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The Complete List of Cycling Events in Ontario 2020

Dozens of great events in all seasons, regardless of your cycling style.

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It doesn’t matter what time of year, regardless of your skill level or the type of riding you want to do—there are great cycling events happening in Ontario. This is the most comprehensive list of all fat bike, road, mountain, cyclocross, and BMX events in the province. Check out Ontario By Bike to find great local shops to enhance your experience with complete bike rentals, as well as a map of bicycle-friendly businesses, including accommodations, restaurants, and pubs. 

Group of stationary cyclists.
Gather round for some great riding in Ontario, like this event hosted by the Sault Cycle Club in Sault Ste. Marie. Photo: Welcome to SSM // Randie Leanne

You can find more information on cycling clubs across the province through Bicycle Ontario. Also, don’t forget to check Ontario’s many great riding options on websites (and mobile apps) like AllTrails, MTBProject, and BikeMap.

March Ontario Cycling Events

1 Cannondale Ontario Fatbike Series Final — The world-class trails at Barrie’s Hardwood Ski and Bike play host to this late winter classic. Rentals are available on-site.

1 Fat Bike Race 3 Mount Baldy — Back to Baldy for the third race in Black Sheep Mountain Bike Club’s Thunder Bay fat bike series.

6-8 Toronto Bicycle Show and E-Bike Show — Find your next ride at the International Centre in Mississauga

7 BORCA Fat and Frosty — Another fat bike festival in the Ottawa Valley hosted by BORCA Trails and the Whitewater Brewing Company’s Riverside Brewpub in Foresters Falls.

A laughing person riding a fat bike in snow.
Register for the Fat and Frosty if you’re looking for great winter cycling in the Ottawa Valley. Photo: @borcatrails

8 Sleeping Giant Loppet — In conjunction with northwestern Ontario’s largest nordic ski event, come to Sleeping Giant Provincial Park for a friendly fat bike race on some of Thunder Bay’s finest trails. Bike rentals are available at Rollin’ Thunder.

TBD Stokely Creek Fat Bike — The Sault Cycling Club hosts this all-levels group ride in Goulais River, just north of Sault Ste. Marie. This is your chance to ride the famous nordic ski trails (and frozen lakes) of Stokely Creek Lodge. Rentals are available from Velorution. The date is weather-dependent—either March 8 or 15.

A group of fat bikers riding on a frozen  lake in single file.
ou only get one chance to fat bike the frozen lakes at Stokely Creek. Photo: @reepger

April Ontario Cycling Events

12 Slush Fest Fat Bike Festival — Haliburton’s Sir Sam’s Ski and Ride celebrates the end of winter with a fun-filled day of fat biking in central Ontario. Demos and rentals are available from Algonquin Outfitters on site.

Two fat bikers riding on a snow covered trail in a forest.
End the winter riding style with a whole lot of slush (and good times) at Sir Sam’s in Haliburton. Photo: Sir Sam’s Ski/Ride

26 Paris to Ancaster Race — Sign up for Canada’s spring cycling classic in southwestern Ontario, with 20-, 40 and 70-km course options, with gravel, farm lanes and trails, all finishing in Ancaster. The event supports Hamilton’s St. Joseph’s Healthcare.

26 Great Ride 'n' Stride — This Canadian Cancer Society fundraiser includes non-competitive, pledge-based road rides in the quiet southwestern Ontario communities of Blandford Blenheim, Tillsonburg and Woolwich.

May Ontario Cycling Events

2-3 The Weekender — Register for this new group road ride from Barrie to Midland and back, with distances ranging from 181 to 349 km. Meals are included; optional services include a shuttle bus from Toronto, luggage transfer and accommodations.

3 CN Cycle for CHEO — Events at Ottawa’s Canadian War Museum in LeBreton Flats support children with cancer at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Bike routes range from 15 to 70 km.

9 BORCA Spring Chicken — This mountain bike event in Cobden celebrates Renfrew County’s outstanding mountain bike trails with 28- and 60-km races.

9 The Mother Ride — Kingston-based, all-levels group rides in Frontenac and Lennox-Addington counties raise funds for Interval House.

