Cycling events Ontario:
Cycling Events Across Ontario 2014
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 2014.
Also see the Cycling Tours Across Ontario 2013 page and Bike Tours map category for more options, and scroll down this page to see ongoing events for 2014 as well as past events.
Becel Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart – On June 1st, join 13,000 cyclists on the 27th 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.
Hero Ride – This fully supported ride travels 125 km from Toronto to Blue Mountain and back and will be hosted from May 31st to June 1. The 3rd annual event raises funds for childhood cancer charities through the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation.
Manitoulin Passage Ride – On June 7th and 8th, head up to Manitoulin Island for the 4th 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 hte best Northern Ontario Spring Rides. All for just $65.00 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 7th-8th.
Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour – Now in its 43rd year, this weekend long event on June 7th-8th 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.
Ride Guides: Skills Boot Camps – On June 7th or 8th, 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.
Tour de Grand – With 9 different ride lengths this event starts and finishes in Cambridge on June 8th. Attracting more cyclists every year, 2014 is the 17th annual Tour with scenic routes through urban and rural areas running near to the Grand.
Tour de Caledonia – This 2nd annual event is hosted on June 14, and is in support of local charities. There are two (2) routes offered with a regular Route of 20-30 km (New and existing Rail Trail), as well as an advanced Route of 85 km.
The Wild Ride – Mountain biking festival at Wildwood Conservation Area in St. Mary’s, with 25km of trail riding and activities, June 14. Solo and team challenge, kids races too.
Wheels for Wellness – On June 14 & 15 in Ottawa, join this Queensway Carlton Hospital and Share the Road fundraising ride on the family Fondo ride, 50km or 100km challenge routes.
Toronto Ride Guide – Downtown Explorer Route Tour– On Sunday June 15th, join Ontario By Bike and Toronto Bicycle Tours on an 18km guided tour on two wheels! Highlights include Lake Ontario, Harbourfront, Waterfront Trail, Fort York, Queen Street West, Kensington Market, Royal Ontario Museum, the historic Distillery District and much more.
Tour de Waterloo On June 22, join cyclists from across Ontario in the quaint town of St. Jacobs for the 5th annual Tour de Waterloo. St. Jacobs is just 5 minutes outside Waterloo for the start of the epic Gran Fondo ride of the season. Route lengths include 133km, 76km and 46km and the race starts at 8:30am.
Cycle for Sight – Raising funds for Foundation Fighting Blindness, this 6th annual event is a fully supported one-day ride for experienced and novice cyclists. Sunday June 1st: Ottawa – with the choice of two distances of 50 and 100km. Sunday June 22nd: Toronto – with the choice of three distances of 70, 140, and the new 160km route.
Ride4Styles – Join riders for the 4th Annual Memorial Ride4Styles on Sunday, June 22, 2014. This 40km event will again honour the memory of Constable Garret Styles, the fallen Heroes of York Regional Police and their surviving family members. Food and drinks at rest stops on the route and a BBQ will be held at the Finish Line. Teams of 10 or more will have pledges lowered to $25!
Centurion Canada – On June 21st and 22nd, 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 June Centurion is based out of Horseshoe Resort in Oro-Medonte, just north of Barrie. Following its success in 2013, Pedal for Pink, the 25km womens-only ride to raise funds for breast cancer will return again in 2014.
Tour de Mississippi Mills and Blooms on Bikes – On Saturday June 21, 2012, join and ride at your own pace over the roads in beautiful Mississippi Mills. Tour de Mississippi Mills, a selfguided tour, ranging from 18 to 100 km, on June 21 starting at Coady’s Garage (30 Mill Street). $15 for all Tours, includes an after ride burger, sausage or sandwich and drink. Kids under 10 are free.
24 Hours of Summer Solstice – Experience the summer soltice on two wheels at this June 21st-22nd 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.
