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): The Tourism Route from the Hamilton Halton Brant Regional Tourism Association. Starting from Collective Arts Brewing, this challenging 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 back to Collective Arts. The terrain is 80% paved and 20% packed and loose gravel, this route is suitable for hybrid, cyclocross and mountain bikes, road bikes are 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.

Gage Park Pump Track (12km): Ride with us from Collective Arts Brewing (CAB) to Gage Park to experience the park’s pump tracks. The 12km loop follows Ferguson Ave, the Escarpment Rail Trail, and Cumberland Ave to Gage Park. 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 CAB. 

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, grab a SOBI Bike at a near by SOBI station nearby and ride the route of your choice. Check the SOBI app or website for bike availability.