Come Ride with Us
Destination rides are once-a-month, one-day group trail rides for members of Cycle Stratford. Guests are welcome to join us for a small fee.
Destinations are all within easy driving distance of Stratford. On the day of the ride, we meet at the parking lot at Upper Queens Park (at the corner of Richard Monette Way and Christopher Plummer Drive) at 8:45 am, and are ready to leave by 9:00 am. Bike transportation is available. Please contact us by email to register at least 2 days in advance of the ride if you would like to join us at email@example.com
July 24, 2021
Walton to Monkton
Our first destination ride of the season, as is our tradition, will be on the G2G Rail Trail on July 24th. We’ll depart from the upper Queens Park lot at 9:00 AM and will drive to the G2G trailhead in Walton .There is lots of parking for cars there. From there we’ll ride approx. 32 km to Monkton and stop for lunch at the Monkton Community Centre park. For anyone not wishing to pack a lunch the New Monkton Diner has takeout available. After lunch we will ride back to Walton. For anyone wishing a shorter ride, it would be possible to start the ride 1 or 2 concessions east of Walton.
As an added attraction, a cycling musician will entertain us from 8:30 to 9:00 AM at the parking lot of Upper Queens while we load our bikes onto the vehicles.
G2G trail website : g2grailtrail.com
August 14, 2021
Branford to Hamilton
Our second destination ride of the season is scheduled for Aug. 14th. We will depart from the upper Queens Park lot at 8:30 and will drive to Brantford. We’ll be riding the Brantford to Hamilton Rail Trail to the Dundas Valley Conservation Area. There is a trail station which has washrooms and a limited concession stand. The distance from Brantford to Dundas Valley is approx. 30 km. For anyone wishing to ride a shorter distance, one can start where the trail crosses the Jerseyville Road. Please text Rosemary at 519 272 4299 letting her know if you plan to do this.
Collingwood to Meaford
Our final destination ride of the season will be scheduled for Oct. 2nd. We will be meeting in the Upper Queens Park parking lot at 8:00 and driving to Collingwood. We’ll be riding the Georgian Trail to Meaford where we will have lunch at the harbour before returning to Collingwood. Anyone not wishing to pack a lunch could purchase something from one of the restaurants on Sykes St., which is a few blocks from the harbour.
The trail is relatively flat and rated as easy but is 34 km one way. Someone wishing a shorter distance could join us in either Craigleith or Thornbury but must ride with the group to ensure that all riders have access to tools, a first aid kit and assistance from other riders. If you wish to join at either of these places please reach out to us and we will plan accordingly.
On the ride back riders may wish to stop at the Thornbury Cidery/Brewery. It is located adjacent to the trail and offers snacks and a wide variety of beverages.
If the weather does not cooperate on the 2nd our rain date will be Oct. 16th