Note: This event requires a minimum of 6 participants. Please check the status of the event on Saturday at 8:30am.
Note: Ensure your tires are adequately inflated. Road bike tires should be inflated at[masked] pounds, hybrid tires at 70-85 pounds.
Come join us for our usual Saturday Morning Social Ride. The exact route has not yet been determined, but will be very similar to last Sunday's ride - a shortened version of the northern route through Halton Hills. Possible distances are 58km, 60km, or 65km, and will be decided 10 minutes before the lunch stop. Those who need a longer break will do 58km, and the rest will do either the 60km or 65km option.
This is a very scenic route on quiet country roads with rolling hills and plenty of wilderness, passing by farms and through the mountains of the Niagara Escarpment. A 20-30 minute refreshment stop is planned after 45kms at The Trail Eatery restaurant in Campbellville.
There are no washroom facilities before Campbellville, but there are some opportunities along the wooded areas of the route.
Consider the remaining 20kms of the return trip to be a free ride back as the terrain is mostly flat and downhill, passing through the Kelso Conservation area and zigzagging through the residential roads of Milton. Arrival time back to Hornby Park should be around 2:30pm (a little over 4 hours after the start).
This event is best suited for those who have a road or hybrid bike (i.e. with 700mm skinny tires), but can also be done by those who are very strong on the hills with a mountain bike. The pace will typically be between 20-26km on the flats with an overall average pace of 19-21km, depending on the winds and the fitness of the group. That said, this event is for cyclists who at least have some experience riding similar distances and pace with a group of road-bike cyclists.
Please dress appropriately. Here are some suggestions:
• Do not dress comfortably warm before the start of the ride or you will quickly overheat. (i.e. do not wear a winter jacket)
• Dress in layers so you can dress down. Bring a bag to put your extra clothing in.
• Cycling gloves and shoes should be adequate to stay warm.
• Bring enough water to stay hydrated.
• Wear sunblock for your face
• And of course you must wear a helmet (and although not mandated for this event, a bell is required by law).
From Toronto: Hornby Park is located 1.3km west of Trafalgar Rd on the south/east corner of Steeles Ave and 6th Line in Milton, north of HWY 401. If you find 6th Line on your right, you are at the wrong 6th Line. Backtrack 1km east on Steeles.
From Oakville: Hornby Park is 20km up Trafalgar north from Lakeshore. You can also ride there safely up 6th Line.
From Brampton: Starting from Shoppers Word (HWY 10), follow Steeles west for 15km until 6th Line. This is 9km shorter than taking HWY 410/401.