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Announcing: Ice Cream Sandwich Ride

Ice Cream Sandwich Ride

Hope you can join us! Maegan, Andrea and I have planned an Ice Cream Sandwich ride as a last hurrah of summer before fall officially starts (the next day!).

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2013
Time: 1:30 pm
Start: The Depanneur, 1033 College St
End: Moo Milk Bar, 1918 Queen St E

The cookies at The Depanneur are made by Cookie Martinez who bakes out of The Depanneur’s co-op kitchen. Moo Milk Bar‘s ice cream sandwiches are made to order, so you’ll be able to pick and choose your cookie and ice cream flavour.

This ride is open to everybody. Here is some more information:

  • We ride at an average speed of 15-18kms/hour (don’t worry this is quite slow!)
  • We welcome newbie riders! If you want to ride in the city but are nervous, ride with us! Strength in numbers! You’ll be surrounded by veteran riders who can show you how to navigate through tricky traffic situations.
  • Please check out my ride recommendations prior to the ride.
  • We’re working out the kinks of the route, so a more detailed route description will be available later.

    It would be great if you could RSVP either on the Meetup group or Facebook. We would really like to let both The Depanneur and Moo Milk Bar know of our numbers a few days in advance of our ride.

    The Ice Cream Sandwich Ride is organized on a volunteer basis and it is not a professional organization. As such, each of us is responsible for our own safety and well-being during an organized event. The organizers are not in any way responsible for any participant on the trip. However, as a group of friends, we make an effort to look out for one another to the best of our ability.

    August Toronto Girls’ Cupcake Ride Went Off-road!

    August Toronto Girls' Cupcake Ride

    After my collision I wasn’t sure if I would be comfortable on the road and injury-wise to ride, but my wounds healed up well and muscle strains weren’t bad. Also, with my sister always riding with me I felt a little boost of confidence and half way through the ride my nervousness of riding next to cars subsided.

    The August ride met up at the newish Cupcakes Leaside, which opened up in a new strip mall on Laird Dr.

    August Toronto Girls' Cupcake Ride

    August Toronto Girls' Cupcake Ride

    August Toronto Girls' Cupcake Ride
    I love that I caught Jen in the background in this dramatic mid-bite pose

    The cupcakes were yummy and since the group were all Cupcake Ride veterans, it was almost like having a reunion.

    Then we were off and for the first time in the history of the Toronto Cupcake Ride, we set off on an untested route. While I did print out the Google recommended route to get us to the Don Valley trail, we inevitably got lost after leaving Redway Road.

    But our group is made of adventurous ladies, so with ample warning from people exiting what we now know is the Don Valley Mountain Biking trail, of having to dismount and walk our bikes, we entered an area that none of us had ever been to through a broken chainlink fence.

    With our road and city bikes, we definitely had to dismount and walk through the sandy, muddy trails and carry our bikes over train tracks two times which was especially tough for Jenn who rode her Pashley thinking we’d be sticking to paved roads!

    August Toronto Girls' Cupcake Ride

    August Toronto Girls' Cupcake Ride

    August Toronto Girls' Cupcake Ride

    We also encountered a set of very cool moguls that Jen attempted:

    August Toronto Girls' Cupcake Ride

    August Toronto Girls' Cupcake Ride

    Near the end of our hike we met a man, who was kind enough to direct us to enter the Lower Don Valley Trail, however our encounter was a bit bizarre. Even though Irene asked him a few time whether he wanted to pass us so he could ride, he insisted he was ok walking behind us. Then when we exited the Mountain Biking Trail he announced to our group how we were ‘smart and confident women, walking our bikes through the trail’. Huh???

    Then as I was thanking him for showing us the way, he started talking about encountering wild life like otters and herons which was cool but then turned around, looked at us and said that if he wasn’t married and had a baby he would be happy to be encountering more ‘wild life’. Weird and creepy not to mention super condescending.

    August Toronto Girls' Cupcake Ride

    The rest of our ride went smoothly and was all paved, however, we were supposed to meet Maegan who was riding north to cross our paths as we rode southbound. But our off-road adventure added an hour to our ride and by the time we got to the Pottery Road intersection Maegan was all the way up, north of Eglinton. Sorry Maegan!

    August Toronto Girls' Cupcake Ride

    We ended our ride at our favourite spot, the gorgeous, Bobette and Belle. They are always so welcoming of our bike riding groups and this time was no exception. They offered all the riders a free macaron!

    August Toronto Girls' Cupcake Ride

    August Toronto Girls' Cupcake Ride

    Thank you for joining me on this unexpected off-road adventure, ladies! Since the off-road trail was so pretty, I’d like to say I’d do it again, but since I won’t be getting a mountain bike anytime soon, maybe not.

