Ride to Port Credit with High Park climb

This week's miserable weather didn't allow for this ride to happen so we'll try again on Monday.

This is a workout ride with some steep climbs and a good deal of distance, especially for a week night! Fantastic for keeping in shape and steadily increasing your cycling ability.

Make sure to dress for the cooler evening weather and have a light on your bike since it will be well after dusk when we return.

We'll start south of the Princess Gates, go along the watefront, do a lap of Climbing High Park before journeying on to Port Credit along the waterfront trail.

I am just keeping my fingers crossed that I won't have two flats on the ride like I did last week!

 

Important notes:

 

Average speed: We'll tailor the speed to the abilities of the participants, with a minimum average speed of 20km/h. I'd prefer to aim for 25km/h and last year we had some groups that did 30km/h, but the overarching goal is for everyone to enjoy participating in the ride.

Average meaning that we'll predominantly go above the given speed and sometimes below it; with stopping and starting we'll average at least 20km/h. If 20km/h is a top speed for you, then this ride may be too challenging for you. If riding only 20km/h is frustrating for you, then this ride may be too slow for you. Our aim will be for a 25km/h average.

Route: We'll ride along the Waterfront Trail as much as possible. The High Park section is very steep at times. While going along Lakeshore Rd through Mimico would be faster, the trail is more scenic.

The ride is about 57km round trip, including the High Park segment: http://goo.gl/qUsKl

Terrain: The High Park section is very steep at times. Some riders may need to dismount and walk to the crest of a couple of hills. The rest of the ride is extremely flat, since it follows the shore of the lake.

Road Surface: The ride to port credit is completely on paved roads, however in High Park there is a 500m section of hard-packed unpaved road. I readily navigate this on my skinnies, but I know some people prefer not to put their delicate road machines through such abuse.

Weather: The ride will proceed unless it is already raining steadily at start time (weather report looks like it should be clear). If there are intermittent showers (unlikely) that will not stop the ride. It is possible that the road surface will be still be wet in some parts of trails so please don't wear your newest all-white cycling outfit if you don't want it getting dirty.

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  • Andy Z.

    Right now I'm the only one here so we'll be waiting a bit before departing.

    April 15, 2013

    • Fred

      LOL you were right, I totally didn't sign up for this ride. :D

      April 16, 2013

  • Thea Schweitzer M.

    Tough getting back and then out for 6:15. I'm still going out but can't make it in time - might see you guys around.

    April 15, 2013

  • Sam T

    Join in @ High Park

    April 15, 2013

  • Sam T

    I wont make it in time to the start point, but I ll catch you at High Park.

    April 15, 2013

  • Joey S.

    Something came up that I have to deal with now.

    April 15, 2013

  • Patricia

    Weather looks great for today, but I can't make it, alas.

    April 15, 2013

  • Joey S.

    Wouldn't be surprised if there is rain tomorrow night, but of all the nights this week, it might be the only that has a chance of being clear.

    April 14, 2013

  • Patricia

    Yay! Keeping fingers crossed for good weather ...

    April 10, 2013

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