Perth County Cycling Tour
Join us on Sunday, September 13 for the Perth County Cycling Tour (PCCT), a non-competitive, all ages, semi-supported* cycling tour that begins and ends in Stratford, Ontario, on quiet rural roads.
Cycle Stratford is pleased to power the PCCT again in 2020. We have worked with Huron Perth Public Health with consideration for recently re-opening local businesses, and with social distancing built in. Routes are chosen to showcase the local countryside and local destinations, with rest stops every 20 - 30km. The final routes are being finalized, and we hope to explore the North-East corner of Perth County this year.
Images by Marjorie Allison
The 2020 PCCT Routes
Short (25 - 30km). This guide-led ride to a single destination is designed for slower and less-experienced road riders.
Medium (50 - 70km) with support riders, includes two destinations, and is best for riders with some road ride experience.
Long (100 - 110km) with support riders, includes three or four destinations, and is best for experienced riders. It includes some straight stretches, more hills, and riders are typically spread out during the ride.
All routes start from and return to Stratford’s picturesque Market Square and run on 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, main regional roads may be used, and the Long route could use short sections of lower volume Provincial Highways (such as Hwy 23).
Riders must be comfortable and confident riding on their own (if necessary) between destinations and rest stops.
Routes are pre-defined and marked, with some overlap, especially when leaving and returning to Stratford.
Signs along busier roads will indicate to drivers that a bicycle tour is on the road that morning. The Short route will include extra guide riders to help guide and demarcate that group.
*“Semi-supported” means that the routes are pre-defined, marked, have support riders to guide each pack out of town (but once out of Stratford, no lead riders), rest stops and food stops, and the ability to call for a support vehicle if necessary. The rides are not followed by a support van, nor are the rider groups marked at the back.
The PCCT is a “shine or rain” event, and will take place regardless of the weather, without refunds. However, refunds will be offered if the organizers deem the road conditions demonstrably dangerous (for example: thunder, lightning, heavy downpour, strong winds, water pooling on roads, etc.), or if the event is cancelled due to Covid-19.
- Rest Stops will offer refreshments, refills, and healthy snacks. At least 2 stops will include restrooms.
- Cycling helmets are mandatory.
- Riders agree to obey all traffic signs and rules of the road.
- Due to COVID-19 / Social Distancing Requirements
- The PCCT is limited to a maximum of 100 riders plus Cycle Stratford crew, as per provincial regulations
- To reduce contact in Market Square, registration and payment is online only. Walk up registrations will not be accepted.
- The post-ride lunch will use a voucher system to be used at many Stratford “Al Fresco Dining Program” restaurants for dine-in or takeout.
- We would appreciate participants wearing a mask in the check in Market Square before and after the ride.
Fee: $41.80, including refreshments and snacks, support, lunch voucher, and a whole lot of Perth County fresh air and scenery!
Interactive PCCT Routes
These routes are preliminary and subject to change, depending on road conditions and other factors. When changes occur, they will be uploaded to the appropriate website below.
30km (approximately) Sebringville Guided Tour
This route includes about 1.6km of light gravel road. Hybrid bikes will be a more comfortable ride, but road bikes should be fine.
60km (approximately) Wellesley Amulree Route
110km (approximately) Wellesley Milverton Mitchell Route
This route includes short sections of provincial highways.
Canada Day Ride
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
time and start location TBD
Our third Annual Canada Day ride! Celebrate our nation’s birthday with other Cycle Stratford members on an in-town ride.
If you can, wear red and white!
Other Cycling Opportunities
Huron County Distribution Centre "Better Together" Bike Ride to End Hunger
Saturday, June 13, 2020
10km; 50km; & 100km distances
Staggered starting times from 8:45 - 9:30 a.m
BBQ Lunch for all cyclists
Registration and information: http://www.huroncountyfoodbank.org/2020-bike-ride.html
Tour de Guelph
The Tour de Guelph 2020 will not be held in its usual single-day event format. Instead, we welcome all new and past riders to register, fundraise, and complete one of our Tour de Guelph routes on your own, making sure you are physically distanced from other riders, any time on or between Sunday, June 28, 2020 and Sunday July 26, 2020.
Supporting the Guelph General Hospital
Information and registration: https://tourdeguelph.ca/
Dunnville Grand Tour
August 15 – 16, 2020
The Dunnville Grand Tour is a recreational tour and not a race, which allows you to experience the scenic routes at your own pace. The ride take place on paved roads which are clearly marked with arrows. The event launches and finishes at the Dunnville Memorial Arena & Community Lifespan Centre (free parking is available).The tour will guide you on 25, 50, 75, 100 and 160km routes along the shores of Lake Erie, the Grand River and other scenic roads within Haldimand County. The area is famous for its flat geographical road conditions and minimal elevation changes.
Supporting the True Experience Supportive Housing and Community Work Program
Information and registration: https://dunnvillegrandtour.com/home
Three Port Tour
August 15, 2020
Three routes along the scenic north shore of Lake Erie
Supporting the Forest City Velodrome and the Environmental Leadership Program
Information and registration: http://www.threeporttour.com/