Okay, hello there; and welcome to this blog and to this post about cycling the roads of Renfrew County. Perhaps, you are a regular reader or a casual reader or a google surfer. Doesn’t matter, really. I’m glad you’ve paid us a visit. The purpose of the blog is to get the word out about cycling in the Arnprior area and to facilitate the getting together for rides on the weekends of like-minded people. The Arnprior Mafia has been riding the roads in these parts since 1990 and we know them well. If you are local cyclist or a visiting cyclist, please get in touch at arnpriorcycling@bell.net. We would be pleased to recommend routes, to talk about cycling, and to have you join us.

The more we ride and the more cyclists on the road the better It’s in our best interests to promote cycling. The latest news states that as the number of cyclists on the road increases so does public (driver) awareness of cyclists. Eventually, it will become a virtuous circle. And, it can’t happen soon enough. On this, please take note of the new rules/enforcement as at Sept 01 requiring bicycle (tail)-lights and reflective material. See @StevenDelDuca Tweet on this.

Some ‘Group’ safety pointers:

The number-one rule of group riding is predictability. That means riding in a straight line, as in hold your line. Never deviate from this unless you give adequate notice to the cyclists (and to the drivers) around you. Also, don’t half-wheel when riding two abreast at the front to avoid any unintentional increase in pace. (Adapted this from Outside Magazine)

Okay, now that that is out-of-the-way. Let’s talk turkey about tomorrow.

This ride will be a reprise of last Saturday’s easy pace and short distance but without the breakfast stop. Here’s the tentative plan:

Meet at Stinsons at 8am 8am and ride to the Neat Cafe for coffee after 42 Kms via Dwyer Hill, Galetta Side Rd, Hwy 29, Shaw & Waba Rd to Kippen and Creekside, to the Neat; then, home via #508, etc., for a total distance of 63 Kms at an easy, conversational pace. We’ll keep the effort moderate to have energy and leg freshness for Sunday’s MEC 100. So, it will be easy does it. This is a coffee, cake, and culture ride.

Just a reminder, it’s steady as she goes. These are ‘no-drop’ group rides. Weather low twenties and with some humidity; winds N, NW at 8.

Come out and enjoy this great cycling weather (it won’t last).

If you have thought of joining us and weren’t sure about the pace or the distance, then, here’s your chance. It sure would be great if you were ‘good to go’.

Ride your bike!

Perth Cyclesportif: Saturday, September 26: http://www.cyclosportifperth.ca/. Probably won’t do this one.

Okay, bye bye, ac. Comments always welcome at arnpriorcycling@bell.net; https://www.twitter.com/ArnpriorCycling

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