Sunday October 16 gravel ride, 2022 – 11 AM at the YMC

Sunday October 16, 2022 – 11 AM at the YMC

It’s the ride of the falling leaves. The weather forecast is middling at best but we’ll see what happens. We’re going to take a somewhat sheltered route up towards Belwood for some butter tarts and then head home in tome to rake leaves. There is no G2 ride leader we will see how the groups work together and depending on numbers, split up or stay together as needed.

Bring money for a coffee stop and tail lights are a good idea.

Load the route on your bike computer if you have one, here’s how.

Disclaimer: Depending on rider turn out, some Speed Groups may have to be combined.

The Speed Groups on this ride are:

Advanced            G1        24-26   kph average

Intermediate     G2       21-23   kph average

GCC members only. To become a member join HERE

Advance sign-up required. Reserve your spot by clicking HERE

Start Time: please be ready to pedal at 11:00 AM

Start Location: Guelph Youth Music Centre 75 Cardigan St

Check here for weather cancellation posted no less than one hour before the ride begins

Route: Both the G1 & G2 Speed Groups will follow this map:

Sunday Longer Faster Road Ride | September 4th, 8:00 AM

Sunday Longer Faster Road Ride | September 4th, 8:00 AM

Ever wanted to ride around the Conestogo Reservoir? Go in a different direction than our usual routes? Or maybe you just have an aversion to heading South. If you answered yes to any of these, this ride is for you. We’re going to head out northwest and check things out in this part of the world. I think most of the roads are pretty quiet but if not, we’ll go single file or reconsider a re-route. It looks like the best rest stop is Drayton which is pretty far into the ride so bring some snacks for the first part.

The weather forecast is looking iffy but as usual, the final call will be be made by 7 AM.

Load the route on your bike computer if you have one, here’s how.

Speed will be between 29-31 kph average

GCC members only. To become a member join HERE

Advance sign-up required. Reserve your spot by clicking HERE

Start Time: please be ready to pedal at 8:00 AM

Start Location: East End Library at Starwood and Watson

Check here for weather cancellation posted no less than one hour before the ride begins

Route: The Longer Faster Sunday Ride will be following the map below

Thurs Advanced Road Ride | August 18, 6:00 PM

Thursday Advanced Road Ride | August 18, 6:00 PM

So here’s a classic route for a Thursday night. Heading east and then North. Innovation in route choices is not my forte… Anyway, the ride starts at 6 PM now and bringing lights is becoming more important as the days get shorter. Lastly, we’re going to make a concerted effort to obey all the usual traffic rules on the route.

Load the route on your bike computer if you have one, here’s how.

Disclaimer: Depending on rider turn out, some Speed Groups may have to be combined.

The three Advanced Speed Groups on this ride are:

Hammerfest   R1       35-40 kph average plus some surges

Very Fast         R2       32-35 kph average

Fast                 R3       30-32 kph average

GCC members only. To become a member join HERE

Advance sign-up required. Reserve your spot by clicking HERE

Start Time: please be ready to pedal at 6:00 PM

Start Location: East End Library at Starwood and Watson

Check here for weather cancellation posted no less than one hour before the ride begins

Route: The R1 Speed Group will follow this map:

Route: The R2 & R3 Speed Groups will follow this map:

Sunday Gravel Ride | August 14, 2022, 8:00 AM

Butter tarts in Belwood. Now that I have your attention, that’s gonna be what we’re eating at the midpoint of this ride. It’s a classic route up around north of Guelph – Lots of gravel roads, which is sort of the point of these rides… Additionally, we can adjust the distance based on what people want. Anyway, weather forecast looks decent but any final call will be made Sunday Morning. See you there!

Load the route on your bike computer if you have one, here’s how.

Disclaimer: Depending on rider turn out, some Speed Groups may have to be combined.

