The Friday Afternoon Escape rides generally appeal to riders who want a relaxing ride at week’s end, in the scenic countryside of Strathcona County.
Ride difficulty: beginner to intermediate (rolling hills). Routes will vary each week, from 30 – ish km to near 50. Average speeds are in the low 20’s.
Rides are unsupported: no SAG vehicle, BYO snack and water. Riders are expected to stop at major intersections to make sure the rider behind them is in sight (there is no formal “sweep”).
The rides start in May and end in September, or when the weather dictates. They will be led by Bob Atlee (firstname.lastname@example.org / 780-464-0603).
We run a “Google Group” for the riders which serves as an e-mail list server; contact Bob to be put on it.
Meeting point is the Ardrossan Recreation Complex, 80 1 Ave, Ardrossan. Check your favourite mapping app. Use the south parking lot (rear of building).
There is usually (but not always!) a rest stop; expect washroom facilities of varying rusticness. Bring cash, we often stop for ice cream at Katie’s Crossing and she is cash only. Return to Ardrossan is usually 4pm at the latest.
County roads are a mix of pavement and blacktopping with the occasional hard packed dirt / gravel. You ask, “Can I bring my brand new (insert name of mega-dollar bike)?” YES, unless it’s a full – on Tour de France racer with skinny and thin tubular racing tires.
Maps will be provided. For the hardcore GPS geeks out there we email GPX tracks and RideWithGPS links for your Garmin or Smartphone. Let Bob know your email address.
NOTE: Register your email with Bob Atlee to get last minute email updates or weather cancelations.