Ganaraska Freewheelers Cycling Club

Cycling from Perrytown – Sunday, October 20

Ruth and Pete are hosting Sunday’s ride. Alas, we made a valiant but unsuccessful attempt to create a safe route from Southpond Farms to the Buddhist temple North of Bethany. We had to conclude (as Doug’s grimace suggsted at Katherine’s on Friday) that it was not possible.

Instead, we’re hosting from our home a ride starting at 10 am with three hilly options (34, 39 and 44 km), all of which will offer views of splendid fall colours. We’ll provide maps – but essentially the route takes you south as far as Concession Road 4 (long route), north to Thertell and Oakhill, then back south to our place from Dean’s Hill and Mill Street. If you need more than 44 km, we can suggest add-ons.

Can’t ride? Bring your spouse and join us anyway for a potluck afterwards – likely @ 1. We’ll have two chili options (beef and turkey/mango) and whatever you bring by way of appetizer, salad or dessert.

Weather looks promising – 16 high and mostly sunny!

Notice of GFW Annual General Meeting – Saturday, November 9

We’ve done it again and although it is almost over, this has been another outstanding cycling season with excellent weather, our reliable membership stepping up to host regular rides and more than a few creative and amazing events.  We’ll wrap it up for 2019 with our AGM, a little bit of business and then a feast and gathering among good friends to celebrate.

Important Details

  • Date:  Saturday November 9th
  • Time:  5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Barb and John’s
  • Dinner to be catered: $10/person, bring your own dishes, cutlery, beverage (and spouses if they’d like to join us!)

Membership and Waiver Forms

Membership and waiver forms for the 2020 season will be available for you to complete.  If you prefer, print your own updated forms from our member section.

Nominations for Executive Positions

There is one executive position to be filled for next season:

2) Treasurer (2-year term)

Any club member may apply for this position, duties of which are outlined in the By-Laws.  However, you are required to have another club member nominate you and another member second the nomination.  

If you wish to be considered for this position, please send a confidential email to the club executive at to express your interest on or before Thursday October 30, 2019. Please include the names of your nominator and seconder. 

Agenda Items

As this has been such a wonderful incident free season, we do not have a great deal of business to conduct at this AGM. We will send out an agenda closer to the date. If you have items you would like to propose we add, please email the executive by Thursday, October 30 at

A couple of things to consider and be ready to act upon are:

  • Safety Reminder Email. Please re-read the safety reminder email sent on September 26/19.
  • Incorporation – Pros & Cons. One of the things we are going to ask you to consider is whether or not we want or need to incorporate.  We will do a brief recap of the pros and cons and costs of the decision and get a general consensus on whether to pursue incorporation further.

Looking forward to celebrating a wonderful 2019 cycling season with you.

Cycling from Whitby – Tuesday, October 15

Fall colours are here.

Marshall invites you below to join him this Tuesday for a beautiful picturesque Autumn ride along the Waterfront Trail. 

We will be exploring the Waterfront Trail between Ajax and Darlington Provincial Park. A 55 K route will have a little bit of something for everybody – flat terrain, quiet trails, lakefront and beach views, parks, marshlands, boardwalks, forests and beautiful Fall colours.

The ride will start at 10:00 AM from the Royal Oak Pub at Victoria Street West and Gordon Street in Whitby (Whitby Shores – 617 Victoria Street West). Lunch is booked at the pub for 1:00 PM.  Lots of parking is available in the mall between Tim Hortons and Scotiabank. Check out the Royal Oak Pub on the following link.

Comment if you plan to stay for lunch to help with the booking.

Our 55 K tour will first head west through the Lynde Shores Marsh to the edge of Ajax, doubling back through the Whitby Marina and lakefront park, over to Lakeview Park in Oshawa and on to a ride through Darlington Park before heading back to our lunch at the Royal Oak Pub.

Attached are a map and cuesheet. The 55 K route is an out and back and can be easily shortened by just turning back when you are ready. Some shorter distances are mentioned on the map. Please print you own copy. The route is quite flat and offers a great chance for all of us to ride as a group.

