Ganaraska Freewheelers Cycling Club

Ride Hosts Needed for September & October

Can you believe we’re more than 4 months into the cycling season? And what an awesome cycling season it’s been with a full slate of hosts for a variety of creative cycling events and agreeable weather to keep us warm and dry!

With only 2 months to go, there are a number of Tuesdays and Fridays just waiting to be adopted by a caring host. In fact all Tuesdays need a host and all but two Fridays. Do remember that Fridays in October are really Saturdays or Sundays depending on the whim of the host.

Step right up and claim your ride day – for Tuesdays, contact Sue; for Fridays, contact Pete. In both cases, copy ganaraskafreewheelers@gmail.com so I can start updating the calendar!

Riding from Smiley Road in Cobourg – Sunday,

If you’re hanging around this Labour Day weekend, you’ll want to join us for a joint NHCC ride and potluck hosted by Randy and Anita at 4 pm on Sunday (rain day Monday). Their invitation to this celebrate-an-awesome-summer-cycling-season event is below.

Might as well go Big! And with that, Randy and Anita are inviting ALL members (Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4) of both the NHCC and the Ganaraska Freewheelers for a Ride and Really Big Potluck on Sunday September 2.  (Rain date will be the following day, Monday).  If there is no fire ban in effect we’ll get the ole Bonfire burning. We’ll ride at 4:00pm and there will be distance options for everyone. We’ll ride an out-and-back route so that everyone finishes at the same time.

Here’s what you need to bring: 

  • A shareable dish of some sort (don’t forget serving spoon etc.), and in true potluck style we aren’t organizing who-brings-what. Please make sure it’s ready-to-eat. We will have a number of power outlets if you need to plug in a slow cooker.
  • Bring your favourite beverage, plates and utensils
  • Bring a lawn chair

We’ll set up some tables outside and there are plenty of shady spots in the yard to sit and be social. If you can’t make it for the ride portion but want to partake in the Potluck you are welcome to do so. Feel free to bring your significant other.  If you are hesitating because you didn’t ride much and feel a little shy, don’t be, we’d love to have you there for some or all of the planned activities!

Ride time: 4:00pm
Potluck time: 6:00pm

RSVP (IMPORTANT): Please send us (Randy and Anita) a quick email nhcycling2010@gmail.com and leave a comment to let us know you’ll be there so we can plan a little.

Riding from the Baxter Creek Golf Club – Tuesday, August 28

Paul B. is your host for Tuesday’s ride. Join us at 10:00 a.m. at the Baxter Creek Golf Club, 1702 Cedar Valley Road in Fraserville (outside Millbrook).

We will follow the Baxter Creek route with 52 and 41.5 km options. And did I mention there were some climbs? Lunch to follow at Baxter Creek.

Cycling from Kirkfield – Sunday, August 26

Sue will host a ride from her cottage on Balsam Lake. If you like, drive up late Saturday afternoon and stay over. Sue has to leave at 4 pm on Sunday.

The cottage address is in the GF calendar.

Here is her invitation.

Come up anytime after 3 on Saturday to stay overnight if you wish. We will have a pot luck that night.

The ride will start at 10 on Sunday and will be around 50 k with options. We can then have pot luck appetizers back at the cottage.

Bring sheets or sleeping bags if staying over. We have quite a few beds so please let me know if you are coming so I can assign rooms. Lots of room for camping too if anyone wants.

Bring bathing suits and towels, kayaks if you want.

Riding from Victoria Park, Port Hope – Tuesday, August 21

Liz and Brian H enjoying a breather after lunch in Chelsea b4 taking off for the downhill return trip into Ottawa.

We’ll follow the Go Fourth route from Victoria Park in Port Hope.  There is no host – riders can decide a lunch venue.

Watch for an update first thing Tuesday morning, as the short range weather forecast is calling for thunder storms.

Riding from Cobourg – Saturday, August 18 – 10:30 a.m. start

Marshall and Barb – great smiles!

Barb and John will host a ride starting at 10:30 a.m. from their home. We’ll follow the East Danforth map, 50 or 33K with lots of options for longer or shorter routes. There will be an apres-ride bbq. Meat and veggie burgers, sausages, buns and condiments will be provided. You can bring nibblies, salad or dessert if you like.

We will cook and eat in jig time because the main event will be a Veggie Car Derby!  The following youtube videos will give you an idea of what you will be doing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JL7nPe6ZbJU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_vN81-meLI

Get your thinking caps on and creative juices flowing.  Members will form teams of two or three to build a race car in a set amount of time and then we will hold races on a double section racing ramp.  A variety of vegetables, and wooden axle materials will be provided.  Participants may bring optional decorative fruits or whimsy.   There will be prizes.

Cycling from Warkworth – Tuesday, August 14

Barry and Lilianne are hosting Tuesday’s ride.

We are meeting at Percy Park, on Mill Street at Old Hastings Road, just West of the Coop Grain and Seed Store in Warkworth.

The route is the Pike Route, which can be printed from our website. Note: Our starting point is not as indicated on the Pike Route map, but we will follow this map.

Lunch is at Our Lucky Stars Cafe & Roastery on Main Street. This is an unlicenced venue, with a menu featuring local ingredients and suppliers. Worth a visit.

Hope to see you on the ride!

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August 10th, 2018
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