81km Toronto Bike Loop

Please note the new date. We had to reschedule due to bad weather last weekend. This week, the weather forecast for Saturday is nice and sunny! This will be a ride designed for the medium to long distance touring enthusiasts among the group. We will ride on rec trails, side streets and some main streets to encricle Toronto in a day. Starting at York University, we will take a north-easterly course on a mix of main streets and side streets until we eventually reach the top of the Don River Valley trail system. We will follow this rec trail all the way to its southern terminus at Queens Quay, and then head across along the lake shore to the Humber River Valley trail system. (Along this stretch, we will also stop for lunch) We'll proceed up the length of the Humber rec trail and then take a mix of some main streets and side streets until we hop on another rec trail to take us back to where we started near York U. Alltogether, Bikely.com says this route is 81km. I expect this ride to have an
average pace between 20 and 23km/h. (Ie: steep uphill = 15km/h, gradual uphill = 20km/h, level ground = 25km/h, steep downhill = 35-45km/h) For your own enjoyment and that of the rest of the group, please make sure you are able to meet the pace described here before signing up for the ride. At this pace, and accounting for rest stops and lunch, I expect us to make it back to our starting point sometime between 3:30 and 4:30pm. Don't forget the following: - your bike (in good working order!) - your helmet - wear comfortable clothing - water bottles (filled, but we'll stop to refill!) - sunscreen - food in your pack to keep your energy up - a light jacket just in case - lunch if you don't plan to buy one in downtown Toronto - your cell phone! (if you get separated from the group, we need to be able to reach you) Here are links to view the planned route sections:
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http://www.bikely.com... Hope to see you there! - Andy

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  • Andy Z.

    Great ride, a bit of everything; right from street riding in idyllic suburbia, to rec trails in the forest, to street riding in hectic downtown, to lifting our bikes over a mud bank, this ride had it all. Great company at the lunch stop. Thanks all for joining us!

    August 4, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good mixture of route. I ejnoy it.

    August 2, 2009

  • Donald S.

    Exhausting but fun.

    August 2, 2009

  • RobG

    This was a very good route overall. A little of everything for everyone and we visited quite a number of locations within the city.

    August 1, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    went to fast for me

    July 30, 2009

  • Andy Z.

    If anyone is hesitating signing up for this ride due to being uncertain as to how you'll get to the start location, please email me. I may be able to arrange a carpool for a handful of people.

    July 21, 2009

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