Sunday Gravel Ride | November 6th 10:00AM

Note 10AM start due to the time change!

Not one of my more adventurous routes, but (1) we haven’t been over the 3rd line snowmobile bridge for awhile, and (2) I went to a fair amount of trouble earlier this summer to obtain permission for GCC riders to use the driveway just south of Elora that links to the Cottontail Trail and we haven’t used it yet! (Note that permission was happily granted by owners Doog and Nancy whilst attending WAY funner than expected Fork in the Road Music Festival, but that’s another story). We’ll do our usual coffee stop in Elora, so bring money for a coffee stop.

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 Combined Road Ride Oct. 30 11 a.m.

I have a confession to make: I’m kind of sick of road riding.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love it: of all the different kinds of cycling I do, it is by far my favourite and just looking at my road bike still fills me with that little kid excitement and sense of anticipation. The speed, the intensity, the comradery…

But with the end of weekday group rides, cooler weather and shorter days, road riding doesn’t have the same allure it does during the dog days of summer. Fall feels like the time for gravel and I’m already looking ahead to the snow and fat bike season. The Zwift membership has been reactivated and trainer set up reassembled. I actually enjoy the variety that cycling in Canada demands.

That said, there are still a few good days left and some places I’ve been meaning to get to. A couple of times this season I’ve mapped out a run to Holtem’s Bakery in Erin only to be thwarted by the weather so I’m throwing it out there one final time in the hopes of getting hands of some of that tasty goodness.

Anyway, let’s head into the breach one more time my friends before putting the trusty skinny-tire steed away for the winter. If nothing else, I promise the fritters will be fantastic.

GCC members only. To become a member join HERE

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

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

Start Location: East End Library at Starwood and Watson

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

Route: The Sunday Ride will be following the map below

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:

Cancelled – Sunday Medium Moderate Road Ride | October 23rd 11:00AM

Cancelling due to low/no participation. Join us on the gravel or L&F ride instead.

The weather looks amazing for a late season ride. If for some crazy reason that changes an update will be posted here no later than an hour before the ride. Since you’ve been working hard all season to strengthen the body and mind, what better time than now to test yourself with the Rattlesnake / Appleby Line climb. If you’ve never done this climb then no better time to try it with a group. We’ll be sure to re-group at the top (a.k.a. waiting for me) and the mid ride break is shortly after as well. Bring money for a coffee stop in Campbellville. Tail lights are a good idea.

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

Speed will be between 27-30 kph average

GCC members only. To become a member join HERE

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

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

Start Location: East End Library at Starwood and Watson

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

Route: The Medium Moderate Sunday Ride will be following the map below

Sunday Longer Faster Road Ride | October 23rd – Starting at 9am on York Road

This Sunday promises to be a beauty and nice enough to have a reasonably early start. We’ll start at 9am from the Lost Aviator on York Road. The route is about 120km and heads S/E for a quick Espresso stop on Tremaine in Milton, then up and down the escarpment before heading towards Nemo and Cedar Spring. We’ll come north through Kilbride and Moffatt, then have a go up the Watsonberg, and hopefully end the ride (and almost the season) by raising a glass at Fixed Gear Brewing on Alma. Bring money for a coffee stop and for a pint at the end!!

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

Speed will be between 29-31 kph average

GCC members only. To become a member join HERE

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

Start Time: please be ready to pedal at 9:00 AM from Lost Aviator Coffee on York Rd at Hayes Ave

Start Location: Lost Aviator Coffee Company on York Rd at Hayes Ave

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

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

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:

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

Sunday October 16, 2022 – 11 AM at the YMC

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

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

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

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

The Speed Groups on this ride are:

Advanced            G1        24-26   kph average

Intermediate     G2       21-23   kph average

GCC members only. To become a member join HERE

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

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

Start Location: Guelph Youth Music Centre 75 Cardigan St

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

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

Canceled – Sunday Medium Moderate Road Ride | Oct 16 – 11 AM

The cold temperature and wind have frightened people off this ride. I am going to go to the gravel ride. Come join me as I think it will be warmer among the trees. Your other option is to visit the Road Ride Discord Channel and organize an unofficial ride. This ride will run with the LF group until the 60 km point. More riders = more protection. Bring money for emergency and tail lights are a good idea.

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

Speed will be between 27-30 kph average

GCC members only. To become a member join HERE

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

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

Start Location: East End Library at Starwood and Watson

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

Route: The Medium Moderate Sunday Ride will be following the map below

Canceled – Sunday Longer Faster Road Ride | Oct 16 – 11 AM

The cold temperature and wind have frightened people off this ride. I am going to go to the gravel ride. Come join me as I think it will be warmer among the trees. Your other option is to visit the Road Ride Discord Channel and organize an unofficial ride. We are getting into Silly Season once again. Cooler temperatures, rain when we least expect it and a lot of wind. So, dress appropriately and bring a lot of layers.

