Tuesday All Members Ride | May 14, 6:30PM

SPECIAL NOTE FOR R3 RIDERS: The popularity of R3 requires the group to be split in two. The split will be based on order of sign up and each group is limited to 10 members. Some adjustments may be made by the ride leader to keep the groups balanced. Speed and format is the same for both. A delay in start between groups applies the same as is for all speed groups.

These are the Early Season Routes for the TAM Ride. They will remain the same for several weeks giving riders an opportunity to see how they progress in fitness week-over-week. Bringing lights is always 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:

Speed GroupAvg SpeedGroup NameFormation
R138-40+HammerfestRace Tactics
R236-38Hammerfest LiteRace Tactics
R334-36Team PursuitConstant Rotation
R432-34Very FastPaceline
R530-32FastPaceline
R628-30ModeratePaceline
R726-28SocialPaceline
R824-26RelaxedPaceline

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 : Calvary Baptist Church at Arkell and Carter Rds

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

Route: The R1, R2, R3, R4 & R5 Speed Groups will follow this map:

Route: The R6, R7 & R8 Speed Groups will follow this map:

Learn to Group Ride | Monday May 13th 6:15PM

All new club members are required to attend a Learn to Group Ride session (LTGR).

What is it? Instruction for those new to the club and/or Group Riding.

Where: Calvary Baptist Church, 454 Arkell Road

When: Learn to Group Ride will be offered weekly on Mondays starting May 6th through May 30, then on the first and third Mondays of June and July.

Parking: At the Calvary Baptist Church, 454 Arkell Road

How it will work: Riders will gather at the Calvary Baptist Church near the building and identify themselves to the Ride Leader (usually in a red jersey). Please arrive here and be ready to pedal 10 minutes prior to the start. Riders will be given group riding instruction, followed by a parking lot lesson. Afterward, the riders will be led ride on public roads over an approximate 40km route with more instruction.

Who: You MUST be a GCC member to attend.

Sign up closes at 2PM on the day of the Ride. You must sign-up for the ride in advance. See below

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 6:15 PM

Start Location: Calvary Baptist Church, 454 Arkell Road

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

Year End Annual Meeting | Tuesday Nov 14 7:00PM

Fellow GCC members!

Our Year End Social and Annual Meeting will be held in person Tuesday, November 14th at 7:00 PM at the ‘Bad Luck Bar‘, at 59 Macdonell St, 2nd floor (above La Reina).

You must be a 2023 GCC member to attend.

The club is providing snacks and one drink per registered member. 

If you plan to attend, please register here no later than Sunday, November 12th. A link to the meeting, the agenda, the 2022 AM minutes and the 2023 financial statement will be emailed on November 13th to those who have registered.

The GCC Board of Directors is comprised of seven positions which stand a one-year term and are set each AM.  The following seven people have expressed interest in director’s positions for 2024: Andrew MacDougall, Christopher Lambert, Darren Mortimer, Kayla Seadon, Kevin Bodbyl, Lorenz Calcagno, Meg Thorburn.

If no further nominations are put forward, the above candidates will be acclaimed. If nominations in addition to the seven people listed above are received, an election for the positions will be held at the AM. If you wish to nominate yourself or someone else to a Board of Director’s position, please email your nomination to Meg by Monday November 6. Please make sure “Board Nomination” is in the subject line of your email. If you cannot attend the AM, but still wish to vote, you may request a proxy form here, instructions will be included.

A final reminder to all members – if you want to be involved in helping and developing the club, there are many opportunities.  Just reach out and let us know what your interests are.  If you can’t attend this meeting, but have ideas and thoughts you want to share about the club, let us know – you can email any of us anytime through the club website.

We hope to see you on November 14th!

Your 2023 GCC Board

GCC members only. 

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

Start Time: please be ready to pedal at 7:00 PM

Start Location: Bad Luck Bar, at 59 Macdonell St, 2nd floor (above La Reina)

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

GCC BIG CX | October 29th 11am, 12pm, 1pm

GCC is putting on a fun day of Cyclocross riding for club members!

In a very exciting last minute development, we have had a property come available to us that is ideal for our first ever ‘Club Members Only’ Cyclocross Ride! Join us this Sunday, October 29th just outside of Guelph to ride or watch your clubmates on a private course winding through forests and fields of ribbon.

Do we hear you say that you have never ridden cyclocross? Or that you don’t have a CX bike? Or that you’re not really interested in going all out? Maybe your off season is in full swing? No problem, you can ride for fun in the ‘Casual’ event at noon.

Feeling a bit more adventurous? Try the ’Faster’ event at 1 PM! There’s even a Kid’s event at 11:00 AM.

If you really don’t want to ride, you and your family are still welcome to come by and check it out!

Free hot chocolate and home baked snacks!

Gravel and mountain bikes are welcome! 

