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Club Rides

June 1, 2021 update:

All club rides and activities are now permissible with the easing of current COVID restrictions.  Our first group ride is set for June 2 with the week of June 7 offering more ride options available for our registered members.


2021 club sign up form found here: https://zone4.ca/reg.asp?id=25343 

Mountain bike rider

Who We Are

We are a club of dedicated mountain biking fanatics that love to ride. Our club offers all things mountain biking, from riding trails to building and maintaining them.

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.

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 2021 year group rides, but we reasonably expect April 12th to be our first club ride, pending favorable weather, trail, and COVID restrictions. 
  • For the 2020 riding season, the club was able to host restricted club rides that adhered to provincial mandated health restrictions.  Our 2021 riding season will initially operate under the same structures the club implemented for 2020.
  • Our online club ride registration process through TrackItForward allows us to manage group ride sizes in accordance to COVID-19 restrictions, along with allowing us to provide contact-tracing if necessary.
  • Additionally, 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 2021 riding season.

Rides

Hardcore Cycling Club Weekly 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 also wear a helmet.

Duration can change week to week based on trail conditions and unforeseen circumstances. Group rides offered will vary based on club rider turnout. 

All rides start at 6:30pm sharp!

Monday Group Rides

All mountain bike group rides listed are not for beginners. We ride all trails, with the different groups offering different speeds. 

There will be no avoidance of challenging single-track trails regardless of group ride categories; all single-track is fair game! It is the responsibility of the rider to assess whether to walk technical sections according to ability.

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 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.

25km Ride

Our fastest ride, this 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 these groups ride at least three to four times a week.

20km Ride

Our most popular ride, this 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 this group ride at least two to three times a week.

15km Ride

This ride will be for those riders who have the endurance and technical skills to ride at 15km in 2 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.

Session Ride

Casual paced ride aiming for clusters of steeper single-track descents scattered throughout the river valley. Instead of blitzing through on the way to far out destinations such as Terwillegar or Sunridge, we’ll try out multiple downhills in an area, and we’re not above repeating a trail if it was fun or the flow wasn’t nailed the first time. Bring mosquito spray as there might be lots of waiting around while high fives are handed out. Difficulty: Black and “double black” on Trailforks. Good tires and a dropper post recommended. The session ride might be cancelled if it is damp due to technical difficulty of trails or if our session ride leader brings the XC bike instead of the big bike.

Tuesday Urban Adventure Group Rides

The Urban Adventure Ride is a random exploration of the Edmonton region's urban trails, paths, and back roads.  Multi use paths, gravel, some singletrack, pavement, city streets.  This ride is open to our club members only and will be held every other Tuesday.  The ultimate bike for these rides are gravel bikes or cyclocross bikes.  If you don't have one of these bikes, your hardtail mountain bike works too, but expect a difficult time if you bring your enduro bike!

Variable distance 25km-40km

Bring food and water!  Snacks too!  Ride distance can change ride to ride, but expect the rides to last approximately 3 hours 

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

This 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 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 25km group 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 2021 Alberta Bicycle Association (ABA) membership. 

Not a Hardcore Club member but have ABA insurance?  Sign up here: https://zone4.ca/reg.asp?id=25461

Like all our rides, these rides are not for beginners. The Tuesday 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!

2021 Special Event Rides - Subject to COVID Restrictions

Summer Solstice Ride

Sunday June 20, 2021 is the official summer solstice and will be the day with the most daylight in 2021. 

To celebrate, the Monday June 22nd group ride categories will be bumped by 10km and we will ride to at least 10pm. 

Thus, there will be a 25km ride, a 30km ride, a 35km ride.  In prior years, the longer solstice rides clocked in at 48km and higher.  

The Dirty 100 and
The Filthy 50 

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 100 (Filthy 50) will be a 100km (50km) mountain bike ride that will focus on riding as much single track as possible (and necessary) to accomplish what would truly be a remarkable and epic milestone! 

This ride will be determined at a later date if COVID-19 restrictions allow.