Ajax Trailfest – On Sunday, June 22, 2014, head out to the Audley Recreation Centre in Ajax for an afternoon of family fun. Join Ajax Mayor, Steve Parish for a 35km ride or a 12km family ride. Registration includes a free BBQ, events and programs for children and a bike repair station.
Service Salute to Soldiers Ride – Combine fitness and a healthy lifestyle with the SSS Ride to support Paramedics, Police, Firefighters and Soldiers. The event will donate all funds to Wounded Warriors Canada. Ride all 380 km over 2 days from Friday June 20th to Sunday June 22 (or join in for Saturday only) on either the 160, 80, 40 or 20 km rides, all ending at Base Petawawa, Ottawa Valley.
Chatham Kent Cycling Fest – On June 21, Join the inaugural Chatham-Kent Cycling Festival, 100km, 50km & Family Fun Ride this summer. Both recreational and experienced riders will tour the rich farmland of South Kent and the beautiful shores of Lake Erie on an open road loop starting and ending at Chatham Memorial Arena. Children and families will love the bike rodeo and guided 8 km family ride through Chatham.
Moveathon Festival – Take part in the Zareinu Moveathon Festival during a 20km bike ride. On June 22nd, join the Zareinu Ride for either 25, 50, 100 km or 100 miles through York Region and the Oak Ridges Moraine in support of the Zareinu Educational Centre, a treatment centre for kids with physical and developmental disabilities.
The Healing Cycle Ride – The 10th annual ride raises funds in support of hospice palliative care programs across Ontario. On June 22nd, riders will have a choice of routes – 10, 25, 50, 75 and 100 km, starting and ending in Mississauga. Cyclists can participate individually or as part of a Team Challenge.
PedalFest – A celebration of all things biking at Blue Mountain, June 28th to 29th. Enjoy demos and training rides, clinics, downhill action, bike movies, entertainment and more for all types of cyclists.
Grey County – Ride Guide Tour – On Sunday June 29th starting at 10am to 12:30pm join Ontario By Bike and Ride On Bikes to explore the quiet country side, escarpment and Georgian Bay views and welcoming communities in Grey County on this 20km guided tour on two wheels! Tour begins and ends in Thornbury. A part of Blue Mountain Village Pedal Fest weekend long events. Space is limited – advance registration is recommended.
MS Bike Tour – Multiple locations and dates through out the province (and across Canada) for this fundraising event in its 23nd year. July 6 Prince Edward County; July 26-27 Grand Bend to London; August 9-10 Ottawa to Cornwall; August 24 Niagara; September 7: Toronto.
Share the Road Rides – Since 2006, the number of Share the Road Rides in Ontario has grown. The rides are meant for cyclists of all ages and abilities, and cover some of the most beautiful and scenic areas of the province. In memory of loved ones lost, and in celebration of an activity we all enjoy, join cyclists in communities across Ontario this summer. We remember, and we celebrate. Various dates and locations.
Pedalling for Parkinson’s – Between July 11th and 13th, 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
Champlain’s Folly –Champlain’s Folly takes riders northwest along the Ottawa River, in an area first charted by famed French explorer, Samuel de Champlain. The 2014 edition of the Champlain’s Folly will set off from Arnprior on Sunday, July 13. Riders will enjoy a choice of three scenic and challenging routes of 32 km, 85 km and 130/160 km (the 160k includes an extra loop option.
GranFondo Ottawa – Reggio Capitale – Get the European-inspired “Big Ride” experience in the Ottawa Valley with festas before, during, and after the ride on July 19th. 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.
Le Tour de Norfolk – Starting and ending in Delhi – on the north shore of Lake Erie, in Norfolk County, the 7th annual recreational ride on the third weekend in July includes distances from 40 km to 160 km. Ride at your own pace on quiet, tree-lined, paved country roads. Maps and clearly marked routes; lunch and rest stops; road support; one- or two-day option; camping available. Saturday July 19th and Saturday July 20th, 2014.
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 Oakville on July 20th, 2014.
