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Welcome to the GFW’s 2022 Cycling Season

Welcome Freewheelers to the 2022 cycling season. Your Ganaraska Freewheelers Executives (Barb, Lilianne, Jennifer, Tara and Ruth) and Ride Coordinators (Brian & Gail, Sue & Marshall) are pleased to officially launch the 2022 cycling season.

Last year’s cycling season started with our traditional Easter Friday ride. And then COVID-19 interrupted us yet again until June when the fun began again. Our Bring Your Own Picnic (BYOP) post-ride socials continued to be a hit, blessing us with the gifts of fitness, food and especially, friends, right up to the end of October. 

We were also blessed with the company of our dear member Mel who, despite her valiant battle with cancer, joined us on a few rides and picnics. We cherish these last special moments with her and she remains forever in our hearts. Her husband Mich plans early in the season to guide us on one of her favourite rides through the waterfront trail system and up hills North of Bowmanville and Newcastle. 

Let’s all invoke her presence as we share our love of cycling in 2022 – maybe this year enjoying a full season and one that allows us a bit more social freedom. Who knows, maybe even hugs, high fives or handshakes?  

As there are changes in the way we’ll manage communications this year, please take the time to read this entire post. If you have a printer, it won’t hurt to print it out so you have it for future reference.

This season opener post contains updates on:

  1. AGM 2021 decisions regarding club communications 
  2. Ride Coordinator reminders
  3. Ride Calendar 2022 summarizing our season at a glance 
  4. Facebook Group EVENTS postings replacing website postings
  5. Password-Protected member pages – one fewer!
  6. New member openings
  7. Safety reminders

AGM 2021

In mid-October last year, we were treated to a quasi-outdoor AGM, thanks to the gracious offer by Gail and Steve to host it in their barn. Thanks as well to outgoing secretary Brenda for her minutes in case you want to refresh your memory about our meeting.

At the AGM, we had a good discussion about the need to change how we track and communicate rides to lighten the load on your Web Administrator’s weary shoulders. For those who were not able to attend, Ruth invited support for her process of issuing two posts per week, and updating the calendar over a 7-month period. She would continue to maintain the site so that pages are up to date and new features are added and be a communications backup for Ride Coordinators when they’re out of town or on holidays.

As she heads into her 10th year as your web administrator, she is so very grateful for everyone’s willingness to try a new approach – i.e., Ride Coordinators were open to learning how to update the ride calendar; members to accommodating a shift to Facebook or another app to replace the website’s twice weekly postings.

Last month, the Exec team, along with Ride Coordinators Sue, Brian and Marshall met to debate the options. In search of a solution that would be the easiest for both Ride Coordinators and members, we concluded that we needed to limit our new approach to no more than two technology tools we’re already using – i.e., the website’s Google Ride Calendar and the Facebook Group. We decided not to add to the mix the CycleClub app that we discussed at the AGM, because this would require club members to download and learn a third technical application. 

While our goal is to minimize members’ stress, we suspect there will be one or two challenges on the road to implementation. So thank you in advance for your continued understanding, patience and feedback along the way. For this year, as we experiment with this new approach, our motto needs to be “do it, try it, fix it until we get the formula right!”

The biggest changes for members are described in a little more detail in the next few sections. There is one relatively small change for members and one fairly big change:

  • Small change for members: The club’s Google Ride Calendar is now public, therefore no longer needs a password, and has a place on the main menu. It will pretty much look and act the same – but the Ride Coordinators rather than Ruth will keep it updated. Keep in mind that although small for members, it is a big change for Coordinators and they need your support.
  • Big change for members: Coordinators will post each ride as an Event on Facebook and members will interact through Facebook to confirm attendance and find out about last-minute updates.

2022 Ride Coordinators

Brian H. will look after the Friday rides until Gail takes over in August. The first Friday ride will be on Easter Friday, April 15, hosted by Wayne & Brenda at 10:00 a.m. from their home in Baltimore.

