SUPER SUNDAY – All Members | July 14th

Here’s 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!

This year also hosts very special 200K and 160K routes! Sacré bleu Randonneurs! Have a look at all those details here!

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

There are several start times, 6:00 AM, 8:00AM & 9:00AM depending on your group, please NB.

Ride Leaders for each group have posted their 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 & R2200KLong Ride – Blast6:00 AM
R3 & R4200KLong Ride – Fast6:00 AM
R5 & R6200KLong Ride – Relaxed6:00 AM
R3 & R4160KLong Ride – Fast6:00 AM
R5 & R6160KLong Ride – Relaxed6:00 AM
R1 & R2126KRoad – Hammerfest8:00 AM
R3 & R4126KRoad – Very Fast8:00 AM
R585KRoad – Fast9:00 AM
R6 & R785KRoad – Moderate9:00 AM
R863KRoad – Relaxed9:00 AM
G194KGravel – Fast8:00 AM
G294KGravel – Advanced8:00 AM
G373KGravel – Intermediate8:00 AM
G473KGravel – 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 6:00AM, 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

Long Distance 200K Route

Long Distance 160K Route

R1, R2, R3 & R4 126K Route

R5, R6 & R7 85K Route

R8 63K Route

GRAVEL

The Gravel routes are designed to explore some of the best gravel south of Guelph, keeping close to the city but not crossing over the 401. Coffee stop (and bike parts!) at Flow State at 40 km – reservations have been made for 10:00am. The only difference between the short and long loops is the trip down Concession 11 (which may look boring but it is actually a very nice rolling bit of gravel road) – pick your distance below!

Gravel 94K Route

Gravel 73K Route

Tuesday All Members Ride | July 9th 6:30PM

REMINDER: Obey the rules of the road at all times.

R1 through R5 routes are a bit longer now.

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.  Join HERE

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

Start : Parking lot at Flow State Bike Co. in Arkell

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:

CANCELLED: Learn to Group Ride | Monday July 8th 6:15PM

Cancelled due to insufficient sign-up. Next week, July 15th, is the last LTGR of the season, so please come out then if you still need to attend a LTGR session.

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: Flow State Bike Co., 599 Arkell Rd

When: Learn to Group Ride will be offered weekly on Mondays starting May 6th through June 24th, and July 8th and 15th.

Parking: Arkell United Church, 600 Arkell Rd

How it will work: Riders will gather in the Flow State parking lot and identify themselves to the Ride Leader (usually in a red jersey). 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 4 PM 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: Flow State Bike Co.

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

Tuesday All Members Ride | July 2nd 6:30PM

REMINDER: Obey the rules of the road at all times.

R1 through R5 routes are a bit longer now.

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.  Join HERE

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

Start : Parking lot at Flow State Bike Co. in Arkell

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:

2024 BGR | Sunday June 9th

It’s GCC’s 6th Annual Big Gravel Ride!

Like always, we promise that many of you will ride in some places that you have never been before!

About the routes: Everyone rides to the first Rest Stop. Once there, depending on how the conditions are and how you and your group are feeling, you can choose to add a small or large additional loop to your ride before heading back on the main route to Fixed Gear in Guelph. The short route, to the Rest Stop and then home, is 83km. If you choose to add the small additional loop, your ride will be 96km long. If you choose to add the large additional loop, your ride will be 118 km long. Save both the long and medium routes into your bike computer. Load the long route to start the ride. If you only want to do the medium route after the Rest Stop, switch to that route in your bike computer. Both Long and Medium routes follow the Short route home. Choose your own adventure!

The start and finish are at our sponsor, Fixed Gear Brewing on Alma street.

There are five speed groups this year. Each with a different start time.

BGR GroupGroup NameRoad
Comparison
Gravel
Comparison
Start Time
BGR-1OMG!R1
R2
9:00 am
BGR-2FastR3G18:45 am
BGR-3QuickR4
R5
G28:30 am
BGR-4ModerateR6
R7
G38:15 am
BGR-5RelaxedR8G48:00 am

Sign up soon to ensure you get a spot!

The route has been pre-ridden by a little 70 year old lady who has given it her seal of approval.

Load the route on your bike computer if you have one, here’s how. No really, you should really load it.

GCC Team Car polished, fed & groomed all ready for another BGR!

