UPDATE: Remote Start Sunday Gravel Ride | October 23rd 10:30AM

The weather is looking fantastic for a Gravel Ride this Sunday!

Folks have been asking for another Remote Start ever since we rode out of Creemore, so we’re going to the Grey Highlands!

START LOCATION & ROUTE UPDATE: We have learned that there is a major bridge out on our original planned route. We will now use a route we were saving for next year which is just west of the original in the Grey Highlands. Drive time to the start is the same as previous.

We start pedalling at 10:30 am from a club member’s parent’s place near Heathcote, ON. It’s about 1.5 hours drive from Guelph. The route is 86% unpaved according to RWGPS.

Bring a small snack for an early stop at 30K and we will stop at 50K for a paid coffee/snack at Marilynne restaurant in Markdale. Bring money for that.

Afterwards, on the way home, a food stop can be had at the Bicycle Cafe in Flesherton – so fitting.

Carpooling will be arranged through the GCC DISCORD Server.

This could be the last warm gravel ride of the year, depending on how the weather goes. Who knows? So come on out!

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 10:30 AM

Start Location: 807147 Sideroad 25 Kimberley, ON (just west of Heathcote, off of Old Mail Rd)

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

Grey Highlands – Click image for directions

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

CANCELLED: Sunday Gravel Ride | September 25th 11:00AM

WEATHER UPDATE: Cancelled. Cold we can deal with, but cold and wet is just not pleasant. Things are looking a hair better, but it’s still raining and everything is saturated. No matter what, we will be gritty and wet, and therefore cold and miserable the whole ride. I hate cancelling, but you’re drive train and spirits will thank you for not riding until it gets drier. If anyone wants to organize a un-official ride for later today (if the conditions improve), head over to the GCC DISCORD to make arrangements. Until next time.

If you haven’t pre-registered for the Country Rumble (we provided the routes for that) and are looking for a gravel ride this Sunday, here is one for you.

The conditions are perfect for a multi surface ride along the Grand River in the KW area. If you have never done this route, it’s a real treat with a lot of hidden gems. Bring money for a snack stop. Tail lights are always a good idea.

Please note the NEW 11:00AM start time.

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:

The Last Thursday Advanced Road Ride | Sept 8th 6:00 PM

This is the last official GCC weeknight ride! The sun is setting at 7:43PM, boo!

But… there is still plenty of club riding. Sunday Road Rides will continue at least through October and Gravel Rides may go longer still. And don’t forget to sign up for our club’s last ‘BIG’ Event Ride of the year, the BIG100 Century Rides. Click and sign up here. And have we mentioned that #Cross is coming? More info on that coming soon.

Good news is these routes have a finish you might be familiar with! See you at the blue sign!

And be sure to join the new GCC Discord ‘Server’, GCC’s new communications app for phone, web and desktop. With it you can organize, hear about and attend unofficial rides, access buy and sell, live chat during Zwift rides (when the weather takes us indoors), etc, etc, etc… Details on how to use it are in the club Newsletter you received on Tuesday Sept 6th.

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 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 | Sept 4th 8AM

RIDE IS ON! Its’ grey and overcast, but there is no rain according to the radar for sometime.

It’s the Labour Day long weekend, or the ‘real’ start to the year as I like to call it. And if you were planning on avoiding driving amongst the crazed masses, this gravel ride might be just the thing to keep you sane and not too far, or long, from the sanctuary of your home. All club members are welcome and the pace will be reasonable with two speed groups to choose from. Next year there might even be three!

This route has something old and something new. It has the longest uninterrupted gravel section of any route we have put together, 49km! RWGPS map surface markings are not completely accurate, BTW.

Bring money for a Butter Tart stop at the Belwood Country Market.

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 Gravel Ride | August 31st 6:00pm

We said we were done with these, but the crowd cried out for more… you asked for it, you got it!

The limiting factor is that the sun sets at 7:57 pm… we can make that work!

The weather is looking ideal for a gravel ride. 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:

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 6:00 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:

Tuesday All Members Ride | August 30th 6:00PM

OMG!! This is the second last scheduled TAM Ride! Sunset is now before 8:00PM… zoinkies Scoob!

RIDE IS ON. Weather Update: According to EC the “Likelihood of precip is Low”. The ‘Eye Witness’ weather report (looking out the window) is better now and the radar indicates things will greatly improve come 6 PM at the start of this ride. Will there be ‘pop ups’? There is no way of knowing for sure. But if there are, they won’t last long.

This is the Late Season Route for the TAM Ride. It is shorter now the sun is setting earlier. It is very similar to the early season route but with a twist – we go up Col du Watson instead of down. It’s the end of the season, you’re stronger than you were back in April. Bringing lights is always a good idea.

Why don’t the TAM Rides run longer into the fall?

Start times would have to get earlier and earlier and lengths would have to get shorter and shorter due to sunset times vs speed group finish times, distance and duration. See a screenshot of the Late Season portion of our TAM Ride Calculator here.