I have also included a link  to the map on “Ride with GPS” for those who would like to download it to their phones. Even if you don’t plan to download it, I would recommend that you take a peek at the satellite view of this ride. Drill right down and check out what’s in store for you on this beautiful ride.

Here’s hoping for some great fall weather.  See you all on Tuesday.

Cycling from Port Hope – Friday, October 11

Katherine is your host for our annual Thanksgiving ride starting at 5 from her place this Friday. Please read her invitation below and make sure to comment if you plan to join us.

It is turkey time again!  I cannot believe a year has gone past.  October 11 is quickly approaching.

Me and the girls cordially invite you to ours to get that Thanksgiving weekend off to an advance start! 

Friday afternoon, the cycling bit commences at 5pm (note bump up of time).  The illustrious Brian Hedney will be your default ride leader and route provider, since he is making his infamous cranberries and is actually going to be in town! We will follow the Osaca Odyssey route. However, the ride will leave from Katherine’s house, so you will be pleased to learn that this means you do not have to climb Bedford Street as indicated on the map 🙂  This route has 46 km, 36 km and 27 km options. When deciding upon your riding distance bear in mind that the sun sets in Port Hope at 6:35 PM on October 11th!

Dinner is going to attempt to hit the island 7:30-8pm, if you are joining for festivities only. I am as always, making a turkey, with stuffing, gravy, etc.  I also discovered Maple Dale Cheese has a factory outlet. Well. Some cheese leapt into the cart. So that’s my contribution. The girls are offering both dry kibble and pate should anyone be interested.  And Bink is generally good for a mouse toy or 2.

Mr. Pike, as is his annual duty, is once again on ham, with the accompanying glaze.

If you would please indicate if you are coming, and how many people, it helps me with the furniture distribution.

As always, I am looking forward to spending a wonderful evening with my friends.  And enjoying amazingly good food!

K, Bink and Tabbey 

Cycling from Clarington – Tuesday, October 8

Occo is our host for Tuesday’s ride. We will start at Haydon Hall (2503 Conc Rd 8 – 1km east of 57). Washrooms are available – a donation is suggested.

Afterwards, join us for pot luck at Occo’s home – rain or shine! Parking is limited.

Suggested route is 58 kilometers with 702 meters elevation:

Cycling from Minden – Saturday, October 5

From the Haliburton Sculpture Forest

Sue is hosting Saturday’s ride starting from the Minden Rotary Park starting at 10:30.

The Minden to Haliburton ride will be about 62 k. Option for a shorter 52 k route is available. Or a longer 82 k route. We can take a look at the Haliburton Sculpture Forest and have lunch at the Baked and Battered restaurant in Haliburton.

Here’s the Ride with GPS link.

You can also download and print the cuesheet and map.

There are some hills, nothing too bad. Parking will be at the Minden Rotary Park which is just off 35 Hwy to the left as you are heading north. It is just past the Kawartha Dairy Outlet. Hopefully the colours will be beautiful at this time. Weather forecast looks promising!

Cycling from Peterborough – Tuesday, October 1

Irene and Richard are doing a double hitter, hosting Tuesday’s 10:00 am ride from Peterborough. Their invitation is below.

We’re missing someone. Who are we missing?
Marshall! Where’s Irene & Richard?

Weather permitting, the ride on Tuesday is the Lakefield & Young’s Point route , commencing from Beavermead Park, just off of Ashburnham Drive. Lunch is at the Ashburnham Ale House, located at 128 Hunter St. East.

The Rotary Club Trail is closed for a small section between Stanley and Hazlitt Street, however detours are very clearly marked. The route from Lakefield to Young’s Point is beautiful 😊.

Richard and I will cycle the Trail to Lakefield and stop for coffee at the Nutty Bean Cafe, located at 33 Queen Street, then return to Peterborough for a route of about 30 km.

Just a suggestion: The restaurant is actually located on the Rotary Trail about a kilometre or less from the Beavermead Park so rather than cycle back to our cars and then drive to Ashburnham, I think Richard and I will stop off for lunch then cycle back to our car.

Lastly, being a “Butterfly Cyclist” …. we’ll check the weather forecast on Tuesday morning and any POP at 70% or over, the ride will be cancelled.

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