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UPCOMING EVENTS

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Upcoming events

    • Monday, July 04, 2022
    • 2:00 PM
    • Friday, July 08, 2022
    • 1:00 PM
    • Fernie, BC
    • 6
    Registration is closed

    Fernie offers a big variety of mountain biking trails. Let's arrive in Fernie on July 4, ride July 5, 6, and 7, and leave on July 8. We'll meet each day and ride as one or two groups. We'll focus on cross-country riding (no lifts or car shuttles). We could do a ride at Blairmore on the way there or back.

    Arrange for your own transportation and accomodation, but contact me about your plans so we can collaborate.

    Register for this event to show your interest. We can discuss event details at forum topic https://www.elbowvalleycc.org/Member-Forum/12761859.

    Maps are are https://www.trailforks.com/region/fernie/.


    • Thursday, July 07, 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Mallard Point
    • 8
    Register

    RIDE - LEVEL:  Intermediate

    Coordinator: Jim Simms

    Distance:  109 km

    Pace:  16 - 22 km/hr. Leisurely ride, stopping periodically (like at the top of hills) to regroup. No one will be left behind.

    Elevation Gain:  844 m

    E-Bikes Welcome:  Y

    Guests:  Guests are allowed on this ride.  Members - you can add non-member as your guest at the same time you register yourself.  The guest must fill out the waiver found on our website under Join Us/Guest Waiver,  then email this to guest@elbowvalleycc.org. Non-members:  If you are interested in joining this event as the coordinators guest, please fill out the waiver on our website under  Join Us/Guest Waiver,  then email this to:  guest@elbowvalleycc.org.  The coordinator will then add you to the event.  

    Ride Notes:  Ride on City pathways ,residential streets and Highways to Bragg Creek. Bring along lunch. We will have lunch in Bragg Creek.  If the wind/weather is of concern we may just do the Chestermere lake loop.  And, again I have tried to create a ride (below) that can be followed by the Club members so please try it out.




    • Thursday, July 07, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Inglewood Bird Sanctuary
    • 1
    Register

    Coordinator:  Martine Parent

    Event:  Pathway Ride - Intermediate level

    Distance:  45 kms

    Pace:  20 - 22 kms/hour (steady pace with minimal stops)

    Cum Elevation Gain:  220 meters

    We will ride on paved pathways from the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary going North to and around the Country Hills Golf Course, and back the same way.  Most of the ride is on the Nose Creek Pathway system.  We will stop at a park for a short break for lunch on the way back.

    All riders must have a well maintained road bike and a helmet.

    No e-bikes please.

    • Thursday, July 07, 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Rocky Ridge Y
    • 10
    Register

    ROAD RIDE - LEVEL : Intermediate and Advanced

    Coordinator: Tanya Colwell

    Distance: 59 Km (50km if you do not ride the Cochrane hill)

    Pace: 25 to 28++kph

    Elevation Gain: 623m (250 without Cochrane hill)

    Meetup for an evening ride from the Rocky Ridge Y, nw to 262, to Lochend and Glendale Roads, then continue west on 262 for a regrouping at Cochrane's traffic lights. 

    If you choose not to ride Cochrane hill, then you'll have to return back by yourself or wait for the group


    • Friday, July 08, 2022
    • 10:00 AM
    • West bragg creek parking lot
    • 3
    Register

    We will meet at West Bragg at 9.45 for 10am start. Ride is about 20 km taking Whitetail trail ( hardes part of the ride) to Bragging rights to Merlin clockwise until we access Moose trail. Then Tom snow all the way to where Kestrel starts. There we will turn back and backtrack all the way to the parking lot. The return is an easy moustly downhill ride and the whole ride is the easiest you can find at west bragg. It should take about 2.5 hrs including regrouping.

    Bring water,decent bike good shape and the bear spray. 

    Coffee at Bragg creek or tail gate if you wish

    • Friday, July 08, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Silver Springs Botanical Gardens
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Note:  Registration for this event will open Friday July 1.

    Botanical Gardens, Silver Springs, Scenic Acres, Tuscany Lakes 24

    Ride Level:  Urban ride, newcomers and intermediate, easy pace

    Coordinator:  Peter Bradbury

    Route description:

    This is an elongated circuit in the SE - NW direction towards the Tuscany Lakes and back to see the flowers in the Botanical Gardens.

