Welcome back everyone! We’re going north for our first Wednesday Intermediate club ride and then south to beautiful downtown Rockwood and Eden Mills. A & B groups please pay extra attention to the right turn onto Ash street (before the stop sign!) in Eden Mills. Lots of good communication up and down the pace line please.
There are two routes: an A & B and a slightly shortened course for the C group (two maps below).
Please remember to maintain a good cohesive social pace line. Riders on the front are the eyes of everyone behind. Further, faster, safer, together.
There are three Social Paceline pace levels for Wednesday, check the schedule for details.
Wednesday A: 28-30 km/h average Wednesday B: 26-28 km/h average Wednesday C: 24-26 km/h average
This ride requires sign-up in advance. Click here: Wednesday Intermediate Ride. Sign-up does require you to create an account on Signup.com.
This ride is open to SRCC members only. If you have not signed up to be a club member, you can do so HERE.
Start of the Wednesday Intermediate Ride is at East End Library, Please be ready to pedal at 6:30pm. Arrive early and ensure you are in the group area that you signed up for – see the map below. A = 28-30 kph B = 26-28 kph C = 24-26 kph
Speed River Cycling Club is partnering with the Guelph Hiking Trail Club in a fundraising campaign to BUILD A BRIDGE over the storm water crossing on the James Street Trail. SRCC members designed and engineered this bridge. Please support by contributing to the campaign. It will help make a vital accessibility improvement to this well-used, natural forest trail in Guelph. This trail is an important link for many of our members getting in and out of town on their gravel bikes or on their MTBs going out to the Arkell Spring Ground trails and back.
The James Street Trail is special! If you don’t know it, it’s a naturalized path along the south side of the Eramosa River, with a central access point one block from Gordon Street. It runs over two kilometres from there to Victoria Road on land owned by the University of Guelph. Keeping the trail accessible to a larger community is significant in preserving the land from sale to developers. It also increases access to the trails along the ridge behind the Turf Grass lands that will be developed in the foreseeable future.
But there’s a serious impediment within the first kilometer of the trail, a storm water crossing that makes it inaccessible to many people and dangerous for all users. It urgently needs a safe crossing.
The Guelph Hiking Trail Club signed a 20-year agreement with the university to manage, improve and insure the James Street Trail for all users. They have negotiated permits from the Grand River Conservation Authority. Our own SRCC members are integral to the fundraising campaign, have successfully secured grants and done the engineering and design. The bridge is a steel beam and wood deck construction with concrete abutments that will last for generations! This is a great opportunity for us to make a contribution in the heart of the city of which we can all be proud. Contribute what you can and we’ll secure a lasting legacy that’s long overdue.
We’re over half-way with the funding for the bridge — please help us get the rest of the way by April 30.
Well here’s one for the record books. The weather for this Sunday is looking good – sunny with a high of 7 – so a gravel riding we will go! But it’s still chilly by usual standards, dress appropriately – a later start at noon should help some.
There will be a snack stop in Elmira – the ‘Local Renaissance’ cafe has been confirmed to be open. Bring cash/card and a mask for that.
If the group splits, we will regroup throughout the ride and no one will be left behind. Try loading the course into your bike computer if you have one. RWGPS has lots of on-line help.
Start time: 12 Noon – Mornings are much colder now!
RIDE CANCELLED – We’ll try this one again next week.
Original Post: The forecast for this Sunday’s Gravel ride is “rain showers or flurries ” – so most likely will not run. Which will give you a chance to sleep in after too many mini Mars bars plus the time change and let you dream of this route running under (what is currently predicted to be) much warmer and better conditions next week.
Cancellation announcement for this ride will be made no later than 10 AM.
There will be a snack stop in Elora. Bring cash/card and a mask for that.
If the group splits, we will regroup throughout the ride and no one
will be left behind. Try loading the course into your bike computer if
you have one. RWGPS has lots of on-line help.