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Group Rides

Description of Barrie Cycling Club Group Rides

BCC hosts a variety of road rides for people of different riding abilities and fitness levels. 

 

“Average pace” is the average of the variety of different riding speeds that occur during each of the distance outlined.  This includes slowly going through town, stopping at stop signs, slowing at corners, as well as much higher paces along the flats and even higher speed going down hills.  It is better to first try a slower paced group level then gradually move up when you are confident you can keep pace with the next group.  Safety, as well as having fun on a bike, is the priority of the BCC. 

 

An adult (parent, guardian, sponsor) must be on the same group ride to supervise and be responsible for any youth under the age of 16.

 

Ride Cancellation Policy here

 

Monday morning “Eez into Monday”:

Johnson’s Beach Parking Lot starting point- 9:00 am rollout start (arrive by 8:45 am):

Average pace 22-25 km/h; about 50 km. Group riding experience is needed.  Please first go to the Wednesday evening “Learn to Group Ride” nights to get experience group riding, even if you are a strong bike rider.   To park at Johnson’s Beach parking lot, you will need a parking pass for Barrie residents. For non-Barrie residents, either pay (you can use Hotspot app) or park at No Frills.

Tuesday Evening Group Rides – "The Main Event":

East Bayfield Recreation Centre parking lot starting point
(in the corner by Livingstone St. and Stanley St.), 6:030 pm departure

Note:
New end point: postbox in front of the Calvary Church at 2418 5/6 Sideroad, Oro-Medonte; Return to start by continuing straight on to Georgian Dr., right turn on to Cundles Rd E, and then right turn on to Livingstone St E. to East Bayfield Rec Centre.

 

Group riding experience needed.  Please first go to the Wednesday evening “Learn to Group Ride” nights to get experience group riding, even if you are a strong bike rider.  

Group A:  average pace 34 km/h+; 60-85 km – drop ride
Group B1:  average pace 32-34 km/h; 60-85 km – no drop ride until Ridge Road, but plenty of  "hot spots"
Group B2:  average pace 29-32km/h; 60-85 km – no drop ride until Ridge Road, but plenty of "
hot spots"

Group C: average pace 26-29 km/h; 60-75 km– no drop ride, some "hot spots"
Group D: average pace 24-26km/h; 50-60 km– no drop ride

April 30 - 6:00 pm start until dusk (arrive by 5:45);
May 21 – August 27 - 6:30 pm start until dusk (arrive by 6:15);
September 6:00 pm start until dusk

Wednesday Evening "Learn to Group Ride" / "Wandering Wednesday Social & Recovery Ride"

 - 1st Line of Oro Rail Trail Parking Lot starting point 
No group riding experience needed.  This is the place to learn how to ride in a group or just come out and enjoy a social recovery ride . A road bike, in good working condition, is recommended.  A helmet and a rear bike light is required. 6:30 pm start. Average pace 20- 24 km/h 

 

Starting off at about 30 km and gradually building mileage throughout the summer.

Thursday Morning “Sunrise Group Ride” - Johnson’s Beach Parking Lot starting point

Group riding experience needed.  Please first go to the Wednesday evening “Learn to Group Ride” nights to get experience group riding, even if you are a strong bike rider.  

6:00 am start. Average pace 30-32 km/h; about 50 km depending on available daylight.

To park at Johnson’s Beach parking lot, you will need a parking pass for Barrie residents. For non-
Barrie residents, either 
pay (you can use Hotspot app) or park at No Frills. 

We are typically back at Johnson’s Beach by 7:30-7:35 am. Average speed is 30-32ish - and that is a good solid effort considering it is uphill for the first half.

There are two ‘escape routes’ from Line 1:

  • Short: Old Barrie Road over to Line 2 

  • Mid: 31/32 Side road over to Line 2

With each escape route you would take the same route back into town - this would allow a ‘catch up’ by the main pack and possibly finish as a group.

Thursday Morning “Seasoned Social Ride” - Sunnidale Park start (unless change announced)

Group riding experience needed.  Please first go to the Wednesday evening “Learn to Group Ride” nights to get experience group riding, even if you are a strong bike rider.  

9:00 am start

Average pace 28 km/h; 50 -150 km; gradual build in distance over the season. 

Saturday Gravel Rides - Sunnidale Park start (unless change announced)

Group riding experience needed.  Please first go to the Wednesday evening “Learn to Group Ride” nights to get experience group riding, even if you are a strong bike rider.  

9:30 am start

Average pace 21-24km/hr; 40-80km

Sunday Morning Social Coffee Ride - Meridian Place Start (unless change announced)

Group riding experience needed.  Please first go to the Wednesday evening “Learn to Group Ride” nights to get experience group riding, even if you are a strong bike rider.

9 am start

Average pace 26-30 km/hr; 75-120 km

The Sunday Social ride location will vary each week as will the average speed.  The speed will be determined by the available ride leader each week.  We are trying to provide Sunday group rides that suit all paces each month.  The details of the ride will be included in the weekly Ride Status on the website and on our Facebook page. 

Women's Rides – held the 4th Saturday of each month (see calendar for details):

Group riding experience needed.  Please first go to the Wednesday evening “Learn to Group Ride”
nights to get experience group riding, even if you are a strong bike rider.

9:00 am start

Average pace 24-26 km/hr; 60-80 km

Start location and route to be determined by the ride leader
​The details of the ride will be included in the weekly Ride Status on the website and on our Facebook page.

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