Frequently Asked Questions About the Ride

Q: What route should I ride? 

Joy 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.

Classic 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.

Cafe 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.

Family Ride (5km or 10km): 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.

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.

Q: Where can I park my bike?

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

Q: Where can I park my car?

There is no official parking for the Mike Ride. We suggest using the parking lot of the Eastwood Park Arena or the streets in the North End neighbourhood. Please note that there will be very limited parking at Collective Arts, and Ferguson Ave N will be closed north of Burlington Street at 7am. If possible, we suggest riding your bike to the event 😊.