    August 2013 – Toronto Girls’ Cupcake Ride Details

    August 2013 Cupcake Ride!

    The details for the August Girls’ Cupcake Ride is finalized!!

    We’ll start at the newish Toronto location of Cupcakes Leaside (made famous by 2 ladies who started the bakery in Vancouver had their own TV show for a while), ride down the Don Valley Trail and head east to the prettiest bakery (and long time Cupcake Ride favourite destination) in Toronto, Bobbette & Belle!

    DATE: Saturday, August 31, 2013
    TIME: 1:00pm

    START: Cupcakes Leaside
    84 Laird Dr., Toronto, ON

    -> south on Laird to enter the Don Valley Trail
    -> Don Valley Trail all the way down to the Lakeshore Bike Trail (aka Lower Don Recreational Trail).
    -> Left on the Carlaw
    -> Right onto Queen St to ….

    END: Bobbette & Belle
    1121 Queen St E Toronto, ON M4M 1K9

    • This ride is for girls who want to ride with a friendly, non-competitive group.

    • We ride at an average speed of 15-18kms/hour (don’t worry this is quite slow!)
    • We welcome newbie riders! If you want to ride in the city but are nervous, ride with us! Strength in numbers! You’ll be surrounded by veteran riders who can show you how to navigate through tricky traffic situations.
    • Sorry gents! This ride is for girls and those who identify as female only! If you want to know why, read here.
    • Please check out my ride recommendations prior to the ride!
    • You can RSVP at the Facebook event page!


    The Cupcake Ride is organized on a volunteer basis and it is not a professional organization. As such, each of us is responsible for our own safety and well-being during an organized event. The organizer is not in any way responsible for any participant on the trip. However, as a group of friends, we make an effort to look out for one another to the best of our ability.

    Ward 32 Bike Month Cupcake Ride

    Ward 32 Cupcake Ride
    About half of our group from the first Cupcake Ride of 2013

    On Saturday, I co-hosted a Cupcake Ride that toured Ward 32. Working with Kristin from Councillor McMahon’s office, about a month ago we started planning out a Cupcake Ride that would showcase the neat, bike friendly areas of this ward.

    Despite the clouds that looked like they would open up imminently, our ride (and the whole day actually) stayed dry!

    Ward 32 Cupcake Ride

    Ward 32 Cupcake Ride

    We started at the vegan bakery, Tori’s Bakeshop. Then headed east on Queen Street to Leslie.

    Ward 32 Cupcake Ride

    Ward 32 Cupcake Ride

    Then down Leslie all the way to the end of the road where Tommy Thompson Park starts (aka the Leslie Spit), where we get to ride gloriously car free!

    Ward 32 Cupcake Ride

    Ward 32 Cupcake Ride

    Ward 32 Cupcake Ride

    We looped back and then Councillor McMahon led us through the Martin Goodman Trail all the way east, up a nice residential side street back to Queen Street to get to Life is Sweet.

    Ward 32 Cupcake Ride

    Ward 32 Cupcake Ride

    It was nice to see the food ride regulars come out and also to meet a whole bunch of new people that joined our ride today.

    Thank you again to Kristin for helping me organize and plan this fun ride!

    And thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy bicycles and cupcakes!!


    Do you live in Ward 32 and want to see more bike infrastructure or help speak out on behalf of cyclists? Join the Ward 32 bike advocacy group!
    • on Facebook
    • or follow them on Twitter

    So Much Bike Goodness This Weekend!

    Toronto! This weekend is an amazing weekend for bike stuff!!

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    Friday, June 7

    First Cupcake Ride of 2013!

    Saturday, June 8

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    Sunday, June 9

    Plus Dundas West is closed from 9am – 12am (over 12 hours!) for Dundas West Fest from Ossington to Lansdowne!!

    Ward 32 Cupcake Ride!

    First Cupcake Ride of 2013!

    Announcing the first Cupcake Ride for 2013!! We are co-hosting this ride with Councillor McMahon’s Office (thanks for all your help Kristin!) to celebrate Ward 32 during our upcoming Bike Month in Toronto!

    Date: Saturday, June 8th
    Time: 1:00pm
    Start place: Tori’s Bakeshop (2188 Queen St East – between Maclean & Balsam Ave)

    We’ll start at Tori’s Bakeshop (a spot we visited at last year), a wonderful vegan bakery, bike west on Queen St and then down Coxwell to take the Martin Goodman Trail over to Tommy Thompson park. We’ll loop through Tommy Thompson (aka the Leslie Spit), bike along the lake and then back up to Queen St to end at Life is Sweet!

