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A Perfect Mix: Waterloo Guelph Explorer

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There is always a thrill in travelling to somewhere new. Having long heard about the excellent bike trails, quiet country roads, small town charm and modern city amenities we set out to ride this ultimate looped two day ride itinerary to explore the Waterloo Guelph area.

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Cycling Events 2020

Find a Cycling Event in Ontario | Ontario By Bike

Every year there are more and more cycling events happening across Ontario. Below you'll find information on a variety of recreational, touring and race events for 2020. We will continue to add cycling events throughout the year as the event dates are published.

If we missed an event, send us at info@ontariobybike.ca.

Also see the Bike Tours map category for tour options or check out our Cycling Tours 2020 page!

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Attention Ontario By Bike website visitors. Due to the ongoing restrictions and uncertainties in regards to COVID-19, certain events might be cancelled or postponed. As we are unable to track all changes, we recommend you visit event websites to confirm status directly with the event organizers. Thank you. 

Update mid August: We are receiving word that some smaller events are proceeding in September. See our September section for updates. Bike Month 2020

September is Bike Month in the GTHA. Find out more at: www.bikemonth.ca


  • Virtual Events 2020

    With many cycling events cancelled or postponed some have changed to a virtual ride. Consider signing up for a virtual cycling event this season.

    Navy Bike Ride - June 13 to August 30 - Sign up for the 2020 virtual Navy Bike Ride to cumulatively conduct 25,000 rides in honour of the 25,000 voyages Canadian Naval Naval and Merchant Marine Forces conducted during World War II. 

    Essex Centurion Solo Cycling Challenge - May 30 to September 30 - Ride the 100 mile Essex Centurion Way Loop around Windsor & Essex County on your own pace alone or with family. Support local businesses and get the chance to win a $25 gift card from local participating bike shops. 

    Ride Don't Hide - No set date - Join this nationwide virtual fundraising event and cycle to support mental health. Register, set your personal goal and ride wherever you want to raise funds for a good cause.

    Wheels - No set date - Ride, run or walk at your convenience for the 2020 virtual Wheels event and support the Darling Home for Kids with medically complex conditions.

    Tour de Guelph - June 28 to July 26 - Choose your own date and ride one of the official Tour de Guelph routes to support the Guelph General Hospital. Participants who are raising more than $300 will receive a free bike jersey.

    Northern Pass - May 29 to August 29 - Participate in five different challenges with different lengths and fundraising goals to win some great prizes and support Prince Margaret Cancer Foundation.

    Cycle for Sight - On June 20, 2020 join the Cycle for Sight virtual event to fight blindness. Choose your location and cycle as much as you want whether it's indoors or outside.

    Virtual MS Bike - On July 25 & 26, join MS Bike in their virtual ride agains multiple sclerosis and ride together with a large online community in this nation-wide event.

    Friends for Life Bike Rally - August 9 to 14, Join the Friends for Life for a week of virtual events, shows, games and challenges developed and shared by a community that shares funds for people with HIV.

    Ride to Conquer Cancer - On August 29, Enbridge's Ride to Conquer Cancer is going virtual this year and lets you choose your own route and distance. No fundraiser minimums. Do as much as you want and can.

    BREAKAWAY Cycling Adventure - between July 6 and September 6 participate in this solo cycling challenge that raises funds for children with cancer across Canada. Choose your challenges from three different categories and earn badges for completed ones. Anyone can participate and unite in this fun and worthwhile adventure.

    Great Cycle Challenge Canada - This August, sign up for the Great Cycle Challenge to fight against child cancer. set yourself a personal ride target to pedal in August and log your kilometres throughout the month to achieve your goal, tracking your progress online through your personal challenge page. It's your challenge, ride it your way.

    Pedal for PortagePedal for Portage - Between September 14 and 20, join the 3rd annual Pedal for Portage Ride. For the first time, the event will be held as a virtual ride. Choose your own route, and distance and cycle, run or walk to raise funds for Portage’s Residential Drug Addiction Rehabilitation Program. No fundraising minimums required.

    Ride for Safe Streets - Between September 19 and 27, ride virtually to promote safe streets in Toronto. Suggested routes can be found on the website and a live stream event will take place Saturday, September 26.

    EpicTOUR-HaltonEpictour - The GTA GrandFondo - On September 13, ride the 8th annual multi-distance mass participation GranFondo-style cycling event for the first time held as a virtual event. Map and share your ride with the community and get the chance to win a variety of prizes. 

    Tour de Headwaters - Virtual Fundraiser - Between August 4 and 26, choose a route to suit your skill level, and then pedal for a purpose. Last year this event saw over 320 riders, involved over 25 local businesses and raised over $65,000 for Headwaters Health Care Foundation.

    The Beau's Oktoberfest Bike Ride - June 16 to October 15, ride the virtual Beau’s Oktoberfest ride in Vankleek Hill to raise money for the United Way Ottawa and United Way SD&G’s “All That Kids Can Be” programs. The United Way’s “All That Kids Can Be” program ensures that kids in at-risk neighbourhoods have access to critical programmings such as homework clubs and summer camps.

    The Healing Cycle Ride - September is Healing Cycle Ride month. Ride virtual in support of hospice care in Ontario. All participants are invited to complete a set distance over the course of the month of September, individually or with their friends and colleagues.

