Weekly Club Rides

The rides and groups below are guidelines only. The ride leaders do their best to create safe, enjoyable rides.

If you have a question about any ride, please contact us.

Learn about our introduction to cycling course here.

Guests are invited to join us for two rides before deciding to join the club. Guests must sign our waiver prior to participating in any ride. The waiver can be found on the Membership application form.

The last ride for this season is on October 30.

Town Tourers

Description: Short distance on local paved, multi-use trails, city streets and paved, low-traffic county roads.

Distance: 15 to 25 km, using the Festival Route and others to be added

Pace: 15 to 18 kph

When and Where: Sunday mornings at 9 am, meeting in Market Square (west side)

Ride Leader: Rotating leaders

1st ride: May 8, 2022

Country Cruisers

Description: Intermediate distance, on paved, low-traffic county roads.

Distance: 30 to 40 km, using routes 1 - 7

Pace: About 20 kph, with a rest stop

When and Where: Sunday mornings at 9 am, meeting in Market Square (west side)

Ride Leaders: Rosemary Jasper and Wayne Sjaarda

1st ride: May 8,2022

Further Afielders

Description: A longer ride on quieter country roads.

Distance: 40 to 60 km, using routes 8 & 9 and other routes decided by the leader and participating cyclists

Pace: 22 to 24 kph

When and Where: Sunday mornings at 9 am, meeting in Market Square (west side)

Ride Leader: Denis Murphy

1st ride: May 8,2022

Outliers

Description: A cross between the Country Cruisers and the Further Afielders.

Distance: 30 to 45 km, using variations of routes 1 – 9, depending on wind and weather

Pace: 20 – 22 kph

When and Where: Wednesday afternoon at 6:00 pm, meeting in Market Square (west side)

Ride Leaders: Doug Patient and Denis Murphy

1st ride: May 11,2022

Gravel Grinders

Description: A group ride using mostly local gravel roads.

Distance: Intro to gravel rides - 25km; longer rides -

30 - 50 km.

When and Where: Sunday mornings 9am, meeting at the Southwest corner of the Avondale Cemetery
near the pathway to Sir Adam Beck Rd.

  Sunday June 19 (Intro to Gravel – 25 km)
  Sunday June 26 (Intro to Gravel – 25 km)
  Sunday July 10 (Intro to Gravel – 25 km)
  Sunday July 24 (Longer ride)
  Sunday August 7 (Intro to Gravel – 25 km)
  Sunday August 21 (Longer ride)
  Sunday September 11 (Longer ride)

Ride Leader: Mark Graves

Mark is an experienced gravel biker. He biked across America using mostly gravel roads and is convinced you too will enjoy the quiet country roads. Read more here about why Mark loves gravel biking & what type of equipment he uses.

Thursday Social Ride aka Thirsty Thursday, Monthly (1st Thursday of the Month)

 

Description: The Thursday Social is for casual riders interested in a 1-hour, ~20 km loop starting and ending in Market Square (or nearby pre-announced location), followed by a social. Group departs at 6:30pm sharp. 

The location for the post-ride social will be announced via Email a few days before the ride.

Distance: 20 km

Pace: About 20km per hour, using variations of routes 1 – 9 and in-town routes, depending on wind and weather.

Where and when: 1st Thursday  6:30pm, June 2,2022, meeting in Market Square west side.

Ride Leader: Jennifer Nickel

 

Ride with Confidence!

We are offering an introduction to cycling courses for adults, teenagers and families. New to biking, returning from a cycling hiatus or need a refresher? Do you have a child who would like to learn the basics of cycling? There will be two sessions, each about 90 minutes in length. Most of that time will be spent biking on a controlled course and on quiet streets.

At this time we are negotiating with the Can-Bike organization to provide a cycling training specialist to lead the sessions.
Dates: Still to be decided
Place: Parking Lot of St.Michael’s Secondary School, at the corner of Matilda St. and Short St.
Fees: Some fees may be required.
Requirements: 

●    Participants must be able to ride in a straight line unassisted or have training wheels.
●    Bikes must be in good working order (brakes operational, tires pumped up, etc.)
●    Helmets are mandatory for ALL participants (including adults).
●    Participants must sign a waiver or be a Cycle Stratford member.
●    Follow all COVID-19 ride rules

Course Outline

 Level1:

This course will focus on basic bike handling skills for all ages and who have never ridden a bicycle. This course will cover all the information and fundamental skills needed to get on a bike and ride comfortably.

Level 2:

This course is for individuals who are comfortable on a bike, who have learned and demonstrated the basic skills, and/or graduated from Level 1. The Bike Rodeo is designed to be fun and interactive while learning the fundamentals of cycling.

There is no on-road instruction for kids at this level.

Depending on the adults' ability, brief on-road instruction may be applied.

Registration: Please contact us and let us know you want to join the Ride with Confidence Group, and include the names of cyclists. You may attend on both or either level.