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

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

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

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

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

Bringing lights is always a good idea.

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

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

The three Advanced Speed Groups on this ride are:

Hammerfest   R1       35-40 kph average plus some surges

Very Fast         R2       32-35 kph average

Fast                 R3       30-32 kph average

GCC members only. To become a member join HERE

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

Start Time: please be ready to pedal at 6:00 PM

Start Location: East End Library at Starwood and Watson

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

Route: The R1 Speed Group will follow this map:

Route: The R2 & R3 Speed Groups will follow this map:

Thursday Advanced Road Ride | Sept 1 6:00PM

Welp, its the penultimate Thursday road ride and its going to be a banger of an evening. We’re going to do a classic NE route out of town on roads that should be pretty quiet. R1 will do a bit of a bonus on Ash Street and Indian Trail. Bringing lights is always a good idea, but especially for tonight. We’re going to be pushing the limits of daylight, so speed is of the essence (but I don’t have to tell any of you that).

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

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

The three Advanced Speed Groups on this ride are:

Hammerfest   R1       35-40 kph average plus some surges

Very Fast         R2       32-35 kph average

Fast                 R3       30-32 kph average

GCC members only. To become a member join HERE

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

Start Time: please be ready to pedal at 6:00 PM

Start Location: East End Library at Starwood and Watson

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

Route: The R1 Speed Group will follow this map:

Route: The R2 & R3 Speed Groups will follow this map:

CANCELLED Thursday Advanced Road Ride | August 25th, 6.00 PM

Update: With a severe thunderstorm watch still in place, a tornado warning on the go and some really annoying persistent rain happening right now I am going to cancel the official Thursday Advanced ride. It might clear up later, but on the other hand Environment Canada might issue a “severe hail of frogs” warning. Who knows! Stay dry, and looking forward to seeing you on one of our Sunday rides this weekend.

Although the weather forecast is not looking too promising for tonight’s ride, we are nothing if not optimistic here at GCC. Check back here for an update no later than 5pm. Like the Intermediate group, we will be revisiting the Watsonberg and taking a fresh look at some classic roads. If we are able to ride, don’t forget your lights. September is just around the corner… 🍁🍁🍁🍁

The three Advanced Speed Groups on this ride are:

Hammerfest   R1       35-40 kph average plus some surges

Very Fast         R2       32-35 kph average

Fast                 R3       30-32 kph average

GCC members only. To become a member join HERE

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

Start Time: please be ready to pedal at 6:00 PM

Start Location: East End Library at Starwood and Watson

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

R1 / R2 Route

R3 Route

Thursday Advanced Road Ride | August 4th, 6:30 pm

The radar is clear, and the ride is on! Roads may be a bit damp, but you were planning to wash your bike tomorrow anyway, right? We’ll head out to scenic Dublin Line tonight, with the R1 group getting an extra loop around Eden Mills. Bringing lights is always a good idea. **Route update: we’ll detour down to SR 10 to avoid construction on SR 15, adding a short gravel section**

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, except for the R3 group, which will not be combined.

The three Advanced Speed Groups on this ride are:

Hammerfest   R1       35-40 kph average plus some surges

Very Fast         R2       32-35 kph average

Fast                 R3       30-32 kph average

GCC members only. To become a member join HERE

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

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

Start Location: East End Library at Starwood and Watson

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

Route: The R1 Speed Group will follow this map:

Route: The R2 & R3 Speed Groups will follow this map:

Thursday Advanced Road Ride | July 28, 6:30 pm

The advanced groups head out to Maryhill tonight, and if the forecast holds we should have a nice tailwind back into town. The routes are on the long side, but in the unlikely (!?!) event of mechanicals, etc., the rides can be shortened at any point after Chilligo Rd. There is one extended gravel section just before we get to Maryhill. The route turns right at Speedvale and Elmira to avoid a road closure on Speedvale. The official ride ends suspiciously close to Fixed Gear. 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, except for the R3 group, which will not be combined.

The three Advanced Speed Groups on this ride are:

Hammerfest   R1       35-40 kph average plus some surges

Very Fast         R2       32-35 kph average

Fast                 R3       30-32 kph average

GCC members only. To become a member join HERE

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

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

Start Location: East End Library at Starwood and Watson

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

Route: The R1 Speed Group will follow this map:

Route: The R2 & R3 Speed Groups will follow this map:

Thursday Advanced Road Ride | July 14 6:30pm

We’ve tacked on some extra Ks to the DNR route that ran a couple of weeks ago. This route has a small one block section heading north on Downey – single file along there. And we have a small detour through a Ward 4 Burb because of the Speedvale closure.

R2 & R3 lets focus on gentle accelerations to reduce surging. If you’re behind someone who does sprint up, don’t chase them. We’ve seen this in traffic jams, don’t be that person.