Extra bonus for all who ride there!

  • 11:00am Kids/Open Ride
  • 12:00pm Casual
  • 1:00pm Faster

You must be a GCC member to ride!

Come out in the final days of the season and ride your bike with your GCC club mates one more time before going full subterranean Zwift! 

GCC members only. To become a member join HERE

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

Start Time: The course is available to ride at 10:00 AM

Start Location: 13233 First Line Nassagaweya

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

Click map for directions

BIG100 2023 | Sunday Sept 17th, 2023

BIG100 – Imperial & Metric Century Rides!

The GCC road ride of the year with local beer and gourmet wood oven pizza to top it off!

It’s time to see how your fitness has progressed throughout the season. Or you can just come along for another Sunday ride, you decide what this will be for you.

There are two century distances to choose, 100 miles (160km) or 100 kilometres. Each with multiple speed groups.

Riders should lower their personal expected speed average for these longer rides from what they might be used to on a TAM Ride.

Below is the departure schedule for each speed group based on expected speed average. Please choose wisely and responsibly.

Two routes have been carefully scouted and prepared by several seasoned GCC long haul road masters. There will be a rest station along the way and we will be riding some very interesting and not often travelled roads! Please be aware that there will be some unpaved sections on the routes in order to improve safety and keep riders off of busy roads.

Ride is unsupported – you must be prepared to fix your bike or make your own way home in the event of a breakdown.

The Details:

  • Rides start and end at Fixed Gear Brewing, with a free beer at the end for participants. Water & soft drinks are also available
  • Rain or shine (unless very bad weather or warnings issued by EC)
  • Free parking, gear storage on site, arrive early to stow some gear – come early for this.
  • Multiple pace groups per distance (see above)
  • Staggered start to finish at a similar time
  • There area a few unpaved sections to keep us off busy roads. They have been ridden recently on road tires. 23s and larger will suffice. However, there are still a few short busy sections that can’t be avoided. Single file in those areas is suggested.
  • There is a GCC supported rest stop at 56k in Ayr and a paid stop at 132k at Picard’s Peanuts.
  • The BIG100 is open to GCC Club Members only
  • Post ride food provided by our incredible sponsor Fixed Gear Brewing
  • Door Prizes from Speed River Bicycle and Paramount Sports
  • Bring cash or card for additional post ride bevies
  • Pace group adjustments may occur subject to popularity
  • Make certain your bike is tuned up and in good condition for your ride
  • Ride is unsupported – be prepared to make your own way home in the event of a breakdown
  • Participants must pre-register to allow for food prep

Both routes share the first rest stop where we will have some great snacks and water waiting. The 160K has a second paid rest stop, bring some cash for that.

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 your prescribed time.

Start Location: Fixed Gear Brewing 20 Alma St S

Rain or shine , but check here for EXTREME weather cancellation posted no less than one hour before the ride begins

Fixed Gear Brewing – 20 Alma St S, Guelph, ON N1H 5W5 – Click above image for directions

The Metric Century – 100K Map:

The Imperial Century – 100 Mile (160 km): Map

BIGMTB Ride | Sept 10th, 9:30 & 11 AM

GCC’s Jim Brogden presents the 2023 BIGMTB!

Jim has led the development of the Arkell Spring Grounds with fellow GCC and GORBA club members.

The rides will begin from the parking lot in front of the Guelph Youth Music Centre, see image below.

These are ‘Ride Leader’ led rides.

There are three ride groups: Advanced, Intermediate and Medium. Everyone rides the Guelph Lake trails. After Guelph Lake, the Intermediate and Advanced riders will continue down Watson Rd. to ride the Smith property and/or Arkell Spring Grounds depending on group.

There is a supported rest stop on the west side of Watson Rd just south of Stone. Riders will divide into two groups there. Advanced does both Smith and Arkell, and Intermediate only does Arkell.

The ‘Medium’ group will ride most of the trails at Guelph Lake, both ways for some.

Afterwards, riders will head back to our sponsor Fixed Gear on Alma Rd. for refreshments and food.

As required by the city of Guelph, you must be a GORBA member to ride the Arkell trails. For $35, it’s quite a reasonable annual contribution to keep these trails open and maintained. How much does a bike tire cost? A GORBA Membership might be one of the cheapest accessories of your riding season. No more excuses, get your GORBA membership here today!

This is a GCC and GORBA combined event.

TimeOptionTrailsGORBA Membership
9:30 AMAdvancedGuelph Lake, Smith Property & ArkellYes
9:30 AMIntermediateGuelph Lake & ArkellYes
11:00 AMMediumGuelph Lake onlyNo

Members only. To become a GCC member join HERE

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

Start Time: please be ready to pedal at 9:30 AM & 11:00 AM

Start Location: Guelph Youth Music Centre 75 Cardigan St

Click image for directions.