    Essex Region Conservation Virtual Bike Tour - From September 18 to 28, gather your social bubble of friends and family to cycle in support of the Place for Life. Whether you are touring through picturesque country roads  or meandering the off-road nature ride on the Chrysler Canada and Cypher Systems Group Greenways, there are plenty of amazing places to ride.

    The Growling Beaver Brevet - September 19 to October 3 Growling Beaver Brevet is going virtual. Join the community and track your rides in support of people with Parkinson. Route suggestions available on the website.

    Tour the Hills - June 15 to September 26, 2020, join the virtual Tour the Hills event in Halton Hills. Cyclists are encouraged to ride at their own skill levels, where and when they choose. 4 suggested routes can be found on the website.

  • JANUARY

    Cannondale Fat Bike Series Race 1 - Albion Fat Bike Festival - On Saturday, January 11, 2020, gather for this new year ride suitable for all levels. Bike snow trails at Albion Hills Conservation Area, 20km or 10km poker race, demos, hot chili and bonfire.

    Fat & Frosty Winter FatBike Series - TBD, kick off the first of three fat bike events and ride on the Pembroke & Area Cross Country Skiing Club (PAXC) in the Ottawa Valley to maximize rider awareness of the many different locals for enjoying the outdoors on a fatbike.

    UCI Track Cycling World Cup -  The UCI Track Cycling World Cup is a key event within the Track Cycling calendar. The multi race tournament held over a track cycling season is divided into several rounds spread over different countries. For the 2020 season the race will return to the Milton Velodrome, the only class 1 indoor velodrome in Canada. Tickets for this spectacular race can be ordered HERE

  • FEBRUARY

    Cannondale Fat Bike Series - Race 2 - On February 1, 2020, head to Georgian Nordic Outdoor Activity Central for the second race of Substance Projects Fat Bike Series. The Race features a course that will be a mix of fast flowing XC Ski trails and fun groomed out single track.

    Kingston Snophy - TBD, ride in one of the 45NRTH Ontario Fat Bike Series in Kingston, Ontario.

    Coldest Day of the Year Ride - On February 1, 2020, join Cycle Toronto for their annual Coldest Day of the Year Ride! Starting off at 11:30 am at Alexander the Great Parkette, Logan & Danforth for a short, family friendly ride along the best cycling routes Toronto has to offer. After the ride, warm up at a nearby establishment. Both the start and end points are subway accessible.

    Wendigo Ultra - On February 8, fatbike 50km, 100km or 150km across Whitewater Township in the Ottawa Valley and into Quebec. Starting and finishing at the Whitewater Brewery Lakeside location.

    Fat & Frosty Winter FatBike Series - On February 22, 2020, kick off the 2nd of three fat bike events riding on the BORCA trails, based out of the Whitewater Brewing Co in the Ottawa Valley to maximize rider awareness of the many different locals for enjoying the outdoors on a fatbike. Ironwood Hills Trails, 295 Ferguson Road, 10 minutes NE of Renfrew.

  • MARCH

    Toronto Bicycle Show LogoToronto Bicycle Show and E-Bike Show - 2020 - Don`t miss the 34th Annual Toronto Bicycle Show on March 6-8 for the first time in a new location at the International Centre, Mississauga. Join us at the largest bicycle consumer show in the world to shop from a fantastic range of bike manufacturers and retailers. Plan your next cycling trip, sign up for an event or tour in 2020 by visiting dozens of great destination or event booths! Stop by the Ontario Cycle Tourism Information Centre for the latest cycling information, events and maps from across the province. Looking at future trends, this year there will also be a large number of e-bike exhibitors, showcasing the latest technology and products in this fast-growing field of cycling. 

    45NRTH Ontario Fat Bike Series - Final Race  - On March 1st, 2020 head out to Hardwood Ski & Bikes for the final event in the Cannondale Fat Bike Series from Substance Projects. The course is approximately 15k long. Long course will be 2 laps, short course will be 1 laps. Enjoy a wonderful day out riding bikes in the winter!

    Fat & Frosty Winter FatBike Series - On March 7, 2020, ride the final fat bike events hosted at the BORCA trails, based out of the Whitewater Brewing Co Riverside location in the Ottawa Valley. These events maximize rider awareness of the many different locals for enjoying the outdoors on a fatbike. PArking available on site.

  • APRIL

    Kin Vineyards Kermesse - Event postponed - On April 4, 2020 head out to West Carletonin the western rural area of Ottawa to ride the Kin Vineyards Kermesse. This is the kick off event of the 2020 Gravel Cup Canada Series. The series consists of 7 events each featuring a challenge long course and a sport shorter course. The first event features a 25km loop on both maintained gravel and paved roads.

    Trailblazers Tandem Club Open House - Event postponed - On April 4, visit the open house and general meeting of the Trailblazers tandem club to learn more about this special charity club that helps partially sighted, blind and deaf-blind people the possibility to ride a bike with sighted volunteers.  

    Slush Fest Fat Bike Festival - On April 4 (new date), 2020 head to Sir Sam's Ski/Ride in Haliburton for the Slush Fest Fat Bike Festival. For one day, Sir Sam's Ski turns into a fatbike playground. Ride head-to-head down our Cross Track. Challenge a friend to the dual slalom course. Pick a line on one of the technical singletrack descents.

