June 21 & 22: Get ready for the longest ride of the year on the longest day of the year! Departing Toronto bright and early on Saturday morning we’ll head east to Kingston following much of the Waterfront Trail. We’ll spend the evening in Kingston and then head back to Toronto on Sunday.

Riders are responsible for their meals, accommodation in Kingston, and their return transportation. Train and bus service runs regularly from Kingston to Toronto. As well there are lots of rental car and van options. Or better yet, encourage your family and/or friends to make the drive down on Saturday to cheer on our arrival, and then make the leisurely Sunday drive back to Toronto. (There is an option to get a ride back to Toronto with the club. We have rented a 12 passenger van – the cost will be shared equally between all passengers. First-come, first-served.)

We suggest that riders book rooms at The Ambassador Hotel & Conference Centre.

During the ride a support vehicle will meet us at two predetermined stops. The support vehicle will transport a small backpack for each rider carrying a change of clothes and any basic necessities.

The support vehicle will transport your bike back to Toronto.

Cost per rider is $40. This covers the support vehicle and the transport of your bike back to Toronto. Any surplus will be donated.

This is a group ride, not a race. We will ride as a group, working together to finish together.

Mother Nature decided that rain, and a south wind would be the perfect companions for the event. The rain we could’ve done without but the south wind was helpful on the northbound leg of the ride. ECC members met in south Etobicoke at 5:30am before riding along the Martin Goodman trail to the start line at The Ex. At this early hour it looked like we might avoid the rain but by time we made it to York Mills the rain had started to fall. With a lot of force. It made the southbound riding a bit more challenging but it didn’t slow us down, nor dampen our spirits.

We regrouped at the Bayview/Bloor turnaround and rode the balance of the ride pretty much as a group. We finished the ride much earlier this year than last year – a testament to our improved fitness, riding skills, and new members.

San Remo. Milan – San Remo.
8am: Saturday, March 16
Sticking to the tried and tested route, we’ll start with a coffee at San Remo before heading uphill and north to Milan. At Milan we turnaround and take a more direct route back to the bakery.

Steaming Nostril: Waterloo Cycling Club
11am: Sunday, March 24
A brand new event for the 2013 season! Cyclocross, mountain bikes, single speeds and hybrid bikes are recommended. The 65km course consists of 55% farm and dirt roads, 40% rail trail and 5% paved road. The course is a loop route that starts and ends at Lions Hall in Elmira.
Details at: cyclewaterloo.com/steaming-nostril

Paris – Ancaster
8am: Sunday, April 14
The 20th annual spring classic. Head on down to Ancaster to support ECC riders as they tackle the new, longer and more challenging course. Details online at ParisAncaster.com.

Danish Ride
8am: Saturday, May 4
A longer, more challenging route is set for the second edition of the Danish Ride. Extra hills are needed to burn off the scrumptious treats that await us at the turnaround point.

Ride For Heart
6am: Sunday, June 2
Join the fun and raise money for Heart & Stroke research. Or click here to donate online to support an ECC Rider.

Ride To Conquer Cancer
Saturday & Sunday – June 8 & 9
Join the fun and raise money for cancer research at Princess Margaret Hospital. Or click here to donate online to support an ECC Rider.

Centurion: Horseshoe Valley
Saturday & Sunday – June 15 & 16

Centurion: Blue Mountain
Saturday & Sunday – September 14 & 15

Wow. We had an incredible adventure – faced with cold, wind, snow and slush. We set off from San Remo and headed north. The first three kilometres or so were fine, and then the snow started. The further north we rode the heavier the snow became. When we entered the park path system the route was completely covered in snow. Another 500 metres or so and it became unsafe to ride, and barely passable on foot!

We had to change the route and took Albion over to Martin Grove instead of the path. This was by far the safer route but not nearly as much fun.

At the winery we enjoyed a couple of sample glasses of wine while we dried out and warmed up. The ride from Milan back to San Remo was just as treacherous, and more slushy than the outbound leg.

Check the photos on our Facebook page by clicking here.

And check this video from the Team Sky car at todays official Milan – San Remo bike race. It’s hard to tell who’s got it worse – the pros or us?!?!

Hey gang,

It’s time to get together off the bikes, out of the spandex, and in the warm confines of a local pub. Watch your inbox for a club email with details of the next pub night.

And if you’ve got suggestions on how to improve our pub nights, where to hold it, etc, please let us know.

Thanks,

Chris

You should go for a ride today!

Now that was a terrific weekend – I hope everyone enjoyed it! The Amgen Tour of California wrapped up another terrific race with Robert Gesink of Rabobank taking the overall GC. Over in Italy Ryder “Weight Of A Nation” Hesjedal is battling with Joaquin Rodriguez for the Maglia Rosa in the Giro.

Wednesday: A few ECC riders are meeting at 6pm for a 50k ride starting at Lower Base Line and 6th Line.
Thursday: Meet at 5:45am at Lakeshore and Royal York for a 25 – 30k ride through Etobicoke.
Friday: Meet at 5:45am in front of Campbell’s Soup on Birmingham for ECC South Loop repeats.
Saturday: 6:30am at Royal York and Lakeshore for a 90 minute tear out to the Ford Plant and back.
Sunday: 7:00am at Royal York and Lakeshore or 7:15am at Humbertown for a 50k or so ride up to the airport.

Ride Events This Season

So far we have confirmed ECC riders taking part in the two Vitess Gran Allenamento rides, and the Blue Mountain Centurion. If you’re interested in participating please reply via email so we can connect all of the riders – carpooling, accomodations, meals, etc.

** Note the corrected date for the Vitess Gran Allenamento on September 9.

It’s a wonderful time to be a cycling fan as we’ve got two world class bike races taking place right now… and for the first time both of them are being broadcast in High Definition in Canada. The wonderful folks at Sportsnet are showing every stage of both races on their network of channels.

Both races feature world class riders and teams best known from their appearances in Le Tour de France.

Hello riders,

A number of Club members are participating in the 2012 Ride To Conquer Cancer, and could use your support. For those who have already donated – thank you.

For those of you who haven’t – here’s your opportunity. Our team – “IMAX powered by Cannondale” is holding a fundraising event on May 4 at Vue (overlooking Royal Woodbine Golf Course). Tickets are $10 – and all proceeds go to the team fundraising account.

Please let me know how many tickets you’d like and we’ll connect. Or you can make a direct donation to the team or specific team member by clicking here.

Thank you.

Chris