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  • May 10, 2017 3:51 PM | Mitch Hall (Administrator)
    When it's over 30 degrees on a Monday night ride, we'll have free freezies for everyone. Have a cold one on the club.
  • May 01, 2017 10:43 AM | Mitch Hall (Administrator)

    Cancelled rides will be shown at the top of the CCC home page. We'll also tweet the cancellation. Usually we decide within 2-5 hours of the ride start while we monitor the precipitation radar. If you show up to a cancelled ride, there will be no ride leaders or sweepers so you are on your own.

  • April 19, 2017 1:14 PM | Mitch Hall (Administrator)

    Gov't wants some feedback about the large network of rail trails and road links. Cool map shown.

    http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/province-wide-cycling-network.shtml

  • February 27, 2017 1:32 PM | Mitch Hall (Administrator)

    Erin Trails

    Randy Stewart recently sold his property in Erin and the new owners are OK with bike trails existing on their property. That is a big relief.

    Randy has also resigned as manager of the Erin trails and the club would like to thank him for all his hard work and vision. Everyone who’s helped build and maintain this property should be very proud of their contribution to the local MTB community.

    The club will continue to work with the Erin property owners to reassure them of our responsible trail usage, on-going maintenance, and the insurance coverage we provide them with. We’ll be meeting with the land owners in the spring and hopefully our members can continue to enjoy the Erin trails for many years to come.

     

    Wendy Retires as RCO

    Wendy Wilson has retired as Ride Control Officer (RCO) for our Monday night rides. We’ll be sad not to have her organizing the rides, but she’ll still be doing clinics and other events. We’re looking for a new person to resume her duties. The new RCO should be a regular Monday rider with experience in leading rides. (Cowbell experience not required.) Contact us here if you’re interested in becoming RCO.

     

    Albion Trail Signs

    Last summer Mitch and Leigh met with four employees of the TRCA at the Albion chalet. They needed the club’s input while assigning difficulty levels to the trails. This year signage will be installed using ski-like symbols – double diamond, etc.

    The TRCA used a ‘baby carriage’ to measure the trail difficulty. Inside the carriage is a gyroscope, GPS and inclinator. The various devices determine the trail length and grade. Obstacle locations and heights are recorded by the operator along with trail width and trail surface (sandy, gravel, rocks). Bridges, big features, and rocks are also considered when assigning difficulty. After the computer assigned numeric difficulty ratings, the trail riders used their experience to decide the final rating. The 'baby carriage' was amazingly good at its ability to rate the trail.

    In other Albion news, the Tea Cup is being closed as it is not sustainable due to erosion. While the Tea Cup is a fun and technical ride, it can be a little uncomfortable and many riders tend to bypass it.

    Albion will be building an amphitheatre and boardwalk where the pond used to be.

     

    Charities

    Last year the club donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters. We gave them $1,000 to buy new bikes for underprivileged kids in Brampton. Brampton Cycling Club and CHC were also donors. It was great to contribute to a local charity and to have a bicycle-related theme was a bonus. We look forward to doing more of this in 2017.

     

    Club Jerseys - revised design coming

    The clubs is ordering more jerseys and we're reverting to the original jersey design with a few minor changes. We’re using Louis Garneau as the supplier since they’ve always provided us with good quality and an excellent fit. Blue and pink versions will be available. View the jersey designs here. Blue. Pink.

     

    Bike Show

    The club is exhibiting at this year’s bike show in Toronto from March 3rd to 5th at the Better Living Building. If you’re at the show make sure to visit us in booth #554. Thanks to all the people helping at our booth - John Island, Ben VandeCamp, Wayne Noble, Susanne Biasutto, Andre Thibault, Julie Holmes, Dave Grosse, Mitch Hall, Dan and Nancy Rowland.

     

    Palgrave Changes

    Joe and crew continue their work expanding and re-routing the Palgrave trails. The southern trails will have about 1 km added and they’ll be made into several distinct loops rather than one long ride. The loops will make it easier to get out of the forest if you’re tired or hurt. Directional arrows will be installed to make most of the trails one-way. This will make it safer and it will change the flow of the ride as some of the existing trail heads will be closed or moved. This map shows the proposed changes, but it can be difficult to interpret. The highlighted sections indicate new or existing trails. The unhighlighted sections in the southern part will be closed.

     

    Social Committee

    Our social committee includes Kathy Sutton, Shannon Tucker and Margaret Law. They have already planned the events for the 2017 season. Some highlights include a Buckwallow weekend in August, more pub hikes, a road ride lunch at the Cider Tree, and a pedal paddle with apple pie ….. whatever that is.

