Gravel Season Closer Ride/Pub Night

It’s looking to be good weather, if a little cold, on Wednesday, Oct 2.  We’ll have our closing ride of the season which will end at Outspoken Brewing.

We will meet at 6:30pm at the disused school on Avery Rd and ride out to Red Rock then back, ending at the brewery.  Map: RideWithGPS.  If there is interest and there looks to be time, we can do a little teaser of one of a) north from Red Rock, b) Pebble Beach trail, or c) Red Rock to Goulais River ATV trail & logging road network.

There will be a C group option to ride as far as the windmills, which will include all the gravel but cut out some of the pavement and much of the climbing.

Bring lights and means to purchase celebratory beer.  We’re expecting a dry night and mild winds, but single-digit temperatures, so dress warm.

End of Season Gravel Ride Postponed

I know it’s not like me at all to postpone a ride due to weather, but I want to do the traditional end-of-season gravel ride (Red Rock and back ending at Outspoken) and feel like we’ll get more of a crowd out for it if we pick a day without lots of rain, so we won’t be holding it on Sep 25.

Stay tuned.  Our end of season celebration may not be on a Wednesday as we chase a good day in among the days of slowly worsening weather.  I’ll try to get the word out at least a couple days before the ride.

No gravel ride Sep 18

I’m sorry, but I won’t be able to host this Wednesday’s gravel ride as I have a whole bunch of bike wrenching to do before this weekend and no other time to do it.  Regular gravel rides will resume Sep 25 and I have a special treat for you all.  The roads we’ll ride that night, you won’t find on the map!

Overnight tour, August 24-25th

Attention SCC Members, there will be an overnight bikepacking adventure on August 24 & 25.
 
This is a self support ride (food, shelter, clothes, your guide will bring a water filtration pump) if you require gear please let us know and we’ll try and help you out.  We will depart from Hiawatha around 9:30am (meet around 9am), the fun starts when we hit the Ranger Lake Hwy; there we can refill our water bottles at a spring and start kicking up dust on the gravel. After a short bit we will turn off the Ranger Lake Hwy and head south towards Carpenter Lake (this road is gravel, jeep tracks, loose rocks,and some ups and downs), somewhere between the turnoff and the lake we can stop for the overnighter; this will not be a fast ride due to terrain and the philosophy of these rides.  The next day we will cycle towards SSM via Hwy 638 and some sides roads, just to make things interesting.  The plan is to return Sunday early afternoon.  
 
Have a look at the route at https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30792235
 
Also check out this article on the Bikepacking website for some tips and ideas on what to expect: https://bikepacking.com/plog/impromptu-bikepacking-overnight/
 

Gravel Series #2 – Echo Bay – Jun 17 @ 7pm

On Monday, we’ll have the second in our summer gravel series.  Meet at the school in Echo Bay for a 7pm start.  The ride will be on a mix of pavement, gravel roads, and doubletrack.

We’ll start with a solid pavement block to get to the best gravel by riding out Church St to get to Pioneer Rd which we’ll follow to Government Rd.  We’re in for a bit of a treat with Laird Hill and then we’ll head out Pumpkin Point Rd to get to our first gravel sector (Porchuck Rd).  We’ll loop back using the paved Reid’s Rd and on to a mix of gravel, paved, more gravel, and then doubletrack on Lakeview Rd.  After the doubletrack, we get spit out into a small residential area which we’ll wind through and end up at Hwy 17B.  After a short trip northwest on some good shoulder, we’ll turn right on Echo River Rd for one of the longest stretches of gravel around.  That’ll spit us back out at the school after a total of 50km.

We should have time to make it back to the school by dusk, but please plan for the unexpected and bring lights.

Route: RidewithGPS