Foldie Fondo 3
Sunday, July 15 at 8:30am. Meet at 8:15 a.m.; wheels roll at 8:30 a.m.
South Side George C. King (Skipping Stone) Bridge, East Village
Notes: Meet at the South Side of George C. King (Skipping Stone) Bridge
By: Brett BergieThis is an inclusive ride. While the ride theme is meant to draw out folding bike enthusiasts, all bikes and their owners are welcome.
Join us on a Calgary Pathway ride that sweeps and curves along rivers, cruises over gentle hills, and sails along flatter terrain. Total distance is 60 km.
So long as there are no detours, the route will be exclusively on Calgary pathways. We will follow the Elbow River out of the core, approach the Glenmore Reservoir, and then proceed through scenic North Glenmore Park. We'll head down to and through the Weaselhead Flats before ascending along the far side of the Reservoir. We'll proceed to Fish Creek Park and stop at the cafe for coffee and treats before continuing on through the park. Our ride will then follow the Bow River through to Carburn Park, past the weir, and return to the core via historic Inglewood. The ride will end at Alforno Café and Bakery for refuelling.
We will stop on occasion for rest, lifestyle breaks, and good cheer.
If you don't have a folding bike, feel free to bring one or some of the following to feel part of the culture: billfold, folding multi-tools, flip phone, newspaper, paper crane, or even a bad hand of poker.
Join the fold! We're looking forward to seeing you and your bike.
Just bought my first Brompton. Added this event to my calendar!
Welcome, Grant. Congrats on the purchase. Looking forward to meeting you and admiring your new bike in July!
Is there any registration, or just show up?
Hi Claus, just show up. No need to register. Looking forward to seeing you out with us.
Hi.. I’m new to biking and have a folding bike. I would like more details of the ride as I’m not familiar of the roads here in Calgary. Also want to meet new friends as I’m thinking of buying a brompton bike in the future. Thanks
Welcome, Felipe. This will be a great event to meet new people and see some variety of folding bikes, including Bromptons.
The ride is almost exclusively on pathways, all 60 kms. We will spend very little time on roadways, but when we do, they will be quiet residential roads.
The ride will be guided, and we’ll keep our group together. Is there more specific information you need on the route or other aspects of the event?
Hi. Thank you. Where is the exact meeting point as I not familiar of the roads here in the city. Ill need to put that on my GPS. What should I be bringing? Sorry. I’m new to biking. Thanks
Just bring your bike, spare tube or inner tube patches (if you have them), and some food and water. We will be stopping at a coffee shop/bakery at about the half way point (no purchase necessary), but it’s good to have some extra food on you just in case.
The closest intersection to where we are meeting is Confluence Way SE and and 6th Avenue SE in Calgary. This is in the East Village. When you arrive at that spot, ride to the bank of the Bow River, and you will see a nearby pedestrian bridge that goes across the Bow River. It has a distinctive set of arches (there are three arches, two that arch above the bridge deck, and one that arches below the bridge deck. We are meeting at that bridge on the south side of the river bank. In other words, we’re meeting on the Bow River Pathway, at the described bridge on the south river bank.
Let me know if this is helpful or if you need more precise information.
Thank you. 🙂
Hello Brett, the route sounds awesome, what’s the level of fitness required? I wanna make sure I wouldn’t be slowing the group down 😀 I’m a young amateur biker. Thanks!
Hi Milan. We’ll ride at a leisurely pace and keep our group together. We’ll also stop every 15 to 20 kms for breaks. Hope to see you out with us tomorrow.