TYPES OF RIDES

We offer a wide range of rides every day of the week with varying distances that are suitable for all types of bikes and rider skill levels.

All EBTC rides have a social component as members meet and enjoy each other’s company before and after rides as well as while riding. Rides are also assigned a difficulty rating and a description that is guided by a rating scale to help cyclists select the most appropriate activity.

Social rides: These rides are usually shorter and slower paced with stops for snacks or lunch and for points of interest or just to chat. The group may stay together or regroup at regular intervals and may provide a sweep.

Training rides – Stamina Builder Series: The Stamina Builder series is a training program for cyclists who want to progressively build endurance to complete 60, 100 or 160k rides by July. This series does require a commitment to cycling during the week as both distance and pace increases weekly. The program is designed for motivated cyclists in the 60k series and to experienced cyclists who can self navigate for the 100 and 160k series. Routes rotate weekly around Edmonton and area. All riders must have the route (RWGPS) and be able to self navigate as there are no maps provided and most of these rides are drop rides.

*NOTE: Some rides have different start dates for different months, so please always confirm rides on our ‘Rides & Events’ calendar page.

SERIES

MONDAY

  • *Back for 2023* 6:30 PM (May 1- Aug 28) We will start the cycling season with 16-18km rides through the bike paths and streets of the neighborhing areas of the river valley. We will work our way up to 40km rides as we build those cycling legs. Pace will increase with distance and time. Along the way, we will stop for coffee and snacks. We will ride primarily on paved trails or roads with some off-pavement for short distances. Remember that we meet at the Rundle Park tennis courts, at the bottom of the river valley and must climb to the top for all rides.
  • *New for 2023*   7:00 PM(May 29-July 3) – Monday Meanderings

    Need a nice leisurely ride to recover from a hectic weekend? Join other cyclists for six weeks of exploring a mix of multiple use trails, country roads and residential streets including a variety of hills and flat terrain.

TUESDAY

  • *New for 2023**6PM/6:30PM (Apr-Aug)County and Urban Tuesday Rides – Get to know some of our nice rural and urban roads all around Edmonton. This bi-weekly Intermediate/Challenging series offers cyclists 40km to 70k ride progressions as our summer days get longer. These rides are designed for experienced riders who can self navigate, RWGPS is required. 

WEDNESDAY

  • *NEW FOR 2023* 6PM (April 5 or 12) The Bicycle Fit Clinic is a demonstration-type course that is intended to explain the various measurements and techniques used to produce a custom fit for the cyclist. This clinic will get you ready for …
  • *NEW FOR 2023* 7 PM (starts April 18) Cycling 101is a progressive hands-on series of 6 workshops focusing on delivering the essential skills and knowledge that a successful cyclist must haveHighly recommended for new members.
  • *NEW DATE**Back for 2023**9AM/9:30AM/10AM (May-July)Hill Tops n’ Coffee Shops -This Intermediate/Challenging training program is meant to increase a cyclist’s strength required for hill climbing and riding into head winds, as well as exploring Edmonton coffee shops. It is not designed for beginners.
  • *Back for 2023* (May to August) – Wahoo Wednesday – Join us for mid afternoon Wednesday rides on both rural roads and city paths. We will be alternating between some of our favourite rural roads in the west end and more hilly city routes.

THURSDAY

  • *Back for 2023* 10 AM (Apr-Aug)Longer Recreational Ride – We will do longer distances with stops to chat/regroup, have a bite – social rides. Although these are not training rides, we will move along at a pace sufficient to cover the distances. We will start with moderate distances (50 km) and increase fairly quickly to 80 – 100+ km.
  • *Back for 2023* 6:30 PM (Apr-Sept)City Cross County RideJoin us for technical rides in our Valley trails on your mountain or fatbike. Week 1 will be an introductory ride for this series. We will get to know each other and chat about future rides.

FRIDAY

  •  *Back for 2023* 10 AM (Apr-Sept)Quiet Roads  – These will be more relaxed rides for veterans of road cycling and for cyclists with experience on urban bike paths who want to try rural routes. Participants will be able to handle some hilly terrain and should be comfortable riding with a group.
  • New for 2023* (May-Sept) – Friday Night Lights – Want to get the weekend started early? The Friday NightLights ride will limber you up for the weekend as well as testing out locally owned café/bakeries along the way. Join me for 30 to 40 km no-drop social rides in or around Edmonton.

