Bluebird skies provided a picture perfect backdrop for our second go at giving "Gravel a Go" presented in partnership with Gravelocity Cycling Getaways. This time the plan enabled riders to explore and experience the gravel roads and trails in and around Elora, Fergus and the Elora Cataract Trailway. Chief Gravelleur Rich Martyn had set a route that was to begin and end in Fergus Ontario's historic Breadalbane Inn.
Once the group was on its way, Rich's route headed through the heart of Elora and over the Badley Bridge, along the quiet rural roads that surround the area's many farms and included multiple spectacular views along the Elora-Cataract Trailway including that of the Grand River, Belwood Lake and the Belwood Dam that's located in the Belwood Lake Conservation Area.
A mid-ride bakery break at the Country Market in the small village of Belwood would provide everyone with the chance to enjoy some sweet treats and good conversation on how the day was progressing. A delicious post-ride meal on the Breadalbane Inn's picturesque outdoor patio made for an excellent end to the day.
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From beginning to end, Rich provided riders with helpful insights and information on both gravel cycling and general cycling topics including riding strategy, types of bikes, bike maintenance, tire pressure, rider safety and how best to ride in a group. In turn, riders freely asked questions and shared their own past cycling experiences as added context to the questions they were asking.
Once again, another most excellent adventure designed to get more gals gravel cycling and on the go. Thank you to all who joined in the fun and chose to share a beautiful summer Saturday with us.
Amazing adventures to experience with Gravelocity Cycling Getaways:
Gravel Skills and "Bike Love" Ride - Sunday August 21, 2022
Elora-Fergus Skills & Sights Couples Getaway - August 27-28, 2022
Huron County Scenic & Social Getaway - September 17 - 19, 2022
Elora-Fergus Sunset Cycling Getaway - September 23-25, 2022
"I am hooked on gravel. Rich, I learned so much from you on Saturday. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us. I can't wait for the next adventure. Plus our lunch at the The Breadalbalne Inn after was fabulous." Sally
"Thanks for the great ride, beautiful scenery and delicious treats! Your love of gravel is really starting to where off on us! Big thanks for the chain cleaning 101 session! We always learn something new on your rides!" Steph
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Blog by Caroline Wiley. Caroline bridged her 20+ years of professional experience in the sport and recreation industry together with her passions for photography and supporting women in sport to create SeeWhatSheCanDo. Her vision is to create a welcoming space where active women find a sense of belonging within their own local community, see themselves in authentic and awe-inspiring ways and find resources to help them be their best active selves.
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A big thank you to Gravelocity Cycling Getaways for another amazing opportunity to come together and provide women the opportunity to experience gravel cycling in a fun, supportive and adventurous way. Thank you also to Madeline Martyn for providing invaluable assistance throughout the day.
If you missed our first two "Give Gravel A Go" gravel cycling events, plan to join us for the inaugural Gravel Skills and "Bike Love" Ride in Palgrave, Ontario on Sunday August 21, 2022. This new event will begin with a one-hour session on how to give your bike some love - cleaning and maintaining the chain and gears - and how to fix a flat when you're out on the road. Then, you'll hop on your bike for a two-hour session focused on skill-building and practice on dirt, gravel and mud. Experience the gravel roads, rail trail and easy forest tracks that surround Palgrave and then return for a delicious lunch at the Caledon Hills Brewing Company.
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