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 GroupAverage SpeedGroup NameFormationDrop/No Drop
R136-40 kph avg + attacksHammerfestRace TacticsDrop
R2+34-36 kph avgTeam PursuitConst. RotateDrop
R232-34 kph avgVery FastPacelineDrop
R330-32 kph avgFastPacelineDrop
R428-30 kph avgModeratePacelineDrop
R526-28 kph avgSocialPacelineDrop
R624-26 kph avgRelaxedPacelineNo Drop

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, R2+, R2, & R3 Speed Groups will follow this map:

Route: The R4, R5 & R6 Speed Groups will follow this map:

BIG MTB Ride | August 28th, 9 & 11 AM

Back by popular demand!

There are a lot of new and incredible MTB trails in Guelph! Fast and flowy at Guelph lake and technical and demanding at Arkell Spring Grounds – we are super lucky to have such diverse options at our doorstep.

We are also super lucky to have some incredible volunteers advocating, designing and building these trails. GCC’s Jim Brogden is one such force. He has led the development of the Arkell Spring Grounds with fellow GCC and GORBA club members. If you have moved as much dirt as Jim, you might be a bulldozer.

The Route has two halves. The Medium Route that uses most of the trails at Guelph Lake. After that you will head back to our sponsor Fixed Gear on Alma Rd. for refreshments and food.

For those choosing the longer ‘Big MTB’ route, a stop will be made for a water fill at Eastview Park. Then riders will head south to Arkell Spring Grounds through the trail entrance off of Watson road. After riding those trails, riders will head over to Fixed Gear for refreshments, food and meet up with their fellow riders.

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

Start Times are staggered to try and have everyone finish at the same time.

Guelph Lake & Arkell – Fast                   Start Time: 9:00 AM

Guelph Lake & Arkell – Moderate        Start Time: 9:00 AM

Guelph Lake Only – Fast                          Start Time: 11:00 AM

Guelph Lake Only – Moderate              Start Time: 11:00 AM

GORBA or Non-Club members, Fill out the Try-A-Ride Participant Acknowledgement Form found HERE.

If you’d like to join GCC. Sign up here HERE

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

Start Time: please be ready to pedal at 9:00 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

Full Route:

Guelph Lake Only Route:

Tuesday All Members Ride | August 23rd 6:00PM

So far the weather is looking good. This is the Late Season Route for the TAM Ride. It is shorter now the sun is setting earlier. It is very similar to the early season route but with a twist – we go up Col du Watson instead of down. It’s the end of the season, you’re stronger than you were back in April. 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 GroupAverage SpeedGroup NameFormationDrop/No Drop
R136-40 kph avg + attacksHammerfestRace TacticsDrop
R2+34-36 kph avgTeam PursuitConst. RotateDrop
R232-34 kph avgVery FastPacelineDrop
R330-32 kph avgFastPacelineDrop
R428-30 kph avgModeratePacelineDrop
R526-28 kph avgSocialPacelineDrop
R624-26 kph avgRelaxedPacelineNo Drop

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, R2+, R2, & R3 Speed Groups will follow this map:

Route: The R4, R5 & R6 Speed Groups will follow this map:

Wednesday Gravel Ride | August 17th 6:00PM

RIDE IS ON!

WEATHER UPDATE: Weather is doing what we predicted just a bit slow. We may delay start for 15 minutes or so. LC

It looks like a small storm cell should hit Guelph shortly after 5pm just past the deadline to cancel, but it looks clear behind that. There are no EC Weather ‘Warnings’ or ‘Watches’, so we are not mandated to cancel. Are we guaranteeing a perfectly dry ride? No. But if we do get some precip, it shouldn’t be too much for too long. The weather system is drifting to the south and we are heading to the north. Last one of the year, let’s do this! 🙂

HOWEVER: If EC does issue a storm ‘Warning’ then ride is officially cancelled, but may still go ahead ‘unofficially’ with discretion. Check back here and I’ll keep posting details right up to 5:45 pm.

The last weeknight gravel ride of the season!

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:

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 6:00 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:

Tuesday All Members Ride | August 16th 6:00PM

New start time – 6:00 PM.

RIDE IS ON. The weather has been weird today with lots of little cells all around us, but clearing according to the forecast – and the radar has not been too helpful. There are no weather Warnings or Alerts, so we are not mandated to cancel. Are we guaranteeing a perfectly dry ride? No. But if we do get some precip, it shouldn’t be too much for too long. And although we are sweet, we’re not made of sugar! lol

This is the Late Season Route for the TAM Ride. It is shorter now the sun is setting earlier. It is very similar to the early season route but with a twist – we go up Col du Watson instead of down. It’s the end of the season, you’re stronger than you were back in April. 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 GroupAverage SpeedGroup NameFormationDrop/No Drop
R136-40 kph avg + attacksHammerfestRace TacticsDrop
R2+34-36 kph avgPicanteConst. RotateDrop
R232-34 kph avgVery FastPacelineDrop
R330-32 kph avgFastPacelineDrop
R428-30 kph avgModeratePacelineDrop
R526-28 kph avgSocialPacelineDrop
R624-26 kph avgRelaxedPacelineNo Drop

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, R2+, R2, & R3 Speed Groups will follow this map:

Route: The R4, R5 & R6 Speed Groups will follow this map:

CANCELLED: Wednesday Gravel Ride | August 3rd 6:30PM

UPDATE: Ride is officially and completely cancelled… The TORNADO Warning that was just issued is the icing on the cake. We don’t recommend anyone going out. We do need the rain… pretty sure we don’t need the tornado.

