Velocity Ride in support of Caledon seniors returns June 2019



I know. It’s tough thinking about warm weather things you’re yearning to do when every morning you wake up to below zero weather and blue fingers in a frigid car for ten minutes. Then the day ends with icicles hanging from your dog’s nose during a late night walk you didn’t want to take.

Think Velocity.

Not speed. The event. It was launched last year to wild and crazy rave reviews from the riders and their families. Soon it’s returning bigger and better. Behind the scenes, we’re already preparing this annual launch to Caledon Day, Caledon Community Services’ 10, 25, 60 and 100 kilometre rides in support of Caledon seniors. The best addition this year is the launch of team challenges, allowing families, faith communities, schools, service clubs and local businesses to show their Caledon colours. And their cycling chops!

Celebrate Caledon is ramping up as well. Town staff and volunteers are already huddling to create another two-day extravaganza. I asked the town what kind of bling they’re going to flash this year. They’re not going to disappoint. The town’s got game in 2019!

Dave Arbuckle, the town’s general manager of strategic initiatives shared with me that “Connecting Our Communities” is this year’s theme.

Cheers Caledon kicks things off on Friday evening, June 14 with a craft beer and cider festival, a 19+ ticketed event featuring our very own Caledon-based brewers alongside some of the top craft producers. There’s too many to enjoy. So that could mean a designated driver or even better, a beautiful stay in the Hampton Inn so you don’t wake the kids by returning home too late. That’ll teach them to stay in bed, don’t return home!

Wake up Saturday morning to the Hampton’s delicious hot breakfast and then make your way to the get-off-the-couch event for serious cyclists,-kids-and-families: Velocity. This year’s charity rides support specialized transportation and other seniors’ services. The routes are majestic like only Caledon can do. Each one shows off Caledon’s natural beauty. It’s about “Connecting our Communities!” And finally, there’s Caledon Day, a free family fun event culminating with a Canadian rock legend concert and a spectacular fireworks show. Not to be missed!

Two new features will be added to Caledon Day this year. There’s an Artisan Pop-Up Market modelled off successful one-of-a-kind shows, featuring unique vendors from Caledon and surrounding area. And there’s also Experience IT: Caledon Public Library Tech Fair. Inside the Caledon East Community Complex, this fair will encourage attendees to explore cutting edge technology while learning about virtual reality, robotics, 3D printing and more. Also not to be missed!

But alas, it’s the January deep freeze. It’s cold and it’s going to get colder. I still have to take my dog for late night walks and I sometimes dread them, given the icicles they produce. Memories of riding the Caledon trailway with my wife Shelley last year on a gorgeous 20-something sunny Saturday morning is the vitamin D shot I need on an otherwise freezing cold night.

Stay tuned for the Velocity registration website launching soon and with it, even more cycling opportunities for the community. Stay tuned as well for the launch of the Caledon Bike Hub in the Exchange and in Southfields Community Centre, a new CCS partnership with Cycle Brampton. This new program will support all of your cycling interests and even help you repair and maintain your bike. Beginning March and onwards weekly, details also coming soon!

Think “Connecting Communities.” Think Caledon Bike Hub. Think Velocity, Cheers Caledon, Caledon Day.

Monty Laskin is the CEO of Caledon Community Services. Reach him at

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