Tuesday rides start on April 19, after the official Good Friday season opener. Sue will be your contact for the first half of the season. Marshall will take over for the second half of the season from August to the end of October. The first ride will be from the Bewdley Community Centre starting at 10:00 a.m. 

2022 Ride Calendar

We’re happy to announce that the 2022 Ride Calendar has been updated for the first half of the season as we test this new approach. 

If you click on any date that says “Ride needs Host,” you will find in the description the name of the respective Ride Coordinator, as well as a reminder of the details you need to provide for your ride. 

Claim your rides as soon as you can commit to a date! That part hasn’t changed. Sue and Brian have received their basic training and are ready to roll with updating the first half of the calendar as your requests come in. Gail and Marshall will receive their training closer to the second half of the season, when they’ll take over.

What has changed regarding the Google Calendar? 

Good news – henceforth our Ride Calendar is public, therefore NO PASSWORD is required to access it. It has its own location on the main menu. We made the decision to go public to make life easier for existing members, prospective new members and Ride Coordinators. Members can quickly remind themselves of ride details or confirm which dates are still open. Guest riders or prospective new members can decide which ride they wish to attend.

However, to protect the privacy of members, only PUBLIC starting locations will be in the Google Ride Calendar. If the ride starts from a member’s home, and you don’t know the address, double check the member directory to confirm these details. If for whatever reason, you cannot access this directory, you can:

  • post a question in the FB group and someone will message you individually OR 
  • call/email a friend or Ride Coordinator who can help.

The Google Ride Calendar that you access on our website summarizes all rides for the entire season. You can also subscribe to this calendar so that the entries appear in your own Google calendar, where you can choose to view them month by month or week by week or day by day. As changes occur to the central calendar, the details will be automatically updated in your subscribed calendar. You then wouldn’t need to visit the website to access it. Each ride entry contains all the details you need, but it DOES NOT HAVE the interactive capability of the Facebook Group EVENTS feature described next.

Facebook Group EVENTS

The Facebook Group EVENTS feature replaces the website’s weekly Tuesday and Friday ride postings. If in the past you followed the website, you would have received an email for each posting. If you were not a fan of email, you would visit the site on your own to find out about the ride. If you made a comment on the posting, you could choose whether to receive any additional comments; if you did not comment, you would have to navigate to the comment thread to learn about any changes or additional details.

How will this change as we move our ride postings to Facebook EVENTS?

Coordinators will use the details from the Google Calendar to create an EVENT for each ride and post it to the GFW Facebook group a few days before the ride. The big difference from the Google Calendar entry is that on the Facebook EVENT, members can let hosts know they’re coming, ask their unique questions, get updates on rides if weather is iffy and thank their hosts. This restricts all of our wonderfully hilarious comments that used to go public on our website to a limited but welcoming audience!

But here’s the catch that makes using Facebook EVENTS a big change for some members. In order to access and comment on these EVENT postings, you must be a member of the GFW Facebook Group. The membership of the Facebook group is reviewed annually and consists of current members ONLY (with one exception), thus ensuring privacy to a small community within the Facebook empire. At the current time, we know of only two members who are not either Facebook members or have a spouse who is a member. We’re working with these two members to bring them on board, but also encourage spouses who are not currently Facebook members to create their unique profile so you can join in the trial. If you are concerned about being tracked in the Metaverse, feel free to use an alias, rather than your own name – just make sure you let us know what your alias is so we can approve your request to join.

Although all members of the GFW Facebook group have the functionality to create an EVENT, we ask that this EVENT feature be used ONLY by Ride Coordinators to create official Tuesday and Friday ride EVENTS. This is to make it as easy as possible for Club members to access the important information pertaining to these rides. The ideal scenario is that members only see posts containing essential information about our official Tuesday and Friday rides when clicking on the EVENTS tab. Members are more than welcome to post details of “pickup” rides and other events such as hikes, cross-country ski outings and community cycling events, but we would like you to post such invitations by using the DISCUSSION rather than the EVENTS tab. Also, we strongly encourage members to post their wonderful ride pictures but, again, post these in the general DISCUSSION area. 