The Essentials:

GCC members only. To become a member join HERE

Start Time: Relaxed 8:00 AM; Moderate 8:15 AM; Quick 8:30 AM; Fast 8:45 AM; OMG 9:00 AM

Start Location: Fixed Gear Brewing 20 Alma St S

Start and Finish here at Fixed Gear Brewing at 20 Alma St S

The Details:

  • 50 Entries only!
  • You must be a GCC Club Member to take part.
  • Five speed groups.
  • Staggered start to finish at a similar time.
  • Free ON-ROAD parking around Fixed Gear Brewing (don’t park at the auto shop!).
  • Gear storage on site inside FGB, arrive early to stow your post-ride gear etc.
  • Make sure your bike is in good working order to ‘start’ and finish the route.
  • Carry tools to fix your bike.
  • Bring mosquito repellent in case of woodland repairs.
  • Carry two large water bottles.
  • Load the route if you have a computer.
  • Be prepared to get yourself home if you can’t finish the route.
  • GCC is providing a food & water station out on the route.
  • Registered participants get one free beer provided by our sponsor FGB.
  • Bring cash or card for additional post ride bevies.
  • Registered participants get Wood Oven Pizza as well.
  • Door Prizes awarded randomly from some of our great sponsors.
  • This is a multi surface event which may include, but not be limited to, mud, rocks, forest, roots, branches, gravel, stones, dust, pavement, mosquitoes, ticks, hobbits, dragons, tears, smiles… (maybe).
  • Tire recommendations: Minimum 30 mm wide with at least a file tread pattern, 50 psi max.
  • Rain or shine.

Route Maps below.

Load the Medium & Long routes into your bike computer.

You can always shortcut the Medium or Long route (at the Rest Stop) to become the Short route. You can decide with your group, depending on conditions, on how much more fun you want to have. The Medium or Long routes go through the Rest Stop twice.

Routes by Kazimir Malevich c. 1916

Club Kit 2024

2024 Apparel is now for sale!

GCC Club Kit ordering ends on June 9th
GCC-Royal City Racing ordering now ends on June 9th also!

The most popular GCC options are back, the NOVA PRO high-performance jersey along with the SOLAR PRO BIB shorts, as well as the more affordable and less race oriented FONDO Club Jersey and CADENCE Bib shorts. All items are available in men’s and women’s cuts. The Nova Pro jersey is offered in two different fits, regular fit (a “club fit” style) and slim fit (a “race fit” style) while the Fondo jersey comes in both Standard and Relaxed fit options.

We’ve also added a whole selection of cooler weather options: Classic Long Sleeve; Thermal Long Sleeve; Wind Jacket; Vest. To top it all off, we’ve got arm warmers, leg warmers and a return of our caps!

Tuesday All Members Ride | May 7, 6:30PM

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:

Tuesday All Members Ride | April 30, 6:00PM

The weather is looking lovely for the last 6:00PM start! See you soon!!

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 6:00 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, R3, R4 & R5 Speed Groups will follow this map:

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

CANCELLED – Tuesday All Members Ride | April 23, 6:00PM

Tonight’s TAM ride has been officially cancelled due to high winds, dropping temperatures and the possibility of rain during the ride time.

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 6:00 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, R3, R4 & R5 Speed Groups will follow this map:

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

Tuesday All Members Ride | April 16, 6:00PM

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 6:00 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, R3, R4 & R5 Speed Groups will follow this map:

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

2022 Update

Greetings and welcome former SRCC club members!

Why former, you ask? 

In the last few years, the club has grown in many ways. We have added annual signature events; expanded our ride offerings; added Gravel rides; created a more welcoming entry for new club members; maintained our commitment to high level cycling athleticism; been a presence around the province at cycling events; and we have become a recognized voice within Guelph & at City Hall. The time has come to acknowledge our achievements and put on a fitting title. A title that captures all our activities, one that immediately lets people know who and what we are and where we’re from. Something with great simplicity that we can identify with, and be proud of. So after 18 good years as the Speed River Cycling Club, a resolution was passed at our December 2021 AGM to change our name to the Guelph Cycling Club. 

And to go with that, we have a brand-new website: guelphcyclingclub.ca Please remember to update your bookmarks!

It mostly looks like the old one, but way faster (finally)! We haven’t closed down the SRCC site yet, the old squirrel just won’t get out of the cage. Everything you need should be on the new one. If something is missing or needs updating, please let us know. And did we mention it’s way, way faster? Praise be to the Lasko! We’ll have all of our new board member email addresses sorted out soon, until then, you can reach us at the old SRCC ones.

Please click here to join GCC for 2022!

Hopefully 2022 will be a more ‘normal’ year. We are not making any predictions about the pandemic just yet, however, we do have our fingers crossed for a mid-April start to club rides. This depends on both provincial and OCA COVID regulations.  As soon as we hear something, we will let you know – you will receive a newsletter update as the season approaches. Announcements will also be on the new GCC website.

