Sunday Gravel Ride | May 19th 9:00AM

It’s the long weekend! Time to up the distance a bit as we work towards the famed BGR on June 9th.

The route takes us to an old BGR haunt of Valen’s park.

Be prepared for a fun adventure into the closed Crawley Rd/County road 7… we will persevere.

There are no coffee shops or stores on route so pack some snacks. The map says ‘snack stop’ in the park by I doubt it will be open at this time of year. Tail lights are 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:

CatNameAverage Speed
G1Fast26+ kph
G2Advanced24-26 kph
G3Intermediate22-24 kph
G4Relaxed19-22 kph

All rides need a minimum of 3 members signed up in order to officially run. If a ride has the required number of riders, but no Group Captain riding with them, that group ride will be considered cancelled. The group can decide among themselves to hold an ‘unofficial’ ride and follow the route. All group riders take it upon themselves to know the route and are responsible for their own safety.

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: Guelph Youth Music Centre 75 Cardigan St

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

Route: All Speed Groups will follow this map:

Sunday Gravel Ride | May 5th 11:00 AM

ATTENTION: The start time for this ride may be delayed due to rain passing through. Please monitor this post for updates. We are really keen not to cancel the ride and the start may be delayed by an hour or so.

Here’s a favourite excursion through Wilson Flats and Elora Gorge Park with a coffee stop in Elora. Bring money for that.

Tail lights are 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:

CatNameAverage Speed
G1Fast26+ kph
G2Advanced24-26 kph
G3Intermediate22-24 kph
G4Relaxed19-22 kph

All rides need a minimum of 3 members signed up in order to officially run. If a ride has the required number of riders, but no Group Captain riding with them, that group ride will be considered cancelled. The group can decide among themselves to hold an ‘unofficial’ ride and follow the route. All group riders take it upon themselves to know the route and are responsible for their own safety.

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 10:00 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: All Speed Groups will follow this map:

Sunday Not-the-P2A Gravel Ride | April 28th 9:00 AM

Ride is on – we can turn back if it gets too yucky.

I am offering a local gravel ride for the few of us who chose to not spend a bunch of money (more than the annual GCC membership fee!) to ride a not particularly scenic route with a couple thousand other people : )

This is the 2020 BGR route, always a good early season ride. Unfortunately, there is no coffee stop (unless we want a late stop in Rockwood), so bring something for a roadside snack. As rain is predicted, the start time may be adjusted if there is a 3-4 hr predicted rain-free window later than 9AM. If there isn’t a rain-free window, the ride will be cancelled (there are still so many rides remaining with your annual membership fee!)

Mostly gravel, but tail lights are still 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:

CatNameAverage Speed
G1Fast26+ kph
G2Advanced24-26 kph
G3Intermediate22-24 kph
G4Relaxed19-22 kph

All rides need a minimum of 3 members signed up in order to officially run. If a ride has the required number of riders, but no Group Captain riding with them, that group ride will be considered cancelled. The group can decide among themselves to hold an ‘unofficial’ ride and follow the route. All group riders take it upon themselves to know the route and are responsible for their own safety.

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: Guelph Youth Music Centre 75 Cardigan St

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

Route: All Speed Groups will follow this map:

Sunday Gravel: P2A Prep

Sunday Gravel Ride | April 21 11:00AM

*NOTE CHANGE TO G3 ROUTE*

I know a lot of GCC members are signed up to participate at the annual Paris to Ancaster (P2A) race next weekend. I also know some have been training hard for months, and some have just recently topped up their tires. Either way, this week’s gravel session offers a taste of what you can expect from yourself at the big race. There is a 106km route for G1, a 73km route for G2 and G3, and a 45km route for G4. Prepare for a non-stop ride by bringing sufficient hydration and nutrition, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. I promise my future ride leads will have coffee and snack stops again 😉

Be sure to check back here before Sunday morning for any updates.

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:

CatNameAverage Speed
G1Fast26+ kph
G2Advanced24-26 kph
G3Intermediate22-24 kph
G4Relaxed19-22 kph

All rides need a minimum of 3 members signed up in order to officially run. If a ride has the required number of riders, but no Group Captain riding with them, that group ride will be considered cancelled. The group can decide among themselves to hold an ‘unofficial’ ride and follow the route. All group riders take it upon themselves to know the route and are responsible for their own safety.

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: All Speed Groups will follow this map:

Sunday Gravel Ride | April 14, 11:00 AM

Weather Update Sunday at 8:30 AM: Ride is on! The sun is shining! Temps reasonable and only getting warmer. Free skunk stripes for everyone without a fender! P2A is coming!!

Route has been slightly adjusted as of 7PM Saturday evening.

Welcome to the very first Sunday Gravel ride for 2024!

As always, we’ll start the year with slightly shorter routes and keep building as the season progresses, as does our fitness. We’re heading north. Interestingly, this very weekend last year there was still snow on the rail trails north of Guelph, what a difference from last year. This should be a good route for those preparing for P2A. Bring money for a coffee stop in Elora.

