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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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  • A former member
    A former member

    fyi... bike pirates event tonight. https://www.facebook.com/events/143054975887154/

    June 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If I were to be waiting at Ellis avenue and the MG trail at 7 pm, do you think I'd be able to join you then? I'll have a powder blue and rust roadbike with black cruiser handlebars, black helmet, and a dark purple backpack in my rear basket.

    June 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      alrighty!

      June 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      btw.. I'm wanting to join you after the climb portion, as i've never done that before and I'd just hold everyone up, also conserving energy so to speak for one of the long rides I think i've tried in a while.

      June 20, 2013

  • Connie

    Will have to disband around 8:30pm

    June 18, 2013

    • Connie

      Don't have a geared bike. Will just need to push hard

      June 20, 2013

    • Andy Z.

      I've seen it done before on a fixie, so I will just wish you good luck and hope you can clip out fast enough if you stall! : )

      June 20, 2013

  • Glen H.

    Bike's in the shop til Friday evening. I'll be there next week!

    June 18, 2013

    • Andy Z.

      Awe, too bad. I'd offer to lend you my Concorde, but it is a touch big even on me. I think you'd make it up the hill on it despite the race gearing.

      June 18, 2013

    • Glen H.

      Thanks for the offer, but I think I'll just catch you guys next week! I can't wait -- I'll have use of my small ring again!!

      June 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    ive never done the high park hills before but id love to join up at the end of them. ive wanted to do the port credit stretch for some time now.

    June 19, 2013

  • Chris B.

    This sounds like my kind of ride. Do you normally do it on Thursdays? I almost always can't make it on that day.

    June 18, 2013

    • Andy Z.

      Hey Chris, the Thursday rise this week is actually a bit of an oddity. We normally have rides either on Tuesdays or Wednesdays and also on Friday. I try to change it up so people who can't make certain nights have an opportunity to come out, plus my own availability for leading the ride varies, too. Hope to see you out there some time.

      June 18, 2013

    • Chris B.

      Sounds great, will stand by and hope to ride with you next week.

      June 19, 2013

  • Richard

    Great, it will be my first real ride in Toronto since moving here....do I need any kind of insurance or "club insurance", that I see a lot of clubs need?

    June 18, 2013

    • Andy Z.

      Richard, the short answer is "no." We don't require any insurance to participate. We are not a club or team, and we don't encourage any type of riding that would be more dangerous than riding solo (tight groups, pace lines, tricks, etc.) This is a completely at- your-own-risk affair, just as if you went out for a ride with a few buddies. We don't even force people to use helmets (even though I personally recommend it), it is up to you. All that being said, I'm glad you'll be coming out and joining us, it is a fun weeknight ride with a changing but always great bunch of folks.

      June 18, 2013

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