     

    Club Plans

    The club execs are working on several things this year. We are writing a constitution that describes the club’s philosophy, policies and procedures. This will make it easier when new execs are voted in to office. We’re also having club elections at the end of the 2017 season.

    We’re creating a ride leader program to ensure our leaders are trained in ride rules and are prepared for emergencies.

     

    Fun Facts - Palgrave

    In the 1800’s Palgrave was called Buck’s Town. It was named after the local tavern keeper. When the post office opened in 1869, the name was changed to honour Sir Palgrave – an English poet. The name change was ‘imposed’ on the community.

    Author Farley Mowat used to live in Palgrave during the 1950’s.

    The original Disney version of “The Incredible Journey”, which follows the adventures of two dogs and a cat, was filmed in Palgrave during the sixties.

     

    Pro Tip

    Look where you want to go, and not where you don’t want to go. If you stare down a rock or pothole you want to avoid, chances are you will run right into it. Stay focused on the trail 10 feet in front of you and keep your pedals level …… to avoid clipping that rock.

     

    Upcoming Events

    Toronto Bike Show – March 3-5. Visit the CCC booth #554.

    Membership Drive at The Shop – Sign up in person at Caledon Hills Cycling in Inglewood. A club rep will be there every Saturday 11 am to 4 pm. March 11 to April 29.

    Rail Trail Warm Up Ride – Inglewood to Caledon East with a stop for coffee and snacks. Sat Apr 22.

    Spring BBQ  -  Sunday, April 30. You must RSVP to attend.

    24 Hour Race at Albion – June 24/25.

     

    Ontario Cups and other MTB events – mark your calendars.

    April 23- O Cup

    May 7- O Cup

    May 13- 8 Hour Race

    May 27- Single Track Challenge

    June 11- O Cup

    June 18- O Cup

    June 24/25- 24 Hour Race

    July 9- O Cup

    July 15- 8 Hour Race

    July 29- O Cup

    August 27- O Cup

    September 23- 8 Hour Race

    Today's Image.

    Fear not. Spring's coming.



  • February 27, 2017 8:41 AM | Mike Morten (Administrator)

    Please use caution when parking your car in the Duffy's Lane parking lot at Palgrave. A club member's car had the passenger window smashed on the weekend in an attempted smash and grab. This was in broad daylight!

    It is a good idea not to leave valuables in your car whenever you go riding.

  • January 31, 2017 11:07 AM | Mitch Hall (Administrator)

    Our MTB friends at Team Van Go have asked us to comment on the proposed recreation plan for Dufferin County Forest. This plan will be in effect for the next 20 years. You can view the plan here:

    Your positive comments are important to ensure we maintain the current trail conditions in DCF. Perhaps you'd like to see separate trails for each user group. There is also a proposal to introduce motorcycle racing just north of the Main Tract where we ride.

    For more information and for instructions on commenting, please visit the Team Van Go website here.

  • January 12, 2017 8:45 PM | Mitch Hall (Administrator)

    The Region of Peel is developing a Sustainable Transportation Strategy (STS) to help build a transportation system that is safe, efficient, and healthy for all users.

     By 2041, Peel’s population is projected to grow by nearly 40%, increasing from slightly over 1.3 million people today to nearly 2 million people. The Region would face further increases to traffic related congestion, infrastructure demand, health concerns, and environmental issues, unless we plan for a transportation system that fully realizes the potential of walking, cycling, transit, and carpooling to manage demand.

     The STS is being developed as a plan to enable and encourage more people to choose to travel in these modes.

    Help us to develop the STS by telling us the transportation issues that are important to you in this short and fun online survey: https://peelsts.metroquest.ca/

     If you are interested in learning more about the STS as well as the Region’s Long Range Transportation Plan, please join us at a Public Information Centre where staff will be on hand to answer questions and gather your input on these plans. 

    Public Information Centre Dates and Locations:

     

    Town of Caledon

    City of Brampton*

    City of Mississauga

    Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    2-9 pm

    Banquet Hall A

    Caledon Community Complex

    6215 Old Church Rd

    Caledon, ON L7C 1J7

    Wednesday, January 18, 2017

    2-9 pm

    Hudson’s Bay Court

    Bramalea City Centre

    25 Peel Centre Dr.

    Brampton, On L6T 3R5

    Thursday, January 19, 2017

    2-9 pm

    Centre Court

    Erin Mills Town Centre

    5100 Erin Mills Pkwy

    Mississauga, On L5M 4Z5

  • April 26, 2016 9:30 AM | Mitch Hall (Administrator)

    This forum displays ride cancellations and advisories.

    If it's raining or too muddy we'll cancel the ride to avoid damaging the trails. We try to cancel rides within two hours of the start time if the weather is unpredictable.


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