Every year there are more and more cycling events happening across Ontario. Below you'll find information on a variety of recreational, touring and race events for 2015. We will continue adding cyclings events throughout the year as the event dates are published.
Paris to Ancaster Bicycle Race – This spring ride has 70 and 40 km options, on a mix of roads, farm lanes and trails. This well-attended annual weekend event will take place on April 25-26 in 2015, celebrating its 22nd year. A "Let's Ride" Kids Course is open to 8-12 year olds. New additions in 2015 include a fat bike category and a 20km family ride!”
Great Ride N Stride Burlington – Great Ride 'n' Stride is a non-competitive, pledge-based fundraising event. This is the 36th year for GRNS Burlington, making it the longest running fundraiser in the city. Participants can choose to ride their bikes along a beautiful 17km trail located in downtown Burlington. Come and join us on Sunday April 26th between 1pm - 4pm!
Pedal the Pinery – On Sunday April 26th, starting at 1pm join a fun (not a race) 20km bike ride through Pinery Provincial Park! A minimum pledge of $20 is necessary for each individual!
Pedal Pushers Diva Day Road Clinics – On Sat May 2nd (Collingwood), Sat May 30th (Collingwood) or Sat July 25th (Muskoka) sign up for a one-day road riding clinic includes guided scenic routes, mini mechanic seminar, skills and drills, lunch, snacks, fully supported. Spa option available.
CN Cycle for CHEO – On Sunday May 3rd, 2015, this charity event encourages everyone to cycle, walk, and roll, in support of children with cancer at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Events take place at the Canadian War Museum, in Ottawa, and the adjacent grounds at LeBreton Flats. The cycle routes are non-competitive, offering a range of distances (15 km, 35 km & 70 km bike routes and a 2km and 5 km walk), all starting and ending at LeBreton Flats.
Bike for Mike – On Sunday May 3rd, 2015, join the 5th annual Mike Ride! With four routes that all start and end at Bayfront Park in Hamilton, each route is tailored to ensure all participants experience the joy of being on a bike, regardless of their cycling experience.
London Tweed Ride - On May 9, join this leisurely ride is organized by local cycling enthusiasts eager to encourage social and recreational cycling by leading Londoners through some of the Forest City’s historic neighbourhoods and best bikeways. In style, of course, and the style is tweeds. The ride for all ages, abilities, and all manner of bicycles. Participation is free!
Epic 8 Hour - Spring mountain bike relay at Mansfield Outdoor Centre, May 9. Single track and double track 10km course, with overnight camping onsite and lots of fun team activities. Also featuring non competitive kids event.
Hell of the North – On May 10th, test your early season fitness with 75 or 125 km of riding on challenging gravel and dirt roads. Starting and ending at Musselmans Lake, the shorter course is suitable for a road bike. 200 rider limit.
Ride of Silence On May 20th, 2015 at 7:00pm, join cyclists in Niagara in a silent slow-paced ride (max. 12 mph/20 kph) in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways. The 2015 Ride of Silence 10km event will take place with a new starting location – The Niagara Falls History Museum, located on Ferry Street in Niagara Falls.
7 Days in May - 7 Days In May is designed for riders of all abilities. There are two aspects to 7 Days In May: a single day riding event featuring rides of 25KM, 50KM, 75KM and 160KM; and a 7 day event where we ride around Lake Ontario. This year, 7 Days In May will be held from May 23rd – 29th, 2015 with all of single day rides held on Saturday, May 23rd.
Ride for Jack - On Saturday May 23rd, 2015 join cyclists of all abilities to ride the 6th Annual Ride for Jack event. Whether cyclists decide to ride 25, 50, 100 or 125km, each program raises funds for Youth Mental Health.
Spin The Lakes - Join the 10th Annual Spin the Lakes Cycle Tour on May 23, 2015. Take a tour around Ontario’s beautiful Muskoka region. The tour takes you around several of the Muskoka lakes along routes with breath taking views and spectacular rock cuts. Route lengths include 20, 50, 110, and 170km.
