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Club Rides

2022 club sign up form found here: https://zone4.ca/reg.asp?id=27926 

Mountain bike rider

Who We Are

We are a club of dedicated mountain biking fanatics that love to ride. Our club offers group rides for intermediate to advanced riders, special events, and trail maintenance opportunities. We are an affiliated cycling club with the Alberta Bicycle Association (ABA) and Canadian Cycling Association (CCA). 

Our members range in age from early teens to seventies, and abilities ranging from uber weekend warriors to competitive elite racers.

What We Offer

Group Rides

  • We offer year-round, weekly mountain bike rides led by our experienced Hardcore Ride Leaders who know the Edmonton single-track inside and out.  These structured club rides are NOT for beginners; we ride every trail at a range of speeds.   We have something for those who want a relax ride to those who want to hammer.
  • New for 2022, our rides are NO-WAIT rides.  See the weekly breakdown below for more information.

Race Support

  • Our club runs a bi-weekly Fat Tire Tuesday mountain bike series, the Hardcore HopNHurl Cyclocross Race and the Royal River Valley Rumble mountain bike race. All Hardcore Club members receive free race entries.

What Your Annual Club Membership Gets You

In addition to our club rides, a Hardcore Club Membership gets you:

  • A pair of custom cycling socks and a water bottle.

  • ABA third party liability and sport accident insurance.

  • Reduced ABA racing license fees. 

  • Free entry into our Fat Tire Tuesday mountain bike races. 

  • Club members receive the following discount from HARDCORE BIKES: 10% off parts and accessories. Discounts on bikes available to members who actively volunteer with the club. Discounts are brand-dependent. 

  • Invitation to our club sponsored functions.

COVID-19 and Group Rides

  • Due to COVID-19, we cannot guarantee the start date of any of our 2022 year group rides, but we reasonably expect sometime in April to be our first club ride, pending favorable weather, trail, and COVID restrictions. 
  • Our 2022 riding season will operate under the same structures the club implemented for 2020 and 2021.
  • Our online club ride registration process through TrackItForward allows us to manage group ride sizes as well as allowing us to provide alternative ride locations.
  • All our Club Ride Leaders are up-to-date with the most current safety protocols and are provided with necessary PPE and sanitizer for their group rides.

We remain confident that our protocols and processes will allow us to continue offering safe group rides in accordance with any government health directives for the 2022 riding season.

Rides

Important information for all rides:

  • All club riders should be prepared for a 2 – 2.5 hour ride.  
  • All riders must be self-sufficient (water, snacks, repair kits are a must).  

  • All riders must wear a helmet.

  • All rides start at 6:30pm SHARP.  We do not wait around.  Duration of rides can change week to week based on trail conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Group Rides

All mountain bike group rides listed are NOT for beginners. Our rides are no-wait rides: if you can't keep up with the group past a reasonable warmup (approximately 20 minutes into the ride), we will continue riding without waiting.  The exception to this is our Monday 15km Social ride. This ride will ensure that all riders start and finish the ride together.

Club members will self-seed themselves into one of the offered groups. 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 or an easier trail rating on your next ride. 

Ride leaders will actively help moderate this to ensure maximum enjoyment for all club members.

All rides starting locations are organized on TrackItForward, our online scheduling platform. After you have joined our club you will receive an invite to TrackItForward so you can sign up for the distance and start location that works for you.

Monday Group Rides

20km Ride

This no-wait ride will be for those riders who have the endurance and technical skills to ride at least 20km in 2 – 2.5 hours. Recommend that riders in these groups ride at least three to four times a week.

15km Ride

This no-wait ride will be for those riders who have the endurance and technical skills to ride at least 15km in 2 – 2.5 hours. Recommend that riders in these groups ride at least two to three times a week.


15km Social Ride

This is our only wait ride.  All riders will start and finish the ride together. This ride will be for those riders who have the endurance and technical skills to ride at 15km in 2 – 2.5 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.


Wednesday Group Rides

These rides are for the faster riders in the club.  There will be minimal stopping on these rides so be prepared for a hard ride!  

25km Ride

For the most advanced riders. This no-wait ride will be for those riders who have the endurance and technical skills to ride at least 25km+ in 2 – 2.5 hours. Recommend that riders in this group live to ride their bikes and are well versed in riding at a sustained high intensity level.

20km Ride

This no-wait ride will be for those riders who have the endurance and technical skills to ride at least 25km in 2 – 2.5 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 20km ride!

Weekly Thursday Women’s Only Ride

Women Only 

Hardcore Bike’s female ride leaders will be hosting a women’s only INTERCLUB mountain bike ride every Thursday, open to any woman rider with a valid 2022 Alberta Bicycle Association (ABA) membership. 

Not a Hardcore Club member but have ABA insurance?  Sign up here:

https://zone4.ca/reg.asp?id=27927

Like all our rides, these rides are not for beginners. The Thursday rides are for women who are technically confident mountain bike riders looking to get some exercise. All ABA clubs are welcome to join us on this ride.

We offer two ride categories of ride length/pace: 

15km (modest heart pumping pace), finish ride in 2 hours

20km (fast pace with some stopping to catch your breath), finish ride in 2 - 2.5 hours

The club is hosting these rides to provide a group ride where women can collectively give’r on the trails.

Please contact the Hardcore Bike Shop if you have any questions about this ride.

The Fine Print Details


Please keep in mind that our ride leaders are volunteers – they don’t get paid for this and are there to enjoy the ride as well. They make every effort to keep the ride together but if you take a wrong turn you may lose the group and have to find your way back so some knowledge of the river valley and roads in the area is a good idea. 

No one wants anyone to get hurt so you must have a helmet. 

Please ensure your bike is in good repair before the ride for your own safety and so the others on the ride are not waiting while you work on it. If you are not sure about your bike drop by the Shop, it is free for us to inspect it for you. 

For liability reasons, the Alberta Bicycle Association requires that everyone on a club group ride be a member of our club. 

We reserve the right to blend rides based on the number of participants and ride leader availability. Come join us and experience the difference!

2022 Special Event Rides 

Summer Solstice Ride

Monday June 20, 2022 is the official summer solstice and will be the day with the most daylight in 2022. 

To celebrate, the Monday June 20th group ride categories will be bumped by 10km and we will ride to approximately 10pm. 

Thus, there will be a 25km ride and a 30km ride.  

The Dirty 100km and
The Filthy 50km 

Mountain biking is awesome, and our Edmonton river valley is awesome. The best is when you combine these two elements all in one day! 

The Dirty 100km and Filthy 50km are our special mountain bike rides that focus on riding as much single track as possible (and necessary) to accomplish what would truly be a remarkable and epic milestone! 

These rides will be determined at a later date and will be posted on TrackitForward.

The Tech Rides 

Our tech rides are a chance to practice sections you may have difficulty with.  They are a great opportunity for learning and growing your riding abilities.

These rides will be scattered throughout the season and will be posted on TrackitForward.