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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 sixties, and abilities ranging from uber weekend warriors to competitive elite racers.
What We Offer
- 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.
- Our rides are NO-WAIT rides. See the weekly breakdown below for more information.
- Our club runs a bi-weekly Fat Tire Tuesday mountain bike series, and returning for 2023 the Hardcore HopNHurl Cyclocross 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.
Invitation to our club sponsored functions.
Knowledgeable ride leaders who will challenge your mountain bike skills and fitness!
- Our 2023 riding season will operate under the same structures as in past years using an online registration sign up for our rides.
- 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 of our Club Ride Leaders are awesome and have extensive experience in leading group rides in our vast river valley trail network.
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 (no joke, 6:30pm is go time!) Duration of rides can change week to week based on trail conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
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
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.
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!
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.
15km and 20km Ride
This no-wait ride will be for those riders who have the endurance and technical skills to ride at least 15km in 2 hours and 20km in 2.5 hours. Recommend that riders in this group ride at least three times a week. Please note that these rides are a bit more intense than the Monday 15km and 20km rides!
Weekly Thursday Women’s Only Ride
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 2023 Alberta Bicycle Association (ABA) membership.
Not a Hardcore Club member but have ABA insurance? Sign up here: ABA lady registration
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 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!
2023 Special Event Rides
Summer Solstice Ride
Wednesday June 21, 2023 is the official summer solstice and will be the day with the most daylight in 2023.
To celebrate, the Monday June 19th 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! Both of these rides will be no-wait rides for 2023!
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 Session Rides
Our session 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.
Out of Town Rides
Hinton, Bragg Creek, maybe even Valemount are planned for 2023 out of town rides. Keep an eye on TrackitForward for out of town rides!