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    Paris to Ancaster Bicycle RaceCANCELLED - Canada’s spring cycling classic, features 70, 40 & 20 km course options with different start locations and the same finish line in Ancaster. Each course has a mix of gravel roads, farm lanes and trails. This popular event takes place on April 26, 2020 and now includes a fundraising option to support research at St. Joseph’s Helthcare Hamilton.

    Great Ride N Stride BurlingtonPostponed On April 26, 2020 join this non-competitive, pledge-based fundraising event. There are several locations across Ontario this event takes place, including Blandford Blenheim, Burlington, Norwich, Thamesford, Tillsonburg and Woolwich. Participants can choose to ride their bikes along a beautiful trails and quiet roads in these communities.

  • MAY

    Mike RidePostponed to October 4 - Sunday May 3, 2020, Hamilton, join the 10th Annual 'Mike Ride', a fun family ride starting and ending at Collective Arts Brewing in Hamilton. Six routes ranging from 5km to 75km provide something for every ability. In addition to increasing awareness of all aspects of cycling through vendors and displays promoting the Art and Culture of Cycling.

    Renfrew Randonneur - On May 3, 2020 head to Renfrew for the third Gravel Cup event in 2020. Using a spectacular network of gravel roads in the foothills of the Madawaska Highlands the routes take the scenic K&P Trail back to Renfrew finishing on a trail leading to the Ma-te-Way Recreation Complex.

    The Weekender - On May 2nd to 3rd head out to Barrie for a brand new cycling event. The looped group ride takes participants from Barrie to Midland and back. Riders can choose from distances between 181km and 349km. Breakfast, dinner and refuelling stops are included. Optional shuttle bus service from Toronto, luggage transfer and accommodation can be booked extra.

    CN Cycle for CheoCN Cycle for CHEOPostponed - On Sunday May 3rd, 2020, head to Ottawa for this charity event that encourages everyone to cycle, walk, and roll, in support of children with cancer. Events take place at the Canadian War Museum. Non-competitive event, offering a range of distances (15 km, 35 km & 70 km bike routes).

    Hell of the North – On Sunday May 10, 2020 ride in the 12th annual 'Hell of the North'! Starting and ending at the Ballantrae Community Center. The epic spring classic with 90 kilometres of the most amazing dirt and off-road sections to make this truly one of the hardest events of the year!

    Clarence Rockland Classic: Ride with Rendall - CANCELLED - On May 3, 2020, join the cycling club Ride with Rendall for the 11th annual Clarence-Rockland Classic with its 85km route a mix of gravel and paved roads. Registration and route info will be available soon.

    Ride for the Rouge - On Saturday May 23, 2020, ride in the 27th annual Ride for the Rouge event, with all money raised through your donations and collected pledges will ensure the continued operation of the Rouge Valley Conservation Centre.

    Epic 8 Hour - Postponed - Ride this spring mountain bike relay at Mansfield Outdoor Centre. Single track and double track 10km course, with overnight camping onsite and lots of fun team activities. Also featuring non-competitive kids event.

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    BORCA Spring Chicken Enduro - CANCELLED - Head to Beachburg in the Ottawa valley to ride the BORCA Spring Chicken. The Mountainbike event features 28km and 60km races in an emerging mountain bike destination next to the Ottawa River in Renfew County. 

    The Mother Ride - Postponed , new date, May 8, 2021, join cyclists of all levels in Kingston and experience the rolling terrain and charming towns of Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Counties. Cyclists can choose between 3 routes: 25km, 50km, 100km. Start your riding season early, help raise funds for Interval House, and make your mother proud! Register HERE 

     

    Gravel Road & Beer Sampling Clinic-Turas Mor Pre-Ride. (co-ed) - Creemore, on Saturday, May 9th, 2020,  sign up for a clinic that will prepare you for everything gravel riding may throw at you. From the different types of gravel roads, the proper techniques to ride loose climbs, potholes and bumpy descents, how to effectively hold lines and following wheels on gravel.

    Spring on the Trail - SOTT - May 9, 2020, join this free event, raising funds for the Guelph to Goderich Rail Trail. More information on website.

    Ride of Silence - On Wednesday May 20th, 2020, join cyclists in Niagara in a silent slow-paced ride (max. 12 mph/20 kph) in honour of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways. The ride is a slow, procession style, approximately 10 km ride, with all cyclists following the rules of the road. The event takes place every year on the third Wednesday in May starting at 7:00pm.

    The Canadian Tandem Rally – On May 22nd to 25th, 2020, sign up for this amazing multi-day event in Owen Sound and share good times with like-minded tandem enthusiasts while sharing wonderful food together.

    Creemore Springs Turas Mór – On May 23rd, 2020, head to Creemore for the Springs Turas Mór. The ride a 61km journey taking you through the scenic, rolling hills and the beautiful countryside of Clearview Township. The ride can be considered challenging with gravel roads and a few steep climbs.

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    7 Days in May - Sat May 23, to Friday, May 29 - This ride is designed for riders of all abilities. There are two aspects to 7 Days In May: a single day riding event featuring rides of 25KM, 50KM, 75KM and 160KM; and a 7-day event where we ride around Lake Ontario.

