There are many great charities out there and because I’m a cyclist, there’s no shortage of charity bike rides throughout the riding season. I’ve done the Heart and Stroke Ride for Heart, and I’ve ridden to support KW Counselling, Share the Road and the Lung Association. This past weekend I took part in a ride to support Kate’s Kause.
Kate’s Kause is a charitable organization supported and run by volunteers. It’s committed to Angelman Syndrome awareness and fundraising for inclusive community projects. My cycling friend Joe and his family have been gathering cyclists from the region to support Kate’s Kause through cycling events, and for the second year, he hosted a “Bikes, Beer and Breweries” tour.
About 16 of us started from Block 3 brewery in St. Jacobs and rode about 25 km to Wellington Brewery on Highway 7 in Guelph where we had tastes of some of their beers on tap (I recommend the Arkell Best Bitter). Their store was open, so I bought some bottles and cans to bring home (Joe and his brother Jeremy drove with the group to carry our purchases… and don’t worry, we just had small tastes of the beers!).
After about a 30 minute stop at Wellington, we headed towards Elora for a stop and taste at the Elora Brewering Company. They had samples of their Elora Borealis Citra Pale Ale, which was delightful.
The final stop was where we started: Block Three Brewing Company. Where I sampled their King Street Saison, which is a favourite of mine.
Oh yeah, there was some cycling. Joe had carefully planned the route to be 75 km (25 km between each brewery). And they met us at each turn so we wouldn’t get lost. The pace was good, energetic at times, with a couple of faster stretches on 2nd Line and Middlebrook (of course).
Finally, I got to ride with people I don’t normally ride a lot with – like Tom C., Carolyn S., Jeff H., Del P., Ken R., Kevin S. Joe couldn’t join the ride because he’s healing from a spill at the Hydrocut. Heel soon, Joe!