The Speed Groups on this ride are:

Advanced            G1        24-26   kph average

Intermediate     G2       21-23   kph average

GCC members only. To become a member join HERE

Advance sign-up required. Reserve your spot by clicking HERE

Start Time: please be ready to pedal at 8:00 AM

Start Location: Guelph Youth Music Centre 75 Cardigan St

Check here for weather cancellation posted no less than one hour before the ride begins

Route: Both the G1 & G2 Speed Groups will follow this map:

Sun July 31st Gravel Ride in CREEMORE – meet 7:30 AM at GYMC

Sunday Gravel Ride | July 31st 7:30 AM

Update on Saturday at 2PM. There are currently 8 people signed up which is awesome. Weather forecast is looking good. The updated map is posted below – otherwise you may be lost forever is the wildlands of Dufferin County. Lastly, I’ll email those six of the eight people who are carpooling. See you Sunday morning!

This Sunday we’re going to Creemore! That’s right, instead of the usual routes around Guelph we’re going to do some gravel climbing on the Niagara escarpment. The weather forecast is good (maybe hot) and the roads may be dry and dusty but the views will make it all worthwhile. After the ride we’ll have a late light lunch in Creemore before we head back to Guelph. Here are the details…

  • We’re going to depart from the Guelph Youth Music center at 7:30 AM (Travel time is about 90 mins).
  • Please sign up for the ride early – this will help immensely with logistics.
  • I will post my email address on the Signup page.
  • Please email me as soon as you can and let me know 1) If you can drive or need a lift, 2) how many people you can carry and 3) How many bikes you can carry.
  • We will park / meet / start / finish at the Creemore Rec. Center (218 Collingwood St, Creemore)
  • Bring your ride food and food for the trip up so we can get going early.
  • The proposed route is tentative. Final version will be posted by Saturday 18:00
  • We’ll have a rest stop in Feversham which is at Kilometer 54.

Load the route on your bike computer if you have one, here’s how.

Disclaimer: Depending on rider turn out, some Speed Groups may have to be combined.

The Speed Groups on this ride are:

Advanced            G1        24-26   kph average

Intermediate     G2       21-23   kph average

GCC members only. To become a member join HERE

Advance sign-up required. Reserve your spot by clicking HERE

Start Time: please be ready to pedal at 8:00 AM

Start Location: Guelph Youth Music Centre 75 Cardigan St

Check here for weather cancellation posted no less than one hour before the ride begins

Route: Both the G1 & G2 Speed Groups will follow this map:

Wednesday 20th, 2022. 6:30 PM GRAVEL RIDE!!!

RIDE CANCELLED. Sorry everybody but the weather radar looks unfavorable and nobody wants to ride with half a kilogram stone dust in their shorts if it can be avoided. So the weather forecast is a bit iffy for this ride. Hopefully it works out but to be honest, we certainly could use the rain… The final call will be made by 5:30 PM. Anyway, the route is likely familiar to most people and a pleasant mix of rail trail, quiet roads and gravel. See you there!

Load the route on your bike computer if you have one, here’s how.

Disclaimer: Depending on rider turn out, some Speed Groups may have to be combined.

The Speed Groups on this ride are:

Advanced            G1        24-26   kph average

Intermediate     G2       21-23   kph average

GCC members only. To become a member join HERE

Advance sign-up required. Reserve your spot by clicking HERE

Start Time: please be ready to pedal at 6:30 PM

Start Location: Guelph Youth Music Centre 75 Cardigan St

Check here for weather cancellation posted no less than one hour before the ride begins

Route: Both the G1 & G2 Speed Groups will follow this map:

Sunday Longer Faster Road Ride | July 3rd, 2022

Sunday Longer Faster Road Ride | July 3rd, 2022

You’re probably thinking to yourself right now – “Gord, you never plan routes towards the north” Well surprise, here is one towards the north. A tour of the quiet country roads near Arthur, Luther marsh and Belwood. Despite what the Ride With GPS map says, there are no gravel sections on this route. It’s going to be smooth sailing the whole way, unlike my ride a few Thursdays ago. Cory can back me up on this, 2nd line road into Grand Valley is one of the nicest roads out there – you don’t want to miss it. Speaking of Grand Valley, that’s where we’ll stop for snacks and water.

