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Join the NHCC on Monday, January 13 and Monday, January 27

Happy New Year to members and followers of the Ganaraska Freewheelers Cycling Club.

On behalf of our sister club, the Northumberland Hills Cycling Club (NHCC), Randy and Anita invite GFW members to attend two special events coming up soon!

Space is limited. Please confirm your attendance by sending an email to or commenting on the NHCC posting provided in the links below.

Additional details about both events are provided in the links below – both evenings start at 6:30 and a $5 donation is suggested. The first event is tomorrow, so sign up NOW! At the January 27 event, the spotlight will be on our very own Liz and Bob and their fabulous summer cycling adventure. So sign up soon.

Race Across America, Monday January 13

The Great Divide Cycling Adventure, Monday January 27

Will you attend GFW’s AGM on Saturday, November 9, 2019?


This email has five reminders for our upcoming AGM that will be hosted this Saturday at the home of Barb & John in Cobourg commencing at 5:00 p.m.

  1. If you plan to be there, please confirm by posting a comment. Remember you are welcome to bring your spouse or significant other, however do let Barb know so that she can order sufficient food. Recall as well that all those attending will pay $10 to cover the cost of food.
  2. If you participate in any pre-AGM activity and need to change, you’re welcome to do so at Barb & John’s.
  3. Take a half hour and read a few important documents, all of which you can link to from the item:
    1. Attached agenda for the AGM
    2. Minutes from 2018 AGM
    3. Safety reminder email sent to members in late September 2019
    4. Summary notes from a meeting with the insurance company in October 2019
  4. We will be collecting your member form and waiver for 2020. You can download and complete the form in advance, making sure to use the 2020 form. Alternatively, we will have blank copies available that you can complete at the AGM. The fee has not changed from last year: $50 for members; $25 for social members. Cash or cheque are accepted.
  5. If you would like to contribute photos for this year’s cycling season, please send Ruth an email at She will either post your pictures on your behalf to the Gmail photo account or if you prefer, share with you a temporary password to the Gmail photo account so that you can add them yourself.

Looking forward the seeing everyone for one last GFW gathering before the deep freeze!

Join us in St. Jacobs – July 26-28

Two great ways to travel!

Below is Sue’s invitation to join the Freewheelers in July for another wonderful weekend tour. Watch for more details and a dedicated page. For now, mark your calendars and let Sue know if you plan to join us.

Hi everyone,

Our weekend in St. Jacobs is shaping up with rides planned for Saturday and Sunday, and also Friday for those who arrive that day.  Spouses and friends are welcome to join us and will have to sign our waiver.

There are quite a few beautiful little villages in this lovely Mennonite area, including Elora, Elmira, Heidelberg, Fergus as well as St. Jacobs.  There will be long (about 80k) and short distance options each day. Learn more about the St. Jacobs area here.

We will check out the St. Jacobs Farmers Market before we set out on our ride Saturday since it is only open until 3:30 (starts at 7 in the morning). 

I’m thinking of reserving a restaurant for our dinner on Saturday night if we have people interested in that. Or maybe just pizza in the dorms?

There are a few accommodation options.

  • Camping. You can camp (with Brian H. maybe) for approximately $39 per night plus a $13 reservation fee at  Laurel Creek Conservation Area, which is about a 10-min drive from St. Jacobs.  Please reserve your own site.
  • Wilfred Laurier University dorms.  There are five 5-bedroom apartments set aside for us at $169 per night – divided by 5 persons plus tax, the total per person is $33.80.  The bedrooms have a single bed and open onto a common livingroom/kitchen area with 2 or 3 bathrooms per apartment.  No cutlery, plates or pots and pans are provided, but you’ll have a microwave and a big fridge, and lots of counter space. Parking is free. The check-in office is open until 11pm and is located in the King Street Residence (200 King Street North). This  check-in building is different from the apartment-style residence where you will be staying. Visit their booking site to find out more. Please let Sue know if you plan on staying here as she is coordinating the allocation of rooms.
  • Holiday Inn in St. Jacobs. Rooms are $159 per night (plus tax) with 2 queen beds in each room/ or one king. This includes a full hot  breakfast and access to a swimming pool (with a dumping bucket, Richard). Parking and high speed internet are free. Microwave, fridge, coffee maker and 42″ flat screen TV are included.  If you plan on staying here, please book your own room as soon as possible, as they fill up fairly quickly at this prime time. Call 5​1​9-772​-9800