Friends For Life Bike Rally – Over 400 cyclists ride the Waterfront Trail from Toronto to Montreal – 600 km over 6 days. This 16th annual event which raises funds for people living with HIV/AIDS, is set for July 27th to August 1st, 2014.
Andy’s Ride – Head out to Port Carling in Muskoka and join Andy’s Ride, who have three excellent routes this year for both casual cyclists at 55km and enthusiasts and elite racers at 110km. All of the funds raised will be donated to Hospice Muskoka to build Andy’s House.
Le Tour de Terra Cotta – The 10th annual tour offers 3 route distance options for adult riders – 26 km, 52 km and 104 km – plus includes 2 Youth Cup road races – 8.68 km (ages 8–12) and 26 km (ages 13–16). The scenic yet challenging race events in the Caledon hills of southern Ontario will be held on August 4th, 2014.
Lost in the Rocks and Trees – Billed as Ontario’s toughest mountain biking race, this event on August 9th offers up challenging courses of 30, 62 and 110 km on MVUTS trails in the Mattawa area.
Tour for Kids On August 14-17, this event offers 2 and 4-day all-inclusive tour packages with daily distances of 100km, 160km and 200km. This year’s route travels Caledon – Waterloo – Port Dover – Caledon. Well organized, safe and suitable for all abilities. Each day, enjoy the outdoor pub, a selection of nutritious foods, a comfortable bed and way too much fun. Every penny raised funds camp programs that help kids living with and beyond cancer. Not one penny is used for event marketing, operations, or anything else.
Tour de Bonnechere – The 2014 5th Annual Tour de Bonnechere takes place Sunday August 17th 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 spectaclar views of the Ottawa Valley enroute.
Great Waterfront Trail Adventure – The 2014 GWTA, held between August 11th and 15th, will be along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, with a twist! They’re calling it the lollipop route. The distance between the campsites each day will be 40-60 km, providing more freedom to explore the communities, shop, swim, taste the wines and local foods, learn about the history, and,well, simply take your time and enjoy the experience. If you would like a longer ride, there will be loops of 50-60 km starting and ending at overnight locations.
3 Port Tour – On August 16th join in for a 160km – 3 ports, 100km – 2 ports or 50km – 1 port, ride and tour through Elgin County, visiting waterfront communities, historic sites, scenic countryside and surroundings.
Families on Bikes – This event being held August 25th in Beamsville is to help families enjoy the sport of cycling through a free, fun day of cycling activites designed to inspire more families to cycle.
Ride 4 United Way – This annual fundraiser for United Way Durham Region offers cyclists various route options, as well as rider support, prizes, food and entertainment at finish. Mark August 24th on your calendar, and check the event website for details and updates.
Big Move Cancer Ride On September 7, push yourself to the limit with the 2014 Big Move. Ride the 100K with other hardcore riders, try the 60K route for a bit of a challenge or ride the 30K at your own pace. Whether an individual or part of a team, join at Club Roma, St. Catharines.
Baycrest 2 Barrie – On Saturday September 7, 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.
Ride the Rideau – This 100 km fundraising ride on September 6th takes riders along the Rideau River from Ottawa to Merrickville-Wolford. Funds raised go to support cancer research at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.
Southwest Challenge – The Southwest Challenge has 180, 110 and 60 km distance options. The fully supported tour travels through beautiful, quiet and challenging roads between London, Woodstock, and back. Proceeds support Children’s Health Foundation, Children’s Hospital of London. 2014 date TBA.
Ride for Karen – This annual event, which raises funds to improve cancer patients’ quality of life, has been rolling since 2002. Multiple-length routes – 160 km, 100 km, 25 km and a kids’ fun ride for children aged 2 to 12 – start from Maple. 2014 date September 7.
Epic Tour Halton – This long-distance mass participation GranFondo-style cycling event on September 7 features 140, 80 or 40 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.
Centurion Canada – On September 12th-14th, 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.
