Sunday Gravel Ride | Oct 3 @ 9:00am

RIDE CANCELLED: Yeah, big surprise. Hopefully, everyone got out yesterday when the weather was glorious.

As I post this, the weather for this Sunday is looking grim, so this is not likely going to happen. Just in case, here’s this weekend’s combined gravel ride.

We’re supposed to be starting at 11AM this time of year because its typically cold in the morning. Since the overnight temperature isn’t going below 17C, we’ll do this ride at 9AM.

Starting at the Guelph Youth Music Centre, we’ll head out on the Guelph-Goderich trail for a bit before we peel off and head NE towards Bellwood. Mandatory butter-tart stop in Bellwood, then we’ll make our way back to Guelph.

We’ll be doing a combined recreational/intermediate group and will ride at whatever pace the group is comfortable with.

If by some miracle, the weather forecast changes from the expected rain, we’ll ride at 9AM. Either way, check back here for an official go/no-go by 8AM Sunday morning.

Advance sign-up required. Click here: Sunday Gravel Rides. You will have to create an account on Signup.com

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

Start location: The Guelph Youth Music Centre – GYMC

Sunday Gravel Ride | Sept 5, 2021 @ 8:00am

RIDE IS ON!!! It looks kind of dark right now, but it’s going to be a great day for riding!

And now for something a little different…..

SRCC road riders are intimately familiar with the paved roads south and east of Guelph in the Halton region. However, just off the beaten track are a cornucopia of trails and gravel roads you might not be aware of. We’re going to hit a number of fun spots including Robert Edmonson Conservation Area, Halton Agreement Forest and Hilton Falls before we take a slight detour into Campbellville for a mid-ride snack break.

After the break, we’ll backtrack a bit and hit Limehouse Road and keep going after it ends. Then we’ll ride the Snyder Tract, Mountsberg Conservation Area and then back into Guelph the same way we came down, except we’ll ride the trails on the east side of the Eramosa River north of Stone Road.

This is a bit of a longish one, but the temperature should be perfect for riding. Hope to see you all out there!

There are two groups: recreational and intermediate. Both use the same route at different paces. Check the schedule for complete details.

Recreational Gravel: 21-24 km/h average
Intermediate Gravel: 24-26 km/h average

Check back for weather cancellation posted no later than 7:00 AM.

Advance sign-up required. Click here: Sunday Gravel Rides. You will have to create an account on Signup.com

Start time: please be ready to pedal at 8:00 AM

Start location: The Guelph Youth Music Centre – GYMC

Thursday Advanced Rides | August 19th @ 6:00 pm

Note that start time is now 6:00 PM thanks to the unfortunate fact that our days are getting shorter at an ever increasing rate. We should look at the bright side of things. If we lived in the tropics, we’d never be able to ride past 6/7pm. So, there’s that.

The forecast is calling for quite warm temperatures and light winds, which means its a perfect night for a ride. We’ll ride from the library to Hume Road (which is always more fun to ride on the way out than back) and make our way over to 5th Line. The A-Team will continue on to 6th Line to re-enact scenes from Fury Road.

From there, the routes will eventually converge on 4th Line, scoot across Guelph Line and ride back to Arkell via 1st Line and Hume.

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.

Sunday Gravel Ride | August 8, 2021

This is the second annual SRCC Gravel Ride Through K/W. We did this ride almost exactly a year ago with Rich “I Ooze Gravel” Lyle as fearless ride leader. We were riding towards some VERY dark skies, but the weather got scared by our resolve and determination and it stayed clear of us. All the usual trail walkers were scared off by the weather so we were pretty much all alone on the trails. Will we have the same luck this time? Who knows.

We’ll start out on the Guelph-Goderich Trail then head off on some random gravel roads. We’ll hook up with the Grand River Trail through Waterloo. We’ll take a break at the Woodfired Cafe then hit the Walter Bean Trail, including my very favourite segment leading into Bingeman’s Park. We’ll nearly touch Hwy 8, before heading east back to Guelph via Middleblock, Mohawk and the best road in the area – Chilligo Road.

We will be riding on city trails for a good portion, so there may be some heavily trafficked areas. Ride slowly and predictably around people and use your bell if you have one. I don’t, so I typically say things like “DING DING” or “Get the #$@!% out of my way, sheeple!”

There are two groups: recreational and intermediate. Both use the same route at different paces. Check the schedule for complete details.

Recreational Gravel: 21-24 km/h average
Intermediate Gravel: 24-26 km/h average

Check back for weather cancellation posted no later than 7:00 AM.

Advance sign-up required. Click here: Sunday Gravel Rides. You will have to create an account on Signup.com

Start time: please be ready to pedal at 8:00 AM

Start location: The Guelph Youth Music Centre – GYMC

Thursday Advanced Rides | July 22 @ 6:30pm

I spent hours perusing maps, test driving segments and consulting with pro racers to come up with this never-before-seen, no-this-isn’t-a-blatant-rip-off-of-last-Thursday’s-cancelled gem of a ride. This is totally my creation. 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! If you think these routes are somehow familiar, I really don’t know where you are getting that idea. Stop bugging me about it, Matthew.

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.

Wednesday A/B/C 6:30pm: Close to the Solstice (Try-a-Ride)

WEATHER UPDATE: Things are looking good, so RIDE ON!

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That kinda rhymes! We’re nearly at the longest day of the year, which means late sunsets. It also means the days will soon start getting shorter, but ignore that slightly depressing thought. Wednesday’s ride will take us south and east of Guelph, on quiet country roads (do we ride on any other kinds?) We’ll start at the East End Library as is customary. We will split up into 3 groups, and will keep pace with the published range for Wednesday rides:

A-Team: 28-30 km/h (I pity the fool!)
B-Team: 26-28 km/h
C-Team: 24-26 km/h

Both routes take us south until we nearly reach Mohawk Casino. We’ll stop for a few rounds of slots and maybe some horse races, then start making our way up towards home. The A and B groups will ride a slightly longer route that will skirt Eden Mills on my personal favourite road, Ash Street. The C group will skip Eden Mills and avoid the biggest climb (you’re welcome). This is a no-drop ride, but if you are struggling to keep up with the desired group there should be plenty of opportunities to drop back to a slower group. Both routes are pretty straightforward, with limited turns.

Depending on who you believe, the weather is either calling for afternoon showers that should end by 6pm (good!), or potential thunderstorms that turn into showers in the evening (not so good). We’ll make the go/no-go call by 5pm Wednesday.

This is also an official Try-a-Ride offering. If you are not a club member and want to try group riding, then you are absolutely welcome to join us for this ride. Most of the group are nice and don’t bite very hard. Take a moment to read up on the Group Ride Guidelines as well as the Safety & Skills page before showing up so you have an idea on how things work. Don’t worry, we’ll help you out with any questions before, during and after the ride.

A+B Route

C Route