MEC Bikefest (Burlington) - Gear up for cycling season at MEC Bikefest! This family-friendly event will take place on Sunday May 24, 2015 from 11AM to 5PM. Join a group ride in the morning, then spend the day checking out clinics and activities, learning cycling skills, chatting with expert mechanics. Registration for group rides and clinics are now open. Registered participants will be eligible to win great prizes from Bikefest partners.
Rotary Lilac Ride - Three routes starting and finishing in Picton and taking in some of Prince Edward County best cycling routes including Big Island and Green Point, enjoying the lilac blossoms enroute. Join this great ride on Sunday May 24th, 2015
Brian Smith Charity Bike Ride On Sunday, May 24, 2015, join the 12th annual Brian Smith Charity Bike Ride and choose from 144km, 82km, or 53km routes. The ride starts and finishes from Hutch’s on the Beach in Hamilton.
Ride Guides: Skills Boot Camps - On May 30th, June 27th or July 25th, book your spot with Ride Guides for an all day mountain biking Skills Boot Camps at Buckwallow. Bring your own bike or rent one on site. Starting at 9am and going until 3pm, this all day program will give you the skills you need to get comfortable at riding moderate terrain on a mountain bike. For all information and how to book, visit their site.
MEC Bikefest London - On May 31st, Mountain Equipment Co-Op will have clinics highlighting Nutrition, Touring, Bike Safety and General upkeep, along with group rides throughout the day.
The Lake Ride - On May 31st, Join the 5th Annual The Lake Ride. The ride is in York Region, beginning in Newmarket ON to the beautiful southern shores of Lake Simcoe and back. The ride feature's two distances, 60km and 100km. For more information and to register please go to www.thelakeride.com
Hero Ride - This fully supported ride travels 125 km from Toronto to Blue Mountain and back and will be hosted from May 30th to May 31st. The 4th annual event raises funds for childhood cancer charities through the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation
Evan's Ride for Autism – A family-oriented cycling event to raise funds to support persons with autism and their families in the Niagara Region. Ride on 11 or 22 km routes through the scenic country roads around Smithville and join in the post-ride family fun activities. Sunday, May 31st, 9am-1pm.
Cycle for Sight – Raising funds for Foundation Fighting Blindness, this 7th annual event is a fully supported one-day ride for experienced and novice cyclists. 2015 Dates: Sunday May 31st: Ottawa - with the choice of two distances of 50 and 100km. Saturday June 20th: Toronto - with the choice of three distances of 70, 140, and the new 160km route.
Becel Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart – On Sunday May 31st, 2015, join 13,000 cyclists on the annual ride enjoying Toronto's traffic-free highways downtown, including the scenic Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway. Rides of different lengths to suit all. Funds support programs working towards the ultimate goal of eradicating heart disease and stroke.
BikeTrek – On June 6th, 2015, join the 14th annual BikeTrek that raises funds in support of research initiatives across the province to help people affected by respiratory illnesses “breathe easier.” Participants can choose between 25, 50, 100 and 160km routes which will lead them throughout the beautiful sites in Windsor & Essex County.
Pedal Pushers Climbing Clinic – Head to Collingwood on June 6th, 2015 for a one day clinic for skills and drills to learn to climb more efficiently on all types of climbs (long, short, steep). Led by NCCP trained coaches. Ladies only climbing clinic.
Manitoulin Passage Ride On June 6th and 7th, head up to Manitoulin Island for the 5th Annual Manitoulin Passage Ride. Free ferry ride, quiet roads, great food paired with live entertainment at supper and lunch. Additionally, good ride snacks, ride and technical support, as well as insurance make this one of the best Northern Ontario Spring Rides. All for just $75.00 for two days of fun.
Carbon Cycle – On June 6th and 7th, ride lake to lake from Hamilton to Haldimand Conservation Area on the 2nd annual Carbon Cycle. Options for a weekend ride with overnight camping on Lake Erie (65 km/day) with equipment transport provided or a family friendly 1-day options of 5km to 45 km.