Bonus!:  The Disney musical “Newsies” is playing that weekend at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse.  Hmm.  Friday night or Saturday night?  Click here to get your tickets.

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

Join Randy & Anita on Friday, November 16 (SOLD OUT!)

This event has sold out as of Monday, November 5.

Randy and Anita of the Northumberland Hills Cycling Club are hosting an event at their home on Wednesday, November 14 and Friday, November 16. GF members are welcome to attend.

Tickets have sold out for the November 14 event and there are 10 spots only remaining for the Friday event. Act fast if you’re interested.

Their two invitations are below – the most recent one, reminding you that tickets are moving fast for Friday’s presentation and the first one that includes full details about the presentation and the presenter.

We have had tremendous response to the free Dave Trattles presentation and have already reached the 25 person limit for the Wednesday event. So, we are adding a second date just two days later on Friday the 16th! All the same details, including the pre-show Indian dinner option. 

Date: Friday November 16, 2018
Dinner (optional): 6:00pm ($20 pp)
Presentation start time: 7:00pm

RSVP: We can accommodate up to 25 people. Please let us know you if you’d like to come and also let us know if you plan to partake in the pre-show Indian dinner. Email us at We’ll reply to your RSVP with th

Below is the initial invitation for the November 14 event.

On the evening of Wednesday November 14th members of the NHCC and the Ganaraska Freewheelers are invited to a unique presentation by photojournalist guest Dave Trattles at Randy & Anita’s home, in the “Person Cave” (FREE).   We have one evening planned, for up to 25 people. If there is enough interest we’ll consider adding a second event.

About Dave:
Dave knows cycling and slow journalism: for 25 years he has been traveling by bicycle through 75 countries, and working as a social documentary photographer (National Archives of Canada, Canadian Geographic, Macleans, Elle). This presentation will be about why you should travel by bicycle and what happens when you do – shared largely through stories that will have you out there in the world, living a specific time and experience.

Along the way, Dave reveals the joy of human relations. By learning who the people are and how they live their lives, rather than focusing on what they are doing, he will share stories about ordinary people who do extraordinary things (Muslim girl boxers of Calcutta, German cowboys, cheese rollers of Sicily, Tomato throwers of Bunol, marathoners of Calcutta..).

This evening, Dave Trattles will inspire you to get in touch with your own life force – to go out into the world on your bicycle and express your own individuality, your own richness – and to engage deeply in the lives and experiences of others.

Pre-show Indian Dinner (optional, $20 pp): For those interested in a little Indian cuisine, we are putting together a simple Indian Food buffet style dinner sourced from Cobourg’s new “Taste of Agra” restaurant. A few tasty dishes, with vegetarian and mildly spiced entrees along with naan and rice. 

Date: Wednesday November 14, 2018
Dinner: 6:00pm (optional) ($20 pp)
Presentation start time: 7:00pm

RSVP: We can accommodate up to 25 people. Please let us know you if you’d like to come and also let us know if you plan to partake in the pre-show Indian dinner. Email us at We’ll reply to your RSVP with the address.

Ottawa Tour Update


Only three more sleeps until we meet in Ottawa to start our weekend tour. Weather is promising sunshine. This post provides important details that hopefully answer all your questions about routes, ride leaders and contact details. If not, please comment!

If there are members who are still thinking about going, it may still be possible to find accommodation and join us. Visit our Ottawa 2018 Tour page to learn more.

