Sunday Gravel Ride | Oct 30 11am

Say it isn’t so! This is supposedly the final scheduled gravel ride for the 2022 season! We’re not going to go down without a fight, so we’re going to take advantage of what promises to be a seasonably lovely day for a ride out to some bits north of town that I’ve never done, and hopefully you haven’t either. We’ll make the mandatory buttertart stop at the halfway point in Bellwood before venturing out and hitting Jones Baseline for the return jaunt through Fergus.

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 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:

Sunday Gravel Ride | Sept 11 8:00am

Once again, we’re heading out to the copious amount of gravel roads NE of Guelph and making our way into Hillsburgh. Its going to be a spectacular day, so make sure you sunscreen up and bring lots of water. According to RWGPS, this route is 2/3 gravel, which is a good thing, since this is a gravel ride. We’ll make a stop in Hillsburgh to refuel. Bring money for snacks and as always, 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 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:

Thursday Advanced Road Ride | Sept 1 6:00PM

Welp, its the penultimate Thursday road ride and its going to be a banger of an evening. We’re going to do a classic NE route out of town on roads that should be pretty quiet. R1 will do a bit of a bonus on Ash Street and Indian Trail. Bringing lights is always a good idea, but especially for tonight. We’re going to be pushing the limits of daylight, so speed is of the essence (but I don’t have to tell any of you that).

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:

RIDE CANCELLED | Sunday Gravel Ride | Aug 21 8:00AM

RIDE CANCELLED: There are several nasty blobs of weather headed this way. It could go either way, but I’m not keen on getting caught in a thunderstorm.

I haven’t done any gravel rides to the north and east of town for quite some time. I was hoping to do that for this ride, but it seems as though that area has been well-represented in the gravel ride rotation as of late. Therefore, we’ll be going in much the opposite direction. Its a bit of a shorter rip, but we might be happy with that, depending on which way the weather turns. The weather for Sunday morning is saying “Chance of a thunderstorm”, which really means “Chance of awesome weather”. Cuz it could go either way. Check this page frequently for updates. I’ll post the final go/no-go at 7AM Sunday.

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 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:

Sunday Gravel Ride | July 17 8:00am

This is one of my personal favourite gravel rides that takes us on the winding trails of Kitchener/Waterloo. Its a whole lot of fun and there will be several times where you’ll say “I had no idea this was here!” or “NOW I know where we are!”

We’ll start at the usual spot by the Guelph Youth Music Centre and head out of town and make our way to the straight, flat and somewhat boring Guelph-Goderich railtrail. We’ll make our way to the north end of Waterloo where we’ll hit the Grand River Trail. Lots of tight twists and turns along the Grand River. The halfway point is at the Woodfired Cafe, where you will have a chance to refuel. From there, we’ll ride the Walter Bean Trail through Kitchener to the south end near highway 8. After that, its all road until we get back to Guelph.

The forecast is looking good, so that means there might be a fair number of pedestrians. Ride safely and slowly around people, make yourself known and thank people as you go by.

IMPORTANT: We normally have two groups each led by a sanctioned club ride leader. Unfortunately, the person who normally leads the G2 Intermediate ride won’t be around (yeah, what a jerk, right?). As the sole ride leader, I will ride with the G1 Advanced group and we will make periodic stops at any tricky spots to make sure everyone is on track. Hopefully, this will work for all parties. If this proves to be untenable, then the G2 group may continue on their own, but it will no longer be an official, sanctioned GCC ride. This means that you won’t be insured by the club should something happen.

At least one member of the G2 group MUST load the route on your bike computer, to minimize any chances of getting lost. Please make a comment in the ride sign up form to let others know if you are able to load the route on your bike computer. If you don’t know how to do it, 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 Gravel Ride/Try-a-Ride | June 15 6:30PM

Its looking to be a warm and potentially wet evening for this edition of the mid-week gravel ride. For this one, we’re heading out on the Guelph-Goderich trail until just before West Montrose, so you will have to do your kissing on some other bridge. From there, we’ll thread our way across to Jones Baseline for the return leg, which will take us through a portion of the Guelph Lake trails.