Note that if you wish to receive an email notification of each FB ride EVENT posting, as you did with the website postings, you may need to update your Facebook notification settings.

Those less familiar with Facebook will find many enthusiasts in the club who can help you set up your profile and/or change your settings. We’re also in the process of putting together a tipsheet for both Facebook and Google Calendar that we’ll share soon!

Password-Protected Pages

There will be only three pages for which you need your password:

For now, the password is the same as last year. Look for an email from us that will provide you with the 2022 password. 

The Membership Directory and Emergency Contact list have been updated, but it is possible that a tiny detail can be wrong! So please visit the member directory and the emergency contact directory and check your details, clicking on anything that links. 

Send any corrections to ganaraskafreewheers@gmail.com which goes to Ruth, our Web Administrator. Please use this club email address instead of her other email addresses which you might have for her – she visits Yahoo very infrequently, she no longer works at UTSC and her personal Gmail account is the subject of many lost emails because it requires an easily over-lookable double “l”.

New Members 

We’re open this year to accepting new members and therefore welcome guest riders in 2022. If you would like to invite a friend for a ride who might be a prospective member, contact Barb to check with her on how best to proceed. Feel free to share the New Member pages with anyone you think might be a good fit with our club!

Safety in 2022

Safety in 2022 continues to be a priority. In addition to reminding members to read up on cycling safety and club risk management expectations, we need to emphasize with you a few points related to COVID.

Indoor gatherings are now allowed without masks. As members will have varying degrees of comfort with respect to social gatherings, we leave it to the hosts’ discretion to determine whether you would prefer to continue our new custom of outdoor Bring-Your-Own-Picnic (BYOP), or instead host a potluck picnic, suggest a restaurant event or tidy your home for a traditional indoor potluck.

All those who renewed their membership have signed the GFW COVID 19 Waiver and agreed to follow the rules set out in the GFW Response to COVID 19. If you have not renewed but still intend to do so, please bring your membership forms and signed waivers to your first ride and give it to one of the Execs or the Ride Coordinator. If you invite a friend, please download the form from our member forms page, and make sure to also download and have your friend sign the waivers. 

Although the rules in Ontario have relaxed with respect to COVID, the status can change at any time as infection rates increase. We need to be prepared to pivot in the worse-case scenario. Below are reminders we’ve sent out the last couple years that are worth reviewing and practicing where and when appropriate.

1) Stay at home and do not ride or attend club events if you feel unwell even if symptoms seem mild. Symptoms related to COVID-19 can be:

  • headache / runny nose
  • fever
  • cough
  • difficulty breathing
  • pneumonia in both lungs
  • chest pain or pressure

2) Avoid all physical contact before during and after rides and maintain a 2-metre distance from other riders – no handshakes or hugs. Remember to bring a mask and be prepared to wear it if entering a public space or supporting riders to change a tire, make a bike repair or fold a change tent to put it inside its holder.

3) Practice good respiratory etiquette and cough or sneeze into your elbow well away from other riders.

4) Refrain from spitting and/or blowing your nose while riding if possible. If you must clear your nose or throat, fall well back behind all other riders to do so. Wash your hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer as soon as possible after. 

5) Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. 

6) Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 15 seconds after riding, before eating, and after using the bathroom. If there is no hand-wash basin available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing 70% alcohol and use enough to allow hands to remain wet for 15 seconds. Consider carrying a small container of hand sanitizer in your jersey pocket or bike bag on all rides. 

7) Launder riding gloves between each ride along with jerseys, shorts, riding sleeves, skull caps, etc. 

8) Wash, rinse and sanitize water bottles after each ride – sanitize using a mild bleach solution containing 1/2 teaspoon regular household bleach in 1 litre of water.

