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NOTE:  First group ride for 2019 is scheduled for Saturday, April 6th and 10:00 am

Ride Classifications

There's a ride for everyone!

[Average speed and distance guidelines]

Group 1

30 – 35+ km/hr

Weeknights:  50-80 km

Weekends:  90–150 km

Group 2

27 – 30 km/hr

Weeknights:  40-70 km

Weekends:  70–110 km

Group 3

26 – 28 km/hr

Weeknights:  40-70 km

Weekends:  70–110 km

Group 4

23 – 26 km/hr

Weeknights:  40-60 km

Weekends:  65–85 km

All riders MUST have signed an OCA Waiver and the Ancaster Velo Risk Management Policy before participating in any sanctioned ride.

Ride Leaders

Respect Your Ride Leader…No Ride Leader, No Ride!

Every attempt will be made to arrange a qualified Ride Leader for each ride.

In the event a Ride Leader cannot be scheduled the ride will still be posted on RWGPS but without a Ride Leader assignment.

If a qualified Ride Leader shows up on the day of the ride and is willing to lead, the ride will run as planned.

If no Ride Leader is available then the ride for that group is cancelled and any riders who wish to still ride are welcome to join another group and ride at that groups advertised pace.

We need you

Weekend Rides

Start Times

April    10:00 am

May     9:00 am

June & July     8:30 am 

Sept & Oct    9:00 am NEW! 

Weeknight Rides

May 1 – Aug 30.  6:00 pm

Sept 1 – Sept 12*    5:30 pm NEW! 

* Weeknight rides end after second week in September

Start Location


A ride may be cancelled due to weather or other factors that may impact the safety of a ride.


If a ride is cancelled all members will receive an email from the club no later than 90 min before the ride notifying you that the ride has been cancelled.


At any point before the ride start or during a ride it may become necessary to cancel a ride for safety reasons. A club officer or ride leader will evaluate and inform the group. 


If you choose to ride after a ride cancellation has been issued you are doing so at your own risk and are not covered under Club insurance.


A route map and cute sheet will be available on Ride with GPS (RWGPS) before each ride.

You will need to create a free RWGPS account and then Join our Club through a link provided. If you have not already accessed our club page contact us and request a link.

Joining our RWGPS club allows you to receive premium RWGPS memberships privilages!

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New to road riding or never ridden in a group before?

This new alternate Tuesday night ride is for you...

Learn to Group Ride

Tuesday Nights in May and June


Flatter Route

(on top of escarpment)

Steady Pace

(set by slowest rider) 

Skills & Techniques Focus



Refueling Stop

New riders, or riders who are looking for a moderate, flat week night ride are encouraged to join us. 

OCA Women's Day Ride





 Join Us for a Fantastic Day of Cycling Across Ontario.

The Second Annual Ontario Cycling Association Women’s Ride Day will take place with clubs across the province hosting cycling activities specifically to encourage ladies to hop on their bikes. We encourage all women to take this opportunity to be a part of this fun filled day.

Choose from 2 rides

45 km

Group 4

23 – 26 km/hr

60 km

Group 3

26 – 28 km/hr

Be sure to share this opportunity with the all the ladies in your life!

You DO NOT need to be an Ancaster Velo member to participate in this ride.

But you do need to register with the OCA.




NOTE:  This opportunity is open to ladies who are not currently, and who have never been
registered with the OCA.

2019 Feature Rides


Mon. April 22 possibly mid-ride coffee/muffin stop at Copetown Woods if the golf course is open


Sun. June 2

 Conversations Cafe & Bistro


 Sat. June 22

Dar’s Delights in Moffat  

 Sun. July 21

Rattlesnake Hill Climb with a mid-ride stop at the  Springridge Farm

Sat. Aug. 24

Flying Monkey Bike Shop & Cafe


 Sun. Sept. 22

Burning Kiln Winery, Norfolk


 Sat. Oct 12

Brantford Rail Trail Ride with Breakfast at the Sherwood Restaurant  


 to Ken and Sheri for organizing these great feature rides!

Watch for an e-mail close to the event date for details

Not getting club emails? Contact us.

Try-a-Ride 2019

Next Scheduled Try-a-Ride
Must have's

Past or Present OCA Member?


Sorry, but you CANNOT take part in our Try-a-Ride program.



OCA Regulations allow for only one free Try-a-Ride ride,

after which membership to Ontario Cycling Association (OCA) and Ancaster Velo Club membership is mandatory.

Ladies Only!












What to Bring

  • ROAD Bike** – well maintained and fully functioning 

  • Helmets*

  • Identification – Membership Card, Health Card (or copy) and emergency contact number* 

  • Tire Pressure – pump tires up to recommended pressure...road tires are about 100psi...if in doubt look on the sidewall of the tire for BAR/PSI pressure rating (6-8 bar = 90 -120 psi)

  • Flat Repair Kit – spare innertube (proper size for your bike), tire levers and a pump. TIP – Wrap your  inner tube in several layers of plastic wrap to prevent chafing/puncture

  • Multi-tool – in case of any loose parts or something that may need an adjustment

  • Lights – working BRIGHT head light and tail light. (lights on 1/2 hour before sunset, it's the law!)

  • Money and Cell phone ...just in case you need them....and you will (to buy your favourite Ride Leader a Coffee)

  • Water and/or sports drink

  • Snacks – protein energy bars, gels, or adequate nourishment for the anticipated time for each ride. Road riding uses a suprisingly large number of calories…we will be on the road for several hours, many times the time spent in a spin class...enough time to get hungry and "bonk" if you have not eaten since your last meal...try to have a light snack about an 1.5 hrs prior to riding

  • Rain Gear – if the weather is questionable

  • Club Membership/Insurance*

  • Signed Waiver – if on a Try-a-Ride (see link above) 

* Mandatory item(s)

* For safety reaons no hybrid, mountain or cruiser type bikes allowed.

Special Event Rides


Saturday, October 5, 2019

On the morning of  Saturday October 5th, Ancaster Community Services will once again be participating in the Canada-wide charity fundraising event, Ride for Refuge, where thousands of people across the nation will be supporting hundreds of charities. The Hamilton location is right here in Ancaster, at the Hamilton District Christian High School on Glancaster Road/Garner Rd.  The Ride for Refuge is a 5km walk, or 10/25/or 50km bike ride to help smaller charities raise funds to support programs that provide “refuge”from things like hunger, loneliness, isolation, war, poverty etc. Last year, there were 26 charities supported at the Hamilton/Ancaster location.  

More info:  https://rideforrefuge.org/charity/ancastercommunityservices


Looking for a club that offers racing, time trials, and a more competitive schedule of events?

Check out the Hamilton Cycling Club (HCC).