    Jack Ride - On Saturday May 23rd, join cyclists in Caledon of all abilities to ride the 8th Annual Ride for Jack event. Whether cyclists decide to ride 25, 50, 100 or 125km, each program raises funds for Youth Mental Health.

    Tour Du Canada Century Ride - On May 23rd-24th, participate in this century ride weekend event with day or full-weekend options. Ride either the metric or full century ride at either 100 km or 160km options.

    Food Cycle Ride - Postponed - Ride because you care at the 10th Food Cycle Ride, an annual family-oriented event with routes on road or trail. Choose to ride 40 or 75km on rolling country roads, or 20 or 40km on the scenic Elora Cataract Trailway. The Ride is not a race, but competitive riders and riders of all ages and skill levels are welcome. Lunch is provided. All proceeds go to the Centre Wellington Food Bank.

    Spin the LakesSpin The Lakes - May 23-24, 2020. Take a tour around Ontario’s beautiful Muskoka region. The tour takes you around several of the Muskoka lakes along routes with breath taking views and spectacular rock cuts. Route lengths include 20, 50, 110, and 170km.

    R3G3 Renfrew Rough Rider Griffith Gravel Grinder - On May 23, 2020 head out to Griffith for some proper gravel grinding. Combining a challenging route with some scenic views, this ride will take you out through the county of Renfrew celebrating the gravel community in the Ottawa Valley. 

    Jim Walsh Bike Ride for Kids with Cancer – TBD, ride the Jim Walsh Bike Ride for Kids, which starts & ends at Knights of Columbus Hall, 12 Catharine Avenue in Brantford. A 9am start kicks off riding on 80km on Brantford’s gorgeous rail trail. $25 per rider (under 13 years ride free) $75 per family (up to 4)

    Tour of Kincardine – On May 24, 2020, participate in 22km cross classic. The race route trails are part of the Kincardine Trails system – an entirely intra-town system with a variety of challenging terrain for a cyclist. The racecourse is approximately 22.5km long. The terrain roughly breaks down to 8.8km of hard surfaces, 9.7km of single track, and 4km of paved roads.

    Villa Charities GIRO – On Sunday, May 24, 2020, head to Woodbrige for the 14th Annual Giro cycling fundraiser. Celebrate the exhilarating finale of the Giro d'Italia, ride the family-friendly 4km and 25km routes or the scenic and challenging 60km and 100km routes, enjoy rest stops with gourmet food and beverage and support a great cause!

    NewRoads LakeRide - On May 24, join the 5th Annual NewRoads LakeRide. The ride is in York Region, beginning in Newmarket and on to the beautiful southern shores of Lake Simcoe and back. The ride feature's three distances including a 39km, 60km and 100km.

    Rotary Lilac Ride - CANCELLED - Join the 7th Annual Picton Rotary Lilac Ride supporting Reaching For Rainbows. Our Annual event features 3 marked courses (27, 50 & 100km) and will take riders on some of Prince Edward County's most beautiful Lilac lined roads. Start and finish in Picton, On.

    Women's 4 Hour MTB Relay - On May 30th, 2020, join the Women's 4 Hour MTB Relay. Ride a 4-hour time frame on two 6 km loop courses, the object is not to finish first, but to complete the greatest number of laps before the end of the event. The event is all about the camaraderie and the enjoyment of riding with friends.

    Mountain Bike Extravaganza Weekend - May 30-31, 2020, head to Sudbury for a 2 day guided Crawl thru the best single tracks in Sudbury and a great day of testing the latest demo bikes on the Naughton Trails.

    Ontario By Bike May Ride - CANCELLED - Join us on May 30-31, 2020, for a ride from Dundas to Port Dover on our Hamilton Port Dover Rail Trail Adventure. The ride follows a well-maintained trail system from Dundas to Brantford on day one and to Port Dover at Lake Erie on day 2. Logistics, food and accommodation included.

  • JUNE

    Bike Month - June is Bike Month in Ontario. Many communities have day, week long or a month full of events celebrating cycling. Check local event listings to find out more. Find Bike Month event listings here for Greater Toronto and Hamilton Areas or Mississippi Mills.   

    Ontario By Bike Ride - On June 27 - 29, one of our most popular rides will bring you out to ride the 1000 Islands along the St Lawrence River. Join us on a spectacular three-day ride along the waterway all the way from Gananoque to Brockville. Enjoy scenic views, cute little towns and the rich cultural heritage of the former Upper Canada Region. Accommodations, food and return shuttle to starting destination included

    CAP (Canada Africa Partnership) Ride - The 16th annual event in 7 Canadian cities, June 5 to 7, will be virtual bikeathon raising funds to support African community led projects during COVID-19. 

    Manitoulin Passage Ride - On June 6-7, head to Manitoulin Island for the 10th Annual Manitoulin Passage Ride. Enjoy a Free Ferry Crossing on this 2 day fully supported ride. Saturday night supper and dance, Sunday lunch with music, roadside snacks and insurance all included. 

    Diva Day Road Cycling Clinic (Women Only) - Muskoka & Collingwood. Saturday, June 6, 2020, sign up for this one day fully supported road cycling clinic includes guided scenic routes, mini mechanic seminar, gear selection, climbing, descending and group riding drills. Approx mileage 50-60km.