In Closing

Your Execs and Ride Coordinators feel blessed to be in the company of such wonderful cycling buddies. Thank you again for your enthusiasm, energy and efforts in support of our club. 

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, don’t hesitate to comment on this post.

Aim to join us on April 15 at 10:00 am. at Brenda & Wayne’s for our first ride of the season. Even if you can’t ride, consider swinging by, at the beginning or end of the ride, to say hello. 

From your 2022 Exec & Ride Coordinator Team

  • Executive Team: Barb, Jennifer, Lilianne, Tara and Ruth
  • Friday Ride Coordinators: Brian & Gail
  • Tuesday Ride Coordinators: Sue & Marshall

IT IS AGM TIME! Saturday, October 2

We are hoping to see all or most of your welcome and smiling faces next Saturday, October 2nd at the home of Gail Lupton and Stephen Shine for our Annual General Meeting. Ride starting at 11:00. Lunch around 1:30/2:00 and meeting at 3:00 p.m.

Please plan to come. We have shared an amazing year and a half against all odds. We miss those of you who have been unable to ride or join us AND we have some great plans and ideas to share. Let’s Freewheel together into 2022!

We have strained our brains and scratched our heads for a way to return in most ways to our successful and enjoyable AGMs. Gail has generously offered not only the use of her beautiful barn but has planned a ride and a pizza lunch. The area is beautiful for a ride, the pizza is wood fired and delicious and the barn is large enough for social distancing. We will decide, going in and for everyone’s comfort level, if masks will be worn for the meeting.

Of course we need your help in the next few days. We are still looking for nominations or volunteers to fill the positions of Vice President and Secretary. Please respond with a comment saying:

Ride: Yea or Nay
Lunch: Yea or Nay
Meeting: Yea or Nay

For the lunch and meeting you will need to bring chairs, beverage of choice and, depending on the forecast, warm clothing as the barn is not heated. If you are having pizza, we calculate that $10.00 each is a fair price.

See you there!

Let the 2020 cycling season begin

After much deliberation and research into COVID 19 cycling protocol and practice, your Executive is pleased to announce the opening of the 2020 cycling season.

Our first official ride will be led by Brian Hedney this Friday, July 3 at 5:30 from Kings Field in Port Hope. We’ll send out a separate post with more details, but for now, read on for important start-of-the-season updates.

How we’ll roll in 2020

Safety in 2020 has taken on a whole new meaning. In addition to reminding members to read up on cycling safety and club risk management expectations, we need to emphasize with you a number of COVID-19 related cautions, precautions and realities.

  1. For the month of July, we’re asking that all rides start from an outdoor public venue, not from members’ homes. We’ll revisit this in August, as opening rules in the province evolve and health outcomes become clear.
  2. All riders must be members – no guests are allowed until further notice.
  3. All riders must before their first ride sign the GFW COVID 19 Waiver and agree to follow the rules set out in the GFW Response to COVID 19 that you can download from our member forms page. Bring your signed copy to the first ride and give it to one of the Execs or the Ride Leader. We’ll also have paper copies available. We’ll keep Ride Leaders apprised week to week of which members still need to sign their waiver.
  4. Happily, we will ride together, but must keep to riding groups of 10 or less – peleton no more, instead, the peletite will be our norm.
  5. We can have more than one peletite. If more than 10 riders show up, you’ll need to decide amongst yourselves how best to divide up the group.
  6. Those not in the same household must adhere to the province’s social distancing guidelines before, during and after the rides.
  7. For insurance compliance reasons, we also must maintain a log of riders for each ride and will rely on the Ride Leader to confirm this in writing through the comment feature after each ride. To help Ride Leaders better anticipate group needs, and prepare their log after each ride, we need everyone to make it a habit of commenting on each ride’s post their intention to join.
  8. Though we can assure you our rides will offer great friendship and fitness, great food will be hit and miss, as the restriction on indoor potlucks is still in force. Outdoor patios are allowed, if they’re willing and able to accommodate us. And we strongly encourage a socially distanced Bring-Your-Own-Picnic (BYOP) event following the ride, if the weather allows.
  9. Toilets are tricky. For each ride, we’re asking members to use their ingenuity and resourcefulness to take care of their basic needs, before, during and after! And of course, please share any insider information you have about open facilities near the ride start.

