Ontario By Bike E-News: Mid-Winter
Cycling in Ontario Guide 2018

The wait is over for the  newly designed 2018 Cycling in Ontario Guide!

Now available the guide this year features over 50 day trip and overnight cycling itineraries across Ontario, on trails and roads for both recreational and experienced cyclists, as well as mountain biking! It also takes a closer look at family trail riding weekends, training and preparing for charity events, a peak at Ontario's best hill climbs, a break down of bicycle touring options and so much more!

The 6th annual edition is bigger than ever at 40 pages, and printed in both French and English. Visit OntarioByBike.ca/2018 to view online or download a copy. 

To request a print copy by mail, email your name, mailing address and include 'Cycling in Ontario' in subject line to:  info@OntarioByBike.ca
2018 Ontario By Bike Rides 
- Destinations and Schedule Released - 

These self guided, supported small group tours incorporate fun, recreational routes, as much trail as possible and all the services that allow guests to ride at their own pace and find all the hidden gems Ontario destinations have to offer. 
Just bring your bike and ride! 

Our value-priced ride weekends sell out! Book early to avoid disappointment. 

For more information visit:  OntarioByBike.ca/Rides

June 2-3
2 days / 1 night
Distance: 90km
Price: $249*
July 28-29
2 days / 1 night
Distance : 85 or 100km 
Price: $239*
September 1-3
3 days / 2 nights
Distance:  186km
Price: $349*
September 22-23
2 days / 1 night
Distance: 125km 
Price: $239*

With our TICO-licensed partner   OK Cycle & Adventure Tours
who offer a wide range of cycling tours in Ontario and world-wide! 
*Prices per person based on double occupancy. HST not included. Single rider supplement, triple, quad and youth discounts available. 
Salon du vélo / Montreal Bicycle Show

Located in Montreal or surrounding areas? Come visit Ontario By Bike at the Montreal Bicycle Show taking place at Place Bonaventure February 23-25!

Talk with knowledgeable, bilingual staff at our Ontario Cycle Tourism Information Centre, who will be thrilled to share with you the latest cycling maps and resources from our partners across Ontario or a copy of the brand new  2018 Cycling in Ontario / Le vélo en Ontario Guide.

For more information including booth number, show times and how to avoid ticket line-ups, visit  OntarioByBike.ca/MontrealBicycleShow
Toronto Outdoor Adventure Show

On February 23-25, join us at the Toronto Outdoor Adventure Show  at the International Centre in Mississauga.  Ontario By Bike and our Ontario Cycle Tourism Information Booth will be located at booth #518, front and centre with our partners from the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail  all weekend long. 

Browse Ontario's largest selection of print cycling maps and resources, connect with expert staff to help you plan your next cycling adventure!

Join Ontario By Bike at the " The Best of Canada Adventures Stage" on Sunday at 12:00pm as we share our " Unveiling Ontario's Newest Adventure!" presentation.

Take the Ontario Cyclists Survey

Ontario By Bike / Transportation Options is working with Ryerson University,  School of Hospitality and Tourism Management students, on a research project that will provide greater insight into the participation, impacts and benefits of cycle tourism in Ontario.
We're looking to collect data from a large sample size of cyclists and hope you can help us out. The information that you share, when combined with that of all respondents, can provide valuable insight that we along with our partners can use to continue to grow cycling and cycle tourism in Ontario.  
If you have a few minutes, please take the time to complete this short online survey.
The survey is open until March 9.  We thank you in advance. 

If you are interested in knowing more about what the Government of Ontario is proposing for a multi-year action plan to advance the implementation of #CycleON, Ontario's Cycling Strategy, link HERE to the proposed policy posted on the Environmental Registry. Review and comment period ends March 7. 
Toronto International Bicycle Show

On March 2-4, visit over 175 exhibitors and join thousands of other cyclists at the  Toronto International Bicycle Show at the Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place in Toronto. 

Learn about the latest trends in bikes and gear for 2018 or connect with tour companies, clubs, events and cycling destinations! Bring the family with lots of activities including a 2,000 ft test track and a Kids' Action Zone. 

Early Bird savings of $2 when you purchase tickets online before midnight on March 1st. Tickets also available at the door.

Visit us and the Ontario Cycle Tourism Information Centre at  booth #814 for all of the maps and trip planning resources to help make your next cycling trip in Ontario a great one! 
Ontario By Bike`s Fall Photo Contest
- We have a Winner!  - 

2017 Photo Contest Winner: Peter Istvan
We'd like to thank all those who submitted entries into Ontario By Bike's 2017 photo contest. It's was exciting to see so many wonderful photos of different bike adventures around the province.

The 2017 photo contest winning shot (featured right) was taken along the Fitness Trail in Parry Sound by Peter Istvan.

Our 2018 Photo Contest is now live! Visit OntarioByBike.ca/photocontest for more information on how to enter and look at past year's winners and runner's up! C ontest closes November 20, 2018.
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2018 Cycling Events in Ontario

Join a cycling event in 2018 and discover one of the best ways to explore a new area by bike. Here is a list of some of the cycling shows and events coming up over the next couple of months.
Hell of the North
April 1
Steaming Nostril
April 8
Paris to Ancaster Bike Race
April 29
April 29
Mike Ride
May 6
May 6
Epic 8 Hour
May 12
BORCA Spring Chicken
May 12
7 Days in May
May 26
 Tour of Kincardine
May 27
 Creemore Springs Turas Mór
May 27

Now updated for 2018, be sure to visit OntarioByBike.ca/Events for more complete listings and search over 100 cycling event listings with something for every type of cyclist ! 

Do you know of an event that isn't listed on our site? Send an email to info@ontariobybike.ca and we'll add it!
There's Something New in Ottawa Valley 

Order or download the brand new Ottawa Valley Cycling Map, featuring 16 road cycling routes in both Ontario  and Quebec!

Ottawa Valley not far north of Ottawa, is a ride destination that will surely impress!  A rugged landscape with challenging hill climbs and rewarding vista views across lakes and forested valleys makes this area a top choice for road riding and bike touring. 

There are also converted rail trails for recreational cyclists and a burgeoning mountain bike scene with growing trail networks in the eastern part of the region. Head out to Forest Lea Trails to find 30km of well-loved and volunteer-maintained single track. Get an early start on the event scene and sign up for the BORCA Spring Chicken mountain bike event, hosted by BORCA (Beachburg Offroad Cycling Association) on May 12th.

Visit OntarioByBike.ca/OttawaValley for more information on maps, routes and trail networks as well as over 25 certified bicycle friendly locations to visit, eat and sleep.
Keep Spinning!

As always, our mid-Winter e-newsletter is full of new announcements and ideas and inspiration to help you explore Ontario by bike. With the snow still falling (meaning fresh tracks for the fat bikers and a slower rides home for the all-season cyclists) it's tough to predict when winter will end. 

W e can promise, however, that warmer days are ahead! 

There`s no better time to start firming up plans, rounding up ride buddies and picking up the maps and resources to you`ll need to make 2018 your best ride year yet!  

We have many resources to help you get out there and explore the province, we hope that you find what you need. Visit us at a spring show, join us on one of our rides or contact us directly for any further assistance.  

Here's to  getting 2018 rolling,

From Louisa & Michael 

Ontario By Bike Network 
Project of Transportation Options 
850 Coxwell Ave ~ Toronto, ON ~ M4C 5R1 
Office : 416-827-2774 
Toll-Free : 1-866-701-2774 

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