SATURDAY Gravel Ride | Sept 9, 9 AM & 10:00 AM

This is a special Saturday remote start in Belwood (no gravel ride this Sunday – BIGMTB) supporting the Water Cycles Bikes and Blues Festival.  G2/3 will start at 9:00 AM and G1 at 10:00 AM. Please email Meg if you need a ride or have room for other people and/or bikes.  If you wish to ride directly from Guelph, also please email Meg; we will coordinate departures and give you a route that connects you to the ride.

The ride starts from the Belwood baseball field and weaves through Grand Valley and around the Luther Marsh (avoiding the current hunting closures) before returning to Belwood.

There is a coffee stop at Landmark Gardens  (~67km) for bevies and some of the best cookie and light snack options in the Grand Valley.

A benefit concert at the Skol House in Belwood follows the ride, featuring blues music, beer garden, BBQ, and kid’s activities, benefiting the Waterloo-Wellington Children’s Groundwater Festival which serves thousands of students in the Upper Grand school district annually. Water Cycles Expeditions uses adventurous bike tours and events to reconnect people and water through cycling. The festival celebrates the end of the “summer of water cycling” which has included locally led rides and tours from Kansas to Kenya across a global network of community hubs. Check out the highlight reel for this event and some recent coverage on CBC and the LA TimesTickets to the benefit concert are available at a discount for GCC members with a promo code GCC2023 at the Water Cycles website.

The Speed Groups on this ride are:

Advanced            G1        25-28   kph average

Intermediate     G2       23-25   kph average

Relaxed     G3       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 (G2/3) 9:00 AM & (G1) 10:00 AM

Start Location: Belwood Baseball Diamond, 4 Smith Street, Belwood

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

Route: All Speed Groups will follow this map:

Tuesday All Members Ride | Sept 5th 6:00PM

This is the last TAM Ride of 2023!

Sorry to say it, but as the sun sets earlier and earlier, some groups will not make it back before dark next week. Don’t be too sad, Sunday rides will be going for another two months!

And the weather promises to make a beautiful evening of it and perfect patio conditions for the post ride social at our sponsor Fixed Gear Brewing at their Canteen location at 5 Edinburgh rd South. Meet out front on the patio.

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:

Speed GroupAvg SpeedGroup NameFormation
R138-40+HammerfestRace Tactics
R236-38Hammerfest LiteRace Tactics
R334-36Team PursuitConstant Rotation
R432-34Very FastPaceline
R530-32FastPaceline
R628-30ModeratePaceline
R726-28SocialPaceline
R824-26RelaxedPaceline

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 : Calvary Baptist Church at Arkell and Carter Rds

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

Route: The R1 – R5 Speed Groups will follow this map:

Route: The R6 – R8 Speed Groups will follow this map:

September Social | Sept 5th 8:15PM

GCC’s September Club Social after the final TAM Ride of 2023!

Date: Tuesday September 5th, 2023

Time: 8:15PM to close

Where: Outside on the front patio at the Fixed Gear Brewing Canteen at 5 Edinburgh Rd

NB: Club Socials are ‘member-pay’ events

Tuesday All Members Ride | Aug 29th 6:00PM

This is the penultimate TAM Ride of 2023, and the weather is looking reasonably agreeable at the time of posting. Be there!

These are the Late Season Routes for the TAM Ride! See maps below for changes.

These routes may seem similar to the early season routes, but the bottom loop is reversed – now with more hills, you’re stronger than you were in May! They will remain the same to the end of the season giving riders an opportunity to see how they progress in fitness week-over-week. Bringing lights is always 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:

Speed GroupAvg SpeedGroup NameFormation
R138-40+HammerfestRace Tactics
R236-38Hammerfest LiteRace Tactics
R334-36Team PursuitConstant Rotation
R432-34Very FastPaceline
R530-32FastPaceline
R628-30ModeratePaceline
R726-28SocialPaceline
R824-26RelaxedPaceline

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 : Calvary Baptist Church at Arkell and Carter Rds

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

Route: The R1 – R5 Speed Groups will follow this map:

Route: The R6 – R8 Speed Groups will follow this map:

Tuesday All Members Ride | Aug 22nd 6:00PM

It’s Photo Day on this TAM Ride! Put on your best kit, shine up your bike and comb your hair! We’ve been waiting for some good weather and the prediction is looking good. Act natural (and safe) and pay no attention to the man with the long lens hanging out of the car window.

These are the Late Season Routes for the TAM Ride! See maps below for changes.