Ride Calendar & Password

Tuesday and Friday rides are now in the 2020 calendar, starting at the same time as always – 10:00 am on Tuesdays and 5:30 on Fridays. Coordinators are lined up and eagerly awaiting your ride lead orders. Rides without a ride lead will default from either Port Hope or Cobourg. We’ll assign a map from the site according to the season plan Brian H. put together a couple years ago.

Your Ride Coordinators for July await your bookings:

  • Brian H. for Fridays
  • Sue for Tuesdays

You can find their email address in the preamble to the 2020 ride calendar. We’re still sorting out who will take on Ride Coordination from August to end October, so will update you as soon as we know.

The 2020 password to the member pages, including the 2020 ride calendar, has just been updated. Please check your email – you should have a message from ganaraskafreewheelers@gmail.com containing this post as well as the 2020 password. If not, send an email to the above address requesting the password.

We look forward to reuniting with our amazing GFW cycling community.

Your 2020 Executive

  • Barbara Spencer, President
  • Peter Reitknecht, Vice President
  • Jennifer Brady, Treasurer
  • Brenda Smith, Secretary
  • Ruth Louden, Website Administrator

Ganaraska Freewheelers 2020 Cycling Season Update

Your executive has sadly made the decision to cancel the much anticipated Good Friday Ride on April 10th, 2020.  Our cycling season will also be postponed until further notice.

Attempts to ride in a group, however carefully we try to socially distance ourselves, is just not a good practice or example to set right now. The safety and well being of our club friends and our extended community are the primary concerns for all of us.

Some countries have completely banned cycling outside but that has not yet happened here. As Cyclist online magazine states: “By all means, as things stand, if you really want to ride outside, go and ride but keep it short, keep it sweet and do it either alone or, if lucky enough, with somebody that you live with.”

Until we all get through this and we will, ride your rollers or wind trainers, hike or ride safely outside. Until we ride together again, please don’t forget to share with other Freewheelers how you are and what you are doing through comments on this post or on our private Facebook page. We are exploring creative means of keeping in touch so any suggestions are very welcome.

Barb Spencer, President

Peter Reitknecht, Vice President

Jennifer Brady, Treasurer

Brenda Smith, Secretary

Ruth Louden, Web Administrator

A message from the GFW Executive – Spring 2020

As fellow GFW members, we are all dealing with COVID-19 and hope that you, your friends and family are safe and well.

In view of the current developments regarding the virus we want you to know our current thoughts about how to manage our activities.  Our members’ safety is very important and the situation is evolving constantly. 

Detailed recommendations are set out below, but we believe that we can still enjoy Great Fitness and Great FriendsGreat Food is sadly suspended for now.  Rides will not include social gatherings, pot lucks or lunches before, during or after our rides. 

Unless the current situation changes, we believe that we can do what we all love to do: ride our bikes, even in groups, so long as we follow the advice of public health officials.  It goes without saying that you should definitely not attend a GFW function if you are supposed to be self-isolating at home. Of course, the decision whether or not to participate in group rides, however socially distanced, is up to each and every one of you and we respect whatever decision you make in that regard.

Therefore, according to time honoured tradition, Ganaraska Freewheelers rides will commence on GOOD FRIDAY APRIL 10th.  Wayne has already volunteered to prepare maps and be the ride leader on April 10th, the exact details of which will be posted as usual to our web page.

All rides until further notice will be treated as what we have always called ‘town hall’ rides but they can start from various locations where members can park and prepare for rides in spaces that allow for the two metre social distancing for pre- and after-ride preparations.  Members will continue to be asked to host rides by selecting a route and start location.  The usual request to print and bring your own maps continues.

