History

The "donut-ride" was first organized in 1976 as the team ride of the now-defunct Scarborough Cycling Club, affiliated with The Bike Store (on Shropshire Ave.) in Scarborough, two of the primary organizers being Roger Keiley and Barry Hastings

As the ride grew in popularity, it moved to a new starting point more centralized in Toronto, although still somewhat east of the core. It remained associated with The Bike Store for some time. A serious accident in the 1990s (on Keele Street in Maple) led to the group being sued (unsuccessfully), and since then the ride is now completely unofficial

Although the ride often took place three-to-four times a week during the summers of the mid-1990s (including an extended 160 km run up to the Holland Marsh -- the "Marsh Ride" -- on Wednesdays and/or Sundays), it is now primarily a weekend and statutory holiday affair. 

Over the years the ride has hosted many notable Canadian cyclists, including legendary Mike Barry and his son Michael Barry Jr. (racer for United States Postal Services, T-Mobile, Columbia-Highroad, and Sky; now retired from competitive cycling), Jocelyn Lovell and others. Today the ride still hosts many amateur and semi-amateur racers who use it as a "warm-up" session and "to keep in touch with the masses."


 
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Updated: April 12, 2014

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