    Ride for Health – Postponed to October 4 - June 7, 2020, head out to Copper Creek Golf Club for a day of camaraderie, determination and inspiration. Ride for Health, presented by CIBC, is an exclusive 25/60/100 kilometre ride through picturesque York Region. Indulge in a gourmet breakfast, premier rest stations and a post-event celebration.

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    Manulife Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart – Ride on Sunday June 7, 2020 in the Manulife Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart and celebrate over 30 years with us! Experience the thrill of riding on a traffic-free Gardiner and DVP! Select the distance that is right for you - 25km, 50km or 75km. 

    West Nipissing Cycle for Charity - On June 7, head to Sturgeon Falls for this charity ride, and make a difference with funds providing bikes for children in need. Enjoying 1 of 3 routes, following a portion of the Voyageur Route, currently under development.   

    Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour - CANCELLED - On June 13-14, 2020 join the 48th Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour. this weekend long event offers 4 different tour routes, between Ottawa, Perth, Kingston and back. 2,000 cyclists participate in this popular tour run by volunteers and organized by the Ottawa Bicycle Club since 1972.

    Tour de Grand 2017Tour de Grand - CANCELLED On June 14, 2020, head to Cambridge to ride this award-winning, cycling event, suitable for all ages. In celebration of its 23rd anniversary, 11 routes available. The 50 and 76 km gravel and trail routes will appeal to gravel and cross riders. Snacks and lunch included. 

    Third Annual Gravel Growler - Postponed - Join the 3rd Annual 'Gravel Growler' gravel ride, June 7, 2020. Enjoy a ride through Middlesex County while raising funds for the non-profit Fowler/Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic. Routes are available for all skill levels! Register for the 25K, 50K. 100K or 200K rides or enjoy the 5K Family Ride. 

    Tour de Mississippi Mills - TBD, sign up for the Tour de Mississippi Mills, a signature event of Mississippi Mills Bicycle Month. It’s all about fun and participation for all ages and riding abilities — with routes ranging from 30, 60, 80 or 100 kilometres (km).

    Moveathon Ride - On June 14, 2020, ride either 50 or 100km route options on a one day charity ride. The ride starts in Thornhill, York Region at the Kayla's Children Centre

    Mental Health in Motion - On June 14th, sign up for the 8th Annual Greater Toronto RIDE, RUN, OR WALK FOR MENTAL HEALTH in Newmarket. Route options include 5, 20, 60 and 100km. Ride with the pros or cycle as a family. This is an all-inclusive, accessible, family-friendly cycling event.

    VÉLOCITY 2.0 - On June 20, 2020, join a great day in Caledon. Sign up for a 10k family ride, and 25km, 60km, or 100km rides for more experienced cyclists. Each ride will wind you through the prestigious trails of the Caledon bike route, which offer stunning views of our rolling countryside and beautiful forests. 

    Alvar Treasure Rides - June 15-19 join this all-inclusive cycling vacation on beautiful Manitoulin Island. 5 day riding, 4 nights stay with multiple km routes available each day.

    Bike The Creek - CANCELLED, event will return in 2021. The Bike the Creek is an annual cycling event in Brampton. Choose from 4 routes ranging from 11 to 40 km. Enjoy pavilions enroute where participants can learn about the natural and cultural heritage of the area. Participants have an opportunity to win prizes and will enjoy complimentary lunch courtesy of the Region of Peel.

    Medics for Mental Health Ride - On June 27, 2020, head to Woodstock, ON for a ride through picturesque Oxford County to raise awareness and funds to support mental health wellness among First Responders. All riders welcome. 14km Family Fun Ride, or a 50km or 100km route available.

    Reggie Ramble - On June 27, 2020, head to Warkworth in the Trent Hills for some serious gravel grinding. The new event features 3 different courses of 65km, 130km and 200km of fantastic off-road gravel roads on challenging and fun terrain.

    The Ice Cream Ride - TBD join this family-friendly, ice cream fueled cycling event in Hamilton with 6km (car-free) and 29km routes.

    2020 Carbon Cycle - On June 13 to 14, 2020, head to Hamilton for the 2020 Carbon Cycle Fundraiser Ride! The new route will incorporate around 95% along rail-trails from Hamilton to Waterford. The ride is approximately 70km each way. Environment Hamilton will provide guides, luggage transfer, support, and camping.

    Rael's Ride - Cancelled - June 28, 2020, head to the North Thornhill Community Centre for Rael's Ride, a 10km/25km/60km charity ride in support of Brain Cancer Research at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Tickets include fully supported and insured ride, hot lunch entertainment and silent auction. New this year: A chaperoned 10 km ride for novice cyclists! 

    Hairshirt Classic Double Century - Sunday, June 28th, 2020, punish yourself on this free ride hosted by the Toronto Bicycling Network. Ride 322km from Mississauga to Niagara and back for a little self-inflicted fun.

    24 Hours24 Hours of Summer Solstice - June 20-21, Albion Hills Conservation Area, experience the summer solstice on two wheels at this mountain bike festival and relay race. North America's biggest 24 hour mountain bike event. Ride solo, tag team or with 4-10 people. Day passes available

    Alvar Treasure Rides - June 22-26 (sold out) join this all inclusive cycling vacation on beautiful Manitoulin Island. 5 day riding, 4 nights stay with multiple km routes available each day. Details 

  • JULY

    Sea Otter CanadaCANCELLED - Mini Otter Sept 19-20 - On July 3-5, 2020 head to Blue Mountain for the 2nd annual edition of Sea Otter Canada. The 3 day festival offers something for everyone to enjoy: 100+ cycling brands, bike demos, clinics, kids zone, entertainment, beer and food vendors.