We have added a G4 group this year, if you found G3 a bit fast for you last year G4 might be for you!

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:

CatNameAverage Speed
G1Fast26+ kph
G2Advanced  24-26 kph
G3Intermediate 22-24 kph
G4Relaxed 19-22 kph

All rides need a minimum of 3 members signed up in order to officially run. If a ride has the required number of riders, but no Group Captain riding with them, that group ride will be considered cancelled. The group can decide among themselves to hold an ‘unofficial’ ride and follow the route. All group riders take it upon themselves to know the route and are responsible for their own safety.

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: All Speed Groups will follow this map:

Sunday Gravel Ride | November 5 11:00 AM (Standard time!)

Update: We are starting at 11:00 AM.

We haven’t been down to the lovely Hilton Falls trails for awhile, so here’s a bit of an out-back to get there. Trying to keep the distance reasonable, as although it’s going to be a relatively nice day for November, as many of you know, I am a fair weather cyclist.

I’m hoping, but not guaranteeing, that we can stay dry on the hydro line; we’ll figure it out when we get there! We’ll stop in Campbellville on the way back for a hot drink, so bring some money or plastic. Tail lights are a good idea.

Don’t forget to move your clocks back by an hour before you head to bed Saturday or you’ll be an hour early to the start!

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        25-28   kph average

Intermediate     G2       23-25   kph average

Relaxed     G3       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: All Speed Groups will follow this map:

Sunday Gravel Ride | October 01 9:30 AM

Sunday’s forecast looks spectacular, so we’ve planned a nice loop to the north side of the city. There will be a pit stop in either Fergus (indoor plumbing) or Belwood; to be be determined by a vote at the start (or maybe we do both). It is looking a bit chilly, so start time is a bit later at 9:30 am, which is also good for those who are going to see Jim Cuddy (from Blue Rodeo fame) perform at Fixed Gear on Saturday night.

Bring money for a coffee stop. 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        25-28   kph average

Intermediate     G2       23-25   kph average

Relaxed     G3       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 9:30 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: All Speed Groups will follow this map:

Sunday Gravel Ride | Sept 24th 9:00AM

It’s looking like a cool morning, so we’ll start at 9 to let it warm up a bit. We’ll be hitting all the favourites south of Guelph, and for the first time this year we go through Valens. There will be a coffee stop at the Danish Place, bring some money for that. Tail lights are 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        25-28   kph average

Intermediate     G2       23-25   kph average

Relaxed     G3       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 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

Route: All Speed Groups will follow this map:

SATURDAY Gravel Ride | Sept 9, 9 AM & 10:00 AM

This is a special Saturday remote start in Belwood (no gravel ride this Sunday – BIGMTB) supporting the Water Cycles Bikes and Blues Festival.  G2/3 will start at 9:00 AM and G1 at 10:00 AM. Please email Meg if you need a ride or have room for other people and/or bikes.  If you wish to ride directly from Guelph, also please email Meg; we will coordinate departures and give you a route that connects you to the ride.

The ride starts from the Belwood baseball field and weaves through Grand Valley and around the Luther Marsh (avoiding the current hunting closures) before returning to Belwood.

There is a coffee stop at Landmark Gardens  (~67km) for bevies and some of the best cookie and light snack options in the Grand Valley.

A benefit concert at the Skol House in Belwood follows the ride, featuring blues music, beer garden, BBQ, and kid’s activities, benefiting the Waterloo-Wellington Children’s Groundwater Festival which serves thousands of students in the Upper Grand school district annually. Water Cycles Expeditions uses adventurous bike tours and events to reconnect people and water through cycling. The festival celebrates the end of the “summer of water cycling” which has included locally led rides and tours from Kansas to Kenya across a global network of community hubs. Check out the highlight reel for this event and some recent coverage on CBC and the LA TimesTickets to the benefit concert are available at a discount for GCC members with a promo code GCC2023 at the Water Cycles website.

The Speed Groups on this ride are:

Advanced            G1        25-28   kph average

Intermediate     G2       23-25   kph average

Relaxed     G3       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 (G2/3) 9:00 AM & (G1) 10:00 AM

Start Location: Belwood Baseball Diamond, 4 Smith Street, Belwood

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

Route: All Speed Groups will follow this map:

Sunday Gravel Ride ERIN | September 03 9:00AM

Another remote start! It’s only a short drive to ride some awesome, and rather hilly gravel roads. Meet at the back parking lot (near the tennis courts) behind Center 2000 in Erin for a 9-am start. The route is a bit shorter than typical, but don’t be fooled, it’s to compensate for the elevation gains. And, if you’ve never summited “The Grange” before, you owe it to yourself to use your prime summertime fitness to challenge yourself on one of Southern Ontario’s most feared/revered gravel climbs. Plus there’s a decent coffee/treats stop – right beside the trail – at exactly the halfway point in Inglewood. Since this is an “away” ride, carpooling can be arranged amongst yourselves or you can contact Meg and she’ll help you out. Also, if you are planning on driving and have room, please let her know if you are willing to take others.