MS Summer Relay – Join the 2nd Annual Val Bremner Memorial MS Summer Relay in Ariss, Ontario (close to Guelph and Waterloo)! With 50 and 100km ride options, this amazing event is a great way to explore the country roads of Wellington County
Pedal To The Pines On June 13th, head to Sarnia and Lambton County for this recreational ride that offers two distances 75kms and 148kms. Explore the fantastic cycling in Lambton County on this casual and fun ride!
Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer – This popular annual fundraising ride brings cyclists through Toronto, Hamilton and Niagara Falls on a 200+ km route over 2 days and draws over 4,000 cyclists from across Ontario & North America. New route options have been added for 6 options to choose from. Fully-supported tour rolls June 13th-14th, 2015.
Bike for Tykes - Bike for Tykes is one day spinning relay that raises funds to support programs that improve the lives of children. In 2015, this event takes place on June 18th.
Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour - Now in its 44th year, this weekend long event on June 6th-7th offers 4 different tour routes, between Ottawa, Perth, Kingston and back. 2,000 cyclists participate in this popular tour run by volunteers and organized by the Ottawa Bicycle Club since 1972.
Tour de Grand - The Cambridge Tour de Grand is an award winning, recreational cycling event. Various route lengths from 10km to 160km are offered for all levels of riders. Free snacks, drinks, rest stops and a full lunch with registration. Bring your family and friends for the 18th annual ride on Sunday June 14, 2015.
The Wild Ride - Mountain biking festival on June 13th, 2015 at Wildwood Conservation Area in St. Mary's, with 25 km single and team challenge, 25 Km Single Speed, 50 km Enduro ride. Kids’ rides too.
Tour de Waterloo On June 21st, 2015 join cyclists from across Ontario in the quaint town of St. Jacobs for the 6th annual Tour de Waterloo. Route lengths include 133km, 76km and 46km and the race starts at 8:30am
24 Hours of Summer Solstice - Experience the summer solstice on two wheels at this June 20th and 21st mountain bike festival and relay race. The newly improved 17 km loop of single and double track trails is suitable for riders of most ages and abilities. Ride solo, tag team or with 4-10 people. A no night option is also available.
The Healing Cycle Ride – The 11th annual ride raises funds in support of hospice palliative care programs across Ontario. On June 21st, riders will have a choice of routes – 10, 25, 50 and 100 km, starting and ending in Mississauga. Cyclists can participate individually or as part of a Team Challenge.
London Bicycle Festival – The London Bicycle Festival is a great opportunity to bring cyclists and community together by encouraging both non-cyclists, as well as novice and seasoned cyclists, a chance to celebrate cycling within the region, and provide an educational, informational and entertaining experience for attendees. Hosted on June 27th 2015, 10-4pm at Springbank Garden Complex (285 Wonderland Road South, London Ontario.
Moveathon Festival - Take part in the Zareinu Moveathon Festival during a 20km bike ride. On June 28th, join the Zareinu Ride for either 25, 50, 100 km or 100 miles through York Region and the Oak Ridges Moraine in support of the Zareinu Educational Centre, a treatment centre for kids with physical and developmental disabilities.
MS Bike Tour - Multiple locations and dates through out the province (and across Canada) for this fundraising event in its 24th year. 2015 Dates include: July 5 Prince Edward County; July 25-26 Grand Bend to London; August 8-9 Ottawa to Cornwall; August 23 Niagara; September 13: Toronto.
Tour de Guelph - On Sunday July 5, 2015, ride in the second annual Tour de Guelph! This summer Sunday cycling ride through Guelph Wellington is in support of great local causes, followed by hearty lunch. Ride options include 5/10/25/50/75/100km routes.
The Bicycle Opera Project - With a number show dates across southern Ontario this summer (July and August), the Bicycle Opera Project brings Canadian contemporary opera to communities across Ontario by bicycle. In its 4th year, this travelling show promotes a car-free alternative to touring, while giving a great reason for cyclists to get out and follow their journey by bike.