    Tour de Whitewater - July 11, 2020, you're invited you to go and cycle in beautiful Whitewater Region, where there is a ride for everyone 150k, 100k , 60k Gravel, 50k, 30k & 10k Family Ride. Community Breakfast, Community BBQ Lunch, Door Prizes!

    Pedaling for Parkinson’s - PEC - July 10-12, 2020, Head to Prince Edward County for Pedaling for Parkinson's fundraising ride with the emphasis on fun. This all abilities ride offers the opportunity to ride one, two or three days with routes ranging from 40-120km.

    Fretori Gravel Ride - On July 12, 2020, participate in the Fretori Gravel Ride in Warsaw ON. Riders will be able to choose from three courses: 170km, 125km & 100km. The 170km is the the most challenging of the three with 1500m of elevation and two rest stops.

    Butter Tart 700 - On Sunday July 12, 2020, ​set off on a 700-ish kilometre bikepacking route traversing some of the most interesting and less trodden terrain in southwestern Ontario. Yes, Ontario has some terrific terrain begging for a fatter tire adventure.

    Canadian Mountain Bike Championships/Ontario Cup XC - On July 11-12 2020, be part of Canada’s pinnacle mountain bike event of the year, in our own backyard! There are events for all ages and abilities, as well as the chance to watch Canada’s best riders in action as they vie for the Canadian Champion titles.

    El Bandito - July 18, 2020, Brimacombe El Bandito is back for 2020! The ultimate 'bike' race with lots of different and challenging sections. Race or just ride, but make sure you have fun! There are 3 different distances to test yourself.

    GranFondo Ottawa - Reggio Capitale - July 18, 2020, get the European-inspired "Big Ride" experience in the Ottawa Valley. Relaxed non-competitive options include 65 and 100 km or opt for the 180 or 235 km Gran and Supr Fondos with timed sections. All rides are fully supported.

    Le Tour de Norfolk - Saturday, July 19, 2020, Delhi, ON, explore picturesque back roads and quaint villages as you cycle the quiet, paved roads of Norfolk County, located on the north shore of Lake Erie. Choose from 40, 75, 100 and 160 km routes with rest stops every 20-25 km, complete with snacks and refreshments. Road support is provided and routes are clearly marked.

    Ionic Mountain Bike Tour - Sudbury Fitness Challenge - CANCELLED - On Sunday, July 19th, 2020, head out to Naughton Trail Centre in Sudbury for this mountain bike event. Join this annual event, supporting family, fun, and fitness at a recreational level for people of all ages and skill levels. Distances from 350m to 20 km.

    Kitchener Twilight Grand Prix Criterium - On July 25th, 2020, head to Kitchener for the annual Twilight Grand Prix.  Race categories from Beginner level to Elite Pro Men’s and Female races. 

    Summer Epic 8 Hour MTB Relay - On July 25 2020, head to Hard Wood Ski and Bike in Oro Medonte to enjoy the Epic 8 Hour Mountain Bike Relay. The event is all about the camaraderie, sportsmanship and the gritty, hard-core enjoyment of riding with friends. The Epic 8 Hour relay is a personal and team challenge to complete as many laps as possible.

    Andy's Ride - Sunday, July 26, 2020, head out to the heart of Muskoka and join Andy’s Ride, an OPP escorted cycling featuring 3 routes: 35km, 90km and 135km. Enjoy post-ride entertainment, lunch and swag. Tax receipt from Hospice Muskoka for $250. This event start and ends at the Port Carling Community Center.

    The Noble Pursuit- On July 26, ride in an event of a different sort. The Noble Puruit takes place in Peterborough County and is a self-supported team ride along a route that is a closely guarded secret, revealed to great fanfare (and the odd weak knee) on the morning of the event. It will be long — around 170km.

     

  • AUGUST

    OBBR Marketplace ENG w bleed 011619 1Ontario By Bike Ride - August Ride - On August 22 to 23 we will head out to Simcoe County for a ride along the Simcoe County Trail. Join us on this ride from Barrie to Midland and Orillia for a fantastic ride weekend including almost entirely trails. Accommodation, food and luggage transfer included

    Bluewater International Granfondo – On August 2, 2020, ride in this exciting Granfondo welcoming cyclists to Lambton County’s Bluewaterland. The 5th annual event starts and finishs along the shores of Lake Huron in Sarnia’s beautiful Mike Weir Park. Route options include 50, 100 and 150 km. Take in the scenery of thriving fruit orchards and the rolling hills of Arkona.

    Gran Fondo Lake Huron - The Gran Fondo Lake Huron is a fundraising bike ride, out of Southampton, Ontario, supporting the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation. Event is set to take place on Sunday, August 16th, 2020 and will offer four distances; 30km, 70km, 110km, and 160km. This ride welcomes cyclists of all levels, offering a fantastic and scenic tour of Bruce County.

