Let’s look at the positive to all this rain, surely the roads will be clear for tomorrow’s ride. A long route has been planned that will take us down toward St George, above Dundas, up through Waterdown and up Cedar Springs home. We will stop in Waterdown and the Copper Kettle for a coffee and a snack.
If anyone wants to shorten this route there is the option to turn off on Safari Road to head home and if anyone is brave enough to make it longer, you can do a hill repeat on Sydenham Road and go down to Dundas. Or head toward Milton and go climb Rattlesnake.
A big thank you to Wilfred for this beautiful route. We rode it last year and loved it. Very scenic. I keep going back to it.
In all honesty, it looks like Saturday is the better cycling day this weekend. Although TWN keeps changing every time I check it, it is going to be cold, damp and windy all day Sunday…it is Mother’s Day anyhow so let’s keep the ride a little shorter.
This route is for both the A Group, who will be averaging 33 km/h or more and will have the safety net of the B Group behind them averaging 29 to 31 km/h.
There is no official coffee stop for this loop as it will be quite chilly and stopping only makes it worse as you warm up and then feel more chilled once you start riding again; however, if people really want, there is the option to take a detour to either the Brown Dog in Waterdown at 57 km or the Flying Monkey in Campbellville at 77 km.
Something different for our first Sunday Mixed ride. A little toodle to Andrew’s Scenic Acres for butter tarts or other baked good of your choice. The wind should be at our back coming home. Come prepared for some good chat and some giggles…emphasis will be on social and fun. Expected pace, for this mixed ride, between 29 to 31 km/h. This ride is officially 90 km from start at library to finish at Arkell.
See you at the library.
A nice, easy paced mid-week ride is on the table for Wednesday afternoon. Let’s hope for good weather and smooth roads for our ride. In saying that, there is some chip seal on Side Road 25 just before Guelph line but at this point, it should be pretty good and nothing to be concerned about.
Pace will be around 28 or 29 km/hour in a nice social paceline where we can spin our legs and take it easy.
Gabhan will also be with us hosting a Try-a-ride for non-members, or people who are interested in checking out the club. So, if you know someone who is contemplating joining SRCC, this is the ride for them!
This is a shorter distance, but please remember your lights and wear brighter colours.
I have been doing a lot of yoga for the past couple of years, practising at home almost every morning. In chatting with a friend of mine, I learned that he has created a series of yoga for cyclist videos with Canadian Cycling Magazine. I say “yoga friend” because I know him originally from going to his studio 14 years ago…he has become a cycling friend too. He is both a wonderful instructor and a crazy strong cyclist.
Anyhow, thought I would share this with the club as it is actually one of the better videos I have used, especially since he focuses on our cycling needs: hips, back, quads, hamstrings, and shoulders.
So, Scott and I have been working together to design a slower paced, social route that will include a medium distance and longer distance for those who want to ride at the 28 to 30 km/h pace. We have created a 120 km route with a stop in St George (which I keep hearing about and need to explore) for coffee and fritters. A shorter, more traditional “medium” route of 85 km has also been created for those who would prefer the traditional SRCC “Medium”… and Scott will turn off early at Safari Road for that one.
If you are looking for long at a FAST pace then Gabhan’s ride will be for you. Our ride will be slower.
The 120 km Route with Fritter Stop
The 85 km Route with stop in Freelton