Paul’s Dirty Enduro – This annual mountain bike event is held in September. Races and rides – 15 km, 30 km, 60 km, 100 km and a kids’ race – all in the Ganaraska Forest. View more info at Bloomfield Bicycle Club. 2014 date TBA.
Tour de Mississauga – The 8th annual ride is set for Sunday September 21st. Each year this tour highlights a new quadrant of the city, with routes of various lengths. Non-competitive, suitable for all ages (recommended 10+).
Canadian Paramedic Memorial Foundation -The 2nd annual 2014 Canadian Paramedic Ride public ride takes place September 19th and runs to September 22nd, cycling 504 kilometers from Toronto to Ottawa proudly ending with a police escort through Ottawa’s city streets to the City Hall.
Wellspring Peloton Challenge – 35 riders will cycle more than 3,000 kms over 7 days from Toronto, Ontario to New Orleans in a 24-hour cycling relay. The ride is taking place from September 27 – October 4 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.
Kiwanis Colour Cribbage Ride – On this bicycle tour of Prince Edward County, enjoy 100 km or 50 km of the county’s beautiful paved backroads. On the annual fundraiser for local Kiwanis Club, riders will enjoy lunch, prizes, well-mapped and marked routes, and refreshment stops/checkpoints throughout the route. Join the fun September 28, pair with local food event, Taste the County September 27, to enjoy a full County experience.
Cycle 4 St. Joe’s On Sunday, September 28th, 2014, ride through picturesque Caledon to support St. Joseph’s Health Centre on either a 25km or 75km challenge starting at Glen Eagle Golf course.
Tour de Hans – For a full Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest experience full of Gemuelichkeit, the race begins and ends at the Bingemans KOOL HAUS Oktoberfest tent. Join Olympic Gold Medallist Marnie McBean, RIM founder Jim Balsllie, and more, for 50 or 100 km rides through Waterloo’s scenic fall colours, September 28.
Canada South Coast Bike Tour – On September 27, Windsor-Essex Cycles. Participate in a 15km, 32km or 70k ride on portions of the 48km long Greenway or tour the region and stop for refreshments or to visit some of the Conservation Areas on the 58 km or 110 km road routes. All funds raised will be used for trail improvements and further construction of the Essex-Amherstburg Greenway Trail.
100k for United Way – On October 5th, 2014, the 2nd Annual 100k for United Way cycling event in Greater Simcoe takes place, with 3 routes to suit all riders – 25k, 60k and 100k taking in the fall colours when they are at their peak. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and entertainment are provided as well as marshalled routes, rest stops and water bottle for each participant. Ride kicks off at the Oro Fairgrounds in Oro Medonte.
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.
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The Coldest Day of the Year Ride – On February 1, the one hour ride starts behind from Queen’s Park in Toronto and cruises to Duffering Grove Park for fun warm up activities including skating, hot chocolate and campfire.
Toronto International Bicycle Show – One of the largest consumer bicycle shows in North America, See and shop for the latest cycling trends, bikes and accessories, enjoy BMX, mountain bike and freestyle competitions. Stop by the Ontario Cycle Tourism Information Centre for the latest cycling information, events and maps from across the province. The 28th Annual Toronto International Bicycle Show runs from February 28 to March 2, 2014.
Tour of Bronte – On Saturday April 6th, take part in the annual Tour of Bronte in Oakville. The 8-km road race circuit is a mix of smooth and not-so-smooth winding, narrow roads. For mountain bike enthusiasts, the Dirt Dash is an opportunity to test early season form on a modest course, mostly dirt road with some double track. This family-friendly event includes categories for all ages, and stuff for kids to see. Come ride or watch.
Hell of the North – Test your early season fitness on April 13th, 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.
Paris to Ancaster Bicycle Race – This spring ride has 70 and 40 km options, on a mix of roads, farm lanes and trails. This well-attended annual event will take place on April 26th celebrating its 21st year. A “Let’s Ride” Kids Course is open to 8-12 year olds.