Bringing lights is always a good idea.

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

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

The three Advanced Speed Groups on this ride are:

Hammerfest   R1       35-40 kph average plus some surges

Very Fast         R2       32-35 kph average

Fast                 R3       30-32 kph average

GCC members only. To become a member join HERE

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

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

Start Location: East End Library at Starwood and Watson

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

Route: The R1 Speed Group will follow this map:

Route: The R2 & R3 Speed Groups will follow this map:

Thursday Advanced Road Ride | July 7, 6:30 PM

A new way to look at an old friend? Sure, Thursday rides often begin heading south up Watson towards Arkell, but how many times do they end that way as well? An uphill finish and a change of pace. Be sure to keep an eye out for traffic and take care at the roundabout crossing Hwy 7 on the home stretch.

For riders looking for a nice, solid group that stays together on the flats and up the climbs, R3 is for you! If you’ve been riding R4 and would like to try something new or if you’ve been looking for a bunch of like-minded Thursday night riders, this one is for you. The R3 group will not be combined with R2 regardless of numbers so when you sign up for it you can be confident knowing what kind of ride you are going to be getting.

Bringing lights is always a good idea.

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

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

The three Advanced Speed Groups on this ride are:

Hammerfest   R1       35-40 kph average plus some surges

Very Fast         R2       32-35 kph average

Fast                 R3       30-32 kph average

GCC members only. To become a member join HERE

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

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

Start Location: East End Library at Starwood and Watson

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

Route: The R1 & R2 Speed Groups will follow this map:

Route: The R3 Speed Group will follow this map:

Thursday Advanced Road Ride | June 16, 6:30 pm

Its time to make an Eastwards push out towards Limehouse, with the R1 and R2 groups getting the chance to take on the Quarry Climb. It was great to see an R3 group get together last Thursday. Let’s try to keep up that momentum: if you’re a rider looking for a solid 30-32 kph ride without surges and regrouping after hills, the R3 group is for you! Guaranteed good times.

I expect it to be a hot, humid ride tomorrow so make sure to bring two full bottles. Lights as well! Rides depart the East End Library at 6:30pm.

The three Advanced Speed Groups on this ride are:

Hammerfest   R1       35-40 kph average plus some surges

Very Fast         R2       32-35 kph average

Fast                 R3       30-32 kph average

GCC members only. To become a member join HERE

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

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

Start Location: East End Library at Starwood and Watson

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

R1 / R2 Route

R3 Route

Thursday Advanced Road Ride | June 9, 6:30 pm

Calling all R3 riders! Are you looking for a solid 30-32 km/h ride without surges and with regrouping after hills? Join us this Thursday for a rolling tour through Oustic, Everton, Rockwood and Eden Mills. The R1 and R2 groups get a bonus loop (and a bonus climb!). Rides leave from the East End Library at 6:30pm. Be sure to bring lights. Disclaimer: The R3 group will not be combined with any other group.

The three Advanced Speed Groups on this ride are:

Hammerfest   R1       35-40 kph average plus some surges

Very Fast         R2       32-35 kph average

Fast                 R3       30-32 kph average

GCC members only. To become a member join HERE

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

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

Start Location: East End Library at Starwood and Watson

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

Route: The R1 and R2 Speed Groups will follow this map:

Route: The R3 Speed Group will follow this map:

Thursday Advanced Road Ride | May 12, 6:30 PM

Summer is here (for now)! The advanced groups will head out towards Cambridge and circle back up Victoria Rd. The roads should be nice and quiet, with the exception of Townline, where we’ll go single file. Be sure to bring lights. Disclaimer: Depending on rider turn out, some Speed Groups may have to be combined.

The three Advanced Speed Groups on this ride are:

Hammerfest   R1       35-40 kph average plus some surges

Very Fast         R2       32-35 kph average

Fast                 R3       30-32 kph average

GCC members only. To become a member join HERE

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

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

Start Location: East End Library at Starwood and Watson

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

Thursday Advanced Rides | September 9th @ 6:00 pm

*** Post ride Gathering at Fixed Gear Brewing (20 Alma St) ***

It will be chilly for this ride. Bring your warm kit and blinky lights! Sunset is 7:45. I have shamelessly borrowed Mathew’s route from last week and I shortened the A & B/C rides. If time is really an issue we can cut the B/C ride further at Moffat. I have shortened the A ride less and that group can ride really fast to get home on time or shorten in the bottom of the route as they see fit. Anyone shed from the A group can shortcut to get back on with the B/C if they are dropped in the extended part of the route.

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Rides start in the parking lot of the East End Library at the corner of Starwood and Watson. See the map above for the meeting point for your group.

Advance sign-up for these rides is required. Click HERE to reserve your spot.

This ride is open to SRCC members only. If you have not signed up to be a club member, you can do so HERE.