We’re going north! This route takes us through some old and familiar territory we haven’t visited for a while. There is a possibility of some precipitation. Check back here for weather cancellation posted no less than one hour before the ride begins. We’re looking forward to seeing you soon!

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:

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:

Tuesday All Members Ride | July 26th 6:30PM

OMG, sunset is now at 8:50 pm! We only have a few more chances at these routes before switching to the late season ones. Weather is looking good at 26 with little humidity.

R1, R2+ R2, R3 – Watch the holes on Mounstberg, lots more hand signals please!

Remember, Tuesday night is about progressing in fitness week-over-week. You are definitely stronger, fitter, faster and better looking (maybe) than when you started. Ok, lets just go with happier, that’s a pretty good goal to have.

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 GroupAverage SpeedGroup NameFormationDrop/No Drop
R135-40 kph avg + attacksHammerfestRace TacticsDrop
R2+32-35 kph avgPicanteConst. RotateDrop
R232-35 kph avgVery FastPacelineDrop
R330-32 kph avgFastPacelineDrop
R428-30 kph avgModeratePacelineDrop
R526-28 kph avgSocialPacelineDrop
R624-26 kph avgRelaxedPacelineNo Drop

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+, R2, & R3 Speed Groups will follow this map:

Route: The R4, R5 & R6 Speed Groups will follow this map:

RIDE DELAYED: Sunday Gravel Ride | July 24th 8:00AM

Last Update: New departure time is 12:30 PM from GYMC. Radar is all over the road. My Vancouver friends say that if you choose not to ride because of the threat of rain, you will never ride. And so we ride.

First Update: Rain was forecast, but things seem to be changing (we really do need some rain though!). This ride may go ahead if we get a ‘light rain’ as long as there is no lightning.

The plan is to keep the ride more local in case we need to cut it short, we won’t be far from home. In the past, we have also adjusted start times to let the rain pass. If that works for Sunday, we may do it again rather than cancelling outright – we’ll see. Grey forecast also reduces local multi use path traffic, which is the best time for us to use this route.

The route is the original (and famous) 2019 BGR, but in reverse with a few additional discoveries. Come out and be astounded at how much multi surface riding is in GCC’s backyard! Bring money for a coffee stop and tail lights are a good idea too.

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:

Tuesday All Members Ride | July 12th 6:30PM

The weather is looking lovely with the wind dropping off as the night progresses.

Come early and get your new GCC water bottle!

And… the club kit (riding apparel) is on sale again, but only until tomorrow! We need just one more sale of the Fondo hi-vis jersey for everyone to save $20 each, and one more vest for everyone to save $26 each on that item. Tomorrow is your last chance, do it for the greater good! Click here for great GCC riding apparel! Some great prices and options to be had!

Load the TAM Ride routes onto your bike computer if you have one – here’s how. And be sure to turn ‘recalculate’ off in your navigation settings if you don’t want the silly thing to come up with a new route if you miss a corner.

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

The Speed Groups on this ride are:

Speed GroupAverage SpeedGroup NameFormationDrop/No Drop
R135-40 kph avg + surgesHammerfestFree StyleDrop
R2+32-35 kph avg w/spicePicanteConst. RotateDrop
R232-35 kph avgVery FastPacelineDrop
R330-32 kph avgFastPacelineDrop
R428-30 kph avgModeratePacelineDrop
R526-28 kph avgSocialPacelineDrop
R624-26 kph avgRelaxedPacelineNo Drop

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+, R2, & R3 Speed Groups will follow this map:

Route: The R4, R5 & R6 Speed Groups will follow this map:

Wednesday Gravel Ride | July 6 6:30PM

It’s looking like a great night for a gravel ride to head south west, out to Little Tract and back through the far south east – exotic! Bringing lights is always a good idea.

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

Club kit is on sale again for only one week. Click here for great GCC riding apparel!

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 Gravel Ride | July 3rd 8:00AM

We’re going north to Alma!

Kissing Willy Almeloragus – Kissing Bridge, most of Wilson Flats, a pit stop in Alma, down to Elora, a ricochet off of Fergus and home again. Bring money for the pit stop in Alma. The route can be shortcut by 6, 8 or 14 km at the north end if you need to do that. Make sure to load the route into a bike computer or phone app and be prepared to navigate on your own. Here’s how. Regroup in Alma at ‘Right Spot Baked Goods‘.

Tail lights are always a good idea.

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: