Ganaraska Freewheelers Cycling Club

Ride Calendar is Up! Claim your Rides.

Attention all Ganaraska Freewheelers!

The 2019 Ride Calendar is up.

Summer is coming!  

The clock is ticking on our home page and very soon we’ll be riding together again.  The hearty among us are out for training rides.  Bikes are being tuned up.  The sound of bicycle pumps and spinning chains is in the air.  Cookbook pages are riffling with Friday pot luck recipes.  Apres ride cafes are preparing lunch menus and frosting beer glasses. 

Your Ride Coordinators are sitting, fingers poised above their keyboards awaiting your ride host bookings.  For the season’s first 3.5 months they are: Brian for Fridays and Sue for Tuesdays. You can find their email address in the notes at the bottom of each date’s entry in the calendar. More details about hosting will follow in separate posts.

Reserve your ride early before that date gets snapped up.  We are already receiving notice of special events including the annual spring kick-off ride, joint club rides, the blossom ride, the club weekend tour, veggie ride, Thanksgiving ride, and the final end-of-season ride.  Avoid the last minute need to switch with others hosts for coveted spots and preferred Fridays, Saturdays and Tuesdays.

Most important (and exciting!), hold the date for Wayne & Brenda’s inaugural season ride on Easter Friday, April 19 starting at 1:00. And add the St. Jacob’s weekend tour to your calendar for the last weekend in July (July 26-27-28). More details on both to follow in separate posts.

Note: Password has not changed yet – it will be updated in late April – watch for an email.

Join Randy & Anita for a hike on New Years’ Day

Bring in the new year with some fresh air and good friends. Randy and Anita’s invitation is below.

What better way than to start off 2019 than a Hike & Potluck? We know you’ll all be recovering from your celebrations the evening before so we won’t start until 2:00pm.

If you are around and are feelin’ social, meet at Randy & Anita’s home at 2:00 where we’ll head out for 1.5 – 2 hour hike. We’ll return around 4:00ish and share in a Potluck. If you can’t make it out for the hike but can make it to the Potluck, you are most welcome. And of course, you may bring a friend! All NHCC and Ganaraska Freewheelers members are welcome, just let us know you are coming so we can plan accordingly! 

Date: January 1, 2019
What to bring: A yummy shareable dish, your own utensils and favourite drink
Start time for Hike: 2:00pm
Start time for Potluck: 4:00pm
RSVP: Please let us know you are coming by either leaving a comment or sending us a quick email for our address at nhcycling2010@gmail.com

A Message from your new President

Outgoing Tuesday Ride Coordinator Marshall, Incoming President Barb

I am pleased and honoured to have been elected President of the Ganaraska Freewheelers at the 2018 Annual General Meeting.  I know that all of the Freewheelers will join me in expressing appreciation and thanks for the substantial creative contributions made by the outgoing executives and volunteers. We also welcome back those continuing in their roles and are pleased to have input from new executives and volunteers.

Our Past President Willy Elzner is retiring after making much appreciated and substantial contributions to the club during his term. Early into his term, he enlisted support from the Exec team, Social Committee and Ride Coordinators to conduct a club survey, renewing members’ interest in organizing an annual tour, which led to our very successful Welland and Ottawa tours. Among other leadership initiatives sparked by the survey, Willy organized great joint rides with the Northumberland Hills Cycling Club and spearheaded getting the word out that we were welcoming new members with great results. Under his leadership, the club now has new by-laws and a stronger emphasis on safety.

We thank Harold Wontorra for his very capable past service as Vice President and Ruth Louden who is handing over her position as Secretary after capably managing two labour intensive jobs as Secretary and Webmaster. We are thankful that she is continuing as our Superwoman of Webmasters. Marshall Johnstone is taking a break from his Ride Coordinator position and we thank him for his great work rounding up and keeping track of ride hosts.  We continue to appreciate his creativity in originating what are now popular and traditional annual club rides. Vivian Vandenhazel is stepping down as  Membership Coordinator after a long term of welcoming guests and new riders.  Thank you Vivian.

Filling vacancies and continuing on are the following Executive members:

President:  Barbara Spencer

Vice President:  Peter Reitknecht

Treasurer: Richard Pike

Secretary: Brenda Smith

Webmaster: Ruth Louden

VOLUNTEERS:

Tuesday Ride Coordinators:  Sue Pott, Peter Reitknecht

Friday Ride Coordinators:  Brian Hedney, Katherine Smith

Membership Coordinators:  Brenda Smith, Barbara Spencer

The Minutes of the AGM, amended By-Laws and changes to the Incident Report may now be found in the Members Only portion of the website.

We have a great club.  Every member of the Ganaraska Freewheelers Cycling Club is a volunteer.  It takes work and effort by each member to host and organize rides, social gatherings and events but the rewards are a hundred times any effort expended.  2018 was a superb year and 2019 will be even better with new members, new volunteers and beautiful routes to travel with friends.

Barbara Spencer

President

AGM Reminder – Saturday, November 17

Barb and John are looking forward to hosting the AGM on Saturday to celebrate an outstanding cycling season. Join us as early as 5. The AGM official discussion will start at 6. Food will follow.

A few reminders:

  • The evening will be catered by Ketch’s Korner of Cobourg. Please bring a $10 contribution per person.
  • Remember to bring your plates, utensils and beverages.
  • If you have lost items from previous events, bring those as well. There will be a lost and found table.