Pedaling for Parkinson's - Between July 10th-12th, enjoy riding some beautiful roads in the Parry Sound area and help make a difference in the lives of people and families affected by Parkinson's. Riders of all levels are welcome and can choose to ride 1, 2, or 3 days. Routes range from 40 to 130 km. Visit www.pedalingforparkinsons.ca
Champlain's Folly Cyclosportif - On July 12th, join the Champlain’s Folly Cyclosportif cycling event in the historic and scenic Ottawa Valley and raise funds for the Ottawa Velodrome Project (OVP). The ride now offers four routes and five choices of ride distances, presenting a challenge for cyclists of every level. Rides start and finish at Robert Simpson Park, Arnprior, Ontario, just 45 min west from Ottawa.
Ride for a Reason - On July 18, join the Ride for a Reason event, part of the larger Family Fitness Festival held in the Municipality of Whitestone, in the Parry Sound Area. Circle Whitestone Lake on this 76km ride that encompasses the famous Bunny Trail.
GranFondo Ottawa - Reggio Capitale - Get the European-inspired "Big Ride" experience in the Ottawa Valley with fiestas before, during, and after the ride on July 25th. Relaxed non-competitive options include 65 and 100 km or opt for the 170 or 220 km Gran and Supr Fondos with timed sections. All rides are fully supported.
Le Tour de Norfolk - Starting and ending in Delhi – on the north shore of Lake Erie, in Norfolk County, the 9th annual recreational ride on the third weekend in July includes distances from 40 km to 160 km. Ride at your own pace on quiet, tree-lined, paved country roads. Maps and clearly marked routes; lunch and rest stops; road support; one- or two-day option; camping available. Saturday July 18th and Saturday July 19th, 2015.
Gabrielle's Ride – This charity ride will give all members of the community, from elite cyclists to families and children, the opportunity to ride in support of the thousands of children in Canada who live with the affects of congenital heart disease and pediatric stroke. Gabrielle's Ride takes place in Oakville on July 25th, 2015.
Friends For Life Bike Rally – Over 400 cyclists ride the Waterfront Trail from Toronto to Montreal – 600 km over 6 days. This 17th annual event which raises funds for people living with HIV/AIDS, is set for July 26th to July 31st, 2015.
Tour for Kids (Ontario) - 2015 marks the 12th year of Tour For Kids, an epic cycling adventure that raises funds in support of kids living with and beyond cancer. This 3-day, 300 to 600 km tour of quiet country roads north of Barrie is a challenging and rewarding experience. Tour For Kids isn’t just about conquering cancer. It’s about making a meaningful, immediate and lasting difference in the lives of kids with cancer today.
3 Port Tour - On August 15th challenge yourself to 160km - three ports, 100km - two ports or 50km - one port road ride. Cycle through Elgin County’s waterfront communities, historic sites, scenic countryside and surroundings. Limited to 500 riders, sign up early.
Crank the Shield - On August 15th-16th, and after 5 years as Ontario’s only 3-day Mountain Bike Stage Race, Crank the Shield is breaking the bi-yearly cycle and offering CRANK 2015 – a two-day romp through the wilds of Haliburton County!
Tour de Bonnechere - The 2014 5th Annual Tour de Bonnechere takes place Sunday August 16th and will include a "family friendly" 20k tour from Eganville to the Bonnechere Caves. The "old favorites" 50k and 100k routes will include the 4k ascent from Cormac to Foymount, Ontario's highest populated point, offering spectacular views of the Ottawa Valley enroute.
Great Waterfront Trail Adventure - Special Edition Greenbelt Launch - On August 16 to 21, 2015, join a Special Edition GWTA launching the brand new Greenbelt Route. Join the GWTA for 50-105km of riding per day and travel the new Greenbelt Route from Roseneath, Northumberland County to Queenston, Niagara. Tour options include the entire 6 days or a 3 day 'Taste of the Greenbelt' tour.
