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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  • Joey S.

    Great ride. And we had some first-timers do close to 50 km tonight! Some of us are at Brazen Head pub in Liberty Village for an after ride beer.

    3 · July 23, 2013

    • Hyedie H.

      Oh no! David, I think you should maybe take your bike back to the place where you bought it and tell them that you keep on getting flats. There must be something wrong with your wheels. I saw your other post and I don't think your weight should be an issue for your tires/wheels IMHO.

      July 25, 2013

    • Joey S.

      David, after you have thoroughly inspected the rim, if you still can't see anything obvious that is causing it, like a spoke pushing through the tape, a burr, etc..., then you really should get it serviced at a good bike shop, like Cycle Solutions at 615 Kingston Road, which I believe is near where you live. http://www.cycle-solu...­

      July 25, 2013

  • Shahid

    The wind decided to change direction the moment we got to Starbucks; so headwind both ways. Always end up a loner; just behind the lead group, but it's fun trying to catch up. Great exercise for me and in great company. Thanks Andy and Joey for a well organized ride.

    3 · July 24, 2013

    • David B.

      Hey Shahid, maybe you'll be able to keep up sometime! Sorry I didn't stay with you. I try to keep up with front group.

      July 25, 2013

    • Shahid

      Hi Dave: Yeh I notice you come by alongside and then take off like a jet; must be those booster batteries you carry. But thanks for the encouragement. Hope you have better luck with your tires.

      July 25, 2013

  • Joey S.

    Good. We had a diverse group of riders.

    July 24, 2013

  • Amit

    looks like weather is going to hold up..attending!

    July 23, 2013

    • Mike

      It's passing. Leaving now

      July 23, 2013

    • Joey S.

      Sunny and clear hear in High Park.

      July 23, 2013

  • Michael C.

    call me maybe.

    July 22, 2013

    • Andy Z.

      But you think a fixie will fare better? You're not talking about one of these are you? http://i270.photobuck...­

      July 23, 2013

    • Michael C.

      Mine has wider tires. ;-)

      July 23, 2013

  • Leah S.

    Sorry cant make it tonight.. Stuck in a meeting :(

    July 23, 2013

  • Joey S.

    I've communicated with Andy today, and we will implement a sweep system tonight. A "Sweep"is an assistant ride leader that rides at the very back of the pack, making it easier to regroup, because both the ride leader (Andy), and the sweep (me tonight), can be in communication to know where people are. It's a system used by many cycling clubs, especially when the number of riders exceeds ten people.

    With a such a system, the slowest rider is always in front of the person who is the "Sweep", meaning no one gets left behind, except if they have a major equipment malfunction, then that person can take the TTC or a taxi home, and the sweep will then catch up with the rest of the group.

    2 · July 23, 2013

  • Shahid

    Both ca.msn and accuweather are showing T-storms at 5 and 6 pm tomorrow.

    July 22, 2013

    • Joey S.

      Use Canadian weather websites please, the other services you quoted aren't accurate because they are based on Pearson Airport info. Here's The Weather Network's forecast for Toronto Island, which is right next to our starting point: clear from 6:30 p.m. onwards. http://www.theweather...­

      July 23, 2013

    • Shahid

      You are quite right Joey about using closer to home websites; though I have witnessed once, in a courtyard, that it was raining in one part and the other half was dry. Mother nature you never can tell with 100% accuracy. I am hoping it'll be clear, so we can all enjoy the ride.

      July 23, 2013

  • Nicole

    Does everyone usually wear a helmet?

    July 22, 2013

    • David B.

      I use to not wear a helmet because by law you don't have to but I noticed there's a lot of bad drivers out there and it's better to be safe, it might save your life.

      1 · July 23, 2013

    • Hyedie H.

      Yes we do. Most of us have some sort of foot retention for our pedals as well, whether it's step-in pedals or straps.

      2 · July 23, 2013

  • David B.

    I just checked the weather, 75% chance of 14mm of rain Tuesday night so might be too much rain but I guess we'll see.

    July 21, 2013

    • David B.

      Seems like no rain now on Tues or very little. I guess we'll just have to wait until Tues to see how the weather is

      July 22, 2013

    • Andy Z.

      Four out of five times the forecast afternoon rain never materializes. I think we'll have a dry enough evening for the ride to go ahead.

      1 · July 22, 2013

  • Joey S.

    I'm attending, but like last week, I'll join you at Ellis to hit the hills, but avoid the Martin Goodman Trail.

    July 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be there for my first ride, unless the weather stops me.

    July 21, 2013

  • Shahid

    Won't be doing the HP climb

    July 18, 2013

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