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Saturday Morning Social Ride - Newcastle to Port Hope - 76km @ 8:30am
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Note: Everything you need to know is in bold print. If anything, just read that and skip everything else.
This event requires a sufficient number of participantsand dry weather conditions during the riding period. Please check the status of the event at 6:30am. Likewise, if you need to cancel your RSVP, please do so before that time. We will be departing on time or earlier if everyone is present.
Please arrive no later than 8:15am for a prompt 8:30am departure (or earlier if everyone is present). Remember, this event starts at Pineview Public School. Do NOT mistakenly go to Stewarttown School.
Come join us for our Saturday Morning Social Ride (SMSR) to the old defunct town of Brookville (aka Haltonville).
The route goes along the quiet country roads of the Halton Hills Greenbelt, where you will see lots of farmlands and serene wilderness.
As the title suggests, this event is a social ride in which we ride together as a group with less focus on speed. However, it is important to note that this is neither a newbie ride (riding less than once a week) nor an endurance ride, and that there is a desired pace this group typically rides at.Moreover, no maps are provided, so it is important to stay in visual proximity of each other. In particular, if the host is out of visual range, you are riding too fast or too slow.
As a group effort to make everyone feel welcome, faster riders are expected to reduce their pace to accommodate slower riders, and to contribute in keeping the group from fragmenting too far apart. This means you must be cognizant of the whereabouts of the host, and resist hijacking the ride by taking others with you. Don't "eat and run" just because you can.
Your participation and consideration of your fellow riders enhances the experience for everybody. Please don't be constrained by time or patience. In short, we're all in it together.
A 15-20 minute refreshment stop is planned after 53kms at the Clover Farms convenience store where there is a mini Country Style doughnut shop.
There are no washroom facilities before Brookville, but there is a portable one behind Pineview School, as well as some opportunities along the wooded areas of the route.
Arrival time back to Pineview Public School should be around 1:15pm (a little under 5 hours after the start).
This event is best suited for those who have a road bike (i.e. with 700mm skinny tires), but can also be done by riders who are strong on hills with a hybrid bike. A mountain bike is not recommended. Remember, the heavier the bike, the more work to climb hills and ride against the wind compared to most riders who have road bikes.
The pace will typically be between 22-30km on the flats with an overall average pace of 20-22km, depending on the winds and the fitness of the group. (This description should be meaningful as a prerequisite for your attendance). That said, this event is for cyclists who have some experience riding similar distances and pace with a group of road-bike cyclists.
No map is provided for this route. However, the map below will give you an idea of what the route looks like. The actual route may be slightly different. Please don't decipher it for the purpose of riding up ahead.
Please ensure you and your bike are fit for the entire distance of the event. Having flat tires and other mechanical problems are not recommended, as you risk being left on your own. Road bike tires should be inflated to[masked] pounds, hybrid tires, 70-85 pounds of pressure.
Please be patient with those delaying the ride with more than one flat or mechanical problem! Consider this unfortunate situation as a photo opportunity to mock and humour the victim.
Please dress appropriately for the heat/cold and other weather conditions. Here are some suggestions:
Do not dress comfortably warm before the start of the ride or you will quickly overheat.
Dress in layers so you can dress down. Bring a bag to put your extra clothing in.
Bring enough water to stay hydrated.
And of course you must wear a helmet (and although not mandated for this event, a bell is required by law).
Directions to Pineview Public School:
Take HWY 401 West to Trafalgar Rd. Go north on Trafalgar for 3.8km until the 5th side road at the second traffic light. Turn right on 5th Side road and into the parking lot of Pineview Public School which is on the southeast corner of Trafalgar and 5th Side Road.
Note: Keep the above directions close at hand. Several people have reported that the GPS directions are incorrect when using the numeric coordinates rather than a street address.
Relative Workout Ranking (based on terrain and distance): 3 out of 5 compared to other SMSR routes offered from the Halton, Caledon, and Newcastle areas.
Disclaimer (the fine print in plain English):
By taking part in this event you agree that:
you will participate at your own risk.
you will release the organizer(s) of any responsibility from injury or other mishaps that may occur.
you will identify any hazards that can endanger your safety; use good judgement for any traffic related decisions you make (irrespective of what other riders do), and take full responsibility for yourself as a consequence of your actions.
you are in good health and fit enough to complete the event in accordance to the requirements outlined in the ride description.
you are proficient in riding a bicycle in accordance with the rules of the road set out by the laws of Ontario.
you understand the inherent risks of riding a bicycle in a group and solo.
you take full responsibility for the operational condition of your equipment.
you will find your own way back to the start location, should you be unable to keep up, get separated from the group, or have a mechanical problem.How to find us:20 minutes from junction of HWY 401/427. Take HWY 401 west, exit at Trafalgar north. At 2nd traffic light, turn right (east) on 5th Side Road and into the parking lot of Pineview Public School on south/east corner.
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