On The Rocks
On The Rocks is a ride and camp weekend at the AF. This event was an idea that struck us last year after hosting an epic Fall ride in Hilton Falls. Despite weather trying to ruin that event it turned out to be successful and resulted in many happy riders. In view of that success we’ve decided to add on to it this year:
On September 16th (12pm) and through to the 17th we’ll be at the Toronto West KOA (905-854-2495) hosting what will be a fun weekend centered around riding those awesome trails available at the Agreement Forest.
To help our members ride and chill we’ll be providing leaders for the group rides and a dinner. At about 7:30 (sunset) we’ll have a nice bonfire for everybody to sit around. Event opens on Saturday the 16th at 12pm and group rides will leave at 1pm sharp and wrap up shortly after 4pm. We’re firing up the BBQ around 5pm and starting the bonfire shortly before sunset. Remember this is a campsite, so please bring a chair unless you’re okay with standing. On the following Sunday a second ride will leave the KOA at approximately 10:30am. Even though admission is free for the MTB community you won’t be permitted to join either ride unless you’ve signed our waiver and had your attendance taken. This means that if you’re not a member or simply never signed our ride/build waiver please arrive promptly todo so. On Saturday fun/crazy activities are also planned post-ride for people who’ve got the energy. Though the rides are not geared toward children, most of the event will be child-friendly. Parental discretion is also advised at the bonfire. The event is welcoming towards dogs, but dogs will not be permitted to join the group rides.
If you think you won’t feel like driving after the bonfire on Saturday, an area of the Toronto West KOA (which is across the street from the AF) is up for reservation. We will not be serving any alcohol, but people are free to drink at their own KOA sites. HAFTA has already booked their sites and we suggest you book in advance and early. If you’re a member, then mention you’re with HAFTA so your site is near the bonfire and if you’re a member booking a site ask about the small discount.
Participating in the group ride or festivities at our KOA site – No charge
BBQ Dinner (Sausage/Cheeseburger/Veggie Burger, Potatoe/Pasta salad, Dessert and non-alcoholic drink) – $10
Very limited run of “On The Rocks” T-shirts $20 if you’re a member and $25 for non-members.
Mohawk Chop House opens at 8am on Sunday for Breakfast, KOA has a pancake breakfast or cook your own
Q: How much does the event cost?
A: See pricing section above – Cash only at our site.
Q: I don’t want to ride – Just hangout at HAFTA’s campsite.
A: No problem, however meal tickets are only available for purchase at registration table BEFORE the 1pm ride begins.
Q: I want to join a ride, but not participate in anything else?
A: That works, but you musn’t park at the KOA. Parking there is very limited and it will only be for people who’ve purchased sites. You will have to park at Mohawk Inn and ride over to HAFTA’s KOA site and get signed in.
Q: Where can I park or register for the ride?
A: To clear things up, we are not starting at the racetrack nor is the ride stopping there – Find us at the KOA!
There will be a limited number of signs to help you find us! Keep your eyes peeled –
Q: Are people bringing their small children?
A: A handful members will be bringing their children of various ages along. However the group rides aren’t designed to accommodate children.
Q: Just how difficult is the ride going to be?
A: We’ll have a beginner group and intermediate – If you’ve never ridden the AF, then the beginner group is where you should place yourself. Be considerate here. It’s far more polite that you as an individual wait for a group than you slow down and entire group. Each group will be riding for approximately 3hrs and covering different distances.
A: Mini-bike racing, bean bag toss, giant jenga, 26″ wheel horse-shoe (what else are they good for now?) and just sitting down to take the load off.
Q: Breakfast on Sunday!?!
A: The Mohawk Inn has a full breakfast service at 8am, the KOA does pancakes and you’re free to cook your own if that is how you roll. Just be back at 10:00 because we’re rolling out of our sites at about 10:30am for the second ride.