We Are The Golden Horseshoe Cycling Hub

Look up, get up, but never give up!

The Golden Horseshoe Cycling Hub is a member-owned youth cycling club that was formed in December 2022 to fill a gap in cycling in the Greater Hamilton and surrounding areas. The focus of the club is on youth development. We use Cycling Canada’s HopOn program as a progressive way to develop our members. Our goal is to provide opportunities for all youth in our area to learn the joy of cycling. We want to create lifelong riders who can be ambassadors of the sport. Learn. Ride. Love

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2023 Year End Report

Well, it was an amazing first year for GHCH. In less than a year we established a board of directors, got incorporated as a not

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GHCH 2023 Year End Breakfast

On November 4, 2023, GHCH held it’s first year end breakfast, at the Millgrove Community Centre, Millgrove, ON, to showcase our riders’ accomplishments during our

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Our Programs

GHCH offers a variety of programs to serve riders of all abilities and interest in the sport of cycling

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HopOn Level 1

This program is for our youngest riders. Typically ages 5 to 8. I build more confidence by learning how to brake and tripod, and coast with flamingo pedals (1 leg long).

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HopOn Level 2

I am typically 5-9 years old and can build more confidence by using a karate kick to learn to keep my outside leg long and on the pedal when turning. I can also practice standing up while coasting.


HopOn Level 3

I am typically 5-10 years old and can build more confidence by standing up with level pedals and pushing on both pedals (trampoline) to squish both tires at the same time. I can also practice squeezing the brake gently and pedalling at the same time!


HopOn Level 4

I am typically 8-12 years old and can build more confidence by learning how to use wide arms and elbows to slowly descend a grass hill, applying the brakes gently to successfully slow'n go or stop'n go while seated or standing.


HopOn 5/ Race FUNdamentals

Once our riders have moved through levels 1-4 of HopOn they have the option of moving into the introduction to competition stream. HopOn 5/ Race FUNdamentals provides them with the tools they will need to compete in locally organized races. We encourage our riders to register for the Kelso weekly race series along with other grass roots races. Riders are typically 10-15.


Rally Riders

This program is for riders who have developed their riding abilities but are not interested in moving into the competition stream. It is an opportunity for them to explore the beautiful trails in our area and ride for fun, fitness and camaraderie. Riders are typically 10-15.


Fall Explorer's Program

For younger and new riders. A session program exploring the trails and nature at locations like Devil's Punchbowl, Crook's Hollow, Brantford Bike Park, Saltfleet Conservation Area, Fletcher's Creek and Felker's Falls. *Note, there is no session on the Thanksgiving weekend.


Fall Favourite's Program

For older riders and riders with moderate mountain bike experience. We spent the summer building our engine and skills, now it's time to visit some of our old favourite and soon to be favourite locations. Wednesday sessions are held at locations in Hamilton, Saturday sessions are held at various trail networks like, The Hydro Cut, Guelph Lake, Puslinch Lake, Turkey Point, Brantford Bike Park, Kelso Conservation Area. A 2-day camp is being planned for Mansfield Outdoor Centre in October. Registrants will be provided with additional details about the camp.


$ 75 Per Month
  • Fall
  • September 6 - October 28
Fall 2023

HopOn 1-4

$ 175
  • Spring Session
  • May 3rd - June 17th
Spring 2023

HopOn 1-4

$ 175
  • Summer Session
  • July 5th - August 19th
Summer 2023

Rally Riders

$ 170
  • Spring Session
  • May 1st - June 29th
Spring 2023

Rally Riders

$ 160
  • Summer Session
  • July 6th - August 31st

HopOn 5

$ 126
  • 4 Months Session
  • May, June, July, August
  • Mondays & Thursdays
  • Support at Kelso Race Series
  • 3hr Saturday ride per month
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Cycling for everyone.

The Golden Horseshoe Cycling Hub is dedicated to diversity and inclusivity. We recognize cycling is an activity that traditionally has many barriers to participation and are committed to working within the community to help eliminate these barriers to create opportunities for all youths to learn to love to ride.

We are incredibly excited to finally be online and finalizing our plans for our spring sessions! We look forward to getting our programs running this spring and summer and can’t wait to enjoy the amazing trails that we are fortunate have all around us.


