Ganaraska Freewheelers

Ride Reminder – Friday, September 1

Who’s in town for the last weekend before school’s back in? Join us for Friday’s ride which will start at the Port Hope Town Hall and follow the Cold Springs Canter route. Distance options are 37 and 51 kilometres. There will be challenging hills, but also glorious views.

Please comment before 10 a.m. if you plan to ride.


Ride Reminder – Tuesday, August 29

Gail is your new ride host for this Tuesday’s ride and there has been a change in start location in case any of you checked the ride calendar earlier in the month.

The ride will now start from Millbrook at the park near the arena (4 Needler’s Lane). Information about the route will come soon and both this post and the calendar entry will be updated. Alternatively, maps will be available at the start.

Join us for lunch afterwards at the Pastry Peddler.



Ride Reminder – Friday, August 25

Decision map to determine bike purchase decisions

Thanks to Jennifer B. for sharing this image. Source unknown, but kudos to its creator!

Friday’s ride will start at 5:30 from the Cobourg Community Centre and follow the Bewdley and Back route. The full route is 54.4 kilometres; starting from the Community Centre adds another 4.8 kilometres. This is a long distance for a Friday evening ride, but there are several opportunities to shorten the route. Those in attendance can agree to shortcuts before setting out.

If you plan to join the ride, please comment before 10:00 a.m. on Friday.



Ride Reminder – Tuesday, August 22 + August 23 film event

Barry and Lilianne will pick up where Klaus left off – attempting to ride the First Half Flat after two rain outs.

Meet at 10:00 a.m. at 75 Harbour Street in Brighton/Gores Landing. Lunch is at the Whistling Duck (old Dougalls). Parking there is OK.

According to Barry, “we do not guarantee an absence of pestilence.”

Also, at the request of our member Gail, I’m forwarding an email from Melissa, President of the Oshawa Cycling Club regarding a movie taking place in Oshawa that might be of interest to our members. Note that the date mentioned in the email below was the final date to decide if there was enough interest to go ahead. Apparently the minimum has been met, so you can still purchase tickets at this link.

The movie “Le Ride” is coming to Oshawa Cineplex Odeon!! (we hope) on Aug 23rd 6:30, across Canada. This movie re-enacts the Tour de France 1928 down to the  route used, period clothes, gear and bikes used. Phil Keoghan a avid cyclist and host of the amazing race creates this.

However we need your help, there must be a minimum amount of tickets sold for it to go ahead and we are so close! Please get your tickets with in 2 days by Sunday August 13th this is when it is decided if the movie will go ahead.

Use this link to purchase your ticket you will only be charged if the movie goes ahead. Please spread the word about this event. Hope to see many of you there!! This is the link for the Oshawa screening



Ride Reminder – Saturday, August 19

There is no Friday ride this week. Instead, Vivian and Harold are hosting a morning ride starting at 10,  FROM THEIR HOME (see address in member directory) followed by a lunch potluck. BYOB and utensils as usual.

The route is the Millers Ride, with distances of 59 or 42 kilometres. Note the change of start point  – i.e., from Vivian and Harold’s place, NOT the Mill – which will make the route a few kms longer. Riders can print a copy of the map from the website.

The pool will be open, there is an outdoor shower and change shed if anyone would like to swim from 1 pm on.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Saturday!



Ride Reminder – Tuesday, August 15

Tuesday’s ride host is Paul B. Your ride will commence at the Baxter Creek Golf Course at 10:00 a.m. and follow the Baxter Creek map which offers 52 and 41 kilometre routes. Anticipate a few climbs!

Welland Tour Final Reminders

Excited yet? 3 more sleeps till Friday when we head to Welland for the tour. Remember that even if you haven’t signed up for the weekend, you’re welcome to join us for the day on Saturday or Sunday.

Here are some final reminders from your Tour Director, Marshall, about starting details, Niagara College stuff, restaurants and events in the area and playtime ideas. Keep on reading to the bottom for your  invitation to get snapping. Photos that is!

Starting Time & Location

All rides will start at 10:00 AM from the Seaway Mall (800 Niagara Street) in Welland. Park close to the Burger King at the corner of Niagara Street and Woodlawn Road. The Mall is just a block or so from Niagara College and convenient to get to from other area.