    We start by heading south to ride along the Silver Springs bluffs with views of the city. Next, we ascend into the Scenic Acres ravine and cross Stoney Trail into Tuscany, where we stop at its shopping center. We ride beside the Tuscany Lakes and their imposing waterfront mansions, have lunch at a scenic spot and proceed into the Blueridge open country. The gain is 208 meters, which we will accomplish with stops to rest.

    The return begins on a long downward path. It crosses Stoney Trail at Schooner Landing and continues on Scurfield Drive, Scenic Acres Boulevard, and Silvergrove Drive to arrive at the botanical gardens. The Silver Springs Botanical Gardens is home to the Birthplace Forest, and 14 uniquely featured flower gardens tended by volunteers gardeners from the community.

    Location: A parking lot at the east end of Silver Springs Drive bordering the Silver Springs off-leash park and a baseball diamond.  You can approach along Nose Hill Drive and drive east on Silver Springs Road and Silver Springs Boulevard. 

    Operations

    • The ride will have a sweep, employ radios, and regroup at intervals. No one will be left behind. 
    • Bring lunch, snacks, and water. 
    • Bring a mask and sanitizer in case of a flat, accident, or washroom use.
    • Take your route recording device for more enjoyment and the possibility of leading this ride or a suitable variant next year. 
    • It will be helpful if you arrive 20 minutes before the start for bike preparation, meet and greet, and a quick safety drill.
    • E-Bikes are welcome.

    Notification and Registration: The system will notify all my Friday events and open them for rider registration ONE week beforehand.

    Non-members are welcome as guests. They must fill out the waiver on our website under the Join Us/Guest Waiver and email it to guest@elbowvalleycc.org. Members can sponsor and register one guest. Unsponsored guests will be registered as guests of the coordinator after receipt of their waivers.

    Waitlist: If you find the ride filled, you are encouraged to put your name on the waitlist. The chances are that you will replace a cancellation done automatically.

    Cancellation: Suppose you are signed up and find you have to cancel. Please do so as soon as you know to leave space for someone else.  Suppose it is necessary to cancel because of weather or another reason. In that case, I will notify you on this page and by Email or telephone by 8 am on the event day.

    See you. Peter




    • Sunday, July 10, 2022
    • 10:30 AM
    • St Georges drive and 8 ave N.W.
    Register

    Meet at the  soccer field parking lot on St Georges drive and 8

    Ave N.W. directly north of Telus spark. Bike Pathways and roads to  and around Glenmore reservoir.

    Distance : 65 KM intermediate, 17 - 20 km Hour

    Elevation: 300 -500 M.

     Tour leader:  John Tole.

    Lunch at Dairy Queen or bring your own

    E bikes Welcome.

    For more info call John at 403-804-1275

    • Monday, July 11, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Zoom Call
    • 30
    Register

    Don and Beth will show you how to get started with this very useful and free new navigation tool.

    This session is for all members.  Participants will learn how to link their free mobile app to the EVCC's route library and how to display the club's route maps on their smart phones, complete with turn by turn vocal navigation.

    Participants should download and install the free Ride With GPS app from Google Play or the App Store.

    Once you have installed the app on your mobile device, go to the EVCC website's Member Resources Tab and click Ride With GPS

    Then click the link in the second sentence in Step 2.

    We'll do a Q&A and discuss how mobile devices compare to dedicated GPS devices, various methods of keeping your device in ear-shot while riding, how to limit battery consumption and how to log your rides on your device etc.

    • Tuesday, July 12, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Mallard Point
    • 4
    Register

    RIDE - LEVEL:  Intermediate

    Coordinator: Jim Simms

    Distance:  52 km

    Pace:  16 - 22 km/hr. Leisurely ride, stopping periodically (like at the top of hills) to regroup. No one will be left behind.

    Elevation Gain:  345 m

    E-Bikes Welcome:  Y

    Guests:  Guests are allowed on this ride.  Members - you can add non-member as your guest at the same time you register yourself.  The guest must fill out the waiver found on our website under Join Us/Guest Waiver,  then email this to guest@elbowvalleycc.org. Non-members:  If you are interested in joining this event as the coordinators guest, please fill out the waiver on our website under  Join Us/Guest Waiver,  then email this to:  guest@elbowvalleycc.org.  The coordinator will then add you to the event.  

    Ride Notes:  Ride on City pathways and residential streets. Bring along lunch. We will have lunch in North Glenmore Park.  We will be doing the loop in a clockwise direction.




    • Tuesday, July 12, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • 51.219894N 114.716588W, Ghost Dam Recreation Area, South Side of 1A just west of Bridge
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Ghost Riders in the Sky  (Stampede Week Theme)

    Coordinator: Lyle Opseth

    Difficulty:

    Distance:  78 km (intermediate)

    Elevation:  624 m (intermediate, a few steeper climbs)

    Pace: 22-25 km/h (intermediate)

    Parking: Ghost Dam Recreation Area

    E-Bikes allowed: Yes

    [Anonymous member]: I complained and someone scheduled a couple of rides up the Sheep River Valley (Bluerock) on Canada Day. I am a bit happier but I love the ride through Waiparous and that hasn't been scheduled yet . At least the other ride was scheduled in May and got cancelled for bridge construction. When do I get a chance to cycle this classic route?????

    It's coming up! This is always a very popular ride through ranching country and it certainly fits in with the theme for rides during Stampede week. This is a scenic ride on quiet weekday roads in the foothills. 

    I can't promise any ghost riders on this ride as we follow the Ghost River, or even ghosts of any sort. But that's probably for the best. You won't notice them as you enjoy the fantastic scenery and you would probably ride right through them.

    From the Ghost Lake parking lot, we head East on 1A for 4.5 km, then north and northwest on Highway 40 (Forestry Trunk Road) through Waiparous. At km 28.7 km, keep right and continue on H 40 to the end of the pavement (3 km more). Then return to the intersection with Richards Road (km 34.6), keep right and cycle Richard Road to the end of the pavement. On the return, we stop on the south side of the Ghost River dam for a lunch break beside the river. We then continue on Richards road, turn right onto H 40 and return on H 40 and 1A back to the parking lot.

    There will be no sweep. We will have a tailgate party in the parking lot at the end of the ride. Some cyclists swim in Ghost Lake after the ride to cool off on hot days.

    Safety:

    • Narrow shoulders on Highway 40.
    • Limited cell service
    • No services (food/water)
    • Narrow shoulders on Highway 1A bridge crossing over Ghost Lake.
    • Steep approaches to the other two bridge crossings. Bridges are single lane and alternating traffic. They also have wooden decks so watch for cracks or missing boards.
    • Steep descent on return to Highway 1A intersection from Highway 40. (Steep climb the other way obviously.)



    • Tuesday, July 12, 2022
    • 6:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Eden Brook Funeral Home
    • 12
    Register

    Coordinator: Heather Opseth

    Ride level: Advanced

    Distance: 50 km

    Pace:  25-27 kph

    Elevation Gain: 500 m

    It's the Calgary Stampede! A perfect time for some rodeo-themed loops. This week's Tuneup includes Lariat Loop, Rodeo Ridge (an extra hill climb), and Calling Horse Estates. AND the map includes three lassos! Yah Hoo!

    Parking spot is the Eden Brook Funeral Home, off Lower Springbank Road (see route map for exact location).

    Note, Stoney Trail construction has altered the roads in this area. You can no longer access this location from Highway 8/101 Street. See closure info:  https://westringroad.ca/2021/09/14/partial-closure-on-lower-springbank-road/

    Newcomers welcome. There will be good company and a social atmosphere. 



    • Tuesday, July 12, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Zoom Call
    • 35
    Register



    Don and Beth will show ride coordinators how to get started with this very useful and free new navigation tool.  

    This session is for all event coordinators.  Participants will learn how to use the browser based RWGPS EVCC club account .

    Before the session, using the browser feature on your laptop or tablet, access the club's RWGPS account website by going to the EVCC website's Member Resources Tab and click Ride With GPS

    Then click the link in the second sentence in Step 2.

    This will lead you through the process of creating a personal RWGPS account if you don't already have one.

    Once you show as a club member on the RWGPS account, we will give you Route Manager status.  This status allows you to create route files and use all the advance route file editing features on the club's premium paid account.  (As an EVCC member and coordinator, you should never have to pay to use RWGPS.)

    We'll do a Q&A and discuss how to create a new route from scratch, add it to the club's route library and show you how to share it in your event description. 

    It would be helpful if participants are familiar with using RWGPS route files on their mobile or dedicated (e.g., Garmin) devices.  We will cover this later in the zoom session.

    The zoom address for this session will be available in the event registration confirmation email.

    • Thursday, July 14, 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Mallard Point
    • 12
    Register

    RIDE - LEVEL:  Intermediate

    Coordinator: Jim Simms

    Distance:  70 km

    Pace:  16 - 22 km/hr. Leisurely ride, stopping periodically (like at the top of hills) to regroup. No one will be left behind.

    Elevation Gain:  330 m

    E-Bikes Welcome:  Y

    Guests:  Guests are allowed on this ride.  Members - you can add non-member as your guest at the same time you register yourself.  The guest must fill out the waiver found on our website under Join Us/Guest Waiver,  then email this to guest@elbowvalleycc.org. Non-members:  If you are interested in joining this event as the coordinators guest, please fill out the waiver on our website under  Join Us/Guest Waiver,  then email this to:  guest@elbowvalleycc.org.  The coordinator will then add you to the event.  

    Ride Notes:  Ride on City pathways ,residential streets and secondary Highways. Bring along lunch. We will have lunch in Chestermere and stop by Ralph Klein Park on the way back if time permits.  We will do the loop clockwise.




    • Thursday, July 14, 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Rocky Ridge Y
    • 12
    Register

    ROAD RIDE - LEVEL : Intermediate and Advanced

    Coordinator: Tanya Colwell

    Distance: 59 Km (50km if you do not ride the Cochrane hill)

    Pace: 25 to 28++kph

    Elevation Gain: 623m (250 without Cochrane hill)

    Meetup for an evening ride from the Rocky Ridge Y, nw to 262, to Lochend and Glendale Roads, then continue west on 262 for a regrouping at Cochrane's traffic lights. 

    If you choose not to ride Cochrane hill, then you'll have to return back by yourself or wait for the group


    • Friday, July 15, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Chaparral Shopping Center
    • 14
    Registration is closed

    Note:  Registration for this event will open Friday July 8.

    Chaparral, Walden, Legacy 24

    Ride Level:  Urban ride, newcomers and intermediate, easy pace

    Coordinator:  Peter Bradbury

    Route description:

    This varied ride starts from the Chaparral shopping plaza. We wind through Chaparral Ridge and Chaparral Ravine with some views of the valley below, Chapman, Walden, and loop around Legacy with its escarpment views north. We stop for lunch at the Legacy lakes. We proceed through Walgren and the wilderness area further north, then take the winding pathway through Walden and around Chaparral Lake for the return. No hills (gain 67 m.)

    Location: Chaparral shopping plaza at the northwest corner of Chaparral Boulevard SE and Chaparral Drive, just south of Stoney Trail. 

    Operations

    • The ride will have a sweep, employ radios, and regroup at intervals. No one will be left behind. 
    • Bring lunch, snacks, and water. 
    • Bring a mask and sanitizer in case of a flat, accident, or washroom use.
    • Take your route recording device for more enjoyment and the possibility of leading this ride or a suitable variant next year. 
    • It will be helpful if you arrive 15 minutes before the start for bike preparation, meet and greet, and a quick safety drill.
    • E-Bikes are welcome.

    Notification and Registration: The system will notify all my Friday events and open them for rider registration ONE week beforehand.

    Non-members are welcome as guests. They must fill out the waiver on our website under the Join Us/Guest Waiver and email it to guest@elbowvalleycc.org. Members can sponsor and register one guest. Unsponsored guests will be registered as guests of the coordinator after receipt of their waivers.

    Waitlist: If you find the ride filled, you are encouraged to put your name on the waitlist. The chances are that you will replace a cancellation done automatically.

    Cancellation: Suppose you are signed up and find you have to cancel. Please do so as soon as you know to leave space for someone else.  Suppose it is necessary to cancel because of weather or another reason. In that case, I will notify you on this page and by Email or telephone by 8 am on the event day.

    See you. Peter




    • Saturday, July 16, 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Cold Garden Beverage Co. 1100 11 St. SE
    • 16
    Register

    SCAVENGER HUNT

    Coordinators: Suzanne Chenier/Doug McCulloch

    DISTANCE: Variable 5-20km. This is a scavenger hunt with many options to earn points.  

    PARKING: Cold Garden Beverage Co. Extra parking across the road in the fenced lot if necessary. (all parking is free)

    Mostly flat. This is a fun ride, which includes pathways as well as cycle lanes in both Inglewood and the core which is combined with a scavenger hunt. Bring a cell phone and a snack. BONUS POINTS if you bring your own highlighter.

    BONUS POINTS for every member of the team wearing club kit. Teams will consist of 4 members, so either bring guestS or call up  EVCC members to join you.  ​But don't worry if you're not on a team.  We'll be making up teams on the spot as well so come alone, with a friend or as a team member.  

    Instructions begin at 9:30am. The cycling portion finishes at 12pm. Bring a bike lock. Following the event, there will be an awards ceremony at the Cold Garden Beverage Co.and the opportunity to buy refreshments and snacks OR order food from outside.  This is perfectly acceptable since the Cold Garden doesn't have anything but snacks. 

    Registration will be enabled July 1.


    • Saturday, July 16, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Tall Timber Leisure Park, Sundre
    Register

    Come join me on a fun ride from Sundre to Caroline and back!

    Nestled in the foothills, the road is smooth with rolling hills and  little traffic-if seeing more cows than cars interests you take the 1 hour drive to Sundre, it is well worth it. Just for fun(JK) there are 6 good climbs along the route for an elevation gain of 717m.

    We will host a post ride gathering with snacks at our RV lot at Tall Timber.

    Please see the following map for route information. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39896986

    • Tuesday, July 19, 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 51.268531N 115.918999W, Castle Junction Hostel Parking Lot, Banff NP
    • 15

             Castle Junction to Moraine Lake

    The Best of Lake Louise (Ride 4)

             Coordinator: Lyle Opseth

    Distance: 82 Km

    Pace: 22-25 kph

    Difficulty:

    Pace: intermediate

    Distance: intermediate

    Elevation Gain: 1140 m advanced (steep climbs)

    E-Bikes: Yes. E-bikes are permitted but must be able to do the distance. Alternatively, you can catch a roam bus (with your bike).

    Note: Registration will open about 7 to 10 days prior to the ride. The date may change depending on the forecast.

    [Anonymous Member]: I've become known for complaining but I seem to have some success with getting great rides by complaining. I've been to Peyto Lake (Great ride by the way but too much climbing for my liking. Who put the viewpoint so high up???) and to Emerald Lake (Good too--too bad it was still winter there). But that ride to Lake Louise from Banff just about did me in--it's a bit long if you ask me. But when do I get to cycle to Moraine Lake and preferably not by starting in Banff townsite like some had to do in June? (That was 144 km, way too much for me.) Also, to drive I need to be at Moraine Lake by 4 am or otherwise the parking lot fills up. So I have to stand in line and take a cramped Roam Bus. They want money for the privilege too! I've heard that cycling is the way to do it. So--get with it--schedule a ride. And I want to do it before winter returns.

    [Coordinator]: Well Mr/Ms Cranky. Here's your chance to crank those pedals, improve your mood (it needs work!), get a workout, and enjoy more of the world famous scenery around Lake Louise. I'm wondering if you will complain about needing more "great" rides after this or will this finally satisfy you. Let me guess: I need to do a ride to Takakkaw Falls in Yoho from Lake Louise in September when Highway 1 to Golden is again closed.

    Route description:

    You want to visit Moraine Lake but you can't get there because the road is closed unless you get there by 4 am and the parking at Lake Louise is always full, so you have to take a bus from somewhere far far away. It's just too much hassle. Here's another way if you are prepared to put in some effort...cycle in!

    For my next ride in my "Best of Lake Louise" series, we will cycle from Castle Junction to Moraine Lake where we will have a lunch stop and enjoy the majestic view of the Valley of Ten Peaks. We will also have a short diversion on the way to see Lake Louise. It would be a faux pas to have a series of Lake Louise rides but none of them actually visit the lake.

    This ride is also part of my "Best of Lake Louise" series for cyclists wishing to explore the area around Lake Louise.

    Water and food can be picked up in Lake Louise townsite. Laggan's is always a popular spot for treats.

    We then return along the same route we went out to find a tailgate party at the end.

    Parking:

    Parking is in the Castle Mountain hostel parking lot across from the Castle Mountain Lodges. Do not use the lodges' parking lot.

    Time:

    • Arrive at least 15 minutes early
    • Wheels rolling at 9:30 a.m.  

    Safety elements:

    • Consider carrying bear spray
    • There are areas on 1A and Moraine Lake Road without cell service
    • Be self-sufficient; carry tools and be prepared to perform simple bike maintenance (especially where the road is closed to vehicles)
    • There will be no sweep, no waiting (TBD)
    • Due to the distance and remoteness, ensure your e-bike battery will last


    • Tuesday, July 19, 2022
    • 6:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Eden Brook Funeral Home
    • 13
    Register

    Coordinator: Heather Opseth

    Ride level: Advanced

    Distance: 50 km

    Pace:  25-27 kph

    Elevation Gain: 500 m

    Join us for some hill climbing! Your legs will thank you later. Tonight's route includes a side trip into Crestmont. Climbs include Crestmont, Emerald Bay, and Springbank Heights. 

    Parking spot is the Eden Brook Funeral Home, off Lower Springbank Road (see route map for exact location).

    Note, Stoney Trail construction has altered the roads in this area. You can no longer access this location from Highway 8/101 Street. See closure info:  https://westringroad.ca/2021/09/14/partial-closure-on-lower-springbank-road/

    Newcomers welcome. There will be good company and a social atmosphere. 


    • Thursday, July 21, 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • YMCA at Rocky Ridge Rd NW (NW corner of the parking lot)
    • 13
    Register

    Coordinator: Tanya Colwell

    Level Ride:  Intermediate to Advanced

    Distance:  50 km (40km if you do not ride the Cochrane hill)

    Elevation: +388m

    Pace:  25km/h

    E-Biked Allowed: Y

    We will ride at a steady pace with no sweep but will regrouping at major intersections.  If you choose not to ride the Cochrane hill, you will have to wait for the group or return back by yourself. 

    Bring your tail lights for added visibility.




    • Friday, July 22, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Harvest Hills Shopping Center
    • 14
    Registration is closed

    Note:  Registration for this event will open Friday July 15.

    Harvest, Coventry, Panorama, Country Hills 28 km.

    Ride Level:  Urban ride, newcomers and intermediate, easy pace

    Coordinator:  Peter Bradbury

    Route description:

    The route goes through Harvest Hills, Coventry Hills, Panorama Hills, and Country Hills in a big circle starting from Harvest Hills Crossing Shopping Center. It ascends into the hills on a long easy gradient, almost all on pathways, with two short hills and a long, gradual hill we can handle in low gear and rest.

    We ride east and then north along the Nose Creek pathway and around the Harvest Hills lake. Next, we proceed into Coventry Hills to see its lake, a village, the longest art mural in Canada, and a nature park overlooking a broad valley. Traveling west, we go through Panorama Hills' ravine, lake, and bluffs with spectacular views of the city. We return to the Country Hills pathway next to the golf course with more city scenes. (Gain 173 m.)

    Location: Harvest Hills Crossing Shopping Center, southeast of the Harvest Hills Blvd. and 96 Avenue NE intersection, between T & T Supermarket and Tim Horton's.

    Operations

    • The ride will have a sweep, employ radios, and regroup at intervals. No one will be left behind. 
    • Bring lunch, snacks, and water. 
    • Bring a mask and sanitizer in case of a flat, accident, or washroom use.
    • Take your route recording device for more enjoyment and the possibility of leading this ride or a suitable variant next year. 
    • It will be helpful if you arrive 15 minutes before the start for bike preparation, meet and greet, and a quick safety drill.
    • E-Bikes are welcome.

    Notification and Registration: The system will notify all my Friday events and open them for rider registration ONE week beforehand.

    Non-members are welcome as guests. They must fill out the waiver on our website under the Join Us/Guest Waiver and email it to guest@elbowvalleycc.org. Members can sponsor and register one guest. Unsponsored guests will be registered as guests of the coordinator after receipt of their waivers.

    Waitlist: If you find the ride filled, you are encouraged to put your name on the waitlist. The chances are that you will replace a cancellation done automatically.

    Cancellation: Suppose you are signed up and find you have to cancel. Please do so as soon as you know to leave space for someone else.  Suppose it is necessary to cancel because of weather or another reason. In that case, I will notify you on this page and by Email or telephone by 8 am on the event day.

    See you. Peter




    • Saturday, July 23, 2022
    • Symons Valley Ranch (NW parking lot)


    Join Us

    For The 2022 Canola Fields Fondo!