We are combining this ride with the MM group. The more the merrier and we will have more people to protect us. With a southwest wind, we will head down in that direction before it gets stronger to (hopefully) push us home. Bring money for a coffee stop, we can stop in Hespeler, and tail lights are a good idea.

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

Speed will be between 29-31 kph average

GCC members only. To become a member join HERE

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

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

Start Location: East End Library at Starwood and Watson

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

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

Sunday Medium Moderate Road Ride | Month Day Time

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

Speed will be between 27-30 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 9:00 AM

Start Location: East End Library at Starwood and Watson

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

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Route: The Medium Moderate Sunday Ride will be following the map below

Sunday Medium Moderate Road Ride | Month Day Time

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<add more ride description here> 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.

Speed will be between 27-30 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 9:00 AM

Start Location: East End Library at Starwood and Watson

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

<INSTRUCTIONS: The two blocks below are how the maps get posted. They are HTML blocks. You have to put the ‘Embed’ map code into them, replacing what’s in them now. From within your RideWithGPS route, select the “Share” button above the ride name on the left. Click “Get Custom Embed” which opens a new page. In that new page there is a box to the left of the map with HTML code in it. It’s titled “Embed Code”. Click inside the box and it should become blue highlighted. Copy that and come back here. Then paste that Embed Code into the HTML block below. Alternatively, just replace the route ID (8-digit number in the web address bar of your browser with the map) in the below code with your routeID. You can click ‘Preview’ in the Block to see the map. DELETE THIS BLOCK BEFORE POSTING>

Route: The Medium Moderate Sunday Ride will be following the map below

Sunday Medium Moderate Road Ride | Month Day Time

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<add more ride description here> 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.

Speed will be between 27-30 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 9:00 AM

Start Location: East End Library at Starwood and Watson

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

<INSTRUCTIONS: The two blocks below are how the maps get posted. They are HTML blocks. You have to put the ‘Embed’ map code into them, replacing what’s in them now. From within your RideWithGPS route, select the “Share” button above the ride name on the left. Click “Get Custom Embed” which opens a new page. In that new page there is a box to the left of the map with HTML code in it. It’s titled “Embed Code”. Click inside the box and it should become blue highlighted. Copy that and come back here. Then paste that Embed Code into the HTML block below. Alternatively, just replace the route ID (8-digit number in the web address bar of your browser with the map) in the below code with your routeID. You can click ‘Preview’ in the Block to see the map. DELETE THIS BLOCK BEFORE POSTING>

Route: The Medium Moderate Sunday Ride will be following the map below

Sunday Medium Moderate Road Ride | Month Day Time

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<add more ride description here> 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.

Speed will be between 27-30 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 9:00 AM

Start Location: East End Library at Starwood and Watson

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

<INSTRUCTIONS: The two blocks below are how the maps get posted. They are HTML blocks. You have to put the ‘Embed’ map code into them, replacing what’s in them now. From within your RideWithGPS route, select the “Share” button above the ride name on the left. Click “Get Custom Embed” which opens a new page. In that new page there is a box to the left of the map with HTML code in it. It’s titled “Embed Code”. Click inside the box and it should become blue highlighted. Copy that and come back here. Then paste that Embed Code into the HTML block below. Alternatively, just replace the route ID (8-digit number in the web address bar of your browser with the map) in the below code with your routeID. You can click ‘Preview’ in the Block to see the map. DELETE THIS BLOCK BEFORE POSTING>

Route: The Medium Moderate Sunday Ride will be following the map below

Sunday October 9th Gravel Ride | 11AM

There will be a gravel ride on Sunday, 11AM start, possibly combined depending on numbers. It’s on the shorter side (just over 60k back to downtown), but I’m guessing that most people could probably use time savings. Going to be a bit cool, so dress in layers!

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

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

The Speed Groups on this ride are:

Advanced            G1        24-26   kph average

Intermediate     G2       21-23   kph average

GCC members only. To become a member join HERE

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

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

Start Location: Guelph Youth Music Centre 75 Cardigan St

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

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

Sunday, Oct. 9 Combined Road Ride 11 a.m.

Listen, I get it. It’s Thanksgiving and most of us have things to do and trying to fit a ride in with family obligations and turkey cooking and even a stupid playoff baseball game might be tough. It’s the end of the long summer season and we’ve already made plenty of time for cycling so perhaps, in this particular case, we should prioritize other things.

Or, and just hear me out here, maybe we can squeak in just a quick ride, just a wee rip before turkey time. We’ll feel better about gorging ourselves if we burn some calories first, more tolerant of vaguely annoying extended family members if we’ve spent a little time Zenned out on two wheels: among the things to be thankful for, surely cycling makes the list.

