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In This Issue: April 2013
Great Places to Cycle: Grey County
Bike Trains 2013
Otesha Project
Capital Vélo Fest
Ragnar Niagara
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Events & Tours 
All Weather Mountain 
Bike Challenge

April 21


7 Days in May

May 4-10


CN Cycle for Cheo

May 4


Bike Trek 2013

May 25 


Bike to Work Day

May 27 


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Durham Cycling Map
 New this spring, this pocket map shows 10 new cycling routes and connections in Durham Region, just east and north of Toronto. Also featured with location points are over 70 certified bicycle friendly Welcome Cyclists businesses.
Durham Cycle Tours
Download or order a copy to get you there this summer. 
New Publication

You may be interested in reading a great new booklet we published showcasing cycle tourism in Ontario. 

  Bikes Do Mean Business

View or download at: www.welcomecyclists.ca/octf13


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Operating every weekend from May 17, Parkbus is making extra stops this year, adding Ottawa departures to the already busy Toronto dates.  



This express bus service to Algonquin, Killarney, Bruce Peninsula and more has limited space for bikes, so book ahead. Schedule and booking info at: www.parkbus.ca


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  VIA Rail 

  GO Transit

 Pedal Magazine



Norco Bicycles  



Roll On ...
We're back! Spring has finally sprung and if you haven't already had your bike out, we hope our e-newsletter will inspire you to do so. Sent monthly April through November, we have lots of great cycle touring news and Ontario info to share with you. Additional info is posted year round on our Facebook page.
So stay tuned, and come along for the ride. 
Great Places to Cycle: Grey County
Photo Credit: M Landry

With 4 seasons of fun, and at least 3 of them good for cycling, we recommend putting a visit to Grey County high up on your getaway wish list this year. 

Located south of the shoreline and beaches of Georgian Bay, with the Niagara escarpment providing the backdrop for Blue Mountain and Beaver Valley, you'll find charming communities and scenic farmland through to Owen Sound and south. Enjoy off-road cycling on a number of trails including the 32km Georgian Trail, or hit the quiet country roads on one of the manymapped cycling routes across the Grey County Cycling Routes county.   

The Welcome Cyclists Network recently expanded to Grey County, so you can now find certified bicycle friendly businesses and a number of other resources to help plan your visit and cycling adventures at: www.welcomecyclists.ca/greycounty


The following are some additional events and suggestions you may want to check out:

● PedalFest - July 12-14, a celebration of all things cycling at Blue Mountain. 

 Peddle and Paddle - Guided or self guided tours departing from Blue Mountain.

 Georgian Bay Cycle Tours - Join a scheduled or request a customized tour, 1-2+ day itineraries.

● Centurion Blue Mountains - September 13-15, several route lengths to suit all looking for a challenge. 

● Pedal Pushers - Personalized road and mountain biking skills training, with optional stop at spa.  

 Cycle B&B South Georgian Bay - 10 participating B&B's offering cyclists extra services including luggage transfer.  


Daydream a little further and watch this video Getaway to Greyto preview what could be similar to your very own two wheel tour.   Additional information can also be found at: www.visitgrey.ca


Bike Trains 2013 - 
GO Transit - The Toronto Niagara train is operating May long weekend and starting regular weekend and holiday service throughout the summer from June 29. With space for at least 46 bikes, this popular roll on roll off service provides a convenient way to get to any number of great cycling destinations along the route.  Additionally, weekend train service between Toronto and Barrie is available this summer, with space for up to 2 bikes per train coach. www.gotransit.com


VIA Rail - Bike racks will be available a one train daily between Toronto and Montreal, allowing passengers to disembark at stations in between that offer baggage service. The bagging or boxing of bikes will be required for transporting bikes on any other train with baggage service. More info at: www.viarail.ca/en/bike 

The Otesha Project
Photo Credit: Otesha Project

The Otesha Project  is an organization whose mission is to mobilize and equip Canadians to create local and global change for a fair and sustainable future for the planet. Many of their unique projects are bicycle themed. 


In 2013, Otesha is looking for curious, dedicated and adventuresome people to travel sections of Canada as volunteer tour members on an Otesha cycling tour. Participants will deepen their knowledge of environmental and social issues - from food systems to resource extraction to Indigenous rights - all while gaining skills in public engagement and youth empowerment, experimenting with pedal-powered transport, and living an unforgettable experience with diverse and inspiring teammates.


This Summer, Otesha is running two cycling tours in Ontario:

● Nation to Nation Tour (July 27-August 25) ages 18-30

 Pedal to Plate Tour (August 10-18) open to all ages


For more infomation on these tours and other Otesha projects, visit their website www.otesha.ca 

Capital Vlo Fest

The 3rd annual bicycle festival in Ottawa will take place over the June 1-2 weekend.  

● Saturday at Festival Plaza (City Hall) - Bike rodeo; workshops about bicycle safety, bike maintenance and cycle commuting; bicycle jousting, bike limbo, bicycle polo; and a bike-powered smoothie machine. With Ottawa bicycle shops, clubs and advocacy groups, there will be something for everyone interested in cycling.

● Saturday evening - Tour La Nuit will take over car-free Queen Elizabeth Drive for a 20km cycling tour, circling back to Festival Plaza to listen to live music. The Tour La Nuit is a fundraiser for the Kidney Foundation of Canada.

● Sunday - The V�lo Fest will reach out into two Ottawa 

Ottawa Capital Velo Fest

communities for more bicycle fun -Brantwood Park (in Old Ottawa

 East) and Vanier.

For much more information about V�lo Fest, or to volunteer, visit www.capitalvelofest.ca


There are a number of additional bike tours and events in and around Ottawa in 2013. For more info visit: www.welcomecyclists.ca/events 

Ragnar Niagara

June 14-15: Are you looking for a new activity to enjoy along the Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail


Ragnar Niagara Consider signing up for the debut of the popular Ragnar Relay Series 

in Canada. 


This overnight 320km running team relay race will start in Cobourg and end in Niagara, with lots of fun for everyone along the way. www.ragnarrelay.com

Look out for our next e-newsletter to be delivered to your inbox in mid May. 

Until then, peace and bike grease from, 

From Louisa, Joanne, Robert
Welcome Cyclists Network & Bike Train Team
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