On the second Sunday of each month, Speed River Bicycle offers cyclists an opportunity to meet, ride, and socialize while exploring new places to cycle, mostly away from traffic and closer to nature.
On the second Sunday of each month, and at other times throughout the year, Speed River Bicycle offers cyclists an opportunity to meet, ride, and socialize while exploring new places to cycle, mostly away from traffic and closer to nature. These multi-surface rides utilize mostly unpaved surfaces like gravel roads, rail trail, recreation trails, snowmobile trails, single track, and hydro line access roads. The rides offer with varying degrees of challenge, and range anywhere from 25 - 140km in length.
These "Gravel Grinds", “GROAD EPICS” or “Multisurface Rides” are intended, and best suited for drop-bar bikes with 700C tires designed for loose and hard pack surfaces. Road Disc, Cyclocross, Gravel, Hybrid, Dual Sport, “All-roads”, and “Adventure Touring” bikes offer tires starting at 32mm wide. These tires are wide enough to handle the rough terrain and offer enough volume to provide comfort to the rider without the weight and rolling resistance penalties of a mountain bike. Mountain bikes are welcome, just be prepared to a lot work harder to keep up with the lighter, quicker rolling bikes.
All that said, the rides are friendly, casual and simply about getting out and enjoying the countryside while mostly free of traffic. We don't want to discourage anyone from riding, and we do want everyone who joins to enjoy it. For this we strongly encourage riders be comfortable with the distance that they are committing to. Depending on the ride, speeds can average anywhere from 20km/hr to 30km/hr on gravel. We let the riders be the judge of their limits, and welcome anyone who feels comfortable with the pace and distance that the given ride will offer .
Our June 10 ride will be approximately 70km in length at a pace around 23km/hr.