2021 Day Rides
Blackfoot Mountain And Fat Bike Ride BfMF May 15
Time: Wheels roll at 1 PM
Starting Point: Waskahegan Staging Area, Cooking Lake Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area, https://goo.gl/maps/oYRFTXS7Dqy7Hkhb9
Ride Leader: Greg Pommen
Skill level/distance: Intermediate; usually between 20 to 30 km; mountain and fat bikes
Ride Description: We ride some of the wide trails (no single track) in the Blackfoot Rec Area, until we want to return. It’s not technically difficult, but lots of up and down, and bumpy trails so can be tiring for the distance. Maximum 3 hours. Be prepared for wet trails after rains. We’ve experienced everything from concrete hard dry ground to the entire area flooded, and portaging our bikes across creeks. The weather is usually mild in May.
Bring sunblock, mosquito repellent, first aid kit if you have one, sunglasses, snacks, WATER, and camera (it’s picturesque). Also, a tire tube (or 2), plus any tools your bike might need. Also, bring things to cover up the interior of your vehicle in case you or your bike get muddy, which happens a lot! There are outhouses in the area.
Bring a phone in case you get separated from the group. If you have a smartphone, and are amenable to a little experiment, try installing an app called ‘what3words’. Instead of cryptic GPS coordinates, it uses 3 words to determine your location which would make it easy (in theory) to find a person.
Most importantly, bring a sense of humour! Things rarely go entirely according to plan, but it’s usually a barrel of laughs anyway!
This ride is unsupported and weather-permitting.
Ft Saskatchewan Brunch FtSB May 23
Time: Arrive 9:30AM; leave 10AM sharp
Starting Point: TBD; brunch location and route TBD; you can bring your own lunch
Ride Leader: Maureen Lanuke (780-690-7068) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Skill Level/distance/appropriate bike: Social; 55 km return; road bike; sweep, but no sag support.
Road Maps: Go to website RideWithGPS (top bar); click on link to RideWithGPS; select Collections; select Day Rides box; select map by name & date
Ride Description: Rated as an easy ride, the Fort Saskatchewan Brunch Ride is a good event for those of you who are wanting a slower paced ride with some distance and extra time to socialize. You can also bring your own lunch and eat at the nearby recreation complex or go to the town park. Ride is weather-permitting; if weather is iffy, check the EBTC facebook page that morning to confirm that the ride is still on.
Two Hills Tour THT July 3
Time: July 3, 2021 – Arrive at 9:45 AM for a 10:00 AM start.
Starting Point: Vegreville (about 100 km east of Edmonton on Highway 16) – meet at the Pysanka (the big Egg at the east end of town) before 10:00 AM. Take the Highway 16A exit to Vegreville and you will see the Pysanka as you drive through town.
Ride Leader: George Childs (email@example.com) Cell – 587.280.8877
Skill Level/Distance/Appropriate Bike: Intermediate/100 km/ Road Bike
Route Maps: A route map will be provided at the start of the ride.
Ride Description: The route will go north from Vegreville on Highway 857 to Highway 29. Turn right on Highway 29 and continue to Highway 45 and on to Two Hills (about 55 kms). Take a lunch break in Two Hills and return to Vegreville via Highway 36 and Highway 631 (about 45 kms). The first part of the route is flat but as you approach Two Hills and return to Vegreville there are a few rolling hills. This is not a difficult ride but expect a headwind for some of the ride.
No cost, but bring your own lunch or you can buy lunch from the IGA store or from a restaurant in Two Hills.
This will be a supported ride and will be held weather permitting. A mini-van will be available for carrying water, lunches and small personal items. The van is not equipped to haul bikes or passengers.
Traffic along the route – light to moderate. Riding route – good with a narrow shoulder on Hwy 857 for about 30 km and a good riding shoulder for the rest of the route. Pavement is in good to excellent shape.
Showers are available at the end of the ride at the Town of Vegreville Campsite, located adjacent to the Pysanka.
If you are interested in checking out Vegreville’s Ukrainian heritage at the end of the ride this is the last day of the local 3 day Ukrainian Pysanka Festival (depending on Covid restrictions). Admission to the festival grounds is free and there are several spots to sample some delicious authentic Ukrainian food.
