Ganaraska Freewheelers Cycling Club

Cycling from Minden – Saturday, October 13

From the Haliburton Sculpture Forest

Willy and Sue are 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 a restaurant in Haliburton.

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 still be beautiful at this time.

Cycling from Clarington – Tuesday, October 9

Occo Leading the Freewheelers

Occo is hosting Tuesday’s ride from his home in Haydon near the Long Sault Conservation Area. He has a 50-km route in store for you with options to shorten.

A pizza lunch will be provided. There is limited parking near the house (7 cars) and the driveway is long (0.5KM).

Let’s all hope for great weather and plan to join Occo for a ride.

Castleton Ride Update for Tuesday, October 2

Just got off the phone with Harold re: tomorrow’s ride. Weather forecast is looking not so great but he has a welcome home, a fridge full of burgers and a flexible spirit! Wednesday is challenging for a rain date, as he has a commitment in the morning. So . . . . how about rain or shine?

Will you please comment if you will make it to Harold’s tomorrow (Tuesday), rain or shine? As we know, the weather gods can be fickle – though threatening rain, they can be kind to us for a brief window to get some clicks in (especially when Brian H. is around). Worse case scenario, we’ll hunker down and enjoy each other’s company and a nice lunch.

And if you do plan to come, remember to bring a food bank contribution!

Riding from Port Hope – Friday, October 5

Katherine is hosting her annual Thanksgiving ride from her home in Port Hope.  Parking is available on the road in front of her house, but also in the back. The ride will start at 5:00 pm led by Pete and Ruth who will take us West along the waterfront. We’ll go as far as the light and our legs allow, with the goal of being back at Katherine’s no later than 7:15.

As this is usually one of the best attended events of the season, Katherine needs you to confirm your attendance and mention what you’ll be bringing as your offering (and who if anyone as your guests!). In her own words:

If people want to bring family or friends, they are welcome. Bring standard dish / person, plates cutlery and appetite. Big bird acquired, but I could always toss in a supplementary bird if required. I only ask for an rsvp, so that I can somewhat plan accordingly…. looking forward to the annual tradition of far too much food, far too much laughter, and filling my house with my friends!

Here’s what she knows so far:

  • Katherine – Turkey, stuffing, gravy, pumpkin pie
  • Brian H. – cranberries (k makes as tradition for BH)
  • Barb – special spuds
  • John – something exciting
  • Anita – famous chocolate cake
  • Randy – ???
  • Ruth – hummus and crackers
  • Pete – purple cabbage
  • Irene – appetizer
  • Richard – ham and sprouts
  • Jen – rolls and butter
  • Deana – caramel apples
  • Neil – ???
  • Deb – Carrots
  • Harold – ???
  • Vivian – ???
  • Sharye – Salad surprise
  • Bess – Squash
  • Andy – Turnip
  • Jennifer – Cheese appetizer
  • Liz – salad
  • Bob – ???
  • Barry – Appetizer
  • Lilianne – Squash salad
  • Sharon-Lynn – Brocoli salad
  • Sue – ???

Will you join us? What will you bring to add to our Thanksgiving table? Please comment! We look forward to celebrating nature’s bounty with you.

Cyclocrossing from Castleton – Tuesday, October 2

Let’s all cross our fingers for sunshine at Harold’s cyclocross event on his property in Castleton. Event starts at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday. Mountain bikes or hybrids with fatter tires than your road bike are recommended. Harold’s providing the burgers – bring your accompaniments! And if you’d like to donate to our food drive, bring along an offering!

Cycling from Cobourg Community Centre – Friday, September 28

Willy is hosting Friday’s ride starting from the Cobourg Comunity Centre (CCC) at 750 D’Arcy Street. His invitation is below. Note two starting times.
There will be 2 starting times: the first one at 4PM with riders returning to the CCC, then restarting at 5:30PM for the next stage. The route is a short version of the Shelter Valley Shuffle. After-ride event to be determined. Lights required.
Remember to bring a food donation for our Thanksgiving Food Drive!
An eager group of riders join Bob & Liz last Tuesday for a challenging ride and excellent soup!

Riding from Castleton – Tuesday, September 25

Harold King of the Corn Field!


Harold D. is your host for the next two Tuesday rides. Both rides will start from his home in Castleton. This Tuesday’s route will be a Warkworth Roller. Burgers are on Harold; bring along your potluck accompaniment, drinks, plates and utensils. Ruth is the backup lead for the ride, but she will be asking around to see if anyone who plans to attend would like to lead the ride.

In the spirit of a themed ride, we’re inviting members to donate to a Ganaraska Freewheelers food drive on the next three rides before Thanksgiving – i.e., the next two Tuesday rides hosted by Harold and Willy’s ride next Friday. We know you all have your favorite causes that you donate to, so certainly understand if you’d like to pass. However, in the spirit of gratitude for all the good things in our lives, as we near our Thanksgiving holiday, we’re asking you to bring a food offering for our club drive. If you’d prefer to give cash, Harold will have envelopes for you. We’ll aim to get all our donations to the food bank in time to be distributed for Thanksgiving. Thanks in advance!

First Ride of the 2019 Season

April 19th, 2019
31 days to go.

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