All Weather Challenge – Ride into Spring with this FUN event for everyone. The 15th Annual All Weather Challenge is scheduled for April 20th at Hilton Falls Conservation Area (905-854-0262), in Milton. Categories include ages 10 & under, special needs, teen and adult, with a choice of long or short course. BBQ lunch and some great prizes!
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MEC Bikefest (Ottawa) – Gear up for cycling season at MEC Bikefest! This family-friendly event will take place at Byron Linear Park on Sunday, May 11 from 10 AM to 4 PM. 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. For more information,visit or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CN Cycle for CHEO – On May 4th, this charity event encourages everyone to cycle, walk, and roll, in support of children with cancer and 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 fun, non-competitive rides, offering a range of distances (15 km, 35 km & 70 km), all starting and ending at LeBreton Flats Park.
Epic 8 Hour – Spring mountain bike relay at Mansfield Outdoor Centre, May 10. Single track and double track 10km course, with overnight camping onsite and lots of fun team activities. Also featuring non competitive kids event.
Ride of Silence On May 21 at 7:00pm, 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 2014 Ride of Silence 10km event will take place with a new starting location – The Niagara Falls History Museum, located on Ferry Street in Niagara Falls.
Spin the Lakes Cycle Tour – On May 24th, this annual Muskoka event offers cyclists 4 routes around beautiful lake country with 20km, 50km, 110km, 170km options, starting and ending at Hidden Valley Resort, near Huntsville. Also a Family Fundo event on May 23rd.
Dandelion Festival Grand Prix – A part of the Dandelion Festival in Kemptville join the Pro/Am or Citizens Criterium Sunday May 25th, to compete on courses in Old Town Kemptville and the Oxford Mills area of North Grenville.
Cycle Camelot Bike Ride – Help raise funds for the new Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre with the Huronia region Cycle Camelot Ride. On May 31st, the event features riding for all levels plus local culture and selected cuisine. Choose from 15, 35, 50 and 85 km rides in farmland and along Georgian Bay.
Ride for Jack – Join cyclists of all abilities to ride the 5th Annual Ride for Jack event. Whether cyclists decide to ride 50, 100 or 150km, each program raises funds for youth mental illness. This annual event starts and finishes in the beauiful Boyd Conservation Area in Vaughan, just north of Toronto, May 24.
Rotary Lilac Ride – Three routes starting and finishing in Picton and taking in some of Prince Edward County best cycling routes including Big Island and Green Point, enjoying the lilac blossoms enroute, May 25.
Capital Vélo Fest– Ottawa’s annual bike festival is on Saturday May 31 from 4pm to 11pm at Ottawa City Hall. The event incudes daytime bicycle rodeo with cycling information, entertainment and skill challenges for kids and adults. On Saturday evening, join the fun in the Tour La Nuit, a magical ride under the stars without any cars along a 20km route through the city streets. Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Ottawa is the charity partner.
Ottawa Ride Guide – Downtown Explorer Route Tour – On Saturday May 31st at 4:30pm, join Ontario By Bike and Ottawa Cycling Tours on this 20km guided tour and explore the best of Ottawa, including views along the Rideau Canal UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Ottawa River, Parliament Hill, Byward Market, and some of the nation’s captial’s vibrant communities, musueums and galleries. Those interested will meet at and start the tour from the festivities at Capital Vélo Fest, at Ottawa City Hall.Space is limited so it’s recommended to RSVP in advance here.
Lap the Gats for Parkinson – This charity event raises money to build further Canadian research in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. The ride will be held in Gatineau Park ( north of Ottawa ) on the morning of May 31st. The very popular Gatineau Park cycling loop route (22 km) will be closed to car traffic for the morning, to allow ( solo, team, and relay team ) cyclists to get accurately timed by the Sportstats event timing experts on how fast they ride the most laps of this Gats loop, and climb the Fortune Parkway hill.