Discover L&A Ride
This ride is the real deal
This 58-kilometre journey takes you along paved roads that overlook the water’s edge and authentic rural Eastern Ontario landscapes. Rest stops are at fascinating historic sites, beautiful parks, and award-winning wineries for a day of cycling you won’t soon forget.
- Saturday, September 25, 2021
- Departure Time: 10am
- Start & Finish: MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company, 1915 County Rd. 22, Bath, Ontario
Food & drink aplenty on the ride
Great cycling AND amazing treats! Enjoy cookies and coffee from The Lodge at registration. Along the way sample apple cider donuts from Spring Meadow Orchards, apples from Wynn Farms, and a honey-related treat from The Hive & Hearthstone. Bergeron Estate Winery is serving “Nonna’s Pizza” ($) at the half way point and the 33 Vines will be offering tastings too. After the ride, you’ll have many food & beverages options back at MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company.
Registration packages may be picked up at the site beginning at 9 am on event day. The ride begins at 10 am. Enjoy a coffee and a cookie from The Lodge Coffee House before you leave.
At the end of the ride enjoy a delicious glass of MacKinnon Brothers beer back at the brewery while listening to great music. Hard Way Cider Company will also be onsite post-ride, and Rocky Mountain Smoothie Company is back for 2020. The Soup Chef Food Truck and Santorini Mediterranean Grill will have food available for purchase.
Distance from Start: 14 km
Distance from Finish: 44 km
Rest Stop Hours: 10:45am – 12pm
Water, snacks (including a honey-inspired treat).
Discover The Hive & Hearthstone: They’re a small apiary and wood-fired ‘breadery’ (yes, they have made breadery a word), offering fresh honey, artisan bread and an array of fresh in-season produce. But, once you visit you realize that this amazing little spot is so much more than just that. This charming apiary welcomes with personality and the most ooey-gooey delicious honey you’ve ever tasted. The honey bees are affectionately referred to as The Sugar Fairies and they are lovingly cared for. The honey that’s produced is sold raw and unpasteurized to keep all the goodness intact.
Distance from Start: 25 km
Distance to Finish: 33 km
Hours of Operation: 11am – 1:30pm
Water, snacks (including our very popular ICE CREAM STOP) and washroom facilities will be available. Complementary tours of the church are available.
Discover Old Hay Bay Church: It’s the oldest Methodist building in Canada and the second oldest church in Ontario. Built in 1792 on land donated by Paul Huff, Hay Bay Church was the first meeting house for Loyalists in Ontario. In addition to weddings and special parties, the restored church is host to an annual service on the fourth Sunday of August. Old Hay Bay Church is recognized as a national Canadian historic site.
Distance from Start: 34 km
Distance from Finish: 24 km
Hours of Operation: 11:30am – 2:30pm
Water, snacks and washroom facilities will be available. Participants are entitled to a complementary wine OR cider tasting. Delicious Nonna’s Pizza will also be available for purchase by the slice. Cyclists can purchase product from the winery and have it delivered to MacKinnon Brothers for post-ride pick-up.
Discover Bergeron Estate Winery & Cider Company: It was being the first winery to be open for business in L&A County, selling its award-winning wine since 2007. Bergeron Estate produces Gamay Noir, Pinot Noir, Vidal, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, and a Rosé from wines that are made exclusively from grapes grown on their 10-acre vineyard. They also produce a delicious cider made from apples from a local orchard and feature “Nonna’s Pizza”.
Distance from Start: 37 km
Distance from Finish: 21 km
Hours of Operation: 11:45am – 2:30pm
Participants are entitled to a complementary wine tasting and their delicious food truck will be open ($$). Cyclists can purchase product from the winery and have it delivered to MacKinnon Brothers for post-ride pick-up.
Distance from Start: 40 km
Distance from Finish: 18 km
Hours of Operation: 12 – 3pm
Water and snacks will be available. Cyclists may purchase products from the store and have it delivered to MacKinnon Brothers for post-ride pick-up.
Discover Loyalist Trading Co.: a family-run business that offers a wide range of preserves, apparel, decor and much more. All products in the store are proudly made in Canada, and locally sourced whenever possible.
Highway 33 (just east of County Road 21 Intersection)
Distance from Start: 48 km
Distance from Finish: 10 km
Hours of Operation: 12:30 – 3:30pm
Water only is available at this stop.
Gap Park: Take advantage of this new park and stretch your legs and fill your water bottle. It’s also a great opportunity to take some amazing selfies with Amherst Island in the background.
Distance from Start: 54 km
Distance from Finish: 4 km
Hours of Operation: 12:30 – 3:30pm
Water and snacks will be available.
This is the final rest stop on the tour… a perfect spot to take a quick breather and fill your water bottle. Oh, and maybe get a quick poutine from the Fryway 33 Chip Truck while you’re at it.
Sore, tired and out of breath? Refuel with music.
It’s not just about the cycling! The entire day is an experience and includes first-rate entertainment. Not only will there be music to keep you pumped up during lunch but post-ride as well. So, ride hard and then relax well with great food and musical entertainment. Can you think of a better way to spend a cycling day?
The Discover L&A Ride is an open course, meaning you and your bicycles will be sharing the road with motorized vehicles. Please be safe and obey all traffic laws. All participants are required to wear a helmet. Please ride single-file on the extended paved shoulders where applicable.
All participants will receive a ‘Discover L&A Ride’ route map at registration. The route is marked with turn signage (‘500m ahead’ and ‘turn here’ signs). Rest stops will be well-marked as well. Each rest stop has a water bottle fill station (please bring your own bottles) and snacks to keep you refreshed and charged for the ride. Support vehicles will be making regular trips around the route. If you require assistance, please flag us down and we will assist you.
Although wineries and breweries are highlighted in this tour, we ask that you please use your judgement when partaking in the consumption of alcohol. One wine tasting ticket, one cider tasting ticket, and a beer ticket will be distributed to each participant at registration. A single 2 oz. wine will be provided at the Bergeron Estate Winery & Cider Co. rest stop when you present the ticket as part of your registration entitlement. Additional tastings may be purchased at each stop but it is at the discretion of the participant.
The glass of beer from MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company entitled to participants will not be served until the ride is complete. Again, additional beer may be purchased at the end of the ride. Please drink responsibly and arrange for a safe ride home.