If the snow is discouraging you from riding, just remember that there are only four months left to the Cambridge Tour de Grand, Waterloo Region's biggest and best family cycling event.
Tour chair Don Pavey promises good weather for the Sunday, June 9 event, and says that the Tour continues to expand.
This year, there will be nine distances (a 40K route has been added -- the shortest route is 10K, the longest, 160K), and the Tour promoters have added a "Weekend in Cambridge" tab on the website for those who want to have more than the single day of Cambridge exposure. (I remember when Tour de Grand attracted a few hundred riders who just wanted to see what riding on the road was all about. Now, it's turned into a destination event.)
Also new this year, due to the large number of entrants, will be staggered starts. Riders will go out in small groups every 10 minutes. Nice if you have a group of friends or family who want to ride together, but feel a bit intimidated starting off in a crowd of 150-200 riders.
The online registration is open now. It's $20 per person and $45 per family (for early registration for both). The first 1,600 riders will get a T-shirt. You can also order Tour de Grand jerseys. Info at the website.