Special Note:

Prospective members who have not joined GCC may participate in tonight’s ride via Ontario Cycling Association’s Tryout Program.  In order to participate, you must:

  • Have adequate riding experience and fitness
  • Prior to attending the ride, complete Ontario Cycling’s Try-Out Participant Acknowledgement Form.
  • Provide the Ride Leader with a copy of your Ontario Cycling registration confirmation

The forecast right now is calling for potential thunderstorms. If you were on last Thursday’s club ride, you may have noticed me hightailing it home well before anyone else to avoid getting caught in the thunderstorms that rolled through. That’s cuz I’m so sweet, I melt when I get wet. If it looks like rain will happen, I will post a cancellation no later than 5:30pm.

The sun sets quite late this time of year, but bringing lights is always 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: Both the G1 & G2 Speed Groups will follow this map:

Thursday Advanced Road Ride | June 2 6:30pm

For this ride, we’ll ride out to Arkell, across Hume then up to Eden Mills through the lovely Ash Street. From there, we’ll cross Guelph Line and take advantage of the NW winds and ride all the way down to Halton Tract (where we’ll be riding on Sunday’s Great Gravel Ridesign up for that!). From there, we’ll cross back over Guelph Line, and back up Second Line. With any luck, the winds will have died off a bit by then. Either way, it won’t be nearly as hot as the past few days, and might actually be chilly towards the end.

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

Wednesday Gravel Ride | May 18 6:30PM

RIDE is ON! And we can easily bail if absolutely needed as we don’t get far from town on this ride. The cool, grey weather will likely keep pesky pedestrians to a minimum, which means the trails should be ours for the taking. This is my second attempt at being a gravel ride leader this season, and the weather is looking to be about the same level of crap as my last one. The go/no-go decision will be posted by 5pm Wednesday, so keep an eye out.

Bringing lights is always 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: Both the G1 & G2 Speed Groups will follow this map:

CANCELLED Sunday May 1 Gravel Ride | 11AM start

RIDE CANCELLED on account of cold rainy weather and Mike Dennis being the only person stupid dedicated enough to sign up.

This Sunday we are going to ride the same route as the 2020 Big Gravel Ride, but IN REVERSE! This will allow us to get the tough bits along Indian Trail while we’re fresh instead of tired and crashy. It will also take partial advantage of the east winds that are anticipated.

We won’t be riding through any area that has food/drink options, so bring enough snack/water options to get you through the ride.

Dress for the coolish conditions – check out our new weather forecast page, and wear sunscreen! The sun is deceivingly strong and when its cool, you might not think to slap some on your exposed skin. The current weather forecast shows we may run into rain towards the end of the ride. The GCC Weather Team will keep an eye on things, so keep checking this post for updates. We may shorten the route to beat any potential afternoon rain.

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 Gravel Ride | Oct 3 @ 9:00am

RIDE CANCELLED: Yeah, big surprise. Hopefully, everyone got out yesterday when the weather was glorious.

As I post this, the weather for this Sunday is looking grim, so this is not likely going to happen. Just in case, here’s this weekend’s combined gravel ride.

We’re supposed to be starting at 11AM this time of year because its typically cold in the morning. Since the overnight temperature isn’t going below 17C, we’ll do this ride at 9AM.

Starting at the Guelph Youth Music Centre, we’ll head out on the Guelph-Goderich trail for a bit before we peel off and head NE towards Bellwood. Mandatory butter-tart stop in Bellwood, then we’ll make our way back to Guelph.

We’ll be doing a combined recreational/intermediate group and will ride at whatever pace the group is comfortable with.

If by some miracle, the weather forecast changes from the expected rain, we’ll ride at 9AM. Either way, check back here for an official go/no-go by 8AM Sunday morning.

Advance sign-up required. Click here: Sunday Gravel Rides. You will have to create an account on Signup.com

Start time: please be ready to pedal at 9:00 AM

Start location: The Guelph Youth Music Centre – GYMC

Sunday Gravel Ride | Sept 5, 2021 @ 8:00am

RIDE IS ON!!! It looks kind of dark right now, but it’s going to be a great day for riding!

And now for something a little different…..