    If you are so inclined, you can RSVP to this event on our Facebook event page.

    This is an everyone welcome bike ride. Hope to see you out!

    2012 Recap in Photos

    a spring bike ride
    The most viewed photo in 2012 – a panda shot taken in March.

    I thought it would be fun to do a year in review.

    Looking back, I am amazed that we had dry, sunny weather for every group ride, except for one Sweet Ride. How lucky!!

    In 2012, I organized 5 Cupcake Rides:

    Group ShotWe were in short sleeves and light jackets during our April ride – a huge difference from the April 2011 ride that was cancelled due to snow!

    IMG_0259By May we were in full-on summer mode!

    West Toronto Railpath!In June we braved 38 degree weather and rode from Avenue/Lawrence down to Little Italy.

    July Toronto Girls' Cupcake RideThe July ride was not as hot, but most of us opted to end our ride with a popsicle!

    Annette bikelanes!The last Cupcake Ride of 2012 had a smaller than anticipated turn out due to torrential rain in the morning.

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    And Joe and I organized 4 everybody-is-welcome Sweet Rides:

    Our groupThe Sweet Ride season opener (Cupcake Edition) was a bit chilly despite it being held at the end of April.

    Sweet Ride: Frozen Yogurt EditionThe second Sweet Ride started and ended with the consumption of Frozen Yogurt!

    DSC00268The Sweet Ride, Ice Cream edition saw the biggest turn out for our food themed rides yet!

    Sweet Ride: Poutine EditionOur last group ride of the year: Sweet Ride, Poutine Edition. The only ride this year that was postpone due to inclement weather.


    I also took part in a few non-Cupcake/Sweet Rides:

    Gorgeous cloudsI biked out to practically Mississauga for a Rib Fest!

    In the Mini DromeEmbarrassed myself at the Red Bull Mini Drome

    CoffeeneuringI participated in an online bike challenge!

    UntitledAnd 2012 saw the inaugural Women Who Bike brunch!


    Top 5 most Popular Posts on Cupcake Ride blog for 2012
    #1 Why I organize Girls Only Rides
    #2 Cupcake Ride Season Opener Recap
    #3 Winter Rider Interview with Denise
    #4 Sweet Ride and Cupcake Ride schedule
    #5 July Cupcake Ride Details


    I know I always end a post with a lot of thank yous, but I am very grateful to everyone who came out and rode with me whether on a Sweet Ride, a Cupcake Ride or even just a brief ride together on the streets headed towards different destinations.

    Thank you for making my bike rides in Toronto that much better.

    Happy New Year and may your days in 2013 be filled with happy, safe and fun rides.

    The Last Cupcake Ride of 2012!!!

    Cupcake Ride Group Shot!

    I didn’t want to jinx the weather before any of our rides this year by commenting on how I didn’t have to postpone any rides this year, but yesterday’s ride was the first time this year where I had to even consider posting up a rain date! Unlike the year before, where I was biting my nails and wishing I didn’t have to keep on postponing every single ride; this year I didn’t have to send any last minute messages to the group about rescheduling planned rides.

    We were blessed with such awesome, glorious weather this year!

    .. and yesterday was no exception. The morning started with dark, grey and ominous rain clouds which I think made many people reconsider joining us for a ride. Boo. But by noon, the sun was out and the temperature was heating up!

    Getting my cookie prepared at Sweet Flour

    We started at Sweet Flour, a design your own cookie bake shop in Bloor West Village. Jen, who couldn’t make it yesterday, describes it the best, “It’s like the fro-yo of cookie making!”

    The Sweet Flour team made some cupcake cookies in honour of our ride, but we all opted for the freshly baked, design your own cookies instead.

    I really recommend the ‘Salty Milky Way’ – a cookie with milk chocolate chips and potato chips. Sooo yum.

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    Maegan!

    Smart phone time!

    They even offer cups of milk to go with your hot from the oven cookie!

    on Windemere

    Annette bikelanes!

    From Bloor West Village we headed up to the Annette bikee lanes and bike over to the West Toronto Rail Path – which everyone who I ride with comments on how they love it, but wish it was longer.

    Through the Railpath

    Through the Railpath

    Then we headed across the city on the Davenport bike lanes to wind our way over to Rosedale Valley Road.

    across Davenport

    Bayview

    Then we biked through the short, but newish trail next to Bayview Avenue to get to the Brickworks to check out the Red Bull Minidrome (the story of my humiliation at this event is coming up next).

    the path next to Bayview

    I have to apologize for running off at the end of the ride. I didn’t even check to see if everyone knew how to get back to the city from the Brickworks (the trails to and from the Brickworks can get a bit confusing, and riding along the Bayview extension feels like riding along a highway).

