8 Years. 6 Routes. 1 Cause.
The 8th Annual Mike Ride is on Sunday, May 6th, 2018!
Whether he was working as a bicycle messenger downtown, commuting to and from McMaster University, or simply cycling up Sydenham Hill or down Sulphur Springs, Mike loved to ride. Help us show [them] the way and spread Mike’s message of making Hamilton a more cycle friendly city at this year’s Mike Ride!
Join us at Collective Arts Brewing, as we experience the joys of being on a bike, while raising money to help provide bikes for kids and families in Hamilton.
Kids can have fun with crafts and bike decorating at the Kid’s Activity Area sponsored by Today’s Family.
ROUTES AND TIMES
There are 6 different routes this year, ranging in length and difficulty, so everyone regardless of cycling experience can pick a route that fits their skill set.
75km – Joy Ride
Sign-in: 8:00 – 8:30 am.
Welcome and safety: 8:30 – 8:45 am.
Ride start: 8:45 am
Ride through the beautiful countrysides of Ancaster, Dundas, Flamborough, and Lynden, stopping for rests at Rousseau House and Grupetto Coffee. It’s the 50KM Classic Route large-sized for early risers! This route follows paved multi-use trails, roads with and without dedicated bike lanes. It is suitable for all types of bikes and riders comfortable in moderate traffic.
50km – HamBur Loop
Sign-in: 8:15 – 8:45 am
Welcome and safety: 8:45 – 9:00 am
Ride start: 9:00 am
The HamBur Loop cycling route links existing trail networks and traces sections of North America’s oldest road race, the Around the Bay – first run in 1894. The HamBur is designed for touring cyclists to experience the region on two wheels. Terrain is 80% paved and 20% packed and loose gravel suitable for hybrid, cyclocross and mountain bikes. The HamBur has links to The Waterfront Trail, The Great Trail and Greenbelt paths.
50km – Classic Route
Sign-in: 8:30 – 9:00 am
Welcome and safety: 9:00 – 9:15 am
Ride start: 9:15 am
Challenge yourself to a few moderate hills as you tour through the beautiful towns and countrysides of Ancaster, Dundas and Greensville. Enjoy pitstops at Rousseau House and Grupetto Coffee. This route follows paved multi-use trails, and, roads with and without dedicated bike lanes. The Classic suits all bike types. Some cycling experience in moderate traffic is recommended.
25km – Cafe Ride
Sign-in: 9:15 – 9:45 am
Welcome and safety: 9:45 – 10:00 am
Ride start: 10:00 am
Take a leisurely jaunt into beautiful Dundas with a pitstop at Grupetto Coffee. Cycle paved and multi-use trails, ~1km of packed gravel Rail Trail, moderately busy roads with dedicated bike lanes or cycling signage.
5km – Waterfront Ride
Sign-in: 10:15 – 10:45 am
Welcome and safety: 10:45 – 11:00 am
Ride start: 11:00 am
Bike or walk Hamilton’s Waterfront Trail around Bayfront Park on a combo of paved multi-use trails and low traffic roads with dedicated bike lanes. This route is suitable for all ages, skill levels, and bike types.
Gage Park Modern Family Fun Route
Sign-in: 8:45 – 9:15 am
Welcome and Safety: 9:15 – 9:30 am
Ride start: 9:30 am
Ride with us from Collective Arts Brewing to Gage Park to experience the park’s pump tracks. Children riding along with parents / bike trailers / cargo bikes all welcome. Some mountain bikes will be available on site at Gage Park for riding the pump track. Refreshments provided before returning to Collective Arts Brewing.
Gather at Eastwood Park: 12:30
Parade start: 12:45/1:00
No registration required. We encourage kids to decorate their bikes before the parade at the bike decorating station located in the Today’s Family Kid’s Program at Eastwood Park.
All routes start at Collective Arts Brewing unless otherwise specified. Each route is tailored to ensure all participants experience the joy of being on a bike, regardless of their cycling experience.Please note that during the Mike Ride, roads will not be closed to traffic, so all of the rules of the road must be followed. For more information, please see Ontario’s Guide to Safe Cycling.
Don’t have a bike to ride? Why not rent a SoBi? Check out their website for details and availability.
Join us back at the brewery for a nice meal, refreshments, live music, and the Art of Cycling Expo!
There will be a bike valet where you can securely park your bike at the event. The cost is a voluntary donation to the Michael Chamberlain Fund.