Expect something loopy and out of the regular routine for this non-standard High Park and Port Credit ride
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.
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 25km/h. I'd prefer to aim for 30km/h. The overarching goal is for everyone to enjoy participating in the ride, and for some people that means going fast.
Average meaning that we'll predominantly go above the given speed and sometimes below it; with stopping and starting we'll average at least 25km/h. If 30km/h is a top speed for you, then this ride may be too challenging for you. If riding only 25km/h is frustrating for you, then this ride may be too slow for you. Our aim will be for a 30km/h average, with a 32-35km/h cruising speed. Yes, we'll need to ride in formation along Lakeshore to achieve this.
Route: We'll ride along the Waterfront Trail to High Park, do the loopy High Park route and then ride along Lakeshore to Port Credit.
The ride is about 60km 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 rides through High Park and to Port Credit are completely on paved roads.
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. Please be aware that frequently a 40% thunderstorm forecast in the morning turns into a shower after 11pm forecast by 4 or 5 in the afternoon. Don't bow out too early otherwise you'll miss too many rides on perfectly good days. 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.