Where We Go
It's not just about the riding; it's equally about the scenery. The goal of our group is cycle the most beautiful countryside in southern Ontario within an hour's drive from Toronto. Every Wednesday from late-March until early-December we ride through the fertile landscapes of Toronto's agricultural hinterland, up and down the rolling hills of the Oak Ridges Moraine, and in and around the remarkable landforms of the Niagara Escarpment. Starting points are as close as Markham and Stouffville, Hornby and King City, or as far as Campbellville in the west, Keswick in the north, or Ashburn in the east. Both short (50 to 70 km) and long (75 to 110 km) routes are offered each day (and occasionally an extra long 160 km route for the more adventurous). Starting time is 10:00 am early and late in the season, and 9 am during the heart of the season.
The yellow lines below show many of the routes that we cover during the course of the season. To see the details of a particular route, click on the relevant event in the "Upcoming Events" box to the right, and then go to the RWGPS and PDF links.
How We Ride
The rides tend to be on the informal and social side. The fitness levels of our riders extend over a broad range. There is a lot of chat along the way among the “tranquillos” who average a relatively easy pace (20-26 kph). On the other hand, the "sportivos" regularly get into a pace line and average 30 kph or more. In other words, we try to accommodate everyone. The lunch stops include local bakeries, riverside cafes, golf clubs and lake front picnic areas. There is usually a bit of an after-ride get together in the parking lot before the drive home.
Wednesday Wheelies have been running for nearly three decades, and have built up a core of dedicated and enthusiastic riders. They were initiated in 1990 and run for two years by John and Marilyn Malloy, followed by Bill and Josie Hannaford at the head of the peloton. The group continued to thrive under John Cook whose up-beat weekly e-mails from 2009 through 2013 included pieces about the history and geography of the Toronto area countryside. In 2014 and 2015, the WW coordinators were Dave Mader and Ron Wilson who put all the WW routes online. The current WW coordinators are Robin Silverstein, Cindy Rogers, Rob Woodman and Ron Wilson.
We welcome you to join us anytime. Since we do not ride with a "sag-wagon" or a "sweep", riders should be prepared to keep a reasonable pace (upwards of 20 kph) so as not to fall behind. Though we try to ensure that all riders have a companion on the route, this isn't always possible and so we ask that all riders come prepared to be self-sufficient. As a minimum, this means they should be able to read maps and fix a flat tire on the side of the road.
We do try to be diligent riders and get along with motorists and each other. Please check out Safety is Key on Wednesday Wheelie Rides and Cycling Etiquette. We try and follow standard cycling riding conventions. But above all else, we try and talk through safety concerns with each other as they arise.
Riders need to print and bring a map and cue sheet for the route, or download the route to their Garmin or smartphone device. There is a $5 fee for non-members (it's a good way to find out if you like our group). Non-members also sign a release and waiver form and so should check in 15 minutes early with the ride leader. Cycling helmets are required for all riders.
For more information, please contact the Wednesday Wheelie coordinators, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safety is Key on WW Rides - click here
Non-Wednesday Rides Facebook Group - click here
2018 Ride Leader Schedule - click here
Other WW Stuff - click here
The WW library of routes and events is organized in a club account at Ride With GPS. Click here to go to the WW club account home page.To become an account member, click on the "Apply to Join" button on the right under the picture on the account home page. You will subsequently receive account privileges.
Ride leaders are not expected to bring maps and cue sheets to the Wednesday Wheelie rides. Please print and bring your own, or ask a friend to print and bring them for you. Alternatively and preferably, download the route to your Garmin or smartphone device.
We also have a recovery ride every Monday starting from Victoria Square Park. Click here for driving directions. The group decides on direction, distance and speed depending on the weather and who shows up. There is no ride leader for these rides. The start time is 8:30 am, except early and late in the season when it's 10:00 am.