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Ride to Port Credit with High Park climb

Join us for our weekly evening workout ride through picturesque High Park and along the scenic Waterfront Trail.

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.

Important notes:

 

Starting Location: http://goo.gl/maps/M8DST

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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  • Erik

    The company was great! The only downside was the cold temperature and my lack of lights.

    April 23, 2013

  • Oleg

    Sorry we dropped you guys. I was getting cold and Eric was wearing nothing but a jersey. So we had to pedal to keep warm. Till next week.

    April 23, 2013

    • eric w.

      I can definutely attest to the importance of proper, weather-specific attire. Great route - looking forward to the next ride!

      April 23, 2013

  • Erik

    Hey guys, I'm running a little late? Can I meet you guys a little further west? You can call or text at[masked]-3534. Thanks, Erik.

    April 23, 2013

  • Brian

    Last minute opt-in for me. First time riding with a meet-up, too!

    1 · April 23, 2013

  • Joey S.

    Can't attend for about another week. I'm giving my main bicycle its last rights and burying it this week. It has an unrepairable issue with its bottom bracket. Hope to have new wheels for next week.

    April 22, 2013

    • Fred

      That is a sad affair Joey, hope your doing okay. What do you have planned for a new ride?

      April 22, 2013

    • Joey S.

      Likly a Kona Sutra touring bike.

      April 22, 2013

  • Erik

    Where in High Park is the 500m unpaved section? I'd like to join you guys on the ride, but I'm not sure if it is appropriate while clipped in on my road bike. Any thoughts?

    April 22, 2013

    • Fred

      Gravel section will be fine, we always take it slow anyways.

      April 22, 2013

    • Erik

      Alright, thanks for letting me know. In that case I'll join you guys.

      April 22, 2013

  • Andy Z.

    Fred and Hyedie if the weather calls for rains on Tuesday and sun on Monday I'll probably move it, but I won't make that call until the weekend when the weather forecast is more reliable.

    April 17, 2013

  • Fred

    I won't be able to come to this one, I have a seminar that night. :(

    April 17, 2013

  • Hyedie H.

    I hope you'll host these regularly again this season! I can't make it to the one next week, but hopefully I can join you at the next one!

    April 16, 2013

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