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The Story: Bluewater Granfondo

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It was December 2015, on a cold brisk morning, when a few cyclists gathered at a local cafe that the Bluewater International Granfondo (BIG) was born. The goals were simple. Within four years, BIG has had an impact far greater than anyone could have imagined.

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Rail Trails In Kawartha Lakes

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The City of Kawartha Lakes, which incorporates Lindsay and the surrounding area, sits at the cross-roads of two major rail trails in Ontario. Travelling east to west across the entire region, the Great Trail, known locally as the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail intersects the Victoria Rail Trail, which runs north to south and offers plenty of trail riding for those looking to take bike trips in the heart of Ontario's cottage country.

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2019 Ontario By Bike Rides

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Find out more about our Ontario By Bike Ride destinations and schedule for 2019! New destinations and old classics all with the same great value! These small group weekend tours are self-guided, fully supported and always sell out!

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2019 Cycling In Ontario Guide

Cycle Tourism Conference 2019

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Learn more about and view the presentations from our recent Cycle Tourism Conference held on March 1, 2019. 

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Celebrate by Bike

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Are E-Bike's for You? A Challenge & Sweet Reward

Credit: Howard Calvert, E-bike riding in Halton Region, Ontario
E-bikes make you look.

Whether you notice as they whiz by you on your push pedals or you’re an innocent bystander noting something just isn’t right with the ease of speed and rider, a second glance may answer the question. What may appear to be a regular bike may indeed be sporting a chargeable battery pack, with pedal assist kicking the bike into an accelerated speed.

With e-bike sales sky rocketing, we decided to investigate further and take one out on a ride. Picking a destination known for its climbs and scenic routes, we headed to Escarpment Country, in Halton Region, not far west of Toronto. With it being a non-event day, we easily parked at the Velodrome in Milton, also using it as an opportunity to take a peak inside this world class facility, and use the public facilities.
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Riding out with plans to zip about the 50km Veldrome Vista route, an odd couple we may have seemed, one on an e-bike and another riding a high end road bike. The challenge was on, but all for fun. Digging the flatter country farmland, with a backdrop of jagged and crumbling Escarpment cliff faces, we were soon running a series of rolling hills. Great pleasure was taken in pressing the ‘turbo’ mode and easily outpacing the Cervélo. With fall in full swing, the colours were a stunning mix of muted yellows and oranges, enjoyed all the more, without having to make the full effort needed to power up the hills and keep up with a faster rider.

At 30km a few deciding factors came into play. The weather appeared to be taking a turn, with threatening rain clouds circling. Also a phenomena new to me set in, range anxiety. Not wanting to be caught out with many extra kilometres to go and a flat battery, unsure of the full life expectancy of battery and not fully trusting the handlebar computer’s calculations, we made the call to re-route, easily finding an alternate loop option that saw the ride out. What a super experience!

There is no shame in riding an e-bike, it is 100% fun, and still requires a considerable amount of physical exertion. I imagine with more familiarity on e-bike of choice, range anxiety would not be an issue. For riders, families or friends of two speeds and different ride styles, this is a great way to be able to ride together again, and a win-win for all.

This article was originally featured in the 2018 Cycling in Ontario Guide

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