These new routes may seem similar to the early season routes, but the bottom loop is reversed – now with more hills, you’re stronger than you were in May! They will remain the same to the end of the season giving riders an opportunity to see how they progress in fitness week-over-week. Bringing lights is always 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:

Speed GroupAvg SpeedGroup NameFormation
R138-40+HammerfestRace Tactics
R236-38Hammerfest LiteRace Tactics
R334-36Team PursuitConstant Rotation
R432-34Very FastPaceline
R530-32FastPaceline
R628-30ModeratePaceline
R726-28SocialPaceline
R824-26RelaxedPaceline

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 : Calvary Baptist Church at Arkell and Carter Rds

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

Route: The R1 – R5 Speed Groups will follow this map:

Route: The R6 – R8 Speed Groups will follow this map:

SUPER SUNDAY | August 13th, 2023

GCC’s second ever Super Sunday! Another club event where all members can participate in their desired speed group in gravel or road riding, starting and finishing at the same place for everyone with a post-ride gathering! Come one, come all… come out and join the fun!

The event starts and finishes at our club sponsor ‘Fixed Gear Brewing’ on Alma Street.

There are two start times, 8:00AM & 9:00AM depending on your group, NB.

Ride Leaders for each group will be (or already have) posted route maps, see below.

The club is footing the bill for pizza and one beer per club rider. Non alcoholic bevies will also be available.

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

The SUPER SUNDAY Rides Groups are:

Ride GroupDistanceGroup NamePedal Time
R1 & R2100+KRoad – Hammerfest8:00 AM
R3 & R4100+KRoad – Very Fast8:00 AM
R585KRoad – Fast9:00 AM
R6 & R780KRoad – Moderate9:00 AM
R865KRoad – Relaxed9:00 AM
G190KGravel – Advanced8:00 AM
G290KGravel – Intermediate8:00 AM
G383KGravel – Relaxed8:00 AM

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 or 9:00 AM depending on your ride

Start : Fixed Gear Brewing on Alma Street

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

R1 & R2 Route

R3 & R4 Route

R5 Route

R6 & R7 Route

R8 Route

G1 & G2 Route

G3 Route

Tuesday All Members Ride | Aug 1st 6:30PM

This is the last time we use the Mid Season Routes for the TAM Ride in 2023! We switch to the Late Season Routes next week due to the shortening daylight. Time flies when you’re having fun!

Flow State Bike Company has a special treat waiting for each rider finishing this TAM Ride. Be sure to pull into the parking area behind their building at the end of the ride to receive yours!

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:

Speed GroupAvg SpeedGroup NameFormation
R138-40+HammerfestRace Tactics
R236-38Hammerfest LiteRace Tactics
R334-36Team PursuitConstant Rotation
R432-34Very FastPaceline
R530-32FastPaceline
R628-30ModeratePaceline
R726-28SocialPaceline
R824-26RelaxedPaceline

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 : Calvary Baptist Church at Arkell and Carter Rds

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

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

Route: The R3, R4 & R5 Speed Groups will follow this map:

Route: The R6, R7 & R8 Speed Groups will follow this map:

Tuesday All Members Ride | July 25th 6:30PM

This is the second last time we are using these routes in 2023!

These are the Mid Season Routes for the TAM Ride. They will remain the same for several weeks giving riders an opportunity to see how they progress in fitness week-over-week. Bringing lights is always a good idea. Especially this early in the season.

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.

Make sure you’re in the right kph speed group. Speeds are the same but the ‘R’ numbers have changed a bit since last season.

The Speed Groups on this ride are:

Speed GroupAvg SpeedGroup NameFormation
R138-40+HammerfestRace Tactics
R236-38Hammerfest LiteRace Tactics
R334-36Team PursuitConstant Rotation
R432-34Very FastPaceline
R530-32FastPaceline
R628-30ModeratePaceline
R726-28SocialPaceline
R824-26RelaxedPaceline

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 : Calvary Baptist Church at Arkell and Carter Rds

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

oute: The R1 & R2 Speed Groups will follow this map:

Route: The R3, R4 & R5 Speed Groups will follow this map:

Route: The R6, R7 & R8 Speed Groups will follow this map:

Tuesday All Members Ride | July 18th 6:30PM

These are the Mid Season Routes for the TAM Ride. They will remain the same for several weeks giving riders an opportunity to see how they progress in fitness week-over-week. Bringing lights is always a good idea. Especially this early in the season.

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.

Make sure you’re in the right kph speed group. Speeds are the same but the ‘R’ numbers have changed a bit since last season.

The Speed Groups on this ride are:

Speed GroupAvg SpeedGroup NameFormation
R138-40+HammerfestRace Tactics
R236-38Hammerfest LiteRace Tactics
R334-36Team PursuitConstant Rotation
R432-34Very FastPaceline
R530-32FastPaceline
R628-30ModeratePaceline
R726-28SocialPaceline
R824-26RelaxedPaceline

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 : Calvary Baptist Church at Arkell and Carter Rds

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

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

Route: The R3, R4 & R5 Speed Groups will follow this map:

Route: The R6, R7 & R8 Speed Groups will follow this map: