Ganaraska Freewheelers Cycling Club

Ride Cancellation – Thanksgiving weekend

Our Friday Ride Coordinator has cancelled the ride for this weekend as there was no host, members reported being quite busy or away and weather is looking iffy.

Note that there are still two weekends without hosts – the 23-24 weekend and the 30-31 weekend. It’s up to the host whether the ride is Saturday or Sunday. Please contact Katherine if you are up for leading a ride.

Riding from Grafton – Tuesday, October 5

Apologies everyone for the tardiness if this post!

Sharon is our host for tomorrow’s ride from her home (address in our directory and also on the calendar post). She invites you to join her on a beautiful fall ride that will cover many of the club’s favourite roads ending with a “fly down” Shelter Valley Road to our club picnic social in her back yard. A warning though, to enjoy that “fly down” may involve a few climbs to get there. Maps (paper and GPS) below. The route has been modified slightly to start from Sharon home.

Route: Grafton East (51 K easily reduced to 36 K or 31K)

Club map: https://ganaraskafreewheelers1.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/grafton_east-grafton.pdf

GPS map: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37661486

Hope to see you there.

Reminder – Membership Forms and Waivers

We’re excited to see everyone at Saturday’s ride and AGM event at Gail’s.

Please bring your completed Membership Form and waivers that you can download from the following links:

2022 Membership Form, including Waiver

GFW Response to COVID 19 & Waiver

The annual fee of $50 for full members and $25 for social members has not changed.

If you do not have access to a printer, we will have forms available at the AGM for you to complete.

If you are unable to attend the AGM, instructions for getting your form and payment to Barb, our Club President, are included on the Membership Form.

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!

Riding from Kirkfield Lock – Tuesday, September 28

Sue will be hosting Tuesday’s ride. Her invitation is below.

We will meet at the Kirkfield Liftlock, just north of the village of Kirkfield on County Rd. 6 to start at 10. I have a beautiful flat route planned along parts of the Trent Canal over to Gamebridge, across to Lakeshore Drive on Lake Simcoe to picturesque Lagoon City and back.

Afterwards we will head back to the cottage for our lunch, swim, kayaking or canoeing. I will talk to you about the cottage address at the ride. Hope you can make it.

Riding from Campbellcroft – Friday, September 24

Andy and Jennifer are inviting the GFW to their country estate this Friday.

Starts at 5 pm. Please RSVP if you are coming. Their invitation is below.

Andy & Jennifer will lead the Oak Hill Route (in reverse) from our home, 5 pm Friday Sept. 24/21 if it is favourable weather! Please remember, lights are a necessity now for safety.

Picnic in the garden apres ride. There will be a large bonfire afterwards so dress in old clothes (in case there are sparks flying). Those that do not wish to ride can join us about 8 pm for a chat and a beverage of their choosing!

We shall decide by Fri. 3 pm if the ride is a go….or not.

Ride from Millbrook – Tuesday, September 21

Richard and Irene will be leading this Tuesday’s ride and they invite you to join them in Millbrook (Millbrook Arena parking lot behind the Pastry Peddler) at 10:00 for a beautiful 56K (easily shortened to 46K or 36K) ride through the Bethany Hills.

Links to GPS maps:

GPS long route    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37511486

GPS short Route https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37515838

After ride picnic will be held in the beautiful park area by the creek.

The Pastry Peddler café is open with their regular menu and lots of great desserts available. Check them out online. Order ahead of time and have it ready for pick up when you finish your ride.

Riding from Cobourg – Friday, September 17

Barb and John will lead the ride at 5:00 p.m., starting and ending at Donegan Park, D’arcy Street, Cobourg.

We’ll do the Twice in Grafton route.

Because of the different start/end point we will alter the route to skip the Massey Road loop but proceed straight east on Co. Rd. 2 to Station Rd.and then pick up the rest of the route. Several options for shorter rides.

Lights on bikes! Picnic in Donegan park to follow.

Riding from Castleton – Tuesday, September 14

Harold will be hosting this Tuesday’s ride from his home in Castleton. If you “Forget” his home address check it out in the Member’s Directory in the Club Website.

We will be riding Harold’s classic “Castleton / Warkwork Circle” (55K, fairly flat, easily shortened ride). Hardcopy maps will be provided at the start. Refer to “Map with GPS” link for a look at the route.

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37438992

Loads of room, shade and grass on the Dekleer estate for our after ride picnic. As a special treat there will be indoor toilets available. What more could a Freewheeler ask for!”

Riding from Port Hope – Friday, September 10

Katherine is hosting this Friday’s ride. Her invitation is below.

We will leave from The Commons Park which is located at the NW corner of Sullivan Street and Little Hope Street (part way between me and Richard and Irene).


The route will be Osaca Odyssey backwards…. leaving west on Lakeshore road.

Hopefully no police will be required to attend. Parking, no facilities.

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