10 Years. 5 Routes. 1 Cause.
Important message from the organizers of the 10th Annual Mike Ride:
With the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 virus, we have made the decision to reschedule our 10th Annual Mike Ride from Sunday, May 3 2020, to Sunday, October 4 2020. Our primary objective is to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all participants.
As we reflect on the past 10 years, we are excited to share more news soon and present our new programming for student active travel. Imagine, if you will, a beautiful fall ride. Your ideas and comments are welcome as we plan for the new date. Stay safe and we’ll be in contact again soon.
— the Bike for Mike Team
Whether he was working as a bicycle messenger downtown, commuting to McMaster University, or 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 joy of cycling while raising funds for bikes, safe infrastructure and programming so that 100% of children who are able can cycle or walk to school each day.
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 5 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 – Walk and Roll Ride – Supported by Today’s Family
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. Participants on this Ride will be accompanied by entertainers playing an instrument and riding – the essence of Music and Motion! All participants are encouraged to play an instrument and/or sing at various locations throughout the route. This route is suitable for all ages, skill levels, and bike types.
All routes start at Collective Arts Brewing. 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 bike? We’ll have some onsite.
A secure bike valet will be available on site for a voluntary donation.