    Mountainview 9 Lives Enduro - TBD, head to Midland, Ontario for the best trails that Mountainview has to offer at the Nine Lives Enduro. The newest craze in MTB racing, an enduro is a same day stage race, where riders will compete on a series of timed stages, and must proceed to the next stage.

    Crank the Shield - CRANK IS TAKING A BREAK FOR 2020 AND WILL RETURN BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER IN 2021!

    Tour for Kids (Ontario) - Kawartha Lakes Region; August 14-16, 2020, marks the 17th year of Tour for Kids. Ride 100km, 160km or 200km daily, pace groups for all, overnight accommodations included in reg fee. Ride a different route each day in the Kawartha Lakes region, including: Pigeon Lake, Rice Lake and Stoney Lake. Additionally, MTB option at Tecasy Ranch on Saturday.

    DGT 2017Dunnville Grand Tour - On August 15th-16th, 2020, enjoy a scenic ride through the picturesque community of Haldimand county. Enjoy breathtaking views along the shores of Lake Erie, and throughout the peaceful countryside. With routes ranging from 25-100 km, we have something for everyone.

    Moveathon Overnight Experience - On August 16-17, 2020, Enjoy a beautiful scenic ride, Sunday (65km), Monday (135km) in Muskoka on the Moveathon Ride's new two-day overnight charity ride.

    Cycle Camelot - Saturday, August 22, 2020, Cycle Camelot has united cycling enthusiasts and supporters of the Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre for the past 8 years, raising over $250,000 to help support local people living with cancer, their families and caregivers.

    Kawartha Lakes Classic - The Kawartha Lakes Classic will be held on August 29, 2020. The Classic Cycling Tour has something for everyone, including routes of 13, 25, 50, 100 and 160 km to suit all levels of riders.

    The Sudbury Camino - August 8, 2020, this route offers an authentic and unique Camino-like experience while enabling the discovery of Greater Sudbury's portion of the Great Trail (Trans Canada Trail). The Camino covers only a 28km section of the 93 km Sudbury segment of the Trans Canada Trail. 

    Gravel Road Clinic & Wine Tasting (co-ed) - August 22nd, 2020, sign up for a clinic that will prepare you for everything gravel riding may throw at you. From the different types of gravel roads, the proper techniques to ride loose climbs, potholes and bumpy descents, how to effectively hold lines and following wheels on gravel.

    Ride For Karen - TBD, join cyclists from across Ontario at Ride for Karen, an annual fundraising ride to send children with cancer to camp. Featuring a 160km and 100km cycling course, the ride starts at Markham and rolls through the countryside north of Toronto. The ride started in 2002 as a tribute to Karen Tobias who passed away from breast cancer. To date, more than $2.64 million has been raised.

    Tour di Via Italia - Sunday August 23, 2020, head to Windsor for the Tour di Via Italia. Now in its 62nd year, the Tour di Via Italia is the oldest historical, international street race in Ontario. Held on Labour Day weekend, the racing kicks off on Sunday.

    FAB Trails Festival - August 21 to 23, The Frontenac Arch Biosphere Network (FABN) is organizing a Trails Festival to encourage and inspire community residents and visitors to appreciate the wealth of biodiversity as experienced through the trails of Charleston Lake Provincial Park. Opening ceremonies will be held on September 28, to capture the beauty of the biosphere in the Fall. This will be followed by two weeks of self-directed hiking, paddling, or cycling pre-selected trails in the biosphere.

    Bikes4Bibles (Fergus Ride) - August 29, enjoy a 32km ride (approx. 2-3 hours) around the Elora Cataract Trail, starting from St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Fergus to the town of Bellwood and back to Fergus.

  • SEPTEMBER

    Bike Month - Confirmed Proceeding - September is the new bike month across the GTHA and Guelph. Celebrate all things bike and participate in community cycling events close to home. 

    Journey for Janice - Confirmed Proceeding - On August 30, the 5th annual Journey for Janice in support of Muscular Dystrophy will ride out through York Region beginning from Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area and featuring a 50km course and a 100km course. Registration capped and closed early with 45 riders.

    Perth County Cycling Tour - Confirmed Proceeding - The Stratford Cycle Club will be hosting their 2nd annual tour September 13. There will be three routes through Perth County on safe rural roads at distances of 25, 66 and 104km. Routes starting in Stratford's Market Square including stops in St.Marys and Mitchell, and a light lunch will be provided for those who sign up by September 1. Maximum 100 riders. Pre-registration essential. 

    Greg's Cycle For Kids - Confirmed Proceeding - Spread out over 2 days (September 19 & 20) take your pick of routes and ride 50, 100 or 160km starting from Milton. Ride numbers capped at 95 each day, so sign up early.  

    OBBR Marketplace ENG w bleed 011619 1Ontario By Bike Ride - Confirmed Proceeding/Sold Out - September 19-20, our last ride for 2020 will be a new tour exploring the Region of Waterloo. Heading out from Guelph we will make our way towards Waterloo following the beautiful Kissing Bridge and passing through Mennonite Country and St. Jacobs. Overnight in Waterloo and the following day loop back through Kitchener, Cambridge area and end in Guelph

    Ride4 United Way of Durham - Confirmed Proceeding - On September 12 head to the Durham region to cycle for mental health. Multiple routes out of Whitby will be available and social distancing safety measures will be in place.

