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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!


AGM 2017 Minutes & Photos

At our 2017 Annual General Meeting, we celebrated a memorable year of old and new routes, old and new friends, and the awesome Tour de Welland.

Many thanks to Sue for hosting. Hopefully today she is resting her feet after being on them for long hours to take excellent care of the gang of close to 30 cycling buddies in attendance. Thanks as well to Mich for closing the evening by teaching us about our many wonderful local hills – all 42 of them!

For those in attendance and those unable to attend, you can read the minutes from the meeting. If anyone notices any inaccurate statements, please send them to

Check out our two picture galleries below – one for the 2017 photo contest and one for the AGM.

Though the cycling season has come to an end, hopefully we’ll all stay in touch (and active) for hiking, mountain-biking and cross-country skiing adventures. At a minimum, if you plan to be in town at year end, mark in your calendar a visit to Jacquie & Brian’s to ring in the new year.

2017 Annual Photo Contest

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2017 Ganaraska Freewheelers AGM

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Agenda for the 2017 AGM

The Ganaraska Freewheelers Annual General Meeting will be held at the home of Sue Pott on Saturday, November 18, 2017. See calendar entry for Sue’s address and directions on where to park.

Members are invited to arrive around 5:00 p.m. for some socializing prior to the meeting. Membership and waiver forms for the 2018 season will be available for you to complete. If you prefer, print your own updated forms from the  member section.

The actual AGM meeting starts at 6:00 p.m. followed by food catered by the Fire Hall Bistro. Please remember to bring your $10 contribution.

Please read the minutes of last year’s AGM that are available for viewing in the membership section of our website. This saves time at our AGM.

The agenda is below. If you have any additional items, please send an email to

2017 Club Executives & Volunteers

2017 Club Executive:

  • President: Willy Elzner (continuing in 2018)
  • Secretary: Ruth Louden (continuing in 2018)
  • Treasurer: Turney Wong (stepping down)
  • Vice President: Harold Wontorra (continuing in 2018)

Other Volunteer Positions:

  • Marshall Johnstone – Ride Coordinator – Tuesday (continuing in 2018)
  • Sue Pott – Ride Coordinator – Friday (Joining Marshall for Tuesdays in 2018)
  • Doug Barlow – Ride Coordinator – (stepping down)
  • Vivian Vandenhazel – Welcome Committee (continuing in 2018)
  • Barb Spencer – Welcome Committee (continuing in 2018)

2017 AGM Agenda


  • Treasurer’s Report (Turney & Willy) + Discussion of +80 free memberships
  • Friday Rides Report (Doug and Sue) + Discussion of options and opportunities
  • Tuesday Rides Report (Marshall)
  • Welland Tour Report (Marshall) + Discussion of interest in 2018 tour

General Business:

  1. New member welcome and plans for member recruitment in coming year (Willy)
  2. Club Identity Discussion (Willy & Ruth)
  3. Executive & Volunteer positions to be filled; voting to take place for nominees:
    • Treasurer: Richard Pike
    • Friday Ride Coordinators: Brian Hedney & Peter Reitknecht
  4. Volunteer acknowledgement (Willy)
  5. YMCA 2-week Membership, website survey, tipsheet and workshop schedule (Ruth)
  6. New Year’s Celebration (Jacquie & Brian)
  7. Photo contest winners and slide show (Willy)
  8. Adjourn meeting

Food & Fun

Following our feast, we have a fun game planned for you. Hope you can stay around for it!

And remember to bring:

  • Slippers (as floors can be cold)
  • Plates, cutlery and beverages
  • $10 for food
  • Printed application forms and waivers, along with $50 cheque or cash for next year’s membership
  • Cash for your photo contest entries
  • Any items left behind at your potluck that might be reunited with their owner

Join us on Saturday November 18

We hope you’ll join us for the 2017 Annual General Meeting at Sue’s home just north of Orono beginning at 5:00.

Please RSVP in the comments if you plan to join us so Sue can let the caterer know numbers.

Remember to bring:

  • Slippers (as floors can be cold)
  • Plates, cutlery and beverages
  • $10 for food
  • Printed application forms and waivers, along with $50 cheque or cash for next year’s membership
  • Cash for your photo contest entries
  • Any items left behind at your potluck that might be reunited with their owner

Looking forward to seeing you all to celebrate our 2o17 cycling adventures.



Photo Contest Deadline Extended to November 14

Yesterday was the official deadline for photo entries to our first Ganaraska Freewheelers Photo Contest. As we did not receive a flood of submissions, we figured you needed a little extra time to put together your offering. Below is a reminder of the rules for submission. You now have until Monday, November 13.

We’ll collect your money at the AGM – $1 per submission. Also, we will accept submissions that fit our categories but was not an official club ride or tour.

Who is eligible?

All 2017 Members of the Ganaraska Freewheelers Cycling Club

Photo entry categories

There are three categories for which you can enter your cycling season’s greatest photos:



    1. Great Friends
    2. Great Food
    3. Great Fitness

Submit your entries to Make sure to mention the category of your entry!

Entry Format and Rules

Riders on bicycles

Great Fitness

      • Ideally from Ganarasaka Freewheeler rides
      • JPG format
      • Pictures of 2017 cycling season, identified by category
      • Submission $1.00 per entry (we’ll keep a running tab of what you owe!)
      • Payment and pictures must be received by November 13, 2017, but begin submitting your photos any time!


      • 3 independent judges will announce three winners, one per category at 2017 AGM
      • Winners take all money collected in their category.

AGM Date & Photo Contest Deadline

This post invites you to hold the date for our AGM, nominate yourself for one of our upcoming volunteer role vacancies and submit photos for our contest. Read on for details.

Annual General Meeting 2017

Hold the date for this year’s Annual General Meeting.

Date: November 18, 2017
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Sue’s place outside Orono (see directions and parking details on Calendar)

Sue has organized with her favorite local restaurant to cater the evening, saving us all from the task of preparing a contribution. That said, bring along your $10 contribution to cover the catering costs.

We’ll update you closer to the day with details regarding an outdoor activity before the AGM (likely from 2-5) once we know the weather forecast. And be ready for an exciting game that we’ll play to test your knowledge of our beloved cycling scene.

Volunteers Needed for 2018 Cycling Season!

Turney is stepping down from her Treasurer role. Doug and Sue, our Friday Ride Coordinators are also moving on. Doug is stepping down, while Sue will support Marshall with the Tuesday rides. Thank you, Turney and Doug for your many years of faithful service.

This leaves our club with the Treasurer vacancy on our Executive team and two vacancies for the Friday Ride Coordinator role. The Treasurer deposits membership revenues, pays our expenses, keeps the accounting records and produces our  annual statement. The Ride Coordinators coordinate ride host requests throughout the riding season from April to the end of October. Our volunteers attend a few meetings annually.

Members, if you are interested in stepping into one of these important club roles, please send an email to

2017 Photo Contest

Finally, the deadline for our first annual photo contest is coming up soon! Visit the photo contest summary post for a reminder of photo submission details and get your entries to us by November 7. We’re excited to see your work showcased in our slideshow at the AGM.



Members: Please Comment if Spammed

In the last two days, I have noticed a number of comments on old posts that are spam, but are making it through the websites spam filters. Can you comment if you’ve been receiving strange emails from the website from non-members. You will likely only be receiving them for posts on which you’ve made a comment in the past.

In the meantime, I’ll look into how to fix the problem.