So how about a compromise? There is no long and fast route this week because even ride leaders have to know when a bridge across the gap is a bridge too far. But I have devised a plan that might, just might, have a little something for everyone.

We’ll do a quick 60km loop through Hespeler, no stops. We’ll wave at the Four Fathers patio, breeze by the coffee shop on Queen Street – no time for dilly-dallying today – and finish up at the south end Starbucks. Two hours, with a bullet.

For those of you with more time to spare, there will be a longer route option that adds another 50km or so. I will not be joining for this bit because I like being married so it will be leaderless in practice but not in spirit because we are all leaders on the bike at this point. Might make sense to load the route on your bike computer if you have one, here’s how.

So let’s give thanks the right way on Sunday: from the saddle, in spandex with our riding friends. Everything else is gravy.

Speed will be between 27-30 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 9:00 AM

Start Location: East End Library at Starwood and Watson

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

Route: The Medium Moderate Sunday Ride will be following the map below, with a longer route option for those so inclined.

Sunday Gravel Ride | Oct 2nd, 11:00 AM

This is quite a Sunday for gravel riders – a lot of our regulars are at the Hardwood O-Cup CX race, the Bruce Gran Fondo, the Ganny Enduro … but for those of us staying local, it looks like a lovely, albeit cool, day and I look forward to sharing it with you! We’ll head up to Sandy Hills and Floradale, have some coffee in Elmira, and work our way home ending at Fixed Gear.

I haven’t checked out the route from the bottom end of Floradale to the KB trail, and am just trusting heat maps – my apologies if that bit doesn’t work out : )

G1 riders – you have no official ride leader, so make sure you load the route on your bike computer if you have one, here’s how.

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

The Speed Groups on this ride are:

Advanced            G1        24-26   kph average

Intermediate     G2       21-23   kph average

GCC members only. To become a member join HERE

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

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

Start Location: Guelph Youth Music Centre 75 Cardigan St

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

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

Sunday Medium Moderate Road Ride | October 2nd 11:00AM

Now that it’s October rides now start at 11:00AM. This week we’ll head north to Elora and head home on the fun and fast Middlebrook and Crowsfoot Roads. Hopefully the weather outlook stays sunny but if something does change then any changes or cancellations will be posted here no later than 10:00AM on Sunday morning. Bring money for a coffee/snack/hydration stop in Elora and tail lights are a good idea.

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

Speed will be between 27-30 kph average

GCC members only. To become a member join HERE

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

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

Start Location: East End Library at Starwood and Watson

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

Route: The Medium Moderate Sunday Ride will be following the map below

Sunday Longer Faster Road Ride | October 2nd @ **9:00am**

Fingers crossed for better weather this weekend. Lets get in at least one more nice long ride as this GCC season gets closer to an end. Apologies in advance, but I can’t start this ride any later than 9am so dress wisely …. it’ll warm up nicely. We’re meeting at Lost Aviator Coffee to start and then heading out toward some much less familiar roads through Reidsville and Ayr. Explored this route last weekend and loved it. Bring money for a refuel/coffee stop in Ayr. We’ll make our way back through Glen Morris; Scenic Drive and Sheffield. See you Sunday!!

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

Speed will be between 29-31 kph average

GCC members only. To become a member join HERE

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

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

Start Location: Lost Aviator Coffee on York Rd at Hayes Ave

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

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

CANCELLED: Sunday Medium Moderate Road Ride | Sep 28th 9AM

Unfortunately we have no ride leader for the M&M ride this week. Below is a shortcut version of the L&F route. Those who want to do this shorter ride can start with the L&F group, then follow the unofficial route below home. Be sure to load the route into your bike computer, here’s how.

Note this week’s start time is 9AM.

Go ahead and sign up if you want to do this – then you will know who else is coming! You can also use our new Discord app to communicate with each other.

Speed will be between 27-30 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 9:00 AM

Start Location: East End Library at Starwood and Watson

Check here for weather cancellation posted on the F&F posting no less than one hour before the ride begins

Route: The Medium Moderate Sunday Ride will be following the map below

CANCELLED: Sunday Longer Faster Road Ride | Sunday, September 25th – 9 AM

TOO COLD AND WET for me. May see you in the virtual world today. Please note the start time is 9:00 a.m. No / No-go call will be made by 8:00 am as the weather is not looking all that good tomorrow. We will be heading down toward Carlisle and cutting across to the west before coming back up through Hespeler. There are various options for people to make this route shorter. 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.

Speed will be between 29-31 kph average

GCC members only. To become a member join HERE

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

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

Start Location: East End Library at Starwood and Watson

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

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