Vermillion Pizza Ride VPR July 24
Time: Please arrive in time for a 10am sharp start. Vermilion is an easy 2 hour drive east of Edmonton on Highway 16.
Starting Point: Vermilion Heritage Park Community Oven (5324 50 Ave). Plenty of free parking at the oven site.
Ride Leader: Craig Brown (780) 581-4887
Skill level/distance/appropriate bike: Advanced beginner to intermediate, 85km, road bike
Route maps: Available on Ride with GPS & Strava
Cost: $15 per person for pizza, cinnamon buns and non-alcohol drinks.
Ride description: The 85km ride will leave Vermilion and proceed north on Highway 41 to township road 522, turn east and proceed to highway 893. Turn south and ride to highway 16. Turn west and ride back to Vermilion. There will be ride signage on the entire route and with arrows marking all turns. The route is good pavement with some rolling hills. The roads are generally quieter but this is an agriculture and oil area, so you may encounter some larger equipment. There will be a support vehicle(s) to carry extra water, any personals items and snacks, with room to pick up a couple of riders and bikes if anyone is unable to finish. Pizza and cinnamon buns will be baked in the wood fired oven after riders return. Please let Craig know in advance of any dietary restrictions, gluten free and vegetarian can be easily accommodated. Bring your bikes and bring your appetite. Overnight camping is available at the Vermilion Provincial Park ( https://www.albertaparks.ca/parks/central/vermilion-pp/ ) which has great riding trails, so bring your mountain bike for Friday night and your road bike for Saturday.
Pigeon Lake Outer Loop PLOL August 1
Start Time: Arrive 9:45AM for a 10AM start (sharp); allow for travel time
Starting Point: Mulhurst Bay (day use area) 49 St. Angle parking is available on 49 St as well as a gravel lot nearby; wear a mask in the parking area
Ride Leader: Anne-Marie Adachi
Skill level/distance/bike: Intermediate; 60km; road bike
Route Maps: Link Go to website RideWithGPS; click on link; open Collections; select Day Rides box; select Pigeon Lake Outer Loop—Aug 1/21
Ride Description: The Pigeon Lake ride is a classic! It is a pleasant ride around Pigeon Lake on secondary highways with a couple of significant climbs. The ride is unsupported and weather permitting. Plan to bring your own lunch and snacks.
Calmar Bakery -3 in 1 Ride CB3 August 7
Time: Based on loop selected
- 0930h start: 90/106km loop
- 1000h start: 67km loop
- 1030h start 50km loop
Starting Point: Fas Gas Parking Lot (5001 50 Ave, Calmar, AB T0C 0V0) – Please park on the side streets.
Ride Leaders: Frank Potter (50km) and Moataz Fahmy (90/106km)
- 50km – Calmar-Churches & Cemeteries Loop – Intermediate; unsupported, group ride with a sweep.
- 67km – Calmar-Sunnybrook Loop – Intermediate; unsupported and not a group ride, no sweep
- 90km – Calmar Box Loop – Advanced; unsupported, not a group ride, no sweep
- 106km – Bonus! Full Calmar with Detours Loop – Advanced; unsupported, not a group ride, no sweep
Route Maps: http://myorgbio.org/calmar-loops/
Calmar is a small town in central Alberta. Located in the heart of both the agricultural and energy industries of the province. Generally, the loops described below are on secondary paved highways with low to moderate traffic (except where noted).
Ride Description: Calmar and Thorsby owe their names and existence to a large influx of Scandinavian immigrants. On this day, EBTC will be running 3+1 rides in one. For those who like a shorter distance, register for the 50km Calmar-Churches & Cemeteries Loop. This is a leisurely ride with ample opportunity to stop and photograph and admire the churches, cemeteries and vistas in and around Calmar. We will ride as a group meaning we will stop periodically for everyone to catch up and to hear about the history and stories of the areas we are travelling through.
At the other extreme is the Calmar Box Loop. A faster pace and 90km distance takes you out towards St. Francis and a surprise detour worth seeing. Please note that this involves highway riding with a variety of shoulders and traffic volumes/patterns. See read above route-link for specific cautions. If 90km does not seem like enough, a bonus route can take you up through Thorsby increasing the 90km route to 106km.
