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 2016. We will continue to add cyclings events throughout the year as the event dates are published.
FEBRUARYRice Lake Hard Water Bicycle Ride – Held on February 15, The Rice Lake Hard Water Bicycle Ride is an all for fun, unofficial, get together of people looking for something winter fun to do on Ontario's Family Day Weekend - Riding on the Frozen surface of Rice Lake!
Cycle Tourism Conference- On March 4, Ontario By Bike / Transportation Options is hosting it's 3rd Cycle Tourism Conference. With speakers from the US, across Canada and Ontario, this industry event is also open for general registration. View program details at: www.ontariobybike.ca/ctc16
Toronto International Bicycle Show - Don`t miss the 30th Annual Toronto International Bicycle Show on March 4-6 at the Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place. Join us at the largest bicycle consumer show in the world to shop a fantastic range of bike manufacturers and retailers. Plan your next cycling trip, sign up for an event or tour in 2016 by visiting dozens of great destination or event booths! Stop by the Ontario Cycle Tourism Information Centre for the latest cycling information, events and maps from across the province.
Steaming Nostril – Held on April 3, 2016, this event is in it`s 4th year, this early spring event has 35 and 70 km options, on a mix of roads, farm lanes and trails and uses some private lanes and roads.
Paris to Ancaster Bicycle Race – This spring ride has 70, 40 & 20 km options, on a mix of roads, farm lanes and trails. This well-attended annual event will take place on April 24 in 2016, celebrating its 23rd year. A "Let's Ride" Kids Course is open to 8-12 year olds.
Great Ride N Stride Burlington – Great Ride 'n' Stride is a non-competitive, pledge-based fundraising event. This is the 38th 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 24th between 1pm - 3pm!
Pedal the Pinery – On Sunday April 24th, 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!
CN Cycle for CHEO – On Sunday May 1st, 2016, 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.
Epic 8 Hour - Spring mountain bike relay at Mansfield Outdoor Centre, May 7. 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 18th, 2016 , 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 2016 Ride of Silence 10km event will take place with a new starting location – MacBain Community Centre at 7150 Montrose Road.
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 Saturday May 28th, to Friday June 3rd, 2016.
Ride for Jack - On Saturday May 28th, 2016 join cyclists of all abilities to ride the 7th 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 28th, 2016. 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 29th, 2016 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.
Brian Smith Charity Bike Ride On Sunday, May 29th, 2016, join the 13th 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.
The Lake Ride - On May 29th, join the 6th Annual The Lake Ride. The ride is in York Region, beginning in Newmarket and on to the beautiful southern shores of Lake Simcoe and back. The ride feature's two distances, 60km and 100km.
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 29th, 9am-1pm.
Ontario By Bike - June Ride - A two day weekend tour and off-road ride along the Greater Niagara Circle Route. Tour to include hotel accommodations, lunches and more included on this fully supported small group tour. All details taken care of, just bring your bike and ride. Tour dates and details to be announced shortly.
BikeTrek – On June 4th, 2016, join the 15th 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.Becel Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart – On June 5th, 2016, 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.
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. 2016 Dates: Sunday June 5th: Ottawa - with the choice of two distances of 50 and 100km. Saturday June 18th: Toronto - with the choice of three distances of 70, 140, and the new 160km route.
Ride Guides: Skills Boot Camps - On June 11th & 25th, July 9th & 23rd and August 27th in 2016, 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.
Manitoulin Passage Ride - On June 4th and 5th, head up to Manitoulin Island for the 6th 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.
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 11th-12th, 2016.
Bike for Tykes - Bike for Tykes is one day spinning relay that raises funds to support programs that improve the lives of children. In 2016, this event takes place on June 16th.
Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour - Now in its 45th year, this weekend long event on June 11th-12th 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 19th annual ride on Sunday June 12, 2016.
South Frontenac Cycle Fest – Join the 2nd Annual South Frontenac Cycle Fest, being held this year Sunday, June 12, in Verona, just north of Kingston. At this event an expanded map of local cycling routes will be released (and there will be a free community BBQ). Other cycling activities will take place.
The Wild Ride - Mountain biking festival on June 18th, 2016 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.
Ride Don't Hide - Join the annual rides all on June 26th, 2016 in any one of the 17 locations across Ontario: Brant Haldimand-Norfolk, Cochrane-Timiskaming, Grey Bruce, Halton, Hamilton, Kenora, Lambton Kent, Middlesex, Niagara, Oxford County, Peel Region – Caledon Hills, Peterborough, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury/Manitoulin, The Greater Toronto Ride , Waterloo Wellington Dufferin and Windsor.Rides vary in length from 5km upwards and explore great cycling in Ontario in a fun and welcoming environment.
Chatham-Kent Cycling Festival – On June 18th join the 2nd Annual Chatham-Kent Cycling Festival, 100km, 50km, 30km, Family Fun Ride and 2k options. Both recreational and experienced riders will enjoy the rich farmland of South Kent and the beautiful shores of Lake Erie on an open road loop.
