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Saturday Morning Social Ride - Newcastle to Ganaraska - 75km @ 8:30am
Welcome to this specially scheduled east-end Saturday Morning Social Ride (SMSR). If you've ridden either of the two SMSR routes out of Newcastle in prior years, you won't want to miss this opportunity to ride this picturesque region. It is so serene, you'll see more cows than cars. It's the way cycling should be! Inspired by the scenery and tranquility of the “Newcastle to Port Hope” route, this tour promises much of the same, by venturing out to the northern parts of the region. Although the amount of overlap between the two routes has been minimized, the most scenic and least hilly section of the Waterfront Trail has been retained. . . and. . . that part is mostly downhill! As we head north towards the Ganaraska Forest, the scenery becomes dominated by trees/vegetation, hydro wind mills, stables, and a variety of livestock. The route is very isolated within mountainous farmlands where there are absolutely no stores or other facilities of any kind. So make sure to bring your own food and enough water. Please respect your RSVP and arrive on time to stay in good standing. If you are unsure of your attendance or plan to ride on your own, just show up without RSVPing. Don't come if you've been barred! Arrive by no later than 8:00am for a prompt 8:30am departure (or earlier if everyone is present). Please leave home by 7:00am if you are coming from Toronto; before 6:30am from Brampton, Mississauga, Oakville. Directions to the Start Location: Take HWY 401 east until exit 440, (Mill Street / RR #17). Turn right (north) on Mill Street, cross over the 401 and continue for about a half kilometer. Turn right at the second traffic light on Edward. Turn right at the second stop sign on Glass ct. to the end at Newcastle Public School. Or you can turn left if you wish to go to the Tim Hortons before the ride. Note: Keep the above directions close at hand. The GPS directions may still be buggy (by as much as 10km) when numeric coordinates are used rather than a street address. Everything You Need To Know: Distance: 75km. Pace: 22-30km on the flats; overall average of 20-22km. Duration: 5 hours (approx) Terrain: All paved, except maybe in unexpected construction areas. Free Parking: Sufficient at the school parking lot. Map: The map shown in the photo is an approximation. The exact route is determined during the ride. Rest Stop: 30 minutes Clockwise Route: After 47km under some trees off the road. Counter-Clockwise: After 50km in front of a convenience store. Food Options: None to buy; bring your own. Toilets: None available along the route, except within the trees. There is a Tim Hortons 1km up the road from the parking lot. Ride Rules: No riding far ahead. Regrouping at major intersections and all traffic lights is mandatory. Must be a team player because we're all in it together! Skill Level: Intermediate. Not a newbie or endurance ride. Recommended Bike: Road or hybrid. Most riders use road bikes. Mountain bikes not recommended. Bike weight affects rider performance. Helmet: Mandatory! Mechanical Problems: Inadvisable! Check tires, saddle height, and overall bike condition before leaving home. Otherwise arrive 30 minutes earlier for assistance. Scolding rules apply during the ride. :) Relative Workout Ranking: 5 out of 5 compared to other SMSR routes offered from the Halton, Caledon, or Newcastle areas. Waiver: "I agree:"

Newcastle Public School

Glass St. off Edward St. · Newcastle, ON

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    What we're about

    This is an Active Meetup group for those who love to bike. We will have events for:

    - Road Bikers (80km+ rides) and Ride for Heart, Cancer Rides
    - Mountain Bikers (Don Valley Trail, Albion Hills)
    - Trail Bikers (Toronto trails - Humber Valley)

    We love to Bike and we love to fund raise. We can assist you in your Fund Raising efforts (for those who have decided to Fund raise for Ride for Heart, Cure to Conquer Cancer rides and Cycle for Sight Rides). Below are some of the type of bike rides we will organize in this group.

    It depends on the type of ride that will suit your ability and what you are comfortable with; Jacob + Andrew + Brian (Me) --> These are 3 organizers that are comfortable with shorter rides... (35 km , Mid Week Rides) and can cater to people who don't want to go long distances (85km - 100km) and are comfortable with local Toronto trails and bike paths. I know Andrew and Jacob would also like to do some Mountain biking at Albion Hills and Hardwood Hills in which they can arrange/organize and co-ordinate car-pooling and those rides as well.

    We can also organize some Night Rides (we have lights, helmuts) going through Edwards Gardens, Humber Valley , East / West Don that will take us to explore the city of Toronto, ON Demetrius --> Demetrius seems to be comfortable with 65km - 80km road bikes on Saturday or Sunday mornings. He used to organize routes for TBN (Toronto Bicycle Network). He is an excellent organizer/leader and all are welcome to ride with him. He knows road routes outside of the city and seems comfortable to organize longer fitness rides that would more be suited towards road bikers. (I'm interested in getting into longer rides when I get my road bike) :) Jean Yves (J-Y) --> He is a new organizer for our group that suggested interest in organizing rides. Once again, he seems like an experienced rider and he will be like Demetrius but probably organizing some Mid Week or Weekend Rides (road bike rides) in and around the city.

    This is a group for Beginner Bikers as well! I am just learning how to Road Bike and we can arrange carpool rides up to Road Bike destinations. For those who are bike enthusiasts that want to bike, we can always train and teach you!

    The summer has just started! (Correction, Summer is half way done!) Let's start to bike. The season is long lasting from May - November!

    Warm regards,

    Brian Pho

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