Every Monday starting May 2nd the Hardcore Cycling Club presents Just-a-Ride ride. The ride leaves from the Shop at 6:30pm - same time as the MTB rides - and will go for 1 to 2 hours. There will be no ride on Statutory holiday Mondays. We will start with 1 hour and work our way up over the course of the season depending on how the participants feel.The ride will finish at an appropriate cafe/restaraunt for post-ride refreshments/snacks.
Why Just-a-Ride ride when we offer 2 mountain bike ride nights and one for the road?
The Just-a-Ride ride is not a mountain bike or road ride. This is a ride for those who don't want to ride technical single track with the mountain bikers or do the speed and distance of the road rider. These rides will be on the paved and gravel paths in the river valley at a moderate pace. We are fortunate to have such an amazing system of bike paths in the river valley and this ride will explore those. By definition then, the Just-a-Ride ride will be more laid back; no hammering, suffering, or crashing (hopefully). Nor will there be any sprinting, drifting or endo-ing. Terms like "on the rivet", "gnarly", "road gap", and "anaerobic threshold" will be absent from the descriptions of this ride.
Despite the name of our shop having "Hardcore" in the title, our best selling bikes are hybrids and dualsports. These are bikes are some of the most versatile and can be used for commuting, fitness riding, towing the kid-trailer, or just riding. These types of bikes are the answer to the question of "what kind of bike are you looking for?" when the answer is "Just a bike." Hence, this ride is aimed at the people with these types of bikes.
So the ideal bike for this ride is a hybrid or dualsport bike but you are welcome to bring a mountain bike, a cyclocross bike or just about anything that is in good repair and has a good range of gears since we will be in the river valley where there are hills. A road bike probably isn't the best since they aren't too happy on gravel and a fat bike will be too slow but if you have the horsepower to keep up, no problem. A helmet is mandatory also bring some water and everything you need to be self-sufficient on a ride in the river valley such as a spare tube and/or patch kit, pump or CO2, multitool, tire levers, cell phone and money for post-ride snacks.
As mentioned, please make sure your bike is good to go by bringing it in to our shop - or any bike shop - for a tune up. No one wants to be "that person" who constantly holds up the group while we fix their bike on the ride. If you aren't sure, drop by the Shop; it's free for us to go over your bike a recommend any service it might need.
You don't have to be a club member to try out this ride but if you enjoy it and decide to come regularly we require that you belong to our club, or any ABA-affiliated club, for liability insurance reasons.
Any questions about the Just-a-Ride ride please contact Mark or Rowan at the Shop: 780-439-4599 or Email Here
Hardcore Cycle Club Adult MTB Skill Sessions May 2 & 9
Tired of slowly fumbling, stumbling and tumbling down the trails?
Want to flow down steep hills like water and ride up like a boss?
Want to skip and dance through rocks and roots?
Come learn the skills, principles and develop a riding “toolkit” that will allow you to meet your riding goals.
Taught by experienced riders who are certified MTB instructors
Meet at Huskies field house past the Kinsmen at 1830; be prepared to ride for 2.5hr
Cost: $75 Cash at First Session. Must already be a member of an ABA-Affiliated Club.
As soon as the dirt is dry we will be starting our weekly club rides. Have a look here for ride descriptions.
Monday, June 20, 2016 is the official summer solstice and will be the day with the most daylight in 2016. To celebrate, this Monday group ride will have two caveats:
You must be a paid club member to join us on this ride; no freebies on this ride!
All ride categories will be bumped by 10km and we will ride to at least 10pm. Thus, there will be a 30-35km ride, a 40km ride, and a 45km+ ride, plus just a ride, ride. Last year, the longer solstice rides clocked in at 48km and higher.
Given the huge amount of time we spend riding the trails in the river valley, a few years ago the club thought it a good idea to put something back in the form of some trail days. In cooperation with the City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Mountain Bike Alliance, Hardcore Cycling Club adopted the trails in the area below Saskatchewan Drive from the Walterdale Bridge to the Old Timer's Cabin.
Our second Trail Day will be Wednesday August 28th and will be in place of the ride. Come help maintain the trails we love to ride. Afterwards we will retire to Garneau for food and refreshments compliments of your Hardcore Cycling Club
Work Starts at 6:30pm
Meet at the Old Timer's Parking lot a bit before 6:30
Bring shovels, gloves, hedge trimmers, pulaskis and any other trail tools you might have. Closed-toe shoes are a must.
Given the huge amount of time we spend riding the trails in the river valley, the club thought it a good idea to put something back in the form of some trail days this year. In cooperation with the City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Mountain Bike Alliance, Hardcore Cycling Club will be adopting the trails in the area below Saskatchewan Drive from the Walterdale Bridge to the Old Timer's Cabin.
This is the first Trail Day of 2013. We plan to have more so stay tuned
Where: Queen Elizabeth Park West (by Old Pool) -- Parking Lot
When: Wednesday June 17 at 6:30pm (come a bit early so we can get going at 6:30).
Why: To Fix up the Trails that we enjoy riding.
Afterwards, stay for a BBQ courtesy of the Hardcore Cycling Club.