    Hope everyone made it home ok!

    Thank you for coming out and riding along with me. I hope you enjoyed the route as much as I did! It might be fun to do this route again once the fall colours arrive – can you imagine how beautiful it will be?

    And a big thank you to ALL the ladies that came out to the Cupcake Rides this year!!! It was so nice to ride with old friends (Maegan and I realized that we’ve been riding together for 3 years now) and so many new Cupcake Riders this season.

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

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    Last Sweet Ride for 2012
    Don’t forget we have one last food themed ride planned for this year! It’s our co-ed Sweet Ride and we’re switching it up a bit. We’re planning a Savoury Ride with poutine involved.

    Keep checking back here for the details or RSVP on Facebook!


    Winter Cupcake Ride Get Together Idea

    Denise suggested we might have a get together that involves more sitting and talking and less biking, since many of us are becoming better friends through these Cupcake Rides.

    Would you be interested in joining in on something like a ‘Ladies Who Brunch‘ that Dottie from Let’s Go Ride a Bike hosts in Chicago?

    Let me know in the comments!

    September Cupcake Ride Details!

    Cupcake Ride 2012

    Announcing the last Cupcake Ride of the 2012 season!!

    This ride will have a few twists. Instead of going to a bakery that offers cupcakes, we’ll be starting at a cookie bakery that will bake some special ‘cupcake cookies’ just for us (or you can order a freshly baked, custom cookie) and will offer us a 15% off discount!

    Then we’ll ride across town to check out the Red Bull Mini Drome time trial qualifiers at the Brickworks, which start at 2pm. If you want to try riding in the Mini Drome register soon, the cut off is 100 competitors.

    I registered just for the fun of it!

    DATE: Saturday, September 22, 2012
    TIME: 12:00pm

    START: Sweet Flour
    2352 Bloor Street West

    -> Bloor West to Runnymede
    -> right on Annette
    -> left on Osler to Davenport bike lanes!
    -> Church St become Collier St
    -> left on Park Rd
    -> right on Rosedale Valley Rd
    -> down all the way to Bayview, we’ll slip on the path next to Bayview Ave
    -> to the Brick Works!

    END: Brick Works


    The closest subway station to our start point is Jane Station. Bikes are permitted on the TTC on weekends at any time!

    Hope all the ladies can make it out to the last ride of the season!


    • Sorry gents! This ride is for girls only!

    • Please check out my ride rules prior to the ride!

    • You can RSVP at the Facebook event page!


    The Cupcake Ride is organized on a volunteer basis and it is not a professional organization. As such, each of us is responsible for our own safety and well-being during an organized event. The organizer is not in any way responsible for any participant on the trip. However, as a group of friends, we make an effort to look out for one another to the best of our ability.

    July 2012 Cupcake Ride Recap

    July Toronto Girls' Cupcake Ride

    My trusty little point and shoot died 2 weeks ago so I brought out a 10 year old digital camera! Needless to say the 10 year old camera is huge and heavy and made it hard to take photos of us riding. Plus because the technology is old (and also because I don’t have a very steady hand) many of the shots came out blurry.

    Here are some of the better ones!

    We started off at Tori’s Bakeshop, a new vegan bakery in the Beaches. The store is very cute and the staff were very nice.

    July Toronto Girls' Cupcake Ride

    Little Miss Ally made it out and even graced us with her cute cupcake shirt!

    July Toronto Girls' Cupcake Ride

    We rode down to the Martin Goodman Trail and followed it all the way through Coronation Park to Strachan Ave. It was at Coronation Park where I realized that Nathalie had joined us – she missed us by 5 minutes at Tori’s Bakeshop but was able to catch up with our group on Queen’s Quay!

    July Toronto Girls' Cupcake Ride

    We rode through Trinity Bellwoods Park to Le Dolci‘s new location on Dundas St. West!

    July Toronto Girls' Cupcake Ride

    … where we all opted for popsicles instead of cupcakes!

    July Toronto Girls' Cupcake Ride

    We took our popsicles back to Trinity Bellwoods to sit in the shade, chat and read some Dandyhorse back issues I brought.

    Cupcake Ride ladies taking a break after our ride!

    I just realized that this July Cupcake Ride was the 2nd last ride for this season. Which means we only have one Cupcake Ride left!

    … hopefully I can get a replacement camera before then!

    Thank you to everyone who came out!!


    Although there may only be one more Cupcake Ride left for this season, there are still 2 co-ed Sweet Rides scheduled. The next one is August 18th – hope you can come out!