Speed will be between 29-31 kph average

GCC members only. To become a member join HERE

Advance sign-up required. Reserve your spot by clicking HERE

Start Time: please be ready to pedal at 8:00 AM

Start Location: East End Library at Starwood and Watson

Check here for weather cancellation posted no less than one hour before the ride begins

Route: The Longer Faster Sunday Ride will be following the map below

Thursday Advanced Road Ride | Thursday June 23, 6:30 PM

Thursday Advanced Road Ride | Thursday June 23, 6:30 PM

Alright, this route is going to be slightly different than our usual rides. We’re going to head northwest of the city and enjoy some of the paved roads towards Elora and then head towards Maryhill. The ride will end in the west end of the city at Costco which should be a welcome relief for our members who live out that way. I’m still finalizing the route near the end so don’t download the file to your bike computer until later this afternoon.

Bringing lights is always a good idea. Disclaimer: Depending on rider turn out, some Speed Groups may have to be combined.

The three Advanced Speed Groups on this ride are:

Hammerfest   R1       35-40 kph average plus some surges

Very Fast         R2       32-35 kph average

Fast                 R3       30-32 kph average

GCC members only. To become a member join HERE

Advance sign-up required. Reserve your spot by clicking HERE

Start Time: please be ready to pedal at 6:30 PM

Start Location: East End Library at Starwood and Watson

Check here for weather cancellation posted no less than one hour before the ride begins

Route: This is the R1 route

Route: This is the R2 and R3 route

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Sunday Gravel Ride | June 19th, 2022 8:00 AM

Sunday Gravel Ride | June 19th, 2022 8:00 AM

What could be a better way to celebrate fathers day than riding gravel before the hooligans wake up? This ride will be a scenic tour of the roads around Belwood and Garafraxa. If you’re looking for single track, this isn’t it but if you want big views, lots of gravel and hopefully moderate winds this ride will deliver. We’ll be stopping at the Belwood store for butter tarts so bring money and tail lights are never a bad idea. Lastly, its going to be cool at the start but it will also be very sunny so you’re going to have to think about the layering and sunscreen!

The Speed Groups on this ride are:

Advanced            G1        24-26   kph average

Intermediate     G2       21-23   kph average

GCC members only. To become a member join HERE

Advance sign-up required. Reserve your spot by clicking HERE

Start Time: please be ready to pedal at 8:00 AM

Start Location: Guelph Youth Music Centre 75 Cardigan St

Check here for weather cancellation posted no less than one hour before the ride begins

Route: Both the G1 & G2 Speed Groups will follow this map:

Wednesday Gravel Rides | June 1st, 2022 6:30PM

So here is a gravel ride that follows a slightly unusual route out of town. Yes we will be riding on 124 from Wellington road 29 to Sideroad 3. There’s a big gravel shoulder so we won’t be playing in traffic. From there, we’ll head north and explore some of the gravel goodies available. Bringing lights is a good idea. Disclaimer: Depending on rider turn out, some Speed Groups may have to be combined.

The Speed Groups on this ride are:

Advanced            G1        24-26   kph average

Intermediate     G2       21-23   kph average

GCC members only. To become a member join HERE

Advance sign-up required. Reserve your spot by clicking HERE

Start Time: please be ready to pedal at 6:30 PM

Start Location: Guelph Youth Music Centre 75 Cardigan St

Check here for weather cancellation posted no less than one hour before the ride begins

Route: The G1 Speed Group will follow this map:

The G2 Speed Group will follow this map:

Thursday Advanced Road Ride | MAY 19, 2022 6:30 PM

Thursday Advanced Road Ride | MAY 19, 2022 6:30 PM

Coming this Thursday! A road ride around Wellington county and the Town of Milton! Lots of speed! Many great rollers! Weather is looking like it might not rain! Familiar roads to most people! Road surface on Dublin line is sometimes a bit rough! There’s a bit of Gravel on sideroad 20! Bringing lights is always a good idea!

