Rocket Mountain Biking Club
Who are the Rockets?
The Rockets are a non-profit mountain bike (MTB) club based in southwestern Ontario, Canada with members from Essex and Kent counties and southeastern Michigan, USA. Our organization is a member of the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA).
As a club, we host weekly fun rides, training rides, fun races and hold an 8-hour relay citizen event for charity.
If you are new to the wonderful world of mountainbiking, we offer you the chance to get out riding with people of all skill levels and abilities.
The club consists of riders from beginners just learning the sport to competitive expert races. We have a good mix of men, women and children that all partake in our events.
Every off-road cyclist - from the recreational Sunday rider to the Expert XC racer - will enjoy the benefits of a Rocket membership. Many events planned throughout the year make this much more then just another cycling club.
September 18th, 2012
8 Creekin Hours Recap
Our 8th annual 8 Creekin Hours MTB relay race took place Sept 9th, 2012 at 2 creeks conservation area in Wheatley Ontario.
Racers were treated to a 9.5 km circuit of mostly winding singletrack and mother nature delivered almost perfect weather conditions for race day.
Our 4 hour solo category was won by first time participant Nick Potvin followed by Collin Carnegie in 2nd.
The 8 hour solo divisions were won by Wheatley's own mountain biking couple of Jim & Melanie Dobson(a la JHK and Heather Irmiger).
The two person male category was won by Adrian Kurus and Ken Burgess.
The two person female division won by the Dirt Diva duo of Stephanie Rhea & Kim Rocheleau.
Woodstock Ontario's Mad Marcy Dibbley and Andrew Kittmer took top co-ed honors.
The hotly contested 4 person relay categories were won by Unruly Racing with the Dirt Divas Four winning the female category.
Pictures are also posted and available on the right side of the screen. Feel free to browse and download any pictures you like. If you have taken any would like to share, please contact us.
We would like to thank the volunteers who worked very hard on this event as well as maintaining the trails at 2 creeks all year long. The race would not happen without you!
We would also like to thank the local businesses who sponsor our race and provide prizes for the racers. Also thanks to 2 creeks conservation area, the Windsor Bike patrol and WOWMTB for event timing.
Please remember to support your local cycling clubs and bike shops. They need your support to continue these events in the future!
See you next year, always the 1st Sunday after labour day!
13th Annual Dairy Capital Stampede
Wood Stock Dairy Capital Classic 2012
Reminder that Woodstock Cycling Club's annual race is scheduled to run on Sunday, September 30th.
Please consider participating in their event as they've been good to come and do our races.
More information is available here.
August 29th, 2012
UPDATE - 8th Annual 8 Creekin Hours Race
Just over 1-1/2 weeks to the big day! With all the great weather we'e been having lately, the course is in great condition waiting for riders to give it their all.
Register now to reserve your t-shirt. This is limited to the first 50 riders and will go fast!
Register online and pay using PayPal here.
Chrysler Greenway Update
This past Friday, a team of Alan, Lloyd and Jim with the support of ERCA helped patched a good number of potholes from th McGregor to Harrow Section as well as clear back overhanging branches.
When you're out riding the trail, think of these guys and the thanks they deserve for getting it safer to ride for cyclists.
Canada South Coast Bike Tour
Registration ends for this event Saturday September 1st so act now!
Date: Saturday, Sep. 29, 2012
Location: Three Locations and Routes
Join us for this inaugural event on Saturday, September 29! All funds raised will be used to construct the Essex-Amherstburg Greenway.
- 15 km Family Ride begins at 11am at the Schwab Farm Community Entrance and rides roundtrip along the Chrysler Canada Greenway, a safe, off-road trail. Cost is $25/person or $75/family (2 adults and 3 children maximum). No charge for children in bike trailers.
- 42km Intermediate Ride begins at 11am at the Harrow Community Entrance and rides roundtrip along the Chrysler Canada Greenway, a safe, off-road trail. Cost is $25/person or $75/family (2 adults and 3 children maximum). No charge for children in bike trailers.
- 100 km Advanced Road Route begins at the Ciociaro Club of Windsor anytime between 8am - 10am. The route is 106km roundtrip along scenic urban and rural roads. Rest stops with washrooms and snacks are located approximately every 25 kilometres. Maps will be provided and the route will be marked. Cost is $30/rider. Bike trailers are not recommended on the road route.
All routes lead to the Kingsville Train Station Community Entrance/Mettawas Restaurant. Lunch is included in the registration cost.
Bicycle helmets are mandatory for all riders. Riders must obey the rules of the road and crossings at all times. Registration is available online at:
Map for all routes can be found here.
Ciociaro Club Cycling Classic & BBQ
Join us in our Inaugural Ciociaro Club Cycling Classic, in conjunction with Bike the Bruce Promotions.
Celebrate a day of social cycling, racing and food! Enjoy a social ride through the scenic roads of Essex County in the morning, return to the Ciociaro Club for a BBQ Luncheon under the Pavillion. Gather the family post ride for a delicious BBQ and stay to experience an afternoon of high paced racing at the Ciociaro Club Track.
