Hardcore Cycling Club Weekly Rides
All club riders should be prepared for a 2.5 - 3 hour ride. Duration can change week to week based on trail conditions and unforeseen circumstances. Group rides offered will vary based on club rider turnout. You may join us on one freebie ride, but you must be a paid 2016 ABA member to continue riding with us.
We will post on our Twitter feed, @hcbikeclub, and on the Hardcore website by 4:30pm if there are any changes or cancellations to the ride.
Monday Group Rides
New for 2016!
All mountain bike group rides listed below will ride as much singletrack trail as possible depending on trail conditions. There will be no avoidance of challenging singletrack trails regardless of group ride categories; all single track is fair game! It is the responsibility of the rider to assess whether to walk technical sections according to ability. Again, all group rides will ride the challenging singletrack that our river valley has to offer with only the distance of the groups being the difference.
Club members will self-seed themselves into one of the four rides below. Please note that if you find yourself struggling in your chosen group, we ask that you voluntarily join the ride category that offers a shorter distance on your next ride. Ride leaders will actively help moderate this to ensure maximum enjoyment for all club members.
All rides meet at the shop in the back alley and will leave promptly at 6:30pm.
35km+ ride - this ride will be for those riders who have the endurance and technical skills to ride at least 35km in 2.5 - 3 hours. Recommend that riders in this group ride at least three to four times a week.
30km ride - this ride will be for those riders who have the endurance and technical skills to ride at least 30km in 2.5 - 3 hours. Recommend that riders in this group ride at least two to three times a week.
20-25km ride - this ride will be for those riders who have the endurance and technical skills to ride at least 20-25km in 2.5 - 3 hours. Recommend that riders in this group ride at least two times a week or you will suffer! This ride is perfect for those club members who have the technical riding skills, but haven’t yet achieved the endurance required for the longer rides or for those riders who would rather take it easy and ride at a more relaxed pace. Remember, all single track is fair game
Just a ride, ride - this ride will be a combination of pavement and some gravel paths, but no single track riding. This ride explicitly is not a mountain bike ride, although you can join this ride with your mountain bike if you so choose. Ride duration anywhere from 1-2 hours depending on the group.
Wednesday Group Rides
New for 2016!
40km+ ride - this ride will be for those riders who have the endurance and technical skills to ride at least 40km in 2.5 - 3 hours. Recommend that riders in this group live to ride their bikes and are well versed in riding at a sustained high intensity level.
30-35km ride - this ride will be for those riders who have the endurance and technical skills to ride at least 30-35km in 2.5 - 3 hours. Recommend that riders in this group ride at least three times a week. Please note that this ride will be a bit more intense than the Monday 30km group ride!
Saturday Road Rides
10 at the shop. Distance approximately 100km. Moderate pace, but with a time to let the attacks fly before regrouping and returning to the city.
Special Destination Rides
New for 2016!-Last Monday of the month special destination rides.
Commencing April 25 and ending September 26, all Mondays at the end of the month, weather permitting, will commence at either Sunridge, Terwilliger, or Fort Saskatchewan. Ride categories for these Monday rides will remain the same, only the destination changes. These rides will commence at 6:45pm rather than the usual 6:30pm time to allow for travel.
Special destination ride dates:
May 30-Ft Sasketchewan
July 25-Ft Sasketchewan
Special Event Rides
Summer Solstice Ride, Monday June 20, 2016
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.
New for 2016!
The Midnight Special - June 30 11pm to 1 am July 1.
Bring your lights and make to have a nap before this one. More details to follow....
In previous years, certain club executive have organized special mountain bike rides, most notable the “Hell Ride”. In the spirit of these truly epic mountain bike rides, and to honour our club’s past, present, and future ambassadors, members, volunteers, and anybody that loves to mountain bike, the club will be offering two special limited attendee rides!
The Dirty 100 - Save the date! July 2, 2016
Mountain biking is awesome, our Edmonton river valley is awesome, and Saturdays are awesome too! The best is when you combine these three elements all in one day! The Dirty 100 will be a 100km mountain bike ride that will focus on riding as much single track as possible (and necessary) to accomplish what would truly be a remarkable and epic milestone! This ride will be limited to 15 club members only and will commence at 9am, departure location to be determined. Based on previous rides of similar duration, anticipate riding until at least 4pm. Look for more details later on this spring.
Return of the Dirty 100 - Save the date! August 20, 2016
Doing an epic 100km mountain bike ride in the Edmonton river valley is worship-worthy, but doing it twice is legendary! Because once is never enough, there will be another 100km ride, again limited to 15 club members only and will commence at 9am, departure location to be determined. Based on previous rides of similar duration, anticipate riding until at least 4pm. Look for more details later on this spring.
Jasper to Banff Road Ride - Save the date! June 4-5, 2016
Recognized the world over as one of the most beautiful stretches of road anywhere, the Icefields Parkway will be the setting for this skinny tire adventure. Using our trusty Sprinter van and a rented minivan, we will caravan to Jasper on Friday evening, leaving Edmonton at 5:30pm for a nights stay in the Town of Jasper. We will be on our road bikes by 8am on Saturday morning to make the 200km journey over passes, past glaciers, peaks, rushing rivers and turquoise lakes to incredible Num-Ti-Jah Lodge on Bow Lake. The vans will be supporting riders with food and tools/spares along the way. After a decadent meal by the fire in the grand dining room overlooking the lake and Bow Glacier on Saturday evening, we (mostly) descend 100km to Banff on Sunday where the vans await with refreshments and snacks before a meal in Canmore and the drive home to Edmonton.