Ontario By Bike E-News: April
5 Reasons to Ride Oxford

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Oxford County isn't just the Dairy Capital of Canada, the region is also gaining a reputation as a great destination for on and off-road cycling. The reasons to Ride Oxford are lengthy but we have shortened it to a simple five for your reading pleasure. Here's a hint! One of them involves cheese!

Plan a trip with the Ride Oxford Cycling Map, which features 11 road routes with starting points, rest-stops and options to shorten or lengthen your ride.  The map also includes mountain biking and trail information, as well as suggested stops to enjoy along the way. 

Head out to Oxford for one of their many cycling events like the May 27 Woodstock Cycling Club Demo Day, the June 24 Ride Don't Hide  event or the September 9 Dairy Capital Stampede . 

Looking for more? Visit RideOxford.ca or  OntarioByBike.ca/Oxford  for maps and information on road routes, trail networks and mountain bike locations in Oxford, as well as 17 certified bicycle friendly businesses across the region.
Cycling in Ontario Guide 2018

Read our feature stories, get ride ideas from the  50+ day trip & overnight itineraries, see event listings and suggestions on top post ride stops and more. 

If you don't already have a print copy, order one today. Available in French or English. 

Digital version available here: OntarioByBike.ca/2018

To request a print copy by mail, email your name, mailing address to:   info@OntarioByBike.ca
Manulife Ride for Heart

Make plans to cycle the Manulife Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart on  Sunday, June 3 in Toronto and experience the thrill of riding on a traffic-free Gardiner and Don Valley Parkway!  With  25km, 50km or 75km route options, this is an event that really suits all types of cyclists!
After your ride, head to Heart Park and swing by our Ontario Cycle Tourism Info Centre l ocated in the Enercare Centre to pick up the latest cycling maps and resources, chat with us about your next cycling adventure or give us a high-five after an amazing morning of riding

Use promo code  FRIEND18  to receive $10 off the registration fee.

Visit RideForHeart.ca to register or for more information. 
2018 Ontario By Bike Rides 
- This Could Be You! - 

The 2018 Ontario By Bike Rides are weekend long small group tours that are immensely popular and sell out well before ride times. For each of our spring enewsletters we'll share some of the hidden gems from each tour and see if we can't entice you to join a ride.

Credit: Justen Soule

  • Over 95% of this 100km, 2-day tour is on trails, including the entire 54km Kawartha Trans Canada Trail!
  • Starting in Uxbridge enjoy beautiful farmlands along the Trans Canada Trail and a trail-side lunch featuring award-winning butter tarts.
  • Overnight in the bicycle friendly Days Inn and Suites Lindsay with indoor pool and bike storage just a stone's throw from the trail.
  • Enjoy stunning the views from atop Doube's Trestle Bridge.
  • Relax with a waterfront lunch in Peterborough's Millennium Park overlooking Little Lake.
  • Visit several of the locks along the Trent-Severn Waterway, including the world's highest hydraulic lift lock in Peterborough.
  • Making riding this linear trail possible, this tour has a bus shuttle returning riders and bikes to the start at end of weekend.  
Want to know more about this ride? Read a feature story by a past ride participant on this family-friendly trail ride in the  2018 Cycling in Ontario / Le velo en Ontario guide  (page 12-15). 

Join us! Just bring your bike and ride. For full ride details visit: OntarioByBike.ca/RideJuly2018

Our other 2018 ride destinations include: 
Toronto Trails and Ravines ,   Essex Windsor Loop, Niagara Circle Route South. 

For more information visit:  OntarioByBike.ca/Rides
June Ride: Toronto Trails & Ravines

Last call for our Toronto Trails and Ravines Tour June 2 to 3. We have a couple more hotel rooms reserved for riders to join us and because Toronto accommodations are at such a premium we need to secure all bookings by the beginning of May. Read more about tour highlights in our March enewsletter HERE. Full tour details are available at: OntarioByBike.ca/RideJune2018

New: Due to popular request we recently added an alternate Toronto tour option. Come ride with us both days and arrange your own accommodations in the city, staying at a friends, family or at home. 

Price: $115 per person which includes  2 lunches, snacks & drinks, parking, support van, evening social, ride maps, group ride option, tour coordination and booking fee.
What are you waiting for? Cycle Simcoe!

Location: Midland Rotary Waterfront Trail                                                                                     Credit: Destination Ontario

From the shores of Lake Simcoe to the beaches of Georgian Bay, Simcoe County has an amazing variety of cycling activities that will fill first time visits and demand countless return trips. 

Planning is made easy with the Cycle Simcoe's online resources and 3 print cycling maps that feature over 160km of connected rail trails and nearly 20 road routes across the region.

Explore all, or portions of the 27km waterfront and trail riding between Midland and Coldwater, with nearly 20km of this stretch on paved trail. Stops at bicycle friendly attractions along the route like Sainte-Marie-among-the-Hurons and the S.S Keetewan as well as great cafes and ice cream options in Coldwater, make this is a perfect day trip or addition to a weekend in Simcoe County.

Let's not forget that the region is a hub for mountain biking with facilities like Hardwood Ski and Bike and Horseshoe Valley Ski Resort, as well as the tireless work of the volunteer-led Simcoe County Mountain Bike Club (SCMBC), who have been ramping up trail building and now 

Visit OntarioByBike.ca/Simcoe for information on maps, routes and trail networks, as well as 81 certified bicycle friendly businesses to help fill out a weekend or a week of riding!
Cycling Negates Aging

A new study is out showing that cycling as you age can prevent one's immune system declining and provide protection from some infections such as flu. The UK study that tracked a number of cyclists including many regular riders in their 80's, showed that active elder cyclists can have the immune system similar to someone in their 20's.
Another affiliated study, found that cyclists did not lose muscle mass or strength, and did not see an increase in body fat - which are usually associated with ageing.

So no matter your age, get motivated to get out there and ride more this year.

Read more about the study HERE .
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2018 Cycling Events in Ontario

Join a cycling event in 2018 and discover one of the best ways to explore a new area by bike. Here is a list of some of the cycling events coming up over the next couple of months.
  Great Ride & Stride
April 29
Clarence Rockland Classic
May 8
 Epic 8 Hour
May 12
 Creemore Springs Turas Mor
May 26
 7 Days in May
May 26 / May 26-June 1
 Tour de Kincardine
May 27
 Villa Charities GIRO
May 27
West Nipissing Cycle for Charity
June 3
Carbon Cycle
June 9-10
 Tour de Grand
June 10
Outspokin' Gravel Growler
June 10 

Now updated for 2018, be sure to visit OntarioByBike.ca/Events for more complete listings and search over 100 cycling event listings with something for every type of cyclist ! 

Do you know of an event that isn't listed on our site? Send an email to info@OntarioByBike.ca and we'll add it!
Ready, Set ... 

The list is long, and growing longer with every frosty weekend. Ready to head out on a longer ride, our dream ride destinations are growing. With every fantastic cycling event we hear about and motivating cycling route map we pour over, our pedals are already spinning before we are able to get out the door.  

Time to bundle up and just get out there. If a shorter ride and longer coffee break is in order, so be it. Putting in any number of test kilometres on your bike is always a good thing.    

Spring is (almost) in the air. 

From Louisa & Michael 

Ontario By Bike Network 
Project of Transportation Options 
850 Coxwell Ave ~ Toronto, ON ~ M4C 5R1 
Office : 416-827-2774 
Toll-Free : 1-866-701-2774 

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