The Routes

Linked below are maps and cue sheets for the four scheduled Ottawa rides. All rides start and finish at Ottawa U residence parking lot at 90 University Private with start time of 10:00 am.

Saturday Route details: A Canal & Two Rivers

Sunday Route details: Pathways to the Gatineau

Due to the wide area that each ride covers, we were unable to find the usual road map that would display the total route in good detail on one sheet of paper. We decided to go with more high level screen prints from Map Ride with GPS, complemented with detailed cue sheets. Ride leaders also have Map Art versions of the map with additional details.

Nobody is going to get lost on these rides: we will ride as a group; 3 of the 4 leaders have already test ridden the routes.

Riders will be arriving as early as Friday afternoon and may head out for leisurely rides. Some will stay overnight on Sunday and do a Monday ride as well. You’re on your own for these rides.

The Ride Leaders

Short route. Richard and Marshall are ride leaders for this group of 6 riders.

Long route. Sue and Pete will lead this group of 22 riders.

For both groups, the goal will be to stay together, with one leader sweeping the back to ensure no one is left behind.

Emergency Contacts

Below are cell numbers of our ride leaders and Ruth.

Ruth will be creating a mobile chat group to update our 28 riders on any important new details or updates. GFW members in the tour will be automatically added as we have your cell phone numbers. Please let her know by text if you DO NOT want to be part of this chat group. If you are not a GFW member, and wish to be included in the group updates, please text Ruth to provide your cell phone number.

  • Marshall: 416-268-9919
  • Peter: 289-356-2436
  • Richard: 905-885-9128
  • Ruth: 416-418-3264
  • Sue: 905-244-6953

Social Details

While we have great routes planned for you during the day, we’re allowing the evening social experience to unfold. If plans emerge to go to dinner on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, Ruth will send out a text to announce details. If you’re not in the chat group, make sure to touch base with others to find out what options for the evening have emerged.

Note that Katherine has suggested it would be fun to go to the Cirque du Soleil performance on Saturday evening. If you’re interested, visit the website for Alegria.

Bike Stores

You never know what needs might crop up! Here are a couple options should you have emergency bike needs.

  • Mountain Equipment Co-op, 366 Richmond Road (613.729.2700)
  • Fresh Air Experience, 1291 Wellington West, Ottawa (613.729.3002)

Medical Services near Ottawa U.

Please be safe and healthy! But if stuff happens, here are a couple options to take care of any medical needs:

  • Ottawa Hospital, 1967 Riverside Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Walk-in Clinic, 100 Marie Curie (1st Floor) (corner of King Edward Avenue

Supplies near Ottawa U.

  • Shopper’s Drug Mart – Rideau Centre Mall, 50 Rideau Street
  • Loblaw’s, 363 Rideau Street (at Nelson)
  • Metro, 245 Rideau Street
  • LCBO, 275 Richmond Street

Packing Checklist

To support your packing process, here is a handy list of items you’ll want to make sure you pack:

For the weekend

  • Breakfast fixings
  • Snacks
  • Kitchenware (pots, plates, utensils), if you plan to cook/eat breakfast, lunch or dinner at Ottawa U.

For the ride

  • Maps
  • ID
  • Water
  • Spare inner tube, pump and tools
  • Money
  • Sunscreen
  • Lunch and/or snacks
  • Bicycle lights
  • Rain gear (?)
  • Camera
  • Mobile phone

We hope this post covers off all your questions. And if not, please comment!

We look forward to an excellent weekend of fun, friends, fitness and food!

Take advantage of the group rate at Ottawa U for our August 10-12 Tour

If you still hope to join us for our Ottawa 2018 Tour August 10-12, there are still rooms available at Ottawa U. They have extended the deadline for using our group promo rate to Friday, July 13.

Comment on this post to let us know you’re interested and Marshall will send you the promo code!

Friends and family welcome. Learn more about the routes that Marshall, Pete, Irene and Richard have tested for you.