Bring money for a coffee stop. 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        25-28   kph average

Intermediate     G2       23-25   kph average

Relaxed     G3       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 9:00 AM

Start Location: Back parking lot, near tennis courts of Center 2000 in Erin

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

Here’s the start location. Click the image below for directions to the start.

Route: All Speed Groups will follow this map:

Sunday Gravel Ride | Aug 27th 9:00 AM

Saturday night has an overnight low of 7 degrees – chilly willy! We will be starting at 9 am to give the morning an extra hour to warm up for us.

On this route, we are mashing together a few old favourites with a coffee stop in Elora. Bring money for that. 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        25-28   kph average

Intermediate     G2       23-25   kph average

Relaxed     G3       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 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

Route: All Speed Groups will follow this map:

Sunday Gravel Ride GUELPH| Aug 20th 8:00 AM

For those of you who don’t have all day to ride hills, here’s a local route; you’ll just have to self-organize at the start.

Bring money for a coffee stop at the Bank Cafe in Fergus, 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        25-28   kph average

Intermediate     G2       23-25   kph average

Relaxed     G3       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: All Speed Groups will follow this map:

Sunday Gravel Ride CREEMORE| Aug 20th 9:15 AM

We are heading to Creemore for a good hilly ride! We went last year, wore ourselves out and had a blast! After the ride we’ll have a late light lunch in Creemore before we head back to Guelph. Here are the details…

Please sign up for the ride early – this will help immensely with logistics.

Please email meg@guelphcyclingclub.ca as soon as you can and let me know 1) If you can drive or need a lift, 2) how many people you can carry and 3) How many bikes you can carry.

Be sure to leave Guelph no later than 7:45 am to make the 9:15 am Pedal time in Creemore.

We will park / meet / start / finish at the Creemore Rec. Center 218 Collingwood St, Creemore, ON.

Bring your ride food and food for the trip up so we can get going early.

We’ll have a rest stop in Feversham which is at Kilometer 54.

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        25-28   kph average

Intermediate     G2       23-25   kph average

Relaxed     G3       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 in Creemore at 9:15 AM

Start Location: Creemore Rec Centre 218 Collingwood St, Creemore, ON

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

Creemore Rec Centre – Click image for directions.

Route: All Speed Groups will follow this map:

SUPER SUNDAY | August 13th, 2023

GCC’s second ever Super Sunday! 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!

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

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

Ride Leaders for each group will be (or already have) posted 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 & R2100+KRoad – Hammerfest8:00 AM
R3 & R4100+KRoad – Very Fast8:00 AM
R585KRoad – Fast9:00 AM
R6 & R780KRoad – Moderate9:00 AM
R865KRoad – Relaxed9:00 AM
G190KGravel – Advanced8:00 AM
G290KGravel – Intermediate8:00 AM
G383KGravel – 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 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

R1 & R2 Route

R3 & R4 Route

R5 Route

R6 & R7 Route

R8 Route

G1 & G2 Route

G3 Route

Sunday Gravel Ride | August 06 8:00AM

This loop is sort of a tour of the local MTB locations (e.g., Guelph Lake, Arkell, Twin Pods, Little Tract) without riding any of the actual MTB trails. Rest stop at the Danish Place at about km 55. The loop is 91 km, if G1 wants a bit longer, at the exit of Fletcher Creek Preserve they can turn east on Gore Road, ride Lafarge 2000 Trail south down to Concession 8 west, and then head north on Valens Rd, to the Danish Place (adds about 15km).

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        25-28   kph average

Intermediate     G2       23-25   kph average

Relaxed     G3       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: All Speed Groups will follow this map:

Sunday Gravel July 30: Menno Country 165km & 90km

Sunday Gravel Ride | July 30 7:30AM

Hey y’all. I’ve got something a little different for this edition of the Sunday Gravel ride. This week’s ride will offer two distances. Long distance riders will start on bikes in Guelph, and the shorter distance riders will drive to the remote starting location. The intention for this type of ride is to go further afield than the usual 80-100km ride from Guelph will allow. For most riders the following routes will get them out to trails and roads that they don’t often ride.

Menno Country 165 leaves GYMC at 7:30.  There will rest stops at Millverton (60km), and St Jacobs (128km). This route will be ridden at G2 pace

Menno Country 90 leaves Yatton Rd. parking lot at 9:00. Rest stop at Milverton (25km). This route will have G2 and G3 pace options.

Load the route you plan to ride on your bike computer if you have one, here’s how. Stay tuned for updates as the date approaches.

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

The Speed Groups on this ride are:

Advanced            G1        25-28   kph average

Intermediate     G2       23-25   kph average

Relaxed     G3       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 7:30 AM or 9:00 AM respectively

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

Start Location: Guelph Youth Music Centre 75 Cardigan St or Yatton Rd. parking lot

Routes for Menno Country 165 and Menno Country 90 below