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Saddle Up Sunday SMELL THE LILACS D-40, C-66, B-75 or A-81 km

Sunday, May 21, 2023, 9:30 AM until 12:30 PM
Camden East
2558 County Road 4
Camden East, ON  K0K1J0

Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Andrew Hall
A Pace Group
613 532 4403 (c)
Alan Strickland
B Pace Group
Carole Russell
C Pace Group
647-530-2364 (c)
Melanie Strickland
D Pace Group
613-985-9523 (c)
Saddle Up Sundays
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Available Slots:
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D Pace Route 40kmC Pace Route 66kmB Pace Route 75kmA Pace Route 81km

The Routes
Come join us for our Annual Smell the Lilacs Rides. We'll take advantage of this beautiful time of year to slow down from time to time and enjoy the aroma and beauty of these prolific flowers. A copy of the original information for this ride created by Murray Dean is posted below, along with a photo of Murray. The four route options all start in Camden East. The short route option will loop east. The medium route will loop east and north. The long and extra long options will loop east, north and west. 

Pace Groups
  When registering, be sure to indicate your preferred pace group:

  • the short and medium routes will generally be ridden at a D or C pace
  • the long and extra long routes will generally be ridden at a B or A pace

Ride Preparation  Riders should be familiar with Ontario's Safe Cycling Guidelines, and bring the following with them on the ride: 

  • a cell phone (if available), with the app "what3words" installed
  • a copy of the ride route (downloaded to a mobile device or printed)
  • a spare tube, pump and repair kit
  • sufficient hydration and nutrition
  • health card
  • document showing address and emergency contact information
The Saddle up Sundays Program Saddle Up Sundays aims to offer a Sunday cycling outing for all levels of riders on a varied collection of the most scenic and the safest country roads close to Kingston. The rides include stops at the best coffee shops along the way, and finish up with refreshments at some great restaurants. We’re a work in progress, so please feel free to suggest modifications to our program. 

Smell the Lilacs celebrates the contribution of a founding member of our Club, and a great cyclist, Murray Dean. As a young pioneer,
he and two other Canadians, plus three Americans created and manned the first weather station in the Arctic post World War 2. After two
years, he returned to Napanee and was offered a career in purchasing, by his friend, Bruce McPherson,
owner of the Gibbard furniture factory. It was there where the bicycle became an important vehicle in his life. Murray brought many into
the sport, and together with others, including Tom Sylvester, and cyclists from Queens University, they formed the club which is now
KVC. Originally a racing club, incorporated in 1986, Murray fostered the spirit of group riding, training and fun into every ride.
Murray competed in the Masters into his 80's. He passed away in 2004.

Murray Dean created the Lilac ride, and through his daughters, Heather and Mary-Anne we have his original notes, route map and cue sheet.