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In This Issue: June 2014
Great Places to Cycle: Elgin County and St. Thomas
Grey County Ride Guide
Tracks, Trails and Technical Terrain
Lock It Up Tight !
These...Wheels are in Motion!. and Feature Business
Upcoming Events
June 21
June 21-22


June 21
York Region
June 22


June 22
Blue Mountain
June 28-29
June 29


July - Various Dates 

Parry Sound
July 11 - 13
July 19
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Weekend Toronto Niagara trains start June 28.
For more info on 2014 routes and schedules visit:

Buses to Killarney, Bruce Peninsula, Algonquin
and additional parks.  

View full schedule and info at: Parkbus

Upcoming Mountain Bike Events in Ontario
June 21-22
July 5
Sept 12-14


Great Waterfront
Trail Adventure
New this year, the Great Waterfront Trail Adventure changes format. Shorter ride days = more time to explore the trail and communities on this year's route: Brockville to Cornwall
August 11 to 15

2014 Cycling Guide
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Cycling in Ontario

With Thanks to

our 2014 Sponsors




  VIA Rail 

  GO Transit

 Pedal Magazine


Norco Bicycles  


 Great Places to Cycle:
Elgin County and St. Thomas
From the criss-crossing country roads to the newly extended Waterfront Trail along the north shore of Lake Erie, from the picturesque port towns to Railway City (aka St. Thomas), cyclists are touching down all over Elgin County
Make sure you stop in at any of the port towns for something to satisfy your hunger, thirst or, or perhaps you're looking for a bed to rest. Spend a few hours exploring Port Stanley by bike using their self-guided historic tour.


Looking to ride a rail trail? A series of completed Trans Canada Trails stretch the entire County and give cyclists more than enough km to keep spinning. If you're looking for stops along the way, the trail also takes you through Port Burwell, Alymer and St. Thomas.


Once the rail hub of Ontario, St. Thomas offers cyclists a great reason to get off their bikes, stretch their legs and connect with a bygone era. Explore rail history at Elgin County Railway Museum and the Railway Hall of Fame.

Along the southern portions of Elgin County, cyclists will find some of the best road riding (and beaches!) in Ontario. What's more, in August 2013, the Waterfront Trail (a fully-signed cross regional route) was extended from the Niagara Region to the southern shores of Lake St. Clair. The route follows the Lake Erie shoreline passing through lakeside communities in Elgin County, including Port Stanley, Port Bruce and Port Burwell! For more information and interactive maps, visit the Waterfront Trail website.
Speaking of three ports! Challenge yourself the weekend of August 16th with one of the 50, 100, or 160km rides as part of 3 Port Tour, a 'classic century ride'. Starting out from Alymer, this event is quickly becoming a staple for road riders from near and far. There are also a lot of reasons to stick around for a day or two, including the Aylmer's Sweet Cornfest or exploring the heritage of Elgin County.

If you're looking for some great information of both on and off-road cycling experiences in the region, visit our Great Places to Cycle page for Southwest Ontario - Elgin, Oxford and Middlesex.


Looking to stay the night? Stay at a certified bicycle-friendly accommodations!

 Ontario By Bike - Grey County Ride Guide
 Do you ever wish you could just show up somewhere new and instantly have information on the best cycling route to get to know the town, city or countryside around you?
Launching our third and final guide for the summer in Grey County, other Self-Guided Ride Guide Routes include Ottawa and Toronto. 
Join us for a special guided tour version and launch of the Grey County Ride Guide and Thornbury Heathcote Route on Sunday, June 29th, 2014 - proud to be part of Pedal Fest in Blue Mountain! Take this 2 1/2 hour, 20 km guided tour and explore the best of and beautiful landscapes of Grey County by bike!

Route highlights include  Towns of Thornbury and Clarksburg; Village of Heathcote, agricultural farmlands, orchards and farmgate sales; Escarpment and Georgian Bay views; Beaver River and paddling experiences; Clendenan Conservation Area; art galleries, bakeries and more.
With limited space available, we recommend that you RSVP today and secure your place on a guided tour to launch the route.
  • When:  Sunday, June 29, 10:00am to 12:30pm
  • What:  A guided tour of the new route with Ride On Bikes as part of Blue Mountain Pedal Fest.
  • Where: Meet at and starting from Thornbury town centre, municipal parking lot at Bruce and Bridge Street. 
  • Cost:  Free. Small donation for guides as a courtesy fee is suggested. Bike rentals available and delivered to start point if pre-arranged from Ride On Bikes or from Blue Mountain Village.
For more information on the Ottawa Downtown Explorer Route visit - or RSVP Here.
While in the area drop by PedalFest at Blue Mountain Village, an annual bike festival which celebrates all ages, ability levels and aspects of biking. Stop by our booth Saturday morning for all the info and maps of local cycling routes. 

 Tracks, Trails and Technical Terrain

Mountain and Trail Riding in Ontario

With the growing popularity of mountain biking and trail riding in the province, we're taking the time to highlight a few fantastic trail systems that have our blood pumping just thinking about them! 


Get out to the Waterloo Region and ride The Hydrocut. This gem deals out an unmatched mountain bike experience in Ontario with 25km of uninterrupted single track paths.


Ride the Escarpment and More

Spend the weekend in Grey County and explore the scenic cross country trails and the more challenging, well maintained tracks of the Blue Mountain Bike Park. Also try the nearby Loree Forest Loop with 7km of single track trails great for both beginners and experienced riders.


Smooth Sailing in the Valley

Next time you're in the Ottawa Valley ride the Beachburg Country Forest Trails, just 40 minutes south of Pembroke. You'll find 6km of smooth Red Pine Forest single track, perfect for beginners and intermediate riders.


With over 120 acres of terrain and a 4km beginner's loop, a 6km intermediate loop, and an 8km expert loop, Boler Mountain truly has trails for everyone. Located 20 minutes outside London, why not make a weekend of it!
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(Excerpt from our new 2014 publication Cycling In Ontario, more at

Lock It Up Tight !

You likely already know the importance of locking up your bike correctly and have mastered your own tricks to ensuring your bike remains where it should be and remains undamaged. We also know there can be sometimes be those who go overkill while locking your bike (see below).

Photo by Dustin Quasar (Flickr)

While the image above may be overkill by one or two locks, you can never be too careful. Here are some simple tips when locking your bike:

  • First and foremost. Always lock your bike! It only takes a minute to secure your bike. It takes less time to pedal off with it.
  • Take all removable items with you (pump, light, gps, etc)
  • Don't lock your bike to open-top posts (e.g. parking meters), thieves can simply lift your bike up and over these.
  • Always lock your bike frame, never just your tire(s).
  • Invest in a good quality lock that works for your ride and bike parking situations. Ask your local bike store for assistance in selecting a lock that works best for you. 

Have any other tips or tricks to share with us? Why not send us a tweet or post on our Facebook Page.

These Wheels are in Motion!

Moving into late June we should all have our cycling legs back and feeling fit to hit the trails, roll along quiet roads and perhaps even enjoy a few hill climbs. 


Whatever the ride there is always a reward be it a tasty treat, cold beverage and the sweet post ride memories to keep you going till next time out. 


From Louisa, Joanne & Michael 
Ontario By Bike Network & Bike Train Team
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Stop by this newly certified bicycle-friendly
business while cycling in Oxford County: 
Hitch up your two wheels to the super new bike rack Farmer Budd your host has made to welcome cyclists, while you 
pop into the market for a maple butter tart. 
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