    Barrie 2 Baycrest - Confirmed Proceeding - On September 13, 2020, celebrate the 24th annual Barrie 2 Baycrest ride. Travel through scenic countryside north of the city, and experience a convivial atmosphere and post-ride festivities. Riders can choose between a 100km or 50km route. Costs include limited edition jersey, breakfast, lunch and two tickets to post-ride dinner.

    Limestone Century Bicycle Tour - Confirmed Proceeding - On September 13, 2020, head to Kingston for this classic tour. Start and end in Historic Portsmouth Village, Kingston ON. Three great routes to enjoy: 100 miles, 100km & 50km – each includes scenic villages, countryside, and shoreline of Lake Ontario. Proceeds from the event support Cycle Kingston, a registered charity that promotes cycling.

    Alvar Treasure Rides - Confirmed Proceeding - September 7 to 11 or 14 to 18, join this all-inclusive cycling vacation on beautiful Manitoulin Island. 5 day riding, 4 nights stay with multiple km routes available each day.

    8 Hours of Hurtin' in Haliburton - Confirmed Proceeding - On September 19th, 2020, challenge yourself to 8 hours of epic private backcountry gravel roads in Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve for a racing experience like none other in Ontario. The 27km loop features zero pavement, fully stocked aid stations, beautiful lake vistas, 330m of climbing/lap, and the flowiest gravel roads that will leave a grin on your face.


    Caribou Charity Ride - Postponed to 2021, TBD -  the Caribou Charity Ride will start in Thunder Bay and travel through picturesque Oliver Paipoonge Township and is for everyone from the recreational rider to accomplished cyclists. Cyclists can choose to ride 50k, 75k, new 75k Gravel or 100k routes, each handpicked to showcase the best of cycling in Northern Ontario.

    Prince Edward County Gran Fondo - Postponed to September 11, 2021 -  Event registrations from 2020 will remain valid and are automatically transferred to 2021. Choose from 3 ride distances - 50km, 100km and 150km. Travel & Leisure recently described Prince Edward County as one of the top places to travel to in the world. Now ride there!

    Tour Paramedic RidePostponed to 2021, TBD, join this four day, 550km ride and fundraiser from Toronto to Ottawa. This fully supported event is open to all cyclists, not just paramedics. Support and learn more about the monument to be built memorializing paramedics who have died in the line of duty, and the, all too often, mental health challenges paramedics are faced with.

    Peloton Ride - 12 September, 2020 is the annual Peloton Ride, supporting men's mental health & suicide awareness. Starting at the Velodrome in Milton, Halton Region, the event offers three different rides of 50, 80 or 120km followed by a festival at the Velodrome.

    Thousand Island Gran Fondo  - Cancelled - Brockville; On September 13, 2020, choose from 3 ride distances, 160KM, 120KM and 90Km. The ride takes you all the way through the Thousand Islands Parkway where it finishes at the outskirts of Brockville. Riders will cross over a bridge at the 401 onto beautiful secondary country roads all the way back into Gananoque. 

    Discover L&A Ride - Cancelled - Hop on your bike September 19th, 2020, for a 58-kilometre journey that takes you along paved roads overlooking the water's edge and authentic rural Eastern Ontario landscapes. Start and finish in Bath, at the local brewing company, stop at heritage sites and enjoy local music and refreshments along the way.

    24h Mosport Velo - Postponed to 2021, TBD - enjoy an extraordinary cycling experience. This 24-hour cycling relay experience is a team fundraising event in support of Special Olympics Ontario. It takes place on an exceptional 4km professional Grand Prix circuit, north of Bowmanville.

    Fall Epic 8 Hour - September 14 to 29, head to Hardwood Ski and Bike and ride as many laps as possible in a dedicated 8 hour window.  

    Toronto International Bicycle Show - Fall Blowout - Postponed to September 25, 2021, head to the Bicycle Fall Blowout Sale, a one-day only, Year-End Clearout, from 10am to 5pm. Get there early as this once-a-year, seven-hour sales blitz draws a crowd. The event takes place at the Exhibition Centre in Liberty Village, Toronto.

    Tour de T1D - Cancelled - Sunday, September 27, 2020, head to Barrie to join the 3rd edition of the T1D ride and cycle to raise funds and awareness for Type 1 diabetes. 

  • OCTOBER AND BEYOND

    Bruce Peninsula Gravel Gran Fondo - Postponed to 2021, TBD - take a run up back gravel roads in Bruce Peninsula from Lion’s Head Lighthouse to the Cabot Head lighthouse and back. Shorter routes available. Event is in support of the Bruce Peninsula ECO Adventures and Biosphere Association.

    Dam Cross - Postponed to 2021, TBD - Two event days of cyclocross racing and fun at Pittock Conservation Area, Woodstock, Oxford County, October dates TBD. 

    Canadian Cyclocross Championships - Cancelled - A three day cyclocross celebration November 1 to 3, Nicholls Oval Park in Peteborough with Shimano Canadian Cyclocross Championships and PTBO CX UCI C2 events.

     

 

 

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Ontario Cycling AssociationOntario Cycling Association Race Events – Provincial Road Races – Hosted by cycling clubs throughout Ontario, the annual qualifying races and provincial championships draw cycling teams from across the province. Consult Ontario Cycling Association’s event calendar.

 

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