Coach Colin
"Coach" Colin has been a competitive cross country mountain bike coach since 2017. He is passionate about the sport of cycling and has been an avid cyclist, both on the road and on the trails for over 30 years. Coach Colin has coached athletes at local race series, regional races and Ontario Cup events. In addition to his cycling background he also has a career in Logistics and Human Resources and is committed to helping organizations, individuals and communities grow and succeed.
Coach Chris
"With his Bachelor of Physical Education Degree, Coach Chris enjoyed a rewarding career as an Ontario Elementary School Teacher. His first experience with cycling was as a race organizer (Tour du Canada and P2A), which led to him becoming an avid cyclist himself. Later, as a member of a local Hamilton club he began coaching youth for entry level racing as well as Ontario Cup events. The Golden Horseshoe Cycling Hub program "Rally Riders" is tailor made for him as he strives to help young riders who want to gear up their performance within a fun group experience."
The Bikes
Want to ride with GHCH but don't have a bike yet. Bike is in the shop and there is a race this weekend. GHCH has a small fleet of bikes to assist our riders and help remove access barriers to the sport of cycling.
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Board of Directors

Simon Carroll

Interim Chair

Simon Carroll grew up on the Hamilton Mountain exploring the Iroquois Heights trails and the Chedoke radial trail on the used 10 speed road bikes that his folks were kind enough to continually purchase him. He was thrown back into riding when one of his young sons developed a passion for mountain biking. He decided that it was the perfect opportunity to get back into doing something that he loved as a young man. When the opportunity arose to help fill a void in youth cycling in the Golden Horseshoe he jumped at the chance to help get it off the ground. He looks forward to seeing local athletes developing under the GHCH banner.

Stephanie Sutton

Interim Secretary

Stephanie Sutton is a graduate of Mohawk College, Recreation and Leisure Studies. Steph is currently continuing her education part-time at Cornell University studying Women in Leadership. Steph truly believes that one can never stop learning and continues to find ways to improve her skills through Professional Development opportunities. When Steph graduated from Mohawk, she received the Skip Stanbridge Award for her achievements of high academics and excelling in her second-year practicum at Brantford Parks and Recreation.

Steph has work experience includes municipal Recreation as a Facility Supervisor in the Community Centers Division in Brantford, as Manager of the Dundas Granite Curling Club, the Technical Program Specialist for Softball Ontario, Recreation Director for the National Cycling Centre Hamilton (NCCH) and most currently for Mount Hamilton Youth Soccer Club as the Administration Coordinator.  These opportunities provided her with the opportunity to utilize her sport program skills. In all positions, Steph has been responsible for planning special events including an International Softball Coaches Symposium, managing and creating programs for Athlete Development, reporting to the respective Board of Directors while carrying out policies/procedures for daily operations. In each of these roles spanning a total over 25 years, Steph has demonstrated a strong work ethic and excellent interpersonal skills throughout her career.

Neal Marcynuk

Interim Vice Chair

Neal is a recreational, mountain bike and track cyclist as well as a chauffeur, mechanic and cheering squad for his wife and 2 children that are competitive mountain bike, road and track cyclists.  Neal is relatively new to the world of organized cycling but is passionate about creating opportunities for youths through cycling and eliminating barriers that prevent youths from accessing the sport of cycling.  Neal would like to see GHCH grow and in the future enable is athletes to experience additional cycling disciplines like track and BMX, and work towards growing the cycling community by creating lifelong cyclists.  Neal is also working on becoming a NCCP certified Comp-Intro Coach. 

Allison Greene

Interim Treasurer


What our riders have to say

I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of the Golden Horseshoe Cycling Hub! It’s an incredible community dedicated to cycling and promoting sustainable transportation. The Hub offers amazing resources, from group rides to access to the latest cycling gear and technology. Being a member means I get to explore new routes with like-minded individuals, learn more about bike culture, and contribute to making my city more bike-friendly! Not only is cycling great exercise, it’s also affordable and eco-friendly. Being part of this community has opened up so many opportunities for me – including networking with other cyclists in the area, discovering new local businesses that support sustainability initiatives, and so much more. I feel truly lucky to have found this group – it’s been an invaluable addition to my life as a cyclist!