By Dede Barry

Photography by Jody Wilson

Rain, dirt, mud, gravel, sun, quiet country roads, spring flowers, good food and camaraderie will make for a good bike ride with memorable moments.

Last weekend we participated in the Turas Mor vintage cycling gravel event hosted by Creemore Brewery in Creemore Springs, Ontario.  It was a lovely day on white gravel roads similar to those in Tuscany used on the L’Eroica route. Turas Mor had its own unique elements:  A bagpiper at the start with Mariposa’s, Michael Barry leading out the group on a late 1800’s bicycle with wooden rims and handlebars, a rest stop at the New Farm with wood fired pizzas, maple water, butter tarts, live music, Creemore beer, fries and chicken sandwiches at the finish.

Participants can ride any bike they wish but, in the spirit of the event, are encouraged to ride vintage bikes. Among others, we saw some old Peugeots, Mosers, Mariposas, Miyatas, Pinarellos on the start line. Krys Hines from Gruppeto Cafe was serving espresso before the start, judged the best vintage bike at the event, and then rode an old Fiori he had finished putting together the night before. The vintage element not only adds some fun to the ride but also a challenge as the hills around Creemore are tough on older bikes with limited gearing.

As you plan out your season next year, consider riding the Turas Mor. Dust off an old bike and pull out a wool jersey from the chest of souvenirs in the basement. It’s a great day out. We’ll be back.