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General Information

 

 

 

 

 

The touring program has been unable to find a director for the 2017 season. Below is information for the 2016 season. If you are interested in running the touring program please contact president@tbaycc.ca

 

TBCC Tour Rides 2016

Welcome to the 2016 season for Thunder Bay cycling club

First some prerequisites:

  • As per OCA rules all participants must be a TBCC club member or a declared guest of an OCA/UCI affiliated club.
  • You need a road bike in good working order.
  • Be self-sufficient. Do not rely on others for flat repairs, water, food etc. Bring a charged cell phone, ID, emergency information and the proper clothing for the day.
  • You need to have a certain minimal level of fitness.  Members should be able to ride for 1.5 hrs at 22-25km/hr.
  • You need to be familiar with and willing to abide by our ride guidelines, be courteous and respectful of other cyclists and road users. You need to have a basic understanding of group riding skills.
  • Tour rides are held on alternate Sundays and five Saturday rides  throughout the summer with less emphasis on teaching Tour riding skills and simply focused on Tour riding.
  • Times vary seasonally. Check the website for start times and the route of the day.
  • When you arrive at the meeting point, participants will be split into groups based on fitness and skill levels. This is where the club cyclists congregate into their respective groups.
  • Notwithstanding how many riders show up, no group shall be larger than 16 riders, ideally we try to have groups of 8-10. .
  • Groups are defined by speed and distance. ‘A’ groups are the fastest & longest, ‘B’ next and then followed by ‘C’. Within each category of A,B and C we break the groups down into A1, A2 etc. Our goal is to have smaller groups of 8 to 10 compatible riders. (Our experience has shown that to have a group of cyclists who have similar fitness, and goals in mind for that days ride results in a more enjoyable, safer and harmonious ride. So think about whether you want to go hard or easy that day and pick the appropriate group.
  • We attempt to have all groups led by a designated club Ride Leader.  These volunteers know the route, carry a cell phone and have been instructed on how we ride. Most importantly the Ride Leader explains all this information to the group before they depart. Repetition of our ride practices week after week is key to members absorbing the information but also necessary to identify new riders and inform them of our ride practices. Nothing ruins a group ride quicker than a new rider not knowing the rotation and being out of sync. It’s all about everyone being on the same page.
  • Groups are to depart the meeting area in at least 2 minutes intervals. We ask that the riders do not try to catch up to the groups ahead as this causes confusion. We usually have all the groups ride predominantly the same route so that riders who have miscalculated their fitness can easily drift back to the next group.
  • New This Year!!!  Four Destination Rides, on Saturdays, one in May, one in June, one in August, and one in September. These rides are for cyclists interested in visiting locally owned businesses in Thunder Bay and district, during a relaxed ride. Distances will vary (30 to 50km.) Check the calendar for details.

GETTING STARTED TOUR RIDES

 Free Trial Ride - May 15  (vehicle sweeps on these dates only)

Come an experience the joy of cycling!  New riders can join TBCC rides on May 15 at no cost.  While you do not have to become a member, you must complete out the membership form and waiver sheet (for insurance purposes). Non members riding on all other dates must pay $39.00 for their first ride and must become a full member to join in any other club rides.

 NOTE: Schedule may change due to weather conditions or road/highway construction;  one of the following for current updates:

  •  Hotline (626-8725), website or facebook
  • The hotline will have the most current information if it is the day of the event..

 This year’s Touring schedule and program has been set organized by the following club members and we truly appreciate their efforts in getting the 2016 program off the ground. David Anderson represents the Tour Ride as the Director on the Board.

 David Anderson, David Curtis, Jim Sidlar, Steve Kissin, Fabio Zorzes,  Peter Young,  Jim Bidnall,  Bernice Parent, Pam Dawes, Cheryl Armstrong,   and Iris Reynolds.

 We are always in need of volunteers to assist with the Tour rides. We will need people to lead the various ability groups and act as sweeps where required. Click on the link below or give any of the above club volunteers a call.

Volunteer HERE as a sweep (with your bike) or assistant on one of our tours.