In between these two extremes is the Calmar-Sunnybrooke Loop (67km). This takes you through a few more central Alberta towns (Thorsby and Sunnybrook). Please note that this ride and the Calmar Box Loop are NOT group rides. A sweep may be provided but each rider is expected to navigate and travel the route on their own. The 67, 90 and 106km routes all have highway riding cautions you are encouraged to read before signing up.
Please carefully consider which route best matches your comfort in distance, riding type (group or not) and highway-riding-comfort.
Beaumont to Miquelon Lake BML August 14
Time: Arrive 9:45AM; 10AM sharp start
Starting Point: No Frills parking lot on the south side of Beaumont, northwest corner of 50th Street and Hwy 625. Please park away from the stores in the southeast corner of the lot.
Ride Leaders: Phil Davidson and June McGregor
Skill level/distance/bike: Advanced; 90km; road bike
Route Maps: Go to website RideWithGPS (top bar); click on link to RideWithGPS; select Collections; select Day Rides box; select map by name & date
Ride Description: We will ride a very simple route on well-paved roads with some traffic and mostly relatively narrow shoulders. We’ll head east on Hwy 625 to Hwy 21, south to the New Sarepta turnoff, through New Sarepta (water and washrooms) and out the south to Rollyview Rd, east to Miquelon Lake Provincial Park for lunch (BYOB)
After lunch we will go back across Rolleyview Rd (refreshments available at Rollyview) to Hwy 814 and north to the starting point. The route is fairly flat. The western section is grain farming; the eastern section is more cattle pasture on gently rolling, knob and kettle land. Only 8 turns and 3 stop signs in 90 km. Quicker riders are welcome to boot it out.
This ride is unsupported and weather-permitting.
Elk Island Trail Ride EIT August 21
Time: Arrive 9:45 AM; 10:00 AM sharp start
Starting Point: To be finalized
Ride Leader: Greg Pommen
Skill level/distance/bike: Intermediate; ~20 km; mountain and fat bikes
Route Map: Group will stay together and regroup; no map required
Ride Description: The terrain is rutted and very bumpy with some ups and downs. It could also be muddy. Bring supplies as there won’t be anywhere to stop for these along the way. Water, tools, tubes, snacks, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, and bell or bells as we don’t want to sneak up on wildlife. Bring a camera; it’s beautiful territory. Definitely bring a sense of humour because although the riding can be a bit rough, it’s totally enjoyable with humour!
Elk Island Road Ride EIR August 21
Time: Arrive 9:45 AM; 10:00 AM sharp start
Starting Point: To be finalized
Ride Leader: Tilly Jensen
Skill level/distance/bike: Intermediate; 60 km; road bike
Route Map: Available on RideWithGPS named “ElkIslandRoadAug21/2021”
Ride Description: We start in the park with quiet roads, beautiful spruce-aspen forest with active wetlands, and there’s the potential to see buffalo, moose, deer, and other wildlife. We’ll exit the park at the West Gate and do a loop east, re-entering the park again at the West Gate, and back to our starting point. The ride includes rolling hills on good pavement. Traffic in the park is variable but slow moving; east of the park, vehicles are sparse. Come join us for a relaxing ride (it’s not a race!) in a natural setting.
Dog Rump Creek DRC Sept 11
Time: 11AM; arrive 15mins. early; wear mask in parking lot
Start Location: Devon Independent Foods parking lot near Dairy Queen
Cost: Bring money for lunch at local restaurants or bring your own lunch
Coordinator: Bernie Lee; contacts: 780-637-6064 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Skill level/distance/bike: Intermediate/advanced; 83 km; road bike
Road Map: Go to website RideWithGPS (top bar); click on link to RideWithGPS; select Collections; select Day Rides box; select map by name & date
Description: We will head North from Devon and West on paved country roads through the communities of Graminia, Golden Spike, Garden Valley, Stony Plain and Holborn. Bring your own lunch or buy one at Dog Rump Creek which also has washrooms and drinking water. Note: 2 big hills and some rolling hills. Also note: we will ride together so no map required.