We are taking the liberty of sharing the recommendations of the Oshawa Cycling Club created by their member Toni Moran, Senior Public Health Inspector, Durham Regional Health Department and we wish to thank the Club and Toni Moran for their consent to post the following:

Further details of the April 10th Season Opener ride and reminders about our Tuesday and Friday Coordinators will be posted to our website very soon.   

Barbara Spencer, President + your Execs

  • Peter Reitknecht, Vice President
  • Brenda Smith, Secretary
  • Jennifer Brady, Treasurer
  • Ruth Louden, Webmaster

Recommendations of the Oshawa Cycling Club

1) Stay at home and do not ride or attend club events if you feel unwell even if symptoms seem mild. Symptoms related to COVID-19 can be:

  • headache / runny nose
  • fever
  • cough
  • difficulty breathing
  • pneumonia in both lungs
  • chest pain or pressure

2) Avoid all physical contact before during and after rides and maintain a 2- metre distance from other riders – no handshakes or hugs.

3) Practice good respiratory etiquette and cough or sneeze into your elbow well away from other riders.

4) Refrain from spitting and/or blowing your nose while riding if possible. If you must clear your nose or throat, fall well back behind all other riders to do so. Wash your hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer as soon as possible after. 

5) Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. 

6) Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 15 seconds after riding, before eating, and after using the bathroom. If there is no hand-wash basin available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing 70% alcohol and use enough to allow hands to remain wet for 15 seconds. Consider carrying a small container of hand sanitizer in your jersey pocket or bike bag on all rides. 

7) Launder riding gloves between each ride along with jerseys, shorts, riding sleeves, skull caps, etc. 

8) Wash, rinse and sanitize water bottles after each ride – sanitize using a mild bleach solution containing 1/2 teaspoon regular household bleach in 1 litre of water.

Volunteer Hosts Needed for Tuesday Rides!

Who’s going to host our Tuesday rides in September & October?

I’m sharing a friendly invitation from Pete, your Tuesday Ride Coordinator.

It’s been a great season of cycling with lots of interesting and sometimes challenging routes, hosted at numerous restaurants and member homes with fabulous potluck feasts. Although the days are starting to get a little shorter, there’s lots of cycling season left. To keep the good times rolling, we need volunteers to host upcoming rides.

The remainder of August is covered off, but the majority of September and October Tuesday rides need a host. Please refer to the GFW ride calendar.  It can be as easy as picking one of the tried and true routes that are in the GFW library and choosing one of your favourite restaurants for après-ride rewards – or if you’re more adventurous, why not pick a new location and develop your own route?

Please contact me at preitknecht@yahoo.ca if you want to sign up for one of the remaining Tuesday dates or if you have any questions. 

Thanks very much / Peter

Friday Rides Need You!

Sent from my iPhone
On Jul 20, 2019, at 8:40 AM, Katherine Smith <katherinevsmith@yahoo.com> wrote:

Katherine invites you to choose your Friday ride!

This is a reminder that there will not be a Friday ride today. Also, your new Friday Ride Coordinator, Katherine, is calling on your support in her invitation below.

Calling all wonderful Freewheelers, all of the hostesses and hosts with the mostest.  All of you who wish the opportunity to plan a potentially unforgettable event for your fellow Freewheelers . . .  and of course, to have my undying respect and appreciation!

I am taking over the Friday night hosting duties. My goal is 100 percent covered – no Town Hall rides, no little note says “ride has no host”.

If we can achieve this, I am willing to host a Thanksgiving Palooza at mine on the Friday night of Thanksgiving. Wait. Heck. Right, I do that every year.  Ok, if you can all help, undying love and support, and turkey still happens.

So let me know your date and choice. August has only one little date planned.  Here’s to part 2 of the cycling season (already).  Looking forward to seeing those of you signed up for our St Jacobs weekend.  Remember, there is no ride today, unless, you want to get it out of your system and do a final “ride needs host” from a town hall.

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!

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.

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