 View routes on the table below. Maps are interactive. If you wish to print hard copies follow the instructions listed below:

 Print hard copy maps of routes:

Go to the website:

  • Click on programs
  • Under programs click "Tour rides followed by clicking  “Print maps”
  • Click on the map you are looking for.
  • It will appear in “pdf” format and simply print it from your home computer.

   

Date 2016

Start Location and Route

Time

Distance

(km)

Rating

Maps

(click to view)

Rest Stop(s)

Tour

Leaders

May 7 (Sat)

Vickers Heights Community Centre Museum Cheese Farm Ride  

11:00

34/57

Easy

Map

AJ’s, Cheese Farm                              

Jim Sidlar

Steve Kissin

May 15

 Boulevard Lake W parking lot

Lakeshore Drive out  and back. Longer ride option to include continue on cottage roads to Amethyst Harbour

Free Try- out Ride

 

11:00

46

Easy

Map

 

 

Lakeshore Variety;

Bring your own snacks

 


Jim Sidlar

 

Kate Tinkler

May 28

(Sat))

Kakabeka Falls – Destination Ride

10:00

 

Easy

 

Map

 

Metro Moose Kakabeka Falls

 

Bernice  Parent

June 5

White Water Loop course: John/Poleline/Kakabeka/Stanley/Barrie Drive and return.

10:00

43/77

Easy

to moderate

 

Short

Long

 

AJ’s, Stanley Hotel

 Kakabeka Falls, Murillo

 

Steve Kissin

June 11

(Sat)

 

Country Charm- Destination Ride

 

9:30

 

Easy

Map 

 

 

Pam Dawes

June 19

Five Mill School

John ST Mud Lake Road loop

10:00

45

Moderate with climbing

Map

Lepannen’s Store on Dawson

 

Jim Bidnall

July 3

Neebing Roadhouse:Caribou Tour backwards +/- Hwy 61; half or full metric century or imperial century distances.

10:00

8:00

50/70

100/160

Easy

Hard

50 km

70 km

100km

160 km 

 

Green Acre Variety

 St. Urho’s,  AJ’s Variety

 

David Curtis

 Fabio Zorzes

July 17

Silver Islet Tour - Park opposite Pass Lake Truck Stop for the long ride or Joeboy Lake parking lot for the short distance about 18.5km down Hwy 587. 

10:00

40/76

Moderate

Map

Silver Islet Store:We’re not definitely sure whether the store will be open so bring food/bars with you.

 

Peter Young

 

July 31

Italian Festival

10:00

50 km 

easy 

Map 

Start near the corner of Bay and Secord and travel east to hook up with Lakeshore Drive to the Firehall and return. Wind-down at the Italian Festival on return

 

Peter Young

Aug 14

Devon Rd to Silver Mountain Station

Start at 2.3 km from Hwy 61. Short route start at Bailey bridge 21.7 km from Hwy 61. Sign up long start area.

10:00

53/92

Hard

Many climbs

Map

Silver Mtn Station:plus tailgate lunch at finish

 

Jim Bidnall

Aug 20

(Sat)

Chocolate Milk Run – Destination Ride

 Start: Whitewater Golf Course

 

10:00

47 km

Easy

Map

Chocolate Cow, Slate River Dairy

Cheryl and Gary Armstrong

Aug 28

Kakabeka Falls School

Kakabeka Falls to Suomi @ Whitefish Lake

10:00

54/88

Moderate to Hard

Map

Green Acre Variety, St. Urho’s, Silver Mountain Station

 

David Curtis

 

Sept 18

Emerald Greens Golf Course: Onion Lake Road to Pike Lake Tour

11:00

56

Moderate

Map

Start/finish at Emerald Greens and do 9 holes of golf after the ride:

Bring your own snacks

 

Fabio Zorzes

Peter Young

 

 

Sept 24

(Sat)

Urban Tour – Destination Ride

10:00

 

Easy

 

Map 

 

Bay Street (coffee shop)

 

Iris Reynolds

Oct 2

Blake Hall Community Center:“Falling Leaves” Tour:South Gilles Loop

11.00

43/63

Hard

Very Hilly

Short

Long

Tailgate party

bring some snacks

Dave Anderson

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