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CX trail ride tonight !

Do you have a CX or Mountain bike?  Welcome to join in the fun.

Last year we had a blast riding the trails beside the Don bike path, so let's do it again!

6:30 pm tonight - Meet at the dog park at the west end of Taylor Creek bike path (same place as last year)

Will be riding north to Sunnybrook playing fields and back, depending on where people want to go and trail conditions. 

This is a No drop ride, pace to suit.

Hope that we get some…


Added by Jeff N on June 8, 2017 at 11:34am — No Comments

Cyclocross is back - The Dirt Squirrel - CX number 1

Hooray CX season is here!

What a fantastic day for the first CX race of the season.  BCC was well represented, special congratulations to Conor McInnis (Mike's son) for racing in the U13 race. 

Marko Li, Paul McKeever, Bruce Day, Jeff Norman, Mike McInnis, Jeff McCachren, CS boys Mike Nyby and Jake Williams plus a few old friends. 

This course is…


Added by Jeff N on September 21, 2015 at 3:02pm — 3 Comments

New favorite video - Bike Freestyle 2

How about backwards downhill, front wheel, feet off the pedals!

Vittorio Brumotti  is unbelievable.

Added by Jeff N on July 1, 2015 at 10:20am — 1 Comment

Turbo Tuesday - 5 May 2015

No the photo wasn't from last night, but it does create a nice image of Alex on a break and the bunch chasing him down.   It was sent to me with the caption "Meals on Wheels"

Another fun…


Added by Jeff N on May 6, 2015 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

Riding doesn't need to end just because a little snow falls!

Having so much fun that I just had to share. 

A few keeners, including me, couldn't bear to put the bikes away yet so we've been riding…


Added by Jeff N on December 16, 2014 at 3:20pm — 1 Comment

The Sunday 140 - a few flats (tires and roads) a few hills; plenty fast!

Thanks to the brave ones who joined for the informal ride.

Lets see - Me, IanM, IanW, SteveJ, PeterC, PeterS, SteveF, BruceD, Chris, JodyNB, PatB,JimW,JasonS for the start to Goodwood leg then joined by AndrewM and John for the return.  A little rough to get out of the city on Warden, but is there really a good way? 

Warden North  of Finch, was fantastic, we…


Added by Jeff N on June 1, 2014 at 2:07pm — 6 Comments

Got Cold Feet - not me!

No reason to hang up the bike yet.  The clothing is one challenge that I had a pretty good handle on, but the feet suffered in cold and wet conditions.  Slush spraying onto the shoe covers would eventually creep around the booties and into the shoes and feet would be cold.

After two rides, I like the shoes I just got, enough to comment.  

Garneau O winter shoes; these beauties have an inner shoe with the wire/dial system for tightening, an integrated neoprene outer with a…


Added by Jeff N on November 13, 2013 at 3:18pm — 5 Comments

The HOSS CROSS CX race - Oct 20 2013

My first CX race, and it was fun.   It was my best CX race ever! 

Woke up early and drove with Mel to Centennial Park near  near Rathburn and 427.  Suns up and it is going to be beautiful, great for my first experience with CX racing.  The morning mist was starting to burn off, but there was still frost in the grass.   Check-in at 8:30, pin on the numbers and go for a few practice laps to learn the course and warmup before the 10am start. 

Stakes in the ground with flagging…


Added by Jeff N on October 21, 2013 at 5:00pm — 7 Comments

CX Monday Madness number 3 15Sept2013 - 'twas fun

Nice to see more out for our 'ride' in the park. 

That's Paul, Jon, budding all-star Owen, Bruce and Colin ready for action.

(Can you guess who Owen belongs too?) 

MIA's were stuck in traffic, complaining of 'sore' legs from Centurion, away racing, had to work ... so the rest us did our best to fill in a do a bunch of laps.

Have to say, this one…


Added by Jeff N on September 18, 2013 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Psst - CX practices have started.

Hey All, last week was so much fun,  let's do it again.  


Monday Sept. 9 at 6:30pm.

Come out for 1 to 1.5 hrs of loops on the famous CX course on the East edge of Stan Wadlow park.  Meet at the North end of Haldon Ave.

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See you there!

Added by Jeff N on September 9, 2013 at 8:51am — 5 Comments

CX Madness number 1

FUN and a great workout!   Want to improve your bike handling skills and get stronger?   Only have an hour?  It's just a ride in the park away!  Beg, borrow, or buy a CX or MTB and join us on Monday nights at 6:30.

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Jamie, Jason, Mike and son Connor, and I rode a bunch of laps around Jamies famous CX course.  Hats off to Connor for a great lap, Mike, kudos for starting him young, he is…


Added by Jeff N on September 3, 2013 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

24hrs of circles on a Mtbike

This year's addition of the 24hrs of Summer Solstice was a blast again.   Compliments and thanks to Chico Racing and crew for putting on a fantastic event. Combine camping, not sleeping, hanging out with friends, and riding bikes in the woods and this is what we got on the weekend.  Andrew W and I plus 3 others competed (more like completed!) at Albion Hills conservation area.  The format is a team relay, about 400 teams, varying from the really nutty solo's, to 8 person corporate.  We…


Added by Jeff N on June 24, 2013 at 1:30pm — 7 Comments

BCC conquers Rideau Lakes – Fast, fun, fantastic!

5 BCCers, that I knew of, made the trek to Ottawa for this edition of the Rideau Lakes ride,  Mohamed for his first time, Ken B, Steve J, Ian W, me.    This year’s edition was sold out by the end of March at 2200 riders.  The ride, for you who aren’t familiar, is a two day event,  start in Ottawa on Saturday, ride to Queens in Kingston, eat tons in the dining hall for…


Added by Jeff N on June 10, 2013 at 1:33pm — 7 Comments

Sunday cruise turned into 140k!