Chickakoo Ride CR Sept 12
Time: Arrive at 11:00AM for a 11:15 AM sharp start
Starting Point: West parking lot of the Esso at 266 ST and 114 AVE (just south of Hwy 16 off of Hwy 60). Starting point https://goo.gl/maps/4Ya8tXPv6ariYLsC7
Ride Leader: Larry Zelazo, email@example.com
Skill level/distance/appropriate bike: Intermediate; 62km; road bike
Route Maps: Chickakoo
Ride Description: Ride to the Chickakoo recreation area north of Stony Plain. If we get the timing right there will be beautiful fall leaves to view in the Glory Hills and beautiful lakes along this route. The route will be on quiet paved roads north of Hwy 16 and will be 62 km. There will be a few hills in the area approaching Chickakoo and 300 m of packed gravel road to get to the picnic site in Chickakoo. This short bit of gravel can be done with a road bike. There is no food or water available along the route therefore carry your own to sustain you. There are outhouses at Chickakoo and Muir Lake rest stops.
Pigeon Lake Inner Loop PLIL Sept 18
Pigeons, Putzs and Pleasures
Time: Arrive at 9:45AM for a 10AM sharp start
Starting Point: Mulhurst Bay, Cedar Crest Inn (closed).
Ride Leader: Frank Potter
Skill level/distance/appropriate bike: Intermediate; 60km; a hybrid bike is ideal, a road bike is okay and a mountain bike for the more fit can be used; a well-maintained bike and the ability to ride maintain a good pace is critical; not beginner ride.
Route Maps: A RideWithGPS map is not provided.
Ride Description: This ride is a classic! It is a 60km+ ride that takes you along cottage roads, provincial parks, a nasty highway, and a few surprises. We will be riding at a cruising pace which gives everyone a chance to chat (six feet apart) and enjoy the last days of summer. The route is about 40-60% on hard packed gravel or trails and there are not a lot of services en route. We will stop in Ma-Me-O Beach but the shop there was closed last time. As a result, please plan to pack sufficient fluids, a snack, etc. for the route. There are few tricky corners so generally we ride as a group. Those who want to add about 10 km are encouraged to play ‘beat-Frank’ on two designated sections. Please note, this is a non-supported ride in remote rural areas.
Meet Up Details
Mulhurst is on the east side of the lake and is accessible from Highway 2 and highway 616. If you need an address for your GPS, use 5402 Lake Drive, Mulhurst Bay AB T0C 2C0. *** CAUTION *** This address is NOT Correct in Google Maps. The inner loop’s return time is highly UNPREDICTABLE; please plan accordingly.
Tour of Falling Leaves TFL Sept 19
Time: Arrive 12:30PM for a 1PM start
Starting Point: 53°31’56.81″N 113°17’25.23″W; 23 Georgian Way, Sherwood Park. Parking is along Georgian Way on the West side of the street.
Ride Coordinators: Char and Julie World; Scott and Lorraine Keast
Skill level/distance: Intermediate; 67 km.
Route Map: Available on the Ride with GPS website.
Ride Description: This year we are Celebrating 10 years of The Tour of the Falling Leaves. The Tour of the Falling Leaves is modelled after the Giro d’Lombardia in Northern Italy. The event unofficially signals the end of the professional cyclist’s year. Our version appears a little earlier, as our fall arrives a little earlier here than in Italy.
A rest stop at approximately 30 kilometres features Lorraine’s home-baked biscotti and other delights with Coffee/Tea/Hot Chocolate. Char and Juliana World will once again offer up Italian delights such as Aranciata, Limonada, Chinotto, stuffed olives, antipasto, bocconcini, salami, grapes, and cantaloup.
After the ride return to Pasta Pantry Restaurant for a trattoria-style Italian meal (approximately 5PM). Cost of the meal your expense. Those wishing to dine with us must indicate their wishes at the start. Total numbers will be relayed to the restaurant once the ride is under way.
If you’ve missed it in the past don’t miss out this year on this sensory overload of fall colour and fabulous food. Enjoy the sound of crisp golden leaves crunching under rolling wheels, the heady tobacco-like aroma of autumn in the country, and the crisp clean air that signals that the end of the 2021 season is drawing near. Andiamo!