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 24 (Longer ride)
  Sunday August 21 (Longer ride) **CANCELLED**
  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 18km per hour, using variations of routes 1 – 9 and in-town routes, depending on wind and weather.

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

Ride Leader: Jennifer Nickel

1st ride: June 2, 2022

 

Ride with Confidence!

This year, our bike riding programs for children & adults will be held on Saturday, June 25th and instruction provided by CAN-BIKE London certified trainers. These sessions run rain or shine.


Date: Saturday, June 25, 2022.

Course Details: 

CAN-BIKE Level 1: Fundamentals of Cycling

  • 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 the bike and ride comfortably.

  • Program starts at 10:30 am – 12 noon

  • Maximum 3 participants; Cost is $10/person

 

CAN-BIKE Level 2: Cycling Basics & Bike Rodeo

  • 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.

  • Sessions:

    • Children: 1 – 2:30pm

    • Adults: 3 – 4:30 pm

  • Maximum 8 participants in each session; Cost is $15/person


Place: TBD - location in Stratford will be finalized soon!


Fees: Level 1 - $10; Level 2 - $15. 


Requirements: 

●    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

Registration:

Registration is non-refundable and programs are run rain or shine. Snacks and water will be provided and there is access to washrooms.

Please contact us to register or for more information. Include the names, age (child/adult) and level of the program you are interested in.  Payment instructions will be provided when space/registration is confirmed.