24 Hours of Summer Solstice - Experience the summer solstice on two wheels at this June 25th and 26th 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.
Carbon Cycle – On June 25th and 26th, 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.
Tour de Guelph - On Sunday June 26, 2016 ride in the third 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.
Healing Cycle Ride - On June 26, join the 12th annual ride in support of hospice palliative care organizations in Ontario. Starting at the Brampton Fall Fairgrounds, cyclists can choose to ride 10, 25, 50 or 100km routes.
MS Bike Tour - Multiple locations and dates through out the province (and across Canada) for this fundraising event in its 25th year. 2016 Dates include: July 10 Prince Edward County; July 23-24 Grand Bend to London; August 6-7 Ottawa to Cornwall; August 21 Niagara; September 18: Toronto.
Pedaling for Parkinson's - Between July 15th-17th, 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.
Ride for a Reason - On July 16, 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.
Summer Epic 8 Hour MTB Relay - On July 23, head to Hardwood Ski & Bike in Barrie for a fun, social and challenging MTB relay event. All ages and abilities.
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 23rd. 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.
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 Milton on September 11th, 2016.
Friends For Life Bike Rally – Join a one-day ride from Toronto to Port Hope (108km) on July 24th or joing over 400 cyclists ride the Waterfront Trail from Toronto to Montreal – 600 km over 6 days. This 18th annual event which raises funds for people living with HIV/AIDS, is set for July 24th to July 29th, 2016.
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.
Crank the Shield - On August 13th-14th, get active at Ontario’s only 3-day Mountain Bike Stage Race, Crank the Shield – a two-day romp through the wilds of Haliburton County!
Tour de Bonnechere - The 7th Annual Tour de Bonnechere takes place Sunday August 21st 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 - On August 7 to 12, 2016, join the 9th annual GWTA as they celebrate the extension of Ontario's Waterfront Trail to Lake Huron, from Pelee Island to Grand Bend.
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.
Dunneville Grand Tour - A whole weekend of activities to choose from August 20th to 21st, 2016. Enjoy rides for all levels and all lengths exploring the area, along the shores of Lake Erie and the Grand River.
3 Port Tour - On August 20th 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.
Kawartha Lakes Classic - The Kawartha Classic will be held on Saturday Aug 27th 2016 – 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.
Ontario By Bike - September Ride - A weekend tour and off-road rail trail ride in Simcoe County will begin and end in Barrie. Hotel accommodations, lunches and more included on this fully supported small group tour. All details taken care of, just bring your bike and ride. Dates and further details to be announced shortly.
Bike Up Northumberland! - On September 10th, join the 2nd annual charity ride event in support of Campbellford Memorial Hospital Foundation and Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation. Routing follows the scenic Waterfront Trail from Cobourg to Presqu'ile Park in Brighton and is designed for riders of all ages and abilities. With varying return distances – 5km, 10km, 25km, 50km and 100km.
PwC Epic Tour Halton - This long-distance mass participation GranFondo-style cycling event on September 11th, 2016 features 165, 140, 125, 110, 80 or 50 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.
Caribou Charity Ride - The 7th annual Caribou Charity Ride will take place on Sunday, September 11, 2016. Cyclists can choose between a 50, 75 or a 100km 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 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 on September 18th!
Centurion Canada – On September 16th-18th, 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.
Baycrest 2 Barrie - On Sunday September 11th, 2016, celebrate the 21st 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.
Canada South Coast Bike Tour - On Saturday September 24th, 2016, join ERCA for a ride around Windsor/Essex as we raise funds for local trail systems! Cycle on a number of route options. Enjoy a family-friendly 12 km or 32 km out and back tour, or step up to the 70 km ride on the Greenway. More advanced riders can participate in 58 or 112 km road routes.
Wellspring Peloton Challenge - 35 riders will cycle more than 3,000 kms over 7 days from Toronto, Ontario to Miami in a 24-hour cycling relay. The ride is taking place from September 24 - 30, 2016 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.
Bike & Hike Rockwood - On September 25, ride in and around Halton Hills and the town of Erin on the first annual Bike & Hike Rockwood and participate in this great recreational ride and fundraising event to Stop the Hidden Quarry in Rockwood.
Picton Kiwanis Cribbage Colour Ride - On Sunday September 25th, 2016, 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.
OCTOBER AND BEYOND
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 8-10, 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 2016 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
Overdrive Race Series - On October 30th, don't miss the unique opportunity to ride 40km on the "Tour Du CTMP" - Along the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park race track! Road Bikes Only. Also register for a number of other Mountain Bike events same day.
Albion Fat Bike Festival - On January 16, gather for this new year ride suitable for all levels. Bike snow trails at Albion Hills Conservation Area, 20km or 10km, demos, hot chili and bonfire.
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.
Have we missed a cycling event?
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