Frequently Asked Questions About the Ride

Q: What route should I ride? 

Long(er) Ride (75km): This route takes in all the beauty of the 50km, with a little extra for those who consider May ‘mid-season.’ This is an ideal route if you are an active cyclist or have ridden the 50km before and feel ready for the next step.

Long Ride (50km): The long ride covers more of Hamilton’s beautiful riding terrain. This is an ideal route if you like to cycle or are an active individual.

HamBur Loop 50km: We are excited to add the ‘Tourism Route from the Hamilton Halton Brant Regional Tourism Association. Starting from Collective Arts Brewing, this 50km ride takes you through the heart of downtown Hamilton, up the mountain to Albion Falls, down the Red Hill trail, over the QEW bike bridge to the waterfront trail, past Joe Brant Hospital to Plains Road and then bak to Collective Arts. The ride will be guided however a road bike is definitely not recommended.

Medium Ride (25km): Nicknamed the Goldilocks route, this route is for those who want a ride that’s ‘just right.’ This is an ideal route if you occasionally enjoy a leisurely weekend ride.

Short Ride (5km): A flat, easy, and quick ride. This route is ideal if you have young children or haven’t cycled in years and want to ease back onto a bike.

The Off Road Escape: Calling all youth! This is the place to be if you are interested in making bike riding an adventure! Join the Hamilton Burlington Trails Council and the Hamilton Burlington Mountain Bike Association for an introduction to off road biking. Participants (and their bikes) will be shuttled by bus from Collective Arts Brewing to the Chedoke Radial Rail Trail where they will be led on a fun filled tour to Iroquois Heights! Escape the city and conquer the trails in your backyard! This 1 1/2 hour ride is targeted towards youth ages 14-18. Parents/guardians are welcome to join the fun! Participants will be shuttled back to Collective Arts Brewing after the ride. Mountain bike strongly recommended. Not suitable for road bikes.

Q: Is the Mike Ride a bike race?
No. The Mike Ride is intended to help everyone realize the joy of cycling and the beauty of Hamilton’s cycling landscape. Please go your own pace.

Q: Do I need a helmet?
Yes. All persons of all ages will be required to wear a helmet. You will not be permitted to participate if you are not wearing a helmet.

Q: What are the rules of the road?
The routes will not be closed to traffic and we are required to obey the rules of the road at all times. You can read more about the rules of the road at MTO’s cycling guide.

Q: Is there a rain date?
No. We have made our request for the perfect cycling weather. In the event this request is mocked and ignored we will still be riding, rain or shine! Please dress appropriately.

Q: What do I need to bring?

  • Bike (with proper reflectors and bell)
  • Helmet (everyone must wear a helmet to participate)
  • Water bottle
  • Appropriate clothing (layers, bright colours and reflective gear are recommended)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen

There will be a bike valet where you can securely park your bike at the event for a voluntary donation.

Don’t have a bike, sign up to ride a SOBI Bike at our ride and SOBI will have a bike placed at the Collective Arts Brewery ready for you to ride the route of your choice. The great news is SOBI has agreed to waive additional usage charges for the day and thanks to our sponsor Forge and Foster, we can offer the first 30 new SOBI members who sign up to ride, a $15 coupon towards the membership of their choice.