We are very excited to announce our 2022 weeknight ride schedule which has a few changes and some extra bonuses. The very popular Tuesday All Members (TAM) Ride will remain basically as it was in 2021, with speed groups for everyone with one new speed group near the top end for a little extra spice on your Taco Tuesday.

The Wednesday Intermediate A, B & C rides now move to Thursday and they will keep doing what they have always done, just with a day off after Tuesday. This will be great if you are an Intermediate club rider who wants to ride two nights a week with a break in between. This also increases ride chances in case of foul weather.

The Thursday Advanced A, B & C rides stay right where they were and keep doing what they’ve always done so well. 

This leaves Wednesday open for some new and flexible programming.  We’re already planning to offer two Wednesday evening gravel rides per month, as well as one or two monthly women’s rides.  We want to hear from you about new ideas. If we can find leaders and enough interest, we’ll offer them!  Want to lead a ‘Tech night’? Or maybe you have other ideas?  Get down on one knee, send us an email and make us a proposal!

And lastly but not least, we’re excitedly finalizing our 2022 riding kit. We will have both a club standard and a high-vis option for jerseys. New for this year will be a couple of really cool colour options for those members who like to mix it up a bit! We anticipate that this apparel will be available for purchase sometime in March through our new supplier, Jakroo. Full details will be sent out once the ordering window is open.

That’s it for now.  We’re looking forward to seeing you, hopefully sooner rather than later! In the meanwhile, please stay safe, happy and well.

Your GCC Board

2015 Club membership cards are ready for pick-up!

A note to those who have already purchased their 2015 Club memberships: your SRCC membership card is now available for pick-up at Speed River Bicycle in exchange for this signed waiver (or this one, if you’re under 18 years of age). Both a printed waiver and SRCC membership card are required in addition to any cards/waivers that you may have already submitted to or received from the Ontario Cycling Association, as they constitute membership in the Speed River Cycling Club specifically. It is your 2015 SRCC membership card that will grant you access to Club activities, not your OCA card.

So, to recap: Go to Speed River Bicycle*, give a waiver, get a card.

Questions? Click here to to contact James Stewart, club communications guy.

* Assuming you’ve purchased your 2015 membership. Not done that yet? [JOIN TODAY]

2015 Kit Pre-Order Window now closed – thank you for your orders!

The 2015 Club kit pre-order window is now closed – thanks to all members who pre-orderd and to our sponsors who made the great deals possible.

We’ll keep you updated via email and the Club Clothing page (tab above) on ETA, but the kit should be sorted and ready for pickup at Speed River Bicycle (with your membership card) around mid-April. 
If you have any questions in the meantime, drop me a line at bayden@guelphcyclingclub.ca.


Clothing Order 2015: Get your SRCC Kit Now!

The pre-order window for club kit is now open until Feb. 17th. Click here and head over to the Club Clothing page to get all the details and place your order.

We have a fit-kit at Speed River Bicycle to check out sizing (and sizing chart linked on Clothing page), but all orders must come through our online shop.

We expect clothing to land by early April, when we will send a follow up email to all that ordered. Kit will be available for pickup at Speed River Bicycle.

Pre-orders get a huge discount thanks to our generous sponsors, and there will only be limited over-stock once the order is placed, so don’t miss out!

  • short sleeve jersey  $25 (regularly $65)
  • long sleeve jersey   $35 (regularly $73)
  • vest                          $25 (regularly $63)
  • bib shorts                 $35 (regularly $85)
  • arm warmers           $10 (regularly $20)
  • leg warmers            $15 (regularly $25)
  • cycling cap             $20 (made by Walz) NEW for 2015!

Send any questions to bayden at speedrivercyclingclub.org

Please note that the Club kit pre-order is a members-only offer. Pick-up of kit in April will require proof of 2015 SRCC membership.

Indoor Training Starts This Wednesday, Jan. 28!

The SRCC indoor winter training series is a go! Sessions will begin this Wednesday, January 28th at 7:00 p.m., and continue as such each week (i.e. Wednesdays, 7 pm) through to March 25, inclusive.


The location is new for this year… all sessions will be held at the Mill Street Lofts located at 26 Ontario Street, Guelph. Onsite visitor parking is limited, but on-street parking is also available. As you approach the main building/chimney from the lot you will see a smaller building on your left (you can’t miss it), which is where the group will be. Bring your bike, trainer, water and a towel for 1 – 1.5 hours of pure, sweat-stained enjoyment.


This series is free to all SRCC members, as costs are being covered by the club… with thanks to our generous sponsors, of course!

Hope to see you there! Any questions, please contact Gabhan Chalmers at gabhan@guelphcyclingclub.ca.