Nothing beats the heat like a frozen treat. Members of the University of Windsor Cyclists Association hope to prove the point with a group ride from campus to the Amherstburg Ice Cream Festival on Tuesday, July 1.
The Canada Day tradition, held in the park alongside historic Fort Malden, offers entertainment, activities, and lots of variations on ice cream. If that isn’t enough to cool down after the 28-kilometre ride, the park’s splash pad will be operating—bring a swim suit, towel, sunscreen and some cash for the purchase of summer-appropriate festival foods.
The ride will leave from the Fixit station in front of Essex Hall at 1 p.m. (meeting @ 12:45pm) and will travel at a “leisurely” pace that takes about 90 minutes including rest breaks.
The Amherstburg Ice Cream Festival benefits local non-profit organizations, this year including Group Hug Apparel and the Windsor/Essex ALS Society. Find details on the festival’s Facebook page.
WHAT SHOULD YOU BRING?
1) Your bicycle. It should be a well-maintained working bicycle that you feel confident riding for a long distance. Racing style bicycles are not required.
The Fixit station has various tools for you to do basic maintenance and pump your tires. We will be demonstrating how to use the station starting at 12:15pm. If your bicycle requires major repairs we suggest using the Fixit station ahead of time, visit a bicycle repair store, or borrow/rent a working one. We discourage riding unsafe bicycles (i.e. requires major repairs), and we hold the right to refuse your participation if we deem your bicycle unsafe for a long distance ride.
2) A helmet. At times we will be riding along busy roads. Safety is key.
3) Water. This is a long bike ride so staying hydrated is very important.
4) Money. There will be plenty of attractions in Amherstburg.
5) A map of our route. (Summer Bike Ride Route)
6) A phone and/or an alternative plan to get home if you cannot continue (e.g. you get a flat tire).
7) Knowledge of how to ride in a group. Below are guidelines. Please follow the link and familiarize yourself with them.
1- BE CONSISTENT AND SMOOTH
2- GO EASY ON THOSE BRAKES
3- FOLLOW THE WHEEL IN FRONT OF YOU
4- COMMUNICATE ABOUT CHANGING POSITIONS