SATURDAY

 *Back for 2023* 8:30/9/10 AM (April -July)Stamina builder Ultimate 100The Stamina Builder series is a training program for cyclists who want to progressively build endurance to complete  100 rides by July. This series does require a commitment to cycling during the week as both distance and pace increases weekly. The program is designed for  experienced cyclists who can self navigate for the 100k . Routes rotate weekly around Edmonton and area. All riders must have the route (RWGPS) and be able to self navigate as there are no maps provided and most of these rides are drop rides.

  • *Back for 2023* 10 AM (May-June) Double duty SaturdayNew to cycling or just looking for a leisurely weekend ride around Edmonton? This is the ride for you! All levels will meet in and around Edmonton for a no-drop social ride. Some may choose to end the ride after one loop while others may attempt a second different loop before they call it a day. This series can easily accommodate cyclists looking for short 20k rides or longer 40k rides.

  • *NEW FOR 2023* Mercato Gelato (4 Saturday Series Ride, Starts July 29) Interested in cycling 40-60k routes around St-Albert and Sturgeon County? These rides will have a stop at Mercato’s (Italian Bakery) because there is nothing better than a gelato on a summer ride.

SUNDAY

  • *Back for 2023* 9/9:30/10/11 AM (April – July) Stamina builder 60The Stamina Builder series is a training program for cyclists who want to progressively build endurance to complete 60k rides by July. This series does require a commitment to cycling during the week as both distance and pace increases weekly. The program is designed for motivated cyclists in the 60k series. Routes rotate weekly around Edmonton and area. All riders must have the route (RWGPS) and be able to self navigate as there are no maps provided and most of these rides are drop rides.
  • *Back for 2023* 9/9:30/10 AM (April -July) Stamina builder 160 The Stamina Builder series is a training program for cyclists who want to progressively build endurance to complete 160k rides by July. This series does require a commitment to cycling during the week as both distance and pace increases weekly. The program is designed for experienced cyclists who can self navigate for the 160k series. Routes rotate weekly around Edmonton and area. All riders must have the route (RWGPS) and be able to self navigate as there are no maps provided and most of these rides are drop rides.
  • *Back for 2023* 10 AM (April – Sept) Sunday Social This ride will progress to longer distances in the summer. This is a no drop ride with coffee and socializing during or after the ride.

UNIQUE

FOOD

  • Pop-up Ice Cream Ridesmore info coming
  • Pop-up Coffee Rides more info coming
  • *Back for 2023* 10 AM (July 8)Vegreville Two Hills  – Come and enjoy a rolling hill ride that begins at the Vegreville Pysanka. This 100km ride is a round trip to/from Vegreville. There will be a support vehicle to carry extra water and snacks plus any personal items. Lunch and ice cream treats can be bought in Two Hills or bring your own.
  • *Back for 2023* 10 AM (Aug 6) – The Fort Saskatchewan Brunch Ride is an Intermediate ride, but ideal for those of you who are wanting a slower paced ride with some distance and extra time to socialize (50 km in total), and of course eat!
  • Oregon to San Fransisco – Registration opens March 5 and closes March 19 2023.
    Two options to  finish your road bike cycling season with a 12-day or 5-day trip at the end of September that makes its way down the scenic Oregon Coast Bike Route. This tour is an advanced ride as we will average 104 km per day with a maximum of 130 km with two 400m climbs. A moving pace of 20 km/hr is a requirement. Ebikes are welcome. Please email [email protected] if you are interested in this ride.
  •  May 25, 2024 – South France Bike and Barge –  Expect leisurely cycling in mostly flat areas, with only few short climbs and descents. Suitable for most people. A total of 240 km of cycling on 95% paved routes and 620 m of total ascent. The barge for this trip is equipped with 11 cabins (1 single, 2 doubles, 8 twins). Please note that this trip will be available solely to EBTC members for one month (end of February 2023 until to March 31, 2023). It is important that members sign-up and pay their deposits early if they want to join in on the fun! After March 31 2023, registration will open to anyone interested.  Accommodation, and touring and E-bike prices for 2024 is now available. Cathy Walsh is happy to field questions about the trip!

OTHER

  • Trail rides