2021 Season Update

2021 Season Unfortunately the Bikefit Sunflowers' 2021 Riding Season and Club Activities are officially SUSPENDED for the entirety of the 2021 Season. With increased COVID cases and new variant activity, the risks to our members and the community outweigh the rewards of running the club again this summer. The current lockdown and unpredictable nature of future provincial restrictions have also contributed to this decision.

While this wasn't the summer we were hoping for, we look forward to when we can ride together again. Please stay safe, and we'll see you in 2022!

The Bikefit Sunflowers

Sunflowers love the rooty downhills The Bikefit Sunflowers are a group of women from all over Niagara who love to ride bikes. From fun and social to fast and challenging, we have rides for everyone. Whether you're still figuring out your gears or working on your racing starts, there's a ride for you. We've been riding on Niagara's gorgeous trails and roads for more than 15 years and we'd love to share them with you.

We ride at least three times a week from May to September and have up to four different ride levels. All rides are led by an experienced rider and we have a no-drop policy at all times - so you never need to worry about getting lost or left behind. We pride ourselves on our supportive, encouraging atmosphere. We love to challenge each other to grow as riders and to reach our individual goals, but mainly we just love to ride!

Trail Rides

Sunflower Robin finishing the Giant Lake to Lake 2011For our adult riders, we have two ride levels: Recreational and Sport. The Recreational Rider is new to the sport and may be looking to build her skills and gain confidence on her bike, or she may be a rider with more experience who is content with a fun, leisurely ride - shorter and slower paced, with frequent stops. The Sport Rider is experienced and able to ride for a longer time, at a faster pace. She may be training for races or simply out for fitness and fun, fast rides. The levels are flexible so that if a lot of riders are out or individual riders are training for specific events, the groups can divide further to meet everyone's needs. As well, once the season gets underway, the Recreational and Sport Groups generally split into two groups each: Rec One for those who are still a little unsure or are more comfortable going at a slow pace; Rec Two for those who are gaining confidence and skill, but aren't quite ready for Sport; Sport One for riders who are getting comfortable on more challenging trails but still want to regroup frequently; and Sport Two for those who are ready to hit the trails and hit them hard.

Rides are Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Each month the start location changes to give us a chance to explore and practice various trails over the course of the season.

The first Tuesday of every month is devoted to skill development, with a one-hour coached session for all ride levels, focusing on various techniques.

Road Rides

Sunflowers Fiona and Sue at the 2013 Big Move Cancer RideOn Monday evenings we hit the road with our Group Road Rides. Road riding is a fantastic way to build endurance and to prepare for longer charitable rides, like the Big Move Cancer Ride. We usually have two riding levels for road rides: Rec and Sport. The Rec Road Ride is a casual, beginner-friendly ride. Mountain bikes and hybrid bikes are welcome on the Rec Road Ride as well. The Sport Road Ride is an intermediate-fast level ride - a little faster and longer than the Rec Road Ride, but still with a no-drop policy. If numbers warrant it, we will split into a third mid-paced group.

Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower Sarah with Seed Sydney Canal Days Mountain Bike Race 2011The Sunflower Seeds program is a great introduction to the sport for girls aged 11-14. Every Seeds ride has a mentor who leads the group and helps the girls develop their biking skills and grow their confidence.

The Seeds program runs from May to the end of August. Tuesday nights are mentored rides for the Seeds, but once the girls have gained some strength and skill, they may be invited to come out to rides on Thursdays as well.

Give it a Try!

Sunflower SeedsSo why should you ride with us? Our philosophy is simple: encourage women and girls of all ages and riding abilities to get on their bikes and discover what a thrill mountain biking can be. So what you'll find with us is encouragement, support and camaraderie. You'll find a network of women to ride with. You'll find fun, fitness and friendship. Zero intimidation. Zero pressure. Still not sure? You're welcome to come out and try a ride with us before joining - meet the ride leaders and other members and see whether it's for you.

Member of the International Mountain Biking Association Canada

International Mountain Biking Association Canada