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 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:

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 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:

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:

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:

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:

Sunday Gravel combined ride | Aug 28th 8am

I’m shamelessly stealing Ken’s route from last weekend that got rained out. We’ll do a combined ride, as some members might be headed to the BIG MTB ride instead. The forecast looks good!

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

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:

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 | August 7th 8:00am

It’s going to be a warm one, so it’ll be on the slightly shorter side. A quick trip through the GORBA trails (easy ones) on the way up to Elora. Coffee (or iced coffee) there, and then hopefully some shade on the Kissingbridge trail.

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:

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:

Sunday Gravel Ride | July 10th 8am

The weather looks great for Sunday, we’ll stop at the Danish Place and cheer on Vingegaard. 🇩🇰

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.

And the Club Kit is on sale again only until Wednesday. Click here for great GCC riding apparel!

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 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:

CANCELLED – Sunday Gravel Ride | June 12th 8:00AM

RIDE CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN. Maybe we can organize the ride for later in the day when it stops.

Not a great looking forecast, but let’s hope for the best; 7AM go/no-go call at the latest. A clockwise loop with a stop at the Erin bakery at about half way. And a slightly longer route than usual, but it’s not too technical, and is fairly flat.

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:

GCC Big Gravel Ride Sunday June 5th, 2022

GCC’s 4th Annual Big Gravel Ride! And like before, there will be sections that are unknown to most of you.

About the route: It’s 90 km long. The start and finish are at Fixed Gear Brewing, our sponsor. There are three speed groups each with a different start time, Fast, Moderate and Recreational. Sign up soon to ensure you get a spot! Several club members have ridden this already and given their seal of approval. The route is quite special (as always)!

Here are the details for our fourth-annual BGR

The Essentials:

GCC members only. To become a member join HERE

Sorry, Event SOLD OUT!

Start Time: First Group please be ready to pedal at 8:00 AM

Start : Fixed Gear Brewing 20 Alma St S

This is a rain or shine event!

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

The Details:

  • Rain or shine
  • 90km route
  • Free ON-ROAD parking around Fixed Gear Brewing
  • Gear storage on site inside FGB, arrive early to stow post-ride gear etc
  • Three groups of various paces: Fast, Moderate and Recreational
  • Staggered start to finish at a similar time
    • 8:00 am Recreational pace
    • 8:15 am Moderate pace
    • 8:30 am Fast pace
  • GCC is providing a Feed & Support station at the halfway point
  • The BGR 2022 is open to GCC Club Members only
  • Registered participants get one free beer provided by our sponsor FGB
  • Bring cash or card for additional post ride bevies
  • Registered participants get Wood fired Pizza as well
  • Door Prizes from some of great sponsors to be awarded
  • This is a multi surface event which will include, but not be limited to, mud, rocks, gravel, stone dust, pavement, sweat, tears, smiles, etc…
  • Tires recommendations: Minimum 30 mm wide tires with some file tread, 50 psi max

The final route is posted below. There are a few reroutes from the original due to road construction and storm damage. Big thanks to board members Gord Drewitt & Lorenz Calcagno who went out with chainsaws to open up some critical connections. Ride a bike? Buy a chainsaw.

See you soon!

GCC Board

UPDATED: Sunday Gravel Ride | May 22 at Noon

Ride is ON! It’s quite cool, dress in layers. We’ll finish at 17 degrees in the sun.

7:00 am weather update… ride is postponed until 12 noon today. This will mean some of you can’t make it, but some still will. We’re trying to make the best of the bad weather – better than cancelling. All else stays the same. Please meet at the GYMC and be ready to pedal at 12 noon if you can make it. Weather is looking far more appealing from there. Hope to see you then.

5:30 am weather update… radar is looking promising, fingers crossed… final call at 7.

10:00 pm the night before: Still not completely clear, weather wise, one way or the other… we’ll have a final call at 7 am Sunday morning as to how this ride will proceed or not. Sleep well, and remember, your bike dreams of being ridden when it’s not!

6:00 pm Saturday afternoon, the prediction is rain for Sunday morning, but the radar indicates it might miss us. The forecast for the weekend has been less than accurate so far. If it is just a matter of waiting out the rain an hour or two, the start time may be adjusted rather than cancelling altogether. Stay tuned, we will keep updating this post as the start time grows nearer.

This route has butter tarts in it, plus a lot of gravel, but not in the same bite! We’ll be stopping at the Belwood Country Market for some of the best butter tarts we’ve ever had!

Perhaps you have noticed by now that we are steadily creeping up our gravel distances each week (80 km for this Sunday) in preparation for the 90 km BGR on June 5th. Not to worry about the length here, look at the elevation profile, you will practically be coasting all the way home!

Extra challenge: Load the route into your Bike Computer – details can be found here. And turn off ‘Route Recalculation’ in the ‘Navigation’ settings of your bike computer.

Dress for the conditions – check out our new weather forecast page. A tail light is never a bad idea either. Disclaimer: Depending on rider turn out, some Speed Groups may have to be combined. We’re looking forward to having you along!

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: