Participating in special cycling events can be a way to keep yourself motivated throughout the season. They are a great way to challenge yourself to ride longer distances and discover new routes.

Club members usually post these events to the “members only” Facebook page to see if there is any interest in trying to ride as a club.

Note that registration fees for these events are NOT included in CFC membership.

Ottawa GranFondo
Saturday, July 21, 2018
This is an event that attracts large numbers of cyclists. Routes start at the Richcraft Leisure Centre in Kanata and head to Constance Bay, Fitzroy Harbour, Carp & beyond. There are 5 distance options:
– CortoFondo – 65 km
– MedioFondo – 100 km
– PiccoloFondo – 150 km
– GranFondo – 180 km
– SuprFondo – 235 km

MS Bike
Saturday, August 18 & Sunday, August 19, 2018
This event, a fundraiser for the MS Society, is superbly organized and offers cyclists the opportunity to ride to Cornwall, stay overnight at the NAV Centre and then ride back to Ottawa the following day. The route follows mostly quiet roads and some bike paths. Minimum fundraising goal required to participate is $300 per person. Several CFC members cycled as part of the “Wheelie Awesome” team in 2017.

MEC Ottawa Summer Century Ride
August 2018 (date TBC)
This is a low-cost, casual but well-organized ride. It usually sells out so register early. There are 3 distance options:
– 50 km
– 100 km
– 160 km

Riders leave from Carp Fairgrounds and cycle to Ashton Station, Carleton Place, Almonte & beyond on mainly low traffic roads. Terrain is mostly flat with a few climbs. This event is a good choice if you have never done an event ride.

September 2018 (date TBC)
This fundraiser for the Ottawa Hospital is suitable for recreational through to experienced riders. Starting and ending at Tunney’s Pasture, riders are supported with water stations, bike repair, and lots of people cheering you on! Note that minimum fundraising goal required to participate is $750 per person.

Beau’s Oktoberfest Charity Ride
September 2018 (date TBC)
A number of CFC members rode in the 2017 edition of this fundraiser for the United Way. The event offers a number of route options: 50, 82, 100, or 115 km. The 115 km route started at Kundstadt Sports in the Glebe out to Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co in Vankleek Hill. Read the United Way event summary.

CycloSportif Perth
Saturday, September 15, 2018
The “Roadie 100k” route takes cyclists on a loop from Perth to Westport and then back to Perth. It’s a beautiful ride mostly on quiet roads. Although the first 50 km (Perth to Westport) is fairly flat with some rolling hills, there are some serious hills in the 55-75km section starting with a challenging category 4 climb out of Westport. Best suited to Intermediate and Advanced level riders.

Thousand Islands Gran Fondo
Saturday, September 16, 2018
This event is a great opportunity to cycle somewhere different. There are 3 distance options available:
– The Big Loop – 160 km
– Gananoque to Kingston – 120 km
– Gananoque to Gananoque – 90 km

The Big Loop is a very scenic route on a mix of bike paths and road; however, the peloton rides at the advanced level. To stay with the group, you need to be able to ride 30+km/hr. Strong intermediate riders looking for a challenge can also do The Big Loop but be prepared to ride solo. The shorter routes are good for Intermediate and Novice riders. Ride support and post-event meal is excellent.

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