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Ride to Port Credit with High Park climb

Returning visitors report that this ride gets easier every time they do it. Especially the Ellis Park switchback! : )

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. If there are intermittent showers 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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  • Nick

    sorry this was my first bike ride in years couldnt keep up with you guys had to drop out early.

    May 25, 2013

  • David

    Hi everyone, thanks for the ride! Sorry I had to take off at the end - I had to get back. It was fun. Learned some new hills too!

    May 25, 2013

  • Hyedie H.

    So much fun, despite the head winds!! Thanks Andy!

    May 24, 2013

  • Patricia

    Too much work ... Next time ...

    May 24, 2013

  • Tim

    Hate to be a fair-weather biker but that is what I am in fact.

    Took the snow tires off the bike last month.

    Going to have to make other plans for tonight but will do the next reasonable temperature hike.

    May 24, 2013

  • WaiMing

    I'll do the 1st part of the ride from start to High Park.

    May 22, 2013

  • Andy Z.

    No ride tonight. Its gonna pour, I can just feel it. We'll do Friday instead.

    May 21, 2013

  • Patricia

    Cancelling for today. Would be in for Friday.

    May 21, 2013

  • Andy Z.

    Hi Folks,

    looks like the weather isn't likely going to cooperate today. I don't mind a little rain here and there but it looks like we'll have a lot, despite it being sunny and dry out at the moment. I'm going to make the call around 4:30pm as to whether the ride will proceed, but I'm not overly optimistic at this moment. I'll probably reschedule for Friday if today doesn't work out.

    May 21, 2013

    • Tim

      I will gladly do Friday Andy if it comes to that.

      May 21, 2013

    • Fred

      If it's gonna be Friday then I'm in.

      May 21, 2013

  • Denise I

    I come from the east end, so the risk of thunderstorms is enough to scare me from this ride. Sorry!

    May 21, 2013

  • Tim

    Looks like rain this evening.

    Cancelling out myself but will do it next time if you do it again thanks

    May 21, 2013

  • WaiMing

    Not interested in going to Port Credit this time. Can I join the part of this ride from Princess Gate to the end of the High Park climb only?

    May 20, 2013

  • Tim

    Gotta start sometime.

    Who is bringing the defibulator?

    May 20, 2013

  • Justin

    First time out on this ride let's do it to it.

    May 19, 2013

  • Fred

    I'll be stuck on the east end for this one. :(

    May 17, 2013

  • Denis

    What are some good spots nearby to park a car?

    May 16, 2013

    • Hyedie H.

      There is also parking right by our starting point, along Coronation Park. But it's paid parking:
      http://goo.gl/maps/pk...­

      May 17, 2013

    • Hyedie H.

      Ops I hit return too quickly.

      The street by the pin mark has paid parking all along it and is accessible from Lake Shore Blvd.

      May 17, 2013

  • Justin

    First time out on this ride let's do it to it.

    May 15, 2013

    • Hyedie H.

      I think we're all High Park Hill Climb newbies this time!

      May 16, 2013

  • Denise I

    God help me - I'll join in.

    May 15, 2013

    • Hyedie H.

      YAY! I was going to send you a message to see if you wanted to do this with me!!

      May 16, 2013

  • Glen H.

    Away for this one, too.

    May 14, 2013

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