See you on Saturday!

Share Your GFW Photos!

Brian H. has graciously accepted the challenge of pulling together a slide show for our upcoming AGM. We welcome your photos to celebrate our club’s outstanding 2018 cycling season. And if you like, add some from previous years!

Below is Brian’s invitation and detailed instructions to help you share.

I have been charged with the task of compiling GFW photographs for a slide show at the upcoming AGM. So, do you have photographs that you would like to add to the collection?

  1. Organize your photographs in to folders. If possible, use separate folders for:
    • 2018 CYCLING SEASON
    • 2018 OTTAWA TRIP
    • PRE-2018 PHOTOS
  2. Give each folder a suitable name that includes your name. For example,I have labelled my three folders as follows
    • 2018_Photos_BrianH
    • Ottawa_Trip_BrianH
    • PRE-2018_BrianH
  3. Go to Google Photos (either photos.google.com on your browser or with the Google Photos app. on your phone or iPad).
    • You will need to sign out if you are automatically logged in to your own Google account.
    • You need to be logged in to gfwphotos@gmail.com using the same password (the one that has to do with eating!) as for the GFW Website. 
    • Click on ALBUM (left menu bar) and you will see the existing albums (folders) in the image below.
    • Drag your folder (which will become an album) over and your photos will automatically load.
    • When your photos have finished loading, click on ADD TO ALBUM and choose NEW ALBUM. Give this New Album a title (which will likely be the same as the title you gave the folder), hit the check sign (top left), and you are all done!
  4. Now, wasn’t that easy?

Note: If you are given the choice of HIGH QUALITY or ORIGINAL SIZE, please choose HIGH QUALITY. We can save an unlimited number of HIGH QUALITY images.

Join Randy & Anita on Friday, November 16 (SOLD OUT!)

This event has sold out as of Monday, November 5.

Randy and Anita of the Northumberland Hills Cycling Club are hosting an event at their home on Wednesday, November 14 and Friday, November 16. GF members are welcome to attend.

Tickets have sold out for the November 14 event and there are 10 spots only remaining for the Friday event. Act fast if you’re interested.

Their two invitations are below – the most recent one, reminding you that tickets are moving fast for Friday’s presentation and the first one that includes full details about the presentation and the presenter.

We have had tremendous response to the free Dave Trattles presentation and have already reached the 25 person limit for the Wednesday event. So, we are adding a second date just two days later on Friday the 16th! All the same details, including the pre-show Indian dinner option. 

Date: Friday November 16, 2018
Dinner (optional): 6:00pm ($20 pp)
Presentation start time: 7:00pm

RSVP: We can accommodate up to 25 people. Please let us know you if you’d like to come and also let us know if you plan to partake in the pre-show Indian dinner. Email us at nhcycling2010@gmail.com. We’ll reply to your RSVP with th

Below is the initial invitation for the November 14 event.

On the evening of Wednesday November 14th members of the NHCC and the Ganaraska Freewheelers are invited to a unique presentation by photojournalist guest Dave Trattles at Randy & Anita’s home, in the “Person Cave” (FREE).   We have one evening planned, for up to 25 people. If there is enough interest we’ll consider adding a second event.

About Dave:
Dave knows cycling and slow journalism: for 25 years he has been traveling by bicycle through 75 countries, and working as a social documentary photographer (National Archives of Canada, Canadian Geographic, Macleans, Elle). This presentation will be about why you should travel by bicycle and what happens when you do – shared largely through stories that will have you out there in the world, living a specific time and experience.

Along the way, Dave reveals the joy of human relations. By learning who the people are and how they live their lives, rather than focusing on what they are doing, he will share stories about ordinary people who do extraordinary things (Muslim girl boxers of Calcutta, German cowboys, cheese rollers of Sicily, Tomato throwers of Bunol, marathoners of Calcutta..).

This evening, Dave Trattles will inspire you to get in touch with your own life force – to go out into the world on your bicycle and express your own individuality, your own richness – and to engage deeply in the lives and experiences of others.

Pre-show Indian Dinner (optional, $20 pp): For those interested in a little Indian cuisine, we are putting together a simple Indian Food buffet style dinner sourced from Cobourg’s new “Taste of Agra” restaurant. A few tasty dishes, with vegetarian and mildly spiced entrees along with naan and rice. 

Date: Wednesday November 14, 2018
Dinner: 6:00pm (optional) ($20 pp)
Presentation start time: 7:00pm

RSVP: We can accommodate up to 25 people. Please let us know you if you’d like to come and also let us know if you plan to partake in the pre-show Indian dinner. Email us at nhcycling2010@gmail.com. We’ll reply to your RSVP with the address.

Cycling from Brighton – Tuesday, November 6

Klaus is hosting our last Tuesday ride of the season. Join us for a 10:00 a.m. start to the ride at 75 Harbour Street in Brighton. Let’s all hope for decent weather.

We’ll be following the First Half Flat route starting and ending at the Whistling Duck in Gosport/Brighton where we will enjoy lunch together.

The Freewheelers cycle from Harold’s in Castleton early in the season. Klaus is front and centre at this ride, and leading Tuesday’s ride from Brighton.

St. Jacobs Tour

July 26th, 2019
65 days to go.

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