    Ride and Apres-ride Social 


    Enjoy the vast golden canola fields of rural Alberta. Routes will include road rides of various distances and levels. Shorter rides will start in the afternoon, aiming all to finish by 4pm. Please register for a ride of your choice:

    1) Canola Goldenrod Light, 29km, Easy, Jill, Stan

    Will be posted soon

    2) Canola Campos to Madden, 71km, Int, Sal F

    3) Canola Metric Century, 104km, Int, Lyle O

    4) Canola Imperial Century, 161km, Adv, Tanya C/John M

    Meeting place/parking: 

    All road rides start/finish at Symons Valley Ranch (NW parking lot)

    Apres-ride social: Join us after the ride for social in the parking lot of Symons Valley Ranch. Bring your own snacks, drinks and chairs. There is also The Beer Hall at Symons Valley that is awaiting our visit at their outdoor patio for food and refreshments (please ensure you have a designated driver for after, if needed) 

    What if the weather is bad? The event will be rescheduled for another weekend

    Did you know that: Health concerns about canola oil are unfounded. Canola oil, which is extracted from the seeds of the canola plant, is generally recognized as safe by the Food and Drug Administration. Misinformation about canola oil may stem from the fact that the canola plant was developed through crossbreeding with the rapeseed plant. Rapeseed oil contains very high levels of erucic acid, a compound that in large amounts can be toxic to humans. Canola oil, however, contains very low levels of erucic acid. Canola oil is also low in saturated fat and has a high proportion of monounsaturated fat, which makes it a healthy and safe choice when it comes to cooking oils. (source http://www.mayoclinic.org)

    To make it safer, Canadian scientists created a variation of rapeseed oil that replaced almost all of the erucic acid with a type of monounsaturated acid. By 1978, they created oil with less than 2 percent erucic acid and renamed it canola, which stood for Canada oil (“can” + “ola”). Other websites claim the word has a longer meaning: Canada (“can”) oil (“o”) low (“l”) acid (“a”) (source: Canola Oil Is Actually an Acronym | Reader’s Digest (rd.com)

    Lastly, you may not be aware of the controversy around dietary oils.  So here is one resource


    Questions? Contact event coordinator, Tanya Colwell.


    • Saturday, July 23, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Symons Valley Ranch (NW parking lot)
    • 15
    Register

    JOIN US

    FOR

    The 2022 Canola Fields Fondo!

    Ride and Apres-ride Social 

    Group name: Canola Imperiala Saeculum (Imperial Century)

    Coordinators: Tanya Colwell, John McWhae

    Distance: 161 km

    Pace: 25+ kph - Advanced

    Elevation Gain:  1,100m

    E-Bikes allowed:  No

    Celebrate the highlight of the 2022 cycling season, with our first Canola Fields Fondo event, offering rides of various paces and distances along the beautiful canola farmlands of rural Alberta.

    Meeting place/parking:  All road rides start/finish at Symons Valley Ranch NW parking lot. See on google: https://goo.gl/maps/HPzUdRrrt1rmkjRt9

    Route: (thanks to Heather Opseth for the route design)

    100 mile century ride starting at Symons Valley road in the North of Calgary. Touring through farmlands around Madden, Carstairs, and Didsbury - it is best done in late July when the Canola is in bloom.

    Road surfaces: This route uses a number of secondary and tertiary roads with rougher pavement, however all is paved and roads are quiet. To make up for the rough bits, some sections have new pavement.

    Hills: No mountainous climbs, however the rolling hills add up to over 1,100 metres of elevation over the ride.

    Rest stops: we will stop for two short rest stops at the community centre in Madden at approximately the 40 and 125 km marks of the route. The lunch stop will be at Tim Hortons  in Didsbury at 83 km.

    For shorter routes, or an intermediate pace on a similar route, please watch for our other Canola Fields Fondo ride postings in the calendar. 

    Apres-ride social: Join us after the ride for social in the parking lot of Symons Valley Ranch. Bring your own snacks, drinks and chairs. There is also The Beer Hall at Symons Valley that is awaiting our visit at their outdoor patio for food and refreshments (please ensure you have a designated driver for after, if needed) 

    Guests:  Guests are allowed on this ride.  Members - you can add non-member as your guest at the same time you register yourself.  The guest must fill out the waiver found on our website under Join Us/Guest Waiver,  then email this to guest@elbowvalleycc.org. Non-members:  If you are interested in joining this event as the coordinators guest, please fill out the waiver on our website under  Join Us/Guest Waiver,  then email this to:  guest@elbowvalleycc.org.  The coordinator will then add you to the event.  

    Note:  This event will be rescheduled in case of inclement weather, you will be notified the day before the event. 




    • Saturday, July 23, 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Symons Valley Ranch (NW parking lot)
    • 15
    Register