SRCC road riders are intimately familiar with the paved roads south and east of Guelph in the Halton region. However, just off the beaten track are a cornucopia of trails and gravel roads you might not be aware of. We’re going to hit a number of fun spots including Robert Edmonson Conservation Area, Halton Agreement Forest and Hilton Falls before we take a slight detour into Campbellville for a mid-ride snack break.

After the break, we’ll backtrack a bit and hit Limehouse Road and keep going after it ends. Then we’ll ride the Snyder Tract, Mountsberg Conservation Area and then back into Guelph the same way we came down, except we’ll ride the trails on the east side of the Eramosa River north of Stone Road.

This is a bit of a longish one, but the temperature should be perfect for riding. Hope to see you all out there!

There are two groups: recreational and intermediate. Both use the same route at different paces. Check the schedule for complete details.

Recreational Gravel: 21-24 km/h average
Intermediate Gravel: 24-26 km/h average

Check back for weather cancellation posted no later than 7:00 AM.

Advance sign-up required. Click here: Sunday Gravel Rides. You will have to create an account on Signup.com

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

Start location: The Guelph Youth Music Centre – GYMC

Thursday Advanced Rides | August 19th @ 6:00 pm

Note that start time is now 6:00 PM thanks to the unfortunate fact that our days are getting shorter at an ever increasing rate. We should look at the bright side of things. If we lived in the tropics, we’d never be able to ride past 6/7pm. So, there’s that.

The forecast is calling for quite warm temperatures and light winds, which means its a perfect night for a ride. We’ll ride from the library to Hume Road (which is always more fun to ride on the way out than back) and make our way over to 5th Line. The A-Team will continue on to 6th Line to re-enact scenes from Fury Road.

From there, the routes will eventually converge on 4th Line, scoot across Guelph Line and ride back to Arkell via 1st Line and Hume.

Groups will ride at the following paces:

Thursday A: 35+ km/h average
Thursday B: 32-35 km/h average
Thursday C: 30-32 km/h average

Advance sign-up for these rides is required. Click HERE to reserve your spot.

This ride is open to SRCC members only. If you have not signed up to be a club member, you can do so HERE.

Rides start in the parking lot of the East End Library at the corner of Starwood and Watson. See the map below for the meeting point for your group.

Sunday Gravel Ride | August 8, 2021

This is the second annual SRCC Gravel Ride Through K/W. We did this ride almost exactly a year ago with Rich “I Ooze Gravel” Lyle as fearless ride leader. We were riding towards some VERY dark skies, but the weather got scared by our resolve and determination and it stayed clear of us. All the usual trail walkers were scared off by the weather so we were pretty much all alone on the trails. Will we have the same luck this time? Who knows.

We’ll start out on the Guelph-Goderich Trail then head off on some random gravel roads. We’ll hook up with the Grand River Trail through Waterloo. We’ll take a break at the Woodfired Cafe then hit the Walter Bean Trail, including my very favourite segment leading into Bingeman’s Park. We’ll nearly touch Hwy 8, before heading east back to Guelph via Middleblock, Mohawk and the best road in the area – Chilligo Road.

We will be riding on city trails for a good portion, so there may be some heavily trafficked areas. Ride slowly and predictably around people and use your bell if you have one. I don’t, so I typically say things like “DING DING” or “Get the #$@!% out of my way, sheeple!”

There are two groups: recreational and intermediate. Both use the same route at different paces. Check the schedule for complete details.

Recreational Gravel: 21-24 km/h average
Intermediate Gravel: 24-26 km/h average

Check back for weather cancellation posted no later than 7:00 AM.

Advance sign-up required. Click here: Sunday Gravel Rides. You will have to create an account on Signup.com

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

Start location: The Guelph Youth Music Centre – GYMC

Thursday Advanced Rides | July 22 @ 6:30pm

I spent hours perusing maps, test driving segments and consulting with pro racers to come up with this never-before-seen, no-this-isn’t-a-blatant-rip-off-of-last-Thursday’s-cancelled gem of a ride. This is totally my creation. The B & C groups will do a nice loop out on SR 15, down Dublin line and back through Eden Mills with a final push up Arkell. The A group will loop back for a little extra distance and a second serving of the Eden Mills climb! If you think these routes are somehow familiar, I really don’t know where you are getting that idea. Stop bugging me about it, Matthew.

