There are more ways to get out on your bike in the Highlands this summer! Check out some of these great events!
Sun. July 22, 10 am – Stanhope Heritage Cycling Tour
This is an easy 10 km loop leaving from Buttermilk Falls. Great for all ages and levels of experience, the guided heritage ride includes seven points of interest, including a peek inside St Stephen‘s stone church. The tour will take 2 1/2 hours so bring water, wear a helmet, and come prepared to meet new friends. Bring a picnic to enjoy beside the rapids at Buttermilk Falls afterwards. This is an annual event presented by FoRT, Friends of the Rail Trail to celebrate the concentration of heritage in this area of the Haliburton Highlands. The route is shady and fairly level, so it’s almost like a rail trail. For more information contact Pamela Marsales, 705-489-4018
If there are any cyclists interested in mentoring an inexperienced cyclist for this ride, and/or providing the loan of an extra bike and helmet – please contact Pamela.
July 15, 29, Aug 12 – Cross Country Race Series
Sunday Morning Race Series is a XC race event that is 5km to 10km depending on your age category. This race is fun for all the mountain bikers in your family. Breakfast will be available to purchase inside the chalet for spectators and participants during and after the race. $10 fee/race.
10:00am – Registration with a 10:30am Start time. Prizes to follow on deck.
July 25 – 27 – Mountain Bike Skills Camp
These 3 day camps are a great way to learn the basics of cross country, feature and bike park riding as well as learning how to care for and tune your bike. A great way to meet new friends and build your skills. For 8 – 12 yr olds and 13 – 15 yr olds. 10 am – 3 pm each day.
Sat. Aug. 25, 10 am – Sir Sam’s 4 hour Challenge
This is an individual or team event, 2 – 4 riders/team. Averaging 5 km per lap, the 4 hour course is loaded with fast singletrack, interspersed with doubletrack for passing and challenging climbs to separate the pack. Fast riders can expect to come in around 18 minutes, while the average rider should expect lap times of about 25 minutes. The course is enjoyable for all including first-time racers. Prizes in a variety of categories. Registration $25/rider – members, $35/rider – non-members; includes BBQ and great prizes.
Sat. Aug 11 – 4th Annual Minden 150 Bike Tour
Three distance options: 150 km, 70 km and Penny’s Ride, which is up to 40 km (less if you choose). Register on or before July 13 to get the early bird discount. Registration includes a great cycling jersey, on-route food/refreshments, and post-ride meal. Full details at http://www.minden150.ca/2012-registration
July 25, Aug. 4 – Pedal Your Arts
Combining culture with cycling, these day long bike tours stop at various artist studios. For full information visit www.yoursoutdoors.ca
…and just a reminder for this Saturday…
July 14, Bike at the Dahl Forest
9:30am-12pm Dahl Forest Nature Reserve, 1307 Geeza Road
Also, FYI, the Share the Road Cycling Coalition, in partnership with CAA, has just launched a provincial share the road campaign. It will include print ads, radio and digital meda and this tv ad. Have a look!