Thursday Advanced Rides | September 2nd @ 6:00 pm

While the calendar page might have turned and arm warmers become more and more of a thing we still have enough daylight to squeeze in some weekday fun! At least for now… Boo. This southerly route carries on the now-familiar “avoid the chipseal” theme and as a special gift to those riding tonight we go down rather than up 1st line into Eden Mills. It is a little more distance than the last few Thursdays but should get us home well before the sets.

Advance sign-up for these rides is required. Click HERE to reserve your spot.

This ride is open to SRCC members only. If you have not signed up to be a club member, you can do so HERE.

Rides start in the parking lot of the East End Library at the corner of Starwood and Watson. See the map below for the meeting point for your group.

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RIDE CANCELLED Thursday advanced ride: August 26, 6:00 pm

A severe thunderstorm watch for tonight means that the official club ride cannot run. However, the radar currently looks clear, so anyone who wants to ride unofficially (no ride leaders or strict pace groups) can meet at the library for 6:00 pm.

This route gives us a little taste of both north and south roads while minimizing chip seal. I’m sure the A group has been missing climbing Watsonberg on Tuesday nights, so they’ll be reunited tonight.

There’s a section of construction on Main Street in Rockwood between Harris and Frederick Street, but it is short and we can get by on the sidewalk. Not enough to deter us from the surrounding smooth roads!

We have three pace groups on Thursdays:

Thursday A: 35+ km/h average
Thursday B: 32-35 km/h average
Thursday C: 30-32 km/h average

This ride is open to SRCC members only. If you have not signed up to be a club member, you can do so HERE.

As with all club rides, club members must also sign up in advance, which can be done here

Be ready to pedal at 6:00 PM from the East End Library at the corner of Starwood and Watson. We are starting earlier with the shorter days! Bike lights are always a good idea regardless.

Thursday Advanced Rides | August 12th @ 6:30 pm

This route quickly became one of my favourites after having ridden it for the first time a couple of years ago. It has a little something for everyone: a power climb and a punchy climb sandwiching a nice smooth flat section along 7th line. We then head up the Sammon Run in Rockwood before finishing up through Eden Mills and Arkell. The A group gets a *little* bit of extra distance but avoid the now chip-sealed climb on 4th line. It should be a fun one for all concerned.

I’m going to keep an eye on the weather throughout the day but if the ride goes ahead, which I hope it does, it is going to be a hot one! Remember to fill your bottles and stay hydrated.

Advance sign-up for these rides is required. Click HERE to reserve your spot.

This ride is open to SRCC members only. If you have not signed up to be a club member, you can do so HERE.

Rides start in the parking lot of the East End Library at the corner of Starwood and Watson. See the map below for the meeting point for your group.

Thursday Advanced Rides | July 29 @ 6:30pm

UPDATE: Radar looks clear, might be a little windy, but nothing we can’t handle. Ride is on. As seems to be a theme whenever I lead a ride, weather does not look great. Final call will be made by 5:30 pm.

For tomorrow we will go back to simpler times when tires were 23’s at 110psi, discs were for MTB and 10 speeds were more than enough. These roads were club staples but seem to have fallen out of favour. As always the A group has some extra fun tacked on, in another rarely used road.

Groups will ride at the following paces:

Thursday A: 35+ km/h average
Thursday B: 32-35 km/h average
Thursday C: 30-32 km/h average

Advance sign-up for these rides is required. Click HERE to reserve your spot.

This ride is open to SRCC members only. If you have not signed up to be a club member, you can do so HERE.

Rides start in the parking lot of the East End Library at the corner of Starwood and Watson. See the map below for the meeting point for your group.

CANCELLED Thursday Advanced Rides | July 15th @ 6:30 pm

UPDATE #2: Severe thunderstorm watches from Environment Canada and official club rides do not mix well. It’s possible that things will stay clear and you might be able to muscle your way through the 50kph winds this evening on a solo ride, but there will be no grand depart from the East End Library today.

Having spent the past week poring over ancient texts trying to figure out how to appease the Sumerian weather god Hadad, I think that we have an excellent shot at a good night for riding [turns out I was wrong about this…]. The B & C groups will do a nice loop out on SR 15, down Dublin line and back through Eden Mills with a final push up Arkell. The A group will loop back for a little extra distance and a second serving of the Eden Mills climb!

Groups will ride at the following paces:

Thursday A: 35+ km/h average
Thursday B: 32-35 km/h average
Thursday C: 30-32 km/h average

Advance sign-up for these rides is required. Click HERE to reserve your spot.

This ride is open to SRCC members only. If you have not signed up to be a club member, you can do so HERE.

Rides start in the parking lot of the East End Library at the corner of Starwood and Watson. See the map below for the meeting point for your group.