9 Gravel Road and Beer Sampling Clinic — This clinic in Creemore, Ontario, is a great opportunity to discover riding techniques for gravel roads, loose climbs and bumpy descents. Be sure to sample a beer at Creemore Springs Brewery when you’re done.

9 Epic 8 Hour — The Mansfield Outdoor Centre west of Barrie hosts this mountain bike relay on a 10-km course. Camping is available, as well as a kids’ event.

10 Hell of the North — Sign up for this 90-km spring cyclocross classic in Ballantrae, near Stouffville, if you’re looking to suffer on a tough course with difficult terrain. A shorter Heck of the North option is suitable for road bikes. 

TBD Mini Go Ride — This friendly ride in Neebing, near Thunder Bay, supports Bikes for Humanity.

TBD Spring on the Trail — Support the the 127-km Guelph to Goderich Rail Trail on this all-levels ride.

TBD Clarence-Rockland Classic Ride with Kendall — This 85-km citizens race in eastern Ontario includes a mix of gravel and paved roads.

TBD Ride for the Rouge — A donation and pledge-based cycling fundraiser for Toronto’s Rouge Valley Conservation Centre.

TBD Bike-A-Thon Plus — Ride around Cornwall, Ontario, to support the Children’s Treatment Centre.

TBD Jim Walsh Bike Ride for Kids with Cancer – Ride up to 80 km on Brantford’s rail trail in this family friendly event for a good cause.

20 Ride of Silence — Cyclists in Niagara gather for a silent, slow-paced ride starting at 7 pm in honour of those who have been injured or killed while riding on public roadways.

22-24 Sault Cycling Club Trails Fest — A long-weekend of riding celebrates the Soo’s emergence is a cycling destination, with a full slate of events including an urban ride on the paved Hub Trail, a wilderness mountain bike experience in Batchawana, and demo day at the Sault Cycling Club trails at the Hiawatha Highlands. Pick up a rental bike at Velorution or Algoma Bicycles.

Man on a mountain bike riding on a woodland trail.
Shredding the single-track in Sault Ste. Marie. Photo: Welcome to SSM // Randie Leanne

23 Creemore Springs Turas Mur — Bring your cyclocross steed for this challenging 61-km gravel ride through scenic Clearview Township.

23 Jack Ride — Group rides up to 125 km in Caledon raise funds for youth mental health.

23-24 Tour Du Canada Century Ride — Cycle Canada’s weekend of road riding north of Toronto includes 100- and 160-km options.

23-24 Spin the Lakes — There’s no better way to enjoy the scenery of Muskoka’s country roads than on a bike. Route lengths range from 20 to 170 km.

22-25 Canadian Tandem Rally — If you love riding a tandem bicycle, you’ll find plenty of companionship at this multi day event in Owen Sound.

23-29 7 Days in May — There are plenty of riding options along the Lake Ontario shore of Toronto and the Golden Horseshoe in this weeklong fundraising event.

24 Tour of Kincardine – Experience a wide range of cyclocross riding conditions in this 22-km event on the shore of Lake Huron in southwestern Ontario.

24 Villa Charities GIRO – Woodbridge, Ontario, commemorates the final stage of an Italian road biking classic with an event of its own, including a variety of lengths for all levels of cyclists, including families.

24 NewRoads LakeRide — This York region ride goes from Newmarket to Lake Simcoe and back, with multiple distances up to 100 km.

24 Rotary Lilac Ride — Experience the renowned scenery of southeastern Ontario’s Prince Edward County on this ride from the community of Picton.

30 Sault Ste. Marie Pump Track Festival — Come to the paved pump track in downtown Sault Ste. Marie for a day of family-friendly BMX and urban riding.

30 Women's 4 Hour MTB Relay — Count as many laps as you can on a 6-km loop in this mountain bike event at Hardwood Ski and Bike, near Barrie. Rentals are available.

30-31 Mountain Bike Demo Extravaganza — Come to Sudbury for a full weekend of riding, organized by the Walden Mountain Bike Club. Events include a trail crawl Saturday and demo day Sunday, with an apres party at Spacecraft Brewery and family activities at Kivi Park, Science North, and Dynamic Earth. Bike rentals are available from Adventure365, the Outside Store, and Sessions Ride Company

Line of cyclists looking at purple sky at sunset.

Enjoy some of the longest days of the year at Sudbury’s premier mountain bike event. Photo: Walden Mountain Bike Club

31 Elora Food Cycle Ride — Fight hunger in Wellington County with this family-friendly event on country roads and the Elora Cataract Trailway. All proceeds go to the Centre Wellington Food Bank.

31 Kitchener Bike Fest — Kitchener hosts a day of riding, with vendors and bike repair clinics.

NOKIA Bike Days — Sundays in Ottawa from late May to early September are all about cycling, with 50 km of roads in the National Capital Region closed to motor vehicles.

Friday Night Lights — Starting Friday nights in May and continuing all summer long, Windsor hosts biweekly rides to explore the city’s nightlife. Follow @WindsorEats to learn more about dates and meeting places.

Selfie of a cyclists riding through city streets at night.
Nightlife on two (bright) wheels in Windsor. Urban rides are scheduled Fridays throughout the summer. Photo: @windsoreats

June Ontario Cycling Events

6 Diva Day Road Cycling Clinic — This one-day women’s only clinic near Collingwood includes riding skills, repair workshops and lunch. Expect to ride about 50 km. Rentals are available from Kamikaze Bikes.

6-7 Manitoulin Passage Ride — There’s no better way to discover some of Ontario’s finest road biking on Manitoulin Island with this two-day supported ride. Registration includes ferry crossing, meals and entertainment.

Cyclist riding on a quiet paved backroad with forest on each side.
Quiet roads on Manitoulin. Photo: @rachellanger3

7 West Nipission Cycle for Charity — Ride the new Voyageur cycling route from Sturgeon Falls, choosing from three routes and supporting children in need in northeastern Ontario.

7 Ride for Health — 25-, 60- and 100-km road rides highlight this fundraiser in York Region.

7 Manulife Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart — Experience the Gardiner and Don Valley Parkway traffic free on this road ride in the Greater Toronto Area.

13-14 Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour — This premier road-riding event organized by the Ottawa Bicycle Club includes four different routes from Ottawa to Kingston.

13-14 Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer — This fully-supported, 200-km tour from Toronto to Niagara Falls supports cancer research.

14 Tour de Grand — If you love gravel grinders and cyclocross, check out this event with 50- and 76-km routes in Cambridge.

Cyclist on road bike peddling down a gravel country road.
Gravel grinding on the Tour de Grand. Photo: @thesuburbancyclist

14 Moveathon Ride — Choose between 50- and 100-km route options on this charity ride in York Region, near Toronto.

14 Mental Health in Motion — There are many riding options for experts and families in this inclusive charity event in Newmarket.

14-30 Ride Don't Hide — Two weeks of cycling events in 10 Ontario communities raises funds and challenges the stigma of mental health. 

15-19 Alvar Treasure — Discover the best of cycling on Manitoulin Island with this all-inclusive ride.

20 Cycle for Sight – Raise money for the Foundation Fighting Blindness and enjoy scenic cycling routes and gourmet food, near Toronto.

20-21 24 Hours of Summer Solstice — This popular mountain bike event at Caledon’s Albion Hills laps a 17-km loop and includes single, double and team categories. A no-night option is also available.

21 WHEELS — Experience the stunning Niagara Escarpment on two wheels with options from 25 to 100 km.

22-26 Alvar Treasure — Discover the best of cycling on Manitoulin Island with this all-inclusive multi-day ride.

27 Bike The Creek — Peel Region hosts an all-levels bike ride exploring the natural and cultural heritage of southern Ontario.

27 Medics for Mental Health Ride — All cyclists are welcome to participate on a ride in support of mental health wellness for first responders in Oxford County.

27 Reggie Ramble — This challenging gravel grinder/cyclocross event includes 65-, 130-, and 200-km options, east of Peterborough.

28 Rael's Ride — This charity ride starting in Thornhill supports brain cancer research at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

28 Hairshirt Classic Double Century — This one-day ride is free... but it involves a gruelling 322-km road route from Mississauga to Niagara and back.

28 Tour De Guelph — This community bicycling event includes a host of riding options, ranging from 5 to 160 km, on a range of surfaces.

TBD The Ingersoll Big Cheese Cycling Challenge — Come to Ingersoll and ride the quiet roads of Oxford County..

TBD Outspokin Gravel Growler — This event in Ontario’s cottage country includes many gravel road riding options, in support of the Fowler Kennedy Clinic and sponsored by Muskoka Brewery.

TBD The Blue Mountains Gran Fondo — This road race in Grey County appeals to competitive road cyclists.

TBD Tour de Mississippi Mills — The road riding in eastern Ontario is outstanding and this event near Ottawa includes 30-, 60-, 80-, and 100-km routes.

TBD VÉLOCITY 2.0 — Options range from family friendly to expert only at this Caledon-based event.

TBD Huron County Better Together Ride to End Hunger — Support the Huron County Food Bank and ride up to 100 km in this road bike event..

TBD Humber Ride4RealFood — This 35-km recreational ride in Toronto raises awareness of food awareness and urban agriculture..

TBD The Ice Cream Ride — What can be better than a family-friendly ride and ice cream in Hamilton? 6- and 29-km routes are available.

June is Bike Month, and there are plenty of special events organized in Toronto and the Golden Horseshoe as well as the eastern Ontario community of Mississippi Mills.

July Ontario Cycling Events

1 Hub Trail Festival — Come to Sault Ste. Marie for a celebration of healthy living, including cycling on the paved 25-km John Rowswell Hub Trail. This urban route takes in greenspace, residential, and commercial neighbourhoods as well as the scenic St. Mary’s River waterfront.

Woman cycling on the waterfront trail in Sault Ste. Marie.
The Sault Ste. Marie Hub Trail contains a mix of urban riding, including the spectacular St. Mary’s River waterfront. Photo: Welcome to SSM // Randie Leanne

3-5 Sea Otter Canada — This first-annual at Blue Mountain includes bike sales, demos, kids’ activities, entertainment, and food and beverage vendors. But the real draw is the riding, including a wide variety of road and gravel disciplines like hill climbs and a criterion.

5 PwC MS Bike — Prince Edward County — Make it a weekend and add a day of touring southeastern Ontario wine country on this one-day, fully-supported fundraiser road ride from Picton.

11 Tour de Whitewater — Eastern Ontario’s scenic Whitewater Region hosts a series of road and gravel rides.

TBD Pedaling for Parkinson’s in Prince Edward County — Ride one, two, or three days and up to 120 km in scenic Prince Edward County to support Parkinson’s research.

11-12 Canadian Mountain Bike Championships/Ontario Cup XC — Watch the best mountain bike riders in the country compete at Hardwood Ski and Bike near Barrie. Canada’s top mountain bike event includes events for all ages and abilities of riders.

12 Fretori Gravel Ride — Warsaw, Ontario hosts a range of gravel rides, including a challenging 170-km route with 1,500 metres of elevation gain.

12 Butter Tart 700 — You can tackle this “open source” bikepacking challenge, but a common start to the 700-km route through the hinterlands of southwestern Ontario makes it a group event.

17 Healthy Parks Healthy People — Day entry is free at all Ontario Parks across the province, many of which have great cycling options. Check out the trails at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park near Thunder Bay, cruise the hard-surface Old Railway Bike Trail in Algonquin Provincial Park; or tackle Silent Lake Provincial Park’s 28 km of single-track mountain bike trails.

18 GranFondo Ottawa — The Ottawa Valley hosts a Euro-style “big ride” with great parties and non-competitive and competitive road rides ranging from 65 to 235 km.

TBD Ralph's Race Against Cancer — This family-friendly ride on Peterborough’s Lakefield Trail supports esophageal cancer research.

19 Le Tour de Norfolk — Scenic backroads with minimal traffic are the big draw for this ride in Norfolk County, near Lake Erie. Routes range from 40 to 160 km.

19 Ionic Mountain Bike Tour — This great event at Sudbury’s Naughton Trail Centre celebrates family fitness, with mountain bike options for all levels of riders. Bike rentals are available from Adventure365, the Outside Store, and Sessions Ride Company.

Very young boy on a mountain bike.
Mountain biking in Sudbury is for all ages. Photo: Walden Mountain Bike Club

20-22 Camp Cools Training Clinic — Discover BMX riding with this three-day clinic in Kingston.

TBD Max's Big Climb — Sydenham Hill in Dundas, Ontario, is the big draw for this road biking event with individual time trials to award titles of King and Queen of the Mountain.

TBD Kitchener Twilight Grand Prix Criterium — Come race (or watch) this Cycling Canada sanctioned Criterium with categories ranging from beginner to elite, featuring high-speed racing on a 1.1-km course in Kitchener-Cambridge.

25-26 XTERRA Conquer the Crater — Back for another year, this off-road triathlon in Sudbury is a qualifier for the legendary XTERRA-Maui. Can you outlast the rugged Canadian Shield?

25 Summer Epic 8 Hour MTB Relay — This eight-hour mountain bike marathon at Hardwood Ski and Bike near Barrie is all about teamwork and fun, over some of Ontario’s finest trails.

TBD War on the Shore — Ride Southampton’s Lake Huron shore in this high-speed Criterium.

TBD Andy's Ride — This Port Carling-based road ride features three routes ranging from 35 to 135 km, in support of Hospice Muskoka.

26 The Noble Pursuit — About all organizers are willing to disclose about this road ride near Peterborough is that “it will be long.” Expect to put in at least 170 km on this self-supported team road ride.

TBD Great Waterfront Trail Adventure 2020 — Look north and experience the scenic roadways that inspired the Group of Seven. This 410-km route stretches from Sault Ste. Marie to Sudbury.

Man cycling on the paved shoulder of a highway.
A cycle-friendly shoulder on Highway 17 on the Great Waterfront Trail Adventure. Photo: @waterfront_rt

25-26 PwC MS Bike - Grand Bend to London — This two-day tour covers 150 km, from Grand Bend through the rural Southwestern Ontario to London’s Western University and return, with full support.

TBD R4WS - RIDE 4 Williams Syndrome – Ride from Woodbridge to Aurora and back on this charity road ride.

31-August 2 Maple Leaf BMX Nationals — Get wowed by some of Canada’s best BMX riders at the national championships in Milton.

Kinburn Kermesse — Starting in July, these bi-weekly 45-60 km group rides out of Ottawa include paved and gravel surfaces.

August Ontario Cycling Events

2 Bluewater International Granfondo — Experience southwestern Ontario’s Lambton County on this unique Granfondo in Sarnia, with route options ranging from 50 to 150 km.

7-13 Great Waterfront Trail Adventure — The southern half of the GWTA covers up to 517 km of paved roadway, including the scenic Bruce Peninsula, in a fully supported bike tour.

TBD Eager Beaver 100 2.0 — Ride up to 100 miles (over 160 km) on this gravel-dominated mountain bike race near Singhampton.

TBD Wheely Awesome Scavenger Hunt — Test your knowledge of the National Capital Region with this bike-based scavenger hunt in Ottawa—for a good cause.

TBD Ride4UnitedWay — Durham Region United Way hosts this fully supported road ride with distances from 60 to 160 km.

9 Northern Pass — Cycle Muskoka and raise funds for the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

Two cyclists riding side by side on a paved country road.
Quiet roads in Muskoka region.

9-14 Friends For Life Bike Rally — Over 400 cyclists gather to ride the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail from Toronto to Montreal, raising funds for people living with HIV/AIDS.

16 Gran Fondo Lake Huron — Experience the Lake Huron scenery of Bruce County on this group Gran Fondo, starting in Southampton, Ontario and supporting the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation.

TBD Mountainview 9 Lives Enduro — Midland, Ontario host this same-day mountain bike stage race on the Mountainview trails.

14-16 Tour for Kids — Ride up to 200 km daily in the Kawartha Lakes bike tour to support kids cancer camp programs.

15-16 Dunnville Grand Tour — The Lake Huron shores of Haldiman County host something for all levels of road riders on this weekend event, with routes ranging from 25 to 100 km.

15-16 PwC MS Bike - Ottawa to Cornwall — Experience the stunning scenery of the St. Lawrence River on this two-day fully supported bike tour from Ottawa to Cornwall. Routes range between 80 to 210 km.

16 Cycle for Sight – Support the Foundation Fighting Blindness on this one-day ride on some of Ottawa’s most scenic routes.

TBD 3 Port Tour — This fully supported ride links waterfront communities in Elgin County, taking in the splendours of Lake Erie’s north shore.

16-17 Moveathon Overnight Experience — This brand-new two-day ride in Muskoka supports charity.

TBD Tour de Bonnechere — The quiet Ottawa Valley town of Eganville hosts this family friendly road cycling event. Tours range from 20 to 100 km, with spectacular views.

16 PwC MS Bike - Niagara — This fully supported one-day ride links the Niagara Parkway to the Friendship Trail on Lake Ontario’s western shore, passing some of Ontario’s best wineries and quaint small towns.

22 Cycle Camelot — Support the Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre on this friendly charity group ride out of Penetanguishene, on Lake Huron’s Georgian Bay.

29 Kawartha Lakes Classic — You’ll find plenty of road cycling options at this Peterborough-based tour.

TBD The Sudbury Camino — Discover Sudbury’s portion of the Great Trail on this 28-km ride.

22 Gravel Road Clinic and Wine Tasting — This Creemore-based, one-day workshop will prepare you for all types of gravel riding and reward your efforts with a wine-tasting event.

TBD Ontario By Bike Ride — Ontario By Bike hosts two-day, self-guided and fully supported bike tours on some of Ontario’s most spectacular routes. Dates and destinations are announced in February.

TBD Ride For Karen — Cyclists gather in Markham to ride the countryside north of Toronto, in support of cancer research.

September Ontario Cycling Events

6 Tour di Via Italia —This long-standing event is the oldest street race in Ontario, held in Windsor.

TBD Caribou Charity Ride — Thunder Bay’s premier road cycling event traverses scenic Oliver Paipoonge Township, with road and gravel routes ranging from 50 to 100 km.

7-11 Alvar Treasure Rides — Discover the best of cycling on Manitoulin Island with this all-inclusive multi-day ride.

12 Prince Edward County Gran Fondo — The pastoral landscape of Prince Edward County in southeastern Ontario hosts 50-, 100-, and 150-km Gran Fonda rides.

Group of cyclists riding on a road with a police car and antique car leading the pack.
nd they’re off! At southeastern Ontario’s Prince Edward County Gran Fondo // Photo: @countygranfondo

12 Peloton Ride — Get your group ride on in Halton County to support men’s mental health and suicide awareness, with distances up to 120 km and an after-party at the Milton Velodrome.

13 Barrie 2 Baycrest — This long-standing event on Lake Simcoe’s shores includes great scenery and post-ride festivities.

13 GTA GranFondo Epic Tour — While the longer distances (up to 165 km) are epic, this Gran Fondo-inspired event in Milton, Halton Hills and Burlington is designed for all ages and abilities.

13 PwC MS Bike - Toronto — Sign up for a 30- or 50-km, fully supported ride on the Humber River Trail and Toronto’s Lake Ontario waterfront.

13 Thousand Island Gran Fondo — Choose from three distances on this ride along the Thousand Islands Parkway between Ganonoque and Brockville.

14-18 Alvar Treasure — Discover the best of cycling on Manitoulin Island with this all-inclusive multi-day ride.

15 The Healing Cycle Ride — This group ride in Mississauga supports hospice care throughout Ontario.

19 Wheels of Hope — Ride from London to Ingersoll to support the transportation program for cancer patients.

TBD Limestone Century Bicycle Tour — You’ve got three choices in this popular annual road riding tour starting in Kington: 50 and 100 km as well as a 100-mile route, all in support of the advocacy work of Kingston Cycle.

TBD lifeCYCLE — Wolfe Island hosts this charity ride for the University Hospital Kingston with three road-bike route options and some of the finest scenery in southern Ontario.

TBD Tour Paramedic Ride – This 550-km, fully supported road ride from Toronto to Ottawa is all about supporting the essential role of paramedics, and it’s open to everyone.

19 Tour de Headwaters — The Caledon Hills are the site of a fundraising ride suitable for all levels, in support of the Headwaters Health Care Foundation.

TBD Knobby Tire Trek for Kids — This family friendly event involves both mountain biking and hiking on Tecasy Ranch’s 50 km of trails, near Buckhorn, Ontario. On-site camping is available.

TBD Tour de Mississauga — You could be one of over 2,000 riders at this all-ages, all-levels event at the Mississauga Celebration Square. Rides range from 5 to 50 km.

19 Discover L&A Ride — This 58-km ride through eastern Ontario starts and finishes in the quaint, rural community of Bath.

19 8 Hours of Hurtin' in Haliburton — The title says it all, this marathon ride in the Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve involves eight hours of gravel grinding. Race solo or in teams of two or three.

21 24h Mosport Velo — Can you ride for 24 hours? This relay event supports Special Olympics Ontario and involves laps of a closed course on pristine pavement, with smooth banked turns, near Bowmanville.

TBD Pedal for Portage — Centre Wellington plays host to 30- or 60-km road rides and a 20-km trail ride in the Grand River valley, with proceeds supporting the Portage Centre for youth battling substance addiction.

TBD Ride for Safe Streets — Join 400 other cyclists in the heart of downtown Toronto to ride for a safer biking experience.

26 Fall Epic 8 Hour — The third in a series of eight-hour relays at Barrie’s Hardwood Ski and Bikes takes advantage of crisp autumn conditions and allows you to put your mountain bike conditioning to the test.

26 Tour the Hills — A friendly, one-day ride in Halton Hills explores the scenic countryside of Ontario’s Green Belt.

28 FAB Trails Festival — The Frontenac Arch Biosphere Network’s Trails Festival celebrates the rich biodiversity of of Charleston Lake Provincial Park. Make it a multi-sport and combine cycling with paddling or hiking.

TBD Shred Cancer Mountain Bike Kivi — Raise donations in support of the Northern Cancer Foundation and ride Sudbury’s Kivi Park single-track trails in this late-September mountain bike event.

TBD Shuniah 40 Miner — Thunder Bay’s Black Sheep Mountain Bike Club hosts a one-day event in September on the Shuniah Trails, with options available for all levels of riders—including an epic marathon and the kid-friendly Mini Miner. Come to Thunder Bay to experience northwestern Ontario’s great cycling. Rentals are available at Rollin’ Thunder.

Trophies made of wooden blocks and bicycle sprockets.
The big haul at THunder Bay’s Shuniah 40 Miner mountain bike race. // Photo: @officialblacksheepmtb

TBD The Beau's Oktoberfest Bike Ride — This fall event in eastern Ontario supports the United Way Ottawa’s efforts to assist youth in at-risk neighbourhoods.

TBD Perth County Cycling Tour — Looking for an active pursuit to offset your time at the Stratford Theatre Festival? Check out this tour, with rides ranging from 25 to 104 km.

TBD Gianni Giro — There are multiple options for road riding at the fourth installment of this ride, located north of Toronto.

TBD Greg`s Ride — This Dundas, Ontario-based event is all about promoting safer cycling.

TBD Ride the Vine — Check out this event if you love cycling and wine. Highlights include gourmet meals, winery tours and great cycling on a fully supported tour.

TBD Essex Region Conservation Bike Tour — Ride Essex County Road 50 or veer into off-road greenspace on this event that supports the Essex Region Conservation Authority, with rides beginning and ending at Mettawas Park in Kingsville.

TBD The Growling Beaver Brevet — Sign up for a social ride in scenic Grey County, exploring communities in the Beaver Valley and along Georgian Bay with distances of 40 to 200 km.

TBD Harvest Ride — Sign up for one of three guided rides in Northumberland County, east of Toronto. Registration includes a farm-fresh lunch at the Headwaters Community Farm and Education Centre.

TBD The Campfire Ride 2020 — This ride at Hockley Valley Resort supports Camp Oochigeas’ efforts to provide summer camp experiences for kids with cancer. Choose between 70 km or 10 km rides.

October Ontario Cycling Events

3 Toronto International Bicycle Show - Fall Blowout — This one-day event at the International Centre is your best chance to score a great deal on a new ride.

11 BORCA Butterball Thanksgiving Ride — Come to Wilderness Tours on the Ottawa River to experience some of the best single-track mountain bike trails in eastern Ontario on this Thanksgiving mountain bike event.

TBD Bruce Peninsula Lighthouse Gravel Gran Fondo — The scenic Bruce Peninsula plays host to this great gravel grinder, with rides from Lion’s Head Lighthouse to Cabot Head Lighthouse and return, as well as shorter options.

Cyclists standing with bikes in front of a lighthouse.
The big ride at the Bruce Peninsula Gravel Gran Fondo links two spectacular Lake Huron lighthouses.  // Photo:

TBD Dam Cross — Enjoy two days of cyclocross racing at the Pittock Conservation Area in Oxford County, near Woodstock, Ontario.  

TBD Everesting Bike Challenge — This Caledon-based relay ride involves plenty of climbing—about the total elevation of Mount Everest!

November Ontario Cycling Events

1-3 Canadian Cyclocross Championships — Cheer on Canada’s best at the cyclocross national championships, held at Peterborough’s Nicholl Oval Park.

Happy cyclist pedalling into a mud puddle.
Peterborough is ready to welcome Canada’s finest cyclocross racers in early November. //

8-10 The Silvergoose — If the races in Peterborough aren’t enough, travel to Midland’s Little Lake Park for the Pan American Cyclcocross Championship and Cyclocross Festival.

December Ontario Cycling Events

5 Global Fat Bike Day — Get your big wheels out for a spin on the worldwide celebration of fat biking.


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February Ontario Cycling Events

6-9 Ice Road Challenge — This unique fat bike event in remote northwestern Ontario is for a good cause: Riders are challenged to raise at least $500 in support of a program that brings bikes to the community of Pikangikum First Nation. Participants ride 110 km of ice road from the town of Red Lake to Pikangikum, experiencing deep winter in Ontario’s wildest terrain.

Young men fixing a bicycle tire on a table.
The Ice Road Challenge raises funds to bring bicycles to the remote Pikangikum First Nation. Photo: New Hope Community Bikes

8 Wendigo Fat Bike Ultrafatbike — Not for the faint of heart, this fat bike event near the eastern Ontario town of Cobden includes 50-, 100- and 150-km divisions, with riders tackling the trails of Whitewater Township. The event is hosted by Whitewater Brewing’s Lakeside brewpub.

9 Fat Bike the Soo — The Ontario Winter Carnival in Sault Ste. Marie includes an all-levels fat bike ride, starting at Bellevue Park. Pick up rentals and learn more about the emerging cycling scene at Velorution.

9 Fat Bike Race 1, Shuniah — Check out some of Thunder Bay’s best fat biking at the first in a series of events hosted by the Black Sheep Mountain Bike Club. Bike rentals are available at Rollin’ Thunder.

Man riding fat bike on snowy trail in a forest.
Fat tires are big fun in Thunder Bay. Photo: @themichaelmckenzie

16 Fat Bike Race 2, Mount Baldy — The second installment of Black Sheep’s Thunder Bay fat bike race series tackles the terrain at Mount Baldy.

22 BORCA Fat and Frosty — This all-levels fat bike event explores the Ironwood Hills trails in Pembroke, part of the scenic Ottawa Valley. Grab a rental bike from Gearheads in nearby Petawawa, Ontario.

About Conor Mihell

Conor Mihell is an award-winning environmental and adventure travel writer based in Sault Ste. Marie. Read his work in the Globe and Mail, Explore, Cottage Life, Canoe & Kayak, ON Nature, and other magazines and newspapers. He's been a sea kayak guide on Lake Superior for close to 20 years, and has paddled from Sault Ste. Marie to Thunder Bay. 

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