Niagara College Details Reminder

  • Complimentary parking on-site – obtain a parking pass provided by the front desk at check in
  • Complimentary high speed Internet access and local telephone calls
  • Light housekeeping service daily and full housekeeping (change linens) every fourth day
  • Alcohol prohibited in public areas
  • Complimentary 24 hour coffee & tea service available daily and light breakfast snack
  • Kitchenette with microwave and full size refrigerator – lots of room for beer – bring your favourite breakfast food – and make sure you bring all your own supplies, dishes and utensils if you plan to use the kitchen!
  • Check In Time: 4:00pm; Check Out Time: 11:00am – if leaving Sunday, be sure to check out in time for ride start and park at the Mall

Restaurants in Welland

There are loads of fast food restaurants out on the Niagara Street strip for a quick breakfast before the ride and a number of dining options.

Events in the Welland area this Weekend

  • Summer Music Festival 2017  ≫ Friday, Aug. 11  2017 – – Enjoy free concerts on the floating stage at Merritt Park this summer. All concerts are on Friday nights and begin at 7pm.  The Associates, The Howling Horns and Heather Glaab will be on stage this Friday. Recommend a trip to the Floating stage if you arrive early enough on Friday. We’ll be biking by this Floating stage on our Sunday ride.
  • Triathlon Ontario Provincial Championships  ≫ Saturday, Aug. 12 – – WIFC 2017 Event. Looks like an interesting event, but we’ll be biking in the opposite direction on Saturday and expect the event will be over by the time we get back. But, who knows, could always venture down when we get back to check it out.
  • Welland Canal Open Water Swim  ≫ Sunday, Aug. 13 – – WIFC 2017 Event. Leisure group will be biking right through this on Sunday morning. Should get a good look at it on our visit to the Flatwater Centre. Probably will be over when both groups return that way later in the afternoon.
  • Bridge-It – Port Robinson Ferry  ≫ Sunday, Aug. 13 – – Join the Niagara Freewheelers Bicycle Touring Club and show your support for ’Bridge-It’ Port Robinson’s newly refurbished accessible ferry and the ’only’ ferry on the Welland Canal.  We’ll be biking in the other direction to Lake Erie on our Sunday rides. The Leisure riders will be crossing the canal on this ferry on their Saturday ride. The event goes until 4:00pm so depending what time we get back to Welland on Sunday, there might be time to continue down to Port Robinson to meet our Niagara Freewheelers cousins.
  • Royal Canadian Henley Regatta  Aug. 6 to Aug. 12 – – The 135th annual running of this regatta. The Long Distance riders will be right in the middle of this Regatta when they pass through Port Dalhousie on their Saturday ride.

Ideas for Saturday Night Free Time

  • Venture down to Niagara Falls. Its less than a 30-minute drive from Welland along highway 20 which is Lundy’s Lane, the main strip in the Falls.
  • Too tired to go out, just hang out at the college, order something to eat in. Klaus has offered his suite for a party, let’s see how many Freewheelers we can get into that suite.
  • Go out for dinner and try one of Welland’s many restaurants. M.T. Bellie’s, a popular Pub and Grillhouse isn’t far from the college or try Taris on the Water, the most popular but expensive place in Welland, right on the canal with a great view of the main street lift bridge.
  • Maybe just enjoy a late evening drink on the patio of the Taris to check out the view of the lit up bridge.
  • Check out the Local Optical Illusion: The shrinking Flour Mill. It’s not as famous or spectacular as the magnetic hill in Moncton, but don’t let anyone from Port Colborne hear you say that. Both ride groups will have a chance to observe this phenomenal on the Sunday ride.

Photo Contest: Great Friends, Great Food, Great Fitness

One last reminder: bring your camera! Did I read a club posting sometime back about the first annual Ganaraska Freewheelers First Annual Photo Competition? I believe the 3 categories are “great friends”, “great food”, “great fitness”, exactly what this bike tour is all about.

What an opportunity we have here. Let’s see how many winning pictures come out of this weekend! Here are two challenges to get your creative photographer’s idea wheels turning.

Challenge # 1: Find the spot, take the shot.

Check out the pictures below taken by Marshall when he test rode the routes last weekend. Envision these views as background to a your contest winning picture!

Challenge # 2: Find the spot, take the shot, but add some wild & crazy!

These pictures were taken along the  ride routes last week. Could be in a Long Ride route or Leisure Ride route or maybe both. Find the location and take the craziest, funniest photo you can. Great friends having fun – got to be a contest winner.

One last reminder in closing:

We will ride as a group and will not knowingly drop anyone.

No one will ride on their own.

Looking forward to a wonderful weekend of great fitness, food and friends!











Joint Ride with the Northumberland Hills Cycling ClubSeptember 16th, 2017

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