Groups will ride at the following paces:

Thursday A: 35+ km/h average
Thursday B: 32-35 km/h average
Thursday C: 30-32 km/h average

Advance sign-up for these rides is required. Click HERE to reserve your spot.

This ride is open to SRCC members only. If you have not signed up to be a club member, you can do so HERE.

Rides start in the parking lot of the East End Library at the corner of Starwood and Watson. See the map below for the meeting point for your group.

Wednesday A/B/C 6:30pm: Close to the Solstice (Try-a-Ride)

WEATHER UPDATE: Things are looking good, so RIDE ON!

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That kinda rhymes! We’re nearly at the longest day of the year, which means late sunsets. It also means the days will soon start getting shorter, but ignore that slightly depressing thought. Wednesday’s ride will take us south and east of Guelph, on quiet country roads (do we ride on any other kinds?) We’ll start at the East End Library as is customary. We will split up into 3 groups, and will keep pace with the published range for Wednesday rides:

A-Team: 28-30 km/h (I pity the fool!)
B-Team: 26-28 km/h
C-Team: 24-26 km/h

Both routes take us south until we nearly reach Mohawk Casino. We’ll stop for a few rounds of slots and maybe some horse races, then start making our way up towards home. The A and B groups will ride a slightly longer route that will skirt Eden Mills on my personal favourite road, Ash Street. The C group will skip Eden Mills and avoid the biggest climb (you’re welcome). This is a no-drop ride, but if you are struggling to keep up with the desired group there should be plenty of opportunities to drop back to a slower group. Both routes are pretty straightforward, with limited turns.

Depending on who you believe, the weather is either calling for afternoon showers that should end by 6pm (good!), or potential thunderstorms that turn into showers in the evening (not so good). We’ll make the go/no-go call by 5pm Wednesday.

This is also an official Try-a-Ride offering. If you are not a club member and want to try group riding, then you are absolutely welcome to join us for this ride. Most of the group are nice and don’t bite very hard. Take a moment to read up on the Group Ride Guidelines as well as the Safety & Skills page before showing up so you have an idea on how things work. Don’t worry, we’ll help you out with any questions before, during and after the ride.

A+B Route

C Route

Wednesday ABC Rides: May 1, 6:30pm

NEWS FLASH (4:20pm Wednesday): All it takes is a look outside to see how grim it is right now. It’s cold, the roads are wet, and there’s a line of rain/thundershowers headed straight for us. Needless to say, the ride is CANCELLED for tonight. Stay inside and take the night off. If you can, do some kind of spring dance ritual that will bring warm, dry weather to us once and for all.

The weather is looking pretty bleak for Wednesday’s ride. As I wrote this paragraph, a Special Weather Statement for heavy rainfall starting Tuesday night and into Wednesday night was published…synchronicity! I’m trying to stay optimistic and am still posting this in the off-chance the forecast is wrong. The official go/no-go will come by 5pm Wednesday.

Our first 6:30pm Wednesday ride of the year will take us on the quiet roads southeast of Guelph. It will be relatively short, due to the later start-time (did I mention that we start at SIX THIRTY instead of 6?). We will be starting at the East End Library as is customary. We will split up into 3 groups, and will keep pace with the published range for Wednesday rides:

A-Team: 28-30 km/h
B-Team: 26-28 km/h
C-Team: 24-26 km/h

The A and B groups will ride a slightly longer route than the C group. This is a no-drop ride, but if you are struggling to keep up with the desired group there should be plenty of opportunities to drop back to a slower group. Both routes are pretty straightforward, with limited turns.

This is also an official Try-a-Ride offering. If you are not a club member and want to try group riding, then you are absolutely welcome to join us for this ride. Most of the group are nice and don’t bite very hard. Take a moment to read up on the Group Ride Guidelines as well as the Safety & Skills page before showing up so you have an idea on how things work. Don’t worry, we’ll help you out with any questions before, during and after the ride.

A+B Route

C Route