The three Advanced Speed Groups on this ride are:

Hammerfest   R1       35-40 kph average plus some surges

Very Fast         R2       32-35 kph average

Fast                 R3       30-32 kph average

GCC members only. To become a member join HERE

Advance sign-up required. Reserve your spot by clicking HERE

Start Time: please be ready to pedal at 6:30 PM

Start Location: East End Library at Starwood and Watson

Check here for weather cancellation posted no less than one hour before the ride begins

Route: The R1, R2 & R3 Speed Groups will follow this map:

CANCELLED Sunday Longer Faster Road Ride | May 1st, 2022. 11:00 AM

Ride Cancelled. Weather is looking too wet for an enjoyable ride. Alright, here’s the story and I’m gonna tell ya. We’re heading upcountry but there’ll be no fighting degens or hockey players. Instead, we’re gonna do a steady 29-31 km/hr pace ride and see some of the finest agricultural scenery and agricultural roads in Wellington County. Fortunately, we won’t have to listen to any agricultural music. Some of these roads are super-quiet and others, not so much but if we need to go single file, we’ll tell ya. We can stop in Grand Valley for a coffee or we can boot down to Belwood where they have the second best tarts around (first would be Katie’s). Anyhoo, bring money for a coffee stop and tail lights are a good idea. Check here for any weather update an hour before we meet.

Speed will be between 29-31 kph average

GCC members only. To become a member join HERE

Advance sign-up required. Reserve your spot by clicking HERE

Start Time: please be ready to pedal at 11:00 AM

Start Location: East End Library at Starwood and Watson

Check here for weather cancellation posted no less than one hour before the ride begins

Route: The Longer Faster Sunday Ride will be following the map below

Thursday Advanced Road rides, April 28th at 6:00 PM

The weather forecast is looking good so keep your fingers crossed but if anything changes check here before you depart. This ride will take us up north of Guelph on mostly quiet roads. Unlike most of our rides there is a turnaround point midway through the ride. The R2 and R3 groups can turn around earlier if daylight is going to be an issue. The map shows that some of the route is gravel but this is fake news – It’s all paved. Additionally, the section on 124 can be a bit busy so we’ll go single file there. The official ride ending will be at the corner of conservation road and Victoria. Bringing lights is always a good idea. Disclaimer: Depending on rider turn out, some Speed Groups may have to be combined.

The three Intermediate Speed Groups on this ride are:

Hammerfest   R1       35-40 kph average plus some surges

Very Fast         R2       32-35 kph average

Fast                 R3       30-32 kph average

GCC members only. To become a member join HERE

Advance sign-up required. Reserve your spot by clicking HERE

Start Time: please be ready to pedal at 6:00 PM

Start Location: East End Library at Starwood and Watson

Check here for weather cancellation posted no less than one hour before the ride begins

Route: All three of the speed Groups will follow this map:

Sunday October 17th Road Ride 11 AM at the Library.

Gonna try this route again but the weather isn’t looking too promising. Final decision will be made at 10 AM on Sunday. This will be a fairly leisurely roll through the countryside North of Belwood up to Grand Valley. No Huge hills but it could be windy. We can make a food / water / break stop at Grand Valley or wait for the butter tarts in Belwood.

As usual, sign up for the ride here

Sunday September 19th Combined Gravel Ride 9 AM

This ride continues on the theme started last week – farms, wind turbines and…. more farms! Anyway, we’ll head up Jones Baseline as far as we can and then do a tour of some more roads north of Belwood. Another stop for butter tarts followed by a slightly circuitous way home – and no bike paths.

Please note that the ride starts at 9:00 at the Youth Music Center

As usual, sign up here

Sunday September 12 combined Gravel ride 8:00 AM

Huh, This is tricky but I think I’ll call it and say the ride is ON. We might have light rain so maybe bring a rain jacket.

UPDATE: Because the weather forecast iffy, the final call will be made at 7AM on Sunday. Here is a scenic route to explore the countryside around Belwood Reservoir. Note that to get out of town on this route we’ll be on 124 for a short section but it has a wide gravel shoulder there. Mandatory butter tart stop in Belwood.

As usual, mandatory signup is required HERE

Start time is still 8:00 AM. Dress appropriately!

Start location is the Youf Music Center.