Ride4UnitedWay - The annual Ride4UnitedWay will be held on Sunday, August 16, 2015. A ride which supports the work of the United Way Durham Region. Three courses offered for cyclists of every level: 160km, 100km and 60km. Take the challenge within the ride, the Heartbreak Hill 5KTT. It’s a fully supported ride, 8:00am mass start with massages, lunch and showers at the finish.
Niagara MS Bike - Enjoy your surroundings as you cycle along this scenic, flat route. Beginning at Crystal Ridge Arena and Community Centre, you will loop through the Niagara Region and take in the sights of the Niagara Parkway and Friendship Trail before returning to the arena for a BBQ and complimentary massage.
Families on Bikes - This event being held August 23rd in Beamsville help families enjoy the sport of cycling through a free, fun day of cycling activities designed to inspire more families to cycle.
Dunneville Grand Tour - A whole weekend of activities to choose from August 22 to 23. Enjoy rides for all levels and all lengths exploring the area, along the shores of Lake Erie and the Grand River.
Kawartha Lakes Classic - The Kawartha Classic will be held on Sat Aug 29th 2015 – 8 am. The Classic Cycling Tour has something for everyone, including routes of 13, 25, 50, 100 and 160 km to suit all levels of riders.
Southwest Challenge- The Southwest Challenge has 180, 110 and 60 km distance options. On September 12th, 2015, join this fully supported tour as it travels through beautiful, quiet and challenging roads between London, Woodstock. Proceeds support Children's Health Foundation, Children's Hospital of London.
The KVC Limestone Century Tour - On September 13, join this one-day bicycle tour with the choice of three distances (100 miles, 100 kilometers, or 40 kilometers) designed as a fun challenge for cyclists. This event, organized by the Kingston Velo Club, is a non-competitive cycling event.
Ride4RealFood - On Sunday September 13, 2015 join the 5th annual food security fundraiser. From the beautiful Hills of the Headwaters in Peel, to the scenic Humber river, the event offers two road routes and one route that is primarily through park land. All routes finish at the McVean Farm, where riders will enjoy a picnic, farm tours, live music, and more.
Epic Tour Halton - This long-distance mass participation GranFondo-style cycling event on September 13th, 2015 features 140, 80 or 40 km options as well as a 20 km Family Ride. Designed for all ages and abilities, the course explores the scenic and challenging terrain of Milton, Halton Hills, and Burlington.
100K for United Way - On September 13th, join the United Way Greater Simcoe County’s signature event with new routes and new time! With 3 routes to suit all levels of cycling: Challenging, Moderate and Leisure. All proceeds from this event will support local charities in our community. Riders receive jersey, meals, entertainment, marshalled routes, bike technician support along all routes, entertainment and more!
Caribou Charity Ride - The sixth annual Caribou Charity Ride will take place on Sunday, September 13, 2015. Cyclists can choose between a 50k or a 100k ride. The ride is for everyone from the average weekend warrior to accomplished cyclists. The meeting point is the Nor'Wester Resort Hotel at 2080 Highway 61 and both rides will travel through Oliver Paipoonge Township near Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Toronto Bicycle Music Festival - On September 13th, Toronto's free pedal-powered, mobile music festival returns for its 6th consecutive year, featuring outdoor concerts by independent Canadian musicians in some of the city's most iconic parks and live mobile performances during group rides between venues.
Toronto MS Bike - Toronto is a perfect fit for cyclists of all levels! Centrally located at Centennial Park in Etobicoke, you will cycle along scenic bike trails and city streets before returning to the park for a BBQ lunch. Bring the family or make it a company outing!
Centurion Canada – On September 18th-20th, join in this popular event with 25, 50 and 100 km rides and kids and hill climb races. Attracting thousands of participants and spectators, the September Centurion is based out of Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood.
Paramedic Ride – (Sept 18 - 21) Join 100 paramedics and friends cycling from Toronto to Ottawa as we honour the memory of Military and Civilian Paramedics who have died in the line of duty. The Paramedic Ride raises money towards the construction of a National Canadian Paramedic Memorial Monument. 1 day and 4 day registration available. - Ride to Remember.
