road. Distances are 32, 41, and 45 kilometres. Hardcore spring riders will also have the option of adding Bickle Hill Road! For anyone wanting to do just a short loop (ie. shorter than what is shown on the route map), it is quite a nice ride into town from our house along part of the waterfront trail and back along Elgin Street or Densmore Road to Nagle Road and home.

Remember to bring your potluck offering, beverage of choice, plates, glasses and cutlery. And pray to the weather gods!

Important Note: are asking riders to arrive as early as 1:00 pm so that we can ask you to sign a new waiver for the 2019 season. In our first exec meeting this year, we identified a date problem with the forms you all completed at the AGM. We took the opportunity to make some other improvements to the form and will bring copies for you to sign. Alternatively, you can download the new form here, sign it, and bring it along to the ride. Our new secretary Brenda and VP responsible for safety, Pete, will have copies available, receive your signed form and make the process speedy and painless. If you have completed the new forms already at home, you can come at the regular time for the ride – though you’re still welcome to come early to reacquaint yourself with your fellow riders. Guests are welcome – they too will need to sign the waiver.

We look forward to seeing everyone after a long white winter.

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.

Join Randy & Anita for a hike on New Years’ Day

Bring in the new year with some fresh air and good friends. Randy and Anita’s invitation is below.

What better way than to start off 2019 than a Hike & Potluck? We know you’ll all be recovering from your celebrations the evening before so we won’t start until 2:00pm.

If you are around and are feelin’ social, meet at Randy & Anita’s home at 2:00 where we’ll head out for 1.5 – 2 hour hike. We’ll return around 4:00ish and share in a Potluck. If you can’t make it out for the hike but can make it to the Potluck, you are most welcome. And of course, you may bring a friend! All NHCC and Ganaraska Freewheelers members are welcome, just let us know you are coming so we can plan accordingly! 

Date: January 1, 2019
What to bring: A yummy shareable dish, your own utensils and favourite drink
Start time for Hike: 2:00pm
Start time for Potluck: 4:00pm
RSVP: Please let us know you are coming by either leaving a comment or sending us a quick email for our address at nhcycling2010@gmail.com