Ciociaro Club & Bike the Bruce Promotions will be hosting the Ontario Cycling Associationís Provincial Criterium Championships. Watch the provinceís best of the best competefor top provincial honours.
- Rides Start at 9am, No Cost
- All levels welcome & no club affiliation required. The ride will be a social paced ride.
- Two routes will be available 60km & 80km, departing from the Ciociaro Club.
- Ride maps will be provided and marked on the roads Ride Leaders will be present with groups.
- BBQ Chicken AND Sausage
- Penne with tomato basil sauce, Garden Salad, Roast Potatoes, Green Beans, Rolls, Tea & Coffee
- Lunch will be served at 12:30 pm
- $28 each Adult (In Advance) $18 each Child (In Advance)
- $30 each Adult (at the Door) $20 each Child (at the Door)
Advance Tickets can be purchased at: http://ciociarocyclingclassic.eventbrite.com
Tour di Via Italia 2012
After a one-year hiatus due to construction, the Tour di Via Italia is back!
On Sunday, September 2, 2012, come out with friends and family and enjoy a timeless Labour Day tradition as the 53rd Tour di Via Italia takes to the streets of Windsor's Little Italy.
Admission to watch the races is free!
For more information, visit http://tourdiviaitalia.com/
Labour Day Ride to Smith & Wilson
In honour of all the miles put in this summer - please come celebrate the end of another sunny season with us on Labour Day Monday - September 3rd, 2012. We're hosting and supporting a ride out to Smith & Wilson Estate Winery in Blenheim....the century of the summer/summer of the century bash. 80 km each way broken up by an outdoor bbq lunch a nd vino. We're speaking the same langugue, right? Ride, eat, drink, and then sneak in one more long ride. The purchase shuttle truck will be on hand for you to stock up on another delicious vintage from Smith&Wilson.
BYOB - Bring your own bike (limited road bike rentals area available)
If loved ones want to join without the ride, lunch-only tickets are available.
We will depart Farm Dog Cycles (793 County Rd 50 East, Harrow) at 8:30 AM
Bikesmart: 2012 Bike Drives September 8th.
Donate any unwanted bikes in any condition, parts or spare tools to this great local organization and they will ensure that someone gets good use of the items!
Find out about Bikesmart's programming at www.bikesmart.ca
- Sept 8, 10am-1pm, at Essex Centre Sports Complex, 60 Fairview St W, Essex
- Sept 8, 3-5pm, at Kinsmen Recreation Centre, 249 Sherk St, Leamington
For more information on the bike drives, contact Mike Cervi at 519-733-8541 or email@example.com
Detroit Bike Fest Details Announced!
Hereís a basic schedule of events for the festival:
- Beat the Train
- Brewery History Tour
- PEAC ride
- NSO Handlebars for the Homeless
- Tour de Ford
- Prohibition Bike Tour
- Bikes and Murder Ride
- Open (maybe a ride of silence remember 9/11?)
- The full Grand Blvd ride, 1730 start at Rivard Plaza.
- DIA/Detroit Film Theatre Movie Event (tentative)
- Tour de Troit!!
- Beat the Train
Note: UDM midnight ride will take place the following week, September 21.
- DIA Inside/Out art ride, 9AM start
For more info, see their Facebook page!
August 9th, 2012
8th Annual 8 Creekin Hours Race
Well folks, summer is half over and with such great weather out, time sure has gone by!
We know you've been waiting for this and it's now only a month away. 8 Creekin Hours is back for another edition at Two Creeks in Wheatley. As you all know, this is this area's premier mountain biking area. With the hard work of the club and volunteers labouring away at the trails to keep them in prestine condition. Add the great weather we've had throughout the spring and summer, the trails look to be in their best shape in years.
The event course is a 9 km loop through the trails of Two Creeks Conservation Area and consists of enjoyable single track, double track and some interesting technical sections. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Friends of Two Creeks and for trail improvement.
The event starts at at 10am sharp rain or shine.
This is an endurance 8 hour relay event. Riders will carry a baton (supplied) on the course which will be presented at the start/finish/timing area to register laps, then passed to the next team member who then continues the next lap. Soloists will keep the baton.
The teams with the most laps after 8 hours in their category will win prizes.
Event timing by WOW MTB for quick accurate results.
Helmets must be worn at all times (pre-ride and racing).
- Everyone is welcome to pre-ride course for free
- Camping available for Saturday night, $10.00 per team
- Race starts at 10 am and ends at 6 pm
- Last lap must be in by 6:00 to count
- 4hr solo event runs from 10 am until 2 pm
- Awards follow immediately after the race. Draw prizes will be given out during the race
As in the past the categories for participants in the race are:
- 2 Person
- 4 Person
- 4 Hour Solo
- Kids under 17
Click here to download a copy of the registration form.
You can also register online and pay using PayPal by going here.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE - FRIDAY, SEPT. 7TH - 8 PM