Looks like the Ride for Heart was another successful showing for BCC.  For a few of us that missed RfH it was good day in the wind, and fortunately we missed the rain, or rather the rain missed us.

Ian and I had arranged to try to get in a longer ride.  My day started with a text from Ian at 6:30 "are we on?"  My reply was "let's get to grinder to see who is there", then then the heavens opened up.  Phone call, change plans, we'll start at 7:30. 

Lesson for me, look at BCC…


Added by Jeff N on June 2, 2013 at 4:56pm — 6 Comments

CX trail ride Dec 1 2012 - who knew there are so many trails in the city?

Dave, Ian, Alex, Pat and I, all bundled up for a fun morning on the bike.

Only 24 days till Santa visits and a few of us were following Alex the explorer.  There is a real world application for CX bikes, and we lived it on Saturday. Gravel paths, grass pathways in the hydro cuts, single track along the creeks and Patryk even executed a smooth high speed…


Added by Jeff N on December 3, 2012 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments

Woo Hoo, bonus Sunday ride Nov 11 2012

Great weather for November!  Roads were damp, but no rain and it was warm.  Maybe some wobbles for starting at 7:30am after the end o' season party, but, with the weather forecast I couldn't miss the opportunity.  The typical cast of characters, Alex, Ian, Paul, Andrew M, Charles, Jamie, Patrick, Steve J, and me, showed up.  The route was 128km, up Leslie to Vandorf, Vandorf to Warden, Warden N to Herald, Herald E to ninth, Ninth S to Vivian, Vivian E to Ydurham, YD S to 8th, 8th to 3rd…


Added by Jeff N on November 11, 2012 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

It is about the bike! Garneau Gennix R2 bike review


Well, our fearless leader was showing off his new bike on the ride last Saturday by doing the Dan thing.  Riding well in the group then kicking in the turbo and flying of the front.   The Danforth Sprint was a perfect example, an early kick took advantage of group disorganization and posturing, Dan was away.  When we caught him his comment was, “It’s the…


Added by Jeff N on October 26, 2012 at 11:04am — 5 Comments

Sunday Sept 30 2012- beautiful fall day ride to Goodwood

Weather gods shone upon us again! 

Fun fast ride and great work by everyone.  I think this was among my favorite rides of the year!

Up Leslie with nearly no stops, around Musselman's, Wagg, sprint down concession3 to butter tarts, and fast home with a tail wind.

115 km, left grinder at 7:05, home by 11:20.

Slightly overcast to start, a little fog on Wagg Rd, and glorious sunshine from Goodwood to home.  Cool temperatures made the choice of clothes interesting. …


Added by Jeff N on September 30, 2012 at 3:30pm — 6 Comments

From the 'Shwa' to the country and back again

Well, last year a few rode this route, Alex, Ian and Charles of course, and I heard all about how great it was, how quiet the roads are, how wonderful the views of the rolling countryside and the lake vistas.  I jumped at the chance to ride it this time. 

Not to be a spoiler but, the story ends well, it was all it was billed to be.

We met at Oshawa GO at 8:10am, Alex, Charles, and Jody by train, I drove ('cause I slept in alittle).   A little riding in town, over to and thru…


Added by Jeff N on September 23, 2012 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

Social Saturday August 11 - threat of rain convinces most to stay in bed!

Never know what the weather will bring, what we got was a wonderful ride!

Marco, Lana, Dan, Neil, James, Frank and me all get Kudos for being keeners!  Grinder at 8:00 guess what, no rain.

A few different rides happened, Marco went south, Dan and Lana did zoo + Pickering, and the remaining 4 rode up Leslie to 19th, over to Stouffville for a quick espresso, and home down Ressors.  And guess again, yup sunshine for most of the route. 

Our ride was great, we worked well and…


Added by Jeff N on August 11, 2012 at 7:44pm — No Comments

BCC Rides

Cycling in the summer can be about casual riding, sprinting, spinning, big-ring hammerfests or what ever your chosen type of riding is. The BCC was founded for the sole purpose to network cyclists. It has grown into a successful club which accommodates Riders at almost all skill/fitness levels. Everyone should be able to participate and have fun at their respective levels.


Weekend Rides: 


Saturday Morning
Start time is 8:00am early season, 7:00am as days get longer. Route distances vary from 55-120km and several pace groups are available. Saturday morning rides focus on a social vibe.


Sunrise Sundays
Rides will start around sunrise. Rotating routes will focus on distances from 55-160km.  Remote start rides outside the GTA.

Weekly Rides:



Advanced Turbo Tuesdays
For this ride, advanced group riding and bike handling skills are required. You must also be aware of your limitations. Riding speed is 35kph+.


Hillicious Thursdays
Starts at 5:40am. This ride includes Bayview, pottery rd, redway other local hills.



Starts at 5:30AM. Bring your CX or MTB out for a great Don trail ride. Some weeks, we'll head to a local park to practice CX skills.

Informal Rides Click Here

Other Rides:

Race Team

BCC Race Team
Please join if you will be racing in 2018 as part of the BCC Race Team!

Track Cycling

BCC Track Cycling Group

A place where those interested in, or already addicted to, riding the boards can share info.

BCC Youth

BCC Youth Group

An initiative to have weekly skills sessions and rides for young riders.

Interested in finding a new route or refreshing your memory on an old faithful? Check out the Routes page.


BCC on Strava


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