Wheels of Hope Cycling Tour - London - Wheels of Hope Cycle Cycling Tour is in support of the Canadian Cancer Society's Wheels of Hope Transportation Program. On September 19th, participate in a 45km or 85km ride from London to Woodstock and back.
Forest Lea Enduro - The Forest Lea Enduro is a trail focused fundraising event to celebrate the Forest Lea Trails and raise money for maintenance and development. The event has Mountain bike rides of 10km, 25km (one big loop) or 50km (two laps). Kids will have a 3km ride later in the morning. The event is held on September 20th, 2015.
Baycrest 2 Barrie - On Sunday September 20th, 2015, celebrate the 20th annual Baycrest 2 Barrie ride. Travel through scenic countryside north of the city, and experience a convivial atmosphere and post-ride festivities. Riders can choose between a 100km or 50km route. Costs include limited edition jersey, breakfast, lunch and two tickets to post-ride dinner.
Wellspring Peloton Challenge - 35 riders will cycle more than 3,000 kms over 7 days from Toronto, Ontario to New Orleans in a 24-hour cycling relay. The ride is taking place from September 26 - October 2, 2015 and is in support of Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation to raise funds for vital cancer support programs in the Greater Toronto Area. There are limited spots for this iconic ride.
The Jim Hunter ALS Cycle for a Cure - The third annual Jim Hunter ALS Cycle for a Cure will be held on September 27, 2015. Participants can ride in either a 20 km or 70 km route to help raise awareness and much-needed funds for ALS research.
Picton Kiwanis Cribbage Colour Ride - On Sunday September 27, 2015, head to Prince Edward County for an exciting weekend of wine, culture, family events and outdoor adventures! Join hundreds of cyclists and discover the magic of this island community. Three routes have been designed to accommodate different skill levels: 25, 50 and 100 km. On route you’ll find refreshment stations at selected rural locations – experience Prince Edward County’s proud agricultural heritage.
MEC Fall Century Ride - Barrie - On October 3rd, join in on the 2nd annual one day road cycling adventure on an open course for people who are passionate about their active lifestyles. For only $35 you can choose between a 50km or 100km ride that will showcase the beauty of the Hills of Oro-Medonte.
Hastings Highland Hilly Hundred - The 10th Annual Hastings Highlands Hilly Hundred, billed as "The Toughest Century Ride" in Ontario is held October 3rd. With 100 mile, 100km and a new 37km loop, this great autumn ride offers something for everyone.
Harvest Ride - Join on October 4th for Tillsonburg's Harvest Ride. A fun, family ride with route options for 160, 100, 50 and 25km. Lots of local food vendors on site, making it a great fall weekend event!
Tour of Madawaska- There is no better time and place to enjoy the splendid fall colours, stunning scenery, quiet roads, and campfire camaraderie than at this woodland retreat. On October 10-12, Madawaska Cycling Tours are designed for those who are challenged by tough terrain and are undeterred by inclement weather. Costs range from $55 for single day and dinner to $275 for multi-day and indoor accommodation.
Cyclocross Events - Fall is CycloCross season and 2015 is no different for this growing sport. From October to November, throughout the province there are various race and event days. For event dates and locations visit www.cyclocross.org
PAST 2015 EVENTS
Toronto International Bicycle Show - One of the largest consumer bicycle shows in North America, See and shop for the latest cycling trends, bikes and accessories, enjoy BMX, mountain bike and freestyle competitions. Stop by the Ontario Cycle Tourism Information Centre for the latest cycling information, events and maps from across the province. The 29th Annual Toronto International Bicycle Show runs from March 6 to 8, 2015.
Ontario Cycling Association Race Events – Provincial Road Races – Hosted by cycling clubs throughout Ontario, the annual qualifying races and provincial championships draw cycling teams from across the province. Consult Ontario Cycling Association’s event calendar.
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