Perth County Cycling Tour
Join Cycle Stratford on Sunday, September 12 as we present the third annual Perth County Cycling Tour (PCCT), a non-competitive, all ages, semi-supported* cycling tour that begins and ends in Stratford, Ontario, on quiet roads. Routes have been chosen to showcase the local countryside and local destinations, with rest stops at regular locations.
The PCCT has established a firm reputation as a family-friendly, safe event in rural Ontario. With the support and guidance of Huron Perth Public Health, we have created a COVID safety plan focusing on participant screening, physical distancing and other mandatory protocols.
* “Semi-supported” means that the routes are pre-defined, marked, have support riders to lead and follow each pack out of Stratford, rest and food stops, and the ability to call for a support vehicle when necessary. Riders are not followed by a support van.
The 2021 PCCT Routes
The actual distances and routes will not be finalized until much closer to the event, and will depend on weather forecasts, road construction and other factors. Preliminary routes are posted below. Updated route details will be included in the information package sent to riders a few days prior to the event.
Short (25 - 30km). This guide-led ride is designed for slower and less-experienced road riders. This is a one-way ride, with transportation arranged for the return to Market Square. Riders have their choice of two check in and ride departure times
Medium (50 - 70km) The route includes support riders and is best for riders with some road ride experience who want a moderate challenge.
Long (100 - 110km) This route will be enjoyed by experienced riders who like a long-distance challenge. It includes straight stretches and more hills. Riders are typically spread out along the route with support riders.
All routes start from Stratford’s picturesque Market Square and use open public roads through flat countryside and gently rolling hills. Routes are chosen using paved, quiet roads where possible. In some parts of the county, regional roads may be used. Some regional roads may be crossed and a short stretch of a regional road may be used.
Routes are pre-defined and marked. There is some route overlap, especially when leaving and returning to Stratford.
Riders must be comfortable and confident riding on their own (if necessary) between destinations and rest stops.
Signs along busier roads will indicate to drivers that a cycling tour is on the road.
See tentative interactive route maps HERE.
The PCCT is a “shine or rain” event and will take place regardless of the weather. Dress appropriately. Refunds will be offered at the sole discretion of Cycle Stratford only if the event is cancelled due to Covid-19.
Building on their huge success in 2020, we are pleased to include Stratford “Downtown Dollars”, vouchers for riders’ use at many Stratford “Al Fresco Dining Program” restaurants for dine-in or takeout or shopping.
Rest Stops will offer refreshments, refills, and healthy snacks. If you have dietary concerns, we recommend that you bring your own snacks and refreshments. At least 2 stops will include restrooms.
Cycling helmets are mandatory. Riders agree to obey all traffic signs and rules of the road.
COVID-19 / Physical Distancing Requirements
The PCCT is limited to a maximum number of 150 riders, pending public health guideline reviews and updates at the time of the event.
To reduce contact in Market Square, registration and payment is online only. Walk up registrations will not be accepted.
Participants will be emailed a COVID screening self-assessment (https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/) which they must complete prior to the event. If a rider does not feel well, they must not attend.
Participants must wear a mask in the check in Market Square before and after the ride.
Questions about the Perth County Cycling Tour? Click HERE. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
Register early, as this event has sold out in the past two years!
We are limiting the 2021 edition to 150 riders!
Fees (including service charge): $46.80 (Individual); $39.52 (group of up to four registering at one time using the same online form); $33.23 (Cycle Stratford 2021 members only). Registrations include refreshments and snacks, support, lunch or shopping “Downtown Dollars”, and a whole lot of Perth County fresh air and scenery!
Want to volunteer? Click HERE
This year, a technical shirt is available for purchase. The t-shirts are 3.5 oz.,100% polyester interlock, moisture-wicking and UV 40+ protection, in your choice of two colours, women's and men's styles and a wide size range.
Shirts are priced at $29.99 plus tax and can be ordered directly through Creative Casuals. We will let you know how to pick up your shirt prior to the event, if needed. They will also be available for pickup at the event.
available in both colours
available in both colours
Early Bird Draw!
Register until August 6 and be eligible to win a 2021 Perth County Cycling Tour technical T-shirt! (If you have purchased one, you will receive a refund.) Draw to be held on August 7. The winner will be notified by email.
Interactive PCCT Routes
These routes are preliminary and are subject to change up to a few days prior to the event.
25km Guided Tour
61km St Marys Return (with Science Hill):
103km St Marys Harrington Tavistock Route
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