Manitoulin Island Tour, July 19-20th

The Sault Cycling Club will be having a weekend tour on Manitoulin Island July 19 & 20, 2019. 
 
How will you get there: Brad J. is able to take 4 riders and all their gear. The plan is to leave Friday July 19 after work and drive to the Island. The next day we will be on tour enjoying the scenery and food.  If you wish, we can come back on Saturday evening or Sunday morning; truth be told once you see the campsite – you may not want to leave. 
 
The place where we will be staying is an experimental agricultural farm that is completely self-sufficient, and it’s located just outside Little Current; Justin the host often hosts cyclists who pass through. The route is ~110km long, but it can be easily adjusted depending on how we are feeling. Your Touring Director will keep an eye on weather leading up to the weekend. 

Things you will need:

  • A bike
  • Food (I will bring a stove and cooler)
  • Rain gear 
  • Panniers are not necessarily needed but could be useful
  • Sleep system (tent, sleeping pad and bag)

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out. GPX and campsite location will be released shortly. Please let us know if you are interested in attending. 

Cheers, 

Brad

Ride Don’t Hide, Sunday, June 23rd

This weekend be sure to check out this great event from the Canadian Mental Health Association, Donate to a good cause, enjoy a tasty BBQ, ride your bike 5, 25, 50 or 100km, the last two with an OPP escort!

Registration is $40, which includes Lunch and some swag, and is waived if you fundraise more than $100

Check out the website and register at https://ridedonthide.com/ 

And check out the local event on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/599208797254834/

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

Summer Solstice Bikepacking Adventure, June 21st

Come out for a short overnighter on Friday June 21, and celebrate the Summer Solstice. This ride is 50km (100km total) of gravel with some pavement. This is a self-supported tour (bring your own food and shelter); if you need gear let us know and we’ll help you out. 

We’re meeting at 785 Highway 17 North around 5:30pm, and will be departing at 6:00pm. We will be back early Saturday afternoon. 

Please feel free to ask any questions. 

Hope to see you there. 

Cheers, 

Brad 

Check out this article for some more information on what to expect and what to bring

May 22 Road Ride

Well, I had planned for the hill climb this week, but, sadly, the weather is looking kind of dismal and, although I will gladly ride in the rain, I won’t bring the laptop out. So the hill climb is postponed, but like I said, I’d still like to ride.

We will still meet tomorrow, May 22 at McMeeken Arena at 7 and ride bikes.

I’ve kindly stolen one of Dan’s routes from last year that will at least give the A-B riders some climbing. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27443076

As far as the B-C riders, we will follow a shortened version of the ride as decided by the group.